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Announcement, and Adopted Dog Returned

Dear All,

I’ll discuss today about an adopted dog someone took home and returned it back after a week. But, before that I’d like to make an announcement.

Well, we are all witnessed as 2013 says farewell to us. Can you believe it? I know you’re probably thinking ahead to what you can do in 2014 to make it your best year ever, right? I admit, that’s what I’m doing.

But, we are not beyond the Christmas and year-end festive period yet. In the coming days, I look back on time elapsed from the start of this site. And I also prepare the plan for 2014. Naturally, I spend Christmas with my family.

Thinking about my readers who subscribed so far I prepare a report, the topic is dog related of course. Hoping I’ll be able to send you that by the end of this year. The preparations are underway.

And I want to say to you “Thank You” for your support, questions, or suggestions I got this year. I hope I can count on your activity in the next year as well. I’ll do my best to achieve that.

peaceful-and-merry-christmas!I wish you a Merry Christmas with full of love and happiness, and a New Year loaded of chances and satisfactions. Please, use the coming days to spend quality time with your loved ones and think about those things for which it is worth living.

An Adopted Dog Returned

And now, let’s go to the today’s topic. I anticipate that this story was in the news recently, and I felt inclined to write about an adopted dog returned.

Imagine a singer who is pet friendly person and loves the dogs. He was falling in love with a dog from the supply of a rescue foundation, and gladly took it his home. This is nothing special so far; it could happen to any animal loving people.

He renamed the canine from B to C. It was a good dog and was guarding the house well. But, it seems that the animal didn’t want to accept anyone only the singer in question.

As he said: “We liked him very much; C is really a very nice, good dog and a fine watchdog too. C was in our household for a few days when I left my home, and my wife wanted to give him food. But, she still not reached a bowl, and a dog growled and behaved as if he wanted to attack her.”

“I also wanted to introduce my 15-month-old son to him as well to acquaint themselves. Because C was heard the voice of my son from inside only so far. But, unfortunately, C’s behavior was threatening toward my son too. So I decided not to take any risk and discard the dog for family safety.”

Apart from that, the singer didn’t stop to think that the family expanded with an adopted dog. But, he says he is trying to find carefully the matching dog next time.

“Maybe a puppy would be better from the point of view that it could grow together with the child. For this moment, we are not planning another adoption, because this parting of a dog pretty worn us. A dog is not like a pair of pants that’s replaceable by man…”– added the singer.

The said dog is waiting for his loving new owner again at the rescue foundation presently. One of the members of the foundation said that this canine is a really lovable creature. They are looking for him a definitely strong, competent hand.

“This dog is a five years old, very smart, amiable animal, a true watchdog. We recommend him to a family safely, but in any case, he needs a host who is experienced, knowledgeable, and the dog doesn’t think after a day that he is the pack leader. I’m puzzled that he entered being offensive, because that isn’t his attribute at all. In any event, he is also looking forward to his final master.” – says Clare.

adopted-dog-returned“B is a very kind, sociable, truly charismatic dog, is walking nicely on a leash. He is an excellent watchdog and playmate as well. He requires the love and the occupation with him. It’s spayed, vaccinated, equipped with a chip and now is waiting for the final, responsible owner. After a week-long “guest performance,” B has been returned to us again. We brought him back, although we are sure that it would have been a great fan for the family, additionally an excellent watchdog.”

So far the story. The Noteworthy Lessons:

* As I mentioned in one of my other articles, I worked in a dog shelter as a volunteer. Sadly, the majority of the canines in shelters are located there as they had been the subject of inconsiderate buying. Specifically, certain family member or adult individuals rush to adopt a dog, although they neglected to ponder what keeping a dog involves.

I use to examine the circumstances and members in our family, and myself in addition to my time accessible and select accordingly. I’d say, to find a dog is just your first task, however, a really important one. You have to be believed strongly that you, and the animal will probably be the right match to one another. You have to be certain that your household will be the suitable home for that chosen canine.

* Avoid taking home any dog immediately from a sudden “love.” Dependent on their outer traits only you may make a false decision. Namely, their entire character and temperament might stay hidden for you at that minute.

To be aware of these completely you have to be in everyday interaction with the chosen dog. In order to uncover the correct fellow in one another requires time, similar to a great marriage. I use to take to walk the chosen animal three – four times to experience their behavior.

That is indispensable for the basic cognition, then I decide to take it or leave it.

* Your task is to prepare yourself and your family members to the arriving of your chosen animal. I use to make notices when I heard the information the rescue organization staff announces. This information I give to my family, after all, we all will live together with the dog.

It’s advisable that your spouse and kids are aware who is the newcomer. Furthermore, some dog keeping experience also is useful when you intend to take an adult dog having unknown experiences. Dogs in similar age might have entrenched habits you have to be able to handle as a pack leader.

