Bad Dog Owners

It never ceases to amaze me how bad some pet owners can be these days. It seems the incidents of dog attacks are increasing instead of decreasing like you would think since in many places they are finally holding these lousy pet owners responsible; both civilly and criminally. Pretty much everyone has had at least one close call with an aggressive dog at some point in their lives, it seems this is true even for US Parks officers as one was just attacked by a Pitt bull.

I guess they just need to keep stiffening the penalties until they find the one that makes people think before they act or in most cases neglect to act in regards to having and controlling one or more dogs. Take this story below; this knucklehead is rightfully getting slapped with assault of an officer.

A man was arrested Monday after his off-leash pit bull attacked a U.S. Park Police officer and his horse in Crissy Field.

The dog was barking at the officer and his horse while they were on a routine patrol near the West Bluff area of Crissy Field, said National Park Service spokesman Howard Levitt. The officer asked the man to control his pit bull, but he did not comply.

The dog then bit the horse’s stomach and rear leg, Levitt said. The horse fell, bringing the officer down as well… Link to full article: Owner arrested after dog attacks cop, horse – San Francisco Examiner (blog)

Here’s another one…

This lady can’t figure out how her dogs got out and attacked a man when she has the crappiest fence I have ever seen. What did she expect? People want to own multiple dogs and don’t realize what that means. It is called pack behavior and it causes many human deaths a year. When animals get in packs it brings out the hunter in them and that can be very dangerous.

My neighbor has 5 huskies. 4 females and one male. Yesterday she said 3 of the females attacked and hurt the other female and she thought it may be because she was in heat. Well that is exactly what it was, pack behavior. The subordinate female went in heat and the dominate female got the other two subordinate females to aid in the attack.

To own multiple large breed dogs it should be law that you have to take and pass classes to ensure you know exactly how to handle a pack of dogs but sadly that won’t happen any time soon until enough people get tired of loved ones being hurt, maimed or killed by packs of dogs.

Remember with single or multiple dogs, how you react can mean the difference in what happens. 2 dogs came at me the other day while riding my bike so I jumped off the bike right away and kept it between them and me. I then grabbed my dog repellent spray, although I wasn’t running, and had it at the ready.

I think my aggressive posture made them re-think things and they took off. I then was able to ride away. Why? Because I at no time felt fear, I was pissed from the moment they came at me until about 5 minutes after I had already rode off and they went home.

Normally I carry a retractable steel baton with me as well as the dog pepper spray when I ride but I forgot it this time and go figure it would have been nice to have although I made out okay without it.

Stay safe out there!

My Dog Keep Going After Squirrels (Can He Get Sick?)

Our family owns a maltese/poodle mix (moodle) we call Moots, and he gives joy to anyone he meets. There are a lot of things he is determined to do, like driving the delivery man away and grabbing all the chance that he gets playing with the kids. One more thing, he will definitely not let his best pal (Marshy, our cat) chase the laser pointer. He is very serious about his commitments and only means business.

If there’s something that gets Moots’ determination in full bar, that would be killing all of the squirrels in our yard. Although his attempts are still unsuccessful, he hasn’t given up all year. Moots has a strong prey drive and will not stop until he finally gets his first squirrel.

So if you need to get rid of squirrels, a dog is often your best bet. Even the best squirrel trap will only catch one squirrel and sometimes the squirrels will simply avoid it. But a dog in your backyard is always on duty, looking for more.

What is it with squirrels that dogs cannot help themselves and start chasing when they see one? Will killing a squirrel get a dog sick?

Why Squirrels?

When killing rodents, a lot of people trusts their cats to do the job. After all, cats are one of the most efficient in killing rats and other rodents. Why would dogs such as our moodle and cats have the same enemy? It turns out, poodles have something to their DNA that makes them experts in killing mice and rats. Moots may be a bit leary around water, but squirrels don’t scare him one bit!

A long time ago, the need for dogs arose when rats started an infestation in farms. The rodents will eat grains and contaminate the other grains in the storage. They would even kill baby chicks, and to stop this, dogs who can kill rats were bred and became a great asset to the farms. And for rodent hunting breeds, squirrels and rodents are not different.

