marți, 25 septembrie 2007

The amazing story of a two legged dog

This is the amazing story of an wonderful two legged dog:

" Faith is an incredible dog. She was born just before Christmas in 2002, and we were lucky enough to have her in our family just 3 short weeks later. She was born to a mother dog, believed to be nearly full blooded chow, along with several other siblings. Faith wasn't the only puppy born with deformities, but because "Princess", her mother, was not our dog, we are not sure of the exact number of puppies she gave birth to. It is certain, however, that Faith was the only puppy with deformities to live.

Faith was rescued by my son Reuben on January 21, 2003, when he and his friend Johnny, the owner of Princess, jumped over the fence of the flea market area that Princess was raised to guard. Princess isn't exactly the mothering kind. She was literally terminating Faith's life because she knew instinctively that Faith was unable to battle the other puppies for a place to feed. Faith was weak, small, runtish, and mostly she was nearly dead. Reuben grabbed Faith out from under Princess and smuggled her under his jersey. He wore #63 for the Putnam City Pirates football team.

When Reuben brought Faith to us she had 3 actual legs, but the left front leg was badly deformed, placed backward, upside down, and it had more toes on it than normal dog legs. The leg was removed when she was 7 months old when it began to atrophy. People ask me if it was easy to teach Faith to walk upright...the answer is NO! It was not easy, and it was not natural. It was SUPER natural, and therefore, we have to give all of the credit to Jesus. Of course, it took a little....Faith as well. "

luni, 24 septembrie 2007

Alicia Silverstone naked for PETA

Sexy Hollywood star Alicia Silverstone bares all in PETA’s first-ever naked veggie testimonial PSA. Watch Alicia’s sexy video, directed by acclaimed director Dave Meyers, whose credits include videos for Britney Spears, OutKast, and Dave Mathews Band.

Alicia Silverstone declares: "Like most people, I wasn’t always a vegetarian, but I’ve always loved animals. If you ever have a chance to meet a cow, pig, turkey, or goat, you will see that they are just as cute and funny as your dogs and cats and that they, too, want to live and feel love. They don’t like pain. Now when I see a steak, it makes me feel sad and sick because right away, I see my dog or the amazing cows I met at a sanctuary. I’ve been vegan for 10 years, and it’s the single-most important and helpful decision I have ever made. Physically, the effect has been amazing. Once I went vegan, I lost the weight I wanted to lose, my nails were stronger, and my skin was glowing. I feel great, and I look better now than I did 11 years ago.

Being vegan truly is the secret to my life’s joy and peace. I feel physically and spiritually better than I could have ever imagined knowing that I am doing everything I can to reduce animal suffering with simple lifestyle choices like being vegan, never wearing any products made from animals (like wool and leather), and buying only from companies that NEVER test their products or ingredients on animals."


People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), with more than 1.6 million members and supporters, is the largest animal rights organization in the world.

PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: on factory farms, in laboratories, in the clothing trade, and in the entertainment industry. We also work on a variety of other issues, including the cruel killing of beavers, birds and other "pests," and the abuse of backyard dogs.

PETA works through public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, legislation, special events, celebrity involvement, and protest campaigns.

vineri, 14 septembrie 2007

Fancy-dressed dogs

Dogs are our best friends, perfect silent and loyal companions.
Us people sometimes humiliate them, but they don't mind. They are just happy to see us laughing.

Cute French Bulldogs

I love French Bulldogs! They are sooo cute!

This cute French Bulldog didn't yet learned to bark. He is sooo funny!

French Bulldogs are like little babies. They are sweet, lovely, stubborn and spoilt. But they are perfect companions and they know how to make you laugh.

joi, 6 septembrie 2007

Doggy life

Oh yeah, you deserve it if you spend too much time at your computer instead of taking me for a walk!

May I please have a hamburger with these drinks?

Oh my God, this is not my bed! this is cold and wet! where am I? where did you put me???

Come on, give me your bone! you don't eat it anyway.

I think I'm in love!

This meeting is sooo boring!

Dogs not allowed??? Yeah right...!

