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America

10 Sep

Wow. I’ve been gone A LONG TIME. Sorry about that. A lot of things changed since then. For one, I moved to America. I was born and raised in Hungary, and never even set foot in the Land of the Free, so this is a big change for me. And what I wanted to write about today is my experience dog-wise.

The first thing I noticed is that almost everyone has a dog. Mostly small ones, but size here doesn’t matter. What matters, is that people who keep dogs here actually love their dogs more than they love themselves. This is such a refreshing thing to see. Happy dogs. Not just happy because someone loves them, but happy because that someone actually loves herself. In most places people keep animals to fill some kind of hole in their hearts. They keep pets, because their not satisfied with themselves, and they’re hoping, that a dog, or cat, or hamster will make them love themselves. Well, guess what. They don’t do that. They’re not made for that.

California is the first place where I saw, that people make themselves happy before they could make a little baby creature happy. I applaud you, people who identify themselves with this! This is the most noble and mature thing you can do, and nothing makes me happier than seeing these pairs.

You see, dogs look up to an owner who is the ultimate alpha dog. Like Cesar Milan. People who are healthy and happy, and know how to keep themselves that way. People who know what they want, and instead of whining, actually get those things. These are the happy, healthy people. The people dogs look up to. If you’re not sure of yourself, if you don’t have a strict schedule, or you’re self conscious, don’t get a dog just to change yourself. If you need a dog to change, then the dog won’t ever be able to change you. Remember that. I fell into that trap.

If you need a dog to change, than a dog won’t ever be able to change you.

What do you look for in a dog? Manners, potty trained, maybe some cool tricks, sleep through the night, be able to walk without a leash, etc… And of course, when you get the 10 week old fluffball, these things are already typed in his genes. As they were typed into yours too. No. It doesn’t work this way. A dog like this needs work. Hard work. So of course, you look at people with big dogs, dogs who wake up their owners at the morning and stuff, and you think ‘I need a dog to build me a routine’. Guess what. A dog does not know what a routine is. YOU have to tech it to him. And guess what. You don’t know what a routine is either.

A dog can change you. But first, you need manners, you need to be potty trained, you need to know some cool tricks, and you need to live according to a strict schedule. Like kids, dogs look up to those, who know all the things that they’re teaching them.

So before you buy a dog, think about who you are. Your goals. Schedule. Friends. Friday nights. Because guess what. A dog changes EVERYTHING.

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The Beauceron

4 Aug

The Beauceron (pronounce: Bee-Sharon) is a lot of things. Like loyal, faithful, intelligent, fearless, self-confident and gentle. They tend to be aloof with strangers. They’re protective of their family and make terrific guardians. They go along very well with children, and become deeply attached to their owners.

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The Beauceron loves to play. She loves to go outside, and run a few laps to burn her energy. If she becomes bored, her herding instincts turn on, and she starts to herd people and objects. Herding dogs tend to do that. This is their job. Herding. And if they can’t do that all the time, they go nuts a little.

 

 

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The Beauceron is relatively easy to train. He learns new commands in an average speed. He is not easy or hard to train.

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They shed a lot of hair although they have a short coat. You’ll have to brush them from time to time, but not like every day.

Remember: The hair you brush off does not end up in your carpet. 😉

So this is the Beauceron. I know, it’s not much, but I think this tells about everything about this adorable loyal dog.

Cheers! 🙂

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The Irish Wolfhound

4 Aug

 

So the Irish Wolfhoud. The Irish is a sweetheart. My aunt’s favorite dog. They are all gentle loving giants. But like really. Giants. Like I’m talking about a pony. He will be resting his head on your kitchen table. And they eat a lot. And just a word about dogs who eat a lot, you really have to watch how much food they eat. You’re going to have a routine, and a measuring cup, and you’re going to measure out his food. Because they eat A LOT if it depends on them. But other than that, they are lovebugs. They will want to be in your life. Family or love-life, doesn’t matter. He’ll be in it. They don’t do well alone, so some separation anxiety will be present for a while, but he’ll grow out of it. And you will have to put some time aside to exercise with your dog. They need their daily exercise, and not just running around in the yard. You will have long, long walks, with a backpack full of large plastic bags. Large.

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The Irish Wolfhound is a large sight hound with a high prey drive. So don’t ever let him off leash. They will chase cars, bikes, dogs, butterflies, so if he manages to get away, good luck catching him. Just to be sure, take a lasso with you when you go walking.
They are very very fast, and were bred to be persistent runners. A high France around your yard is crucial.

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Mostly because of their size, you should start training as soon as possible. They are relatively fast learners, many of them do well in the obedience ring and agility ring too.

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Some are great with other animals, some are not, this mostly depends on the dog and it’s owner. The Irish Wolfhound is a kind of bread, that comes in all shapes and sizes when it comes to their personality. You can’t really know what your getting form reading this blog, but the good news is, that their personalities will show from the start. If the dog they will be living with or will be around a lot, it’s important that that dog’s temper is the same. They behave very well next to children who don’t provoke them, and are well behaved and calm. Younger children should be supervised, for the dog could accidentally punch them over.

