Dogs, they have truly earned their title of man's best friend.
We must ask, is it simply because they often do the things we wished we had the nerve to?
Admit it. We envy the way they live their lives!
Ever wondered what a cross between a Bulldog and a Jack Russell would look like?
Well, according to photographic evidence, it would look – amazingly – exactly how you'd imagine!
Have a peek for yourself…
This little video has raised a few smiles from various video sites I’ve seen it appear on. But, desperately trying not to sound like a boring old killjoy, I can’t be alone in expressing some concern about the scenario shown?
1. The dog is tied up. A dog with an inability to flee a stressful scenario can become quite agitated and display a much higher level of defensive aggression (maybe the kitten would escape, but the next person/child to encounter the dog could be walking in to an accident waiting to happen).
2. By permitting one animal to ‘tease’ another, this can cause some socialisation issues down the line. It may be humorous to watch but for many dogs, it can simply reinforce a defensive response to other animals.
On the one hand, what this little clip does show is that Rottweilers are not big old meanies, they are one of the most tolerant breeds on the planet. Also, that cats are pretty fearless creatures. And again, desperately not wishing to sound like a killjoy, but little scenarios like this can often be the catalyst to much bigger problems with more serious consequences.
Pet ownership has declined in recent years, and veterinarian Kate Freeman believes this has resulted in more animals in shelters and fewer homes with loving pets; however, she concedes that it also reflects responsible pet ownership/guardianship.
PRESCOTT, Ariz., Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — USA Today reports that the number of pets in American households has diminished by 2 million dogs and 7.6 million cats between 2006 and 2011. The article chalks this up to both economic and demographic reasons, citing financial limitations and fewer individuals living with families as catalysts for this decline. Veterinarian Kate Freeman believes that this reduction in pet ownership has had multiple effects on animals and pet owners, but that, ultimately, it indicates that many individuals are acting responsibly in terms of taking on pets only if they can afford it.
The article reports that this is the first decrease in households that have dogs and cats since 1991. Today, 36.5 percent of the homes in the United States have dogs and 30.4 percent of these homes have cats. Karen Felsted, of Felsted Veterinary Consultants, believes that the economy is to blame for the drop in pet ownership.
“It’s clearly the economy,” Felsted comments. “The percentage of households that owned at least one pet was down 2.4 percent […] It’s a significant number.” Significant, indeed, as this 2.4 percent represents 2.8 million homes that forwent the responsibilities of pet ownership.
Veterinarian Kate Freeman agrees that it seems likely the economy has played a major role in this decline. It is probable that the inability to care for pets—financially—is a prominent reason why owners would find new homes for dogs or cats or decide not to adopt new animals. The effects of such decisions, Dr. Freeman believes, are two-fold.
“When families decide not to adopt a pet they give up the quality of life they would have with this additional family member,” asserts Dr. Freeman. “Dogs and cats bring a great deal of joy into the homes of pet owners, and it is sad that the economy has gotten in the way of that. Unfortunately, this creates an even worse situation for the animals that are not adopted or that are surrendered. This drop in animal guardianship likely means that there are more animals in shelters. This not only puts a strain on the resources to which shelters have access, it may indicate that more animals are being euthanized due to space limitations, which is a tragedy.”
Nonetheless, Dr. Freeman applauds individuals for practicing responsible pet ownership/guardianship and not adopting animals that they cannot care for; however, she hopes that pet guardianship will rebound so that fewer dogs and cats are relegated to shelters.
Most of us know that dogs don’t actually understand language! I know, shocking right? Especially when you read stories about how someone gets a dog from France and it is ‘incapable of understanding English’. Well, most people realise that all ‘foreigners’ can understand English, it’s a simple matter of shouting the words LOUDLY and SLOWLY in a patronising voice, any way – I digress – here’s 9 common words in the dog training vocabulary….
1. Bait: A treat used to get your dog to give you his attention.
2. Collars: Collars are, believe it or not, quite a controversial subject – so let’s just leave the definition as ‘something that goes around the dog’s neck and is often attached to a lead’
3. Cord or Long line: A piece of cotton or nylon cord, very lightweight and small in diameter (in relation to the size of your puppy or dog) with a snap at one end and a handle at the other.
4. Correction: A physical or verbal restraint to the dog. Something that the dog does not like. Something negative / not positive.
5. Free: Without restraint.
6. Leash or Lead: A leash is normally six-foot or thereabouts leather line with a handle at one end and a snap at the other. It should be small enough in width to comfortably fit in your hand.
