Sunday, February 26, 2017

CAT Myths and Wives Tales

Alternately feared and revered, worshipped and reviled, the cat’s natural ability as a mouser ultimately won them a place in the lives and hearts of people.  

A Wedjat/Udjat 'Eye of Horus' pendant
A Wedjat/Udjat 'Eye of Horus' pendant (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now we think of them less as pest control methods and more as members of our family.
But it wasn’t always so. Since the domestication of cats some 5000 years ago, they have been alternately welcomed into our homes and shunned as evil spirits.

It is interesting that the descriptions of the treatment of cats in Egyptian times sounds amazingly similar to our modern treatment, with the fortunate exception of punishment by death for anyone killing a cat.

The Egyptian goddess Bast was part woman, part cat. She represented the sacred eye of Horus, the God of Light. Regular feasts and holidays were celebrated in her honor.

The Romans adopted the cat more readily than other nations of the time. They were probably originally brought there from Egypt.

Roman armies traveled with their animals, including the cats. Some Roman towns were named for the cat.

In 936 the King of Wales enacted laws regarding the monetary value and desired traits of the cat. Expected qualities were to see, hear and kill mice; to have sharp claws and to be able to rear their kittens.

According to the law, if a person purchased a cat and it turned out to not posses one or more of these qualities, the buyer was entitled to a refund.

The cat’s mysterious character probably led to the many myths and superstitions surrounding it. Cat’s eyes were believed to tell many things – from the time of day to the state of the tides. Cats were also believed to be clairvoyant, and were used in charms and potions to bestow that talent on people.

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A Black cat  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Many body parts and substances from the cat were used for healing. The tail was particularly favored. In parts of England it is still used to cure sties.

Nautical superstitions involving cats are numerous. There are also quite a few nautical terms with “cat” in the word – a cat-boat is a small one masted boat; the narrow walk-way on a ship was called the catwalk, and whippings were often carried out using a cat-o-nine-tails.

Cats were believed to both foretell and affect the weather. Throwing a cat overboard was thought to bring about storms at sea.

In the 13th century, witchcraft trials began in Europe. Since cats were often named as a witch’s “familiar” (a spirit helpful to the witch), they acquired at this time an evil reputation.

Black cats were most strongly associated with witchcraft. 

A book written in England in 1854 stated that a witch could only take on a feline form nine times. This is most likely the beginning of the myth that cats have nine lives.

Some modern day myths about cats still persist. For instance, while cats are extremely agile, it is not really true that they will always land on their feet.

It was once believed (and may still be) that cats could suck the breath from infants. The truth is that they just like the milky smell.

Though they may like it, milk really isn’t good for cats. A small amount probably won’t hurt, but too much can give both cats and dogs diarrhea.

Many people still believe that a black cat crossing their path brings bad luck. 

Cats are inscrutable and mysterious; and can certainly look evil as easily as lovable. But all in all, they are wonderful companions and have been serving and entertaining us well for thousands of years.

Author:Elyse Grau

Saturday, February 25, 2017

More Information Regarding GOLDENDOODLE Puppies

Most of the time it is very confusing to choose a breed for a canine that you want to adopt because of the number that they have. Aside from that, it is even more confusing now that there are cross breeds. One example of a cross breed is the Goldendoodle. From the name itself, it originated from the Labrador Retriever and the designer Poodle. Because of this appearance, breeders were able to develop a canine that is close to an adorable bear.

This is just one of the breeds that you can get if you are thinking of purchasing a canine as a pet. Most people in the city of Texas, especially families, have Goldendoodle puppies for their pets. If you have your own family, it would be a good idea to consider their choice. If you are interested, read on for some of the most basic information regarding this interesting canine.

2½-month-old Goldendoodle pup.
2½-month-old Goldendoodle pup. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are many notable features about the breed that you should learn if you are thinking of adoption. First are the interesting coats that they have, which by the way comes in various shades. It is very beneficial if you are looking for a specific shade. You just have to be careful about the coat texture. There are those that can be really frizzy while others are really soft.

