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5 Reasons Why a Mutt Is Just As Special As a Purebred

by Annelie Becher

To give five reasons for something obvious is a hard to do but I will do my best!

Every dog is special, no matter what he looks like!

Since every dog has his own personality there is something unique, i.e special about him or her.

  • Every dog has the unlimited capacity to love and bring joy to humans. This canine quality is completely independent of breed standards or breeds.

People buy pedigree dogs mainly because they like the looks of a particular breed. Some people buy a pedigree dog because they like the temperament that comes with the breed or the special features like strong hunting instincts or guarding instincts for instance.

But who would judge a book by its cover?

  • A mutt can be just as willing to please as a Golden Retriever or as good at guarding your house and property as a Doberman – what he can do and what he can’t do for you depends on his parents genes and quite a few crosses between certain breeds outperform the breeds they originated from.

Like the Russian Terrier who was once a cross between several guard dog species and is now a super guard dog himself or the cross between Golden Retriever and Labrador Retriever who is now a Guide Dog to the blind with the strong points of each breed.

  • No matter what a dog looks like or what his parentage is, it is his ability to love and bring joy to the world that makes him a special being. His uniqueness rests entirely in the eye of the people who love him and care for him.
  • When it comes to love looks and parentage as well as breed standards are utterly unimportant because love is so much bigger than outer features, don’t you agree?
  • A dog who loves his people and who is loved by his people is a happy dog and he can not keep his happiness to himself.

It is your love that makes your dog special, no matter what other’s say.

If you are thinking about getting a dog and you feel that you need a purebred in order to be happy then don’t get a mutt.

If you feel that you want a mutt to share your life, get one!

Your dog’s happiness depends on your affection for him and whether or not you are able to provide a lifestyle which gives him all the things a canine needs to be happy and healthy.

Your happiness depends on the fulfillment of your deepest desires as well as a suitable lifestyle.

To some owning a pedigree dog is the right thing to do because they feel that they can join breed clubs and go to shows etc whilst these things don’t matter to others.

But, when it comes to the specialness of the dog himself there is no difference between pedigree and mutt - it is just a matter of human taste.

M. Annelie Becher at where you find helpful ideas and support. As a loving and dedicated dog owner you aspire to do what ever you can to make your four legged friend happy. Protecting him from harm, providing the best possible nourishment and life style as well as educating him well are important for his overall well being. But most important of all is the relationship you offer him or her. Because of that I would like to invite you to get your free instant copy of a simple exercise which will enable you to communicate with your dog at a very deep level. At you will be introduced to a tool which will create a deep connection between you and your canine in a most awesome way.

Speaking to the soul of your dog is a most powerful way to create happiness for both of you. From Psychologist M. Annelie Becher, expert at creating positive change for people and animals alike.

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Oct 31, 2011 | 0 | Choosing your dog, Dog breed information

Demodectic Mange: 4 Questions You Need To Ask

By Simon Tong

Demodectic mange is one of two different types of a skin problem called mange, which affects dogs around the world. The demodectic type may look like the milder version of the two, but it doesn’t mean that it can be taken lightly – if spotted in older dogs, it could mean the presence of other, more serious conditions below the surface.

This article will provide more detailed information that about mange of the demodectic variety.

What is demodectic mange, exactly?

Demodectic mange, known otherwise as follicular mange or red mange, is a medical condition that irritates the skin of a dog, causing it to become inflamed.

The main characteristics of demodectic mange include a development of scaly textures on the skin, as well as hair loss and inflamed skin. In more advanced conditions, oozing pus can also be found on the skin, which will harden and eventually produce a crusty texture. The problem areas are usually not itchy, however.

Demodectic mange typically appears in dogs that do not have a fully functioning immune system, such as puppies, dogs of old ages and dogs that have had their immune systems weakened in some form.

What causes demodectic mange?

This skin condition can usually be blamed on the presence of the demodex mite. These little bugs can’t usually be seen with the naked eye, but they strongly resemble tiny cigars with legs when viewed under the microscope.

