Archive for November, 2009

What’s a “rescue dog”?

Question by Miss Parker ♥: What’s a “rescue dog”?

Best answer:

Answer by ♥PoodlePuff♥
A rescue dog is a dog in an animal shelter that has been saved from death by a loving human.

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Paper Training An Adopted Dog

Paper Training An Adopted Dog

Adopting a new puppy is without doubt one of the things that bring delight and squeals from children. It is a happy occasion for both you and the family. However, a puppy, cute and cuddly as they are will, as all dogs do, mess in the home. The newest member of the household has to be potty trained as soon as the very first day.

You should note that dogs could hold their bladder up to five hours, not more than that. In fact, dogs being territorial animals will mark the territory by urinating every few feet or so. When your dog is new to a particular place that has not yet been marked by other dogs, expect your dog itching to mark every nook and cranny of the house, worse, that includes the rugs and carpets. The following will take you step-by-step through to potty train the pup.

Since you are expecting the pup to urinate you would likely anticipate that it is bound to happen. Once you see a pup raising a hind leg, carry him outside to a designated place where the pup could relieve himself. Typically a pup that is good for adoption is about three months old. That also means that the puppy could hold his bladder for at least three hours. Refrain from waiting for that. Bring the puppy out every two hours counting from the time when you first brought him outside. You will need to establish a routine and a schedule. Dogs respond well to schedule and routine. Routines, repetitions, and schedules are the main tools used in training.

Use the same area each time. When you are trough playing with the puppy, go to the spot. When the puppy has finished eating, go to the spot. Every two hours after that, go to the same spot. Sooner or later, the puppy will get the idea. All it takes is patience and how ready you are because bringing home a new dog to the house will take responsibility. The hardest part is just until the puppy gets used to the routine. Until then, everything hangs on your commitment to raising a housebroken dog.

Likewise, feed your dog on a regular schedule. That way you could predict and better control the time when the puppy will be relieving itself.

In the same manner, young puppies will need to relieve itself during the night. A young puppy is generally regarded as less than four months old. If so, do give water to the puppy before bedtime. Puppies that are four months or more make it overnight. When the puppy wakes up, the initial urge is to urinate, bring him to the spot. After a nap, do the same. Establishing routines and getting the puppy accustomed to the spot will make him go there eventually without being led.

Even behind all these, accidents could happen. If the pup soiled a rug, a piece of paper or pieces of item, place the items in the spot. It will give the puppy the hint what the spot is for.

It is also important to praise the puppy the very moment after the puppy has relived himself in the spot designated. That will reinforce the idea and go there every time.

Read more about successfully adopting a dog, and download your copy of Adopting A Dog – The Secret to A Successful Adoption now!

UPDATE: Jumping Jack was adopted right before Christmas in New York! But we have more dogs available. Tangi Adopt A Rescue – – Hi! I am named Jumping Jack and I am a playful pup that is about 10-12 pounds I will not get any larger fatter maybe if you fall for my cute tricks and reward me with too many dog cookies! I am incredibly sweet. I am crate trained, housetrained, and I walk on a lead rather well. I will whine when I need to go out and potty. I sleep at night in my crate. I get along well with people, children, dogs, and cats (if they are not slapping me). I like to dog toys to chew on and prefer the stuffed one that I can de-head and mangle. Still feeling like a puppy and could be destructive if home alone – supervised and giving many doggy toys I would be a great house pet. I will cuddle on the couch with you and fall to sleep. I play kinda ruff I am a terrier and must be supervised with small children. I am sometime talkative (some say am demanding) when I want a toy, treat or attention and need a strong pack leader that will take command. I will not mind much as I am very smart and learn quickly with food as a motivator food hound. I know – SIT, JUMP, SHAKE hands, and DOWN, and of course I ready to learn more. I am not looking to be adopted by someone looking for a yard dog – I want time inside with my family! I’m one of the 9 survivors of the mass killing at the Hammond shelter on Aug 4, 2008. More info here: Photos of the only TPAC survivors

Question by horsechick8990: When a dog is having a “false pregnancy”, do they look and act the same as a normal pregnant dog?

Best answer:

Answer by di
Yes, in many ways they do. They will dig craters to China, tote things around, start nesting, get a belly and possibly even have swollen teats. The only way you will know for sure is wait 2 months or go to a vet. The best way to avoid the situation is to have her spayed.

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Nice “dog Cartoon” photos

Some cool dog cartoon images:

Cute Lady – Cute Dog – Cartooning Again

Image by Boogies with Fish…
It’s Easter Sunday morning. In Papua New Guinea, it’s an official holiday, so I have no excuse for going into the office. Miraculously, my TELIKOM copper line has dried out sufficiently so that I can get on line, albeit with glacial speed. I sincerely hope to get my wireless connection to the office going tomorrow. It’s disappointing that we’ve put so much money and effort into it and it doesn’t work. I’m certain that the fix is simple. It just involved getting up on the supermarket roof again.

