This is Aston, an 8 year old golden retriever who lives in Monaco. Obviously thinking that if he closes his eyes I won’t take his photograph.

Aston lives with Bentley (got it? – posh cars!) – we’ll meet  Bentley next time …


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Nice Lice photos

Check out these Lice images:

fleas and lice

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fleas and lice

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fleas and lice

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The Scruffy Little Hunter Dog: Border Terrier

The Border terrier got its name from the area called Cheviot Hills, which is actually near the border of England and Scotland. This is where these dogs were made to attack and terminate predatory foxes.

They have wiry coat that is why they normally appear as scruffy. However, this scruffiness is an attention-grabber that is why owners do not forget to hug their little ball of energy.

The following are some of the basic facts breeders would really love to know about Borders:

Category: Terrier

Living Environment: indoors (highly recommended); outdoors (fenced yard)

Coat: wiry and short; double coated

Colors: tan, red, grizzle and tan, and/or blue and tan

Height: between 11 and 16 inches

Weight: between 11 and 16 pounds



•    they are scruffy, hard and bold hunters
•    they are active as puppies but mellow down as they mature
•    they are not friendly with rabbits, rats, hamsters, and even birds
•    they are economical to feed
•    their activity die down when left alone all day as they really love to please people especially their owners

When properly trained,

•    they can get along with the household cats but not with cats in the neighborhood
•    they may even catch a burglar
•    they may lose timidity when accustomed to active environments

Breeders should note of the following health issues:

•       Canine Epileptoid Cramping Syndrome or CES, also called as “Spike’s disease”, which is a hereditary, neurological, metabolic and muscle disorder that is sometimes confused with canine epilepsy
•       Cataract, or loss of transparency of one or both lenses of the eyes
•       Cryptorchidism, wherein testicles do not descend into the scrotum
•       Deafness
•       Skin problems and a few skin allergies

Care and Exercise:

•    Their coat needs weekly brushing.
•    They should be professionally groomed at least twice a year.
•    They should bathe only when necessary since they shed little to no hair. Their physique requires a regular exercise routine which includes a daily play time while on leash.
•    They should be on leash while walking in public places because of their hunting instincts.


The exact origins of Border terriers are obscure but many breeders accepted the story that the variety was developed in the Cheviot Hills area, which is near the border of Scotland and England. The Borders have been used as hunters of rabbits and hares. They can even keep up with running horses with their short yet sturdy legs. They were also used by farmers to lure predatory foxes into their dens before killing them.

They were also trained to hunt otters, marten, and even fierce badgers. Like most terriers that were once molded as hunters, they also evolved as pets and became lovely, friendly, and loyal companion dogs. They also take part in dog shows and they can easily grab their audience attention with their agility, appearance, and bright disposition.

The breed was registered by the British Kennel Club in 1920 and by the American Club ten years after.

At present, Borders are highly favored as companion dogs and pets due to their adaptability, friendliness, and winning personality. Nonetheless, they can be reliable when it comes to tracking down vermin. In fact, some of their esteemed talents include hunting, guarding the family, and performing tricks and sports that require competitive obedience.

Like most terriers, you can be rest assured to have a loyal and bright companion dogs if you give your attention and affection to a Border. You can be sure that they can definitely drive away your bore!

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Latest Dog News

Sun Dog Phenomenon

Image by John F Hark
Driving home this evening I noticed this strange rainbow type anomaly (Sun Dog) in the sky. I have never seen anything like this before. Has anyone else? I had polarized sunglasses on and it was much more visible with them on compared to the naked eye. I may not have even taken notice of it with my regular glasses on. It lasted a good long while too.

So I pulled over to the shoulder on the busy Hardy Toll Road and got some shots. Had the Nikkor 12-24 on the camera and I think it worked well for this shot. Any other Houstonians see this Sun Dog tonight?

Thanks mudpig for the identification. Apparently pretty rare occurrences.

View On Black

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Can I Train My Dog to Protect My House and Play with Dogs and People Outside?

He is a 2 year old male German shepherd, and he is very playful both inside and outside, but here's the problem – He doesn't really bark at strangers (unless they have dogs with them) and tends to pull the leash when I walk him near other dogs, so I'm afraid to let him loose in the dog park…

Anyway my question is can I train him to be friendly to other dogs and people but still protect my house from potential thieves by barking instead of licking them to death?


Its unusual for a male gsd not to be at least a bit territorial on his own property. But some lines of the gsd can be slow to mature and don`t start to bark at strangers until 2 and a half years old. Your gsd is obviously quite a confident natured dog if he is friendly to people and other dogs which is better than having a gsd who is afraid and nervous of people.
Even so, no dog however much it barks is going to 100% protect your house against intruders without specialised training which is quite costly. The mere presence of a gsd will in most cases be enough to deter most thieves.
You could try and contact a professional ppd trainer who can assess your dogs temperament and advise you if the dog has a suitable temperament to be trained to protect. This does not come cheap. Do not attempt this yourself as you could ruin your dog for life.
Firstly though, it would help if you enrolled in a good dog obedience club as basic training is the foundations to all other types of training and needs to be done first.
Hope this helps a bit.

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Retired Policemen Has Service Dog Taken Away

The Stupid, It Burns!I generally try to avoid the constant drumbeat of doom and gloom on the Internet. If you take much of what you see on Facebook and blogs at face value you wouldn’t think that in the past 10 years or so dog training, rescue, and animal welfare had come as far as it had. Fact is, most activists aren’t up to the task of winning hearts and minds without truthiness and drama.

But I digress.

In BraindeathAurelia, Iowa a retired policeman and war veteran has had to surrender his service dog because he (the dog) is a pit bull.