The demodex mite can be found in virtually every dog in existence. The only reason why they have not caused a ‘mange epidemic’ yet is that these mites aren’t actually very tough; they are easily beaten by the immune systems present in the bodies they live in. As a result, demodex mites only exist in a tiny amount, and are too weak to cause any serious damage.

However, as you may have guessed, that is not true for puppies, old dogs and dogs that are ill. Their immune systems aren’t working at their usual capacity, which gives the demodex mites a foot in the door – so to speak – thereby causing all sorts of skin problems.

There are also some very rare cases where the mites have multiplied themselves to such an extent that they can overpower a dog’s defences, giving them the opportunity to increase their numbers exponentially and causing other complications as a result. In these cases, the dog’s condition is considered severe enough to warrant an emergency visit to the vet. Some dogs may even reach such an advanced stage of demodectic mange that there is no other choice but to be put down by the vet. Granted, such a scenario would be very rare indeed, but it also proves that demodectic mange is not something to be taken lightly.

How do demodex mites harm dogs?

The demodex mites make their home in the hair follicles of dogs (thus giving it the alternative name of ‘follicle mange’). The problem starts when the rapid reproduction of mites causes the follicles to be inflamed, thereby causing the hair to fall off. This is why one of the most obvious symptoms of demodectic mange is a drastic loss of fur.

However, hair loss and inflamed skin are not the only things that demodex mites can cause. If you will recall the part about rare fatal cases briefly discussed above, it shows that the mites are also capable of disrupting the immune system of the dog entirely. When that happens, the dog will be vulnerable to a host of other diseases unrelated to mange, which will complicate things a lot more.

Demodectic mange also causes your dog to become unsightly, something that will surely cause any dog owner to be distressed.

How did my dog get this, anyway? And is it contagious?

Here’s a bit of good news: Demodex mites are not contagious at all. It’s very uncommon for a dog to get it by interactions with other dogs. It’s also impossible for humans to be affected by any interaction with a dog that has demodectic mange, so don’t worry about getting any of those while treating them.

But of course, you may be wondering, ‘How do dogs get this problem, then?’

The real answer is that their own mothers were the initial source of the demodex mites, while they were still puppies.

It’s very possible that when the puppies were very young, perhaps even when they were just out of the womb, some of the mites would already have turned to them as their host of choice. The lack of a functioning immune system in the very early days of a dog’s life may well be the window of opportunity the mites needed to increase their population exponentially.

If you think about it for a while, this is actually in line with the fact that older dogs and sick dogs are prone to demodectic mange as well, because their immune systems were also malfunctioning.


Demodectic mange seems to be a rather benign problem; they don’t affect the average adult dog, they get killed by immune systems that work correctly, and they aren’t contagious at all. While it is true that they don’t cause much harm to most dogs, it still doesn’t mean that you should treat demodectic mange lightly. For one thing, a severe case of demodectic mange usually means that another health problem is threatening your dog.

Apart from that, they can also cause a lot of trouble with the fur and skin. This can mean a source of misery for you in regards to your dog’s appearance as well as health, if it somehow manages to become a major problem.

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Oct 28, 2011 | 0 | Dog grooming, Dog health

Play Fun Games To Train Your Dog

By Kay Ringelstetter

Train your dog by playing with him or her. What could be more fun! It will provide mental stimulation and physical exercise for both of you and it is also an excellent way to bond with your dog. You will learn to communicate and work together and have fun doing so.

Playing outdoors in an enclosure where your dog can be off leash is the better choice. However, playing indoors is certainly an acceptable way to play too. Your dog will not care what game you choose, as long as he or she has a chance to run, jump and chase. However there are certainly some favorites that you will both enjoy.

Obedience can be taught to your dog through games. By using simple voice commands along with a unique hand signal specific to that command you can begin and interrupt your play time frequently to help your dog learn. Start with a sit command, using a sharp authoritative tone. Use a unique hand signal specific to the “Sit” command. Once the dog obeys, reward by continuing the play immediately. If not, stop the game abruptly. Turning your back on your pet or putting the leash on and leaving your play area is a very powerful message that your dog will soon begin to understand. Although this may take several attempts at first, soon your dog will learn to pay attention and you will learn to alternate between commands and play time quickly and often. Then you can easily add other commands to your play, such as “Stay”, “Lay” or “Go”. For each game, begin and end with a command, but always finish the session with play.

