Kings River Magazine has just published my article on Dachshunds. Check it out and the great magazine at http://kingsriverlife.com/02/25/dachsh
New post soon – 🙂
Kings River Magazine has just published my article on Dachshunds. Check it out and the great magazine at http://kingsriverlife.com/02/25/dachsh
New post soon – 🙂
Hello Capricorns! (People born December 22 – January 20).
I thought I would wish you all a Happy Birthday and discuss one of the special dogs chosen for you in AstroPups, available on Amazon Books. I have fully explained the book in another category. The paperback version is recommended. For a browse, check out the Kindle version.
Of course, Capricorns, a lot of you are not likely to take our word for it that this dog is a very good suggestion for you. You prefer to do your own research, but most of you love an aristocrat.
German Shorthaired Pointer
Colors: Liver or ticked. Height: 21″ – 25″. Weight: 50lbs. – 70lbs.
German Pointers are the result of years of careful, selective breeding by German breeders to produce this fine, versatile dog. The dog has a powerful, well-balanced body, is capable of great endurance, is intelligent and trains well in obedience.
Although it is believed that German Shorthairs were first bred in the 1700’s from Spanish Pointers, the English Pointer and Foxhounds, the breed was not introduced to breeders in the U.S. until 1920. In a short time, the dog was recognized for being easy to train to the hunt. German Shorthairs can work with pheasant, quail, waterfowl, coons, possum and deer.
For people who do not hunt, this dog is amazing as a pet. It’s clean, has a mild disposition, is protective of loved ones, is affectionate and even good with children. German Shorthairs make good guide dogs for the blind and good therapy dogs, also.
It’s gratifying to show this dog and you will swell with pride if you enter your dog at obedience trials. Grooming is an easy chore. A good bristle brush is all you need. For Show, a chamois rub is a good idea to help the dog’s coat shine.
You will not have a chance to be a couch potato if you own a German Shorthaired Pointer. In fact, lack of exercise makes this one restless. The dog is tireless on walks and hikes and loves the outdoors. This is why the country or the suburbs is a better home for this breed.
Owners tell me, with pride, that the German Shorthaired Pointer is the best dog in the whole world – a paragon of virtue! Right, Capricorns would have to prove this for themselves so if you are in the market for a pup, check this breed out.
It was fun chatting to you, as always. Thanks for visiting my blog. Please leave a comment or you can email me, address in About Us.
A very happy 2017 to you all! 🙂
Sorry for not posting for a while. Unfortunately I was ill for three months. Then we lost our lovely Boxer, Sammi, which was unbearably sad. She died in her sleep in the beginning of November. Sammi was eleven – a long life for a Boxer, but we are all struggling to get over the loss of her. For my return readers, you all know Sammi pretty well.
Here she is with Sally, our Bichon Frise/Italian Greyhound mix. Sally misses her a lot and is still checking out the front door in case Sammi will suddenly appear, her whole body wagging at the sight of her best little friend.
Jake, our pit bull mix, definitely went into a depression when Sammi left us. Our good friend Loraine owned Sammi, but the dog came to us for doggy care on a regular basis. Jake bounded downstairs when Loraine and Sammi arrived, barking happily and wagging his tail. When Loraine arrived alone, he tore downstairs initially, but now seems to understand that Sammi is not coming with her.
Dogs losing their friends as Sally and Jake lost Sammi brings a tear to the eyes. How can you explain to them what has happened, why Sammi no longer comes to play, to cuddle and to go for walks with them. Goodness, can Christmas be ruined because a certain stocking is not hung by the chimney with care? Certainly it puts a dent in what was a fun activity last year.
The dogs still with us had bulging stockings this year – couldn’t make up for the one not filled, though.
Sammi had a brown stuffed dog which squeaked at our house. Sally carried it about. Jake did not destroy it as he does with his own toys, but kept leaving it in the hall by the front door. Sally left it on the bed. I hugged them more than usual, but I can’t make up for their lost friend. I wished I could see the owner of that brown stuffed dog which squeaked, too.
