Monday, January 30, 2012

Can we get some bones?

It's been a month ever since we've given the pack a new set of bones to gnaw on. 

So I asked my mom to get some from the Beef Stew person. He was generous enough to give us 4 enormous ones. Mainly the skull, two shoulder bones (acetabulum- something my partner just called it) and a wide looking bone I have no idea of.

I took some pictures but would prefer to show a video which I would have to compile later. For now, please enjoy this picture of Ginger.

Part of your world...

Today we will be getting our booster shots.

I find Ginger's way of sitting a little awkward. She reminds me of little mermaid ( where she leans on the rock while singing to the prince.

Paaartttt Twwwooooo....

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Vaccination: How Often Should It Be Done?

I've been wondering how often vaccinations should be given. Most veterinarians advice annual vaccination. However, some owners have explicitly disagreed with this type of routine. For one, because it upsets the dog's natural antibody capabilities. And two, because some pets have severe reactions during vaccinations.
Dr. Ronald D. Schultz, Ph.D..- "Annual revaccination provides no benefit and may increase the risk for adverse reactions. The percentage of vaccinated animals (those vaccinated only as puppies) protected from clinical disease after challenge with canine distemper virus, canine parvovirus and canine adenovirus in the study was greater than 95%." Source
The third reason would be because there's such a thing as chronically induced diseases obtained from vaccination e.g. skin allergies. auto-immune.

Why aren't puppies given vaccinations too early?

The mother's milk is rich in maternal antibodies. Colostrum provides the initial protection for the first 12 weeks.

If the vaccine is given earlier than 8 weeks, the mother's antibodies will neutralize the vaccine leaving the puppy with little protection.

I picked up a more detailed explanation from NEW PRINCIPLES OF IMMUNOLOGY. Credit also goes to srdogs.com from which I tracked its original URL.
Puppies receive antibodies through their mothers milk. This natural protection can last 8-14 weeks. Puppies & kittens should NOT be vaccinated at LESS than 8 weeks. Maternal immunity will neutralize the vaccine and little protection (0-38%) will be produced. Vaccination at 6 weeks will, however, delay the timing of the first highly effective vaccine. Vaccinations given 2 weeks apart suppress rather than stimulate the immune system. A series of vaccinations is given starting at 8 weeks and given 3-4 weeks apart up to 16 weeks of age. Another vaccination given sometime after 6 months of age (usually at 1 year 4 mo) will provide lifetime immunity.
It doesn't sound so complex when you think about it, does it.

Why do you need to stick to the schedule?

A couple of days ago, Peanuts had her third shot. The vet had sent me a reminder message to follow up her vaccination since we didn't come in the day before ( it was raining pretty strong so I decided to go the next day).

In the shortest explanation possible, having the shots too early will over stimulate your puppies immune system hence making its antibodies "think" that any foreign object entering the body should be destroyed.

Having the shots too far apart could leave the puppy susceptible to these diseases.

Is annual vaccination required?

No. According to the American Animal Hospital Association, adult dog booster shots are better given every three years rather than annually. This is just because researchers have discovered that immunity from boosters can last up to three years.

Some vets have noted an increase in cases of  dogs and cats having auto-immune diseases, especially the ones who've been given annual vaccinations.

Any thoughts? Objections? How often do you get your doggies vaccinated?
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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A Peanuts Episode: The Black Cat

We brought Peanuts to the Vet last January 17 to have her booster shot. Since the veterinarian had a house-call prior to our visit, we had to wait for him. 

This happened outside the Vet Clinic. I just placed talk bubbles to make it a little more entertaining.

Look, a black kitty!

Black kitty gets snubbed.

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Two Awards!?!

So I was reading the responses for the previous post and got this as one of the responses from Dachshund Nola and Two Doodles and a Dane.

P.S. I've given you an award
Dachshund Nola
http://dachshundnola.blogspot.com/2012/01/award.html

We have nominate you for an award on our blog!
http://smilewithyourtail.blogspot.com/2012/01/big-thank-you-another-award.html
Slobbers
xxx

First of all, I would like to thank you guys for the two awards. It was pretty difficult for me to select the ones I would nominate the awards to because for one, I wanted to spread the love and second, there were so many awesome bloggers to include.

I'd like to thank Dante, Daisy Boo and Sampson for The Versatile Blogger Award.
What To Do...

The rules for the Versatile Blogger Award are as follows:
1. Thank the award giver and link back in your post
2. Share 7 things about your self
3. Pass this award to as many as 15 blogs you enjoy reading and let them know about the award!