Here are some old-time favorite games to play with your canine companion:

1) Hide and Seek. Put your dog into a sit or lay position and then command him to stay. Go and hide somewhere and then call your dog’s name. You will both have a lot of fun with this game.

2) Treasure Hunt. Let your dog sniff a treat or toy. Command your dog to sit and stay. Hide the treat/toy and then say “Go” and enjoy the fun as your pet searches for the treasure.

3) Follow Your Leader. Set up a few obstacles in your home and yard and set off as the leader. Enjoy your fun laughing as your canine friend tries to follow you.

4) Fetch. Command your dog to sit and stay. Throw a ball or toy and command your pet to chase it with a “Go” and then return it to you with a “Come”. This may take a bit of repetition and work but the rewards are well worth it. If you are outdoors, you can use a Frisbee and this is loads of fun.

5) Tug-Of-War. All dogs love this game which employs a rope or strong toy. However, you must train your dog to release the rope or toy on command.

There are many other games you can play with your dog, including agility games or maybe teaching them some neat tricks. Our dog was taught to balance a treat on her nose and when we clapped our hands, she threw it into the air and then caught it in her mouth. It was a trick that fascinated everyone, yet was a very simple trick to teach her. We always carried dog treats in our treat bag to be ready at all times.

You will soon come up with many games that you and your dog will enjoy. In addition to that enjoyment, your dog will learn new commands and training techniques in a unique and effective way. It is important that you are consistent in your playtime so that your dog enjoys the physical and mental stimulation constantly needed. In addition, if you are playing outdoors it is also important to always be assisted by your bag for dog to carry your needed essentials.

Consider this unique bag for dog when you play with or train your dog. This handy dog bag can remain attached to your dog leash or moved to your belt or belt loops if you are not using a leash. Your bag will carry everything for you – your dog treats, toys, training supplies, empty and full poop bags, hand sanitizer and much more. Enjoy your playtime and the convenience offered by this great dog bag.

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Oct 27, 2011 | 0 | Training

Overcome Dog Separation Anxiety


Dog Separation Anxiety and Possible Causes

Dog separation anxiety is an affliction brought on by the angst of being left alone. Like wolves, dogs are pack animals and naturally do not like to be separated. Canines associate their human family as members of the pack. A dog with separation anxiety will become exceedingly hyperactive and quite upset. This will manifest in desperate attempts to reunite with other pack members and finally on some level, devastation of the home.

To begin the cure, good training and socialization must be achieved. If not properly socialized, a dog will assume the position of pack leader. They will be upset with you for leaving, because this action was not on their authority. They will extend this behavior to times of play and in demands for attention. Of course, it is endearing when a dog wants to initiate play. This is fine as long as they understand that the human family ranks higher in the pack. Also, whatever their place in the hierarchy of the family (perhaps surpassing a cat), a well-trained dog will be happy, accepting and confident with their rank. Uncertainty breeds destruction and fear.

Their distress, however, may be caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. In this case, medication for such problems as depression, anxiety or obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) can be prescribed by a veterinarian. These medications will ease their levels of anxiety, and your pet will be able to cope. Your animal will not be permanently drowsy and some training techniques need to be applied as well. Genetically, certain breeds are predisposed to separation anxiety. These include German Shepherds and the Border collie. Both of these herding breeds are highly intelligent and quite aware of their environment.

Assess The Symptoms of Dog Separation Anxiety

Initially, a dog owner must diagnose the situation of chaos. Did the dog destroy the house because of boredom or teething? Are they suffering from a severe psychological disorder? Are they physically ill and trying to get your attention? Were they fearful of a disturbance to their environment such as a loud passing thunderstorm? Remember, dog separation anxiety is no one’s fault including your pet. You must help your loyal pet overcome their fears. Aside from damage to the home, the poor dog may hurt themselves in the process.