The Odds of a Squirrel Killing A Dog

One squirrel vs one dog, and we know what the likely outcome of this fight would be. Dogs have a size advantage and can be as fast as their counterpart. Although squirrels compensate with technique, if the dog can catch it, then the fight is over. But what are the chances of the dog getting all the disadvantages in a fight?

According to a BBC report in 2005, a dog in a Russian park was killed by a pack of squirrels. This happened because the stray dog started barking at the squirrels. The pack killed the dog and ran away with chunks of dog flesh. There is no footage of the said attack, so we don’t really know if squirrels are capable of this. All kidding aside, can a dog get sick by successfully killing a squirrel?

Squirrel Danger: Ticks And Fleas

Are you wondering if your dog can get fleas and ticks from running around and catching squirrels? According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, squirrels do not carry fleas. However, grey squirrels are able to carry ticks, which is a danger to dogs because of Lyme disease.

Lyme disease is a bacterial illness caused by a spiral-shaped bacterium called Borrelia Burgdorfer and is transferred via tick bite. The bacterial will travel from the bloodstream and will affect other parts of the body.

Its symptoms include fever, lameness, joint pain and loss of appetite. Lyme disease can be treated with antibiotics over the course of 30 days. But it wouldn’t be a problem if the owner practices preventive tick treatment.

Transmittable Diseases

Lyme disease can be transferred to dogs by ticks, in which they can get from somewhere else other than chasing a squirrel. Fortunately, when it comes to diseases that are specifically transmitted from squirrels, our canine friends doesn’t have a lot to receive. Squirrels don’t carry rabies, which is good news for owners who have a high prey drive pet like Moots.

However, in some parts of the United States, squirrels can transfer a deadly disease to dogs. Some squirrels carry leptospirosis, in which dogs can be susceptible. Leptospirosis can be a threat to your dog and to you, as it is also transferable to humans. It is recommended for owners who had contact with their affected pet to wash their hands and keep the pet away from those who are easily infected to the bacteria.

Chances of this happening from a squirrel encounter are very rare. However, if your dog manifests symptoms such as high fever, vomiting, and convulsions after killing a squirrel, it is likely that it is infected by the bacteria. Call a vet immediately so your pet can be treated with antibiotics and fluids.

The Most Lethal Squirrel Danger

If the dog encountered a dead squirrel and ate it, now THAT we can call a danger. A living squirrel is one thing, a dead squirrel is another. If a dog ate a dead squirrel, it can become susceptible to diarrhea and food poisoning.

The reason is that even if it is banned, a lot of people use poison to get rid of squirrels that invade their home. If a dog ate a poisoned dead squirrel, some of the toxic can be transferred, and your dog can be poisoned too.

How to Build Your Dog’s Courage to Overcome Water

It is true some dogs are afraid of water (which my moodle Moots definitely was!). There is a theory that some breeds of dogs have that fear of water in their genes, but I don’t exactly agree with that. If a dog shows great resistance and fear of water, it may because they encountered a bad experience with water at a very young age. The other issue that may seem to make a dog show great fear is if they have never been exposed to water before and lack knowledge of what it is.

If a dog lives in a kennel most of the day and only roams in an indoor area and has limited access to the outside weather, it will have no experience with wet grass or water itself. It will not have snow falling on its back and therefore water is something that will be strange in its life. A dog with this kind of lifestyle will show fear if it encounters water. This is because a dog is always worried about something it is unfamiliar with and will always want to keep its distance. In its mind, maintaining a distance will keep it far away from harm of this strange thing.

The reason why wolves show no fear of water or snow is because they have to hunt regardless of whether it is raining or not. They sometimes cover acres of hunting grounds in search of food. They encounter water, snow, and ice in their daily hunting routines. Dogs in our homes, however, have lived indoors for most of their lifetime, and it has been this way for a long time. They are not adopted to weather changes as their cousin’s wolves.

Dogs have strong senses and can detect a change in atmospheric pressure. However most live inside enclosed places where temperature is constant and controlled and almost never get to experience the cold or heat of the outside world. They also are at a disadvantage is seeing how the weather changes during the day.

