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  1. Hi all, sorry to bother you with my dog issues again. Our puppy will be 6 months next month, but it still does not listen to commands. It has properly been potty trained now, but it has a few bad habits I am having issues fixing. It is hard to properly give her a tap on the nose because when she sees me coming during the behavior she runs. I am wondering what I can do about these... -LICKING CUPS: The little ones have straw cups they take outside, and she often licks the straws or outsides of them. -STEALING FOOD: It has a problem with occasionally, okay a lot..., eating dropped food or taking food from the little one's hands, like a poptart for instance. -IGNORING COMMANDS: I will often tell it to go get into its bed or such, and it will, but when I walk away it immediately pops back out and defies me. My mom says it is obvious it is not a PUREBRED chihuahua (it didn't have papers when we purchased it), and she says by its behavior it is a terrier of some sort, because it is so hyper and has the attention span of a squirrel. I really need help, because if I don't get it trained we will have to get rid of her, and I love her
  2. As many know, a while back I got a new chihuahua puppy. My older chihuahua has struggled to get along with her. They are doing a bit better about that part now, but something very weird happened earlier. My older chihuahua (she will be 4 this year) about 5:40 AM started crying out like someone was killing her. I immediately woke up, and turned on the light. I asked her what was wrong (yes I talk to my dog way too much...) and she cried again. I began to examine her a little bit, with no noticable injuries. I decided maybe she woke me up to possibly use the bathroom. She jumped off my bed as normal, walked as normal, got half way down the stairs and started crying. Again. My grandpa woke up and looked at her. He saw nothing either. I put her outside, she came back in, cried out again. My mom looked, saw nothing. She cried again, I applied small amounts of pressure to every part of her body, including her tush. She did not yelp or respond badly to any of them. My grandpa decided to give her a little syrup, considering chihuahuas sometimes have blood sugar problems, but she yelped once afterwards too. After about 7:30 AM, she finally stopped. She has been walking totally normal, eating normal, drinking normal, and pottying normal. I don't see any reason for her yelping, epecially now that it is 12:50 PM and she hasn't cried again. My mom suggested maybe she had a nightmare or some sort of panic attack. My grandpa suggested she may have wanted attention. Everytime she had been honestly hurt prior to this, I would spend hours babying her in worry, so maybe she figured if she acted like she was dying I would give her tons of attention (not lying if this was the case it worked...) Do you guys have any idea what it may be?
  3. Okay so for about 3 years now we have had two dogs: A weenie dog and a chihuahua. Recently we got a 3-4 week old Chihuahua puppy, and it is very playful. To much surprise, the weenie dog that is usually mean is doing better with her than my actual chihuahua! Hence I am extremely frustrated and unsure what to do. My chihuahua (Tameeka) will play with the new chihuahua (Izzy) upstairs, but if she is downstairs or in my bedroom, she will not play with her. instead she gets aggressive, growls, and occasionally nips at her. I am unsure how to train her to play with the pup not just in the upstairs rooms other than mine. I have tried several tactics (spray bottle, newspaper smacking when the fights happened) but she has yet to show progress... Do I need more patience with them? Is there something you could suggest? thanks...
  4. Please pray for a member here, who is not here any more. She is struggling with porn addiction. She really needs it right now...
  5. Mad_Dog

