Disney World Florida to open hotel for dogs

by Darren Jamieson on June 30, 2010

As Disney has already released the film ‘Hotel for Dogs’, it’s perhaps no surprise that Disney is now launching a real hotel for dogs at its flagship theme park in Florida. Disney is to open a new dogs (and cats) hotel in Florida’s Walt Disney World Resort. The new hotel will be called the Best Friends Pet Care Resort.

The hotel is set to open on 27th August, and will allow dog and cat owners to bring their pets with them to theme park, and have them stay in the pet hotel while they attend the theme park. The hotel has been described by Disney bosses as a luxury resort for pets, and both dogs and cats will receive the full ‘pamper’ treatment while they stay, including having bedtime stories read to them.

The new hotel for dogs covers 50,000 sq ft of land, and has both indoor and outdoor facilities. Dog owners can even visit their pets at the hotel if they’re feeling too upset at the prospect of being without them during their holiday.

If your dog is the best dog in the world, and you want the very best for them, you can even opt for a (more…)

Chihuahua is world’s ugliest dog

by Leanne Thompson on June 29, 2010

The annual contest to find the world’s ugliest dog was held once again over the weekend, in Petaluma, at the Sonoma-Marin. However, due to the demise of Miss Ellie, who won the pedigree category at last year’s event, the field was wide open this year. Last year’s overall winner, Pabst – a boxer mix, was beaten by the new winner, and officially the ugliest dog in the world, Princess Abby – a Chihuahua.

Princess Abby’s owner, Kathleen Francis, picks up a $1,000 cheque in prize money at the 22nd ugly dog event (yep, they’ve been holding this event every year for 22 years!).

Kathleen Francis doesn’t even consider her dog Princess Abby to be ugly, commenting:

“I don’t think she’s ugly at all. I think she’s the most beautiful dog.”

The dog’s back and legs are curved in a strange manner, and her left eye is closed, unable to open. The Princess defeated last year’s winner, Pabst, and a strong field of very ugly Chinese Crested dogs. Kathleen Francis only (more…)

Can a dog understand what is being said to them?

by Vivien Richardson on June 28, 2010

If you are lucky enough to be able to take your dog to work with you, he is bound to greet all of your co workers with his wagging tail and appealing eyes. Once the pleasantries have settled down and your pet has snuggled himself into his allocated dog bed under your desk, how long does it take for him to start snoring?

What is more embarrassing is your immediate reaction to tell him to stop, as you would with a husband or partner!

There is a tendency with dog lovers to treat a puppy or an adult dog as you would a baby or a small child. Talking to your dog is just a symptom of treating him as a member of the family.

How many times have you said ‘bless you’ when your dog has sneezed, a vocal reflex that happens when you are in the company of others?

It can be an embarrassing moment when your neighbour calls round and you have to (more…)

Pug Breed Profile

by Darren Jamieson on June 27, 2010

Also known as a mops hund or Chinese pug dog, the Pug strongly resembles a miniature mastiff with the black mask on its wrinkled face with a stocky, thickset body. A loyal and affectionate little dog who is energetic and good natured, you will have a friend for life. The Pug has uncertain origins with many believing that he dates back to 400 BC in Asia, whilst others believe that the Pug was brought back from the East by Dutch traders; which could also explain why he was once known as a Dutch mastiff. Pugs are excellent watch dogs although they don’t tend to yap excessively, which means that they will adapt well to life in an apartment or a huge mansion, they don’t mind.

Typical Pug facts

Height: Male 12 to 14 in (30 to 36 cm) female 10 to 12 in (25 to 30 cm)
Weight: Male 13 to 20 lbs (6 to 9 kg) female 13 to 18 lbs (6 to 8 kg)
Average litter size: 2 to 6 pups
Life expectancy: 12 to 15 years
Good with children: Yes
Kennel Club classification: Toy group

Colour of a Pug

The four colours of a Pug are black, fawn, silver and apricot. The early Pugs were usually golden or apricot until the mid nineteenth century when two strains of Pugs were introduced by (more…)

Choosing a stylish but comfortable dog bed

by Vivien Richardson on June 26, 2010

Most breeds of dogs can sleep 12 to 14 hours a day, and that does not include their doggie naps. When choosing a dog bed, the most important consideration should be the size and its durability.

There are many different styles of dog bed, and some of the design elements are to create a bit of fun for a new puppy. Adult dogs require a larger dog bed. If you want a dog bed that will last you and your dog for a long time as your puppy grows, choose a dog bed according to the size that your dog will be as an adult.

However, at a puppy stage, your pet may have a few ‘accidents’ meaning that his bed will need washing. Sometimes it is best to look at the option of a bed for a puppy, later choosing a dog bed for an adult canine.

A dog bed for a new puppy should be low to the ground, have a cushion that is firm and have easy access for your pet’s little legs.

