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Dangerous Dogs – Warning

If you own, or are considering adopting or purchasing a dog from your county, city, province, or state’s “dangerous dogs” list and also have children, be very careful. It only takes moments for tragedy to strike. When it happens, there is no going back. No way to undo what’s been done. Please, never leave your children alone with your dog – even for a minute.

The picture below is proof of what can go wrong.

You’ve been warned.

Take care… for everyone’s sake!

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Tragedy for Bull Terrier

Tragedy for Bull Terrier

Just think how embarrassed this poor dog will be at the park…

This kind of tragedy can be avoided.

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This post was done in good humor… but the truth is, dogs and children should not be left alone together. It really does only take a moment for things to go wrong. Regardless of the breed, be watchful. Children hurt dogs, dogs hurt children. Neither understands one another really well, and the results can be scary. So be aware. Be safe.

There are no bad dogs, only bad owners!

Beverly Hills Chihuahua (or) Chihuahuas are Small but Mighty!

As a dog lover in general, and a Chihuahua fancier in particular, you knew I’d eventually have to see Beverly Hills Chihuahua. Well… not much I can say about this stinker of a movie except PEEEE-U. Wow. It was really THAT bad. I thought, if nothing else, it should be cute. But no. I can’t even say that about it. The story was lame, the acting was bad, the voice overs were dull, the CGI was horrible. Aye Chihuahua!

The only redeeming part of this movie, was the scene in the Aztec ruins. “Small but Mighty”. I’ve been saying it for years.

Chihuahuas are not the yippy, shaking, fufu dogs that some people seem determined to turn them into. They are a lot of dog. They are incredibly intelligent, and run circles around any novice human cohabitants. There is a reason people talk about them as if they are “bad dogs” – it’s because the outsmart their people on a regular basis. Love, love, love these dogs. They are MY breed… but they are SOOOO not for a novice dog person. They really do require someone who knows dogs, understands dog language, and can give them the credit they are due.

I’m a Chihuahua lover, and like any devotee of a particular breed, I’m the first in line to tell you all the reasons a Chihuahua is the wrong breed for you. Still sticking around after that long list? Then maybe you might be ready for one.




Click the following link for an FAQ on the Chihuahua – http://www.noselicks.com/pb/wp_9f6619e0/wp_9f6619e0.html

Or visit my site devoted to these incredible little dogs – http://www.chihuahualovers.com/

Aggression Begets Aggression

A new study proves something that dog professionals have known for years:  people who attempt to dominate, are more likely to to elicit aggressive behaviors from their dogs.  While this isn’t exactly “news” to those of us who’re involved in the art of training positively, it will definitely rate as news to some.  And in either case is worth noting.

If You’re Aggressive, Your Dog Will Be Too, Says Veterinary Study

ScienceDaily (Feb. 18, 2009) — In a new, year-long University of Pennsylvania survey of dog owners who use confrontational or aversive methods to train aggressive pets, veterinary researchers have found that most of these animals will continue to be aggressive unless training techniques are modified


The full story can be found here:  http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/02/090217141540.htm

Itty Bits & Nico’s Necklaces

Itty Bits - a new etsy shop

Itty Bits - a new etsy shop

I’d like to take a moment to invite you to my new etsy shop.  Eventually it will host a plethora of products for babies, toddlers, and small dogs – your itty bitty family members.  Currently there are six listings for Nico’s Necklaces.

Nico’s Necklaces are something I’ve been working on for some time.  I started a few years ago working with leather and beads, while pretty, the leather had safety limitations.  Then, a couple months before Nico (my heart dog) passed on, I struck upon the idea of using elastic cord.  It worked perfectly!  Beautiful, and safe!  Unfortunately Nico never got the opportunity to wear the finished version.  He left for the Rainbow Bridge while I was working on his.  You can read Nico’s story at http://www.chihuahualovers.com.  I named the necklaces, designed to allow small dogs to safely wear tags without fear of getting caught and choking, after Nico – as he was the reason I designed them in the first place.