    Me barking (Better)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GatKt0Ckx04 This is just me barking... Watched a video on the CORRECT way to do it, tried it out, and was thoroughly impressed. xD
  6. 1. All dogs can be traced back 40 million years ago to a weasel-like animal called the Miacis which dwelled in trees and dens. The Miacis later evolved into the Tomarctus, a direct forbearer of the genus Canis, which includes the wolf and jackal as well as the dog. 2. Ancient Egyptians revered their dogs. When a pet dog would die, the owners shaved off their eyebrows, smeared mud in their hair, and mourned aloud for days. 3. Small quantities of grapes and raisins can cause renal failure in dogs. Chocolate, macadamia nuts, cooked onions, or anything with caffeine can also be harmful. 4. Apple and pear seeds contain arsenic, which may be deadly to dogs. 5. Rock star Ozzy Osborne saved his wife Sharon’s Pomeranian from a coyote by tackling and wresting the coyote until it released the dog. Dogs have sweat glands in between their their paws cute-dogs 6. Dogs have sweat glands in between their paws. 7. In 2003, Dr. Roger Mugford invented the “wagometer” a device that claims to interpret a dog’s exact mood by measuring the wag of its tail. 8. Dogs have three eyelids. The third lid, called a nictitating membrane or “haw,” keeps the eye lubricated and protected. 9. A dog’s shoulder blades are unattached to the rest of the skeleton to allow greater flexibility for running. 10. Puppies are sometimes rejected by their mother if they are born by cesarean and cleaned up before being given back to her. 11. The phrase “raining cats and dogs” originated in seventeenth-century England. During heavy rainstorms, many homeless animals would drown and float down the streets, giving the appearance that it had actually rained cats and dogs 12. During the Middle Ages, Great Danes and Mastiffs were sometimes suited with armor and spiked collars to enter a battle or to defend supply caravans 13. Pekingese and Japanese Chins were so important in the ancient Far East that they had their own servants and were carried around trade routes as gifts for kings and emperors. Pekingese were even worshipped in the temples of China for centuries The shape of a dog’s face can help predict how long a dog will live 14. The shape of a dog’s face suggests how long it will live. Dogs with sharp, pointed faces that look more like wolves typically live longer. Dogs with very flat faces, such as bulldogs, often have shorter lives 15. After the fall of Rome, human survival often became more important than breeding and training dogs. Legends of werewolves emerged during this time as abandoned dogs traveling in packs commonly roamed streets and terrified villagers 16. During the Middle Ages, mixed breeds of peasants’ dogs were required to wear blocks around their necks to keep them from breeding with noble hunting dogs. Purebred dogs were very expensive and hunting became the province of the rich. 17. The most dogs ever owned by one person were 5,000 Mastiffs owned by Kubla Khan. 18. The American Kennel Club, the most influential dog club in the United States, was founded in 1884. 19. The most popular male dog names are Max and Jake. The most popular female dog names are Maggie and Molly. Some scholars speculate that Dorothy’s dog, Toto, may represent the Egyptian god of death, Anubis 20. Scholars have argued over the metaphysical interpretation of Dorothy’s pooch, Toto, in the Wizard of Oz. One theory postulates that Toto represents Anubis, the dog-headed Egyptian god of death, because Toto consistently keeps Dorothy from safely returning home. 21. Weird dog laws include allowing police offers in Palding, Ohio, to bite a dog to quiet it. In Ventura County, California, cats and dogs are not allowed to have sex without a permit. 22. The first dog chapel was established in 2001. It was built in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, by Stephan Huneck, a children’s book author whose five dogs helped him recuperate from a serious illness 23. Those born under the sign of the dog in Chinese astrology are considered to be loyal and discreet, though slightly temperamental. 24. In Iran, it is against the law to own a dog as a pet. However, if an owner can prove the dog is a guard or hunting dog, this restriction doesn’t apply. Muslim reticence concerning dogs is perhaps due to the fact that rabies has always been endemic in the Middle East. 25. The Mayans and Aztecs symbolized every tenth day with the dog, and those born under this sign were believed to have outstanding leadership skills. 26. The ancient Mbaya Indians of the Gran Chaco in South America believed that humans originally lived underground until dogs dug them up. Plato once said that ”a dog has the soul of a philosopher” 27. Plato once said that “a dog has the soul of a philosopher.” 28. French poodles did not originate in France but in Germany (“poodle” comes from the German pudel or pudelhund, meaning “splashing dog”). Some scholars speculate the poodle’s puffs of hair evolved when hunters shaved the poodle for more efficient swimming, while leaving the pom-poms around the major joints to keep them warm. 29. The name of the dog on the Cracker Jacks box is Bingo. The Taco Bell Chihuahua is a rescued dog named Gidget. 30. The first dogs were self-domesticated wolves which, at least 12,000 years ago, became attracted to the first sites of permanent human habitation 31. Dachshunds were bred to fight badgers in their dens. 32. Laiki, a Russian stray, was the first living mammal to orbit the Earth, in the Soviet Sputnik spacecraft in 1957. Though she died in space, her daughter Pushnika had four puppies with President John F. Kennedy’s terrier, Charlie. 33. Dalmatians are completely white at birth. 34. The term “dog days of summer” was coined by the ancient Greeks and Romans to describe the hottest days of summer that coincided with the rising of the Dog Star, Sirius. 35. Alexander the Great is said to have founded and named a city Peritas, in memory of his dog. 36. In ancient Greece, kennels of dogs were kept at the sanctuary of Asclepius at Epidaurus. Dogs were frequently sacrificed there because they were plentiful, inexpensive, and easy to control. During the July 25 celebration of the kunophontis (“the massacre of dogs”) dog sacrifices were performed to appease the ancestors of Apollo’s son, Linos, who was devoured by dogs 37. Dog trainers in ancient China were held in high esteem. A great deal of dog domestication also took place in China, especially dwarfing and miniaturization. 38. The ancient religion Zoroastrianism includes in its religious text titled the Zend Avesta a section devoted to the care and breeding of dogs. 39. The earliest European images of dogs are found in cave paintings dating back 12,000 years ago in Spain. 40. The dog was frequently depicted in Greek art, including Cerberus, the three-headed hound guarding the entrance to the underworld, and the hunting dogs which accompanied the virgin goddess of the chase, Diana. 41. During the Renaissance, detailed portraits of the dog as a symbol of fidelity and loyalty appeared in mythological, allegorical, and religious art throughout Europe, including works by Leonardo da Vinci, Diego Velázquez, Jan van Eyck, and Albrecht Durer. 42. A puppy is born blind, deaf, and toothless. The Basenji is the world’s only barkless dog 43. The Basenji is the world’s only barkless dog. 44. A dog most likely interprets a smiling person as baring their teeth, which is an act of aggression. 45. The origin of amputating a dog’s tail may go back to the Roman writer Lucius Columella’s (A.D. 4-70) assertion that tail docking prevented rabies. 46. One of Shakespeare’s most mischievous characters is Crab, the dog belonging to Launce in the Two Gentlemen of Verona. The word “watchdog” is first found in The Tempest. 47. President Franklin Roosevelt created a minor international incident when he claimed he sent a destroyer to the Aleutian Islands just to pick up his Scottish Terrier, Fala, who had been left behind. 48. Within hours of the September 11, 2001, attack the World Trade Center, specially trained dogs were on the scene, including German Shepherds, Labs, and even a few little Dachshunds. 49. It costs approximately $10,000 to train a federally certified search and rescue dog. 50. The smallest dog on record was a matchbox-size Yorkshire Terrier. It was 2.5" tall at the shoulder, 3.5" from nose tip to tail, and weighed only 4 ounces.
  7. Mad_Dog

