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History of Siberian Husky Dogs

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

Siberian Husky puppies are very attractive and much more attractive when they grow up. Aside from their wolf-like face features, their thick double-coat fur gives them a very physically attractive appearance. Siberian Husky puppies originated in Eastern Siberia and Russia. These dogs are considered as one of the oldest breeds of dogs.  The term “husky” is the corrupted nickname derived from “Esky” that refers to Eskimos that are good in moving in snowy roads and places.

The first breed of huskies was raised by the Chukchi tribes. Chukchi are Siberian Nomads that need these huskies to provide them a fast and economical transportation on the frozen land. Siberian Huskies can swiftly cover long distances with minimum food requirement. Aside from being a transportation helper, these dogs also served as a furry and soft pillow for Chukchi tribe children. With the help of these dogs, the entire Chukchi tribes were not only able to survive, but to push forth into the discovery of terra incognita or the unknown land.

Being sled dogs, Siberian Huskies are nurtured by the Chukchi tribe with mutual respect and understanding. Through years of cross-breeding the modern Siberian Huskies have changed a lot but they still have the original qualities that made them Chukchi’s tribe prized possession.

These dogs have become popular when they started to win Alaskan races in 1908. Siberian Husky dogs were introduced in the United States in the same year by an Alaskan fur trader. The first group of Siberian Huskies was seen in the “All-Alaska Sweepstakes”, a 408 mile dog sled race starting from Nome to Candle and back. After this sled race, these dogs dominated Nome Sweepstakes.

Siberian Huskies have proven their worth during Navy Rear Admiral Richard Byrd’s journey around the 16,000 mile Antarctica coast. During this expedition, Byrd brought 50 Siberian Husky dogs with him that were trained in New Hampshire.

Togo was the most popular and most traveled Siberian Husky dog in Alaska. He is one of the most outstanding dogs led by Leonhard Seppala, the foremost breeder of Siberian Huskies at that time. Togo has played a very important role in saving lives in Nome.  In January 1925, a deadly diphtheria epidemic poised to sweep through the lives of Nome’s young people. Unfortunately, the only aircraft that can get the serum from Anchorage and back is not working. Therefore, they had to resort in using sled dogs as a mode of transportation.

Seppala’s team lead by Togo, ran the most dangerous and longest leg of the 91 miles relay including the treacherous stretch over the ice of Norton Sound. Togo, unerringly led the team through a 40mph gale where the wind chill was almost 80 below zero. The team covered more than 200 miles from Nome and back for the serum run.

Siberian Huskies nowadays have pedigrees tracing back to Seppala’s great racing dogs. From their puppyhood, these dogs have shown more than enough agility to serve their masters.

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Taking Care of a Pug

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Having a pet and taking care of it is already a complicated task. But taking care of a pug is even a bit more complicated especially if it’s you’re first time to take care of one.

Before deciding to get a pug, owners should strongly consider the downsides of having one. Pugs are very friendly dogs. In fact, pugs are highly recommended for families with babies and children. Unfortunately, pug puppies and dogs tend to have higher possibilities of having different kinds of health problems if their owners cannot take care of them properly. Pugs also require more veterinary attention than other dog breeds. Not all pug puppies have the same health condition, but most do.

Now, how do we take care of pugs? First of all, pug’s facial folds and wrinkles should be cleaned regularly or at least once a month. Moisture tends to buildup in the spaces between these wrinkles. When left unnoticed, moisture can cause moderate to serious infection on your pug puppy’s skin. Like other dogs, a pug’s coat should be brushed at least once a week. Pugs shed a lot therefore regular brushing of their fur can minimize excessive shedding.

Pugs have very narrow ear canals making them prone to different ear infections so it is highly recommended to keep them clean and dry at all times.  Their nails have to be cut regularly too to avoid getting caught in things like blankets and mattresses.

Pugs have shorter snouts compared to other dogs. Because of this reason, they are susceptible to eye injuries like scratched cornea, entropion, proptosis, cataracts and other eye problems. Pug puppies should not be left alone outside. High and low temperatures can cause instant death to pugs because their pushed-in face gives them a shorter breathing passage. Having your puppy checked by a veterinarian at the very first unusual change in his breathing patterns can greatly reduce the risk of more serious conditions.

