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According to Native Indian legend,
when a person dies s/he will come to a bridge that leads to Heaven.
 At the head of that bridge waits every animal that this person encountered during his/her lifetime.
The animals, based upon what they know of this person, decide which humans may cross the bridge.... and which are turned away.

Do you know which plants are toxic to dogs? 
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Allergies

People with allergies to dogs appear to fall into two categories. Either they are allergic to the hair, or the dander/oils on the dog's skin. 

In spite of the fact that some dogs are promoted as being 'non-shedding' - ALL dogs shed to some extent. The non-shedding dogs simply keep the shed hair in their coats rather than dropping it all over the house. 

So regular brushing of the non-shedding dogs will get rid of this hair and greatly reduce or eliminate the suffering of the allergic owner. 

Dogs that have done well with allergy sufferers are long-haired, short-haired, and hairless! Here they are:

Afghan Hound
Bedlington Terrier
Bichon Frise
Black Russian Terrier
Chinese Crested Dog
Coton de Tulear
Doberman Pinscher
Havanese
Irish Water Spaniel
Kerry Blue Terrier
Komondor
Lowchen
Mexican Hairless
Poodle (Miniature)
Poodle (Standard)
Poodle (Toy)
Portuguese Water Dog
Puli
Schnauzer (Giant)
Schnauzer (Miniature)
Schnauzer (Standard)
Shih Tzu
Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
Yorkshire Terrier


Remember to spend some time at the breeders to test out your allergies before you commit to a particular dog.


Did you know?

Some 39% of pet owners say they have more photos of their dog 
than of their spouse or significant other!


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The Scoop on "poos"

CanaDogs.com is a website devoted to the interests of purebred dogs in Canada.

However, I do get questions from people who are trying to locate breeders of breeds such as "maltipoo", "cockapoo", and even "goldenpoo" and "schnoodle". These dogs are not purebred animals. They are mixes. Generally speaking, anything that ends in "-poo" is a crossbred poodle.

Let me tell you why I don't think mixing breeds is a good idea.  All dogs were bred for a specific purpose, whether it is hauling freight, driving cattle, killing vermin, or being a companion. Depending on what their original function was, they have a personality and temperament that has adapted to that function. For example, when you buy a Doberman Pinscher puppy you can be reasonably sure that as an adult he's going to be naturally protective of you and wary of strangers. Similarly, when you purchase a Corgi puppy, you won't be surprised when as an adult, he may try herding the other family pets, or the kids, or even cars! When you start mixing breeds, the resulting dog loses that element of predictability as far as its temperament goes. 

Obviously, I'm not talking about individual personality traits that specific dogs may or may not have, regardless of breed such as excessive shyness, aggression, love of water, etc. When you buy a Sporting dog you know it's probably going to demand lots of attention and be in-your-face. When you buy a Terrier - you're getting a big dog personality in a small dog body and an animal who won't back down from a confrontation. With mixes, you simply don't know what to expect. Problems with temperament and behaviour are the number one reason people end up giving up their dogs.

Another reason for not mixing breeds is health-related. Most, if not all, dog breeds have certain genetic predispositions that may make them prone to contracting various health problems. If you think you don't need to see the vet if you buy a cross-breed, think again. Cross-breeds are no more healthy than purebreds. In fact, Dr. George Padgett, an expert on canine genetics, confirmed that cross-breeds have the same genetic diseases as the original parent breeds. In a January 1997 article in Dog World magazine, he further stated that his files contain information on 102 genetic defects identified in mongrel dogs. This is more than double the number of genetic defects identified in the American Cocker Spaniel, for example.

When you buy a purebred, you can research which health defects you should be on guard for and ensure you purchase from a breeder who has shown that these health problems do not exist in their line. You get a written health guarantee. Again, mixing dog breeds may produce an animal with multiple health problems that may not show up until many months or many vet bills later.

Buying mixed-breed dogs also encourages the practice of backyard breeding by people who don't know much or anything about dogs. Many of these poor souls are kept in dreadful conditions and end up in pet stores - not a good environment for a young puppy who is often taken from its mother too soon. A puppy should be first with its mother and then with its new family - not stuck in a pet store cage. Many will end up at the SPCA. 

If you are determined on a mixed breed, 
please rescue one of the too-many lost souls found at your local SPCA.

 

Warning: Toxic to Dogs!

  Aspartame found in sugarless gum has been linked to at least one dog death recently.

  Liquid Laundry Detergent gave one dog severe burns requiring sedation and treatment over several days. The dog chewed his way into the detergent which then spilled into his crate. He was found bleeding after being in the detergent for several hours.

  Cacao Bean Mulch, sold by many home improvement centres,  contains a lethal ingredient called "Theobromine". It smells like chocolate and is the ingredient that is used to make all chocolate -- especially dark or baker's chocolate -- which is toxic to dogs also. A dog that ingested a quantity of garden mulch made from cacao bean shells developed severe convulsions and died 17 hours later. Analysis of the stomach contents and the ingested cacao bean shells revealed the presence of lethal amounts of theobromine.