Some basic analysis follows. In many cases of separation anxiety, a dog will be with you constantly. They will be unnerved when you leave the room even just to go outside for a few moments alone. A dog will cry and whine when they sense you are leaving. Often they will try to beat you out of the house. A dog will win this foot race. After the melee of leaving, the dog will scratch at the door or window if within reach. Upon your return home, they are beside themselves with hyperactive glee. With separation anxiety, your pet may drool incessantly. They may go to the bathroom all over the house. These symptoms can be very stressful to the family as well.

Tips To Overcome Dog Separation Anxiety

There are options to try before seeking professional advice. Since dogs are quite habitual, try varying the doors and duration of time in which you leave and come home. Practice this. Limit the level of excitement upon exit and entry, so the dog will not feed on the energy. Make sure your dog has had a nice meal and walk before leaving for many hours. Always make sure your dog is not dehydrated. Like humans, water balances melatonin and serotonin levels in the brain which help in sleep and well-being respectively. Have some toys for your dog to occupy their time. Most likely, they will nap after being well fed, hydrated and tired from their exercise. Dog separation anxiety will be eased.

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Oct 25, 2011 | 0 | dog behavior, Understanding Your Dog

How To Effectively Prevent Arthritis in Dogs?

By Luke L Blaise

Watching your pet suffer great pain brought on by arthritis can be very heart wrenching for any pet owner. Each year, thousands upon thousands of dogs all over the country develop arthritis. Old and large dogs documented to suffer from this condition, and lot of pet owners believe that arthritis in dogs is something that cannot be prevented. Causes of arthritis in pets actually vary, but age is known to be a chief factor. However, this does not mean that this condition cannot be prevented.

As a matter of fact, there are a couple of things that pet owners can do in order to ensure that their dogs do not go through the suffering and excruciating pains that is associated with arthritis. Remember, unlike human beings, dogs cannot tell their owners exactly where it hurts. All pet owners need to do is ensure that they follow a couple of basic dog joint care practices in order to ensure that their beloved companion will not suffer from this awful condition.

Please know that joint care practices are not just recommended for matured dogs. As a matter of fact, there is a greater possibility that your pet will avoid being hit by arthritis if as a puppy it has been getting preventive care. Preventing arthritis in dogs will not cost you an arm or leg.

Here are three ways that you can prevent your dog from getting arthritis. First, give your dog natural and fresh food as much as you possibly can. You need to understand that diet is a vital factor when the issue of arthritis in dogs is being addressed. The right nutrients are required for healthy development and growth in a dog’s bones and joints. Unfortunately, a lot of commercial dog foods do not contain necessary nutrients. This is why it is important that dogs are fed with foods that are fresh and natural whenever possible. This way, you are sure that your dog is getting the right nutrients and totally avoiding the preservatives and chemicals found in commercial dog food.

Overweight is also a well known factor in developing arthritis in dogs. Maintaining a healthy weight for your furry friend is highly recommended. You can do this by ensuring it eats healthy and gets lots of exercises. Lastly, provide your dog with natural dog health supplements. Canine food supplements that contain potent herbal ingredients are known for keeping the joints of dogs in great health. The supplements are also used in order to help ease the pain that your pet might be feeling.

Are you looking for the best veterinarian advice for your pet through online? Then logon to Utilizing this free online resource of advice is to identify ways of improving your pet’s health. There are many different elements of care that are involved with raising a pet, this can be achieved easily by the opportunities that exist with a free ask a vet online resource.

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Oct 23, 2011 | 0 | Dog health

Dog Health Treatment & Advice : How to Treat Diabetes in Dogs

Treating diabetes in dogs requires providing a high protein, low carbohydrate diet, administering regular insulin injections, getting a pet-specific glucometer and doing weekly glucose checks. Care for diabetic dogs, sure to feed them specialty food from the veterinarian, with health information from a veterinarian in this free video on pet care.

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Expert: Dr. Aimee Beger
Bio: Dr. Aimee Beger works for McClintock Animal Care Center in Tempe, Ariz.
Filmmaker: Ryan Quinn


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Oct 19, 2011 | 0 | Dog health

Locating Dog-Friendly Places To Stay

By Tony B Lumpkin III

Dog owners have numerous choices today as more and more dog-friendly places to stay have become available.