1. Done.

2. Let me see... I think I'll share about me and my pack rather than myself alone.
a. My pack is composed of 4 dogs and 3 humans. The oldest in the pack is Brother Dog a.k.a BD. Next there is Coal, Ginger and Peanuts.
b. My mom doesn't allow all of them inside the house, so I had to bargain for Peanuts to sleep in my room. Good thing she has a soft heart, she just loves Peanuts all the same.
c. The three other dogs stay on the balcony. The entrance to our house has an extension which is made of bamboo, this is where they usually stay.
d. Peanuts does not leave the room whenever I'm asleep except for potty trips. My mom keeps on laughing at this fact.
e. I currently have more than a dozen tabs open to finish the creation of this post.
f. Brother Dog hasn't allowed a human near him ever since he stayed here.
g. All our dogs are currently from our neighbors, except for Peanuts.

3. Lastly, I'd like to share this award with the following blogs.

White Dog Diary Online- Here you'll read about the accounts Siku and her White Dog Army (WDA). Although I'm not sure if all of them came from Rescue but I'm sure Nuka was.

Bichonpawz - LadyBug, Chloe and their mommy's adventures all in one package. Bichon Frise Overload!

Catachresis - You'd think I'd get enough of Austin after giving them their second award. Well, Carolyn, this is for you- since Austin doesn't want to get cuddled and simply because you're a stats-a-holic.

K-9 Katastrophie - Versatility doesn't get better than this. Want to read about the blogging turtle asking females confidently out... K-9 Katastrophie is the place. Although I'm not sure they'd respond to this since their mom is pretty busy taking a double major at the moment.

Some Thoughts About Dogs - If you want to know more about dogs, check out Tegan's blog about her training experiences and other hot topics when it comes to dog ownership such as breeding, de-sexing, dog anatomy. You name it, she's probably discussed about it.

Yuki and Rocket- Yuki is the diva of the two. Her mom loves to bake cookies both for humans and dogs. Both Yuki and Rocket are schnauzers which I just adore so much.

Life in the Doghouse- Magic's mom brings them to schnauzer clubs and they have the Sausage race...I don't what else to say but I found this really hilarious just imagining it.

Nola, thanks for this One Lovely Blog Award.

This award was purposely made to recognized the efforts of fellow bloggers and let them know that their work are appreciated... and awesome!!!

When I Grow Up I Want to be a Vet- Little comic strips about Doc's life as a veterinarian.

Animal Shelter Volunteer Life- I know that most of us are dog lovers here. But I'm sure you guys also have hearts for adoptable kitties.

Living With 6 Hamsters (And 2 Dogs) - Enjoy a day in the life of Wawa and Coco. Tooki is from Asia like me and Wawa is a stray dog she adopted.

A Dog Named Muffin- This is Muffin's blog. She's a Shih-Tzu and she definitely reminds me of Buchi. The one staying with my sister.

Brown Dog CBR- This is Hawky's blog. He's a retriever. I especially enjoy his blog because he when he usually forgets to reply to the comments, he will make a post about it.


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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Toys: Peanuts' New Rag

Meet Moppy! Costing less than a dollar with priceless allure to Peanuts...
Brought to you by our local grocery shop. I'm fund of making toys for peanuts. One of the first thing we played together was an old shoelace. And it never loses its appeal to her. 
  
The Story of our first toy ( which isn't Moppy)

To make playtime more fun, at one end of the shoelace, I tied a plastic cup that makes sounds when being pulled. She grew obsessed with that plastic cup the moment she had her sights on it (which isn't exactly something good), so I incorporated it in our playtime rather than having her chase it endlessly.

Peanuts Mural. Here she is looking up momentarily to have her picture taken. It looked a whole lot worst when I took it.

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Deworming: Have you done it recently?

WARNING: Graphically gross pictures. Please do not look at them if you're the squeamish type.

A couple of days ago, we've noticed that Peanuts was dragging her butt all over the floor and whimpering about it. At first, I was thinking, maybe it was because of the mange since she's been playing with Coal and Ginger.

Since our vaccination date was coming to a close, I told myself that what better time but now, to ask the vet about her behavior. He told us it may possibly come from worms since we haven't had her "purged" ever since we got her. This was because the person we got her from told us that she had been dewormed recently already.

So I've decided to have her dewormed immediately after her shot. It's been 2 days and the vet was right on the money. I was amazed on the sheer number of worms Peanuts let out of her system.

