Mark Zuckerberg unveils his Beast on Facebook

by Mark James on March 12, 2011

Beast is like lots of other pups whose owner is on Facebook – he has a page set up in his name with a cute profile picture, and his posts document his daily doings. What sets Beast apart is that not only does his owner have a Facebook profile himself – he OWNS Facebook.

Mark Zuckerberg, the Harvard graduate who became the world’s youngest billionaire, recently adopted Beast and proudly showed him off on the social networking site.

Zuckerberg can be seen giving Hungarian Puli Beast a hug. Beast’s page documents his settling in to the Zuckerberg household, with updates (more…)

Which dog breeds make good guard dogs?

by Mark James on September 9, 2010

There’s no getting away from the fact that dogs are cute. Even the gruffest of people would be hard pressed not to elicit a coo in the presence of a fluffy young puppy, and the pleas to provide a good home to a sad-eyed hound that feature in adverts by the Dogs Trust would melt even the blackest of hearts. Even the most repulsive of dogs can find a place in our affections – when presented with even the world’s ugliest dog, the lizard-brained, primordial instinct to burn it with fire is overruled by the urge to scratch it behind the ear and give it a treat.

However, it’s important to remember that dogs aren’t just here to tug at our heart strings and impair rational thought. Many dogs earn their keep by working; in fact, it’s a necessity to give your dog something to do to fulfil his natural instincts and prevent boredom setting in. One instinct that all dogs possess is to act as a guardian to their owner, but even so some are better than others. Let’s take a look at which breeds make a fine guard dog, but bear in mind the difference between a pet that will bark at the postman, and a slavering hell-hound trained to go for the throat on sight. That’s an attack dog, and Dream Dogs recommends that such animals are best left to (more…)