Hotels and Hotels

Gone are the days when you and Your dog had to stay in a “flea bag” hotel. Many chain motels and even high-end hotels offer pet accommodations. The charges for dogs can differ as a single charge or nightly charge. Some hotels offering frequent customer memberships may even waive the charge for members. Do take into consideration, that even when the motel is pet-friendly, it doesn’t suggest that your dog will be able to stay in the room with you. Some provide lavish kennel-like accommodations for your dog. Check when you make reservations at a new place.

For anyone hotels where your dog can remain with you, a few hotels provide pet beds, food and water dishes.

Another thing to consider is location. Does the motel have a pathway or perhaps park close by so that you can walk your dog? If not, inquire with the hotel where a good place would be. Also, what if you would like to head out for the evening and cannot leave the dogs within the room? Ask whether there is a pet-sitting service available? Otherwise, Fido might have to head out along with you and sit in the car….weather permitting.

Alternative Pet Lodgings

So many people are looking at options to hotels and motels and staying at privately-owned accommodations. There are several websites to visit and allow one to do a search for pet-friendly rentals only. This avoids the hassle of needing to check the dog guidelines of every individual property. The global websites list properties as well as condominiums. You work directly with the owner. As with any kind of lodging for you and your dog, the standard policies apply: No animals on furniture, tidy up after pets, etc. There is nearly always a cleaning and/or pet deposit required which may or may not be returned dependent upon the owner’s conditions and terms. Some charge you a cleaning charge regardless of how neat you and your pet are. Besides providing the comfort of a “home” away from home, most owners supply a folder or binder with details about the lodging as well as community sight-seeing opportunities, dining places, unexpected emergency info and local contacts. Because this is someone’s house, other comforts unavailable in a inn may be provided such as board games, DVD and blu-ray, bar-b-q, reading materials, and also a fully-equipped cooking area. To locate your pet-friendly house or condo, log onto one of the well-known websites and select your desired area. You can filter your search for those that are pet-friendly or they may indicate so by the paw print symbol. In the posting, the required charges and rules are often defined, but a quick e-mail or telephone call should answer any basic questions.

In summary, keep in mind for the dogs and you, it comes down to courteous, good actions. Clean up after your pet and try to have them on a leash whenever out of the room. Traveling with your dog really should be an enjoyable and rewarding experience for both parties and it’s easier than ever to find dog friendly places to stay!

Tony B Lumpkin III is an avid adventure seeker living in Austin, Texas. He has over 20 years of experience traveling with dogs on planes, in cars, and numerous hotels. He contributes to a popular website devoted to dog travel. For more valuable doggie travel tips on traveling by plane, please visit =>

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Oct 18, 2011 | 0 | travel

Rumour – The Forgotton Sydney Dog

 HOW LONG? Rumour originally came to DoggieRescue with her sister Demi in August 2007. The two dogs were practically identical in looks, but not in luck. Both girls were adopted by different families when Doggie Rescue had their adoption centre at Drummoyne. Demi’s adoption was a great success but sadly, after a few months Rumour was returned when her new family changed their mind. (Adopted Dec 07 returned Oct 08)

DOES TOO MANY DOGS to choose from cause Rumour remain homeless? Time passes. Months turn into years. Rumour is now quite a bit plumper, and is approaching middle age, she has grown used to living her life in a busy kennel environment. She does have an arthritic joint in her front leg, which worries her at times, but she bears it with a stoic bravery.  Perhaps this is a turn off for prospective adoptees, nobody knows. After so long ( just over three years since she was returned ) Rumour accepts that Doggiewood is her home.

WHY HAS RUMOUR NEVER BEEN CHOSEN? She  can be a bossy girl with other dogs, perhaps that is the reason. As Rumour’s life passes her by we know what she is missing, but she does not. Rumour seems to be content— but is she? Lately she looks sadder, quieter, a bit more pushy perhaps. Wanting more—needing more! Waiting to be picked up, hoping for a cuddle, a gentle word of praise. Longing to be the centre of attention….