Immediately after getting home: Small Segments

1st Day: Diarrhea and mucoidal poop with no worms accounted for.

2nd Day: First hour, tape worms!!! Long and many in a cluster! And 1 live roundworm wondering further from the litter spot.

Or what's left of them. Apparently, ants just love a wormy meal.

2nd Attempt to Poop on the 2nd Day: Nothing comes out except two more roundworms stuck in her bottom! Since my beau is a nurse, he pulled them out himself. They were even trying to get back in- THE NERVE!

If the wormies don't get , pull it out gently because there's a tendency that they'll break. 

3rd Attempt to Poop on the 2nd Day: More roundworms in a cluster.

I don't want to know what's inside that black poop. 

Now, to get to the nitty gritty part of talking about Deworming...

Are humans susceptible to their pet's worms?

Yes. Children especially, who have not normally developed their immune systems are prone to catching worms. Toxocara canis are roundworms from dogs.

If humans come into contact with contaminated feces, there is a possibility to contract a disease called Toxocara. Although, it's very rare.

For cats, these worms are called Toxicara cata.

What pet worms can humans contract?

1. Roundworms

2. Hookworms

3. Ringworm (which isn't actually a worm but a fungus)

4. Tapeworms

Lastly, people cannot contract heartworms because the moment the carrier (usually a mosquito) injects it in our blood stream, it usually gets attacked by our oh-so-awesome immune system.

How can I help prevent these worms from infesting Fido's system?

Simple, regular deworming!

One more thing, use dog medicine for dogs. Some people try to save money by buying Mebendazole for children. Antihelmintic medicine will never be as effective as Dewormers for dogs.

Boost your dogs immune system by feeding him correctly and providing the proper vitamins. Yes, it will be a little expensive than not spending on supplements, but (as the age old saying goes) remember "PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE".
Lastly, dogs who are happy and mentally stimulated daily are less prone to stress. So, don't forget that playing with your dogs for 15-30 minutes a day and walking them can dramatically help improve a dog's health.

Observe proper hygiene.

Peanuts has been licking the floors starting 2 weeks ago. So one more thing, try to prevent your dog from licking floors and stray animals.

How often should I deworm my dog?
Adult dogs- Once every 3 months

Puppies starting 2 weeks to 12 weeks of age- once in every two weeks

Pregnant and Lactating Bitches- before mating, after 6 weeks into her pregnancy, after giving birth and while feeding her puppies with her milk.
It's always best to ask the vet for advice when it comes to the frequency and dosage for your dog.
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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Old Pet, New Introduction

Some time over the months, I mentioned Brother Dog as the leader of our pack. Apparently, he used to be the leader of the pack for the entire street we were leaving in. That's composed of 13-15 dogs. He even used to come home with battle scars which keeps me worried.

I'm to cute for you to touch, mere human.
Unfortunately, he never lets me touch him. So I couldn't pet him, nor can I give him affection like I do with the others. Brother Dog a.k.a BD used to be, once again, our neighbor's dog. I wasn't here when he got "adopted" by my mom. She went on a vacation for a month, staying at my sister. Later, she came home and found my brother feeding another dog. She asked him whose that dog was and he answers her, it's not yours?

Later we discover that he is our neighbor's dog who started coming in our gate waiting for food to be served to the others.

Now, I believe he'd lost the fight with another dog. His title is now his son's. Shark had a brother named Sam. Sam is living with our other neighbor. Whenever BD sees these guys pass through, he goes all territorial on them and a bark and growl-fest commences.
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Monday, January 16, 2012

More Facts About Dachshunds

Firstly, I would like to apologize to Nola's mommy for not sharing this information any sooner. She was very nice to spend this extra effort in creating this mail.

Check out the wonderful life of Nola in her blog
Not only will you learn about Dachshunds but you'll also get to find out more about Nola- Bloggerville's famous friend for all seasons.

1. Dachshunds come in 3 sizes: Standard (16-35lb),  Miniature (under 11lbs, Nola is a mini at 8lb) and the unofficial ''Tweenie" which is too big for a mini and to small for a standard (12-15lb, Boston is a Tweenie).

2. Dachshunds come in more colors and patterns then any other breed recognized by the AKC(American Kennel Club)! There are Red, Black and Tan, Cream (called wheaten in wirehairs, true creams are very rare), Chocolate and Tan, Chocolate, Chocolate and Cream, Black and Cream, Blue, Blue and Tan, Isabella, Isabella and Tan and Wild Boar. It's dizzying, but there's still more!

