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Wordless Wednesday, part 38

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Wordless Wednesday, part 9

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Sister Gracie

It’s been a bit busy this week, so I haven’t had time to post until now. One reason for the busy week has been that I have appeared in The Press, the Christchurch region’s newspaper.  The reporter wanted to know more about dog massage (which of course is a favorite subject of mine).  Both Daisy and I are very grateful for the free publicity, which came out of the blue in the form of a phone interview.

The article generated a very special enquiry in the form of an email:

May I ask if Daisy is a Pinerock pointer?  I lost my beautiful old lady Gracie in May and this morning I almost fell off my chair to see that face.  Even friends have asked how I found the massage worked with Grace.  That’s how alike they are – my girl had just turned 13 so they could conceivably be a similar age.  Happy to send you a picture if you like.

And so it transpired that I learned more about Daisy’s sister, who lived with another dog named Shamus, who still grieves for her.  Indeed, it is eerie to see how much Daisy and Gracie resembled one another.  The bloodlines are clearly apparent…


Gracie on sofa

Gracie Digging

shamus and gracie couching

"I will take her ashes to the Pointer Memorial Garden at Pinerock where Pluto the Pointer watches over their souls."

“I will take her ashes to the Pointer Memorial Garden at Pinerock where Pluto the Pointer watches over their souls.”

Gracie’s mum may come for a visit to meet Daisy one day.  I’m sure Daisy would be as welcoming as always and we will share more stories of Gracie.

Christmas skijor anyone?

For those in the northern hemisphere, Christmas is a winter holiday and why not enjoy it with your dog?  Skijoring is a winter sport where a cross-country skier is drawn across the snow pulled by their dog.  In some cases, skiers will skijor with more than one dog.  In Norwegian, the term literally means ‘ski driving.’

Breeds like Huskies, Malamutes and Samoyeds are obvious choices for this sport, where the owner and dog get their exercise together.  However Pointers and Pointer crosses are also good sled dogs (Daisy likes that idea – although at her advanced age she will be a spectator only).

Skiing with dogs 2 Skiing with dogs 3 Skiing with dogs

In this sport, the cross-country skier provides power with skis and poles, and the dog adds additional power by running and pulling. The skier wears a skijoring harness, the dog wears a sled dog harness, and the two are connected by a length of rope. There are specialist suppliers of skijor equipment to get you started.

Of course, careful winter paw care is needed and some dogs may be fitted with protective footwear for the sport.

Christmas skijor anyone?

A Hurricane Sandy survival story

There’s still a lot of work to be done in the communities hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy this week.  Thankfully, it seems that the lessons from Hurricane Katrina have helped and there will be fewer animal casualties because people evacuated with their pets (and shelters accepted them).

I thought I would share this story of Max, a mixed-breed believed to be Shepherd, Pointer and Pit Bull.

Jessie Streich-Kest pictured with Max in happier times. Photo courtesy of NYCCommunities

Max was found under a fallen tree on Tuesday alongside the bodies of his owner and her friend.  They were out walking together when the tree fell on them.  Max is now recovering from head injuries, a broken jaw and cuts.

Max’s owner, Jessie Streich-Kest, saved Max from an ASPCA shelter.  Now, when he recovers, he’ll go to live with her family.

Many charities like the Petfinder Foundation are using donations to help animals in need.  As temperatures drop in the region and power has yet to be restored, even shelters are finding it tough to keep their animals warm and comfortable.

It’s time to reach out and help where you can.

Pointer vs Dalmatian

When I am out walking with Daisy, many people stop us to ask, “She’s a Dalmatian crossed with what?”  And I reply politely, “She’s a pure bred English Pointer, actually.  But it is the spots that throw people off.”

With the help of our friend, Olliver (Ollie for short), I am going to explain the differences between a Pointer and a Dalmatian.  

To start off, let’s look at Daisy and Ollie side by side:  they are different!

Maybe a side by side comparison will help:

Both dogs are black & white, but Ollie has only small spots whereas Daisy has large and small ones.  Daisy’s head is almost solid black; Olliver’s head has spots all over!

Perhaps the best way to tell the dogs apart is to read Daisy’s lips.  Our friends call these saggy doggy lips.  Ollie’s lips are clearly not the same!

Both dogs shed on a regular basis and are single-coated.  This means that they feel the cold and so their favourite place in winter is in front of the fire.  They also benefit from wearing a coat on colder days.