There are dog beds that have a washable cover, one that is easy to (more…)

Man run over by dog driving truck

by Darren Jamieson on June 25, 2010

In a story too bizarre to be made up, a man (yes, he was American) was run over by his dog driving the man’s vehicle (yes, it was a pickup truck). The driving dog in question was a Bulldog named Tassey, and the dog drove the pickup over the man after she ‘accidentally’ put the truck into gear.

The man, Christopher Bishop from Florida, was under the pickup at the time, looking for an oil leak in the Ford F-150. Bishop’s dog, Tassey, jumped into the driver’s side and knocked the vehicle into gear, running over her owner.

The truck ran over Bishop, causing him immense pain, but he was able to get straight up and chase after the pickup, and the dog, before it ran through a fence. Bishop attended the local hospital, Pasco Regional Hospital, and received treatment for his injuries.

Has your dog ever accidentally put your car into gear, or stepped on the handbrake of your car causing it to move?

Beagle Breed Profile

by Leanne Thompson on June 24, 2010

Originally bred as a scent hound, the Beagle is a small to medium sized dog which is mainly kept today as a companion. Similar to the Foxhound in appearance, it has a small, sturdy frame, sleek tri-colour coat, rounded, soft ears and an appealing, earnest expression. A friendly, non-aggressive dog, robust and easy to care for, the Beagle is a sweet-natured canine companion which makes an ideal family pet.

An active breed given to boredom, the Beagle can become destructive if not exercised regularly. A naturally curious dog, he is inclined to wander away when off the lead. He also has a propensity for rolling in anything unmentionable that he finds en route, meaning a lead is usually better than letting him run loose.

Typical Beagle Facts

Height: 33 – 40 cm/ 13 – 16 in
Weight: 8 – 14 kg/ 18 – 31 lbs
Average litter size: 5 – 8: Bitch 33cm-40cm, Dog 33cm-40cm
Life expectancy: 9-15 years
Good with children: Yes, extremely
Kennel Club classification: Hound Group

Colour of a Beagle

The Beagle has a short, dense coat which is tri-coloured black, white and tan. The eyes are coloured hazel or brown.

Grooming a Beagle

The Beagle has a short, fine coat that requires minimal grooming – a quick brush each day being all that is needed to remove loose hair. However, Beagles have the habit of rolling in whatever muck they can find, in order to disguise their scent while “hunting”, so regular (more…)

Making a garden safe for a new puppy

by Vivien Richardson on June 23, 2010

When you have a new puppy it opens up a whole new world of health and safety issues, making sure your pet is healthy and that everywhere he treads the ground and surrounding areas is safe for him.

When a puppy has had his course of vaccinations he will love to explore anything and everything in his surroundings.

If you have a garden area for your puppy to play out in, check that the area is safe. Where you did not worry about small holes in the fence or gaps in your hedgerows before, now they are a safety hazard for an inquisitive and small puppy.

Gardens that have slug pellets scattered everywhere and weeds that have been treated with weed killer look like clumps of food to a new puppy. They are of course poisonous.

When there is a selection of bulbs popping up out of the soil they may remind him of his favourite treat and, if eaten, could give him a rather bad stomach ache or something much worse. Bulbs are poisonous to a puppy; if you find your pet chewing them, immediately rush him to your local vet.

Some of the common plants that have been growing in your garden for quite a few years need to be checked out. Look at gardening information for any tips about dangerous plants and how they affect pets. Some of the popular but common plants that can be (more…)

Guide dogs in UK are constantly attacked by aggressive dogs

by Darren Jamieson on June 22, 2010

A recent report has shown an alarming spate of attacks on guide dogs in the UK from other dogs, sometimes without even a word of apology from the dog’s owner. The report has been published in the Veterinary Record this week, and it shows that over three guide dogs each month in the UK suffer attacks from other dogs – sometimes very ferocious attacks that require veterinary attention.

Of the dogs that are performing the unprovoked attacks on guide dogs, bull breeds of dogs account for 40% of all of the attacks. The data has been compiled from reports dating between Nov 2006 and Apr 2009.

Worse yet is the fact that 61% of the attacks on the guide dogs came when they were actually working, guiding their handlers. Most of the instances also included males, with 85.7% of the attacking dogs being (more…)

How to select the correct dog breed for you and your family

by Vivien Richardson on June 21, 2010

There are over 124 pure bred breeds of dogs, all of them categorised into different groups by the Kennel Club of Great Britain.

Dogs are either pure bred or a mixed breed. Whatever the choice of dog you feel is just right for your home, he will have a fabulous personality and want to please you in the hope that he has found an equally warm and affectionate owner.

When you are deciding on a new puppy or an adult dog to join your family, primary considerations should include the dog’s temperament, do you want a long haired dog or one with a short coat, and the ideal size of the dog.

Not all breed of dogs will have the correct trait for a family home; larger dogs may have been bred to guard and protect, and they may not be particularly good with a young family that doesn’t have enough time to give them plenty of exercise

Dogs that have come from a shelter will need more patience (more…)

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