* It’s advisable not to monopolize the dog for yourself. Dogs rehomed in new circumstances require time to understand the family members. And you should accustom the dog to accept food and drink from others from your family. By hand feeding some food your dog (under supervision) will know the smell of that person, that helps in the accepting.

Furthermore, the jealousy related their food, bone or toy is a normal practice for dogs. Of course, with love, patience and persistence you can cease that conduct after a time. And teach your family member to forget anxiety when dealing with. The dog might sense your fear and can be growl or attack.

* Lastly, but not last, older animals don’t like to share their owner’s attention, and love. It occurs many times that these dogs become a so called “one owner only” dogs. Having said that, we have arrived again to the point that we should get to know all info about the dog before we’re taking him home.

Introducing Your Baby To a Dog is not as simple as showing to your cat. When you are ready to present the baby to your dog, please consider the following tips:

Ask someone to hold the dog leash while you take place in a chair with your child into your arms. Put your hand on the baby’s head. (This gesture shows the protection of your baby and at the same time prevents it from being bitten by the dog.)

Do not place the baby on the floor and never hold over the dog’s head, because doing that you compel the dog to jump.

Use a balanced, calm tone when talking to your dog, and sometimes caress him, to feel safe in itself.

If you don’t perceive any aggressive behavior such as growling or tail downward, slowly afford for him to take a closer look at the baby – but do not lick it. The licking is unhealthy might serve as a prelude of biting.

Make sure that your dog’s leash tight enough to be pulled back if necessary. If your dog shows any negative behaviors, answer to him a definite “NO” and command him to move away or drop out of the room. If he listens to your command and goes off independently, reward it.

Even if all goes “smooth,” it is recommended to keep the dog on a leash whenever it is approaching the child, at least the first three weeks still you manage to study his behavior.

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Can Your Dog’s Cost Be Lower?3

My dog lover Friends, this is the third part in the row of saving money on our dogs. The first part covered the Choosing the Dog to Fit Our Budget and Saving Options on Dog Food. The Low-Cost Treats, Savings on Grooming and Affordable Pet Sitters were the topics in the second installment. Now, I’m dealing with the vet expenses, the serious part of costs of dog keeping which also can be reduced.

By way of introduction, I’m much less inclined to visit our vet for minor issues until natural remedies last. This is possible because of two things: partly, I perform daily checks related to dogs’ healthy status. On the other hand, during my long dog keeping experience, I’ve learned a thing or two. So, I can perceive the possible symptoms in time and administer home remedies on my own.

Even so, I still fed my dogs according to my dog feeding method, and have Dog Insurance coverage, for all eventualities. I sustain heartworm, tick and flea prevention and provide Zizi and Lisa plenty of attention. Due to these, our dogs are healthy, amazing household dogs and show true connection toward us.

Acting In Time Is Cheaper

daily-checkingThe daily checking is important also from that aspect that it’s much easier to treat something at the beginning than later. Imagine, for some reason, you postpone checking and care until a scenario worsens. This is harshness towards your animal, but we are talking about the cost now. What do you think how much will it cost you?

It can be predictable that you’ll very likely pay a great deal for vet care. Namely, an emergency veterinary care, specifically, could cost many times more than a common office visit. And it really is usually a last option once your canine gets sick throughout Sunday when local vet facilities could be closed.

It pays to think ahead a little as well. For example, to prevent problems in winter, I use to apply Shea butter (useable in foods and cosmetics) on Zizi’s nose and paws.

Seek Actions In Vet Clinics

There are vet clinics where you can get low-cost spay and neuter care on a first-come-first-serve principle. The staffs of these clinics are often vet technicians, so they are proficient but not physicians. Consequently, they don’t substitute an appointment which entails more sophisticated knowledge.

For example, my neighbor could find her dog’s annual vaccines for $25, and neuter for approx $55. The local animal shelter also may offer services on a lower fee then a non-public vet. To get info related to this the ASPCA website is definitely a useful source.

Free Vet Clinics

You may furthermore find smaller spay-neuter non-profit organization whose mission is usually to make this service accessible to almost everybody. You can search on the Internet for ‘low price spaying/neutering’ to view what’s domestically attainable for you.

You also can consult with the local Humane Society for low-cost or free of charge spay/neuter packages and reduced-price shot clinics. Say, you’ve four canines. You can get vaccinated them for what it will cost for one on your vet’s office.

Some even provide vouchers to aid with veterinarian expenses for individuals in need. Alternatively, they can offer info on other companies that are able to help you.

In case you can document unemployment or any monetary difficulty, a few of them provide this service free of charge. Moreover, at free clinics, you can obtain rabies vaccination and micro chipping for your dogs for only $10 compared to the common $35-50.

Other Helping Organizations

Converse with your veterinarian in the event you’re fighting your vet expenses. Many vet clinics are driven to establish payment plans. And a few even run donated funds put aside to assist dog owners who struggle.

You also can consult with your canine’s breed organization. Some dog clubs nationwide establish funds offered to help with veterinary expenses.

