If you are visiting Washington, DC, one of the best memorials on the Mall is to commemorate the life and achievements of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR).
And one reason I liked this monument is that FDR’s dog, Fala, is also featured and this makes him unique – the only presidential dog that has been honoured in this way.
Fala, a Scottish Terrier, lived from 7th April 1940 to 5th April 1952. FDR renamed the dog referring to the name of his 15th century Scottish ancestor (John Murray), “Murray the Outlaw of Falahill, “ The name was then shortened to “Fala.”
Fala accompanied FDR everywhere; it was said that FDR fed Fala personally. Fala’s leather collar had a silver plate on it which read, “Fala, the White House.”
Fala was often present during FDR’s fireside chats (via radio) to the US public. So, it makes sense that Fala is seen at the FDR memorial sitting at his master’s side.
The Fala statue is quite large; this is me sitting next to it (for scale).
The Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas is pet-friendly. Through discount site Coupaw, it is currently offering a 3-day/2-night stay for 2 adults at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas for $30. The voucher for this deal includes a Las Vegas BITE card which provides the cardholder with other excellent deals on a wide array of food and entertainment throughout Las Vegas.
As with many pet-friendly hotels, there are restrictions including breed specific ones
The fine print says:
2 Dog maximum – $25 additional fee – per dog/per night. Pet fees are paid directly to the Riviera Hotel. All pet arrangements must be made directly with the Riviera Hotel. Pet friendly rooms are located in classic room types – San Remo tower. Dogs cannot exceed 50 lbs. Dog Owner must provide proof of current vaccinations including exhibiting current rabies tag on check in. Dogs that are excluded to stay in pet friendly rooms include but are not limited to: Akitas, Alaskan Malamutes, Chows, Doberman Pinschers, English Bull, Terriers, German Shepherds, Mastiffs, Pit Bulls, Presa, Canaries, Rottweiler, or any dog with a bite history. Coupaw is not responsible for the Riviera hotel refusing to accommodate specific dogs for any reason.
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Tagged Akita, Alaskan Malamute, breed specific, bull terriers, Chow, Coupaw, Doberman, doberman pinschers, dog friendly, english bull terriers, german shepherd, Las Vegas, mastiff, Pit Bull, Riviera, riviera hotel and casino, Rottweiler
I find it really interesting that some people refer to this dog as a German Shepherd (sometimes GSD – standing for ‘German Shepherd Dog’) and others as the Alsatian.
Strictly speaking, the name Alsatian is no longer valid. It was officially removed as an identifier in 2010 by the American Kennel Club.
The change in name from German Shepherd dates back to the years after World War I, when it as felt that the name ‘German’ in the dog’s breed would affect its acceptability in society. So, the UK Kennel Club decided to call the dog the ‘Alsatian Wolf Dog.’ The name caught on with other kennel clubs.
Over time, ‘wolf dog’ was dropped and the breed was simply referred to as the ‘Alsatian.’ (Alsace is the region of France in the north-east corner, bordering Germany.)
In the 1970s, there was a successful campaign to again have the dogs referred to as German Shepherd Dogs and the word (Alsatian) in parentheses followed.
For all our friends and family in Boston, this Boston Terrier is for you – we are thinking of you and join you in your grief.
I was at a lunch last week and I was talking about brachycephalic dogs. One fellow asked, ‘brachy what?’
Brachycephalic dogs are dogs with a short muzzle and generally flat face. “Brachy” means “shortened” and “cephalic” means “head.”
These features make them very cute. But, this head structure doesn’t leave a lot of room for the nasal passages and palate, which are parts of the anatomy that help breathing.
Most of us who either own a brachycephalic dog or who have seen one at the dog park or elsewhere can identify the ‘brachy snort’ – the sound of a dog that is struggling to breathe.
We all know that dogs help to control their temperature on hot days through panting. Unfortunately, brachycephalic dogs are inefficient panters and so these dogs are more susceptible to heat stroke. They are generally not good outdoor dogs during summer because of this.
Some dogs also suffer from brachycephalic airway syndrome. This syndrome is actually a group of upper airway abnormalities. Brachycephalic syndrome is also known as congenital obstructive upper airway disease and in extreme cases, a veterinary surgeon may do surgery to help correct the abnormalities.
The abnormalities associated with the syndrome include:
- stenotic nares, which are nostrils that are narrowed
- elongated soft palate, which is a soft palate that is too long for the mouth and so the length partially blocks the entrance to the back of the throat
- a hypoplastic trachea, an abnormally narrow windpipe
- nasopharyngeal abnormalities, the bone in the dog’s nasal cavity grows incorrectly and this can stop air flow. This bone helps direct airflow and also helps with heating and humidifying inhaled air.
Because of their breathing difficulties, a brachycephalic breed must be fit and trim no matter what their life stage. Obesity is a real threat to these dogs.
Since breathing difficulties become worse with strenuous exercise, it’s critically important to balance the dog’s caloric intake with their exercise and look for small opportunities to exercise the dog without causing stress.
Common brachycephalic dog breeds include:
· English Bulldog
· Shih Tzu
· Boston Terrier
· Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
· Shar Pei
· Lhasa Apso
Posted in dog breeds, dog care
Tagged brachycephalic, brachycephalic syndrome, breathing, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, congenital obstructive upper airway disease, English Bulldog, Lhasa Apso, palate, panting, Pekingese, pug, respiration, Shar Pei, Shih Tzu
April is National Greyhound Adoption Month in the USA.
