Archive for November, 2008

What Kind of Dog is Right for Me? Part 1 – Puppy Love….!

What Kind of Dog is Right for Me? Part 1 – Puppy Love….!

So you’ve decided you want to get a new dog and you’re now wondering “What kind of Dog is right for me?” – this series of articles should help you decide…

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Once you’ve decided that you want a pet dog, it’s all too easy to take one look at a cute puppy and immediately want to take it home with you but stop – before you do, here are some (very!) important things to consider before making your choice.

Firstly, while he (or she!) won’t be anywhere near as expensive as your new car and probably won’t last as long as your home, your new puppy, as a new member of your family, will be more a part of your everyday life than any other single purchase you’re likely to make.

The cute, handsome, healthy, well-behaved dog that you have adored on television, at the local dog show, or at a neighbor’s house, did not get that way by accident. No – you’ll find that his care and upbringing were deliberate and well-planned so as to produce a rewarding companion and a pet that the whole family can be proud of.

Know What You Are Getting Into

While I may not agree with the age-old saying that a pet often looks like his owner (or the other way around!) – I whole heartedly agree with the fact that they should be well matched in terms of how much energy they have, what they enjoy doing, how much time they like to spend outdoors, and how much room they have in the home. 

So the owner who is truly well-matched to their pet should spend some time thinking about what type of dog would be most suitable for his home, time limits, energy requirements, and purpose. Many breeds and mixed breeds can be too large, too energetic, or just plain too difficult to groom for the average owner – don’t forget puppies grow up!

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To get the most pleasure from owning an animal, you should carefully consider what you want most in a dog – and how much time and effort you are willing and able to devote to his everyday care and upkeep.

If you’re ready to take on any challenge then great! Simply choose any breed, or combination of breeds that you desire. If however your time, ability, or willingness to cater to a dog is limited, give it some serious thought as to how much you can offer your new puppy when the fun period of puppyhood is over.

For example – a full-grown Collie, English Sheepdog, Afghan Hound, or Poodle can be quite a chore to groom throughout the year, and un-trained Irish Setter adolescents will wear out the otherwise placid dog owner to complete and utter exhaustion.

Likewise, an average Italian Greyhound is not suitable for protecting a large country property – nor can a mixed-breed dog be entered into conformation or obedience competitions. So start off on the right foot by making the correct decision about what type of puppy to choose.

Take The Age Of The Pup Into Consideration

Age is also an important factor in selecting a puppy. If the choice is yours, try to bring the puppy home when he is 8 weeks old. Studies have proven this is the most ideal time for a pup to leave his mother and the other puppies in order to start a new relationship with a new (human) family.

If you were to take your puppy before it was eight weeks old, he would not yet have completed proper socialization with his canine peers – and after eight weeks he may have developed too close an attachment to the other puppies and his mother which can make it harder for the puppy to bond as strongly with his new (human) family.

However, if the dog you are considering is not precisely 8 weeks old, and he has definitely stolen your heart, then of course do not pass up the opportunity to bring him home. Do keep in mind, however, that potential problems may come up with temperament or behavior and will require patience, extra love, and special handling later in time.

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Would this do good for the first chapter of a story?

Question by Sam: Would this do good for the first chapter of a story?
This was written by my twelve year-old niece. I thought it was lovely. My niece is trying to come up with her very first “novel”. this is her first chapter

PENELOPE’S FACE WAS INCHES away from the glass and her deep blue eyes gazed upon the cute little furball sleeping soundly in the velveteen basket. How come children her age could curl up in bed hugging one and she couldn’t? It just wasn’t fair, was it? She had known Rhonda Byrne’s ‘the secret’ for years now and had been hoping for a little furball since she was five.
Seven years later…
Well, maybe the secret doesn’t work for everyone. Because it certainly hadn’t worked for her. Three years ago she wished upon a star for this book called “The Great Gatsby”. Not all people can get whatever they want whenever they want. Life is unfair.
For this girl, a wish list is something that contains things, both things you can touch and things you can’t, like happiness. Only, these things she kept wishing for, in her mind, were nothing but a fantasy she could start thinking of on a hot summer day, or pauses between schoolwork and schoolwork.