Another possibility is to look for charities that provide aid for pet owners. For instance, on the website of the Humane Society of the United States, there is a page with dedication to assist you in finding financial help and a collection of cash-saving guidelines for animal lovers.

Reducing Vaccinations

Limiting the vaccinations also can be a solution. When you vaccinate your puppy yearly, take time to read up on the risks that could reach by over-vaccination.

In reality, many vet faculties are actually teaching that vaccinating each years is a lot. And quite a few holistic specialists believe that pup shots could provide life-time coverage.

Medicaments’ Prices

prescribed-drugThe costs for prescribed drugs diverge extensively between different pharmacies. Namely, the U.S. drug pricing is neither fastened nor regulated. The price of a prescription might be varied by greater than $100 between two pharmacies around the corner from one another!

In case you’re without insurance, it is simple to get a favorable price. Whereas costs for many medicines at pharmacies are huge for an uninsured person, there are ways to gain up to eighty percent discount. There are available coupons, financial saving tips, manufacturer or pharmacy reductions, low-cost alternative medication, or simply inquiring for a better price.

You just use GoodRx’s drug price search to make a price comparison – similar to you do for electronics or travel on other websites. And you’ll find your medication at pharmacies close to your living area. This website don’t promote the drugs; they let you know where you are able to get the best deal on medicines.

GoodRx is showing you costs, coupons, reductions and savings suggestions on your medicaments at pharmacies near you. Here’s their website: http://www.goodrx.com/

Pet Insurance

Knowledgeable opinions fluctuate on whether or not an insurance for a pet is a wise funding. That’s because many insurance plans include protection maximums and restrict coverage for hereditary circumstances or problems ordinary to your dog’s breed.

But, the proper insurance plan for a pet may mitigate the financial blow of unexpected medical emergencies. You just make absolutely certain to look around and browse the fine print before choosing your variation.

When you’ve got a family dog develop an expertise to be involved into a hassle, the pet insurance could be significantly helpful for you.

Conclusion

My Friend, do not forget that apart from bills, your family dog is definitely serving to you during this troublesome time. Simply coping with, strolling and petting your canine or puppy can decrease arterial pressure and relieve stress, making your doggie your unique, in-home, four-legged physician. He is less expensive than any therapy (if you consider), isn’t it?

Alex

Can Your Dog’s Cost Be Lower?2

Hello Everyone,

We have arrived to the second instalment of reducing dog’s cost. In the previous part, we discussed saving tips on: a) choosing the right dog to fit our budget and b) money-saving options on dog food. Meantime, one of my readers mentioned the grooming expenses she spends monthly. And others are interested in saving on pet sitting costs. These are very good questions, and I say thanks to Ethel, Louis and Claire suggested them. Today we will look at those elements too, but now, I continue with the dog treats and snacks options.

And now I’m unusual because I don’t speak the treats available in pet shops. Why? It seemed for me long ago that the time arrived to begin shopping for dog treats from our grocery store rather pet food retailer. I viewed the storage unit price of top quality treats within our local pet supply.

I found that meat treats could cost more per pound than crayfish. Another item (salmon jerky) is costlier compared to the smoked salmon I purchased. Going further between containers some bear-shaped cookies were more expensive than the cheese imported from Italy.

And by visited forums I read about canines turned into unwell or dying from cheap treats, I purchased for my dogs solely the best.

Low-cost Secure Grocery Retailer Treats

This is my listing among the finest dog treats you’ll discover in your grocery store or supermarket. These won’t cost an arm and leg and simultaneously; your dog will consuming them happily and will remain healthy.

carrots-as-healthy-dog-treatsApple Cubes – I use to make cubes from them and my dogs eat them gladly.

Carrots – I slice and store them in the fridge in ice water. They like them because the pieces stay crispy that way.

Cheese – I use to give them in a little amount to avoid diarrhea.

Chicken – Cooking them in a crock pot until the meat separated from the bone is easy. The resulting stock can be useful in many recipes.

Liver – I use to slice it into thin pieces and dehydrate them. It’s advantageous to buy organic liver. Doing so, the antibiotics and chemicals conventional agriculture apply to don’t enter the food.

Liverwurst – It also called as dog crack somewhere. It’s a superb high-value treat, but I use it moderately.

Sweet Potatoes – I prepare from them dehydrated thin slices (in the oven). Of course, I wash their skin or peel them before. In a plastic container, I can easily keep them for 2 – 3 weeks unspoiled.

turkey-hot-dogs-as-dog-treatsTurkey Hot Dogs – In the event, you don’t like dealing with them raw, put slices inside a dehydrator. Alternatively, put in a baking sheet within the oven of 170 degrees until they puff up, and their moisture goes out. Then I put them in a plastic container into the freezer.

Yogurt (frozen) – I use to add two tablespoons of peanut butter to a cupful of yogurt. Then I stir and freeze the mixture until shaped the tartlet pan.

