Posts Tagged ‘Pet’

Black puppy

Yesterday I watched Ceasar Millan’s Dog Whisperer and, for the first time, heard about the “black dog” syndrome. Although there is no scientific explanation of this phenomenon, animal shelters observe a particular trend in adoptions. And it doesn’t bode well for the black pooch. Potential adopters subconsciously gravitate to lighter coloured dogs and overlook the black ones. Some attribute this behaviour to the perception that black dogs with black eyes are more difficult to read, or that they don’t show well in photos, when people look for adoptable dogs online. There are also superstitions: a black dog is an evil apparition found in the folklores of the British Isles;  in Taiwan real black dogs are considered a real bad ju-ju, and if a black dog sports white “socks,” even more so.

My dogs are predominantly black with elegant white socks, and they are the cutest pups in the world. (Please forgive me if I am being a bit subjective here. :-)) I also have to admit that the male, whose eyes are much darker than his sister’s, may certainly look inscrutable on photos. But he’s got such an expressive face, that he never fails to make a positive impression when people meet him in person. (As long as those people are not riding bicycles :-))


image by reflectionsinapuddle

If you are not superstitious and are thinking about adopting a dog, especially from a shelter, before you make your decision, have a closer look at the cool K9s in black. Who knows, maybe one of them will win your heart.

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Jeannie, a rescue dog, lost her leg in a leghold trap


Once in a while every city gets a dog-related story. This week we’ve been shaken by two, one on the heels of another. The first story is a heartbreaking tale of a dog with a missing leg. The second… an unfathomable tragedy that affected the entire community.

Good dog, poor dog

Yesterday, a story ran in our local paper about a young dog that apparently got caught in a leghold trap and chewed her own leg off to break free. The dog was named Jeannie. (read full story). It sounds like Jeannie’s troubles are far from over: she is extremely emaciated, has mange, and suffers from several open and infected wounds. Although her leg (or what’s left of it) needs to be amputated, the animal is too weak to undergo a surgery. They want her to put on some weight and get a little healthier first. Jeannie’s treatment  is expected to cost a pretty penny, and AARCS (The Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society) is asking for donations.

Update on Jeannie’s story

Family dog gone terribly bad

Today’s story was about a tragedy in a community just north of Calgary. A family husky attacked a newborn; the little boy didn’t survive the attack. Not much is being said about what provoked dog’s aggression. All we know at the moment is the dog didn’t have a history of violence. (read full story)

My heart goes out to the family who have suffered this unimaginable loss. It’s also a reminder to all of us, canine aficionados, that dogs have teeth, and they can bite.


As Cowboy pointed in his comment to this post, the article (and the organization behind it)  is against pitbulls. I have nothing against pitbulls and I don’t believe in “aggressiveness” of certain types of dogs. I believe it all boils down to a responsible dog ownership, although “ownership” is not the best word either to describe our relationship with our beloved four-legged “kids.” Please also note, in the 2nd case it’s a husky. And the circumstances of the attack are likely still under investigation.

Advice from DogsBite.org

Staying safe

Most dangerous situations

  •     Leaving an infant or toddler alone with any dog breed
  •     “New” situations involving children and aggressive dog breeds
  •     Approaching a chained dog, especially if it is male and unaltered
  •     Encountering a group of loose dogs. Like the human “mob” mentality, normally obedient dogs often become violent when part of a pack
  •     Inserting yourself into a dogfight, especially when pit bulls are involved
  •     Approaching a vehicle with a dog inside (or in the bed of a truck)

Always remember

  •     Do not pet a dog without first letting him see you
  •     Do not lean your face close to a dog
  •     Do not tease a dog, especially if it is chained
  •     Do not startle a sleeping dog
  •     Do not bother a dog that is eating
  •     Do not disturb a dog that is caring for puppies
  •     Do not turn your back on a dog and run away

If you think you may be attacked
Guidelines from the HSUS

  •     Never scream and run
  •     Remain motionless, hands at your sides, and avoid eye contact with the dog
  •     Once the dog loses interest in you, slowly back away until he is out of sight
  •     If the dog does attack, “feed” him your jacket, purse, bicycle, or anything that you can put between yourself and the dog
  •     If you fall or are knocked to the ground, curl into a ball with your hands over your ears and remain motionless. Try not to scream or roll around

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Before I delve into the review proper, I have to tell you this. Don’t make a mistake I’d made when I picked up this book from a bookstore shelf, lured by a sticky note “staff’s pick.” Do your homework: Read the reviews. Or if you tend to read the reviews only after you’ve finished a book, like I do, heed my advice – GET KLEENEX. Under no circumstances read A Dog’s Purpose while enjoying a ride on public transit. Have pity on fellow commuters — don’t put them on the spot with outbursts of laughter followed by uncontrollable sobs. Don’t read this book before bedtime, because you’ll wake up in the middle of the night wondering whether you’ve got four legs or two and get all bent out of shape to discover you’ve only got TWO and NO TAIL TO WAG.

Don’t take me wrong. I am not saying you should not read the book.

You should read the book if you love dogs.
You should read the book if you have a dog.
You should read the book if you are thinking of having a dog.
You should read the book if you are thinking of never having a dog.
You should read the book if you are afraid of dogs.
You should read the book if you don’t have dogs, will never have a dog, and couldn’t care less if there were no dogs in the entire universe.

I am afraid you are not getting my subtle message.


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