7. Praise: Positive physical or verbal reassurance to reward your dog.
8. Reward: An edible treat or tossable toy.
9. Show leash or Show lead: A lightweight lead. This type of leash comes in different materials, fabrics and lengths. Some show leashes have built-in collars while some are to be attached to separate collars.
Fri, 31 Aug 2012 08:45:28 +0000 Hot Topics, churchill pet insurance, Churchill Pet Insurance TV ad, petbuzz market research
It seems it really is a dog’s life, as a new study from Churchill Pet Insurance shows that over half of dog owners (57 per cent) let their pet sleep with them, either on or in their bed, at night.
If that wasn’t proof enough of Britain being a nation of dog lovers, nearly half of those people (48 per cent) say that their own sleep is interrupted as a result of their dog sleeping with them. Given that approximately 6.5 million UK households own at least one dog, it is safe to say that many of us are not getting enough sleep each night.
Peter Bishenden, pet insurance expert at Churchill, comments, “This study shows that dog owners really do go the extra mile when it comes to their pet, putting their own comfort second to that of their dog.”
The most popular reason given by dog owners for letting their dog sleep with them is the feeling of companionship (68 per cent), while 22 per cent cite the feeling of security that a dog brings at night.
Just over a third (34 per cent) of dog owners also admitted to taking their dog into account when buying a new bed.
K9 Magazine editor Ryan O’Meara comments, “It’s no surprise to me that Britain’s dog owners are taking their dogs needs into account when buying a new bed. Having seen first hand just how much dogs like to wriggle, stretch and take up as much space as they think they can get away with, factoring them in to a bed purchasing decision seems like a sensible plan.”
Churchill the dog can currently be seen in his first ever pet insurance television advertising campaign. Entitled ‘Bones’, starring ‘Churchie’ and Martin Clunes, the commercial sees dogs coming from far and wide, overcoming obstacles along the way, to thank Churchill for his pet insurance as only a dog would; with bones.
If you haven’t heard, there’s a lion on the loose in Essex (probably ((not)).
Any way, experts have been lining up to explain what the feral feline probably is and the general consensus is(n’t) that it’s maybe, or could be a Pit Bull type dog.
This is, of course, not possible. Pit Bulls are banned in the UK (so therefore they are just as unlikely to be roaming the countryside as lions, right?) Lions, which CAN be kept provided you have the right paperwork (a DWAL – Dangerous Wild Animals Licence) are thought to be frightened of Pit Bull type dogs and will cower when faced with any bull breed type dog above the age of 6 months (source: some science guy).
Locking Jaws & Flesh Eating
With their infamous locking jaws and fondness for consumption of human flesh, it makes sense to us (and Ken Baker) to call for this lion/Pit Bull to be swatted with the biggest tranquilliser gun the Police can get hold of, before being contained in a top security kennel for (oh, let’s say 3 to 4 years?) whilst more ‘experts’ argue before a judge about whether it is in fact a Pit Bull or a lion.
A warning to any would-be captors of the Essex Lion/Pit Bull, most Pit Bulls/lions are able to fight off the effects of tranq guns due to their genetics, which also enable them to climb tall buildings, carry large (Olympic sized) weights and (some say) ‘attain wingless flight’.
Somebody Think of the Children
For the sake of our children, let’s hope that the Essex Lion/Pit Bull can be caught/tranquillized asap.
(PS: end Breed Specific Legislation, it’s really rather silly)
The sale of puppies and dogs in pet shops is fuelling the battery puppy farming trade. On these 'farms', both breeding dogs and puppies are often kept in appalling conditions which fail to meet their welfare needs. Even where such premises are formally licensed, conditions are most often inadequate for proper care of the dogs.
The transfer of puppies to pet shops at critical periods in their development, to often poor accommodation in pet shops themselves, adds to the welfare harm. Purchasers are encouraged to impulse buy with minimal or no checks being made on whether they are able to provide suitable care.
Furthermore, the United Kingdom has a critical over-population of dogs resulting in more abandoned and neglected dogs being taken into council pounds where they could be euthanised, and rescue shelters being unable to cope with the numbers of unwanted dogs needing to be rehomed.
Banning the sale of puppies and dogs in pet shops is long overdue in the United Kingdom. Puppies and dogs should not be sold in pet shops, please sign this petition to demand an immediate ban.