There’s no valid justification your family dog’s rewards should be a commercial dog treats solely. So, I also use to prepare homemade dog biscuits, the recipe is here. And it’s not bad, I confess I use to taste them after baking.

Saving Money on Dog Grooming

I’m convinced I don’t need to emphasize the importance of systematic dog grooming for dog lover people. I also discussed about that here recently. Now you can find some additions.

I use to do grooming procedures like brushing/combing, bathing, haircut and nail clipping on my own. Getting the necessary supplies designed for dogs isn’t problematic. And I need to purchase the tools once and use them for many years.

Of course, I haven’t started doing dog grooming the day before yesterday. I was lucky enough to observe people older than me – such as shepherds, hunters and dog breeders – as they did the grooming processes.

And Dr. Francis Header, our veterinarian decades ago was my other help in this area. For example, among others, he showed me the removal method of a dewclaw nearly fifty years ago. And also he advised me which tool is suitable for performing a different task.

One of my readers, Ethel said she doesn’t like to leave her doggies at the pro groomer daylong. And the carrying back and forth also is problematic to her, not to mention the $140 expense for two Spaniel doggies monthly.

I understand her and only can recommend you to follow my example and learn to make the necessary grooming home. Invest in a good set of sharp clipping tools that serve you long. Enter the “dog grooming courses on DVD” into your browser and the Internet will give you a tremendous result to learn. Follow the same process if you prefer books to videos or DVDs.

My secret tip1: I use surgical scissors rather dog grooming scissors, they are cheaper, but do the task just as well. Secret tip2: The diluted baby shampoo is excellent to bathe my dog, has the more subtle smell, and cheaper than dog shampoo. (This tip originated from a vet working for a pharmaceutical giant.)

Saving on Dog Sitter Expenses

working-dog-sitter Are you intended to go out of town for getting a weekend? Hiring a dog sitter doesn’t demolish your budget necessarily. Fortunately, there are various ways to identify an affordable sitter – for between $15 and $35 per day. You can begin with asking your vet for suggestions.

And additionally, you may deliberate to search at Pet Sitters International or as well as National Association of Professional Pet Sitters. It’s a good move to be certain your dog sitter is committed, insured and licensed by a pro organization.

There is another possibility, you just visit the petsitterswap.com website. Pet Sitter Swap is helpful to individuals with dogs, cats and various other domesticated animal. As they say dogs and other pets prefer them. Because of their swap service, the animals are free from staying in cattery or kennel.

P.S.: My friends, share your related tips and help other dog lovers just like you! Next time I’ll cover the veterinary cost reduction opportunities. Thank You!

Meet the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel1

As probably you could guess by its title, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels possesses Spanish origin. These canines can also be believed to be the main reason why today’s European Toy dog breeds living primarily. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a majestic phenomenon, one of the largest among toy dog breeds. Cavaliers can be fantastic household pets and conform with so many lifestyles. Read and find out whether or not this pooch may be the perfect pal for you.

Origin of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

cavalier-king-charles-spanielIt’s known that small, spaniel-type dogs have existed already for many centuries. These little doggies also popped up regularly on paintings and tapestries depicting former aristocracy. They are visible almost always with children of royal families on the XV and XVI century paintings.

If I think about it, the King Charles Spaniel was certainly a luxury item at that time. Namely, an average person back then couldn’t afford to keep and feed a dog that doesn’t work. The rumor says that wealthy nobles particularly applied these animals as foot heaters and collecting fleas, which were bothering the dog owner.

I can imagine that situation in my mind … ha ha haLaughing. Anyway, the breed lived its golden era mainly during the reign of Charles II (1670-1685), who made a serious breeding work. Supposedly, King Charles II blew away by his Toy Spaniels totally.

He was really indicted ignoring necessary state affairs to be able to give time for his doggies. He gave great female dogs for his dog lover subjects in London. Consequently, the breeding was continued with royal control.

Just after King Charles II passed, Duke of Marlborough involved in the breeding. He was similarly captivated with this canine breed as the dead king. The red and white toy Spaniel was the Duke’s favorite color, and he named them after for his estate, Blenheim.

The young Queen Victoria also has a Cavalier Spaniel dog named Dash. Victoria in her entire life was very interested in dog breeding and transformation of species. Furthermore, the organized dog shows also have helped spread radical changes to the original Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.

Those Spaniels – showing pug-crossing, and having domed skull and slightly depressed muzzle – had become very popular. The popularity caused that the original version almost gone completely. It is interesting that due to an American revival of this kind of genuine English breed.

The Turning Point in Their History

In the early 1920s, an American named Mr. Roswell Eldridge went to England. He intended to buy old-style Spaniels, such as those seen on pictures of Copley, Gainsborough and Van Dyck. However, his attempt didn’t get a positive result. But, he was not the kind of person who gives up.