Yes, the good part is that a stiff, aging Boxer died peacefully. She was having trouble sitting down and getting up. Stairs were becoming a problem, I am grateful she is no longer struggling or hurting, but I so miss Sammi Freckles. She is an ache in my heart, even as I smile remembering how very special she was.
Sammi, cover girl, chosen for AstroPups.
I am dedicating this post to our Samantha, so loved, and so very missed by us all. Thanks for sharing with me – see you soon 🙂
Colors: black, blue, brown – tan markings on face. Height 11″ – 12″. Weight: 7-9 lbs.
Some consider the Min Pin, as it is affectionately called, the toy breed of a Doberman Pinscher, but this is not the case. The breed originated from the German Shorthair Pinscher and has been recognized since the 16th century. Some authorities claim it has been around longer.This little dog is perfectly proportioned, agile and very spirited. It once was a ratter and was very good at its job. Nowadays, the Min Pin is an excellent watch dog, show dog and a sweet companion for adults.
Although the Miniature Pinscher only weighs a few pounds, nobody has informed this pint-size dog that it has limitations. The dog behaves much like a large dog and is braver than a lot of them. It’s tiny, it’s adorable, but if you don’t watch it, this dog will become a tyrant!
You will actually need to take a firm approach in training and let this dog know who is boss from the start. Training the Min Pin is not easy as this breed is easily distracted and becomes stimulated quickly by minor things, but don’t be too harsh. Try to remember tis just this dog’s nature, and remember also that this pup is intelligent, eager to please and very affectionate.
Walks are a must for this one. The dog needs lots of exercise to thrive. It would not be a good idea to take off the leash, though. The dog will be off like a shot, doing its favorite thing, hunting rodents. Recall is not one of its strong suits.
Protective of you and its family, the Miniature Pinscher needs social contact with as many people as possible, especially during its imprint time of three months. Petting only, though, as people who pick up the dog may hurt it, and instead of getting the dog socialized, you will make him or her suspicious of strangers.
Buy a cozy bed for your pup. Amazon has several beds available if you buy on line. For access to beds, click below.
Don’t forget to buy your pup some toys also.
It’s good idea to avoid plastic or rubber toys as the Min Pin will chew them up and may choke on the pieces. Check out the cat toys but be sure you do not give the pup any with catnip in or on them. While you are shopping, don’t forget to buy your pup a warm coat if you live where snow falls in the winter.
The Miniature Pinscher is a wonderful little watchdog, and if handled correctly, with firmness and affection, a loyal and loving friend.
We suggested the Min Pin for Leos in AstroPups, available on Amazon Books in both paperback and Kindle.
Any questions please use Make a comment at the top of the post on the left or you can email me (About Us, upper right). I enjoy hearing from you.
Thanks for visiting my blog and we hope you enjoyed learning about the feisty, sweet little Min Pin! 🙂
Thanks to all of you who responded to my plea on ideas of what Jake, a pit mix rescue dog, wants when he sits in front of me and makes loud demands. As you know, I tried food, treats, a walk, a retrieve-the-ball game and hugs. None of this changed the cadence of his demands.
I liked this one – Cathy suggested he wanted me to go get his siblings and rescue them, too. No can do, but it’s a nice idea.
Nikki suggested he was asking for Samantha who goes home at night with her mom. He adores Sammi so maybe.
Lisa suggested he wanted to go to the doggie park and is demanding I pull the car out of the garage – at ten p.m? Now I should have taught Jake to tell time.
Speed says he is just trying to gain my full attention which is on a movie and not on him. Now that could be – he is a demanding dog definitely.
Loraine says he is just a very verbal dog and won’t shut up! Well, this is what I was trying to solve. I believe dogs make requests, and I usually try to communicate with them to increase the bonding, but last night he was yowling again.
The vet says he is healthy so no concerns there. Then we had another problem to add to Jake’s yowling. Sally now barks sharply at him, wagging her tail, but saying “Shut up, brother!” Pete stared at them both in disgust as he was watching an HBO movie. He went back to his computer. Well, it was a lousy movie anyway, but who could hear it over these two?
I think I overdid trying to understand my dog here. Because he came in as a tiny pup with initially an inability to connect, I forgot he is a healthy, active, loving and sweet dog nowadays.