Here are the money quotes:

Aurelia is “simply exercising its authority to protect and preserve the rights and property of its residents — whether or not that’s trumped by” federal law. said George Wittgraf, an attorney representing BraindeathAurelia.

Well, it is trumped by federal law. This genius of an attorney didn’t just watch his client open itself to incredibly expensive legal and civil consequences, he’s bragging about it to the press.

Second, breed specific legislation does not protect communities. It is the refuge of lazy cowards that lack the knowledge and/or willpower to do what it takes to actually protect people from dangerous dogs.

“They had several people come forward saying they were concerned about the pit bull because of the nature of the breed. They just feel it’s unsafe. They’re aggressive and could hurt somebody. If the service animal was anything but a pit bull, it would have been fine,” said City Clerk Barb Messerole.

Yes, that’s right. Based on the complaints of several of the “friendly citizens of Aurelia” these Mensa candidates have decided to defy federal law and take away a disabled veteran’s service animal.

What more can I say? Brent Toellner has written volumes on the stupidity and ineffectiveness of BSL, and on the beautifully coined term panic policy making.” This appears to be a result of this kind of policy making: Aurelia’s breed ban apparently dates back to, get this, a single bite.

A miserable Christmas to you too, Auerlia, Iowa. Here’s hoping for coal in your stocking.

And a very, very, very, costly loss in court. The kind that ends careers.

Retired Policemen Has Service Dog Taken Away is a post from: Dog Spelled Forward

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warts & lice

A few nice Lice images I found:

warts & lice

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Tenuous Link: CVS pharmacy

Body Louse

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An old high school lab drawing…from 2000

Published in French Newspaper 03-12-2010…

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Orders, orders

You might think, because I blog, that all of my customers come from the Internet. Not so! Just about EVERYBODY I know who has a pet is on this food! Most of the time, I send them to the web and they order whenever they want. They like that independence. But for some, I help them keep the cost down by having it all shipped to me.

People tend to order a day or two before they run out of food. I can’t really stock lots of food at my house (I have some aggressive kitties who can even figure out how to open a bottle of the kitty supplements — there’s one at my side right now who is persistently ripping into a bag of hairball treats ). So I keep the 2 and 3 lb dog and cat sample bags in my car to give to people as they order, and then every two weeks I put in a very large order. When you order $ 500 at a time, S&H is free so that works out all around.

I came home Saturday to a long handwritten note in my mailbox from the neighbors to the north of me. It’s a mom and her two adult daughters and an aunt, all living in this house with its basement apartments. They are GREAT neighbors! Woo, read my story on 16 cookies at my marathon running blog!

Anyway, they have a kitty and a new therapy dog. They were already great fans of the cat food and Instinctive Choice and after trying a sample bag of the dog food, they wanted to order a 60-lb bag and some treats and porkhide bones.

Then, some friends from church called and they need another case of canned cat food and a bag of Life’s Abundance for their kitty.

We’ve picked up about seven new customers between Val and my friend Joyce and I this last week via the Internet.

So it’s keeping me busy but I LOVE it!

A day in the life of a HealthyPetNet Rep

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Spicing Things Up

What better way of spicing things up than stepping out of the box?  Friday I had the stupid brilliant idea of hosting some Christmas themed mini sessions to raise money for the Windy City Canine Rescue.  I emailed Lorelei to see what she thought and she jumped on board.  So much for the voice of reason!

So Saturday morning I got up early and put together a little flyer advertising the mini sessions that were going to be scheduled the next day and sent it off to all our clients.  I wanted to send it early so that there would be enough time to fill the 8-12 spots. It was so last minute I thought there was no way we would get more than 8 people able and willing to come. In an hour (by 8 a.m. on a Saturday!) the 12 spots were full and I still had more emails coming in.  So we opened it up for a little longer and then a little longer again.  In two hours we had 25 slots full and by the end of the day we had another 12 people on the waiting list.  Wow.  First off, what the heck is everyone doing up so early on a Saturday?  Secondly – who knew so many people wanted Christmas photos of their pet?

But as the emails kept pouring in, I started to panic.  Can we do this?  Is it going to be chaos?  By the time Marlin got out of bed, we were already full booked up and I knew we needed his help manning the door.  So before he even had his first coffee I was begging for his help.  Being the sweet guy that he is, he agreed.  Phew.  Lorelei is also bringing reinforcements. So now I just need to worry about posing the dogs – something I don’t really like to do – mainly because they never sit still.

Jo came over late yesterday afternoon to help us figure out what the heck we were doing.  First of all, stringing Christmas lights for the background is more of an art form than you’d think.  I started off with a couple multicoloured strand.  The blue didn’t show at all and the white lights were orange and overpowering.  It looked more like a Halloween themed background.

Thankfully I’d also brought along our strings of outdoor lights that are only red.  MUCH better.  Then Jo got the boys to pose.  Wow.  They were perfect.  Never even put a toe out of line – even while wearing the elf hat.  I have a feeling today won’t go quite a smoothly. :)

And Tate.  Wow Tate.  He just had the best expressions the whole time. Love his pics.

I didn’t take any pictures of the set up (I’ll try and remember today) but basically the dogs are standing in an open doorway (facing out) and the overhead lights are off in the building behind them.  I’ve then strung the lights on the fence halfway across the room… Maybe 20 feet away from the door.

Who knew pictures taken at the daycare could be so pretty!

Lorelei has a white background and is set up inside the building with lights and such.  You can see her sneak peaks of the boys (and 1 of Lacey!) on her facebook page.  It’s going to be wild and fun and scary and crazy all at once.  Wish us luck!

Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey

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