I do hope you’ll stop by Itty Bits and have a look around.  Nico’s Necklaces were born out of a need for a safe way to identify small dogs, and born out of my love for my own Chihuahua and heart dog.  I’m proud to finally be able to offer them to you.

http://IttyBits.etsy.com

AKC – 125 Years of Purebred Dogs (popular dogs list)

I just received this press release from the American Kennel Club.  Yes, I’m Canadian, but it’s an interesting and relevant release.  If the CKC would issue one similar I’d happily share it too.  So, without further ado:

For the 18th consecutive year, the Labrador Retriever is the most popular purebred dog in America, according to 2008 registration statistics released today by the American Kennel Club® (AKC) But, while more than twice as many Labs were registered last year than any other breed making it a likely leader for many years to come, the Bulldog continues to amble its way up the list. The breed made news last year by returning to the AKC’s Top 10 for the first time in more than 70 years and now has jumped 6%, advancing two spots to land in 8th place.

“The playful Lab may still reign supreme, but the docile and adaptive nature of the Bulldog is gaining ground as a family favorite,” said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson.  “It’s no surprise to learn that this devoted family companion is still growing in popularity.”

2008 Most Popular Dogs in the U.S.
1. Labrador Retriever
2. Yorkshire Terrier
3. German Shepherd Dog
4. Golden Retriever
5. Beagle
6. Boxer
7. Dachshund
8. Bulldog
9. Poodle
10. Shih Tzu

125 YEARS OF HISTORY
Like the Bulldog, the popularity of breeds ebbs and flows over time.  The AKC is proud to be celebrating its 125th Anniversary during 2009. In 1884 at the time of the organization’s founding, AKC registered only nine breeds versus the 161 it recognizes today:

AKC Registered Breeds in 1884                                                    Rank in 2008
Pointer                                                                                                111
Chesapeake Bay Retriever                                                               48
English Setter                                                                                      86
Gordon Setter                                                                                      92
Irish Setter                                                                                            69
Clumber Spaniel                                                                               117
Cocker Spaniel*                                                                                  21
Irish Water Spaniel                                                                           144
Sussex Spaniel                                                                                 147

*In 1884 the English Cocker Spaniel and the Cocker Spaniel were registered as the same breed. They were separated in 1946. Today the English Cocker Spaniel is ranked 70th.

These original breeds are all current members of the Sporting Group — dogs bred to help man find and retrieve game. They all have innate instincts in the water, field and woods. While none of the original nine is anywhere near the AKC Top 10, the qualities that made them effective hunters — trainability and desire to please — make them ideal family dogs today.

“I think the comparison of our original nine to the current top 10 illustrates the different needs that dogs fill today,” said Peterson. “In the 1880’s most breeds served a specific purpose or function. Today dogs still serve man and in even more diverse roles — from guide dog to bomb detection K-9 – but most of all, dogs are now companions that ground us to nature in a busy and increasingly technological world.”

PET PREFERENCES: TOP 50 CITIES
While time periods are indicators for the popularity of certain pets, so is geography. Each year, AKC looks at the most popular breeds in each of the 50 largest cities in the U.S.  Some highlights:
While the Bulldog continues to climb the national list, it’s really marking its territory in a number of western cities — Las Vegas, Long Beach, Los Angeles, and San Diego – where it comes in 2nd, right after the Lab.
Only Honolulu, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Portland, Raleigh, and Salt Lake City snubbed the Bulldog — opting for a wide variety of other breeds in their Top 10.
Detroit and Miami are the only cities that do not have the Labrador Retriever in the top spot, both favoring the German Shepherd Dog.
The Boxer is muscling its way to the top in a few cities, ranking second in Baltimore, Cincinnati, Des Moines, Louisville, Omaha and Kansas City. It’s 3rd in Atlanta, Cleveland, New Orleans, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and even Philadelphia — where like its boxing brethren “Rocky” it’s still a literal underdog, but if movie plots are any indication, perhaps not for long.
Californians seem to love the Miniature Pinscher (ranked 32nd nationally). It came in 6th (up from 15 last year) in San Diego and also ranked 8th in Sacramento.
The Vizsla is tied for 10th with the Shih Tzu in Chicago.  Ranked 44th nationally, the Vizsla has long been a favorite in the Windy City, having made the local top 10 list in 2007 and 2003.
Unusual breeds on local top ten lists including the Great Dane (10th in St. Louis), the Mastiff (10th in Indianapolis), the Brittany (10th in Minneapolis), the Belgian Malinois (8th in Kansas City) and the Siberian Husky (9th in Long Beach).