She went back and suddenly felt her mother’s warm hands wrap around her’s.
“Well, Dr. Trent said you were allergic.”
Penelope suddenly felt that familiar sentiment of repeating discouragement. “Yeah I know, shut up already, okay?” she thought.
Let’s just say Penelope was raised in a different sort of way. In a way that she must never be a rebel but at the same time loving and submissive.
You’re probably wondering how that goes and I’ll give you a clue: it has something to do with a beating.
She learned to think before she spoke when she was seven. She learned to never say the “s” word, the “f” word, that three letter word, that female dog word, that “b” word that reminds her of mustard…
And she must be reminded every other day that the internet is an enemy. Is it?

“Mom, I learned that they’re selling hypoallergenic cats online,” Penelope said in front of her parents on the dinner table.
“Mind your manners,” muttered her very business-minded father. Penelope took a moment to realize what it was now. She shut her mouth and chewed her food.
“I’m sorry, Da–”
“Father,”he corrected. “And always remember that ‘apologize’ is a better word.”
“Very well, I apologize, Father.” He nodded with pleasure.
The conversation ended and was followed by a long silence. It was deathly quiet, except for the clatter of forks and knives against the china plates.
“I just found out that the company’s holding a piano concert in one of the theaters within the vicinity of our home. And it’s for charity, wouldn’t that be wonderful, dear?” Penelope’s mother suddenly spoke.
“Yes, yes, yes yes…”

Her father took a bottle of his finest white wine from the center of the table, next to the weaved fruit basket that had the reddest Washington apples.
He poured a tiny fraction into his wine glass and sipped. He smacked his lips in pleasure.
“Penny, how old are you?”
“I’m twelve.”
“Good. You must start training your tongue by the time you reach this age if you want a critic’s tongue by the time you are twenty winters old.”

Penny raised her eyebrows. It had always bothered her how her father couldn’t talk to her like any dad would talk to his daughter.
She felt like a student he was stuck with for the rest of his life. Her father had dyed dark hair, except for the shiny gray ones that grew from their roots. You could easily judge him as someone’s grandfather. He had married in his fifties.

She shifted her eyes from the bottle of wine to her glass, which was lying face down on her wicker place mat.
He lifted the glass before she could mutter an “um” and poured a spoonful of white wine.
“You ought to start with that amount and I’ll teach you how to savor the wine.”
He poured another small fraction into his glass and rocked the glass slowly and gently in a circular motion. Penny followed, doing the same with her glass, with the spoonful she had been given.
“Choose the glasses that have a wide diameter. This makes the scent spread much easier. Remember to have a whiff.”
She did as he did and stared at the white liquid before her eyes. “Now, take a sip.”
Penelope scrunched her eyes. It wasn’t that bad. She just wasn’t used to it.
“You’ll move to red wine once you’re thirteen and a half. Remember, no more than a spoonfull.”
Penny nodded stood up as her father waved his right hand, indicating that the session was over.
He stood and gazed at the stunning Swarovski chandelier hanging high above him.
“One more thing Penny,” he said before walking away. “You must never sell this heirloom, when I pass away.”
It was a rather strange thing for him to say, after teaching his daughter the basics of drinking wine. Never mind, he always said what was on his mind anyway.

That night Penny crept into her room, after fixing the dishes. She changed into her satin night gown after taking a bath and brushing her teeth. She settled down on

it didn’t paste it all after all

I think she writes better than stephenie meyer and that crap she likes writing about.

it didn’t paste it all after all

I think she writes better than stephenie meyer and that crap she likes writing about.
her chair and propped a book on the walnut desk in front of her.
“Have you heard of platform nine and three-quarters? Well I can think of something else with the exact same measurements–” Penny abruptly stopped the instant she heard the tunes of a beautiful Chopin sonata.
She just couldn’t resist her favorite sound. Penny went closer to the window and pushed it open. The wind blew her hair, whisking it behind her. She hummed quietly, it was one of her favorite songs.
She watched from her window, a pianist’s hands glide across the keys, his back crouched over his hands in deep concentration. He often played this song every other night. Obviously it was one of his favorites as much as it was one of hers.