Dental care is also important for pugs. As for bathing, pugs love being in the water more than any dogs. But be careful not to let water in their ears. Also, keep the shampoo away from his eyes.

All the efforts for your beloved pug will all be worth it. Pugs are very lovable puppies. They are considered as one the most charming and amiable breeds. They are mostly calm even when there are playing children around. Even though they require the most sensitive care among other breeds, the emotional security they can give their masters is more than enough to invest and take care of them.

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Dogs and Puppies that made it to the Big Screen

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Who said that Hollywood and movies are just for people? Beethoven, Lassie, Benji, Marley and the 101 Dalmatians are just some of the few dogs and puppies who made it on the big screen.

It was 1935 when the first movie about dogs entitled “The Adventures of Rex and Rinty” was seen on the big screen. Rinty, a German Shepherd also known as Rin Tin Tin Jr., is the first ever dog to appear in the movies. “Lassie Come Home” derived from a novel followed in 1943. After the movies enjoyed a favorable audience response, more dog movies were introduced to the society.

Approximately five to ten dog movies are shown each year from 1970. From 1974 to 2008, there were more than twenty dog movies that made a huge success in the big screen. One of the most popular of these dog films is “Marley and Me” (2008) that is one of the highest grossing dog movies of all time earning more than $140 million. Among the ten top grossing dog movies are “101 Dalmatians” (1996), “Cats and Dogs” (2001), “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” (2008), “Eight Below” (2006), “Snow Dogs”(2002), “Turner and Hooch” (1989), “102 Dalmatians” (2000), “The Shaggy Dog” (2006), and “Beethoven” (1992). These films grossed from $55 million to $140 on the year that they were shown on the big screen.

These movies about dogs and puppies are great evidence of how these beloved pets affect our lives.  How they give colored varieties to the lives of their masters and how individuals and their pets make a great connection with each other.

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Summer Walks

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

The sun is shining and the sky is blue and this time of year many dog owners are thinking about travelling further a field with their dogs. There are so many varying walks to enjoy from woodlands and beaches to moorlands and nature reserves.

When you are out in the sun, do not forget your dog’s safety when it comes to sunburn, sounds strange I know, but our canine chums can actually suffer from both sunburn and heatstroke. Dogs that are predominantly white in colour are more prone to sunburn therefore you may need to apply some sun cream to the areas at greater risk, the nose on a white dog is especially susceptible to catching the sun’s rays. Your dog will probably attempt to rub all the sun cream off as quickly as you apply it so try to pop it on when he/she is occupied with something far more interesting then the sun cream!
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Puppy Introductions

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Puppies are generally friendly to everyone and anything they encounter which makes the task of socializing much easier, remember just because your puppy cannot go out walking to begin with until they have run their vaccination course does not mean that they cannot go out and about with you carrying them.

This is a vital part of your puppy’s development and it is your responsibility as an owner to ensure your pup is well socialized from an early age. The easiest way of doing this is by popping your pup in a blanket and literally carrying them with when you are out and about. Try to alter where you take your puppy and expose them to as many different situations as possible, busy town centres are a good idea as you can guarantee most people will enjoy the opportunity to pet your cute and fluffy pup!

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Water Puppies

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Most dogs love the water, jumping in without a care in the world no matter how deep or how cold but when it comes to puppies some care should be taken as they have a habit of being as fearless as adult dogs.

Introducing your puppy to water is a great experience and one that should be carried out as early as possible, find some lovely shallow water and ensure your pup is on a lead of some sort; extending leads are fine for this as long as you can ‘reel your pup in quick if required!’ The best way of doing it is for you to stand in the water yourself either paddling in the summer months or perhaps with your wellies on in the winter months, just walk slowly around in the water without making too many splashes as this might scare your pup away.
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Bath Time and Your Puppy

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Whether it’s your puppy’s first time to take a bath or not, it is very important for us owners to make them feel comfortable and safe all the time during this pet grooming process. Generally, puppies don’t need a bath until they are five months old. During this time, puppies are very sensitive to cold temperature. Having your puppy get used to bath time can be an extremely challenging task. Even though puppies can get used to regular bathing, it is always best to take all the necessary precautionary measures. In reality, your beloved dog can get mad at you because they don’t like the feeling of being wet.

