dogs playing poker

If dogs could play poker, I think it’s fairly obvious that a bulldog would win. They have the best poker face. If I were a bulldog playing poker, I would try to play against a bunch of dalmations – they seem to be the most simple minded of all the dog breeds, and I’d take em for all they had. I’d be worried about going head to head with a Jack Russell though – those little guys are wily, and probably excellent bluffers. I would have to find one of those best online poker deals sites to practice on, and a computer keyboard that could handle my paws. In time….in time.

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Best Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds

Hypoallergenic dogs are ideal for dog lovers who suffer from allergies. Although there are no dogs that are 100% non-allergenic, some dogs are more “low-allergy” than others. Though these kinds of dogs shed little to no hair and less dander than typical dogs, all dogs will still shed some dander, even includes hairless dogs. Generally, dogs without hair or with continuously growing hair tend to be the most hypoallergenic. However, a lot of these dogs will need to be kept on a high-maintenance grooming schedule.

There are certainly other alternatives to hairless dogs, and that includes hybrid dogs. Hybrid dogs are the result of controlled cross-breeding. Dogs such as labradoodles and goldendoodles, which are poodle mixes, tend to take on hypoallergenic qualities. Dogs that are mixed with known hypoallergenic breeds can sometimes be considered low-allergy, but it is nearly impossible to know the true makeup of a mutt and whether or not it is really low-allergy.

If you suffer from allergies, but happen to find a mixed-breed dog that you think might be hypoallergenic, try spending some time with the dog to see how you react before committing to it. There would be nothing worse than taking home a dog you love and having to give it away because your allergies are affected and you didn’t realize it at first.

Depending on the severity of your allergies, you may still be able to live happily with dogs. The ultimate key is to minimize the amount of allergens in your home. Vacuum your rugs and upholstery frequently and wash your curtains and drapes often. Consider using some type of air purifier. You can also talk to your physician about medical therapies. It really just depends on your particular severity.

Those with very severe allergies may still not be able to tolerate hypoallergenic dogs. If you are allergic but love dogs, consider some of the hypoallergenic dog breeds listed below. If you decide one might be right for you, spending some time around the breed to see if you have an allergic reaction before you decide to get one of your own.

Some good breeds of hypoallergenic dogs include: Basenji, Bedlington Terrier, Bichon Frise, Chinese Crested, Coton de Tulear, Havanese, Irish Water Spaniel, Kerry Blue Terrier, Maltese, Poodle, Portuguese Water Dog, Pail (Pulik), Schnauzer, Shih Tzu, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Xoloitzcuintli, and Yorkshire Terrier.

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Can A Raw Food Diet For Dogs Be Harmful?

Many dog owners wonder if a raw food diet for dogs is safe. First, let’s remind ourselves that dogs in the wild eat raw food. You may wonder why dogs in the wild don’t live as long as domesticated dogs. This, it is believed, has more to do with the competition for survival in the wild. Without that competition, dogs in the wild would likely live a lot longer.

Another factor when considering a raw food diet for dogs is the lack of chronic disease in wild animals. Researchers rarely find wild animals with heart conditions, diabetes, allergies or arthritis. This leads us to believe that the better food and more exercises that dogs in the wild get is responsible for their superior health. They only die younger because of competition for food and territory.

Therefore, such a diet for dogs is indeed an ideal solution for your pet. However, we don’t see any problem with cooking meals for your dog. As long as the ingredients are fresh, the only difference between raw and cooked foods is that cooking can reduce the nutrient value of the food, but not by a whole lot.

If you are looking for organic food to feed your dog, remember that loop holes in the law make it possible for human and pet food companies to put the organic label on food that wouldn’t be considered organic by most acceptable definitions.

How Is A Raw Food Diet For Dogs Better?

A number of people who have used a raw food diet for dogs have observed some promising results in their pets. First of all, the nasty bad breath disappears. Bad breath originates in the stomach and intestine. Humans with bad breath also see an improvement after improving their diets. Likewise, skin and hair became shinier, allergy symptoms decreased or disappeared and stools looked more normal.

Foods In A Healthy Raw Food Diet For Dogs

What kinds of raw foods should you feed your dog? Almost any kind of meat is appropriate for your dog. Also, dogs are more resistant to bacteria and therefore can handle raw meats. Of course then do this in the wild. Do not feed your dog poultry or fowl bones. These bones can splinter and do damage to the stomach and intestine. Beef bones are safe, but cooked beef bones are not. They can also splinter.

A Raw Food Diet For Dogs Can Be Harmful

Any diet for dogs MUST also include vegetables, fruits and whole grain. A dog cannot live on protein alone. Vitamins and minerals found in fruits and vegetables are essential to your dog’s health. Try various fruits and vegetables are record which ones your dog likes. If you find he or she does not take to them, try and mix them in with the meat. If that still does not work, then you could try cooking meals that contain meat and vegetables.

