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A Puppy Is Not A Novelty

I had a bad to start to the day this morning.  One of my dogs was involved in a fence fight with two Ridgebacks wandering the street.  Fortunately I managed to get to my dog before any damage was done.  The dogs belong to a family a few houses up the road from us and are out quite often out.  But what also got my attention about this situation this morning was that they are now being joined by their…

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Black And White Sunday – Sunday Morning

Aw Ma, do I have to get up?  It’s Sunday….   We’re taking part in the Black and White Sunday blog hop kindly hosted by Dachshund Nola and Sugar The Golden Retriever      

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Are Dogs Owned By The Elderly Happy And Healthy?

    Research has shown that dogs can contribute to the psychological and physical health of their owners . The positive effects of owning a pet  are especially noticeable when one looks at older people. For example seniors who own dogs tend to require less medical attention, and are less likely to develop depression than if they are living alone. There are also physical benefits. (For example, one study looked at people older than 55 who had had their first…

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Wordless Wednesday – Sleepy Puppy

I was at a dog show this past weekend to help a friend show her Griffons, but when I wasn’t in the ring I was asked to babysit… … this adorable sleepy puppy, Magda, a four month old Affenpinscher.  She did wake up now and then to watch her Griffon friends in the ring I think I may have to add Affenpinscher to my “bucket list” of breeds!

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Affenpinscher

A couple of days ago I met an Affenpinscher “in person” for the first time, and I’m smitten!  They are really great little dogs. The Affenpinscher is thought to be one of the oldest breeds.  It originated in the 17th century in Germany.  They were originally kept as ratters in the stables, but with their outgoing natures they soon charmed their way into the homes and hearts of their owners and became companion dogs. The Affenpinscher played a part in…

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Memory Assistance Dogs

There are many types of memory. Psychologists often start by dividing memory into to large groupings that they call “explicit” or “implicit” memory. The easiest way to distinguish these is to describe explicit memories as the ones that you can describe or call into your mind at will, while implicit memories are automatic and not really conscious. Learned skills are good examples of implicit memories.  Although you might remember how to ride a bicycle, trying to describe to someone else…

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Black & White Sunday – Framed

Framed…   A cold and windy day outside, but at least there’s a little patch of sun big enough for a Bug! We’re taking part in the Black and White Sunday blog hop kindly hosted by Dachshund Nola and Sugar The Golden Retriever  

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The Unconditional Love Of A Dog

The one most amazing quality of dogs is their great capacity for unconditional love.  Your dog loves you, no matter what or who you are.  The one being in your life who really will love you “just for you” is your dog. “A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” Josh Billings “A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours. Marley taught me about living…

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Tail Docking

As the owner and occasional breeder of a traditionally docked-tail breed, this is a subject close to my heart.  It is a very emotive subject with strong opinions both for and against.   In previous years tail docking was done for reasons that do not currently apply, for example they paid less tax for dogs with docked tails. Working dogs were exempt from taxes, and docked tails made it easier for them to work in the thick bush. Now the…

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Puppy Development Stages

A puppy will go through several different stages during it’s initial development.  While these developmental stages are generally the same for all puppies, it must also be remembered that each litter and every puppy is still an individual and there can be variations depending on breed, the environment they’re born into, how they are cared for, and other factors.  But if you’re about to experience the joy of a new litter in your household, this is what you can expect….

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