How she wished she could play the piano. It was one of her dreams and she sighed whenever she imagined that she would someday have hands that would glide across the keys of a baby grand piano.
But that was far from reality and being a pianist was nothing but a silly dream. She had never even managed to get her hands on a piano. There were far more things in life she had to think of, than things that were nothing but dreams. Dreams that were far from her reach, far from coming true.

Best answer:

Answer by Maria E
A 12 year old wrote this?!

A little elaboration, but wow – coming from a 12 year old. Looks promising to me. Don’t push her! It’s there, let her wring it out herself. It should be good.

Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!

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History of the Dog and Its Breeds

History of the Dog and Its Breeds

With over 400 breeds of dog available today, it may be a bit mind boggling to know that all domestic dogs come from the same family. DNA analysis has proven that Canis familiaris is where all dog breeds began, making them descendants of Canis lupus, which is the wolf. The wolf was interbred to make new breeds. Therefore, each group of breeds has slightly different dog histories. Ancient breeders chose the best male and female dogs to breed and produce puppies that had the best traits of both parents, much like the breeders of today.

The sporting dog breeds were created for running, hunting, and agility. These are dogs with longer legs, higher energy levels, quiet voices, and the ability to retrieve. Dogs in this group include spaniels and setters. Many of these breeds have their origins in Western Europe during the eras when hunting was both a gentleman’s sport as well as way to provide food.

Greyhounds, beagles, and bloodhounds are a part of the hound breeds. These dogs were bred specifically for hunting. They are rather vocal, which is a definite wolf characteristic. In recent days, the hound breeds have a history of doing work with law enforcement and acting as guard dogs.

Working dog breeds are made to be strong and powerful so they are able to handle tasks that require a lot of strength and endurance. This group includes boxers, Rottweilers, and Dobermans. The St. Bernard is a part of this group as well, being used as mountain rescue dogs and, in northern climates, used to pull sleds.

Another breed of dogs is the herding group. These dogs probably originated in areas that had open plains and other geographic traits that were suited to caring for large animal herds of sheep and cattle. Sheepdogs and collies are a part of this breed group, and are bred to be agile, fast, and smart enough to keep large numbers of animals under control.

Originally bred to burrow and drive out game or eliminate pests, the terrier breed has keen eyesight so they can see in the dark, low bodies to fit in small places and strong jaws to eliminate their prey. Examples of this breed are cairn terriers and wheaten terriers.

Toy breeds may be thought of as playmates now, but were bred particularly to be small, while retaining traits of their wolf cousins. This breed group includes Chihuahuas, Papillons, and Maltese dogs.

Mixed breeds fall into the non sporting group. These dogs don’t fit into other classifications of breeds, but they contain everything from dalmations to bulldogs. While they may not have the distinctive breeding traits of their purebred counterparts, they are still an example of their wolf ancestry.

Dog breeders today continue to combine known breeds to see what they can come up with in regard to different traits to make better pets. An example of this is the hypo-allergenic breeds. There are also mixed breed bloodlines being used to make new breeds like the cockapoo, which is a cross between the cocker spaniel and poodle, and the maltipoo, the combination of a maltese and poodle. This is considered to be dog breed history in the making.

To know more about history of the dog and its breeds visit us at Dog Bredds Central and to buy dogs from the breeders visit K9Stud.

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How to Solve Pet Waste Problems at Hotels, Rv Parks and Apartment Complexes

How to Solve Pet Waste Problems at Hotels, Rv Parks and Apartment Complexes

So how important are pets to people? A recent survey by revealed that fourteen percent of pet owners say that a community’s pet policy is the first thing they consider when visiting and selecting an apartment. “I love having a pet in my apartment because it feels more like home. The people in the entire building seem nicer and friendlier since the pets also brighten up the common areas,” a survey respondent commented.