If your dog still doesn’t eat the fruits and vegetables, then you are going to need to supplement with a good commercial dog food that doesn’t contain meat by-products and corn. Look for products with actual meat and whole grains.

Cooked meats are just as good as a raw food diet for dogs. The harm that commercial dog food does to our pets is a result of it being overly processed, not because it is cooked. Good fresh ingredients prepared on the stove are just as good as raw food. They just won’t contain the full amount of vitamins and minerals as raw food, but still a sufficient amount to promote good health.

Puppies can also eat a raw food diet for dogs. Puppies, however, don’t do as well with bones as adult dogs do. A raw diet for dogs is now seen as a viable option for insuring the health of your pet. Ever since the dog food recalls of 2007, raw or homemade dog food diets have become a popular replacement to commercial dog food.

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Pets Everlasting – Cloning Pets

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Dog’s Best Friend…Cats?

Mankind’s two best friends don’t always fight like cats and dogs, according to a new study. When living under the same roof, these two furry friends often get along just great, especially if they’re introduced at a young age.

Tel Aviv University surveyed 170 Israeli households with both a cat and a dog as pets. Two-thirds of the households reported an amicable relationship between the species. Indifference prevailed in a quarter, and less than a tenth reported fighting.

Interspecies harmony was most likely if the cat was adopted before the dog and if the animals were introduced when the cat was younger than six months and the dog younger than a year.

What’s more, Feuerstein and Terkel found that the animals learned to understand each other’s body language—even those signals that convey opposite meanings for the two species. When a dog averts its head, for example, it normally expresses submission; but a cat’s averted head can signal aggression. From video recordings of cat–dog interactions in forty-five of the households, Feuerstein and Terkel found that four times out of five, each animal reacted to its companion’s behavior according to the other’s native code.

[Source: LIVE SCIENCE]

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A Dog’s Incredibly Large Vocabulary

Be careful what you say around your dog. It might understand more than you think. A border collie named Rico recognizes the names of about 200 objects, say researchers in Germany. He also appears to learn words for new objects as easily as a 3-year-old child would. Its word-learning skill is as good as that of a parrot or chimpanzee.

Rico knows the meaning of a surprisingly large number of words. In one experiment, the researchers took all 200 items that Rico is supposed to know and divided them randomly into 20 sets of 10 objects each. The dog waited with one of his owners in one room, while an experimenter put a set of 10 objects into another room. Then, the owner told the dog to fetch one of the items. The dog had to go to the other room and bring the object back.

In four trials, Rico got 37 out of 40 commands right. Because the dog couldn’t see anyone to get visual clues about what to bring back, the scientists concluded that he must understand the meanings of certain words.

In another experiment, the scientists took one toy that Rico had never seen before and put it in a room with seven toys whose names he already knew. The dog’s owner then told him to fetch the object, using a word Rico had never heard.

In 7 out of 10 trials, Rico picked the right object, suggesting that he figured out the answer by process of elimination. A month later, he remembered half of the new names, which further impressed the researchers.

Rico is probably smarter than the average dog, the scientists say. For one thing, he’s a border collie, a breed known for its mental abilities. In addition, the 9-year-old dog has been trained to retrieve toys by their names since he was 9 months old.

It’s hard to know if all dogs understand at least some of the words we say. Even if they do, they can’t talk back. Still, it wouldn’t hurt to sweet-talk your pup every now and then. You might just get a big, wet kiss in return!

[Source: Science News]

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Great Danes and Chihuahuas – Most Destructive Dogs

The average Great Dane cost its owners $1200.00 over its lifetime in stained carpets, wrecked furniture and chewed cables, while chihuahuas notch up an impressive $1300.00 dollars worth of damage.

Mastiffs came third, costing their owners $1100.00 over a lifetime while Basset Hounds were found to cause $1100.00 of damage on average. Finishing off the top five is the Whippet, which will leave a trail of destruction totaling $1000.00. Other dogs with wrecking tendencies include English Setters, Bulldogs, Dachshunds and Boxers.

Among horror stories that emerged in the study was one about a Great Dane who thought the patio doors he was hurtling towards were open and knocked them straight out of the wall. Another owner told how his Border Collie’s wagging tail knocked over a large glass of red wine onto a cream carpet, two days after it had been laid at a cost of $6000.00.

Mike Pickard, Head of Risk and Underwriting at esure pet insurance, said a dog’s destructive tendencies comes down to boredom. “To help minimize your dog’s destructive behavior, remember to house train them from a very early age, maintain their health with regular vet check-ups, and give them plenty of exercise,” he said.

How much money has your dog cost you in damages?

[Source: Telegraph.co.uk]

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Do Dogs Have Cleaner Mouths?

“Their saliva is much cleaner and if you have a cut or anything, if they lick it — it’s healing,” one woman told “20/20” while being interviewed in New York City.