Please don't leave! This can't be the end! I'll miss you...

miercuri, 5 septembrie 2007

House Training Your Puppy

Unless you can monitor your puppy 24 hours a day, don't expect the house training process to be completed until your puppy is at least 6 months old. It's normal for a young puppy to be a little 'input-output' machine. Since puppies are growing and developing rapidly at this stage, they eat more food, burn up more energy and seem to need to eliminate constantly! They also have not yet developed bowel and bladder control, so they can't 'hold it' as long as adult dogs.
When you are not home: Confine your puppy to a small, 'puppy-proofed' room and paper the entire floor. Put his bed, toys and food/water bowls there. At first there will be no rhyme or reason to where your pup eliminates. He will go every where and any where. He will also probably play with the papers, chew on them, and drag them around his little den. Most puppies do this and you just have to live with it. Don't get upset; just accept it as life with a young puppy. The important thing is that when you get home, clean up the mess and lay down fresh papers.

When you are home: When you are home but can't attend to your puppy, follow the same procedures described above. However, the more time you spend with your puppy, the quicker he will be house trained. Your objective is to take your puppy to his toilet area every time he needs to eliminate. This should be about once every 45 minutes; just after a play session; just after eating or drinking; and just upon waking. When he does eliminate in his toilet area, praise and reward him profusely and enthusiastically! Don't use any type of reprimand or punishment for mistakes or accidents. Your puppy is too young to understand and it can set the house training process back drastically. Don't allow your puppy freedom outside of his room unless you know absolutely for sure that his bladder and bowels are completely empty. When you do let him out, don't let him out of your sight. It is a good idea to have him on leash when he is exploring your home. He can't get into trouble if you are attached to the other end of the leash. Every 30 minutes return your pup to his toilet area. As your puppy becomes more reliable about using his toilet area and his bowel and bladder control develops, he can begin to spend more time outside his room with you in the rest of your home. Begin by giving him access to one room at a time. Let him eat, sleep and play in this room but only when he can be supervised. When you cannot supervise him, put him back in his room.
Active House Training: The most important thing you can do to make house training happen as quickly as possible is to reward and praise your puppy every time he goes in the right place. The more times he is rewarded, the quicker he will learn. Therefore it's important that you spend as much time as possible with your pup and give him regular and frequent access to his toilet area.

The Key to Successful House Training: Consistency and Patience. Never scold or punish your puppy for mistakes and accidents. The older your pup gets, the more he will be able to control his bladder and bowels. Eventually your pup will have enough control that he will be able to "hold it" for longer and longer periods of time. Let your puppy do this on his own time. When training is rushed, problems usually develop. Don't forget, most puppies are not reliably house trained until they are at least 6 months old.

Mental Exercises

Not only do dogs need their daily physical exercises like a walk or run, but they also need to be exercised cognitively. Mental challenges help make your dog smart and intelligent while keeping her from getting bored and destructive. Just humans, dogs are cognitive and emotional beings. So, they need experiences that stimulate them at both a cognitive and emotional level.
Mental exercises for dogs don't need to be all that complex. Even what seem to be basic physical tasks involve a mental component. For example, a game of fetch requires that your dog focus her attention. Attention is a mental task. Any activity that requires your dog's attention will be great for her mind's growth.
Simple mental exercises are more than sufficient to keep your dog psychologically healthy. However, there are some tasks that will require your intense involvement. For starters, you can play games with your dog. Any game that your dog learns will be great mental exercise because it will require that she know and follow rules. Learning and following rules of any kind is a great form of mental exercise.
For example, a game of hide and seek can be played both indoors and outdoors. Many dogs will naturally play this game both because they are instinctually good at tracking and retrieving and because they want to be in their owners presence. Hide and seek requires that your dog use her mental skills to track you down.
Of course, the most complex set of mental exercises are those that involve formal training. Training your dog to perform tricks, to obey commands or even to perform in dog competitions will pay huge dividends. As your dog goes through training, she learns a large amount and her mental capacities are greatly expanded.

marți, 4 septembrie 2007

Boston Terrier VS French Bulldog

The Boston Terrier originated in Boston, Massachusetts, in the late 19th century, by combining the English White Terrier with the English Bulldog, and was originally called the Boston Bull. The English White Terrier as a breed is currently thought to be extinct. Boston Terriers were first acknowledged by the American Kennel Club in 1893.
The Boston Terrier is a friendly and lively dog. The breed has an excellent disposition and a high degree of intelligence, which makes the Boston Terrier an incomparable companion.
The Boston Terrier is a lively, highly intelligent, smooth coated, short-headed, compactly built, short-tailed, well balanced dog, brindle, seal or black in color and evenly marked with white. The head is in proportion to the size of the dog and the expression indicates a high degree of intelligence.