Since his attempt failed, he set a prize for breeding in 1926. He offered £ 25 – it wasn’t a small sum at the time – for the best old type of toy Spaniel bitch and male dogs on the Crufts dog show. But, the award was initially the subject of ridicule.

In fact, any toy spaniel, which had old-type heads, wasn’t desirable at all from the breeding point of view. However, the size of the set award made breeders to think and generated the initial interest in reviving the Spaniel type. Some people bought the long-nosed species from occasionally popping up litters.

They set about reviving the old Cavalier Spaniel breed. Their work was so successful that the first Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club in England had formed in 1928. The Kennel Club officially recognized the old-new breed in 1944.

The first CC title was published in the breed in 1946. The Cavalier has been one of the most popular breeds in Britain. However, the Cavalier in the U.S. also found followers. That’s even though there is recognized fully by AKC only since the first of January of 1996.

Did you know the sub classes of Cavaliers? There’s a Cavalier referred to as Prince Charles, which has black, white and tan motives. The next is the Blenheim King Charles, who possesses white coat blended with chest-nut marks. The third one is the original black and tan-colored type. And here’s the Ruby that features a stable red color.

If you’re curious you can check out the next part here. I’ll deal there with their appearance, temperament, health issues and my experiences, related to Cavaliers.

Is Context Between Dog’s Health and Water?

When it comes to the water’s role in health, we know that no live organism can exist, operate without water. That’s how it is, an instance of that is that the water is the main component of the human body. An adult human’s body contains around 60-70% water. For example, if one weights 176 pounds, his body contains about 14,3 gal water. Well, you may find similar rates in our dogs, too. So, there is a straight context between dog’s health and the water.

Water Needs

dog-drinks-waterAs researchers have shown, your family dog’s physique comprises around of 70% water. By losing all the fats and 50% of protein of its body has less impact than he cannot get water for two days or more. It can be fatal for him if the water in your canine’s body is reduced to one tenth.

With a view to survive, an adult canine requires – at a minimum – two milliliters of water projected to each pound weight daily. That’s when considering 1 ounce contains 30 milliliters of water. However, that two milliliters are only enough for your animal to produce urine within his body.

Importance of Water

Without sufficient water vital for urine providing, your family dog or whatever canine won’t be able to live. When you are providing an infinite amount of water, your canine will consume a lot more than that two millimeters required. That is particularly true if you always provide fresh water to him.

Handing your doggie merely the smallest amount of water each day could also be sufficient for him to outlive, although not for long. Shortage in water injures the system and terminates its functions progressively. He’ll ultimately become weak, come down with a disease, and decease.

Water Utilizing Ways In Dog’s Body

The advantage of providing your family dog enough water compared to the smallest amount wanted is that its system can use that multi-mode (just like in humans).

1) The water facilitates the digesting and the process of taking nutrients from the food.

2) Our dog’s system is using the water to eliminate fuel, and that is transformed into energy.

3) You can more easily sustain the standard temperature of your dog’s physique by ingesting enough water as well.

4) Consuming sufficient water replaces the fluids which might be lost in our dog’s body by excretion.

5) The water also requires to mix various kinds of chemical substances within dog’s systems. Namely, the distinct chemical reactions ensure the dissolving and remodeling those components.

6) The water also is a transport device at the same time. It takes the nutrients to the cellular structures and in addition carries poisonous waste material from the cells to the organs for correct processing. With the lack of water, these organs won’t be able to eliminate toxic things off of the dog’s body.

7) In addition, the water is required to control the acid balance within the blood flow.

8) You may know the evergreen saying goes something like “Beauty comes from inside.” This applies to our dog’s mental health as well. Namely, if he or she is happy, and balanced, the vitality is radiating from every pore. That’s can be seen through its eyes, skin, nail, and hair condition too. And the sufficient water consumption has a big role in that as well.

My Take on It

Perhaps you can perceive from the above that the water is nearly always necessary for each function occurs within your favorite’s body. And as a result of its versatility plus the degree to which it’s utilized, water is regarded to be a crucial nutrient that’s needed for all kinds of dogs.

If your animal doesn’t get to water s/he can be died within a few days because of its dehydration. However, he can withstand the starvation; he will only be caught up by the fate when he runs out half its original weight. It’s obvious, there is a significant difference between the consequences of the lack of the two.

So giving my dog anything to eat; homemade food, meat, dry food or canned meals, I make sure fresh water is in front of her always. Especially in the summer when I’m out for several hours, I put enough fresh water in a couple of shaded places to let her drink. I never let the water bowl being empty, and I recommend you to do so as well.

P.S.: By reading this article, I hope you gained some insight related the role of water in your dog’s health. The comment section is open for your remark or question, take advantage of it. Thank You!

Dog Tails Should Be Docked?

