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Euro Puppy USA at the Boston Marathon!

April 22, 2008 by eddie.allnut

First time ever Euro Puppy went to the Boston Marathon. It was a lot of fun and an experience we will never forget. No, there were no dogs running the Marathon. It was Sandor Joo from Hungary who ran under the Euro Puppy USA flag.

Sandor is a well recognized marathon and ultra marathon runner in Hungary. As many other marathon runners' dream, his dream was to run on the Boston Marathon which is probably one of the top five most recognized Marathons in the world. Euro Puppy USA was happy to sponsor him on this memorable experience. His bib number was 2118. He began the race from the second coral which is where the best 2000-2999 runners were.

He is 40 years old and his dream was to be within the first 300 in his devision and overall 1500 out of the 26000+ runners. We are very proud of him. Sandor finished 289th in his division and was 1302nd overall.

Here are a few photos of Sandor and the race. Please leave a comment if you also ran on the Boston Marathon in 2008.

Sandor Joo

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Here's a Quick Way to Tell How Happy Your Dog Really Is!

April 15, 2008 by ann

Ask the average person to tell you whether a dog is happy or not, and they will advise you to look at its tail -- if the dog is happy, the tail is wagging. Yes. But this is only partly true. Some tail wags have totally different meanings. This can be especailly important in understanding canine body language.

- A rapid tail wag, where the tail swings from side-to-side in a not very large, but constant way, is actually a sign of excitement rather than pleasure.

- A moderately fast, broad tail wag: the dog is trying to say either "I’m pleased" or "I like you."

- A slight tail wag with the tail held at its normal height, for example, usually appears when greeting someone. It can be interpreted as "Hello there," but can mean "I see you looking at me. You like me, don’t you?"

-A slow tail wag with the tail held lower than its usual height is a sign of insecurity. It often shows up when a dog is working on a problem -- trying to understand what is going on. During dog training, this can be interpreted as "I’m trying to understand you. I want to know what you mean, but I can’t quite figure it out (yet)."

- Once the dog finally solves the problem, the speed and size of the tail wags will usually increase until it becomes the broad wag that we interpret as happiness!

Happy Dog Tail

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Why Do Rhodesian Ridgebacks Have a Ridge on Their Backs?

April 15, 2008 by ann

For those Rhodesian Ridgeback fans, who have wondered why a Ridgeback is indeed called a Ridgeback, one has to look at the cause of the ridge on their backs to get the real answers.

Taking the inititative to map the hair ridge trait in Rhodesian ridgebacks, scientists identified a segment of DNA that was found in Ridgebacks and the analysis revealed the precise genetic cause of ridges in this awesome African dog. A certain region contained three genes which were abnormally duplicated. These three genes are present in excess copies. When the genes are present in single copies, no ridge occurs - as in "normal dogs".

The same underlying genes are responsible for two traits: the rare white coat color in boxers and the inverted ridge of hair growth in the 3 Ridgeback breeds:

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Dog Quotes # 29

April 15, 2008 by ann


"My husband and I are either going to buy a dog or have a child. We can't decide whether to ruin our carpets or to ruin our lives." - Rita Rudner

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Dog Proverbs # 29

April 15, 2008 by ann


"A tame dog's bite hurts the most." – South African (Afrikaans) Proverb

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Popular Paws # 30: Newfoundland Dog

April 14, 2008 by ann

Newfoundland Dog: Nana from Peter Pan (1904- )

Nana was the Newfoundland dog belonging to the Darling Family in the Peter Pan story by J. M. Barrie. Nana howled to alert Wendy's parents that the children were flying away. Mr. Darling ignored the warning of Nana and was so remorseful at the loss of the children that he slept in the kennel in Nana's place until their safe return. Nana - like her breed- is a loving, family-oriented Newfoundland and a lovely character in the story. A St. Bernard was used as a canine actor in the movie version of the story, but everyone knew (or was supposed to know) that she was supposed to be a black Newfoundland Dog like in the book.

Nana, the Newfoundland



Nana


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Doggy Humor # 26

April 14, 2008 by ann
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Dog Poems: " Punish the Deed, Not the Breed"

April 14, 2008 by ann

This poem caught my eye...and I had to share it. It deals with something that is important to any dog lover: how to deal with the topic of dog attacks and the bad blood caused by the media...Food for thought!

 

" Punish the Deed, Not the Breed "

The driver should be punished for human error and for breaking the law,
So why cannot people see , the same applies to dogs and maybe even more?
A well-socialized and happy dog; well trained...shown kindness and love,
Will be man's best friend, companion and gentle as a dove.

Attacks of all kinds happen , a teenager high on drugs takes a life,
He was 5ft 10 black hair around 17 , stocky and carried a large knife.
Would we round up all teens matching that description; give them all strife,
Place restraining orders on them all , tag them or lock them up for life?

There would be public outcry; we would not stand for that would we ?
Lumping them all together, would be so very wrong...so sadly why can't you see,
Just because one dog attacks does not mean the whole breed is bad...
We need to look further rationally; not hysterically that's just mad!

A few irresponsible owners that cannot train or control their dog,
Gives a select group of people the power to play God ?
Murders, stabbing, accidents happen every single day,
Through misuse of weapons and who is asked to pay ?

A gun that shot someone on trial , a car that killed a passer-by,
You maybe think that's irrational but then ask yourself why?
Dog owners are by law supposed to be in control of their pet,
But when accidents happen and someone is hurt , who is taken to the vet?

WE do not need mass hysteria , surrounding ANY specific breed.
It is time to take a good hard look and just punish the deed.
The owners must be made to pay for the mistakes that they make,
A whole breed should not have to pay that price for goodness' sake!

There's far too much talk of vicious killer dogs of a certain type
One is labelled bad so the whole breed is prone to media hype ?
What about all the lovely happy dogs that live among us all
Not a bad bone in their body , but perhaps they are just too tall?

---Author Unknown---


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Dog Videos: The Moscow Watchdog

April 12, 2008 by ann
The Moscow Watchdog in all its glory!



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Dog Lamps # 13: Wacky or Tacky?

April 11, 2008 by ann

Every week Euro Puppy showcases a dog lamp. Is it tacky or wacky? We will leave it up to you to decide. While having our own beliefs, we would love your comments...Enjoy....

Dog Lamp: Dexter the Dog lamp from the Night Time Buddy™ collection adds a friendly, welcoming smile to any room and are great gifts for animal lovers of all ages. Children love them! When illuminated, the Kumo paper emits a soft, colorful glow, making the lamps ideal for any child's room. This novelty lamp features a metal frame, six foot cord with an in-line switch, and takes a 25 watt candelabra bulb.

Dexter the Dog Lamp

 

So? Wacky or tacky? What do you think dear Dog lover?

 

Check out more wacky and tacky dog lamps that Euro Puppy has collected, under our category called: Dog Lamps


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