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A Tribute to Fallen Police Dogs, Dox and Lyon

This is a tear-jerking tribute to two fallen police dogs, Dox and Lyon, in Brazil who died in the line of duty.

If you would like to read about the tragic story of these two brave dogs, please go to Doggie Bloggie’s NEW site, Motley Dogs to view this posting.

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2012 in Dog Blog, Dogs in the News, Service Dogs, Stories

 

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Doggie Bloggie has a new doghouse!

Announcing the relocation of A Doggie Bloggie to a new site:  Motley Dogs!

Same content, same postings – but a new look and feel!  Please come over to the new site to check it out… and DON’T FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE!

This site will remain up, but I will no longer be posting here.  Well, maybe a reminder or two about the move… 🙂

Please check it out… I think you will like it!

 

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Boo, the world’s cutest dog! Featured on GMA this morning!

The owner of Boo started up a Facebook page for Boo a few years ago.  Now, Boo’s page now has 1,619,103 “Likes”.  And he is a cutie, I do have to agree.  He is a Pomeranian with an odd haircut for a Pom.

When looking for Boo on Facebook, there are some impersonators… but his wasn’t hard to find.  Click here to see the correct Boo on Facebook.  Here are Boo’s favorites from Facebook:

• Favourite foods: chicken, cheese, flowers, grass, dirt …
• Favourite games: running outside, following around big bro, squeaky toys!
• Favourite pastime: wearing shirts
• Favourite colour: pink

Here is his feature on Good Morning America… which is adorable…

Photo’s of Boo from Facebook:

A Doggie Bloggie has a new site!  Please come visit Motley Dogs!!!

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2011 in Dog Blog, Dogs in the News, Photos

 

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Harbor, the dog with the world’s longest ears

Harbor, a black and tan coonhound, has earned recognition from Guinness World Records as the living dog with the world’s longest ears.

The 8-year-old pooch has a left ear that measures 12.25 inches and a right ear that measures 13.5 inches, according to the 2012 edition of the record book, which will be released Sept. 15.

Harbor’s enormous ears have earned him plenty of fans, according to his owner Jennifer Wert, of Boulder, Colo.

But they can also be a burden. When the purebred was a pup, he used to trip over them and tumble down the stairs, a Guinness press release notes.

Today, passersby often take pictures of Harbor’s droopy ears or give them a friendly tug when he’s out for a walk.

“Most days I forget how oddly long his ears are,” said Wert. “He’s a phenomenon in the world and he creates smiles wherever we go.”

Odd as it might sound, Harbor’s huge ears don’t necessarily improve his hearing — instead they boost his sense of smell. When a black and tan coonhound moves, its swinging ears push scents towards its nostrils, helping it detect and follow prey.

With his inclusion in the 2012 Guinness Book of World Records, Harbor joins a long list of dogs with very long ears.

A basset hound named Mr. Jeffries set a world record in 2002 with ears measuring about 11.5 inches, according to the BBC.

In 2003, a German basset hound named Jack took the title with ears reportedly measuring just over 13 inches.

The following year, Tigger, a bloodhound from Illinois, set a world record that still stands today, with ears measuring 13.5 inches on the left and 13.75 inches on the right — 1.25 and .25 inches longer than Harbor’s droopy ears, respectively.

Tigger, who won many dog show titles and awards, passed away in 2009, according to the Guinness website.

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Posted by on September 7, 2011 in Dog Blog, Dogs in the News

 

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Woofstock!

On Saturday, August 20th, Edgewood, New Mexico had their very first “Woofstock”!  The event was put on to help promote and celebrate anything canine – and a benefit for the Edgewood Animal Care Facility Building Fund.

Here is a scan of the follow-up article – which is featuring a great picture of my dear friend Kaia!  You have a wonderful dog there, Clint!

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2011 in Dog Blog, Dogs in the News, Rescues

 

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Doggie Bloggie now on Facebook!

Hi, every canine lover out there!

I have just added Doggie Bloggie to Facebook!  Please feel free to come aboard and join in the canine activities!  You may post pictures, links, stories, anything to your hearts content – as long as it is dog-related (a few other critters are fine, too) and tasteful.  This page was created OF and FOR dogs and dog-lovers.  Click the link below to go to my new page.

A Doggie Bloggie on Facebook

 

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Old photos of the “Nanny Dog” – Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Remember “Little House on the Prairie”? The trusted family pet “Jack the Brindle dog” was a pit bull. Jack was not the only pit bull famous for being a faithful family dog, as Helen Keller’s beloved companion was also a pit bull. Then there was Petey, the dog from “The Little Rascals” who was indeed an American pit bull terrier.  It seems that many people have forgotten how America has loved this breed over time, and have forgotten that many choose this breed of dog today for a reliable and loving family dog. This was the breed that was affectionately known as “America’s Nanny Dog.”

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Many celebrities have chosen this wonderful breed over time, including Fred Astaire, President Roosevelt, Mary Tyler Moore, Thomas Edison, Brad Pitt, Ann Bancroft, President Woodrow Wilson, Humphrey Bogart, John Stewart and Bernadette Peters, just to name a few.

Pit bulls are loyal, stable and intelligent dogs that are eager to please, and strive to take on the behaviors that their guardians instill in them. Their behavior is a reflection of the care, training, and socialization (or lack thereof) given by their owners.

The stigma associated with the breed has been caused by careless dog owners who do not socialize or properly train their dogs. Any breed of dog that is left tied in a backyard without experiencing the outside world is bound to have issues. It also seems that careless dog owners tend to choose the pit bull in particular, possibly due to it’s “tough” reputation.

Therefore the majority of neglected, untrained dogs appear to be pit bulls. But even with all these neglected dogs, there are even more sweet, trained and well socialized pit bulls that belong to loving families. According to rigorous testing by The National Canine Temperament Testing Association, the golden retriever, poodle, border collie, English setter, German pointer and numerous other breeds are considered more likely to become aggressive than pit bulls.

The average score of the 122 breeds tested was a mere 77 percent. Pit bulls scored a 95.2 percent on these testings. (The higher the better.)

Not only have pit bulls scored extremely well on temperament tests, but they have been serving key roles in search and rescue efforts, excel in agility training and work nationwide as therapy and service dogs.

Pit bulls are highly trainable, which has been beneficial for anyone wanting a wonderful companion or service dog, but that same trait has also proven to be a downfall when the breed is exploited.

You might find this hard to believe when what is highlighted in the news regarding pit bulls seems to be negative, but there are many more positive stories concerning pit bulls than negative ones. By simply browsing the Internet, one can find an abundance of positive, reputable information about pit bulls.

Another aspect that needs to be mentioned is that most attacks by other dog breeds are misclassified as “pit bulls” by media reports. The fact is, there are far more stories of pit bulls helping, or saving lives, than endangering or ending them.

It seems that the term “pit bull” is only splashed across the headlines when the story is negative. Unfortunately, fear and negativity sells, and this breed is paying the price. If only we were to take the time to look beyond the negative hype, we would find the truth about pit bulls.

Article source:  Tyla Hafstrom/My Word/The Times-Standard
Posted: 09/25/2007 04:27:21 AM PDT
Tyla Hafstrom resides in Eureka.

Photo source:  Yonah Ward Grossman

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2011 in Dogs in the News, Photos

 

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