Allergic to dogs? All is not lost

by Leanne Thompson on May 21, 2011

bedlington-terrierMany people suffer from allergies which affects some, or many, of the lifestyle choices that they make. However, if the kids are still begging for a dog and you’re steadfastly refusing to give in there are a few simple techniques that can be helpful in reducing the risk of an allergic reaction to having a dog in your home.

Dander, which is attached to the dog’s hair, is the main reason that people suffer from allergic reactions to dogs. However; there are dogs that have consistent and predictable coats that produce less dander, therefore reducing the risk (more…)

50 Cent threatens his dog with a knife on Twitter

by Leanne Thompson on September 22, 2010

Rappers are known for their dogs, but usually a rapper’s dog is a big, powerful breed to enforce their masculinity, such as a Pitbull or Rottweiler. US rapper 50 Cent however likes a friendlier breed of dog, one he can turn his back on and not wonder if it’s going to ‘stick him’ – his dog however has no such assurances judging by the recent photo Fiddy uploaded to his Twitter account.

Fiddy threatens his dog with a knife on Twitter

Fiddy threatens his dog with a knife on Twitter

This picture of 50 Cent shows him brandishing a knife towards his dog, a Miniature Schnauzer, in an aggressive manner. Naturally this photo has already brought condemnation from (more…)

Which dog breeds are best for allergy suffers?

by Mark James on August 12, 2010

A person can be afflicted with an allergy at any stage of their lives. Whereas someone may avoid a particular detergent or soap, dairy products or shellfish if they are allergic to them, a dog owner will often choose to live with their symptoms rather than give up their four-legged friend.

If you find that you start to suffer from sneezing, a runny or itchy nose, watery eyes, a sore throat or skin rashes when you’re around your dog, there’s a good chance that you have developed an intolerance to him. This can be confirmed by a visit to your GP, who can arrange for you to undergo test to determine the source of your allergy.

It’s unlikely that an owner will swap their pet for a breed that is allergy friendly, but there are several measures that you can take to minimise the onset of your symptoms.

First and foremost is cleanliness. Dog allergens will be found on furniture, walls, curtains and clothing, and can remain airborne for some time. Don’t allow your pet to sleep or play on any furniture that you will be using. Dander can gather here, and can cause a severe reaction. It’s essential to ensure that your house is cleaned regularly. Shampoo or steam clean your carpet every (more…)

Miniature Schnauzer Breed Profile

by Darren Jamieson on June 5, 2010

The Miniature Schnauzer is a stylish show dog who loves family life. With an excellent temperament and character this breed will adapt easily to the lifestyle of the owner, being a robust and sturdy little dog. The eye catching colouring of a Miniature Schnauzer, as well as their non shedding coat, makes them a low maintenance companion for the family.

You will find that your Miniature Schnauzer has a large personality, always happy to join in the fun and games with an exuberant personality, easily accepting new additions to the household – whether people or other animals. For anyone who wants a dog that is adaptable, a manageable size and doesn’t shed their fur, as well as being very friendly and easy to train, a Miniature Schnauzer has it all.

Typical Miniature Schnauzer facts

Height: Male 12 to 14 in (30 to 36 cm)
Female 12 to 14 in (30 to 36 cm)
Weight: Male 14 to 18 lbs (6.4 to 8.2 kg)
Female 11 to 15 lbs (5 to 6.8 kg )
Average litter size: Four
Life expectancy: 9 to 15 years
Good with children: Yes
Kennel Club classification: Utility

Colour of a Miniature Schnauzer

There are three colours that are accepted and these are pure black, black with silver markings and all (more…)

Who will be Over the Rainbow this weekend?

by Darren Jamieson on May 20, 2010

It’s the live final of BBC’s Over the Rainbow this weekend, where the three remaining girls (Lauren, Sophie and Danielle) all compete for their dream role as Dorothy in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s reworking of The Wizard of Oz in London’s West End.

However, more important is the search for Toto, and which dog will win the role of Dorothy’s faithful sidekick for a one off performance. The final five dogs have been put through their paces over the last few weeks, performing various tasks to impress the judges, before this weekend the winner will be announced.

So who will it be, here are the final five dogs:

Eddie
A cross between a pug and a shih tzu, Eddie is one year old and is one of the cutest dogs in the final. Eddie can’t handle the pressure of sitting on the seats in the theatre, as we saw recently, but he can pull back a curtain with the best of them.

Dangerous Dave
Dave is a miniature schnauzer and is famed for (more…)

The Miniature Schnauzer has a big personality

by Vivien Richardson on May 15, 2010

The Miniature Schnauzer is one dog that really loves people. They will run around and enjoy letting their owners know that the postman, or any other visitor, is at the door.

In fact, it can become a trait that becomes annoying, but early training can help to reduce the antics of this energetic and feisty little terrier.

A miniature Schnauzer loves attention, so is considered an ideal pet for children of all ages – but they can be highly protective of their pet food and their own personal toys. If a young child is in a home, it is important that they are guided to understand this concept.

miniature-schnauzer

When travelling in a car, Miniature Schnauzers are good travellers, loving the (more…)