“Be quiet” is my next step. Time for Jake to learn his loud demands are not acceptable and although even a slight reprimand will send him sulking to his bed, his back turned to me, time for Jake to learn who is Alpha in this house.
For those of you who downloaded the Kindle version of AstroPups, and have questions, I will be happy to answer them either in comment in a post or by email (About Us, upper right).
Thanks for visiting my blog – until next post:)
My daughter, Lisa, gave us a rescue pup for Christmas a year and a half ago. Lisa told us that the pup was only four weeks old. Well, he was very small, solemn and had zero interest in meeting us or making friends. The pup didn’t have an interest in accepting food, drinks or treats from us. He stiffened when I petted him and turned away from me.
I introduced the pup to Sally, my Italian greyhound/Bichon Frise mix and Sally licked the pup. He stared at her without interest and turned away.
I set up his bed, with a soft toy, a blanket, in a large plastic pen and we went to bed. I thought about including Sally in the pen mix, but she hates being caged and throws up if I cage her to travel, so I threw out that idea. There was no crying, no whimpering, no sounds at all from the pen. I kept waking up to listen, but the room was silent. Pete, my husband, slept on, but this pup unnerved me. At four o’clock, I got up and opened the door. I sat in front of the pen and invited the pup to join me. The pup was not lying down. He was sitting up, staring out at me, but totally still.
Okay, I was a stranger, the house was strange, but this was a baby! I guess his stillness unnerved me. In all my experience with pups and dogs, I had not met a pup like this. Maybe he had been caged all his four weeks and yelled at if he whimpered. Maybe he had no human contact previously. I tried to lure him out with a treat, plain water. The pup had no interest in anything nor me.
I reached in and gently pulled him out. I didn’t want to disturb my husband, so went into the spare room and lay on the bed there, cuddling the small pup. I guess we both fell asleep, but I was awakened by a tentative lick on my face. Yay, contact!
The next morning we had the vet check the pup out, who confirmed he was four weeks old and bought some cans of puppy formula for the pup we decided to name Jake. The vet remarked upon his solemn behavior and tried to tease him to play, but Jake just stared at him, looking like a statue of a pup. Physically, Jake was healthy. Mentally, the vet wasn’t sure.
I am a believer that love is the most powerful component in owning a dog. I showered Jake with affection, ignoring his tentative responses, praising his small efforts, and always being light and gentle with him.
It was not long before he chewed my new boots, ate a couch cushion, and decided the wood work at the top of the stairs needed a trim. Guess Jake was home.
Jake is now puzzling me yet again. He is always talking. Okay, I understand he is demanding some meat when we are eating dinner, whimpering when Sally gets to go for a walk and he is left behind, happy chatter when I throw a ball for him to retrieve, but at times, he sits before me and goes into this loud conversation. The first time, even though there was food in his bowl, I offered him a can of Sally’s Mighty Dog, which he ate. It was not long before he was making so much noise, we couldn’t hear the TV. I did everything I could think of. A walk, a rawhide bone, a game of retrieve, and would you believe he was still asking me for something, urgently. I tried a cuddle, got a big face lick, and then he started up again. Right, you may be thinking he makes out big time when he does this, but there is a note in his voice, urgent and demanding, and I just don’t know what Jake wants. He goes on doing this and I stopped trying to fix it. Whatever I did, didn’t seem to be what he was asking for.
Any ideas? I really would appreciate them!
By the way, Kings River Life Magazine asked me for a post on Westies, which I sent to them. So many people love West Highland White Terriers, so if you want to know more about this wonderful, cheeky little dog, check it out.
We suggested the Westie for Gemini in AstroPups, available on Amazon Books in paperback or Kindle.
Until next post 🙂
Happy Birthday to all Leos!
We have been working on the Leo chapter from the book AstroPups, available on Amazon in paperback or Kindle. Initially we discussed Leo’s personality according to the Zodiac, who Leo is as a dog owner, and then went into the breeds suggested for Leo based on Leo’s sun sign personality. So far, we have discussed three of the dogs suggested for Leo.
Now let’s look at a sporting breed that we think would just right for some of you.
