According to a recent article of USA Today, the number of dogs being stolen has risen dramatically in 2011.
Stealing dogs with the intention of demanding a ransom from the owner is not
a new phenomenon. In fact, the first ever dognapping case was recorded in 1934. The stolen Boston Terrier was returned to its
owner after 5 long months so the story had a happy ending.
Dogs become part of our families. They will be just like a small brother or
sister to the kids. And when they are kidnapped and there is a chance that
money can buy them back, we pay gladly – provided that we have the money
demanded, that is.
Over time, as conformation showing became more popular, show dogs became the
targets of thieves. It’s easy to see that if the owner of a regular dog is
willing to pay thousands of dollars in ransom, the owner of a valuable show dog
might pay tens of thousands of dollars to get his pooch back.
Dognapping – not only for ransom but reselling, experiments and a number of
other purposes – has become widespread in the United States by the 60’s. So
much so that it had actually become one of the most talked about issues of the
time. The public dismay and the floods of letters demanding something to be
done put enormous pressure on the senate. As a result, the “Dognapping Law”,
which became the Animal Welfare Act of 1966 was born.
Loving, lovable and very patient. Highly intelligent and good-natured. The Labrador Retriever is one of the friendliest breeds in the world.
This comprehensive video, courtesy of Eukanuba, is a great way to gain an understanding of the history, characteristics and care for this amazing breed, that we have all come to love one way or another.
While the love, affection and loyalty of a dog is so rewarding, clusters of dog hair and dried drool have a tendency to diminish the elegance of a damask chair. When you purchase furniture, rugs, and décor; dogs tend to play a part in the decision-making process. Here are some tips on caring for your dog-friendly home:
Upholstery: Performance fabrics, formerly used outdoors, have come indoors. Crypton Super Fabrics is one good example. Crypton offers a range of fabrics from washable twills to suede. Stain-resistant fabrics are good for slipcovers and upholstery as well. Take home fabric samples to see how dog hair attracts/blends/shows on a particular color. If you can’t get fabric that is covered in crypton, then spray your furniture with a furniture protectant that helps deter stains.
Fur-niture: Re-upholster an old chaise in doggy-paw patterned fabric which is theirs to snuggle on in the family room. Leather also cleans very easily and can be covered with blankets. You can put a large sheet over the couch that the dogs like to use so as to protect it from everyday use. When you have company, just fold up the sheet and stow it under the couch.
Carpets: Try to coordinate the colors of your carpets with the colors of your dogs so that the dog hair isn’t as noticeable. Although hardwood floors and tile may be easier to maintain, with a little common sense, a reliable vacuum cleaner and an arsenal of stain remover and deodorizer, you can enjoy your carpets and your pets. Keep a “paw towel” by the door to wipe your dogs’ paws when they come back from exploring. If you just don’t manage with the carpets, then consider going for laminated floors. Hard wooden floors scratch easily and are more expensive to replace.
Beds: Spread a throw on top of your bed, so as to keep the bed free of dog hair. Wash the throw regularly. White bedding is also a good idea, since it can be easily bleached.
Decorating versus Safe-proofing: Take breakable objects off of tabletops and low-lying shelves. Remove poisonous plants, lock up chemicals and organize wires and cables. It is also a good idea to install locks on low cabinets and add baby gates to any off-limits areas.
A dog named Chanel has just been declared the world’s oldest canine.
Chanel, a Dachshund cross that lives in New York, has been certified by the Guinness Book of Records as being 21 years old. Working on the widely held principle that a dog year equals seven human years, that makes Chanel an amazing 147 years old. According to her owners, Chanel is hard of hearing and suffering from cataracts. But otherwise she is in fine fettle and was even able to celebrate her 21st by visiting a New York Dog Hotel and Spa with come canine chums. You can read all about her – and see some fun photographs – here
Chanel, however, is far from the oldest dog to have ever lived. Until last Autumn, the oldest dog alive was believed to be Bella, a 29-year-old Labrador cross from Britain. Bella died from a heart attack in her Lincolnshire home a few months short of snatching the record for the oldest dog ever recorded. That honour remains the property of an Australian cattle dog called Bluey. He was put to sleep at the age of 29 years and 5 months. In human terms that means he was about 205 years old!
Dog lovers are usually divided into two types – those who love big dogs and those who love small ones. Small dog lovers admire the ease of maintaining and caring for a dog who eats less (and presumably poops less!) and who doesn’t take up much space on the couch. Big dog lovers however, claim that they’re not as yappy as the small dogs and are generally more lovable and enjoyable to be with.
Regardless of which camp you’re on, the battle seems to be going in favor the latter. While small dogs are very popular, the most popular dogs seem to be the biggers – German Shepherds, Labs and Golden Retrievers. They are the top three on the American Kennel club’s list.
That trend may be changing however. As more of the world moves into apartments and smaller houses, the small dogs will probably see an increase in their numbers – keep a look out!