WHAT IF RUMOUR NEVER FINDS A HOME? If that happens she can stay at DoggieRescue for as long as she lives. She will have a comfy bed, yummy food and the staff & volunteers will give her as much attention as possible but we all want the ‘fairy tale’ ending for her…

For too long now Rumour has had to take the crumbs of life. To make do with the left overs, not for her the love and individual attention which, as a gorgeous little girl, is her due! Nor the happy times, outings or the people who love her unconditionally. She lives her life as one of over 100 dogs—loved and cared for yes, but not by her very own family and never, ever SPECIAL!

IT IS NOT TOO LATE for her to assimilate into a family home, perhaps as the only dog in the household! Every ‘Long Term’ dog, given a chance, has proved that these ‘by-passed dogs’ make wonderful pets and companions. Rumour has missed so much of LIFE and LOVE—but it is NOT TOO LATE to give her the loving home she has been waiting so long for, a family, and a FUTURE.


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Oct 17, 2011 | 0 | Home Wanted

Animal Rights: The Brown Dog Riots of 1907

By Dorian Cope

It can be surprising to discover that the largest, most controversial and violent riot in Britain concerning the emotive issue of animal rights occurred not in recent years, but in 1907 – and that the most vociferous and heated protagonists were not those demonstrating on behalf of animals, but medical students defending their cruel, barbaric and unregulated scientific experiments. The so-called Brown Dog Affair – which saw its worst night of rioting in Trafalgar Square, as some 1,000 rowdy medical students clashed with police, suffragettes, trade unionists and working-class animal lovers – raged for seven years and was one of the most divisive issues in Edwardian London.

The drama began in December 1902, when two female anti-vivisectionists from Sweden infiltrated the medical school at University College London and witnessed the cruelty perpetrated against one particular brown terrier. During a lecture, while the animal was allegedly insufficiently anaesthetised, a professor cut open its abdomen in order to ligate and deprive the dog of the use of its pancreas. For the next two months, the terrier was confined to a cage where his miserable howling upset several UCL staff, until he was brought back to the lecture theatre in February 1903. Stretched on his back on an operating table, the dog’s legs and head were clamped and his mouth muzzled before he was once again cut open to inspect the results of the previous experiment. He was then handed over to another professor who cut a new opening to expose the salivary glands, and then stimulated with electricity in an attempt to prove that salivary pressure was independent of blood pressure. After half-an-hour, the unsuccessful experiment was abandoned. The dog was given over to a student who removed its pancreas before finally relieving it of its torture and killing it with a knife.

When the Swedish women exposed the inhumane and prolonged suffering of this unfortunate and unnamed dog, the researchers of UCL sued for libel – claiming that they were within the law. They won the court battle, but lost the war of public opinion – and the brown dog became a cause célèbre. In 1906, a memorial statue to this poor terrier was erected in Latchmere Park, Battersea with the following inscription:

“In Memory of the Brown Terrier Dog Done to Death in the Laboratories of University College in February 1903 after having endured Vivisections extending over more than two months and having been handed over from one Vivisector to another till Death came to his release. Also in memory of the 232 dogs vivisected in the same place during the year 1902. Men and Women of England – How long shall these things be?

The statue — with its bold and brazen anti-vivisectionist inscription — became a symbolic rallying point for political activists. But scientists, doctors and medical students loathed the provocative bronze dog for the scorn it poured over their profession. When legal efforts to remove the statue failed, these “anti-doggers” repeatedly tried to smash it themselves, forcing the progressive council of Battersea to employ 24-hour protection. The Brown Dog debate raged on the streets, at public meetings, in the newspapers and Parliament – culminating in the most violent night of rioting on 10th December 1907. In a demonstration planned to coincide with the annual Oxford-Cambridge rugby match, medical students from UCL – joined by their Oxford and Cambridge peers – once again attempted to uproot the statue with a sledgehammer. Driven away by locals, the students marched towards Trafalgar Square and sang to the tune of “Little Brown Jug”:

As we go walking after dark,

We turn our steps to Latchmere Park,

And there we see, to our surprise,

A little brown dog that stands and lies.

