Monthly Archives: November 2013

Why Do Some Dogs Hate Going Outside in the Rain?

By Linda Cole

My dogs can’t wait to get outside when the weather is nice, but a rainy day is a much different story. Even when I stand outside in the rain trying to coax them out, I get a look from them that says, “You crazy human. You do know it’s raining – right?” In the end, I usually win out, thanks to patience and the natural urge that sooner or later causes a dog to begrudgingly step out into the rain to do their business.

Keikei is the only one of my dogs who prances around in the rain like Gene Kelly in the classic movie Dancing in the Rain. The other dogs tiptoe through the grass hoping this will keep their feet from getting wet.

Most dogs will resist going outside in the rain, but some don’t seem to mind if they get wet. As long as it’s not storming or coming down in buckets, you can usually coax your dog outside for a quick duty call. It’s usually a hard rain that puts the brakes on for most dogs. I can’t say I blame them, because I don’t want to stand outside when it’s raining hard any more than they do.

For some dogs, it’s not the rain that bothers them, it’s the scary thunder and lightning. One of my dogs, Shelby, has a thunder phobia. The minute the rumbles start, she’s by my side. Dogs with a storm phobia are more often herding breeds and hounds, but any dog can be afraid of storms and it can be a serious issue for an owner to deal with. Dogs scared of storms can have mild to severe reactions. They might chew on anything they can find, salivate, whine, hide, pace, shake, become destructive or aggressive, or cling to their owner for the duration of the storm.

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A Foodie Cat Reviews the New Pure Taste Treats

By Rocky Williams, feline guest blogger

Meowza! Some kitty got some new treats, and that kitty was ME!

The first thing I have to say about them is: it’s about time!! The Warden told me months ago that CANIDAE was introducing two new grain free cat treats and I’ve been salivating ever since. I’m pretty sure Pavlov could’ve used me to test his theory instead of those mangy dogs. But I digress.

I was anticipating these new treats for two reasons. One, I’m a cat and as such I can never have too many treats. Two, I’m a foodie and I just LOVE to eat! My food, my furry sibling’s food, the Warden’s food, treats given and treats I steal from the kitchen cupboard when the coast is clear… all good. There is no such thing as treat overload.

Cat burglar caught in the act

Cat burglar caught in the act

But here’s the thing: the Warden will only feed me the best of the best, i.e., what she calls “the good kind” of treats. No junk food for me! Which means that until now, it was the CANIDAE TidNips or nothing. Now, I have nothing against those treats because they are pawsome. I just craved a little variety now and then, ya know? Now I have two new flavors so the Warden can mix it up a little at treat time!

The Warden cares that these treats are healthy and that they’re made with fresh meat and no by-products or other unsavory ingredients. She also likes that they are grain and gluten free. Me? I just care about how they taste. Oh, and how they smell. We cats don’t eat anything that doesn’t smell good to us. I’m happy to report that these new treats passed both tests with flying colors.

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The Versatile and Adaptable German Shepherd

By Linda Cole

During WWI, Lee Duncan was a U.S. army corporal stationed in France. On September 15, 1918, he was on patrol when he spotted a dog kennel heavily damaged from a recent bombing raid. Convincing his battalion to change course so they could check out the kennel, Duncan was surprised to discover five newborn puppies and their mom still alive. The pups and mother were rescued and taken back to camp, but only one puppy survived. We know him as Rin Tin Tin, a movie legend who showed the versatile, adaptable and loyal character of the German Shepherd dog.

The German Shepherd is a fairly new breed that was developed mostly during the 1900s. The breed originated in Germany as a top notch herding dog. German breeder Captain Max von Stephanitz wanted a herding dog that was capable and intelligent, with a good work ethic. In 1899, he mixed early versions of shepherd dogs to come up with the Deutsche Schaferhunde, the German Shepherd dog. Standard for the breed was written in 1901. The first dog in the United States was imported in 1907 and shown in the open class at Newcastle and Philadelphia dog shows.

