We are all aware that cancer can affect our dogs just as much as ourselves, sadly it is the most common illness that dogs can die from. But do we know enough about the second most common? Bloat, leading to a Twisted Stomach is almost as common as cancer, and the terrible results are far […]
There is no time our dogs are happier than when they are out on their ‘walkies’! They get the exercise, interaction and all the sniffing that they love. But as owners, we are confronted with whether it is better, and safer, to have our dogs on the leash or walking free. We all know that […]
Dogs have always been utilized for man’s purposes. And sometime, those purposes are merely for fun and not utilitarian like hunting. How do you think a dog feels? They can’t talk and they may not understand, but they can feel pain. And they can feel love -Or the lack of it.
Don’t you think a dog deserves to live for himself or herself? Not to make anyone laugh or applaud? And when a dog that is used to that treatment finally gets a chance to be normal, how do they feel? Like this:
The greatest thing I’ve ever known,
Someone came and took me home.
I’m away from the track; hope I never go back!
Like a nightmare in my memory, my future looked black.
Then I was adopted and my life was spared.
I thank God everyday that someone cared.
This must be heaven, I’m a winner this time,
Got a ball, a bone, and a bed that’s all mine.
I’m crazy about my family;
Devoted you might say.
Like a shadow beside them,
You bet I want to stay.
I’m special too, they call me “sweetheart”,
They hug me and kiss me and tell me I’m smart.
Even dreams are more peaceful; no stress, no strife,
Now I run for fun and not for my life.
Most domestic dogs are able to reach speeds of 19 miles per hour (30.5kms per hour), when running flat out. The greyhound, the king of canine speedsters, is capable of reaching speeds of up to 40 miles per hour (64kms per hour)! The greyhound is not only the fastest dog but second only to the Cheetah as the world’s fastest animal. The longest jump was also by a greyhound named Bang. He jumped 30 feet (9.14 meters) while chasing a hare at Brecon Lodge, Glouchestershire, England in 1849. He cleared a 4 foot 6 inch ( 1.37 meters ) tall gate and landed on a hard road, damaging his pastern bone.
The stunning look of the Greyhound Speedsters…
Nature rewarded me with a love for dogs and an allergy for cats. Had it been the other way around, I might not be writing this article right now. Yet, although I steer clear of cats – for mostly this reason- I would find it unbearable if I were allergic to dogs. Yet some people are not so lucky, since they are allergic to dogs as well. For those dog lovers out there who suffer from allergies, upon high-fiving a doggy-paw, there really is a cure. A cure? Well…..apart from the anti-histamine tablets and nose-drops to alleviate post-nasal drip, the trick really lies in finding the right dog – and more correctly, the right dog breed – for you.
What are the reactions that cause humans to suffer from allergies? The allergic response is triggered when our immune system reacts to a perceived threat. Some people have a bad reaction to dander (flaky dead skin cells), saliva or secretion from the sebaceous glands of their dogs. Allergy sufferers can also react to the dust, pollen and dirt that gets caught up and spread around by their dogs.
So what is a hypoallergenic dog breed? Well, hypoallergenic dog breeds, are those breeds that are considered the most suitable for those who suffer from allergies. Although they do produce some dander, the amount is so small that very few people experience allergy symptoms when in contact with these breeds. Hypoallergenic dog breeds are usually single-coated, non-shedding (or low-shedding), generally smaller dogs, those dogs that retain the dander due to their curly coat, or are naked!
A list below shows those breeds that are best suited for allergy sufferers. If you have your sights set on another breed, then the best test to determine whether your allergies will be affected, is to spend 20 minutes in a closed off and confined area with the dog. Cars tend to work well for this. This is a simple test which can save the owner from heartbreak in the future.
However, do bear in mind, that no dog is completely 100% hypoallergenic. The ones below only have a much lower dander producing and shedding activity than the other 100 or so breeds and are thus recommended.