I’m experiencing some debate – especially in Europe – when it comes to dog tails should be docked or not. There are people who feel that it is unnecessary or even cruel to dock a dog’s tail. They think that tails are docked for purely cosmetic reasons, and that practice should be stopped. However, the tails of dogs of some breeds have been docked for centuries for non-cosmetic reasons. Here’s why.

Traditions

Throughout history, the tails of some breeds have been docked for different reasons. At various times some dog owners were taxed by their governments depending on how many dogs with tails they had so dog owners docked the tails of some breeds in order to avoid paying the taxes.

pointer-dog-with-docked-tailEven after the taxes were repealed, owners continued to dock the breeds they had begun docking for other reasons. A great number of breeds were and are docked to prevent injury. This applies particularly to hunting dogs.

Health Aspects

Dogs who work in the field are prone to collecting burrs and foxtails in heavy cover as well as hurting their tails while wagging. This leads to wounds, pain and infection. Docking the tail prevents these injuries.

For other breeds, tails are traditionally docked for the sake of cleanness. People want to keep feces from becoming attached to long fur. For some guarding and herding breeds, tails have been docked to prevent injury while working.

In virtually every case where a breed standard calls for tail docking there is a reason for the docking relating to concern for the dogs’ welfare.

Controversy

Opponents of tail docking claim that dogs today could be allowed to have long tails or could be bred to be tailless. Dog owners, breeders, and plenty of veterinary surgeons are an opponent of this opinion. They share their point of view that if docking discontinued, the canines would be forced to suffer.

As for breeding dogs without a tail, here is an example. In one breed, the Braque du Bourbonnais, French breeders tried to breed for taillessness and ended up with an extinct breed. They are only now trying to bring their breed back from extinction by breeding half-bred dogs.

They were so focused on breeding for dogs with no tails that their numbers dwindled to zero. The same thing can happen to any breed that becomes fixated on one trait.

The Tail Docking

Tail docking is done on puppies when they are just a few days old. So, there is no evidence that they feel any more pain from tail docking than puppies feel from having their dew claws removed.

The American Kennel Club states the further supports tail docking, as well as ear cropping and dew claw removal. In breeds that call for dogs with docked tails, individual parent clubs decide whether or not dogs with long tails are allowed to be shown at dog shows.

In the UK tail docking is banned except for working dogs used for their traditional job of work.  Any dog is a working canine if a vet has certified that the animal is likely to be used for work. That relates in connection with the following law enforcement, armed forces’ activities, emergency rescue, lawful pest control, and the legal shooting of animals.

The Canadian Kennel Club, like the AKC, supports the practice of tail docking when performed on young puppies. So, around the world numerous Kennel Clubs acknowledge approximately fifty dog breeds docked traditionally.

My Observations

boxer-with-docked-tailI dealt with Vizsla and Doberman, and Boxer dog was in our household too. I experienced they wag their tails very intensively because of being hyperactive. These dogs’ tail develops without hair, so there is nothing to protect it. Moreover; the skin is thin there. Due to these things, they are quite vulnerable.

The animal smashed its tail to something, and at best, it became “only” bloody by beating up to the bone, at worse it will be broken. Unfortunately, I have seen more of these cases during decades. That tremendously hurt the adult dog, after all – by medical recommendation – the cutting was applied.

Similarly, to us humans, that wound is much painful, and the healing takes considerably longer. In contrast, newborn puppies have soft cartilages, and nervous system isn’t developed, so they feel nothing. I have seen that the shepherd cut the tail of newborn little lambs.

The little newborns didn’t notice that, namely they didn’t squeak at all. They romped around as if nothing had happened to them. Albeit, they’re more developed at their birth than dog puppies. And I’m an advocate of the “rational” animal protection.

P.S.: Share your experiences related to this topic. Thank You!

Thanks to Talk Our Dogs Readers & Subscribers!

Hi everyone!

I’m writing this post on Friday – the day before the weekend. The weather is spoiling us with brilliant sunshine. We deserved that because we saw the rain clouds only during four days. I decided this article will be other than most of the previous. The reason is twofold. Firstly, I’d like to say to thank you for my subscribers publicly for their support. Secondly, I intend to give you here some additions to my “about me” page.

Saying Thank You

To start from the beginning, it wasn’t easy for me to unbosoming myself to the world. I’m not so extroverted like a celebrity who shares even their bedroom affairs with the universe. And I do not declare myself an expert. I just love the animals and that feeling started sixty-five years ago – at least, so I recall.

And believe me, I’ve seen a thing or two during this period. I like to write about dog topics occur in dog owners’ everyday life. Due to that concept, you may find fewer chit-chats in my articles, although I’m not an opponent of building relationships.

Far from it! Nevertheless, only so much time is in a day for me besides other commitments I’ve. However, as I experienced, you, my readers and subscribers appreciate the meat in an article. I tried to write about dog-related topics I had the pleasure to get to know so far. But I try to keep up with the latest trends as well.

I also got several feedbacks on this in emails and comments, and now I’m saying a Big Thank You for your kind support!