    When You Love A Dog...

    Just a video I'd like to share with you all... This is what I'd like to see, everywhere in the world... But I know that's not true. To fully understand this video and to fully understand me, you would have to be in my shoes. The things I have seen, the emotions I have felt... Are all so strong. My love for dogs is so very strong and so very prominent that I would not take that for anything. Anything at all. This video proves what humans can be toward dogs. And what dogs can be to humans. Helper, protector, friend, Guardian Angel...
  8. Prologue Running on the wet pavement, I was soaked from head to toe... "What am I running from?", I questioned myself... I didn't know what was happening, or why... But I just knew I had to keep running. I was very tired, and by the time I reached the edge of the forested area, I had to sit down and rest. I panted quite hard, unaware of the beings that stood silently behind me... Author's Note: This is loosely based on myself, in past-self form...
  9. Guest

    My Barks

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XeDZRvOGFI Yes. This is really me. When I did it the first time, Oliver started to look for the source. T'was quite funny. I barked right in front of his face, but he still was looking for the sound... Also, I was putting it on a voice clip via MSN, and my friend said "pups?". I said "HAHAHAHA NO. XD That was ME! xD". So, yeah. Needless to say, I am very happy with how it came out. =3
  10. Original article can be found here: http://www.tbd.com/articles/2010/09/family-outraged-after-officer-shoots-dog-13692.htmlOkay, this is just wrong. She shot the dog basically for doing nothing. I laugh at her for saying that he "posed a threat". HAHAHAHAHA!!!!! WHAT threat?! >.> That'd be like me sitting in my room, and someone come in and shoot me because I "posed a threat". Seriously? Are they THAT idiotic that they have to shoot dogs because of "safety issues" and because of a stupid "threat". That dog posed NO threat! Like, at all. She shot him just because she could!
  11. Guest

