Meet the Breed: The Anatolian Shepherd Dog

Anatolian_Coban_Kopegi_fawn_black_maskThe Anatolian Shepherd Dog is an imposing dog traditionally used for guarding flocks, though are not herding dogs. This ancient breed originates from Anatolia which, in modern times, is Turkey. Read on to see how this dog is a surprising partner in big cat conservation, and to determine if this breed might be for you. Continue reading

Meet the Breed: The American Staffordshire Terrier

A It’s a bit confusing to understand the differences between the AKC-recognized American Staffordshire Terrier and the American Pitbull Terrier.  Indeed, some breed registries consider the American Staffordshire Terrier and the American Pitbull Terrier the same breed, while others give them a separate designation with one being bred for the show ring, and the other with a history of being bred for pit fighting.

Let’s learn about the American Staffordshire Terrier, and see if this breed could be for you. Continue reading

Meet the Breed: The American Eskimo Dog

764px-American_Eskimo_DogThe American Eskimo is a strikingly beautiful dog both for it’s appearance and lively personality. Made popular as a circus dog in the 1930s and 40s, this dog excels as a performer in a family setting or in agility training.

Let’s see if the American Eskimo Dog, also known as the Eskie, is right for you. Continue reading

Meet the Breed: The Afghan Hound

Afghan HoundI’ll admit it. I’ve always wanted an Afghan Hound because my Barbie Doll had one. And I wanted Barbie’s pretty life. But Afghans are more than just a pretty face, though you can bet that luxurious coat takes some work!

Let’s learn if the Afghan Hound might be right for you (and my little-girl dream.)  Continue reading

Dog Trained to Sniff Out Deadly Disease

C diff CliffIt’s no mystery that dogs can sense things about humans, their moods, character, and more. When I have an ill child, or one of us is having a rough day, our dogs and, even the cat, take note and snuggle up close. But now dogs have been trained to use their sense of smell to detect disease, specifically the highly transmittable Clostridium difficile, (C. difficile, C. diff) a bacterial infection that causes severe diarrhea and dehydration, affecting an estimated 14,000 people in the U.S. annually. Continue reading

Driving Dogs Learn New Tricks for a Good Cause

190623-dogs-driving-carsThese mutts are on a mission! The SPCA of Auckland, NZ has a goal of making the public aware that dogs in shelters are highly intelligent, capable companions and decided to teach three adoptable dogs how to drive a car.

Mark Vette, the trainer, who has worked on numerous movie sets, had his doubts about being able to execute the project, even if it was for a good cause. The vehicles had to be modified to be operable by dogs, but all the controls would be done by the dogs: starting, the pedals, steering, and stopping! Continue reading

How to Choose Your Pet’s Collar, Harness, and Leash

One would think that choosing a collar or harness, and leash would be a fairly straight-forward purchase, but there are actually lots of things to consider when choosing the right walking gear and collar for identification.

We’re here to help you with this all-important decision, especially since a collar or harness is a symbol of the bond you share with your pet. It is the sign of belonging to each other, so it should suit your pet’s health needs, and also you and your pet’s sense of style. Continue reading

Prison Inmates and Hard-to-Adopt Shelter Dogs a Perfect Match

Everyone makes mistakes. A rough background and stress can make people and pups react poorly in a moment or learn bad habits over time that can be hard to break. Perhaps that’s why there seems to be such an affinity and even a tenderness between inmates and shelter dogs that are paired with each other in programs designed to teach both humans and animals valuable tools for living in society with improved socialization and marketable skills. Continue reading

Pawsitive Program Lets Teen Train Guide Dog

For those concerned about the self absorption of the average suburban teen, my coworker that works with girls as a volleyball coach confirms that sometimes it’s tough working with today’s  young people that are sometimes over indulged. But she was happy to share this story of a young woman in their volleyball program, Melissa Petrick, a Junior in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

Melissa’s  constant companion is Flynn, an attentive, handsome boy that came from a good family, that any mother would approve of. He’s so adorable that Melissa’s classmates might be a little jealous, especially since the normal school rules of PDA (Public Display of Affection) have been waived in their relationship. Continue reading

Herding Dogs: Smart Workers, Wonderful Pets

We’ve been having a lot of fun with our Dogtober campaign, and today’s Western theme has us thinking about the history of herding dogs and their modern function, both as companions and as working dogs.

There are dozens of herding breeds from all over the world that have been developed to assist in the management of livestock. Herding dogs are agile, intelligent, and have harnessed their inner prey drive to be able to control herds of animals often much larger than they are including cattle, bison, reindeer, sheep, goats, and even poultry. Continue reading