About Choosing Topics

As for the choice of subjects, before I started this site, I was thinking about pre-programmed, themed topics. Not much time elapsed, and I found it is better for the readers – and myself, too – if I’m dealing with the problems arising daily. Due to that, I have no shortage of subjects. And that’s the reason if one or other category contains more or less articles.

For instance, you meet different dog persons during walking with your canine. You can do discussions when you’re purchasing dog food, toys, equipments, etc. for your favorite in stores and markets. I often got topic ideas when meet other canine owners in a club.

Moreover, I’ve to mention the dog races and shows I visited occasionally. Furthermore, my habit is to discuss with vets and staff of a shelter I worked as a volunteer before. One of my engagements is reading pet-related news on the net.

Of course, my dog owner or prospective canine keeper readers also suggest topics which they are interested in. I ask you, my readers and subscribers, keep this good habit in the future, too. Please, do not hesitate to ask, I’ll try to do my best to answer your questions.

About My Love for Dogs

As you may know from the above, my parents familiarized me with animals as a little kid. There were different domestic animals in our household, among dogs as well. Furthermore, my grand dad dealt with flocks at that times, so I met shepherd dogs, too.

In the household, I spent my childhood, there was a Hungarian Kuvasz called Swan. She was a very good sidekick, and allowed me a lot. I loved to be with her, and my parents educated me being responsible to Swan. I took part in her feeding, watering, cleaning and exercising.

Due to the bonding developed between the two of us, I was mentally down when she passed away. I became bedridden. Medicaments were ineffective. One of the sheepdogs of my granddad was the right medication for me. I often think back to that fur balls with love; he was Curier, a Puli. 🙂

How It Continued?

In my further life, I met many kind of dog breeds. Some of them lived in my kennel, others I met in the shelter mentioned above. I’d be in a big trouble if I should have to count their numbers. Apart from that, there are quite a few breed stood close to me.

Just name a few besides above mentioned:

Lobo – Bernese Mountain Dog

Doris – Boxer

Bear – Komondor     

Courier – Puli

Roll – German Shepherd (rescued)

Manu – Siberian Huski (rescued)

Ficus – Mudi mix (rescued)

Nero – Mixed breed (rescued)

Tik-tak – Wirehaired Foxterrier (rescued)

Zizi – Labrador / German Shepherd mix (rescued)

Anyway, they are those canines I wrote about in my book, too. Of course, dealing with different dogs wasn’t cloud-free always. The solution of problems from time to time helped my progress in dog keeping as well. So, what I know about dogs nowadays, I collected from living with them.

And now there are few pictures from the city I live: (pictures open in new window)

This is the County House – main entrance

The City Hall

This is the Art Gallery

The Theater Szigligeti

View from the walker bridge

P.S.: I hope I could give you some addition to know who I am. But, if you’ve any question, topic proposal, constructive critics, etc. please put hesitation aside and speak your mind in the comments. I’ll do my best to satisfy your needs. Thank You!

Which Party Gets the Dog in Divorce?

A divorce is a very tricky matter, not just for the people involved, but also for the family dog. The process unavoidably bring the sharing of material goods two people possess. What both of you bring into the connection from the start is divided now. This is natural when it comes to properties. However, do you know what happens whenever you possess a dog collectively?

Determining what you should do with a household pet that you just owned with your ex together generally is a tough and emotive combat. Even though it’s quite simple to state that you’d like to get your Poodle yourself, it’s better to keep in mind your canine’s interest when arbitrating its post-splitting destiny.

Every circumstance is different when it comes to separating a dog from someone or giving to. There are cases every day in which these matters are subject to judgment before the court. Fortunately, there are several ways of proceeding. Now I just pronounce these as I heard from a divorce judge the other day.

If a Dog Is a Gift

Assuming that the dog has not been included among the assets to be divided by the divorcing couple. Then the first way of looking at things is based on the simple facts of the law: who gave what to whom? If someone gave a dog to the husband, but he gave the dog to the wife, whose dog is it?

which-party-gets-the-dog-in-divorceIn a case like this, the law would determine that the dog belongs to the wife because the husband gave it to her as a gift. A court could also decide to look at a case from the point of view of what was in the best interests of the dog.

What’s the Dog’s Interest?

It may happen that Mrs. X actually owned the dog but the animal was clearly devoted to Mr. X. In this case, the court could decide to award the dog to Mr. X based on the bond between the dog and Mr. X.

An evolving body of law, however, has been deciding who gets the dog based on a different standard. They have been asking, “Who cares for the dog?”  In other words, who is the person who feeds the dog, bathes the dog, and takes the dog to the vet?

This may be how the court determines what is in the true best interest of the dog. They can award the dog to the person who has shown that they are capable of providing care for the dog and bear the costs.

Other Considerations

So, deciding who gets the dog is not a black and white matter in courts. It will depend on which standard a court decides to use. It may depend on who wants the dog more. It may depend on negotiations and bargaining behind the scenes.

