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Popular Paws # 16: Chihuahua

December 31, 2007 by ann

Chihuahua: Gidget the Mascot from the Taco Bell Advert

The Taco Bell chihuahua was a popular advertising figure and mascot used by Taco Bell. The Chihuahua is a breed commonly associated with Mexico, as are the tacos that the restaurant serves. The name of the dog used as a model is "Gidget" and in commercials, the dog (sometimes depicted as a Mexican revolutionary wearing a beret or as a bandit wearing a sombrero) was made to speak through special effects. His advertising catch-phrase was "?Yo quiero Taco Bell!", Spanish for "I want Taco Bell!". It was subtitled on commercials as "I want some Taco Bell." The figure grew popular, so much so that even toy figures of the dog were produced. Taco Bell stopped showing the dog in advertisements in 2000 in order to pursue other campaigns.

“Yo vengo de Euro Puppy

Taco Bell!

Chihuahua Taco


Ask Euro Puppy USA: "Continuous Biting Problems"

December 29, 2007 by ann


Hello Mario

I was wondering: what is the best way to get over the biting of a Bull Terrier? Everyone says they have the same problem. I was hoping you could give me some insight because I know you have dealt with some pretty wild dogs. She is, not to crazy, since she has learned to sit, stay somewhat and she is pretty good about going potty-ing outside.



The best way to stop that biting is to each time she tries, to hold her mouth shut, shake her head firmly and say the word NO! If she continues, do it again and again until she gets the point. Most of this is play, but you must teach her to stop before it becomes a real nuisance. This behavior is quite typical of all young pups. Let me know if it works. There are other methods. Though this is the one most commonly used.


The Origin and Evolution of Dogs

December 28, 2007 by ann

Dogs (and wolves and foxes) are descended from a small, weasel-like mammal called Miacis which was a tree-dwelling creature and existed about 40 million years ago. Dogs, as we know them today, first appeared in Eurasia about 13,000 years ago, and were probably a direct descendant of a small, grey wolf (not from the type of jackal or jackal/wolf as previously thought). Dogs were first domesticated by cavemen in the Paleolithic age and gradually developed (or were bred) into the breeds known today. All dogs, from the German Shepherd to the tiny Poodle, are direct descendants of wolves. They can all breed together and produce fertile offspring. Technically they are of the same species. But before that, wolves descended from a species knows as the Tomarctus - a creature that roamed the earth over 15 million years ago.

This is what a Tomarctus looked like. Not much of a Poodle, but certain canine features are indeed noticable...

The Tomarctus


Celebrity Dogs: Jessica Alba and her Dog

December 28, 2007 by ann

The well-known star of "Dark Angel" is the proud owner of Sid, the Pug. Jessica Alba loves Pugs and is always seen with Sid, who seems quite content and happy in her arms, it seems. Pugs are lovable creatures who dote on their owners.

Sid, the Pug


Dog Art: Cocker Spaniel Paintings

December 28, 2007 by ann
Artist, Sarah Theophilus’ distinctive style as well as her passion for dogs take the contemporary approach to the tradition of pet portraits much further. Her dog paintings capture the candid, the intense, and the more quirky nature of our beloved companions. Her art can be seen at Pet Portraits in Pastel.

Chelsea, the Cocker Spaniel

The American Cocker Spaniel originated in the U.K and was brought to Canada and the United States in the late 1800s. The signature trait of the American Cocker Spaniel is its dark, expressive eyes that reflect a happy, loving, and active nature. They have long hanging ears, a rounded, refined and cleanly chiseled head with silky, feathered, medium-length coat. Cockers are divided by the breed standard into three varieties: black, ASCOB (Any Solid Color Other than Black), and parti-colors. Their name cocker is commonly held to stem from their use to hunt the woodcock birds in England, but today this breed is used to hunt a variety of game-birds and water-fowl. A Spaniel is respectful of his master's authority without much challenge. This breed is sweet, sensitive and endearing, cheerful and merry. They are happy tail-waggers and make wonderful pets to anyone who has a lot of love to give in return. Today's American Cocker Spaniel is as always, a small and versatile dog. It remains popular as a pet, but is also known for its workmanlike attributes that make it a stunning show dog, lively companion hunter, competitive gaming dog, and a gentle therapy dog.