When it comes to physical activities, they are in need of the average exercise. This means that they are slightly athletic. But even if it is just moderate exercise like walks or running around the yard, you still have to do it everyday. They do not really feel comfortable when they are idle for the entire time.

One trait that serves as the highlight of their personality is their naturally caring attitude towards people. They are especially empathic to those who are not feeling well or people they feel are going through something at the moment. When you feel that your day just keeps getting worst, a hug with them would be very therapeutic.

If you are the one who adopted them, you can expect their loyalty as well. This is due to the fact that they are easily and strongly attached to their humans. This is the trait that makes them really different from others and makes them the best type of canine to be around children. Families with children and have this type of dog adore them.

Teaching them several things such as what are the things that they can and cannot do inside the home would not be too hard of a task. They are very intelligent and they can pick up instructions and tricks easily. But you have to improve the way they interact with others.


If you are looking for a dog that you do not have to take to the grooming shop every now and then, this is the canine for you. Their coats are usually a mixture of both their parent breeds. But they usually take after the Poodles when it comes to the shedding part. It is necessary however that you comb their coats every now and then.

You always have to remember that research is a very important part of knowing which breed is the right one for you. You need to know their needs first to determine if you can keep up with it. And you also need to know their personalities and see if both of you would agree with each other.


    About the Author: Beryl Dalton



Friday, February 24, 2017

HIP DYSPLASIA And Golden RETRIEVERS

Hip dysplasia is a poor formation of the hip joints, which is a common growing disease with younger dogs of virtually every breed.  With larger breeds, unsteady hip joints are common, although hip dysplasia can be a serious problem that will limit the physical activity of your Golden.  Although many Golden Retriever owners don’t realize it, hip dysplasia is something that dogs inherit from their parents, and gets worse with age.

English: A Labrador Retriever standing with hi...
A Labrador Retriever standing with hind legs close together to compensate
for weak hips caused by an altered gait from hip dysplasia.
(Photo credit: 
Wikipedia)
The signs and symptoms of hip dysplasia is nearly impossible to detect with Golden puppies, although it will start to show once the pup has reached the age of nine months.  Even though you may take your Golden to the vet to have him looked at, your vet will tell you that you need to wait to see if the symptoms are there, once the Golden Retriever has reached a certain age.

The symptoms and signs of hip dysplasia vary, although the most common include crippling or the inability to walk properly.  This disease can get better once the dog gets older though, due to the joints stabilizing, the inflammation going down, and the muscles in the hips getting stronger and more mature.  Keep in mind however, that Golden’s who have hip dysplasia when they are younger will more than likely develop arthritis when they get older.

Golden Retrievers that suffer from hip dysplasia aren’t fit for breeding, although they can still live a long and healthy life.  There are certain drugs that your vet can prescribe to your dog, which will help him control his weight and help control the disease.  These drugs can also cut down on the pain as well, helping your Golden enjoy himself as much as possible.

Some Golden Retrievers that have hip dysplasia won’t begin to show any signs at all until they get a few years old, once the muscles start to wear down and the damage to the hip muscles start to become more noticeable.  Although your dog may be active and healthy for most of his puppy years, dysplasia can slow everything down and make your dog look as if he is old and is suffering from the physical attributes of arthritis.



To eliminate the pain of hip dysplasia, there are surgery options available.  Golden Retrievers have a high threshold for pain, and won’t normally show any signs of being in pain, even though you know they are.  X-rays won’t show any signs of pain, although the limping or slow walking will tell you that your dog is hurting.  Golden Retriever’s who have this disease won’t know it - which is why you should help as much as possible.  If you do your part and help your dog seek relief - he will feel better than ever before - although he won’t let you know he hurt any at all.


The OTTERHOUND: a Playful Giant

The Otterhound is a breed of substantial size and great amiability. It is somewhat of a clown and enjoy rough and tumble play with other dogs. Otterhounds were originally bred as a pack hound, (to run with a pack) they generally get along well with other dogs. As the name implies, they were developed to give chase to the otter and so they do have swimming instincts. Otters at one time were so plentiful in the British Isles that they endangered the fishing industry and the hounds would be set upon the otters to keep this from becoming so great a problem. 