PET PREFERENCES: 1998– 2008
Some of the most notable recent trends in the past decade include:
The Bulldog (+69%) and four of its relatives are among the breeds that have increased most significantly over the last decade: Miniature Bull Terrier (+109%), Bull Terrier (+102%), Staffordshire Bull Terrier (+69%) and the Bullmastiff (+22%).
The French Bulldog (+467%), the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (+209%) and the Brussels Griffon (+73%) continue to be among the breeds with the largest increases, likely due to their popularity with urban dog owners who favor portable, apartment-sized dogs.
The Border Collie, often considered among the most intelligent and trainable breeds, and known for its mastery of the highly popular canine sport of agility, saw a significant increase (+50%).
Lesser known breeds that saw an increase include the Ibizan Hound (+74%), Norwich Terrier (+39%) and Bedlington Terrier (+28%).
Large dogs with notable increases are two Swiss breeds – the Bernese Mountain Dog (+78%) and the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog (+88%) – as well as the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon (+117%), which hails from France.
Among breeds on the decline are the Lhasa Apso (-80%), Rottweiler (-76%), Schipperke (-75%) the Basset Hound (-66 %) and, despite its popularity in Sacramento and San Diego, the Miniature Pinscher (-75%).
Portuguese Water Dogs, in the news recently due to the Obama family’s interest in this mid-sized, hypoallergenic breed, is currently ranked 64th and has increased 44% in the past decade—especially appropriate considering Obama is our 44th president.
However another famous presidential pet – the American Foxhound (-75%) – is on the decline. George Washington is credited with developing the breed.

Dog lovers can see and learn more about all of their favorite breeds on Saturday, January 31, 2009 when the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship — where the country’s top dogs compete for $225,000 in prize money and the title of “National Champion” — airs on Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel from 8-11 p.m. (ET/PT).  Highlights from the AKC Agility Invitational will air on Animal Planet on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)

Veterinarian Speaks Out Re: PETA and Westminster

For those who are unaware, PETA is currently working to have the USA Network remove the Westminster Dog Show from their annual programing. Their reasoning is that the show promotes inbreeding and genetic deformities. Of course, that is purely ridiculous. The show promotes responsible breeding and rewards the hard work and dedication of responsible breeders who are constantly seeking to better their breed through careful breeding and health screening.

Here is what Libbye Miller, DVM has to say on the topic:

“Adorable mixed breeds” get cancer, epilepsy, allergies, heart disease, and
orthopedic problems just like purebreds. I see it every day in my veterinary
practice but mixed breed dogs aren’t tracked like the purebreds so they have
a reputation as “healthier” that is actually undeserved in many cases.”

It is so sad that a lot of folks, including young veterinarians these days,
buy into the “hybrid vigor” baloney. The vet schools have been infiltrated
by the Animal Rights Extremists, who are teaching them this junk science in
order to push their agenda.

All animals have a certain amount of genetic load, which is to say there is
absolutely no animal without some genetic problem of some sort of another.
Know anyone who wears glasses? Has allergies? Thyroid problems? Weak knees?
Flat feet? A skin condition? Arthritis? A gap between their front teeth?
These are all genetic imperfections.

No human is genetically “clean.” Neither is any individual of any species on
earth. So this idea that dogs should not be bred because they might have a
genetic problem, and that breeders are somehow “evil” for breeding them, is
ridiculous. Every single individual of every single species has at least a
few genetic conditions.

To use PeTA’s logic, all breeding of all kinds (including having human
babies) should halt immediately. And to be honest, Ingrid Newkirk (the woman
who founded PeTA) does believe exactly that. She thinks that humans should
become extinct, along with dogs, cats, etc. This ridiculous scenario is
precisely what she would like to see happen.

So folks, if that is what you want…if you agree with Ingrid Newkirk’s
whacky views, send your hard earned money to PeTA. They will help to ensure
you are not able to own a dog or cat or hamster or any other pet in the
future. They will see to it that you can’t eat meat or fish or eggs or any
type of animal-based nutrition. They will work to shut down places like Sea
World, the zoos, etc. so you cannot observe the many wonderful animals on
the Earth. Eventually, once they accomplish these things, they may turn
their efforts to making it illegal for humans to procreate.