Popular Paws # 15: Cairn Terrier

December 27, 2007 by ann

Cairn Terrier: Toto from The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Toto was Dorothy's dog in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz which was created by L. Frank Baum. He was a mischievous little dog portrayed as a Cairn Terrier in the movie starring the young Judy Garland.

Dorothy and Toto


New Year's Resolutions of a Dog!

December 27, 2007 by ann

1. I will not play tug-of-war with Dad's underwear when he's on the toilet.
2. I'll remember that the garbage collector is NOT stealing our stuff.
3. I do not need to suddenly stand straight up when I'm lying under the coffee table.
4. I will not roll my toys behind the fridge.
5. I must shake the rainwater out of my fur BEFORE entering the house.
6. I will not eat the cats' food, before or after they eat it.
7. I will stop trying to find the few remaining pieces of clean carpet in the house when I am about to throw up.
8. I will not throw up in the car.
9. I will not roll on dead seagulls, fish, crabs, etc.
10. I will not lick my human's face after eating animal poop.
11. "Kitty box crunchies" are not food supplements for me.
12. I will not eat any more socks and then redeposit them in the backyard after processing.
13. The diaper pail is not a cookie jar.
14. I will not wake Mommy up by sticking my cold, wet nose up her bottom end.
15. I will not chew my human's toothbrush and not tell them.
16. I will not chew crayons or pens, especially not the red ones, or my people will think I am hemorrhaging.
17. When in the car, I will not insist on having the window rolled down when it's raining outside.
18. We do not have a doorbell. I will not bark each time I hear one on TV.
19. I will not steal my Mom's underwear and dance all over the back yard with it.
20. The sofa is not a face towel. Neither are Mom and Dad's laps.
21. My head does not belong in the refrigerator.
22. I will not bite the officer's hand when he reaches in for Mom's driver's license and car registration.
23. I will not have a torrid one-night stand with a street-mutt.
24. I will not circulate a petition that Leg Humping be a juried competition at major dog-shows.
25. I will grow an opposable thumb, break into the pantry; decide for MYSELF how much food is “too” much.
26. I will not chase the damn stick, unless I see it LEAVE HIS HAND!

And for us humans...


Dog Quotes # 14

December 27, 2007 by ann


"Science may never comprehend the full extent of what dogs know about language, problem solving, the past, the future, God, time or philosophy. In the end, we must content ourselves with the fact that dogs know enough to be dogs... which is all that is really required of them." – Stanley Coren, Psychologist



Dog Proverbs # 14

December 27, 2007 by ann


"Do not respond to a barking dog." - Moroccan Jewish Proverb




World's Top Songs About Dogs!

December 21, 2007 by ann

More often than not, songs are about love. However, some very determined song-writers have also captured their love for their furry friends in a song or two. Check out the list we made. Do you know of any more songs about dogs? Makes for some nice listening or watching on Youtube!

• "Atomic Dog" by George Clinton
• “The Dog Song” by Nellie McKay
• “How Much is That Doggie in the Window?” by Patti Page
• "I Love My Dog" by Cat Stevens
• “You adorable Beast” by Bobby Bare Jnr.
• “I want a Dog” by Pet Shop Boys
• “ Too many Puppies” by Primus
• "Chihuahua" by DJ Bobo
• “ Dogs” by Nina Nastasia
• “Gonna Buy Me A Dog” by The Monkees
• "Dog Eat Dog" by AC/DC
• "Dog Problems" by The Format
• "Doggy Dogg World" by Snoop Dogg
• “Dogs” Damien Rice
• "Ghost of a Dog" by Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
• "Hey Bulldog" by The Beatles
• "Hound Dog" by Big Mama Thornton , John Lennon, Little Richard, Elvis Presley
• “Everything Reminds Me of My dog” by Jane Sibery
• ‘Me and You and a Dog Named Boo” by Lobo
• “Wiener Jingle” by Oscar Mayar
• “Puppy Love” by Donny Osmond
• “Wild Pack of Family Dogs” by Modest Mouse
• “The Bitch is Back” by Elton John
• “Who let the Dogs out?” by the Baha Men