What effect this fuss may have to the dog’s life in the future? Undoubtedly, the dog may be somewhat confused to have his routine upset. And in addition, it loses one of the regular people in his life. An outside observer would not be able to judge without knowing the facts.

However, the picture will have a tinge if there have been ongoing fights and tensions within the home. In that case, the dog may be better off living with just one person in a more harmonious situation.

My Remark

Who knows? Perhaps a judge could award joint custody and the divorced spouse would be able to occasionally visit the dog. You possibly watched the film “The Awful Truth” where Irene Dunne and Cary Grant go to court to decide who gets Mr. Smith, their Wire Fox Terrier.

What happened was that Irene Dunne cheated and used a toy to get Mr. Smith to come to her. Apart from that, Cary Grant is allowed to visit the dog. There was a relative happy ending. However, life might bring that not all divorces have happy endings.

My friend, I must state that I’m not a lawyer. This entry is the result from the conversation I made with a dog owner who is coincidentally a divorce judge with 38 years experience. Apart from that, I find it good that at least courts are trying to place dogs in the best situations.

P.S.: Imagine, you’re now reading your dog instead for the fair housing him in divorce. Hopefully, you and your dog are not a subject of such a court matter. Please, share the impact this post evoked in you in the comments. Thank You!

Moving With Your Dog Stress Free

Among the current living conditions, people are moving a few times, along with their dog. I went through in suchlike ‘nice’ locomotion a number of occasions. Entrust a mover … or packing, loading to truck, unload, unpacking, arrangements … there you are! Familiar, isn’t it?

moving-with-your-dogMy friend, I say from experience, I helped to move my brother-in-law two weeks ago. Moving is usually stressful enough for humans, but it’s also a stressful time for your dog. However, there are some things you can do to make a move easier for your dog. Here are seven tips – that I also applied – for moving with your dog.

A)  Make sure that your dog has his own crate. Whether you use it for traveling or as a safe place for your dog to go to during the move, the crate can be an invaluable investment. If your dog isn’t accustomed to using a crate, get the crate several weeks earlier.

Take your time and patiently help your dog get used to it. Put treats and toys in the crate and encourage your dog to go inside. Leave the door open so your dog can explore. Put food in the crate. Let him learn that the crate is a good place.

B)  If you’re moving with your dog locally, take him to the new place and let him look around. Take him inside and let him sniff the unknown place out. Let him look over the new yard or take him for a walk around the neighborhood.

Allowing your dog to see the new home when it’s not as stressful as it will be on moving day will help him adjust.

C)  Arrange new identification made for your dog. Get fresh ID tags for his collar with your brand-new address and phone number. If your dog has a microchip ( mine has) make sure you call the chip company with your actual address.

Furthermore, call your vet to update your dog’s information. Microchipping or updating your dog’s data can help in case your dog gets loose during the move.

D)  Before the move, you should inspect your new home and yard for anything that might be harmful to your dog. People often leave behind old cans of paint, antifreeze, junk and other things. All these could poison or otherwise injure your dog.

Check the place out thoroughly and properly dispose of anything harmful. Check for plants that could be toxic for dogs – such as Dieffenbachia, Oleander, etc. – too.

E)  If you have a fenced yard be sure to check the fence out meticulously to make sure there are no areas where your dog can escape. Check wires, look over the ground to see if your dog can dig his way out, and look for gaps. You’d be amazed at what small space dogs can squeeze through sometimes.

F)  When the moving day comes, try to keep things as calm as possible for your dog. Do you have a friend who could pet sit your dog during the day? If so, try to leave your dog with your friend while you move and simply pick him up at the end of the day.

If not, it’s best to keep your dog in the crate while people are going in and out of the house with furniture and boxes. This will prevent your dog from slipping out the door when no one is looking. Put the crate in a quiet room so your dog won’t be disturbed.

Make sure you provide him with some water and toys. Don’t forget to check on him regularly. If he seems upset try giving him a few drops of Rescue Remedy.

G)  Once all is over, even for the move as well. Most of the commotion is finished and people moving furniture and boxes have left. Then you can let your dog out to investigate his new surroundings. It’s best if you supervise, especially when you let him outdoors in case he finds something he shouldn’t.

Your dog will soon settle down and begin to relax in your new home together. If you have boxes, and drawers open remember that your dog is still a dog. He may pick up something to chew on, so start putting things where they belong. Furthermore, set up areas that will be off-limits to him  as in your former home.

If you follow these tips for moving with your dog, your locomotion to your new home should go smoothly for you and your animal. Dogs are much more adaptable than many people can imagine. From your dog’s point of view, as long as he is with you then he can be happy. Just help him over the actual move, and he’ll be fine.

P.S.: What was the last time you moved? How did you solve the relative tranquility of your dog during the day in question? We welcome your related ideas in the comments. Thank You!