List of dog breeds
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 However, the Otter is now on the endangered species list and of course their hunting is banned. The dog still remains popular as a pet and a Show dog and makes a gentle but protective guardian as well. They are not really a guarding breed but their voice alone is enough to sound quite an alarm not to mention their large size. Their bay is actually a delight to hear, being melodious and deep and the bark is gruff but soft.

The Otterhound looks rather rough in a natural state, the coat is shaggy and wiry or coarse. Historically, he has both Terrier and Hound in his genetic makeup and the coat reflects the characteristics of the Terrier type of coat. Colors are mostly tans and salt and pepper. The outer hairs are water resistant with a dense protective undercoat. He is a large breed standing 24 to 26 inches at the withers, with a large head and pendulous ears. His coat is easy to maintain as being of terrier type it easily sheds dirt and brambles and bits of leaves, etc. 

This is not a dog that is for a neat housekeeper since he is continually bringing in such items on his coat and dripping them off onto the floor. Although he usually doesn't slobber he has a large mouth that can produce a lot of saliva when the smell food is in the air. Furthermore his hairy face will collect the water as he drinks and if his face is not wiped immediately it drips off of his hairs as he makes his way across a room. Many owners will keep a towel handy near the water dish or will allow access to water only when he is outside.

The Otterhound is in the same predicament as many of the large breeds when it comes to hip dysplasia. It continues to be a problem in the breed and care must be taken to x-ray this dog before breeding. Also the possibility of bloat or gastric torsion can be a problem. There is no way of knowing is this condition is genetic in nature though it is suspected that it is "familial".
After the Otterhound outgrows his puppyhood (which will last at least until the age of two) he usually settles down somewhat and at least is not so awkward . 



 He retains a bit of stubbornness in his personality, after all, he is a pack dog and has a tendency to tend to his own desires rather than those of his master. He is also a playful and boisterous breed, quite active and energetic. However he is intelligent and will respond to training. He needs plenty of exercise and of course needs a fenced in enclosure. He enjoys nothing more than being with his family on a regular basis but is not unhappy if in the yard and is not demanding of constant attention, especially if he has another dog to keep him company.



Thursday, February 23, 2017

CRATE TRAINING a Puppy

Quite a few owners are employing crates to help teach their puppies. Several dog owners consider crates to be mean, terrible and restrictive but for those who have never used one you probably should look at the rewards.

English: A greyhound lying in his wire dog crate
A greyhound lying in his wire dog crate (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Many pets look at the crate as being their personal spot. This is particularly true if it has been utilised since they were a puppy. Young dogs usually do not perceive  the crate as a punishment, but as their den. If the crate is in a location where the puppy is able to go in and out many pets will use their crate on their own as a place to nap.

If your puppy is accepting and comfy with his crate he will be more than happy to be in it if you have to leave your house. This means that you don't worry about your dog chewing or destroying things when you're not at home.

Crates will also be wonderful when you have infants in the home. The dog will often take advantage of this space to escape while he wants to be left alone. It's important that you teach children to respect the dog's crate and not use it to play in. Kids should understand that this spot belongs to the dog and just the puppy and to leave the pet alone when he is in his crate.

Crate training may also help with house training. Puppies hate to dirty their bedroom. You will see that a puppy who sleeps inside a crate is less likely to have accidents. Keep in mind that the dog must be allowed out at regular times particularly when he is small. You do not want the animal to be forced to do his business inside the crate, if he's left in it too long. This might grow to be a pattern if the puppy spends a lot of time in his crate.



Crate training is also beneficial to help with additional instruction. In case your young puppy does start to play rough you can utilize it for a time out spot. You can even use the crate to keep your pet quietly restricted should you have visitors over who are not people who love dogs.

Dog crates can be a very valuable training tool, and will make living with a dog a great deal easier in lots of various ways. If you are thinking about buying a puppy you need to really look at the merits to getting a crate. 


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Vintage Collection - Dogs (4)

Otter Hounds