 Some basic Dalmatian facts:

The Dalmatian is a non-sporting dog and the breed is recognised by the American Kennel Club and the New Zealand Kennel Club, as well as many other clubs worldwide.   Dalmatians are either bi-coloured or tri-coloured. Bi-coloured dogs are black and white and tri-coloured dogs have brown, liver and black spots.  Puppies are born white and their spots develop over time.

The breed has a long history, with some people suggesting that Dalmatians were featured on the walls of the Egyptian pyramids. Gypsies that travelled Europe used Dalmatians to calm horses and provide companionship to travellers.  The word ‘Dalmatian’ is derived from the area of Croatia that was known as Dalmatia.  Dogs were traded for goods to the British, who were the first to breed the dogs.

During the late 1700s, Dalmatians were known to be riding under the axles or alongside the carriages of their noblemen owners for the sole purpose of being a status symbol.  The dogs could run or trot for over a hundred miles in a single day. In the evening, the dogs were placed alongside the horses in the stables to guard and to calm the horses.

When Dalmatians came to America in 1870, they arrived as the mascot to the fire truck and this association with firehouses continues to this day.

Dalmatians are known for their spots, energy, devotion, protective nature and intelligence.

Some basic Pointer facts:

The English Pointer, also known as the Pointer, is a gun dog that is recognised by major kennel clubs worldwide.  Pointers may be liver and white, black and white, lemon and white or orange and white.  The dogs can be tri-coloured and also come as solids.  (Solids are more rare and are much sought after.)

Like the Dalmatian, the Pointer has a long history.  It was bred to be a gentleman’s hunting dog and so they are known for being gentle and well-mannered once they are trained.  History records Pointers as far back as the 1600s, with Pointers being used to locate hares and greyhounds being used to chase them.  The breed is thought to be a cross of Foxhound, Bloodhound, Greyhound, Newfoundland, and Setter.  Other records say that there was a Spanish Pointer that was bred in 17th and 18th century to form the basis of today’s breed.

Pointers are often shown ‘on point’ when they are standing still and pointing at the location of birds.  Pointers are not naturally known for their retrieving skills but they can be trained to find dead or wounded game.

Pointers are known for their strength, cleverness, dependability, hardworking nature, loyalty and congeniality.

Famous dogs

Sensation was one of the most famous Pointers.  He was imported to the United States in 1876 and is the mascot for the Westminster Kennel Club, appearing on their emblem.

The Pointer ‘on point’ is also the official registered trademark of the Rodd & Gunn clothing company and the image of the Pointer is found on all of their menswear garments. 

Pointer Brand clothing has also been manufactured in the United States since 1913.  The company’s logo features Carolina Bill, the dog of Landon Clayton King who founded the company, L. C. King Manufacturing Company, in Tennessee. 

Sparky® the Fire Dog is one famous Dalmatian.

He is the mascot and logo for the National Fire Protection Association.  Perhaps the best known Dalmatians are Pongo, Perdita, Prince and the puppies made famous by 101 Dalmatians.  The One Hundred and One Dalmatians was a novel published in 1956 by Dodie Smith that was made into animated films by Walt Disney Productions.

I hope that this article gives you some better information about why Pointers are different from Dalmatians.   Despite their differences, the dogs get along just fine!







Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand

How many dogs does it take to change a light bulb?

Light bulb? What light bulb?

Australian Shepherd
Put all the bulbs in a little circle …

Light bulb? Light bulb? That thing I ate was a light bulb?

Border Collie
Just one? And I’ll replace any wiring that’s not up to code.

Yo quiero Taco Bulb.

Cocker Spaniel
Why change it? I can still pee on the carpet in the dark.

I can’t reach the stupid lamp!

Doberman Pinscher
While it’s dark, I’m going to sleep on the couch.

It isn’t moving. Who cares?

Golden Retriever
The sun is shining, the day is young, we’ve got our whole lives ahead of us, and you’re worrying about a stupid burned-out light bulb?

Hound Dog

Irish Wolfhound
Can somebody else do it? I’ve got a hangover.

Oh, me, me!!!! Pleeeeeeze let me change the light bulb!!! Can I? Can I? Huh? Huh? Can I?

Mastiffs are NOT afraid of the dark.

Let the Border Collie do it. You can feed me while he’s busy.

I see it! There it is! Right there!

Go Ahead! Make me!

Shih tzu
Puh-leeez, dahling. I have servants for that kind of thing.

Toy Poodle
I’ll just blow in the Border Collie’s ear and he’ll do it. By the time he finishes rewiring the house, my nails will be dry.

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand