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The Great Pyrenees is such a beautiful breed of dog that deciding on a name can be very easy or very difficult. As many choose to name their dog after a physical or personality trait, there is almost no end to name choices for the Pyr. Their size, their beautiful white coat and their dignified grace are all inspiring possibilities. Depending on how one wants to go, names can be ultra creative or ultra traditional. No matter what the choice, it is important to remember that the name will have a special place in a person's history and not only represents the dog but its owner as well.
The most striking trait of the Great Pyrenees is its gorgeous white coat. Some examples of names inspired by this feature can be: [...]
Teaching advanced level dog tricks is not an exact science, rather it is a way of the owner looking at the dog's natural behaviors and being able to train the dog to use these behaviors on command. For example, if you have a dog that naturally wants to sit up and beg or even walk on their hind legs, start working with the dog to do this activity, resulting in an amazing "trick" that your dog will now do on command, but in fact was doing already just without the command.
Good dog trainers and those that are able to teach advanced level tricks make the tricks fit the dog, not necessarily the dog fit the tricks. They will also take into consideration the intelligence and trainability of the individual dog as well as the breed. [...]
Dogs, just like people, can become depressed for several different reasons. The most common reasons for dogs to become depressed includes the death of a companion dog or pet, the loss of a loved family member, a person moving out the house, or a dog being rehomed to a new environment. For some breeds and dogs this is a short term sadness or despondency, but for other dogs depression and grieving can be a lifetime issue.
There are many stories about dogs the have grieved for their owners. One of the most famous stories is of an Akita in 1924 in Tokyo, Japan. The dog, named Hachika, would walk every day to the train station and wait for his owner who was a professor at the University. When the man passed away in 1925, Hachika continued to walk to the station every day for the next ten years and wait faithfully for his owner. After the dog passed away the community dedicated a statue to this loving dog. [...]
If you have a dog with a specialty coat or if you are just looking for that cool item that will make grooming simple and easy you may want to do some browsing around on the internet. With the increase in dog grooming salons and businesses as well as the ability to buy almost any product online getting the latest in grooming supplies isn't difficult, and it usually isn't all that costly either. [...]
In a normal birth the mare will have the foal and then in about one to three hours, sometimes even in less time, she will expel the afterbirth or placenta from the birth canal. The placenta is the sac or membrane that surrounds the fetus while it is in the uterus. There are many myths around the afterbirth and placenta, but there are serious health concerns if some or all of the placenta is not expelled from the reproductive tract.
In most cases where the placenta is retained longer than two to three hours it is important to call a vet immediately. Retained placentas may be related to bacterial infections or other health conditions that can lead to laminitis, metritis and scepticemia that in turn can lead to death of the mare if not treated. In most cases part of the afterbirth will be protruding from the vulva, which will let the owner know that there is a problem. In more dangerous and difficult to diagnose cases the placenta will not be visible and if the foaling was done outside in the pasture the owner may not even realize the afterbirth was not expelled. [...]
The Friesian Horse enjoys a very long history which may go back as far as the primitive Forest Horse. These versatile horses originally come from Friesland, a northern province in present day Holland, in an area where archeological evidence shows us that horses have lived for thousands of years. It is believed that the Friesian so impressed the Romans that they brought the breed with them to the British Isles, where they may have played a part in the development of the Fell Pony, Dale Pony, Clydesdale and Shire Horse. However, the Friesian really began to come into its own during the medieval period, when it was prized for its ability to work as a war horse. [...]
The Latvian horse basically originated in Latvia, formerly the U.S.S.R., dating way back to the 20th century. It is believed that the local breed horses were the direct ancestors of the Latvian horses, probably the tarpans that are now extinct. [...]
As with many of the horse breeds developed in the United States the Rocky Mountain Horse is a uniquely developed, naturally gaited horse. There is only one registry for the Rocky Mountain Horse that is exclusive to the breed although some other registries such as the Gaited Horse Registry will, of course, register a Rocky Mountain Horse.
The Rocky Mountain Horse, beside its gait, also has several unique features that set it apart from the other gaited breeds from the southern United States. One of the major color characteristics of the Rocky Mountain Horse that distinguishes it from other gaited breeds is that the horse cannot have excessive white above the knees or any white spotting or patterns on the body, neck or rump. The horse may have white markings on the face but they cannot be excessive such as a bald face or any other type or predominantly white markings on the face. This is really a distinguishing feature of the Rocky Mountain Horse and one that sets it apart from many other gaited breeds where all color combinations and patterns are considered acceptable. [...]
It is well known that the Icelandic Horse has been isolated on the island country for well over eight hundred years, which has helped this horse develop into the strong, compact horse that we know today. But while bringing horses to Iceland has been strictly forbidden at least since the 19th century, there have been no limits on sending the Icelandic Horse out of the country, where it has served as perhaps the best ambassador the country has ever seen, in a practice that started not long after the country was settled. Here we'll take a look at the long exporting history of the Icelandic Horse. [...]
The Highland Pony is one of the nine native pony breeds of Great Britain and one of only two native to the Scottish mainland and islands. While ponies are not indigenous to the British Isles, it is thought that they arrived before the islands split away from the continent, which is still well before recorded history. Throughout its history, the Highland Pony no doubt had to adapt itself to this harsh environment and the demands that humans have placed on it over the centuries. Here we'll take a look at how the Highland Pony was forced to change in order to survive to become one of the most sought after British native ponies today. [...]
There are four different categories or types of Welsh Ponies. These categories are based on both slight conformation differences as well as size differences. The cob type is perhaps the best known of all the Welsh Pony types outside of the United Kingdom but the other types are increasingly more popular.
The following are the general differences between the variations in the Welsh Pony types:
[h]Welsh Mountain Pony[/h]
This is the smallest of the Welsh Pony types and must be under 12 hands. The Welsh Mountain Pony is the original of all the Welsh Pony types and lived in semi-feral to completely wild states in the mountains where it was developed from the original Celtic pony that dates back over 10,000 years. Julius Caesar then introduced an Arabian stud into the wild pony herd, resulting in the Welsh Mountain Pony. Most Welsh Mountain Ponies are gray or gray dapple, but all other solid colors are possible. These ponies have a relatively small, refined head with a large and intelligent eye. The tails are high set and the body is relatively short. Conformation is typically excellent in the Welsh Mountain Pony. [...]
Taking a much needed vacation to the beach is a great way for you to be able to unwind and your dog to also take in the sun and the surf. Typically this time away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life is very rewarding and a time for owners and their dogs to just hang out and play. Unfortunately there are just as many if not more possible sources of injury for your pets at the beach than there are at your local neighborhood park or off-leash area. [...]
Perhaps some of the more internationally active charity fundraising organizations are those that attempt to raise money for cancer research. Around the United States and internationally there are many different Paws For A Cause, Paws For The Cause and Paws With A Cause doggy walks held annually to help raise money for private and publicly funded cancer foundations, research and ongoing education and community awareness programs. [...]
Everything begins in January, according to humans. The holidays end. There are all sorts of scary things called "bills" and something even more frightening. It is the post-holiday fallout. If your person was prone to overindulging during the great month past, I would hide the scales if I were you. Your person may start to go on shudder, a diet you know all about that you little Weiner dogs, pugs, bulldogs and labs. B-O-R-I-N-G spells diet so too does Starving. But, just hang in there. Diets and exercising at the gym are ridiculous when they have a perfectly good exercise tool at home - dog walking you, usually don't last long. They are all part of something called a New Year's Resolution. Beware them all. [...]