    Dyeing pets in China

    ARTICLE + PICS + VIDEO Even if its healthy and washes out, I don't really see the point. Though I do wonder their thoughts on it. We may never know. Thoughts? (NO FIGHTING, PLEASE)
  12. A story about how it works...... by Grace Saalsaa Melissa sat on the floor, unable to sit straight and tall like her mother had always admonished her to do when she was a child. Today, it would be impossible. And tomorrow... it probably wouldn't be possible then either. Her mind was too busy thinking about the dog that lay across her lap. When he came to be with her, he had no name. She remembered that day very well. The first sight of him was enough to break her heart into little pieces. The woman, who had taken this dog from the rough streets where he had lived, had tried to save him because she was unable to watch this young dog find his own food in a dumpster outside the crack house where he lived. Nobody cared that he was gone. His fur was very thick; so thick that she had to wiggle her fingers down to feel his bony body. And as she pulled her fingers away again, they were coated in old dirt. Black and white, he was supposed to be. But on that day he was beige and dust. He sat in the back of her car panting continuously, ears laid outward for he had lost his courage and couldn't keep them proud and tall. He sat motionless, waiting and limp. But the thing that was the most disturbing was the look in his eyes. They were quiet eyes, sunken into his head - and they watched her. They were alive with thought. He was waiting for her to do something "to" him. Little did he know at the time that, instead, she would "give" something to him. She gave him one of the little broken pieces of her heart. She reached out to stroke his head and he instinctively squinched his eyes shut and dropped his head, waiting for the heavy hand. With that little bit of movement she gave him another one of the broken pieces of her heart. She took him home and gave him a bath. She toweled him dry and brushed some order back into his coat. For that, he was grateful and even though his own heart was loaded with worms, he accepted yet another piece of her heart, for it would help to heal his own. "Would you like some water, big boy?" She whispered to him as she set down a large bowl of cold well water. He drank it up happily. He had been dehydrated for a long time and she knew it would take him most of the week to re-hydrate. He wanted more water - but it was gone. Ah... that's how it is, he thought to himself. But he was grateful for what he had been able to get. "Would you like some more?" and she gave him another bowl along with another little piece of her heart. "I know that you are hungry. You don't have to find your own food anymore. Here's a big bowl of good food for you. I've added some warm water and a little piece of my heart." Over the four months that he stayed with her, his health improved. The heart full of worms was replaced piece by piece with little bits of her loving heart. And each little piece worked a very special kind of magic.When the warmth of love and gentle caresses are added, the little broken pieces knit together again and heal the container it resides in. That container becomes whole again. She watched each little broken piece fill a gap in the gentle dog until his quiet eyes radiated the light from the little pieces. You see, kind words gently spoken turn the little pieces into illumination for the spirit that resides within. He rested beside her, happy to be with her always. Never had he known such kindness, such gentle caresses; such love. His health had returned, his spirit was playful as a young dog's should be and he had learned about love. Now his heart was full. The healing was complete. It was time to go. There was another person who had another heart that was meant to be shared with him. So she sat shapeless on the floor because all the broken pieces of her heart were with the dog. It is difficult to sit tall when your heart is not with you. She wrapped her arms around the dog that sat with tall, proud ears for her. Lean on me, he said. And she gave him one last thing that would keep him strong; that would keep the pieces of her heart together long after he had gone on to live his new life. She gave him her tears and bound them to the pieces with a simple statement made from the ribbons of her heart."I love you, Joe." And Joe lived happily ever after. Melissa sat on the floor, straight and tall like her mother had always admonished her to do when she was a child. Today, it would be possible. And tomorrow... it probably would be possible too. Because her mind was busy thinking about this, the next dog that lay across her lap. Where did she get the heart to help yet another dog, you ask? Ahhh... it came with the dog. They always bring a little bit of heart with them. And when the rescuers and fosters breathe in that little bit of heart, it quickly grows and fills the void left by the last dog.
  13. Chapter 1: Gabriel "Come on, boy. Come here... It's okay. Come on, I won't hurt you." A smile. A Tail-wag. A touch. A look. Of sadness. Of abuse. And the look of wanting to be forever loved. I told him to sit. He sat, of course. But not without the help of a hand. He was scared of getting hit again, that much I knew... So he sat. And he coward. I dubbed him in my mind "Gabriel". You are probably thinking, "What a silly name for a stray." No. It is not a silly name. It is the name of an Angel. An Angel of God. Thus this dog would be. I had not a doubt in my mind God sent him to me to take care of. He sends them all to me to love, to feed, to shelter... And I attend to their every need. It is not because I feel sorry for them. I do, but... Why I do this is a whole different story. I do this simply because I cannot help but do it. I cannot turn a dog away, especially a skinny abused stray, such as Gabriel... If someone ever asked me to, I would simply smile and say "No." The same goes for abusing them. If you were to ask me to go out and shoot a stray dog, then I would first probably put that gun to my head, and pull the trigger. I simply cannot do that to a homeless dog. It is not in my heart to do that. Nor' could I turn Gabriel away... As I went back into the house to find some dog food (I had about 20 large to jumbo bags, just for occasions like these) I thanked God. I thanked Him for sending Gabriel to me to care for. And I thanked Him for giving me time. Time to do this. Time to spend with the stray dogs. This may not mean a lot to any of you, but it does to me. It matters because they matter to me... When I went back outside, Gabriel was curled under the Apple Tree in my front yard. He had fallen asleep, tail still wagging in his slumber. Author's Note: This is not a true story. But read the Title. It is BASED on my life. And while my life as a Rescuer is very much true, the dogs in this story, however, are not. Please take this into consideration when reading. Thank you.
  14. Guest

    What is Dog?