What a beautiful dog! Color: gray. Height: 23-27″. Weight: 50-62lbs.
The spirited, graceful Weimaraner has a nickname among sportsmen. They call it the Gray Ghost. In the fields at dusk, light reflects off its metallic coat and its pale eyes shine. There’s nothing ghostly about its performance, though. It’s a superb gun dog and bird retriever.
There are several things you will particularly like about this dog, Leo. Weimaraners train to the hunt much earlier than most hunting dogs and they excel at tracking. If you are wondering how brave they are in unknown terrain, German hunters once used this breed to track down wild boar and hold them at bay. The police recruit Weimaraners for their intelligence and they do well at show, especially at obedience trials. As companions, Weimaraners are both protective and loyal.
Your strong personality and upbeat style of training is good for this breed, but most Weimaraners are sensitive to their owner’s moods, so avoid training on one of your bad days. Lighten up when training and use your positive approach. Losing your cool with this pup will confuse him or her.
There’ll be no confusion, though, when the pup catches on and performs well. Your enthusiastic response will mean more to this pup than its reward treat.
Because Weimaraners have soft, fine coats, it is not wise to house them outside. The cold does not affect them on a hunt, though. They work hard enough to keep them warm.
Grooming is minimal. Weimaraners do not shed, and some clean themselves, just like cats.
Weimaraners need exercise, but adapt well to apartment living. You can take this pup home to wherever you live.
Nowadays, it is easy to get a purebred Weimaraner. Back in the day when President Eisenhower had his beloved Heidi by his side, indiscriminate breeding occurred due to its increased popularity.
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Weimaraners have the reputation of being good all-purpose dogs. this dog will strive to please you Leo, when mutual trust has been achieved. The breed has enough spirit, intelligence, speed and style to please even the most demanding among you.
If you want to rescue this wonderful dog, there are some in need of forever homes. Check out the Rescue sites in your area. If you can’t adopt at this time, perhaps you can volunteer or donate.
Thanks for coming back to my blog – appreciate your comments or you can email me (About Us, upper right).
Until next post:)
Hi again, Leo.
We suggested Rhodesian Ridgebacks and Alaskan Malamutes for you in your Leo Zodiac chapter. Our next suggestion for your sun sign personality is known as the Apollo of Dogs – the Great Dane. This dog is only suggested for you if you can handle a very large pup that takes two years to grow out of its puppy stages, and will not be a mature dog until three years.
Colors: Fawn, blue, black, white, brindle, harlequin. Height: 22″-38″. Weight: 140-185lbs.
Although this breed’s name implies that it comes from Denmark, and maybe it did at one time, this magnificent looking dog is now known as a German breed. The Great Dane is Germany’s national dog.
Authorities differ on what breeds went into the creation of the Great Dane. Some believe the Irish Wolfhound and the old English Mastiff were mated. Others claim Greyhounds and Tibetan Mastiffs went into the mix. It is also thought the Bullenbeisser may be its ancestor. The breed is reported to be about 400 years old, but some sources claim dogs similar to Great Danes were known in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. (Authorities in About Us upper right).
Famous Great Danes
We know you like a popular dog, Leo, and this one is famous in literature and in film. The Guinness Book of Records named the Great Dane the tallest dog in the world, and in 2004 it was Gibson from California who took the honors, measuring 42.2″ from the withers. Zeus took the spot later measuring 44.0″ from the withers.
Other famous characters based on the Great Dane are Scooby-Doo, the Hanna-Barbera creation; Marmaduke, Brad Anderson’s newspaper comic character; Butler the fawn Great Dane owned by Captain James T Kirk in Star Trek; Einstein in Disney’s Oliver & Company; Ace in Batman Beyond; Mars and Jupiter in The Patriot; Astro in The Jetsons; and Chester, Allan’s dog in Two and a Half Men.
Some of you will admire this dog’s size, dignified bearing, natural elegance and smooth, long stride. It’s truly a giant among canines. Its not surprising that Pennsylvania chose the breed for its state dog.