The Irish Wolfhound is a really calm dog, but they need a strong-nerved, dominant owner, who is definitely the alpha dog. To be the alpha dog doesn’t mean to yell and to make the dog scared of you. It just means, that the lines you draw will not be crossed by the dog. Children and women are not alphas because they’re highly emotional. You need strong instinct and willpower to be the alpha in your home. And I’m not saying that women can’t be like that. It just needs practice.
They also should be supervised because they don’t know their own strength and size. They will want to jump on you, so you need to teach them not to do that at a very young age. And this will be hard, because when they’re small and cute, people will encourage that behavior, and you have to be the bad guy that doesn’t let him.

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They’re not bred to be watchdogs, because they’re really independent and unreliable, they may or may not bark at intruders, you can’t really know, but their size and deep bark does the trick most of the time. They’re often aloof with strangers, they are very gentle when treated with love, but can turn very aggressive when provoked. As I mentioned, they are very independent, so if someone stands in their way, it takes the alpha dog of the house to stop them. And that should be you.

They do shed a fair amount of hair, but because of their medium coat, they don’t need to be groomed that often, just occasional brushing, about twice a week, to remove loose hair. To avoid shedding, I recommend brushing every day, for the hair you manage to brush off is the hair that does not end up on your couch.

All together the Irish Wolfhound is a sweetheart, who will become a member of the family. They are gentle, loyal, happy and friendly, and they most certainly will climb up on your bed, lie on its back, throw its legs up in the air and snore.

If you have an Irish Wolfound and have any questions or problems, I live in California and work with dogs, so you can send an email and I’ll get back to you as soon as I possibly can. If you don’t have an Irish and are thinking of getting one, or have any questions about the breed, I’m here to help.

Here’s my email: dancinglights175@gmail.com
If you have a dog and it’s sick, or you have questions about symptoms, write to: emma@lighttimes.us

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So, I hope you liked my post about the Irish Wolfhound, please leave a comment of what you think, and also about what you though of my first chart ever! 😀

Bye! 🙂

Turner and Hooch

12 Mar

I hope everyone knows what I’m talking about when I mention Turner and Hooch. If not, well, then I guess I’ll just have to tell you:

This movie is a 1989 comedy drama and action film starring Tom Hanks and Beasley as Turner and Hooch.

Scott Turner (Tom Hanks) must adopt a large and slobbery Dogue de Bordeaux into his neat and perfect life to solve the murder of Amos Reed, a friend of Turner, who was a junk-yard owner. Believing that Hooch is the only “witness” of the murder, Turner agrees to take him in, and of course, Hooch wrecks his house, and his car, and turns Turners life upside-down.

Now, for the ladies! Hooch also helps a little with Turners Love Life with Emily Carson, the town veterinarian (Mare Winningham)

Beasley is a trained K-9 police dog/actor, although the Dogue de Bordeaux is not on the list with the most popular K-9 breeds. A police K-9’s job is:

1. Protect the officer (There are dogs, who are not specialized for this. These are the dogs, who are: Argentino Dogo, Boxer, German Shepherd, Dutch Shepherd, Belgian Malinois, Doberman Pinscher, Rottweiler, Giant Schnauzer)

2. Attack (there are attack dogs, like the Argentine Dogo, the German Shepherd, the Dutch Shepherd, the Belgian Malinois etc.)

3. Sniff out bombs (Argentine Dogo, Labrador Retriever, Springer Spaniel, Bloodhound, Beagle etc.)

4.  Sniff out drugs (Argentine Dogo, Labrador Retriever, Springer Spaniel, Bloodhound, Beagle etc.)

5. Sniff out food (Argentine Dogo, Beagle etc.)

6. Ground based tracking (German Shepherd, Bloodhound)

7. Air based tracking (German Shepherd)

8. Locating human remains (German Shepherd)

9. Locating drugs (German Shepherd, Belgian Malinois)

10. Locating evidence (German Shepherd, Belgian Malinois, Bloodhound)

11. Locatind IED’s (German Shepherd, Belgian Malinois)

12. Prisoner transport (Belgian Malinois)

13. Human tracking (Belgian Malinois, Bloodhound)

14. Odor specific ID (Bloodhound)

15. Finding missing people (Bernese Mountain Dog)

So, these were the K-9’s jobs. I collected these, from only the top K-9s: The Argentine Dogo, the German Shepherd, the Dutch Shepherd, the Belgian Malinois, the Boxer, the Labrador Retriever, the Doberman Pinscher, the Springer Spaniel, the Bloodhound, the Beagle, the Rottweiler, the Giant Schnauzer, and the Bernese Mountain Dog.

Now I don’t want to spoil the movie for anyone, I just thought that this little fun fact is just a bit related to the movie and would be a fun topic. I really loved the movie, and highly suggest it for all dog lovers. It was funny, cute, and exciting.