Although Greyhound racing is increasingly banned in many parts of the country, breeders continue to produce large numbers of the dogs for the racing industry. And when these dogs are too old to race, or not good earners at the track, their days are numbered…
Greyhound rescue groups around the globe need more adoptive homes for retired racing Greyhounds. And they are prepared to get creative in their promotions. Here’s a great ad from The Greyhound Project:
In New Zealand, a petition has been presented to the Green Party in Parliament to investigate the Greyhound industry. Read about that initiative in my earlier (January 2013) posting.
If you are interested in adopting a Greyhound, please do some homework about whether this breed is for you. Rescue groups are interested in finding forever homes for these beautiful dogs and have lots of information to help you make a decision.
|SOME GREYHOUND TRIVIA
- The greyhound is the only dog mentioned by name in the Bible. King James Version, Proverbs, 30:29-31
- Greyhounds can reach speeds of 45 miles(72km) per hour
- Greyhounds became the first European dog in the New World when they accompanied Christopher Columbus on his second expedition, which set sail from Spain in September 1493
A common challenge in the adoption business is finding homes for black dogs. For many years, shelter workers worldwide have reported that black dogs (and cats) are less likely to be adopted than others and more likely to be euthanized.
It’s a case of judging a book by its cover – or is it?
In films, if there is an evil or menacing guard dog, it’s usually black or dark coloured (e.g. Rottweiler, Doberman). Black cats are notoriously associated with the devil or witches, as well.
However, research published in early 2012 suggested that the issue isn’t colour – it’s breed. And no one appears to be gathering statistics on the adoption of black dogs vs other dogs. Plus there’s the fact that the Labrador (including black Labs) is routinely the top of the list when it comes to popular breeds. This means that someone isn’t afraid of black dogs!
Practically speaking, however, it is usually more difficult to photograph a black dog. Many shelters find that they can’t do a black dog justice in the photos that are mounted on the internet on shelter web pages and Facebook sites. Rescue organisations are encouraged to place additional overhead lighting in the kennels of black dogs to make them more appealing to visitors. Another suggestion is to take a black dog for a run or brisk walk before photographing him/her – thus photographing them when they are panting which is more likely to look like a smile in their photograph.
Patricia McConnell has commented on Black Dog Syndrome (fact or fiction) on her website.
Meanwhile, rescue organisations often hold special events for the adoption of black-coated animals. These are photos I took last year at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary during their May appeal – Back in Black… The adoption fee was waived for all black animals during the month. Very creative!
Do you think Black Dog Syndrome is real? What does your rescue organisation do to support the adoption of black dogs?
Posted in dog adoption, dog breeds
Tagged adoption, animals, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, black cat, black dog syndrome, black dogs, Black Labrador, devil, Doberman, evil, Patricia McConnell, photography, rescue organisations, Rottweiler
Does your dog celebrate St Patrick’s Day (a.k.a. St Pawtrick’s Day)?
Most dogs don’t really enjoy being dressed in costume. However, there are breeds that have Irish roots. Let’s honor these breeds on St Patrick’s Day and simply include our dogs in the celebrations rather than dressing them up!
Grab a Guinness and let’s toast:
The Irish Setter, pictured here are Daisy Sheridan and family at her birthday in 2010
The Irish Terrier
The Irish Water Spaniel
The Irish Wolfhound
The Glen of Imaal Terrier
The Kerry Blue Terrier
The Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier
Posted in dog breeds, dogs and holidays
Tagged Daisy Sheridan, Glen of Imaal Terrier, Guinness, Irish Setter, Irish Terrier, Irish Water Spaniel, Irish Wolfhound, Kerry Blue Terrier, Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier, St Patrick's Day
According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 80 percent of dogs over the age of three develop periodontal disease. I’ve previously blogged about gum disease in Dog breath is no laughing matter and Managing dental health.
Did you know that while any dog can develop gum and dental problems, periodontal disease is most commonly seen in toy dog breeds? That’s because they have the same number of teeth as larger dogs but their mouths are smaller and so there’s less room between teeth…
Here’s a photo of one toy breed, the Chihuahua. Willow is owned by George L. Verge.
Our Chihuahua – Willow
The Greyhound Protection League in New Zealand claims that there are over 10,000 greyhounds unaccounted for in the country at present, with a further one thousand unaccounted for annually. You can sign a petition that requests that the relevant Ministers use their statutory powers to conduct an independent investigation into New Zealand’s greyhound racing industry, and that this information be made publicly available.
By signing this petition, you ask for an independent investigation that makes public:
- The number of greyhounds bred and imported annually for the racing industry
- The number of greyhounds retired annually through the Greyhounds as Pets scheme, other agencies or privately*
- The number of injuries which occur annually in all racing-related activities (such as training, trialing, and competing)
- The number of greyhounds euthanased annually due to race-related injuries
- The number of greyhounds euthanased annually for other reasons (and what these reasons are).
*Private rehoming can typically fall into two categories: household pets or breeding stock for pig hunting. As the welfare implications of greyhounds as pig hunting stock may be significantly different than those of a household pet, it would be prudent to define whether a “private adoption” is for the purpose of hunting stock or pet.
Interested? SIGN HERE.