The body is rather short and well knit, the limbs strong and neatly turned, the tail is short and no feature is so prominent that the dog appears badly proportioned. The dog conveys an impression of determination, strength and activity, with style of a high order; carriage easy and graceful.

Speculations abound on the origin of the French Bulldog. The most popular opinion is that the breed originated from the miniature, or toy, Bulldog brought to France by the Nottingham lace workers during the industrial revolution and economic crisis in England. Others believe the French Bulldog descended from the Chincha Bulldog, which lived in ancient Peru. The French Bulldog first appeared in the U.S. in 1896 at the Westminster Kennel Club's show in New York, and was first registered by the American Kennel Club in 1898 in the non-sporting dog group. Britain accepted the breeds club membership in 1912.
Playful, affectionate, and exceptionally good natured, the French Bulldog, or "Frenchie," is bred primarily as a companion pet. But Frenchies also make good watchdogs. Compact and muscular, with a small to medium build, they are a good choice for small living spaces. Frenchies are highly trainable and intelligent, and are happiest when close to their human family. They are excellent with children and compatible with other pets. They desire a lot of attention from their loved ones.
The French Bulldog is good-natured, excellent with children and compatible with other pets.
As you may see both the French bulldog and the Boston terrier are beautiful (they even resemble as look and character), friendly, affectionate dogs and they are great companions.

Dog biting

How To Keep Kids Safe

Kids receive most of the dog bites for various reasons. Children lack restraint, they tend to move fast and have a small size. Some dogs consider them competitors while other dogs may view them as prey.
So teaching a child the correct approach to greeting a dog is extremely important.

Rules for Avoiding Dog Bites:

* Never approach a strange dog. Do not pet a dog who is not with his owner.
* Ask permission from the owner before petting the dog.
* Wait for the dog to come to you.
* Do not approach a dog that is tied up, in a car or in a fenced yard.
* Let the dog sniff your hand by holding out your hand with the palm facing down.
* Do not pet a dog on the head or face, instead stroke his body gently in the same direction his hair grows.
* Don't stare the dog directly into his eyes.
* Never pull the dog's ears or tail. Never poke at his eyes, mouth or nose.
* Do not run from a dog.

What to Do if a Dog Threatens You:

For added safety, make sure your child know what to do if threatened by a dog.

* Stand still, do not run and do not turn your back to the dog.
* Don't look the dog directly in his eyes.
* Back away from the dog slowly.
* If the dog moves toward you, command him to go home with a low voice.
* If a dog attacks you, curl into a ball and use your arms and hands to protect your head and neck. If you have a jacket or backpack, try to place between you and the dog.

luni, 3 septembrie 2007

Dog quotes

Dog quotes

“Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.” -Ann Landers

“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” -Will Rogers

“There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.” -Ben Williams

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” -Josh Billings

“The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.” -Andy Rooney

“We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare.And in return, dogs give us their all. It’s the best deal man has ever made.” -M. Acklam

“Dogs love their friends and bite their enemies, quite unlike people, who are incapable of pure love and always have to mix love and hate.” -Sigmund Freud

“I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult.” -Rita Rudner

“A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.” -Robert Benchley

“Anybody who doesn’t know what soap tastes like never washed a dog.” -Franklin P. Jones

“If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons.” -James Thurber

“If your dog is fat, you aren’t getting enough exercise.” -Unknown

“My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to $3.00 a can. That’s almost $21.00 in dog money.” -Joe Weinstein

“Ever consider what our dogs must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul, chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we’re the greatest hunters on earth!” -Anne Tyler

“Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.” -Robert A. Heinlein

“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man.” -Mark Twain

“You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, ‘Wow, you’re right! I never would’ve thought of that!’” - Dave Barry

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” -Roger Caras

“If you think dogs can’t count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then give him only two of them.” -Phil Pastoret