Monthly Archives: June 2007

Dog Breeds – Akita Inu

Akita Inu

The Akita breed was originally found in the Akita Prefecture in Northern Japan, and is said to mean, “Tender in heart, strong in spirit”.

“Inu” is Japanese for dog, though in Japan the dog is actually referred to as Akita Ken. The Japanese value the Akita as a national treasure, and often use the Akita as a symbol of health and well-being.

The Akita is a rather large breed, with a thick coat and a powerful and alert disposition. Akitas serve well to protect their families by being alert and loyal in nature, and are said to be good with small children.

But note they are also characteristically troublesome around other dogs. They are also prone to hip dysplasia, immune problems, and skin problems.

The most famous Akita is Hachikō, a dog revered in Japan for his loyalty. When his owner died, Hachikō walked to the train station every day for the rest of his life to look for him. In memory, a life-size statue of Hachikō still stands at Shibuya Station.

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Dog Breeds – Airedale Terrier

The Airedale Terrier was one of the original police dogs, hailing from Yorkshire, England and finding work primarily in the United Kingdom and Germany.  Its duties included messaging, hunting, and of course, pest control.

This breed is the largest of the terriers, often nicknamed “King of Terriers”, and has a distinctive black and tan coat and a very odd shaped head.  The dog appears to be lunging forward because of its erect front legs and bent rear disposition.

During World War I, the Airedale Terrier was used extensively to carry messages behind enemy lines, as well as attend to wounded soldiers on the battlefield.   They were said to carry out their duties despite being injured themselves, a truly honorable achievement.

The temperament of the Airedale Terrier is rather social, and good natured.  They are said to be well-behaved, even with children.  The breed has been known to be prone to hip dysplasia, and eye and skin problems.

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Dog Breeds – Afghan Hound

The Afghan Hound was first discovered in Afghanistan in the 1900s, and appeared shortly after in the United States.

The Afghan Hound originally lived high in the mountains of Afghanistan, hunting wild prey such as wolves, foxes, gazelles, and other small game and is said to be one of the oldest dog breeds in the world.

The Afghan hound is probably best known for its odd, elongated shape, large feet, unique coat, and ring-curled tail. Of course their beautiful coats demand a lot of time and effort to keep in top condition.

The temperament of the Afghan hound is rather dignified, but this breed also requires plenty of supervision, and may act up around strangers.  They enjoy playing and running around, but don’t always respond well to commands.

The first cloned dog was an Afghan Hound named Snuppy, developed by Korean scientist Hwang Woo-Sukon on August 3, 2005.

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We’re Looking for Pet of the Week Candidates

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We are a brand new site so get the word out and share this site with friends and family that may want to be a part of it. It’ll be great exposure for your pet and a fun opportunity.  And don’t forget to check out our useful Vet Tips section for important health advice for your pets.

Looking forward to receiving your e-mails!

Iams Cat Food Recall

According to the FDA pet food recall site, a few Iams cat food products have been recalled.

They include Iams Cat Slices and Flakes and Iams Select Bites.

But be sure to check regularly to see if anything changes, and if new products are added to the Iams Cat Food Recall.

On the Iams website, they state, “You can feel confident feeding all Iams dry food, as none of these products were affected by the recall.”

Iams is also offering a $5 off coupon for Iams dry dog or cat food as courtesy due to the recent recall.

Visit Iamspromise.com to receive the coupon and read more about the recall.

No Whiskas Cat Food Recall

Many concerned cat owners have been curious about whether Whiskas brand cat food had been part of the recent pet food recall nationwide.

Rest assured, according to the Whiskas website, “WHISKAS® Food For Cats is 100% safe and not a part of the national recall.”

That’s good news for pet lovers everywhere who may have been feeding their four-legged friends any of the Whiskas brand products over the last few months.

The Whiskas website also mentions that, “If you’re unsure about what to feed your feline friend at the moment, we’d like to invite you to try WHISKAS® products and rest easy that it’s 100% safe for your cat.”

So despite there being no Whiskas cat food recall, the company is still offering free cat food samples as a measure of good faith.

See for yourself at their site.

Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pet

chocolate chips

The ASPCA published a list of dangerous food items to avoid feeding your pet. While you may have heard of many of these a thousand times, there are a few surprises on the list as well.

Take a look at the food and drink items below to make sure you avoid serving these troublesome treats to your pet(s).

Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pet

– Alcoholic beverages
– Avocado
– Chocolate (all forms)
– Coffee (all forms)
– Fatty foods
– Macadamia nuts
– Moldy or spoiled foods
– Onions, onion powder
– Raisins and grapes
– Salt
– Yeast dough
– Garlic
– Products sweetened with xylitol

These items were found under the heading, “A Poison Safe Home”, so take extreme care when eating or drinking these items if you have pets in your home. Even if you don’t give these items to your pets intentionally, they may ingest them accidentally if food and drink is left out, or not properly put away.

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Leave Pet Grooming to the Experts

bad haircut

In a bid to save money, two kids decided to groom their Australian Shepherd so he would stay cool during the hot summer ahead.

What they got was a much more than they bargained for, after spending several days cutting through the dog’s coarse coat.

With the use of some household hair clippers and a pair of scissors, the kids did their best to make the dogs’ new “do” fashionable.

The result was rather imperfect, but cute in a strange, asymmetrical kind of way.

The grooming process went on for about three days, and it’s unknown whether the job is complete, or ever will be for that matter.

The good news is that based on the pictures above and below, the dog will likely stay cool througout the entire summer…

I think the dog also deserves some credit for putting up with what must have seemed like a neverending nightmare.

dog haircut

Dog Breeds – Yorkshire Terrier

It is said that this 100 year old breed was developed when Scottish mine workers brought terriers down from Scotland to develop a breed that could control vermin, and fit into small spaces to kill off any other pests.

Things have certainly changed, as nowadays their image is almost the contrary, with the Yorkshire Terrier more likely to be found in a Louis Vuitton handbag than a dirty, rat-infested stable.

This long-haired breed is toy-sized, with a distinctive blue and tan coat, and now serves as a highly popular companion dog, as well as the most popular toy breed in the United States.

Despite their small size, Yorkies as they’re more commonly referred to, love to start trouble and explore their surroundings, and serve as good watchdogs because their intelligence and courage.

Justin Timberlake owns two Yorkshire Terriers named Bella and Bearlie, and Chelsea football manager owns one as well named Leya.  The Nixon’s had one when they lived in the White House.

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Dog Breeds – Affenpinscher

Affenpinscher

The Affenpinscher, known as one of the oldest toy dogs in Europe, is said to be documented as far back as the 1600s.

The word Affenpinscher is German, meaning “monkey-like terrier”, clearly derived from their monkeyish expression.

Though they look similar to terriers, they are actually part of the pinscher-schnauzer subgroup.

Their main purpose in the past was to kill rats found in the homes and stables of their owners, and nowadays they still exhibit adventurous traits, and protective qualities.

This breed comes in many different colors including black, red, and silver, and features a wiry-haired, fairly shaggy coat.

The dog is compact, but rather robust and rigid in appearance. The temperament of this breed is one of alertness and affection, but aggression if attacked or threatened. Take note that the Affenpinscher breed may suffer from respiratory problems in hot weather and can be prone to hip dysplasia.

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