  Chocolate as mentioned above, the toxic ingredient in chocolate is Theobromine. The dark or semi sweet baker's chocolate is particularly dangerous for your dog. Keep all sweets and chocolate out of reach!  

  Raisins/Grapes are severely toxic. As few as 7 can cause vomiting, acute kidney failure, and death. Please don't feed these to your dog as a treat.

  Raw Fish Salmon Poisoning Disease is a potentially fatal condition seen in dogs that eat certain types of raw fish. Salmon and other fish that swim upstream to breed can be infected with a relatively harmless parasite called Nanophyetus salmincola. However, the parasite itself can be infected with an organism called Neorickettsia helminthoeca. It’s this microorganism that causes salmon poisoning. If untreated, death usually occurs within fourteen days of eating the infected fish. Ninety percent of dogs showing symptoms die if they are not treated.

“Salmon poisoning occurs most commonly west of the Cascade mountain range,” says  Dr. Bill Foreyt, a veterinary parasitologist at Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He adds, “Canids (dogs) are the only species susceptible to salmon poisoning. That’s why cats, raccoons and bears eat raw fish regularly with out consequence.”
 

Symptoms of salmon poisoning occur within 6 days and include vomiting, lack of appetite, fever, diarrhea, weakness, swollen lymph nodes, and dehydration.

 

  Greenies A warning from one of our web visitors.....

On the way back from the Dobe National this year, I was walking one of the dogs at the airport waiting for the owner to return our rental car when the dog decided to throw up.....I was shocked to see a mass of green rubber-like material and immediately called the owner. The mass looked like something you would see in the pad under a carpet. I was assured the dog did not shred anything...and that the only thing the dog had been given to eat recently was a "Greenie"...one of those formed green dog treats that look like a toothbrush.....I couldn't believe one of those pressed dog treats would reconstitute into what looked like a mass of foam rubber pieces!

Well, after getting home my friend did an experiment....cut up one of those things and soaked it in water overnight....low and behold a mass of foam rubber junk! Certainly NOT digestible!  We both made a note to never feed those things again...and then last night in the Seattle area the local KIROTV newscast did a piece on...you guessed it GREENIES! A whole story about how dogs are DYING from blockages after eating those stupid things! Turns out they are NOT 100% digestible!

  Sugar free gum (active ingredient - xylitol)

Xylitol causes dogs to secrete insulin so their blood sugar drops very quickly. This is quickly followed by liver failure.  If that occurs, even with aggressive treatment, it can be difficult to save the dog. 

Famous Dogs
Want to see more of your favourite dogs? Check out these movies and TV shows to see them in action:

Breed

Name  Movie/TV Show
American Bulldog Chance Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco
American Staffordshire Terrier Peter Our Gang
Basset Hound Fred Fred Basset (comic strip)
Beagle Snoopy Peanuts (comic strip)
Beagle Porthos Star Trek: Enterprise (TV)
Black Mouth Cur  Yeller Old Yeller
Bloodhound Duke Beverley Hillbillies (TV)
Borzoi    War and Peace (Borzoi hunt)
102 Dalmatians
Love at First Bite (cameo)
Legend of the Fall (cameo)
Bouvier des Flandres Patrasche A Boy of Flanders
Briard Buck Married with Children (TV)
Brussels Griffon Ernie Sweet November
Brussels Griffon Verdel As Good As It Gets
Bull Terrier Bodger The Incredible Journey
Bulldog Angus Mr. Magoo 
Cairn Terrier Toto The Wizard of Oz
Collie (Rough) Lassie Lassie Come Home
Coonhound (Black and Tan)      The Duke
Dalmatian Pongo and Perdy 101 Dalmatians
Doberman Pinscher Zeus and Apollo Magnum P.I. (TV)
Dogue de Bordeaux Hooch Turner and Hooch
Fox Terrier Skip My Dog Skip
Fox Terrier (Wire) Asta The Thin Man
German Shepherd Dog Rin Tin Tin Rin Tin Tin
German Shepherd Dog London The Littlest Hobo (TV and Movie)
Golden Retriever Buddy Air Bud
Golden Retriever Shadow Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco
Great Dane Marmaduke Marmaduke (comic strip)
Great Dane Scooby Doo Scooby Doo (TV comic)
Great Dane     The Truth About Cats and Dogs
Greyhound Santa's Little Helper The Simpsons (TV)
Irish Setter Red Big Red 
Jack Russell Terrier Eddie Frasier (TV)
Kuvasz Delilah Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco
Labrador Retriever Luath The Incredible Journey
Lowchen Freeway Hart to Hart (TV)
Neapolitan Mastiff Alan Babe 2: Pig in the City
Norwich Terrier Winky Best in Show
Old English Sheepdog     The Shaggy Dog, The Shaggy D.A., The Return of The Shaggy Dog
Old English Sheepdog Edison Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Old English Sheepdog Digby Digby, The Biggest Dog in the World
Old English Sheepdog Hobo Please Don't Eat the Daisies
Old English Sheepdog   Serpico
Portuguese Podengos Zeus Zeus and Roxanne
Saint Bernard Beethoven Beethoven
Saint Bernard Nana Peter Pan