How do you help your dog overcome their fear of water? You can do so in a gradual way to help your dog accept water. This will take patience, understanding, praise and dog treats as bait (if they are necessary depending on the dog). You would be required to try several times if your dog was ever frightened by water in the past since dog’s have good memories. You should not give up on your dog if he frustrates you on the first try. A little patience goes a long way.

If your dog is scared of water (especially raindrops), take its favorite toy outside when it’s raining and start playing with it. This method can be applied in the snow season too. You should make efforts that the toy can be seen during the snowy weather. If your dog overcomes the fear and goes out and brings the toy, reward it with a treat. If your dog fears grass that has dew and water on it, you will be required to take a walk with your dog in the early morning, and you can motivate him by inviting one of his dog friends for a play session in that early morning. This will interest your dog, and he will start playing and forget about the wet grass altogether.

There’s a chance that your dog fears taking a bath because they fell into the bathtub at a young age and their head may have gone under water for a second which meant they took mouthfuls of water. In that situation, you can try getting them used to water that’s shallow, making use of a kiddie pool which has a piece of the non-skid liner at the base to prevent them from falling. Put some water about several inches high and trick them to get in using a treat. Apply water on his body in a gentle way showing him that it isn’t harmful in any way. If you have a young dog who is pretty small, try using a dishpan which has warm water and it will work.

If your dog has a general fear of water, you should try taking them to a gently sloping bank or a lake with a beach which allows your dog to walk on its own. You should schedule a calm and less windy day of the visit so that there is less wave action that can easily scare your dog away. You can attach a six foot lead on their collar and use rewards and praise to lure them in water. You can go back to the lake or river another time and repeat the same routine.

Image credit: Life Jacket Advisor

Moots is one dog who used to be terrified of water but now enjoys it (most of the time). He doesn’t get scared of taking a bath but is happy when it is done. Rain isn’t his favorite thing but he likes playing in the snow and has to be compelled to go inside the house. I took the time to teach Moots about water at a young age to make the fear go away. I did it in his kiddie pool, but now he goes swimming in the lake or running into the waves when we go to the beach. Another thing that also helped Moots is a dog life jacket.

He wasn’t so sure when I first put it on him but soon realized it helps him float and conserve energy when swimming. Don’t skimp on cheap life jackets which are uncomfortable and could make things worse. Even the best life vest for dogs should run you less than $50 and it’ll be so worth it. No he won’t win any swimming race with a labrador retriever, but he enjoys it nonetheless. Through patience and proper understanding of your dog, anyone can help them learn to accept water and enjoy every little bit of it.

All About the Moodle (and Why They’re Awesome)

Temperament: Calm, placid, affectionate
Maintenance level: Moderate
Lifespan: 10 to 15 years
Ideal for: Individuals, couples, families with children, people with allergies

The Moodle, also called Maltipoo, is a cross breed created by mixing that results from mixing miniature poodles and Maltese dogs. This toy breed is best known for its fluffy, curly coat that feels like wool. The Moodle makes an ideal pet for people with allergies, as it sheds little to no hair.

Moodles have thick coats that require daily brushing and professional grooming every six weeks or so. Moodles are typically cream, silver, white, or a mix of all three colors. They are small dogs, only growing to 8 inches long and weighing anywhere from 5 to 19 pounds. As with many small dog breeds, the Moodle has a relatively long life span; the average life expectancy is 12 to 15 years.

Moodle History

The Moodle was bred to be a non-shedding, hypoallergenic dog, although it has been reported that this breed does shed some fur on occasion. While not officially considered a “true breed”, the popularity of the Moodle breed has led to the formation of the North American Maltipoo/Maltepoo Club & Registry. Genetically speaking, the Moodle breed does not have a long history, but its lineage can be traced through the Maltese and poodle breeds.

