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President Hoover's Norwegian Elkhound - Weejie

January 31, 2009 by sandor.fagyal

A large number of Presidents of the United States have had dogs. Not all of them have had one, but there's no denying that it's an informal tradition of sorts. Today we look at President Hoover and his dog Weejie (Sometimes spelled Weegie).

President Hoover

The Norwegian Elkhound (that was Weejie's breed) is widely held to be one of the oldest dog breeds in the world. They were originally bred to keep the moose at bay and hold it till the hunter could come close enough to shoot.

Norwegian Elkhounds love to exercise in cold weather. In fact, without proper exercise, they can become destructive which is never a good thing. They make superb tracking dogs when trained correctly and their loud bard makes them excellent at watchdog duty too!

Norwegian Elkhound

They are a dog breed with very few health problems and can live from anywhere between 12-16 years. Unlike lots of dog breeds, their tail is tightly curled up as seen in the picture.


How often I should cut my Dog's Toenails?

January 29, 2009 by sandor.fagyal

Many dog owners ask whether or not they should cut their dog's toenails (or paw nails). It's true that cutting the nails of dogs is very common though it requires a little bit of judgment as to how much to cut as it is very easy to cut a bit too deep and cause a lot of pain to your dog.

Dog's toenail

In my experience, dogs that get a lot of exercise on rough surfaces like a terrace or a road will not have claws that need trimming at all. This is because the nails naturally trim down due to rough usage. It makes sense if you think about it - after all, who cuts their nails in the wild? (You may ask the same thing about brushing their teeth as well, but that's slightly different).

However, if you feel that your dog's nails do need cutting, you can achieve this with a pair of clippers that you use for gardening. Also, you might want to trim your puppy's nails from the beginning otherwise they will be not too pleased to have it done to them later on, and keeping them still while you perform this delicate operation isn't easy.


Talking to Dogs - What do they know?

January 28, 2009 by sandor.fagyal

Whoever got the idea that our dogs can understand what we say? Like the well meaning gentleman in the cartoon below, we often rattle of stuff to our canine friends.

However, our dogs do listen to what we say. They just can't understand it. Sometime the intelligent dogs pick up our meaning from our voice and emotions. But that's not always true :)

Doggie Humor


Super Dogs

January 28, 2009 by sandor.fagyal

How often do we stop to admire the unique qualities of our dogs? On the one hand, they are completely loyal to us and on the other, they put up with all our faults.

In the modern day world, the qualities of our dogs are to be greatly admired, and perhaps we can learn something from them too. Aren't you amazed at how easily they can relax and not worry about their problems? Even street dogs don't think about their next meal if they're full and you can see them relaxing on the pavement though their food supply is far from being set.

Let's look at what a dog owner has to say about our dogs.....


Are You Really the super Being?

If you can start the day without caffeine,
If you can get going without pep pills,
If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
If you can eat the same food everyday and be grateful for it,
If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time.
If you can overlook it when those you love take it out on you,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can ignore a friend's limited education and never correct him,
If you can resist treating a rich friend better than an poor friend,
If you can face the world without lies and deceit,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without liquor,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,
If you can say honestly that deep in your heart you have no
prejudice against creed, color, religion or politics,
THEN, my friend, you are almost as good as your dog.
Then, my friend, you are Almost as good as your dog,
Almost, but not quite,
Because besides not having any of your hang-ups and vices,
He would without hesitation, give up his life for you if need be.
Copyright 1976 by Virginia Trendall --- Fur'n Feathers


Rudolph Valentino and his Irish Wolfhound

January 27, 2009 by sandor.fagyal

Rudolph Valentino known as the "Latin Lover" at one time was one of the most famous stars in the world. He projected an image of extreme femininity and this both drove women wild, as well as men who thought he was promoting femininity in men!

But for a man who was feminine, he sure had a huge dog. He had Irish Wolfhound called Centaur Pendragon. Irish Wolfhounds are sight dogs that were used in the past for Wolf hunting. Thus the name. They are the tallest dog breed in the world.

Rudolph Valentino

However paradoxically, they are an extremely gentle breed. Though one can forgive an intruder for being afraid of their size, they are apt to welcome anyone into their home with open paws as a friend! This gentle nature makes them ideal for children and for the family, though they're not recommended for those who have no prior experience with dogs.