Ha, ha, ha! Hee, hee, hee!

Little brown dog how we hate thee.

As the anti-doggers gathered around Nelson’s Column, mounted police charged the crowd and arrested the ringleaders — including one Cambridge undergraduate who was “barking like a dog.” Over the following days and weeks, more rioting broke out. Women’s suffrage meetings were routinely invaded by medical students barking like dogs, and shouting “Down with the Brown Dog!” The issue was not resolved until March 10th, 1910 — when the new local council, unwilling to pay the mounting security costs, removed the statue in the dead of night.

The Brown Dog Riots — which could not be more ideologically at odds with the extraordinary student demonstrations we are currently witnessing — were instigated by elitists, not only by position of their class, but in their misguided and (ironically enough) quasi-religious belief that science was entitled to its own exclusive code of ethics. Can the quest for knowledge ever be justified by barbaric inhumanity? 100 years later, the repugnant and unnecessary practice of vivisection — torture by any other name — still continues. Men and Women of England – How long shall these things be? As Mahatma Ghandi said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

The Brown Dog Riots — though long forgotten — was a pivotal event in the history of vivisection and animal rights. Visit to learn about other significant events in our past that have been submerged through the passage of time.

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Oct 14, 2011 | 0 | History of Dogs, Miscellaneous

What Wolves Tell Us About Dog Behavior

By Gary Clint Walker

Any study of dog behavior has to start with an analysis of the behavior of the wolf, ancestor of all domestic dogs.

Wolves have developed over millions of years to become the ultimate co-operative pack hunter. Their bodies and brains, senses and abilities have become adapted to communicating with each other, and they have developed the complex behaviors required to succeed as a social animal.

It is broadly accepted that the wolf is the one and only descendent of the domestic dog, and it therefore standards to reason that dogs have similar instincts and drives to wolves.

Once you accept this, a lot of your dog’s behaviors will begin to make sense.

Here are some of the “wolf-like” behaviors you may notice in your dog.

Pack Hierarchy: The wolf pack has a simple, but effective hierarchical structure. At the top is the alpha male and his mate. The rest of the pack is usually made up of their offspring, although it may include other, non-related wolves. All however, unquestionably follow the alpha male.

In the same way, a dog will instinctively follow someone who displays the right leadership qualities. But if he feels that leadership is not present, he’ll try to take up the role himself. This is particularly true of breeds with high dominance.

Body Language: Wolves (and dogs) use a complex body language to communicate and usually, this “language” carries more weight than any form of vocalization. Body language uses the tail, ears, eye contact, body movements, posture and facial expressions to get the message across.

These signals are often misunderstood by humans. For example, many assume that a dog who wags his tail is happy, when he may, in fact, be highly agitated and ready to bite.

Territorialism: When a wolf pack stakes out a territory, they’ll patrol it and chase off any intruders. You’ve probably noticed the same behavior in your dog, as he patrols your garden and barks at the gate. He’ll also protect other “territory”, like his food bowl, favorite toys, or even a person he sees as his “own”.

Socialization: Social interaction is very important in a wolf pack as it helps to develop the strong bonds that are vital to the survival of the pack.

You can simulate this with your dog through play, walks and obedience training. But you need to go further, socializing your dog with a broad spectrum of people and other animals, so that he doesn’t start to see everyone outside his immediate circle as a threat.

Chasing: The wolf’s style of hunting is to run after its prey until the animal becomes exhausted, so they instinctively follow anything moving away from them.

Dogs have this same instinct which is why they love to chase cats, cars, and cyclists.

Fleeing: Even powerful, apex predators like lions, would rather back off than get involved in a fight where they could be seriously injured. Likewise, a wolf or a dog would rather flee than fight if the odds are stacked against him.

Vocalization: A wolf has the same vocal abilities as a dog and contrary to popular belief they do occasionally bark. However, as vocal signals would frighten off prey or alert enemies, wolves tend to use their voices sparingly.

Dogs have no such concerns and employ an extensive vocabulary that includes barking, whining and howling to express their feelings.

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Oct 13, 2011 | 0 | Understanding Your Dog