I have a small collection of miscellanea for you today. I am simply too lazy on this last day of a long weekend to go through the 160 exposures that I took on my two dives on Saturday. There are only two here. You will simply have to wait a bit longer for your fish. I hope you’re not too hungry.

This morning I went outside to check out the photographic possibilities. Beside the front door, where I installed my last link in the wireless hop to my office, there was a katydid perched on the Cat 5e cable. I can only assume that it was trying to heal the link: Unfortunately, it’s efforts were unsuccessful.

Since this is an entirely random accumulation of images, I’ll jump to this one of Swami Monty wielding his new Canon G11 at some unsuspecting underwater critter. This was Monty’s first outing with the new rig, which is identical to mine: Richard Jones also has the same gear. I think that we’re going to have to start a G11 club here in Madang.

Today’s spider is a spindly looking critter. I’m not sure what the purpose of all the webbing is. Maybe it simply provides a firm scaffolding on which to hang: There is a fair amount of detail in this shot. It’s worth clicking to enlarge.

On one of the dives on Saturday I found this poor starfish which has had a leg chomped off by some predator: I can’t imagine that a starfish leg would taste very good, but then I’m not a fish. The most likely predators of starfish are sharks, rays and larger bony fish (as opposed to sharks and rays, the skeletons of which are cartelage and not true bones).

Back to the garden, I found one of my favourite subjects – water drops: As they say, simple things for simple minds.

I’m still slaving away to learn cartooning techniques. I’m not at all happy with the commercial software for creating cartoons from photographs. Most of the results look horrible and require a huge amount of reworking. If I’m going to go to that effort, I may as well develop my own workflow to get the results that I want. It’s really one of the most interesting and enjoyable Photoshop tricks that I’ve tried: You saw the image above with Ush and Andrew and Jade Marshall’s Blue Heeler pup yesterday. I cleaned up the clutter in the background and cartoonised it.

I have in mind to someday write some cartoon strips based on photographs for Madang – Ples Bilong Mi.

I need to broaden the horizon. It’s getting smelly in here.

On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.

Image by Ben Lawson
There was a flickr user that got a lot of people’s attention in recent months, called Ramona Dixon. Recently it has become apparent that she was a fabrication. At the end her creator claimed that "Ramona" was undergoing surgery for a brain tumour, which was very upsetting for many people who thought they knew her. Then she, and her apparent girlfriend, disappeared.

This New Yorker cartoon, literally from the dawn of the Internet, says it all…

Explore: May 29th, 2006.


Image by Pete Barr-Watson
this is my first attempt at messing with Comic Life.

Comic Life

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Check out these dog book images:

2009-11-20 – Barley & Wheat Surprise – 0005

Image by smiteme
Barking Barley and Wheat Surprise from The Simple Little Vegan Dog Book: Cruelty-Free Recipes for Canines (page 53).

Recipe here.

Book review here.

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Image by smiteme
Peanut Butter Banana Treats from The Simple Little Vegan Dog Book: Cruelty-Free Recipes for Canines.

Book review here.

Choosing A Dog To Suit You

Choosing A Dog To Suit You

Before choosing a dog, there are lots of considerations to take into account. The longer you spend thinking about these issues at the beginning, the better your chances of  picking a dog who’s well matched to you. Having identified what you’re looking for in your new pet dog, it’s time to start trying to match up these personality traits with recognised breed characteristics.

If you are looking for more help and advice on how to go about choosing a dog, check out how to choose the right dog

The next step is to begin obtaining as much information as you can. Attempt to speak with genuine experts.If you require information on general dog welfare topics for example, its clear that you should speak with somebody from a reputable veterinary practice. Equally, information regarding breed characteristics should be obtained from an expert in canine behaviour. help from friends may be well-intentioned, but be wary of treating it as expert advice.

Its worth remembering here that in the same way that we have our own unique personalities – so do dogs.

Your dogs current behaviour will be coloured as much by his own experiences as by his breed character traits.
For this reason, it is strongly advised that you only take advice on this subject from a dog breeding specialist with a good reputation.

There are many more useful tips and helpful bits of advice on how to choose a dog at choosing a dog

Once you have chosen a a dog who you think may be the right one for you, ensure you spend a good while with him so that you can watch how he behaves and assess his temperament. Does he seem to enjoy the company of you and your family? Does he show signs of anxiety when approached?A detailed appraisal of the dog at this point will help you to form an objective opinion about him.The dog will still be influenced to some degree by his inherited characteristics, so try if you can to have a observe his family members also.

If you have gone for a puppy, ensure he’s at least eight weeks old, has begun his obedience training, and has been socialised.He should not seem anxious, or be stressed by human contact.

Its well worth doing the research and taking your time at this point to try and ensure you stand the best chance of picking the perfect dog for you.

Hopefully you’ve enjoyed this article – why not have a look at choosing a dog to suit you

You’ll find lots more tips and great advice on all aspects of dog training and dog behavioural issues at

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