...say THAT fast five times. :) Yes, I'm working my way through the "Bs" on the list and will soon reach the "C" breeds. What are your perfect puppy picks? The most recent posts cover the fun loving Brittany (what a great gundog!), the prancing Boxer, and the stately and elegant Briard and Bouvier des Flandres. Learn more about the size, care requirements and personalities of these stunning breeds to see which one might be your dream puppy.
Boxer Puppy Image © Dave M Photography/Flickr
Yes, I've been busy writing new puppy breeds-at-a-glance. Forgive the delay posting new articles along the way, but this month has had some major Internet challenges. My IP provider somehow inadvertently "blocked" my access to this puppies.about.com site (among others) and so it's been a struggle to get much posted in a timely way.
That means you get a whole basket-full of new puppy info today! I'm working my way through the breeds, not by groups, but in an alphabetical order since I suspect many pet owners would search for the breed name that way. So for those interested in learning more about your pick-of-the-litter, here are some more breeds from the "B" part of the alphabet (yes, we have along way to go!).
You'll notice that I still need cute puppy pictures of the Borzoi, Black and Tan, Bloodhound and Border Terrier so shoot me a note if you'd like your puppy to represent his breed! (I can add MORE cute pictures to the others, too.)
Image Copr. MacBearXO/Flickr
Wait a minute--you mean there could be a reason NOT to neuter your puppies? And what the heck is Zeuterin?
Hey, it's true that there are many positive benefits to relieving our dogs (and cats) of reproduction angst. But recent studies indicate that there may also be some concerns, and the question isn't quite as black and white as once thought.
I've delayed for more than a year before publishing this new article on Zeuterin(TM) and the Pros-Cons of Neutering. Zeuterin from Ark Sciences is a non-surgical alternative to castration, and may answer some of the concerns recently raised regarding some of the downsides to neutering some breeds. It's always important to realize that every dog is an individual, various breeds may have different concerns and issues, and to speak to your veterinarian and be informed about the choices you make. Bottom line, we want to be responsible pet parents--and our puppies are counting on us to make the smart choices!
Image Copr. Roxanne7/Flickr
Did you watch the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show this past Monday and Tuesday evenings? At our house, we had a howling good time cheering on our doggy favorites. I'll confess to rooting for the German Shepherd Dog, and then the Corgi (love those herding dogs!), but the winner this year is a stunning little girl, a Wire Fox Terrier owned by Victor Malzoni Jr, Torie Steele, S & M Olund, and D Ryan. The dog's official name is GCH Afterall Painting The Sky, but she goes by "Sky."
What dog(s) did you root for? It's interesting to note that some of the most popular breeds have never won at Westminster including the Golden Retriever and Labrador Retriever. Whassup with that? :)
The American Kennel Club has released its "top ten" list of most popular breeds. Is your puppy fav on the list?
- Labrador Retriever
- German Shepherd
- Golden Retriever
- Yorkshire Terrier
Image © Getty Images
A mysterious contagion will shatter countless lives unless a service dog and his trainer find a missing cat . . . in 24 hours.
Some of y'all know that in addition to writing all the puppy-licious content for this site, I also write nonfiction books about dogs (and cats). But for the past year or so, I've also brought my pet-love into writing fiction books, and I'm THRILLED to announce the publication of my second thriller, HIDE AND SEEK.
This is the sequel to my debut "dog viewpoint" thriller LOST AND FOUND and yep, the nine-month-old German Shepherd service dog Shadow again has his own chapters. This time, he's been trained to track lost pets and these skills help him save the day for his human partner and cat buddy. (Hey, I have to include Macy the trained cat or my feline friends would get hissed off!).
Some of my all-time favorite thriller authors have offered me some glowing comments so my virtual tail won't stop wagging. Here's one:
"HIDE AND SEEK proves Shojai's masterful skill at blending ripped-from-the-headlines urgency with an emotional story of real characters in escalating dangers. . . Here is a novel written with authority and with a deft brilliance that any lover of animals or nerve-jangling thrillers will cherish." -James Rollins, New York Times bestseller of "The Eye of God"
If you like thrill-a-minute stories with real dog (and cat) behavior driving the furry engine, I hope you'll take a look. These THRILLERS WITH BITE! are available at all the usual online book sellers in Ebook, print and soon to be in audio. You can learn more about HIDE AND SEEK here.