3. Patterns: Dapple, Piebald, Double Dapple, Brindle and Sable.

I came across the term Dapple in Nola's blog and asked about it. Here's the response and further explanation on the topic.

Dapple can come in any Dachshund color. So let's talk about Boston. Boston is a red Dachs, with dapple as her pattern. Dapple is when the base color (in this case red) have splotches of dark or lighter color all over it, and most of the time either completely blue eyes or partially blue eyes.

Double Dapple is when 2 dapple Dachs are bred together, resulting in dapple with large areas of white. It sounds pretty, but you never want to breed to dapples together, as the puppies have a 1 in 3 chance of being born blind, deaf, eyeless or deformed.

Sable Dachshunds like Nola are very rare, the only rare Dach color. Sable are almost exclusively in longhairs, which is why finding out Nola's color what such an issue. She was born nearly black, then lightened to almost red by 12 weeks. But she has continued to darken to the color she is today, and has always displayed a widows peak the hallmark or Sables.

4. Difference between Male and Female Dachshunds: The males seem to be a bit dimmer, and more tolerant. The females are very very smart and protective, and incredibly in tune with their people. They're also more prone to separation anxiety.

To learn more about Dachshund colors, Nola's Mommy even provided us with some references.

http://www.aielloslonghaireddachshunds.com/ColorInfo.html the only part of this link thats wrong is their sable page
http://www.dachsie.org/colors.html
http://www.honeydachs.com/color.htm

Lastly, here's one of their best post for the year 2011. This a detailed account of  Boston's labor.
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Saturday, January 14, 2012

PetsDirect.co.uk, Will You Send Us a Toy, Too?

Hey PBU-ers!

Yesterday I went to PBU to check how Pam was, but I think she's still in the hospital. 

Anyway, there recent post was regarding PetsDirect.co.uk late Christmas giveaway. And what's great about this is, they're willing to ship it worldwide, free of charge. All we have to do is mention them in our blog and send them our preferred pressies at sales@petsdirect.co.uk.

I went to the site to check out their selection. And I saw these wonderful Kong toys. We don't have those even in the big malls in our area, so I hope they can send 'em here where I live. 

Once you've mentioned PetsDirect.co.uk in your blog, all you have to do is go to their website and select the item(s) you want to be sent to you by emailing them the following.

1. The link of the post where you mentioned them.

2. Your name and address

3. The item(s) worth £10/$15 you wanted.

So, let's share the good news. Happy shopping to all!

I hope Pam gets better soon. And lastly, I'm glad to say that Pip's cardio check-up went well.


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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Thanks for the Pawsome Blogger Award, Nola!

Hey friends. I would like to thank Nola for this newest award I got from her. I don't know what it means yet (except I'm so PAWSOME!!!) or how the mechanics of this award goes so I'll just follow her way.

from my good friend Dachshund Nola
In order to accept the award, I have to pass it along 8 wonderful bloggers who are so PAWSOME as well. Here are the blogs that bring me fun, love, laughs and furiendship.

1.  Magic's Life in the Doghouse

2. Austin's Catechresis



5. Hawky's Browndog CBR Blog




Thank you, once again, Nola!!! Okay, eating time... see you after my nom noms.
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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Recommend Dog Food for Puppy Peanuts

I was hoping to ask you guys some solid advice on what dog food to feed Peanuts. I've decided to switch her to dog food because of its convenience. She still drinks milk during noon time but I'd really want to do away with it.

So, I went to this Agricultural Supply as they were selling dog food and asked them what most dog owners buy from them.

The nice sales lady said Optima Beef Puppy Meal was the one mostly sought after. When I gave a piece of kibble to Peanuts, she ate it up signifying that she does like it. I also added a spoonful of it in her dinner and she enjoyed it too much.

Now, here's the problem. As I was searching for information on its primary ingredients, I come across the 2008 recall of US-made Optima sent to China. During such year, multiple dog food companies recalled their products due to aflatoxin ( which was as you've guessed it, guilty of killing more than 30 dogs during such time).

Here are two references I've read. I was unable to search for the specific article because my eye was acting up again.
 
Any thoughts or recommendations? Although  I will be giving here meat and rice like the usual, I want to have the dog food option. Thanks in advance.