Moodle Temperament

Moodles are known for calm and placid temperament, so if you’re looking for a “lap dog,” this is definitely the breed for you. Don’t let their laid-back nature fool you, though; these dogs are intelligent, highly sociable, and love playing and going for walks with their owners. The laid-back nature of Moodles makes them a great companion to other animals in the home. Moodles also getalong well with children, but care must be taken to ensure children do not play too roughly with this small and fragile breed.

Common Moodle Conditions and Diseases

Epilepsy – This neurological disorder can cause dizziness, fainting spells, and rigidity. While these behaviors can be frightening to witness, treatment for epilepsy is available and the prognosis for affected dogs is frequently good.

Patellar Luxation – If the bones of the patella are not properly aligned, they can slip in and out of place. This is called patellar luxation. Mild cases do not usually require treatment and do not diminish a dog’s quality of life. Severe cases may cause pain and an abnormal gait that require surgical treatment.

Portosystemic Shunt (PSS) – A portosystemic shunt, also called a shunt of the liver, is a birth defect that occurs when an abnormal connection is formed between the portal vein of the liver and one of its offshoots and another Bevin. This causes blood to bypass, or “shunt,” the liver. Surgery is often required to correct PSS.

Progressive Retinal Atrophy – This eye condition can lead to the deterioration of the retina, causing night blindness and, eventually, full blindness. There is no cure for Progressive retinal atrophy, but many dogs adapt to the loss of eyesight and can continue to lead mostly normal lives – especially if their environment is not changed too drastically.

Interesting Facts About Moodles

  • Moodles are sometimes referred to as “designer dogs.”
  • Moodles are often called the “cutest breed of dog” due to their small size and adorable features.
  • Moodles tend to bond more easily with teenagers and adults than with small children, who often do not know how to handle the delicate nature of this breed.

The Reunion of Choos (the dog)

I wanted to share a story from a friend in the “mixed poodle” group I’m a part of. If this doesn’t brighten your day, nothing will.

It is eight years now since Choos our Golden Retriever became part of our lives. He came via a flight from Mountainview Puppies. His body was all covered with hair, and you could hardly see his eyes, we, therefore, named him Muckback. As he got acclimatized to his new home in Virginia, he developed a habit a chewing anything he could locate mainly socks misplaced on the floor, so we renamed him Choos.

Choos is a central figure in the family; same applies to Marshy our cat, who happens to be Choos’ best friend. In case we are going on vacation, we never leave him behind. Both Choos and Marshy accompany us for our evening walks.

For a few weeks now, I have been at my sister’s place taking care of my elderly mom. As usual, Choos came along with me, and he has been enjoying his time getting acquainted with his new environment. Yesterday I took mom to the hospital and left Choos behind; unfortunately, he managed to escape through the backyard. I came home, and my lovely Choos was nowhere to be found.

I couldn’t believe that Choos had escaped. I took an hour in our neighborhood searching and calling out for him. I inquired from the neighbors and the mailman. Only the mailman remembered seeing him on the street in the morning. At this stage I couldn’t control myself, I shed tears.

I didn’t know how search for my dog, but luckily enough as I began to Google “Find my pet,” I found Lost Pet Finders. Initially, I presumed it was just an online scam; I had no option but to sign up, entered Choos’s particulars and paid a fee for Pet alert. As I continued crisscrossing their website, I realized they were an established firm in the area and had over 161 individuals who had registered for their services within 1 mile radius. I gained hope when I instantly got a welcome email from them.

I made calls to the Humane Society and local vets, but he was nowhere to be found. I designed some excellent fliers and posted them in the neighborhood, it was now dark, and I had to call it a day. Later in the evening, a friend called me and informed me that someone from the Human Society left a message that our Choos had been located!

What a joy, I couldn’t sleep. My first morning assignment was to rush to the Humane Society. After about 10 minutes, I was reunited with our Choos.

When I went back to my sister’s house, I found 8 messages from LostPetFinders. One that caught attention was from a lady named Elizabeth who informed me that she found Choos as she was going home and took him to the nearest Vet.

I’m so thankful for kind strangers. I appreciate the efforts of everyone in the neighborhood who came to my aid. Thanks too to the mailman, he passed by in the morning to see if Choos was back home. I gladly told him yes, Choos is back.