Color changes traits
Some breed’s traits differ with the dog’s coloring. The heavier set harlequin Great Danes (white with black markings) are more aloof than the bouncier fawn and brindle dogs. Harlequins are less eager to please also. Black and Blue Great Danes can be stand-offish as compared with their fawn and brindle brothers and sisters.
Fawn Great Danes can be “soppy” in that they do not think being a lap dog is out of the question. Even though it may settle for leaning against your legs, you could soon lose circulation this way. Encourage your dog to sleep in a bed close to you. Beds large enough for a Great Dane are hard to find in a pet store, but Amazon has one.
You can add something soft in it that has your smell on it like an old tee. If you train this pup the right way, it will absolutely adore you.
Your Great Dane needs a handler, such as yourself, to control it from the start. Direct, firm and positive handling will ensure that your pup will reach its incredible potential. Remember, though, a Great Dane takes two years to grow out of its puppy stages. Any harsh or punitive handling would be a serious mistake.
A romp with children is highly favored by the fawn or brindle variety, but unfortunately this pup may well knock its playmates down. When trained and mature, the dog watches over the children with indulgence.
Great Danes have worked at many jobs – hunters, war dogs, police dogs, but if you want your Great Dane to be tolerant of other dogs and people, use his or her special imprint time. At three or four months, take the dog for walks to meet and greet in pleasant surroundings. This will not affect its ability to guard you, but will help the dog to be more relaxed with visitors for all of its life.
If you want this dog to give you undying love and loyalty, be the one who feeds it, walks it, trains it and brushes it. It will then know you are Alpha, leader of its pack and the dog will serve you.
It’s not wise to get a Great Dane if you live in an apartment. Too small a space makes them territorial.
There are several Great Dane Rescue sites, looking for help. If you can’t adopt, consider volunteering or donating.
If you have the time to make this kind of commitment, you will have a splendid dog. We hope you have enjoyed reading about the Apollo of Dogs.
Thanks for coming back to my blog. I enjoy your comments or you can email me (About Us upper right).
Until next post 🙂
Colors: Shades of grey, sable, black or red, always with white. Height 23-25″. Weight: 75-85lbs.
Continuing with Leo’s chapter, the second dog we suggest for Leo’s zodiac personality is the Alaskan Malamute.
The Alaskan Malamute is from the Spitz group and has been traced back to possibly 3,000 years, bred by the Mahlemuits tribe of Alaska. This dog has a long history of working with man. In the gold rush of 1896, miners used the dogs to haul away their rock debris in wooden carts. Malamutes helped Admiral Richard Byrd to get to the South Pole. Jack London and Rudyard Kipling focused upon the Malamute in their wonderful stories.
This breed has a similar disposition to you, Leo. The dog loves to be part of the action, is friendly, kind, high-spirited and definitely bold on occasion. It can also be quite dignified, observing the world through calm, proud, almond-shaped eyes.
The dog eats to meet its needs, its appetite varying according to how much exercise the dog gets. It’s a strong muscular dog that needs to run and play daily. For this reason, apartments are not the best homes for Malamutes. They are quiet and well-behaved in the home, but penning them up in small spaces really puts a strain on their robust natures.
If you live where it snows, your Malamute will be in its true environment. If cart trained, you can hitch your dog to a sled and it will thoroughly enjoy pulling you and the kids through the snow.
The Malamute is a family dog, but this does not necessarily extend to other family pets. Some authorities believe that the Malamute was once bred with wolves, but whatever the reason, some Malamutes are not good with small animals or at times with other dogs.
Your dog will rarely bark. If you hear a wolf howling in your backyard, it’s your Malamute. Your dog will also have conversations with you. When it talks, the dog sounds like Chewbacca in Star War movies. This is because Chewbacca’s sounds were based upon a Malamute named Indiana, once owned by George Lucas.
You will find Malamutes in hot climate states, but in truth hot weather is hard on them. Their outer coats are thick and coarse and under coats dense, oily and wooly. The dogs shed their heavier coats in the summer, and you will have to brush this dog often year round. Amazon has a grooming kit designed for Alaskan Malamutes.
Grooming this magnificent dog is important to keep its coat in good condition and to keep the pride in its step.
