Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
1. Hundreds of dogs are killed (to put it kindly, put to sleep) each year because they are unwanted. Animal shelters are overcrowded. When you buy a pet, it adds to the overpopulation.
2. When you adopt a pet, you save a life which might die if no one adopt them. Adopting it make room for one more dog to be kept at the shelter. You save 2 lives.
3. When you buy a pet from a petshop, you cannot return it. But most rescues will take your pet back.
4. Sheltered dogs are usually ready for you. They are vaccinated, microchipped, have undergone medical checkup and are fit for adoption.
5. When you buy a puppy, you do not know its personality. When you adopt an adult its personality is already developed so you can assess if it is suitable for you or not. The staff at the shelter/rescue know the dog's temperament and they can match you with the right dog.
6. When you adopt a pet, you have an instant friend for life. To them you are the hero and they will show their appreciation to you for the rest of their life. They will bond quickly with you. They will make for a affectionate, attentive and loyal
7. Do you know where the local pet store get their puppies from? Could it be from a puppy mill? A puppy mill is a factory where puppies are churned out quickly so they are forced to breed at unhealthy rates. The puppies are weaned early from
their mothers. They are kept in small cramp cages and never get to run freely. There is little human interaction. Imagine the mental and physical conditions of these animals. The aim of the puppy mill is to sell to the pet stores and make a
profit. It's a business. So the welfare of the animal is not their primary concern. When the buying stop, so is the breeding.
Credits by: http://www.dogsforum.sg/forums/index.php?showtopic=17012&st=0&p=214988&#entry214988
ADS: Totally agree! Please gives all pets a equal chance! and Be responsible!
Monday, March 22, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Our dinner was mixed into the big bowl..
(Hard boiled eggs+Broccoli+Canned Lamb Meat+Rice+Kibbles+Our daily Xtra Virgin Salmon Oil Supplement)
Then distributed into our individual bowls..
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
How to Tell a Dog's Age
If you've taken in a dog whose age is unknown, there are some ways to determine his age. Here are some things vets check to get a general sense of how old a dog is:
The Teeth: Dogs usually have a set of permanent teeth by their seventh month, so if you've come across a dog with clean pearly whites, he is likely a year old or thereabouts. Yellowing on a dog's back teeth may put the dog between one and two years of age, while tartar build-up at a minimal level could mean you have a dog between 3 and 5. Missing teeth or severe wear usually means the dog is a senior and could use some special dental care.
Muscle Tone: Younger dogs are more likely to have some muscle definition from their higher activity level. Older dogs are usually either a tad bonier or a little fatter from decreased activity.
The Coat: A younger dog usually has a soft, fine coat, whereas an older dog tends to have thicker, coarser (and sometimes oilier) fur. A senior dog may display grays or patches of white, particularly around the snout.
The Eyes: Bright, clear eyes without tearing or discharge are common in younger dogs. Cloudy or opaque eyes may mean an older dog.
Old Age in Dogs
The age at which a dog can be considered elderly varies widely among models. In general, the larger the dog, the more quickly it declines. For instance, a Great Dane could be considered "senior" at age 5, while a smaller toy poodle would still be spry at twice that age. Remember, however, that just because a dog is chronologically old doesn't mean that an endless series of malfunctions is in store. In many cases an elderly dog can enjoy many healthy, active, pain-free years.
One of the best ways to prolong the life and improve the functions of an elderly dog is to carefully regulate its fuel intake. Older dogs exercise less and thus need fewer calories. And since age reduces their ability to digest and absorb nutrients, high-quality food specifically formulated for their needs is a necessity. Excessive amounts of protein, phosphorus, and sodium can aggravate kidney and heart problems, so most such foods contain smaller amounts of higher-quality protein, along with reduced quantities of other elements. Levels of vitamins, zinc, fatty acids, and fiber, however, are increased.
ADS: wow!! that's so detailed!
Going by that list, Amber is 5 dogs years but 39 humans years. Dawn and Snowy is 3 dog years but 29 humans years!
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Trace Hair - uncontrollable lengths of hair that does not lay close to the body.
A coat that does not have trace hair on the head, face, legs or body. A smooth coat does not require any alterations to be ready for the show ring. The coat should not be sparse or soft - it should provide protection from the elements. The coat lies close to the body and is short and soft to the touch.
A coat the is very similar to a smooth coat but has trace hair on the head, face, legs or body. A broken coat needs minimal alterations to be ready for the show ring. They will generally only require a quick tidying up. A broken coat should not be soft - it should be harsh to provide protection from the elements. The coat is a mix of short and long hairs making some parts of the body smooth and some parts rough.
A coat that has excess trace hair on the head, face, legs or body. The hair is longer than on a smooth or broken coat. A rough coat requires more alterations than a broken coat to be ready for the show ring. A rough coat should not be soft or wooly - it should be harsh to provide protection from the elements. The hair should be fairly wiry, but not hard, wavy, woolly or soft. Rough coats are often mistaken as long-haired Jack Russell Terriers.
Many Jack Russell Terriers do not receive correct grooming. They should be hand stripped. Start by grooming the hair upwards, against the growth pattern with a slicker-brush, this should eliminate most long hairs. Then start at the back of the neck going downwards, hand stripping with your finger and thumb. Continue doing this until the dog looks presentable, and then if there are any stragglers, go round gently with a pair of grooming scissors and trim them away.
PS from Amber: After viewing this infos, Jie jie(Sharon) was wondering if i am a Broken coat or smooth coat..?? people who sees me always ask jie jie why my coat/fur is longer than their JRT and commenting that i have long fur for a smoot coat... my "hair" is not lies very closely to my skin compare to other JRT... and jie jie always thought i'm a smooth coat.....
Some "close-up" picture to show my "long fur" especially on my neck area, chest area and tail. (the "hair" close to my ears are especially long but have been shaved off on my last grooming before CNY...)
A Maltese is a toy breed similar in some ways to the Yorkshire terrier. Maltese generally have long, flowing hair that is pure white. They tend to be fairly laid-back, but are great companion animals, as well as beautiful show dogs. One of the most striking things about the Maltese is its snowy coat. This is a primary concern when a show dog is being evaluated.
- Step 1
Check the length. A Maltese show dog should have a coat that hangs almost to the ground but does not drag. It should hide the dog's feet and legs so that he appears to be floating or skimming along the ground.
- Step 2
Check the ears. Many Maltese have a light, lemony or tan coloring on or around their ears. While this is perfectly acceptable in pets, it is not a good coloring for a show Maltese, who should be snowy white all over.
- Step 3
Look for texture. The Maltese's hair should hang straight and smooth. Any indication of crimping, frizzing, wooliness or any texture other than smooth, silky and flowing is objectionable in a show dog.
- Step 4
Evaluate the feet. They should also be clean and white. The fur should be trimmed evenly and neatly. Discolorations are common on this part of the dog as well, and are not a positive sign. The foot pads of Maltese are black, but their feet are nearly covered by their brilliant white hair.
- Step 5
Rate the color. Pure, snowy whiteness is the indication of a really strong show dog. A dog with discoloration anywhere other than on its ears will probably not make a good showing, and ear color can also significantly handicap a Maltese, although they can make up for it in other areas.
PS from Dawn: wow! when can i be like the one in the picture??? beautiful like a goddess!