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Labradoodle

One of the newest and most controversial  breeds to enter the American Kennel Club’s list of official breeds. People are often referring to this dog as a classic “mutt” and nothing special. The labradoodle as it’s name suggests, is a mix between a poodle and a Labrador Retriever.

How could anyone not love a mix between America’s two favorite breeds? The avid AKC supporters claim that if a breed is not a pure-breed, it has no place being involved in an elite pure-bred club. However, having a pure-bred means little to nothing to me. A dog is a dog and should be loved no matter what.

Labradoodles are one of the cutest breeds I have ever seen. As a lover of all dog breeds, saying that a specific breed wins over my heart means a lot. Once you meet a labradoodle, you will have a hard time moving on to another breed. They are sweet and gentle as a Labrador and they are as smart as a poodle.

This dog is the ultimate breed that comes with everything a dog owner could want. If you are looking for a best friend and companion I would take a good hard look at the labradoodle.  These owners are pretty loyal to their favorite breed and there is no suprise why. Take a few minutes and look up videos of these sweet pooches and you will be undoubtedlymesmerized by their sweetness.

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“The Lucky One” Gives German Shepherds A Good Reputation

German Shepherds have been given a bad reputation. Second to the American Pit Bull Terrier they are one of the most feared breeds in America today. I personally have always wondered where this fear originated from because I have never met a shepherd that I didn’t love.

This breed has been the number one choice of protection by police forces and also by our troops. When they want to, they will protect and defend. This doesn’t mean that they are always temperamental and pets usually adapt the attitude their owner raises them to have.

Zac Efron plays Logan Thibault, a United States Marine who just returned from war. Upon his arrival home, the only one who greets him warmly is his beloved German Shepherd Zeus. After his sister decides him living in their Colorado suburb home wasn’t the best idea, Logan and Zeus packed up and walked all the way to Louisiana.

Zeus remained a companion the whole trip. The movie shows Zeus cuddled up by Logan even when they spent their nights by a campfire in the middle-of-nowhere. Throughout the movie, Logan is rarely seen without his best pal Zeus by his side.

When Logan’s dream girl’s ex-husband verbally and physically attacks Logan, Zeus becomes defensive but gently calms down when Logan reassures him that he can handle the situation on his own. However, any other time Logan and Zeus travel into town together, Zeus is perfectly calm and gentle.

I am glad that the director’s decided to use a German Shepherd to show that they are not the mean aggressive dog that their reputation paints them to be.  Zeus is the ultimate companion in “The Lucky One” and hopefully the movie changes some people’s opinions of these canines.

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Italian Greyhounds

 

 

All of a sudden, I see them everywhere! They are the newest breed that is quickly on the rise. These cute little dogs are not a new addition to the American Kennel Club’s list of official breeds. The Italian Greyhound is one of the oldest breeds dating as far back as the Roman Empire Days! Historians think that Italian Greyhounds were the only acceptable breed during those days. These pooches were a symbol of royalty and honor.

They remained as a status symbol for sometime until replaced by bigger dogs that were used for protection. Now the Italian Greyhound is making a comeback and there is no surprise why.

These dogs are the ultimate companion dogs. They will never pass up the opportunity to snuggle up on your lap and they are just the perfect size to be a lap dog. The Italian Greyhound tops out at around 18 lbs. For people striving for a small friend this is the perfect breed for you! They are great starter dogs for first time owners as well.

Living in a warm environment is a must for these small little guys. They have a very light coat and being greyhounds, they don’t carry weight very well.  Some people say that Italian Greyhounds are even easier to train on a littler box (It helps when it is cold out!).

If you are looking for the perfect companion, then the Italian Greyhound is for you!

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Unhealthy Foods For Dogs

        Every pet owner wants to spoil their pet and keep them healthy, but what ‘human’ foods are alright for dogs to eat and which are harmful? I know that my dog is so spoiled that he barely eats dog food anymore, and I know there are plenty of people out there that spoil their pet with goodies like I do.  When feeding your pet table scraps there are many ingredients used in everyday cooking that can be very harmful to your dog. When passing the plate to the floor for Fido, here are the top four unexpected foods that you should avoid.

      Onions and Garlic are highly toxic to dogs as they both contain thiosulphate, an ion produced naturally in biochemical processes- Onion is the more toxic of the two. Dogs can get sick from eating small amounts of either onion or garlic and the affects of the poisoning will not be seen until a few days after the initial ingestion.  Some of the symptoms to look for if you think your dog has been poisoned are anemia, labored breathing, liver damage, vomiting, diarrhea, and discolored urine.

      Mushrooms are also very poisonous to dogs, where some species can lead to immediate death after ingestion. Cooked or raw mushrooms both have the same impact on the dog’s digestive system. Amanita mushrooms (usually a wilder variety) are typically the species that have the highest number of reported deaths. Your dog would encounter an Amanita mushroom while playing outside, but other mushrooms we commonly eat can have the same effect. Symptoms of a poisoning are abdominal pain, drooling, liver damage, kidney damage, vomiting diarrhea, convulsions, coma, and death. Pictured below is an Amanita mushroom.

      Grapes and raisins are also not recommended to feed your dog because they can lead to very severe sickness, and uncommonly death. I know that my dog has eaten green grapes before without a severe reaction, but if a dog ingests a significant amount of grapes or raisins they will experience diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and lethargy. These symptoms can lead to dehydration and potential death. Yearly the Humane Society sees a number of reported poisonings from grapes that were given to dogs or mistakenly ingested.

      As all dog owners know, chocolate is very dangerous for any dog. Due to the compound theobromine, that is present in chocolate, even small amounts of chocolate can be deadly to pets. Theobromine is considered a stimulant and a diuretic for dogs, and is thought to be one of the most dangerous compounds for animals. Chocolate poisoning in dogs can be seen within a few hours and can lead to death within 24 hours. Cocoa powder is the most dangerous form of chocolate for dogs because it contains purer forms of theobromine. It will only take a very small amount of cocoa powder to affect a dog significantly. Dark and semisweet chocolate forms are less of a hazard to dogs, but still very dangerous. If your dog has ingested a large quantity of chocolate will likely show symptoms of staggering, labored breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, tremors, fever, heart rate increase, arrhythmia, seizures, and coma/ death. If you believe that your dog has ingested a large quantity of chocolate, take them to your vet immediately.

     Overall, these foods are some of the most dangerous to dogs and should be avoided at all costs. Giving your dog a sample of your nightly dinner is alright, as long as you check to make sure your plate holds only safe and nutritious foods. I hope that this blog was helpful and these are some tips to keep your dog safe and healthy! Thanks for reading.

See more at: http://www.entirelypets.com/toxicfoods.html

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