In order for your puppy to get comfortable in bathing, you need to make sure to find him a nice warm and comfortable “bathing spot”. It could be the sink, the tub or even the garage. Make sure that he can properly stand up while you’re bathing him because slippery floors cannot give him the proper footing he needs; this will make him feel uncomfortable.

As for the water, make it warm enough to make him feel relax but not too warm to hurt his skin. Warm bath together with massage can help your puppy stimulates his muscles and other body functions. Also, use the appropriate dog soap and shampoo when bathing him. Since puppies may have sensitive skin at first, it is recommended to use mild soap and shampoo.

Start washing his body and finish off with his head. When rinsing him off, hold his head up to make sure that the soap will not hurt his eyes. Yes, just like babies, their eyes can be sensitive too.

Let your puppy dry off on his own or you can also use a hair dryer at a very low setting to dry him up. It is also recommended, if possible, to let him dry out in the sun.

Humans need to take a bath regularly in order to maintain cleanliness but puppies on the other hand don’t. Daily dog bathing is not advised. Usually, two to three months interval between baths is recommended. Puppies just need their coat brushed and groomed to maintain their cleanliness.

Bathing your dog is part of proper pet grooming. Make this a habit for your beloved pet to keep him/her clean and healthy.

Pug and Puggle

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Most of the time, pug and puggle are mistaken to be the same breed because of their names. Pug and Puggle puppies are entirely different from each other. Well, we can say at least that they are related since puggle puppies are crossbreeds from a beagle and a pug parent. Differences between pugs and puggles can easily be noticed.

Puggles are bigger compared to pugs. Pugs shed a lot while puggles don’t. Since Puggle puppies are crossbreeds their coat color and weight also varies depending on the inherited characteristics from their parents.

When it comes to behavior, Puggle puppies are more aggressive than pugs. Because of this, they are harder to train than pug puppies that are rarely aggressive. Puggles require a very active lifestyle and attention from their owners just like the breeds where they are derived from.

Regarding health issues, pugs catch the cold easily that’s why breathing problems for this breed are very common. Puggles don’t experience breathing problems like pugs because of their hyper-active nature. They are also healthier than their parents. Pugs, unlike puggles, are also susceptible to eye injuries since they lack longer snouts and prominent skeletal brow ridges.

There are different and specific care instruction for pugs and puggles just like any other breeds. Although there are many physical and behavioral differences between pugs and puggles, they are both good family pets. Puggles are good for active families while pug is recommended for families with babies and children because they are rarely aggressive. May it be a pug or a puggle, having a puppy inside the house can offer the owner relaxation and happiness. Sometimes taking care of some breeds can be challenge for some.

Anxiety in Puppies

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Excessive barking, whining and biting, if your puppy is showing these kinds of behavior then maybe you as an owner should take a closer look to his condition. Babies may feel anxious once in a while, puppies too. Each puppy has his own personality and emotions. They are capable of being happy and hurt. They can also be afraid or worried of someone or something. Puppies may also exhibit some feelings and signs of anxiety.

Puppies are born sensitive to their environments. It’s in their nature to be aware of everything that happens around them because they will be guarding their owners when they grew up. Anxiety symptoms in puppies are caused by their sensitive nature. This sensitivity of puppies is becoming more of a problem if uncontrolled. Anxiety symptoms may vary from one puppy to another. There are also different reasons behind their actions brought by anxiety.

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History of Saint Bernard Dogs

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

BEET-HOVEN!! Who is not familiar with this name? It was 1992, when Beethoven the movie was televised in America. Since then Saint Bernard dogs (Beethoven’s breed) has been one of the most popular dog breeds in the world.

Saint Bernard dogs are the descendants of mastiff style Asiatic dogs brought by Romans. The first Saint Bernard puppies and dogs were acquired by the monks of Great St. Bernard Hospice between the year 1660 and 1670. The monks keep these dogs with them as they walk along St. Bernard Pass, a 49 mile dangerous, snowy route through the Alps dividing Switzerland and Italy.

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