Malamutes are intuitive. If the pup senses its owner is the indulgent type, it will take advantage. As a pup, it is absolutely adorable and some find it hard to discipline the furry charmer, but discipline is just what it needs. Firmness with kindness is the way to go. You’ll expect the pup to learn and to obey and lucky for your Malamute, you usually give second chances. The dog will accept your leadership, but it is not naturally obedient. You, Leo, have leadership qualities and your Malamute can learn. Certainly, Malamutes have done well in Obedience and star in the show ring.
When you walk your Malamute, be prepared for the fuss people make when they see your dog. Few can walk pass without stopping to admire and appreciate how handsome this dog is. Encourage them. The more friendly people and dogs your dog encounters in its puppy stages and later on, the better.
Thanks for coming back and reading about the second dog suggested for Leo, as in the Leo chapter of AstroPups, available in paperback and kindle on Amazon Books.
Love to read your comments or you can email me (About Us, upper right).
In the next post I will discuss another dog suggested for Leo’s sun sign personality. See you soon 🙂
We are giving our readers a chapter from AstroPups (available on Amazon Books) to enable you to see how the book works. There are twelve chapters, each chapter is a separate sun sign. All those who have birthdays from July 24th to August 23rd. are Leos. Happy Birthday to all you Leos out there!
In our last two posts, we discussed Leo as a person via the zodiac, then who Leo is as a dog parent, and now it’s time to discuss dogs suggested for Leo’s sun sign personality. The first breed is:
Colors: Deep red wheaten, lighter wheaten. Height: 24″ – 26″. Weight: 65-85lbs
Since this dog is also known as the African Lion Dog, used for hunting down lions, and keeping them at bay, we’d like to turn the tables here. You, Leo, will be in control of this magnificent dog.
The Ridgeback’s distinguishing feature is the ridge of hair along its back running in the opposite direction to the rest of its coat. A native to South Africa, the breed was developed by Boer farmers. The Hottentots had a hunting dog with a ridge on his/her back. This dog was mated with the settlers’ dogs which formed the breed we know today.
With its own family, the Ridgeback is a calm dog with clean habits and good manners. You wont have to groom this dog a lot, but brushing the dog will help the bonding between you. Bonding with your Ridgeback is vital from day one. When treated with respect, this dog is capable of great loyalty. It will protect you, your home and your family from all intruders. Your strong, direct but kind handling is the right way to go with this one, Leo, but avoid training the dog when you are in a bad mood. It will not understand harsh treatment. The Ridgeback is highly intelligent and will seek your approval. Be sure to have treats on hand when the pup does well. Praise and treats work wonders.
Some breeders suggest that you do not get a Ridgeback if you have young children. It does not tolerate careless and rough handling by youngsters.
The dog is definitely an aristocrat and has a natural tendency to be aloof with strangers. Socialize your pup at its special imprint time of three months. Don’t let this important time slip by and plan to do it later. It won’t work later, and it’s especially important for this particular pup. Socialization will help the dog to tolerate visitors to your home and be more relaxed when they are there. This will not change its ability to guard you and yours.
Although Ridgebacks can be housed (kennel)outside, able to withstand all sorts of weather, they would prefer to live indoors with you. Their prime need is to be your companion and protector. Left alone in the backyard for too long, they will get into mischief. If you do not have a high fence, they will take off for an adventure by jumping over it. If you take them off the leash, make sure they are trained! Wow, this dog is an amazing runner.
Ridgebacks come with black noses or liver-colored noses. The Ridgeback with the liver-colored nose is often more playful than the more dignified black nose variety.
Recognition by the AKC took place in l955. Ridgebacks that have been socialized show well and have taken top honors. If trained well, the Ridgeback is always a winner, though, and a dog to be truly proud of.
Ridgeback Rescue of the U.S is a non profit organization looking for donations, foster parents and have dogs available for adoption. I am totally in favor of rescue as you all know, but for you, Leo, I am recommending you get the dog as a pup, train it, allow it to bond with you, and you’ll have a forever dog with intelligence and tremendous loyalty – something you particularly favor.
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is one of several dogs we suggest for you, Leo. Come back soon and read about the next breed, which we think would be a compatible with your sun sign.
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