Irish Wolfhound

At one point in time, only royalty could have the privilege of owning an Irish Wolfhound, and this made them almost extinct at a certain point in time. However, they have been rebred and are known as "Gentle Giants."

The End of a Royal Family - Napolean Family went extinct because of a dog!

January 26, 2009 by sandor.fagyal

We all know that dogs have been with Mankind since time immemorial. However, did you know that far from being passive watchers of humans, they have instead sometimes helped shape human history itself?

Dog statue
Image Credit: Svadilfari

For example, they have served with distinction in several famous wars, as well as saved the lives of countless individuals under different circumstances. King Buck - a Labrador Retriever was the first dog to ever feature on a US postal stamp and Robot, another member of the Canine family discovered the cave paintings at Lascaux.

However, there is one documented case of a dog causing the extinction of a famous family. The last surviving member of the Bonaparte family Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte was killed when he tripped over his dog's leash! This was as late as 1945. A noble family that once dominated Europe and had survived for around 200 years came to an end (albeit accidentally) because of a dog. Perhaps the dog shouldn't have been on a leash :)

What sort of a Dog should President Obama get?

January 22, 2009 by sandor.fagyal

There is plenty of press coverage for the fact that President Obama has to now get a dog for his daughters. Apparently, he had promised them a puppy regardless of the outcome of the election. The public got wind of this during his speech in Chicago.

So what sort of a dog should the President get? Rumors from the White House indicate that this president might go for a mixed breed favored by his daughter. The mixed breed that is most favored by her is the Labradoodle - A mix between the Labrador Retriever and the Poodle!



Nonetheless, the American public voted for the type of dog for the President, and the results were startling - The Poodle! Also ranking high on the public perception of dogs, were the Miniature Schnauzer, Bichon Frise, and Chinese Crested. Poodles are the eighth most popular dog in the United States.

Whatever breed is chosen, it must be hypoallergic since one of his daughters is hypoallergic.

Is your dog in pain?

January 21, 2009 by sandor.fagyal

Dogs, just like us can feel pain. Sometimes it's obvious when they give a little yelp if the pain is sudden. However, when the pain is gradual and constant, like joint pain, or breathing trouble, the poor creatures never express it in any way that immediately alerts the owner.

Dog in pain
Image Credit: reverbca

Nonetheless, owners should need to discern certain signs by means of which they can realize that a dog is in pain and take it from there. Dogs will keep the pain to themselves, and only by subtle changes in behavior will you know that they need care.

For example, a hesitancy to jump over a wall or onto furniture where previously they would have bounded up, or a slight slowness in circling or sitting down. Or even restlessness and heavy breathing - all of these can indicate that your dog is in pain and that it's time to pay some attention to what could be wrong.

One has to be sensitive to such changes, as your dog is not aware that you can help them and will not try and show it to you. By early detection, you can ensure that your dog is saved from suffering in silence.


The qualities of a dog

January 15, 2009 by sandor.fagyal

The more one lives with dogs, the more one realizes their amazing qualities. Qualities, which if possessed by a human would raise them to dizzying heights. As Lord Byron recites in the following poem, such praise if bestowed on a human would have to be flattery, but when bestowed on a dog are fair tribute.

I believe it has mostly to do with ego. A dog doesn't connive and scheme at any level, and so there is very little scope for malice. Premeditated thought is what corrupts the noblest ideals of man, and it is precisely the lack of this that makes our dogs so appealing.


Near this spot Are deposited the Remains
Of one Who Possessed Beauty
Without Vanity,Strength without Insolence,
Courage without Ferocity,
And all the Virtues of Man
Without his Vices.
This Praise, which would be unmeaning
flattery If inscribed over Human Ashes,
Is but a just tribute to the
Memory of "Boatswain," a Dog
Who was born at Newfoundland,
May, 1803,
And died at Newstead Abbey
Nov. 18, 1808.

--- Lord Byron ---


Useless Barking

January 14, 2009 by sandor.fagyal

I'm sure all of us dog lovers can sympathize with this scenario. Dog barks at falling leaves. Dog barks at the car approaching. But said dog doesn't bark where it's necessary!

The cartoon below shows this beautifully!

Doggie humor

Hilarious :)