Image © Cool Gus Publishing
I'm beyond excited (can you see my virtual tail wagging?) to announce that Puppies.About.com has again been honored with a Maxwell Medallion from the prestigious Dog Writers Association of America. The list of nominees is a virtual who's who of great writers in the world of dogs and it's indeed an honor just to be nominated.
This organization is composed of dog experts and journalists, authors and other communicators with a focus on all-things-canine. The past two years, this site won for "Best Website" (sort of a body of work), and this year one fun article was singled out and you can read it here:
Now I'll have some explaining to do to my cat...I mean CATS, because a little stray kitten just adopted us (stay tuned for more on how the DOG likes the newcomer). You can read the complete list of nominees and Maxwell winners here. I'm also excited to learn that my weekly newspaper column published in the Herald Democrat called PETiQUETTE also was honored with a Maxwell Medallion for Best Newspaper Column of the Year. Congratulations to all!
Image © Tonya Jensen
Hubbard Life, Joy Combo and QC Plus dog and cat foods, manufactured by ProPet, have been recalled due to possible salmonella contamination. There have been no reports of illness.
The food was sold in nearly 30 states. Details on the specific products and lot numbers are found here.
Customers should immediately discontinue use of any impacted product and contact Pro-Pet at 1-888-765-4190 for disposition.
For more information on the recall, customers can contact the customer service line for Pro-Pet at 1-888-765-4190. Customer service representatives will be available Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm CT.
The 10th Annual Puppy Bowl kicks off...wait, make that BARKS off tomorrow at 3:00 Eastern Time. There will be 66 rescue puppies romping and playing in an NFL look-alike "stadium" complete with fun color commentating on the furry action.
There will be glass-bottom water bowls to view tongue action, parachuting kitties, poopage on the 50 yard line and more. And there are challenges--which pup will achieve the most "touch downs?" But none of these babies are losers, all are winners when it comes to the Puppy Bowl.
Cuteness rules at the Puppy Bowl, which is Animal Planet's alternative answer to those who prefer fur-ocious fun to Super Bowl football. And to satisfy the feline lovers in the crowd, cute kittens get into the act at the halftime show.
For those who want more kitten-delight, the Hallmark channel this year also holds a Kitten Bowl at noon hosted by Beth Stern (Howard's wife) and National Geographic Wild offers a Fish Bowl (6 p.m. ET).
A new line of products launched in conjunction with this year's Animal Planet Puppy Bowl will make you smile and your dogs wag with delight. All of the products are available at both Animal Planet's Online Store and Petco and a portion of the proceeds from the sales of all items benefits R.O.A.R (Reach Out. Act. Respond), Animal Planet's national campaign that together with leading animal organizations, leads the way in taking action and being a voice for the animals. This year, R.O.A.R. surpassed the $1 million mark in total donations including a matching campaign, consumer donations and proceeds from the sale of Animal Planet consumer products.
So tell the truth--which do you pre-furr? Puppy cute-icity for me wins paws-down!
Image © Animal Planet
Does it happen? What do you think? This new article is a bit of a departure from the usual "here's the facts" type I usually write. But a recent experience between Magical-Dawg and his kitty buddy Seren has me questioning...or not really questioning, but musing. Have you ever witnessed animals offering help and succor or even heroism to another critter? Do tell! Here's my latest article about altruism and pets.
Image © Amy Shojai, CABC
There are a slew of puppy diseases that can make your new baby sicker than a...well, a dog. My latest article explains what you need to know about infectious canine hepatitis. Please don't delay getting your puppy protected with vaccinations! Most of these diseases, including ICH, can be easily prevented but often have on specific treatment once the puppy becomes sick. It's not worth the aggravation or the heartbreak. Learn more about this preventable disease caused by a relative of one of the agents that cause kennel cough.