Thank you, for reading this long, and boring list of the same breeds over and over again, and I hope (if you didn’t watch it already) that you’ll watch this terrific movie.

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Hachi

10 Mar

If I may, I’m going to depart from the subject for on post, because a legendary dog, Hachiko died in March 8th, 1935. I would just like to say a few words about him.

Hachiko was born in November 10th, 1923. (He lived 12 years) in Japan, Odate. He is now in Tokyo, National Science Museum of Japan.

His owner was Hidesaburo Ueno. He was an agricultural scientist, mostly known because he was the guardian of Hachiko.

Hachiko was Golden light brown with white (peach white) color on the upper face, which is most common in Akitas.

Hidesaburo Ueno adopted Hachiko as a pet in 1924. Every day Hachiko would wait for his owner at Shibuya Station until May, 1925, when the professor did not return. He suffered from Cerebral hemorrhage (brain problem) in which he died. Every day, for the next nine years, Hachi was waiting for him. At first the people who were working at the station (knew who’s dog he was) weren’t necessarily friendly, but after a while, everybody was bringing treats for him.

Hachiko was found on the street in Shibuya. In March, 2011 scientists found out what the cause of death was. He had terminal cancer and a filaria (worms). There were also for yakitori skewers found in his stomach, but they did not damage his stomach, or caused his death. His monument is in Aoyama cemetery in Minatoku, Tokyo.

In Shibuya’s railroad station, every year on April 8th Hachiko is honored with a solemn ceremony of remembrance. Hundreds of dog lovers honor his memory and loyalty.

Well, thank you, for reading this, and remembering this legendary loyal and cute dog, Hachiko. Whenever you drop by Tokyo in April, or any time, for that matter, please check out Hachiko’s statue.

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Also check out the movie: Hachi. But only for emotionally strong people, because we all know the end of it. I never saw it, I hate movies were dogs (or any animals) die. So I can’t tell you, what the movies about.

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Buddy, the Hero

6 Jan

I found this video on ellen, and she was talking about a true hero, Buddy. Buddy is a German Shepherd who lives in Alaska. Buddy was with his owner when suddenly a fire broke out, and Buddies owner told him “We need help”, and Buddy ran off. Now you can imagine Alaskan roads at night: Dark, snowy, lots of same looking small roads coming out of each other. It was hard to find that house, especially that the GPS froze down! The fire department couldn’t find the burning house! Then Buddy appears at the side of the road waiting for the truck to arrive, and as Buddy saw it coming, he started barking and running, and convinced the fireman to follow him. He ran for nearly 100 yard, and not only that, but he took turns on the way. The firemen were mart enough to follow the dog, because at the end of one road, there they found that house burning. Once the dog was sure that they will do there jobs from there, he ran off again, and did the same action with the paramedics too!

Buddy is a truly amazing and brave dog. And since it is “Big Dogs Week”, I thought I’ll write down one more amazing German Shepherd just for the weeks sake 🙂 .

I couldn’t really find anything more helpful than this: The largest German Shepherd is 32 inches tall, and weighs 160 pounds.

I hope that helped to “stay in the big spirit” 🙂

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101 Dalmatians

29 Aug

Let’s start this weeks topic, with one of the most famous dog animation movie of all time, the 101 Dalmatians.

The stars of the 101 Dalmatians, are Pongo and Perdy, the two Dalmatians, who fall madly in love, and have 101 puppies! Now is that possible? No. The most puppies a dog can have is max. 20! But it depends on the size of the dog, and the breed.

The whole essence of this movie was that a women (Cruella De Vil) was planning on killing the pups for there fur, but she failed, mostly because the dogs were communicating with each other, to help. Now is THAT possible? Well, this is a movie, so you don’t usually expect big things, and the reason why, is that dogs can’t communicate like that. I like to think they can, but the people and the websites I asked all said, no. They can only communicate with smells,  movements, and facial recognition. But there is one thing I found that could be true. (I’m sure there is more, I just found one for now). At the beginning, when Pongo and Perdy meet, they sort of wrap the leash around there owners, Roger and Anita. That could be true. Not the same way, but dogs get nuts for each other in this situation. Maybe, they start running around, or doing crazy stuff, like getting nervous, or jumping, barking, or everything at the same time! So, nuts.

101 Dalmatians 2 came out in 2003, and this time Patch (one of the 101s) is sick of not being one-of-a-kind, and runs off to London, while Cruella still holds on to her dream of little dalmatian fur. One of the things I looked up for, is that Pongo and Perdy are very attentive of their  pups, and that is the same in real life. Not that they count them every night, but just like us, they take them to bed, wash them, and helps them sleep. Dogs are very thoughtful not just of their pups, but their owners too.

But I must warn you, that Dalmatians are very wayward dogs, and they prefer adults more than kids.

(Ps.: I haven’t seen 101 Dalmatians for a very long time, so if I made any mistakes in the movie’s story, then please write it down as a comment 🙂 )