    What is Dog? Dog is fur. Dog is paws. Dog is floppy tongue and sharp teeth. Dog is a vicious growl when someone steps onto her territory And Dog is also a vicious attack when someone taunts her on her territory. Dog is a whimper, a cry in the night. Dog is a loving disposition, a wagging tail. Dog is scared of being alone. Dog is a stray, looking for food, a home anything where she can be truly happy, and free of pain whether it be emotional, physical, or mental. Dog is gentle, she is very wary of humans, especially humans who she does not know. Dog is calm and generous. Dog is Angelic, imaginary wings atop her back. But most of all... Dog is me.
  15. The man who dragged Buddy the dog to death behind his truck at Colorado National Monument last December was sentenced on July 30 to the maximum prison sentence of three years, according to http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_15645246. (The Denver Post) For the more than 260,000 people, including Care2 supporters, who have signed petitions demanding justice for Buddy, there is some relief that Buddy's death has not gone unnoticed. On charges of aggravated animal cruelty, Steven Clay Romero was sentenced to three years in federal prison and once he's out, 12 months on supervised probation. He will also have to pay $500 in fines and $343 in restitution to Buddy's owners. Death by dragging? It turns out that Romero did not act alone. Officials say that his sister, Melissa Lockhart, is also facing charges in Buddy's death. The dog belonged to Sacha and Joe Leber of Delta, CO. "Buddy was the most kind, gentle, respectful dog, especially with our children," said Leber. On December 29, 2009, Lockhart stole the dog from the back of the Lebers' pickup, while they were eating at a restaurant, and gave Buddy to her brother to destroy. Lockhart's story is that the dog had killed her cat. She is charged as an accessory after the fact to aggravated animal cruelty, and her case is pending. Has justice been served? In spite of the length of this sentence, many will question whether three years in prison is really enough for a man who tied a rope around the neck of the German shepherd mix dog and dragged him through the snow behind his truck until the animal was dead. Dog taped to fridge? Also on July 30 in Colorado, http://www.dailycamera.com/ci_15640830?source=most_viewed (Abby Toll), who bound and taped her boyfriend's 11-pound puppy to the side of a fridge last year, left the Boulder County Jail early. Toll had been sentenced to 30 days of jail time, but got out 10 days early for "going to classes at jail and staying out of trouble." The 21-year-old was arrested last year when police said she bound the dog, Rex, with hair ties and packing tape and stuck him upside-down to a fridge in her boyfriend's apartment. What do you think? Has justice been served in these two cases? (Original article can be found here: http://www.care2.com/causes/animal-welfare/blog/dog-killer-gets-maximum-prison-sentence/ Okay... This just ticks me off. I say, what they should do... Is they should take the little brainless scumbag of human flesh, and they should tie HIM to the back of an old pickup, and drag HIM down on the concrete... See how HE likes it. Same goes that girl, too... Tie her to a fridge and torture her. That's what they deserve. Their jail time was too short... To me. That dog should not have have died because some piece of scum dragged him down down the friggin' CONCRETE!!! UGH! WHEN WILL PEOPLE EVER CHANGE?!?! WAIT. I KNOW THE ANSWER... THEY NEVER WILL...!!! Because they are HUMANS. =D And Humans refuse to change their ways. The most of them. anyway... No man or woman in jail should get released, no matter the crime they committed. They should all rot in their cells. Half those murderous people don't have a heart anyway, and will continue their crimes even if they receive gruesome punishment. It's like the only thing that will make stop is the Electric Chair. 100,000 volts of pure electronic pain... *Sigh* It almost makes me sad... :\ R.I.P. Buddy... ;_;
  16. Guest

    I am Dog

    These paws that you can't see 'nor feel These ears that can detect what you cannot hear This fur that brushes up against you yet you seem to not notice These howls that are so far off so distant, it seems These barks, so real even your dog replies back The growls, so vicious, so menacing... And so cold like a dog without fur, unprotected from winter's harsh glance These eyes that are so soulful and so wise glare into your own eyes, not even knowing what is going to happen next Will I attack, or will I run the other way, tail between legs? I'm not sure what I will do, but I know that through all of this, through all of my life - past and present, even future, I know that I am Dog.