To find out just who has a cleaner mouth, we asked veterinarian and fellow dog lover Marty Becker, author of “Chicken Soup for the Dog Owner’s Soul,”. “They raid the garbage can. You know, we give each other a peck on the cheek when we say hello, they give each other a peck on the rear end,” said Becker. “All you got to do is look, watch, smell and you’ll realize that that is not true.”

He thinks the myth that a dog’s mouth is clean stems from their practice of licking their wounds. “And they’ll be licking that wound and you’ll notice that the wound heals very fast – what that tongue does is it gets rid of the dead tissue,” said Becker. He compares that tongue lashing to the work of a surgeon who cleans out a wound, and said the licking also stimulates circulation.

If you want to give your pooch a kiss, it may be safer than kissing another human. Becker says many of the bacteria in the mouth of a dog are species specific, so it won’t harm its owner. “So a staph or a strep for a human is not transmissible to a dog, if you were to kiss it, and vice versa,” said Becker.

Bottom line – you’re more likely to get a serious illness from kissing a person than kissing a dog. But since dogs do transmit some germs, Becker has some advice: “Keep the vaccines current. Good external parasite control, good internal parasite control. You’re going to be good to go.” And then, he says you can kiss them all you want.
[Source: ABC News]

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Do Dogs Have a Conscience?

The New Scientist reports that dogs may have a rudimentary sense of morality and inequity. For instance, a pair of dogs recognize a difference when one of them is given a treat and the other is not, scientists said.

A few weeks ago, the study was presented to the first Canine Science Forum in Budapest, Hungary.

“I agree,” said Will Thomas, Tampa Bay Dog Whisperer. Thomas says he’s worked with over a thousand dogs and has been successful because he’s learned to think like a dog.

[Source: Tampa Bays 10]

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First Ever Commercial Canine Cloning

Bernann McKinney says her pit bull “Booger” saved her life when another dog attacked her, then learned to push her wheelchair while she recovered from a severe hand injury and nerve damage. He died in 2006, but now he’s back in clone form, after the birth last week of puppies replicated by a South Korean company.

“Yes, I know you! You know me too!” McKinney cried , hugging the puppy clones as they slept.

The five clones were created by Seoul-based RNL Bio in cooperation with a team of Seoul National University scientists who in 2005 created the world’s first cloned dog, a male Afghan hound named Snuppy. It is headed by Lee Byeong-chun, a former colleague of disgraced scientist Hwang Woo-suk, whose purported breakthroughs in stem cell research were revealed as fake. Independent tests, however, proved the team’s dog cloning was genuine.

Lee’s team has since cloned some 30 dogs and five wolves, but claims Booger’s clones, for which McKinney paid $50,000, are the first successful commercial cloning of a canine. The procedure, which costs up to $150,000, is drawing criticism from animal rights groups which oppose cloning pets. They say it can lead to malformed offspring and exploitation of surrogates and egg donors, as well as unfounded claims that the new animal is an exact copy of the original.

“It’s fraught with animal welfare concerns and it does not bring back a loved one,” said Martin Stephens, vice president for animal research issues at The Humane Society of The United States, based in Washington. “A dead animal’s DNA does not guarantee the offspring will be identical to the deceased. It takes more than just genes to create an animal,” said Stephens, who is a biologist.

He said the cloning process also subjects hundreds of dogs and cats to invasive procedures as egg donors and surrogates. According to a report released by The Humane Society in May, 3,656 cloned embryos, 319 egg donors and 214 surrogates were used to produce just five cloned dogs and 11 cloned cats who were able to survive 30 days past birth. There are millions of homeless dogs and cats in the U.S., Stephens said, and “we don’t need new sources to compete with animal shelters and reputable breeders.”

McKinney, 57, a screenwriter who taught drama at U.S. universities, contacted Lee after her dog died of cancer in April 2006. She had earlier gone to U.S.-based Genetics Savings and Clone but it shut down in late 2006 after only producing a handful of cloned cats and failing to produce any dog clones.

The Korean scientists brought the dog’s frozen cells to Seoul in March and nurtured them before launching formal cloning work in late May, according to RNL Bio. “The cells’ status was indeed bad as they had been stored for a long time,” Lee told The Associated Press in a phone interview. “But the scientific technology has also developed compared with when we cloned Snuppy. There is no room for any doubt over whether they are real clones,” said Lee, whose team has identified the puppies as Booger’s genuine clones. His university’s forensic medicine team is currently conducting reconfirmation tests.

Lee said the five clones, which share identical white spots below their necks, were all healthy though their weights vary slightly.

RNL Bio charges up to $150,000 for dog cloning but was paid a third of that by McKinney because she is the first customer and helped with publicity, said company head Ra Jeong-chan. Ra said his firm eventually aims to clone about 300 dogs per year and is also interested in duplicating camels for customers in the Middle East.

[Source: The Associated Press]

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