By the way, incase you were wondering what kind of ingredients they have on this particular dog food. Here it is:
Ingredients:
ground yellow corn, wheat mill run, beef meal, soybean meal, animal fat(preserved with mixed tocopherols -source of vitamin E),
Poultry By-product Digest, tomato pomace, salt, choline chloride, potassium chloride, Zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, vitamin A acetate,
D-activated animal supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, manganous oxide, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, niacin, calcium pantothenate,
pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, biotin, copper sulfate, choline chloride, calcium iodate, sodium selenite.
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Monday, January 9, 2012

Welcome to the Family, Ginger

Two weeks ago, I had talked about Miga, our neighbor's dog who loves to visit us everyday. It came to a point that most of her time was spent here with our pack rather than her supposed family.

I've also mentioned to Yuki and Rocket's mom that Miga was badly hurt by her owner. Her leg was twisted and she was limp on that leg for more than a month. 


Our neighbor is pretty giving when it comes to her pets. She isn't exactly the responsible owner type. So one day, she tells my mom that in exchange for  $2.50, she was going to give us Miga because she needed to buy food to feed her kids.

I've already expressed my liking to Miga. She's, miraculously, one smart puppy. She learned the sit trick within minutes. I guess it's because coming from a home who doesn't give her much affection, she's was too eager to please. She also has pretty almond shaped eyes.

So today- that would be one and a half week ago- I am officially welcoming Miga into our home. My boyfriend changed her name to "Ginger".
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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Dog Tips: Reassurance or Ignorance

One of the things commonly done by pet lovers and owners is to hug or comfort the dog or puppy when it is scared. As Cesar Millan would say, giving affection to a scared/ aggressive/ fearful dog is nurturing that state of mind. In short, if the puppy is doing something you do not like him to do, it's always best to ignore him so he will understand that his behavior is not good.

Unlike humans, dogs and pack animals are unable to rationalize that our giving of affection to them is a sign of comfort. We've all heard of trainers and dog experts talking about the reward system. Getting frustrated towards a dog will make him think you're excited rather than angry. This also means that immediate correction is more effective than punishing a dog a little while later. 

Some books have mentioned that if you are giving a dog affection at the wrong time such as in a fearful or aggressive state, this will give the dog reason to believe that he should be scared or protective of something. 

As the mommy or daddy of the pack, it is important that your pooches can feel secure with you- and I'm not just implying financial security. Like us humans who need to feel safe under our government's reign, dogs need to know that their pack leaders can control their surroundings 
  • My pack leader is here so these dogs sniffing me won't do anything to me.
  • The mailman will not steal the mail.
  • I don't need to be bark at the visitors because my pack leader has control over the territory.
And with such protection comes discipline and rules they have to follow such as:
  • No biting or nipping because the pack leader gets mad at me.
  • The pack leader will always lead the walk.
  • The pack leader does not want me to do this or he will snap at me again.
As for my personal experience, I believe one of the reason why Peanuts doesn't beg for food anymore is because she is being completely ignored whenever she does it. Her potty training went pretty fast as well, since every time I catch her doing her business on the paper, I instantly croon "Good Girl" and she approaches me for a good stroke on the back.
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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Top 7 Smartest Breeds

Have you heard of people claiming that one breed is smarter than the other? According to dog experts, some breeds are innately smarter than others. With smartness gauged through their willingness to obey and follow instructions, one of the most intelligent breeds is the Border collie.

But we already know that. Lassie was, after all, a movie star. In fact, a whole generation of Lassies have starred in movies pertaining to, well... Lassie herself.

According to some dog experts ( asked by Psychologist Stanley Coren), the top 7 smartest dogs are...
1. Border Collie
2. Poodle
3. German Shepherd
4. Golden Retriever
5. Doberman
6. Shetland Sheepdog
7. Labrador Retriever.

Don't feel bad if your pooch's breed wasn't mentioned. This was just a generalization. They didn't exactly give every single breed an exam to answer. Worry not! If you feel Fido or Fifi is smart, then who's to argue? What's great about dogs are they're awesome at adapting to their human companions - and this is a stated fact.

Lastly, did you know that the "dumbest" breed or shall we say the less intelligent one of them all is the Afghan hound? Another surprising fact is that dogs with the highest "communication intelligence" as Dr. Bruce Fogel coined are the ones bred after the 1800s while the dumbest ones are the "genetically oldest" breeds.

Edit: Want to read more about Dog Intelligence? Here's a link from Yuki and Rocket's Blog explaining more about it. CLICK ME.

Next, I'd just like to add that I believe our dogs may not necessarily have the most intelligent breeds, but I can attest to saying that what we they lack in trainability they make up with wonderful personalities and independence.
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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

My First Liebster Blog Award

First of all, I'd like to thank Basset Momma for including me in her favorite blogs. It's my first time to get something like this so I'm a little hesitant on what to say.


