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Sirius of the Week
Our star is Hercules, and his person-mom writes,
"This is the love of my life, don't tell me husband, Hercules Forrest
Magin (we call him Herc. for short). He is supposed to be a full bred
Miniture Schnauzer, but the veterinarian and I do not agree and think
he has some Scotty in him as well.
"He came into my life when he was 7 months old. His story
is very heartbreaking so I will not share. All I will say is he is
afraid of a lot of things, including kids. He hates when people leave
the house and, well, is just the most lovely son in the world.
"He has these eyes that can get him anything he wants...as a matter of
fact, he was in an emergency room in May and when I came to pick him
up, 3 employees came out and said they HAD to meet Hercules's mom and
find out how/if I ever say no to him and those EYES. I told them it
is hard and he gets away with quite a bit.
"His favorite things to do are lay on his mommy and stare at his daddy.
Give kisses to his aunt and grandma (and who are we kidding -- any
woman) and play with his sister Sadie, a Beagle/order Collie mix."
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Elizabeth Ellis is a painter who is painting an 8x10 inch watercolor of an
adoptable animal in a shelter each week in 2015. At the beginning of 2016,
she will have an exhibition of the 52 paintings at the Dreaming Tree Gallery
in Grove City, Ohio. After the exhibition, she will mail the original
paintings to the shelter where the animal is still living, or hopefully,
to the family that has adopted the animal.
She is calling it the "Year of 52 Rescues" and will be blogging and tweeting
the whole process. She started near where she lives, in Ohio, but will
include shelters from other parts of the United States. You can see her work
at Elizabeth Ellis
Art and Elizabeth Paints
Tinkerbelle, on the right, hanging out with Baby
Beware of Internet Puppy Scams: Unfortunately, unscrupulous people have been sending emails offering to sell pedigree puppies (bulldogs, pugs, and others). Similar phony websites are also on the web. These emails and websites are fake. They are designed to cheat you out of your money either by never sending you the puppy or by sending you a different dog from what you paid for. Your best bet: If you want a purebred, contact a local breed-specific rescue group. Or if you just want a new best friend, save a life from your local animal pound.
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A visit from Goldbyrne (March 2001):
I'm a pretty Golden Retriever
A visit from Maggie (March 2003):
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Dear site visitors: If your dog ever has a medical problem or emergency,
PLEASE take him/her to the veterinarian right away. Professional help should
always be your first choice and should be made without delay.
The friend you've been waiting for is at your local animal shelter.
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IMPORTANT! If you haven't had your dog checked for heartworms, call your
veterinarian and make an appointment today! Heartworms are fatal -- but can
be easily prevented. Do your dog -- and yourself -- a kindness... have your dog
checked right away.
It appears that dogs can develop renal failure from
eating grapes and raisins. So, to be on the safe side, do not give your
dog grapes or raisins as treats. You can read more at these links:
And from the ASPCA, regarding hazardous foods in general:
Foods That Are Hazardous to Dogs. Woof Wise also has an article about
dangerous household items.
Animal Poison Control 24-hour hotline: 1-888-426-4435
Please consider donating to help animals. There are many good organizations, but here are two:
ASPCA -- 1-800-628-0028
Humane Society of the United States -- 1-866-720-2676
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Some Dog Facts
- Hounds are hunting dogs. Some hounds hunt by sight (sighthounds like Greyhounds); others use their noses on the ground to follow their target (Beagles and Bloodhounds, for example).
- "Liver" = here a deep brown color.
- Small statues of Maltese dogs were found in the tomb of Ramses II, who ruled from 1290 to 1223 B.C.
- In the 17th century, the German Short-haired Pointer was prized by German nobility and by poachers (the latter for the dogs' night-time hunting skills).
- The Samoyed originated on the Artic Steppes of Siberia and were bred to be sled dogs and herders of reindeer
- Dogs bark to say that there is something strange happening and to be alert. The barking signals that something is happening -- such as someone arriving; once the new arrival has been identified, either a greeting takes place or an attack.
- The Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier originated in Ireland where it was a hunder, guard dog, and herder.
- The stomach is a muscular pocket that holds from one quart in smaller dogs up to two gallons in big dogs.