The dog that von Stephanitz developed turned out to be not only smart and adaptable, but had many talents that were discovered during WWI. The Germans put the GSD to work as a war dog. Allied forces took notice of these versatile dogs used by the Germans, and were equally impressed with the breed. German Shepherds were used as Red Cross dogs, supply carriers, guard dogs, tracking dogs, sentinels and messengers.
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What Has your Dog Taught You?

By Langley Cornwell

My parents let me get a puppy for my 10th birthday. A neighborhood mutt had puppies and I just had to have one. That precious dog was still alive and well when I went away to college. A lot of growing and maturing goes on during that timeframe, and much of what I learned came from the unwavering bond I had with that sweet pup.

From the earliest days of childhood, kids begin to learn about pets. Some children observe pet ownership from afar and others, like me, are given the opportunity to experience it personally. Either way, pets play some type of role in our growing up. If you were a child who enjoyed the privilege of sharing your young life with a pet, you are probably aware that your relationship with that pet taught you a number of different things.

Responsibility

Owning a dog requires an investment of time and responsibility. Our canine friends depend on us for healthy dog food like CANIDAE, shelter, water and plenty of love – at a minimum. This sounds a great deal like what is required to be a parent. When dogs or puppies need you, you have to be there. This is a great way to introduce your kids to the world of taking care of others. Pets are usually a child’s first experience with being responsible for a living thing.

Patience

If you have ever owned a dog, then you are keenly aware of the patience living with an animal requires. Dogs can push you to the very edge of sanity and then bring you back again. While dogs are a great joy to raise, you have to go into the situation expecting some trials. Any animal that is young and helpless will make plenty of mistakes along the way. Dogs are no different.

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Three Cat Breeds That Act Like Dogs

By Linda Cole

Cats are well known for their independent nature that borders on a stubborn refusal to do anything which might please their owner. The famous quote by Mary Bly, “Dogs come when they’re called; cats take a message and get back to you later,” was aptly spoken. But not all cat breeds fit that quote. There are a few dog-like breeds that have even been known to play “fetch” with their owner.

Manx
Manx
This usually tailless feline is an ancient breed originating from the Isle of Man, an island in the Irish Sea between Ireland and Great Britain. The breed was named after the Gaelic language (Manx) that was spoken on the island. How these tailless cats found their way to the island remains a mystery. Most likely, a cat aboard one of the many ships that docked at the island found her way to shore.

The rare gene responsible for the tailless Manx is caused by a mutation that took place hundreds of years ago. Kittens were born without the vertebrae normal cats with long tails have. Since the felines were isolated on the island, tailless cats became common because the mutated gene is dominant. Some Manx cats can have a full tail, however, and it’s possible to have a litter of Manx kittens with varying tail lengths or no tail at all.

This breed loves to play hide-and-seek and fetch, and will come on a voice or whistle command. She’s intelligent and loyal to her family. With powerful hindquarters, the Manx has plenty of power for running, accelerating, making quick turns and jumping. This breed is dog-like in her devotion to those she loves, with a desire to play and follow you around the house.

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Tips for Keeping a Dog in an Apartment

By Suzanne Alicie

While some people think that having a dog means you should live in a house with a fenced-in yard, what about the folks who don’t have that option? Maybe they live in the city or they can’t justify the expense of a house just because they want a dog. Does this mean that apartment dwellers should not have dogs? Of course not!

Living in an apartment doesn’t mean that you can’t be a responsible pet owner; it just means you will have more specific things to deal with. It definitely takes a time and energy commitment to raise a happy, healthy dog in an apartment setting, but it can be done!

There are a few things to consider before choosing a dog to live in an apartment. The first thing is to look around your apartment and make sure there is enough space where you can place a dog bed and possibly a crate if you plan to use crate training. No matter how much or how little space you have, whether in an apartment or a house, a dog needs a space to call his own.

Obedience training is going to be very important when getting a dog that will live in an apartment. To avoid neighbor complaints, you’ll need to work with your dog to control excessive barking, and train him to walk calmly and as quietly as possible down the hallways when taking him out for walks and playtime.

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