Liebster means "dearest" in German, and the award is intended to help up-and-coming blogs get the attention they deserve. As with any award there is a bit of ceremony involved. In order to accept the award we must do the following:

1. Copy and paste the award on our blog.

2. Link back to the blogger who gave you the award.
3. Pick our five favorite blogs, with less than 200 followers and leave a comment on their blog to let them know they have received the award.
4. Hope that the five blogs chosen will keep spreading the love and pass it on to five more blogs.

I have more than 5 favorite blogs. Fortunately, some of them have more than 200 followers already, which means I won't need to make a tough decision anymore. But nonetheless, the guys listed here are just as wonderful as well. With no further ado, presenting my top 5 in no particular order.

Life in the Doghouse- Magic's their main star of attraction but her sisters Caoimhe (pronounced as Keeva) and Aoife (Eefa) and her brother Alfie Crybb just makes the schnauzer life more exciting than ever.

Yuki and Rocket- Sorry if I'm showing a little bias on my blog selection. I can't help it. I love Schnauzers. And these two, Yuki and Rocket, have a great and knowledgeable mommy (like Nola's) who loves talking about them.

CATachresis- Who says cats aren't smart and special? This is Austin's blog. He's one adorable cat bathed in blackish charm.

Dachshund Nola- Almost everybody knows Nola and her adventures with Boston. She's the one who greets and visits everybody. But don't be fooled by their friendly exterior, her mommy is one well-informed Dachshund owner.

Snoopy's Dog Blog- Snoops is well known for his Mischief Mondays. This Bearded Collie's adorable pictures are all over his blog which I can't get enough of.

Let's spread the love and promote our fellow pet bloggers. Thanks again Basset Momma!!!
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Sunday, January 1, 2012

15 Things to Know about Dachshunds

As promised, a post about Dachshunds. In addition to watching Dogs 101: Dachshund and Meet the Breed-Dachshund in Youtube, I spent some time researching Nola's color.

Nola has already told us she has a sable colored fur. Let me just inform you guys that "sable" means having a reddish colored fur with some black hair. Dachshunds come in a variety of fur color and pattern which is why they say "there is a Dachshund for everyone".


I'd like to thank Nola's mommy for lending me a picture of her. I was fishing for some pictures in her blog when I came across this post. It's a summary of how she grew up into the pretty young doggy that she is. Check her out at Dachshund Nola

1. The name "Dachshund" literally means "badger dog". Yes, they also originated from Germany. In Germany, they are commonly known by the name Dackel.

2. The Dachshund was created by breeding a Pincher with a Basset hound which was then bred to a Spaniel and a wire-haired Terrier. ( Lol, Yuki, Rocket and Nola are practically ancestral relatives).

3. They belong to the hound family.

4. They were bred to scent, chase and flush out burrow-dwelling animals especially badgers, rabbits and prairie dogs.

5. Their lifespan ranges from 12-15 years.

6. They come in three sizes: standard, miniature and kaninchen (little rabbit). Kaninchen is not recognized by clubs in the US and UK.

7. Dachshunds come in three coat types: smooth coat or short haired, long haired and wire-haired. Wire haired is the most common in Germany but it is also the least commonly seen coat in the US.

8. Their weight vary from 11-32 lbs while their height very from 5-9 inches.

9. Dachshunds are very clownish. They are mischievous, playful and stubborn.

10. They love burrowing, which means even the blankets will turn into a burrow when they get bored.

11. House training is an ordeal for a novice owner of this breed. He or she should have patience, firmness and determination.

12. Most books and information I've read about Dachshunds suggest that they are a very friendly breed. However, there are also statistical claims of them being aggressive to both strangers and other dogs than rottweilers.

13. They have loud barks and are great guard dogs as long as the culprit does not see how stubby and cute they are.

The Dachshund Diversity by Tony Alter, CC-BY-2.0
14. Dachshunds are prone to intervertebral disk disease due to their long spinal column and short rib cage. Be aware that jumping, running and intense exercises should be done at a minimum.

15. They are great apartment dwellers.

I can't wait to talk about a new breed. But first and foremost, Nola's mommy mailed me a couple of supplementary information to learn about Dachshunds. I won't be able to include it here so I'll be doing a second post like a Q&A.

I love watching and reading about dogs. And it's great discussion when owners augment on the ones I've already listed. Thank you, guys!
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