If you don’t agree with their extremist views, wise up and start supporting
those who truly do love, care for and enjoy interaction with other species
here on our little blue planet.

The fanciers of the breeds, those you see exhibiting their dogs at
Westminster and other dog shows, work very hard to eliminate serious genetic
conditions. They screen their breeding stock with every available test. They
research pedigrees before breeding into other lines, to check for similar
clearances in those animals. They contribute money to research organizations
to further the work being done to track down genetic problems. They
contribute blood, cell samples, etc. from their own animals to help with DNA
and genome studies. They have made great progress so far, and they continue
to work hard at it.

Are there unethical breeders? Certainly, there are. Just as in any group of
humans, you will find the good and the bad. United States VP Elect Joe
Biden, for example, managed to find a not so good one when he got his new
German Shepherd puppy. I don’t know who did his research for him, but they
obviously didn’t do their homework if they were looking for a responsible
breeder. Joe has the right to get his dog from whomever he wishes, but if he
was trying to set an example of purchasing from a responsible hobby breeder
he went off the track this time. That’s too bad, but it was his choice.

Unfortunately, breeders like that may be a lot easier to find because of
their high volume and high profile. If you are looking for a nice family pet
from a breeder who will be there for you forever, you need to do due
diligence. You won’t get that from a pet store. You won’t get that from the
guy selling dogs out of his pickup truck in the WalMart parking lot. You
won’t get that support from a high-volume breeder, either. Yes, it takes a
little more time and effort to find someone who really cares and does all
the work to breed the healthiest, happiest puppies possible and then stands
behind those puppies.

This is a living being that will be part of your family, hopefully, for many
years. Isn’t it worth a bit of effort to find a breeder who will be there
for you and that puppy forever?

And guess what? Shows like Westminster are a very valuable resource for
finding breeders who do care and who use the best possible practices, as
well as for learning more about the various breeds.

Bravo to USA Network for broadcasting the Westminster Kennel Club show all
these years. May they enjoy continued success through the ongoing inclusion
of such programs. I will be eagerly watching this year’s show!”


The initial story can be found at http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/unleashed/2009/01/peta-to-usa-net.html

Support From PETA Not Wanted!

Unfortunately I do not have a source for this article… it’s been passed around a couple of internet groups. If you do know who wrote it, or where it was initially published please let me know. I believe deeply in giving credit where credit is due so would very much like to know who deserves the credit for this piece.

Without further ado… I’m very pleased to share this brief article. It does my heart good when people share the truth about PETA, and this shares with with wonderful gusto.

The makers of Pedigree Dogs Exposed, the BBC documentary film that led to
the BBC withdrawing from televising Crufts Dog Show in the UK are furious
with PETA for jumping on the film’s bandwagon.

Earlier this week, PETA called for the US networks to stop televising
Westminster Dog Show, citing the BBC film as evidence of unacceptable
deformity and disease in pedigree dogs.

Pedigree Dogs Exposed was the result of two years’ careful research. The
film highlighted serious health and welfare concerns in pedigree dogs that
many experts agree need to be addressed urgently. However, the filmmakers
have no connection to PETA and are ideologically opposed to PETA’s aims.

“I am horrified that PETA is using the film to further its own, warped
agenda,” says Jemima Harrison, of Passionate Productions, which made the
film for the BBC. “Our film is about animal welfare, not animal rights.
PETA’s animal welfare record is appalling. It kills 97 per cent of the dogs
that come to its shelters and admits its ultimate aim is to rid the world of
what it calls the “domestic enslavement” of dogs as either pets or working
dogs.

“In stark contrast, and the reason we made the film, is that we believe
pedigree dogs are of tremendous value to society and that something needs to
be done to arrest the damage caused by decades of inbreeding and selection
for ‘beauty’. The film is a passionate call for urgent reform to save them
before it is too late. To do that, there needs to be urgent reform of
breeding practices and dog shows.

“PETA is a bunch of crackpots who do not care about anything but publicity
and making money. They have not bothered to contact us – and, indeed, if
they did we would make it very clear we do not want their support. It
devalues and marginalizes a film that raises a serious issue that needs to
be addressed, and quickly.”