APPMA; American Pet Products Manufactures Association reports that according to the 2007-2008 National Pet Owners Survey, 63% of U.S. households own a pet, which equates to 71.1 million homes. The survey goes on to say, in 1988, the first year the survey was conducted, 56% of U.S. households owned a pet as compared to 63% in 2006.

APPMA reports that 2008 Pet Product Trend has a Pets Welcome Policy in hotels across the country.
Many hotels are adopting pet friendly policies. Several chains have announced new pet-friendly policies that include everything from oversized pet pillows, plush doggie robes, to check-in gift packages that include a pet toy, dog treat, ID tag, bone and turn down treat. Some even have a licensed dog masseuse on staff.

Philip Emery, manufacture and owner of Gittalong Little Doggie, which manufactures Dog Waste Poop Bag Dispensers and All-In-One Pet Waste Stations adds, “Many people feel that pets are more than a part of the family — they are family. And that’s why dealing with pets not only in Apartments, Hotels, RV Parks or anywhere people might take their dogs became a mission for me and my company to deal with dog waste.” Philip Went on to say; “ Our company believes so strongly in keeping dogs welcomed in public places that we have made our units the lowest price on the market for All-In-One Dog Waste Stations and also have included a Lifetime Guarantee on all Poop Bag Dispensers which we feel makes our units one of the best on the market today.” To learn more about Gittalong Little Doggie, please visit:

As the Nation increases with pet ownership the need for Hotels, Apartments, RV Parks, & Condos to have an economically friendly way to deal with dog waste by their pet visitors or residents is not a luxury but a necessity to keep facilities dog waste free.

Here are some options to dealing with dog waste in commercial locations:

Provide signage to remind guests to clean up after their dogs

Provide dog poop bags for guests when checking in to your facility

Have a designated pet area on the property for dogs

Provide Dog Waste Stations in strategic locations throughout property that contain a sign, bag dispenser, post and trashcan

Decide how many Pet Waste Stations Or Poop Bag Dispensers will be needed for proper coverage for the area that it will be serving

Shop around for companies that will give a discount for quantity ordering on dispensers

Check pricing on replacement bags for any dispenser that you will be buying and if the company has discount pricing on quantity bag ordering

Check around before purchasing any dispensers for your property because prices vary from company to company and you may be able to purchase more units at a lower price to meet your property coverage needs

Krystal Emery has experience in Dog waste management as owner and manufacture of Dog Waste Dispensers. In 2004 Krystal Emery and her husband Philip Emery launched production and manufacturing of their All-In-One Commando units that are commercial grade Poop Bag dispensers for commercial use. In 2005 they founded, Gittalong Little Doggie which has been growing strongly over the past few years.

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Need help figuring out Puppy Vaccinations; also, Neuter Reccomendations?

Question by Maria: Need help figuring out Puppy Vaccinations; also, Neuter Reccomendations?
I bought a 3-month old Maltipoo (turns 4 months in April 3rd) and I’m looking at his vaccinations list.

In his papers, it says this about vaccines:

Vaccinated: 2/10/08
Vaccinated: 3/16/08

round/tape: 2/9/08”

I looked over the available vaccinations list, but the ones I see in there do not include DHLPP? It says DA2PP and DA2LPP. What does this mean? Is it the same? I’m assumming that what he has listed means that he already got his two series of shots; how many are there remaining?

I bought Insurance for him from PetPlan (maximum coverage), but I am aware it does not offer preventative care or spay/neuter procedures. I’m getting the rest of his vaccinations at his vet.

Also, at what age do you reccomend for me to neuter him? I know there’s a couple of low-cost neutering programs out there, so if you know about them it would be great. Not necessary though — I’ve already decided on a vet for him, so I’m just looking at other options.

Thanks! 🙂
Almost forgot! (Or ran out of space, either of the two)

How much does the procedure usually cost, and which company do you reccomend? I know there’s 24-hour-pet-watch, homeagain, ect… any experiences with these?
I’m really bad at additional details; I was asking about Microchipping! Oops! 🙂

Best answer:

Answer by Arei
I thiiiinnkkk there are 2 or 3 more of that first series shots remaining for your puppy. I think, I would ask your vet though.

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