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A few months ago on Instagram, I stumbled across an account called SmileyTheBlindTherapyDog on my “post you may like” section. (Yes, I like so many animal posts that those are the type of thing that fills that section of the app.) So it’s no surprise that it caught my eye instantly and I found myself scrolling down the post, each post it looked exactly as if the dog was smiling at you. The pup was born with no eyes so he knows no difference to the life he has but the joy in the people around him and on his face it was hard not to smile at each post. This isn’t going to be a long blog post, just one to help put a smile on your face if you need it. His owners Instagram is public so make sure to check it out for a quick puppy pick me up! – www.instagram.com/smileytheblindtherapydog
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Considering the dogs large size, which can be anywhere between 60-105lb, it has a long life expectancy at 10-12 years old. Because I t is 100 pounds of pure muscle this is a breed that requires quite a bit of exercise. Also taking in to consideration its likeness to a small bear it should be obvious that the Eskimo Dog needs groomed regularly. This is a breed that requires more care then the average breed but they certainly have their own rustic charm.
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To follow the theme of some of my earlier blogs, the average heart rate for dogs largely depends on a few factors. Size is a big factor as well as the dogs health.
Large breeds have 60-100 beats per minute while small dogs its 100-140 beats per minute.The larger the dog the slower the heart rate, similarly the healthier the dog the lower the heart rate. Dogs of similar age and size who are not physically fit will have a faster heart rate. Puppies, however, typically have higher heart rates, it is normal for them to have a heart rate of 180 beats per minute up to one year of age.
I hope this knowledge comes in handy someday or at least interests you. Thank you for reading and feel free to leave comments.]]>
Marley from Marley & Me, both the movie and book made me cry. It’s such a touching and realistic description of what it’s like to be a pet owner.
4.) Chance and Shadow
On the subject of sad movies, Homeward Bound was always a good one for reducing people to tears.
Dug from Up is probably the most memorable character from the movie because he never fails to make you laugh even when things get heavy.
Why? Because everyone loves Scooby-Doo!
Sandy from Annie is arguably one of the best mutts to grace the big sceen with their presence. I personally wanted my very own dumb dog.
8.) White Fang
I may have never seen the movie but every child in America has to read the book at some point in their academic career, and if that’s not pop culture I don’t know what is.
Whether your talking about the movie or the true story you can’t help but root for the underdog.
Last, but certainly not least, there is Tramp from Lady and the Tramp, another streetwise stray you just want to see win.
These are the dogs that have helped to inspire generations of children and I imagine will continue to do so for many years to come. They are part of our popular culture and help to shape the way people view the world making them both memorable and noteworthy.
As always thanks for reading and comments are always welcome.
A dogs respiratory rate is 10-34 breaths per minute, unless panting. The respiratory rate is the number of breaths per minute. A normal respiratory rate is assessed when the dog is resting. When a dog is in pain, having heart or respiratory problems, suffering from heatstroke, or simply excited the dog is likely to have increased respiratory rates. It is important to gauge the overall situation and the conditions of the dog to assess the respiratory rate.
A dogs “normal” body temperature range is 100.5 – 102.5 Fahrenheit (38 – 39.2 Celsius) which is about 2 degrees hot than a humans normal temperature of 98.6 Fahrenheit. A temperature below 100 or above 103F means it’s time to call your veterinarian. A dogs temperature is most often measured rectally but ear thermometers can be used too, however it can be difficult to get an accurate reading with ear thermometers. There are myths that you can Gaug the body temperature by the moistness of the nose or how warm the ears feel but that is not reliable.
Puppies have 28 deciduous (baby) teeth. By six months, these baby teeth should fall out and be replaced by 42 permanent teeth. You may or may not find the teeth as they fall out. As dogs play and chew on toys, you might see a tooth. If the teeth don’t fall out and adult teeth can erupt under them and it can lead to serious problems such as increased tartar formation, malocclusion problems, and gum irritation. Normally these teeth are removed when the dog is spayed or neutered. A dog’s teeth should be properly looked after or there could be consequences.
The earlier you start looking after their teeth the better.With the help of your Veterinarian, watchout for retained deciduous teeth and malocclusion or bad bite problems. A Veterinarian can teach you how to care for your pet’s teeth and gums early on.
Look out for bad breath it often a is first indicator of dental disease.
To check your dogs teeth gently lift the lips and check for tartar, inflamed gums, or missing/broken teeth. Dental disease progresses in stages if it’s caught early you can often prevent further damage so you can save as many teeth as possible.
Infected teeth aren’t just a problem in the mouth it can also affect the heart, kidneys, intestinal tract, and the joints. The tartar and any infected areas contain bacteria than can ‘seed’ to other parts of the body. If caught early some of the more serious side effects with regular dental care.
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The reason I bring up this topic is a because of a special Pitbull named Wallace. He is an American Pitbull Terrier and a wonderful example of an underdog finding his happily ever after, and really who doesn’t love a good underdog story! Wallace was a stray who ended up in the Humane Society. It was a “low kill” shelter but Wallace was quickly targeted for euthanasia because he was a “liability”. Which was no surprise given he was an off-the-chart working dog that was bored out of his mind and a Pitbull to boot. Plus he had had zero training for the first year of his life making him a “problem child” with “issues adjusting”.
But none of this stopped a couple from adopting him.
Since then Wallace has surpassed any expectations that could have been imagined. Wallace has become an award winning disk dog. His story is now spreading like wildfire, he even has a book written about him, the dog has truly made it.
Wallace is a success story, one of many and he is an ambassador for the bully breed. Please like his page on facebook Wallace the Pitbull and comment any questions, personal stories or requests. Thank you!
Fortunately, this is low when compared with previous years.
In the 1970s, approximately 67 million households had pets. However, in 2012 there were 164 million owned pets – meaning pet ownership in the U.S. has more than tripled in that timespan.
the numbers look like this:
83.3 million—Number of owned dogs
70 percent—Percentage of owners with one dog
20 percent—Percentage of owners with two dogs
10 percent—Percentage of owners with three or more dogs
1.47—Average number of owned dogs per household
20 percent—Percentage of owned dogs who were adopted from animal shelters
$231—Average annual amount spent by dog owners on routine veterinary visits
83 percent—Percentage of owned dogs who are spayed or neutered
Even—Proportion of male to female owned dog
In 2012, 62 percent of American households had at least one pet and in whole spent more than $50 billion on their beloved companions.
Every year the number of dogs adopted increase, however it would b nice to get the number coming from shelters to over 50 percent. Dogs really might mans best friend considering that they are indeed the most popular household pet.
Any questions, stories, or suggestoins are much apperciated. Thanks for reading and please remember to adopt your next dog from a shelter.]]>