Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Siberian Husky: Dog of the North

The Siberian Husky: Dog of the North

The Chukchi tribe of the great northern expanses in Siberia was the nomadic tribe which bred the Siberian Husky dogs. The tribe was well known for their remarkable aptitude for breeding these fine dogs as early as 3000 years ago. They were a people who lived inland and hunted along the coastal shores and they used the dogs for pulling back the game, many times over very long distances. Their dogs were bred purely and selectively and consequently the Siberian Husky of today is very directly descended from the original dogs belonging to the Chukchi tribe.

The dog was little known in the United States or in Europe until the first "Alaska Sweepstakes" (later known as the Iditarod) was run and a team of Siberian huskies won. In later expeditions to the North Pole, the Siberian was a major player also. This beautiful and intelligent breed became a favorite of the Russian explorers and was extensively used throughout Siberia. For many years it was known as the "Chukchi" dog, but in the United States the name "Siberian Husky " was coined, while in Great Britain the same breed was often called the "Arctic Husky".

The Siberian Husky is a strikingly beautiful dog. The eyes are almond shaped and slightly slanted, the skull is clean and refined, with very soft upright well furred ears lending an intelligent and alert look to the head. Often there is a definite mask and sometimes the eyes are a pale blue or golden yellow in color. The coat is soft and densely furred and can be of any color, usually very symmetrically marked. He is a medium sized dog, classed as a "working dog" with great stamina and speed being the hallmark of the breed. Because of his close association with the Chukchi tribe, being considered a "member of the family", he is a very people oriented dog and does not have as strong a "pack mentality" as for example the Alaskan Malamute and some of the other husky breeds who were bred to pull in a pack exclusively.

The Siberian Husky entered the American Kennel Club registry in 1930 and his popularity has grown beyond that of being only a Show Dog. He is used extensively as a Therapy Dog, doing well in Obedience and Agility and is of course also used still as a racing sled dog. The "Sibe" as he is affectionately termed, is a friendly and completely amiable dog, quite easy to train and very willing to please. Temperamentally he is non-aggressive to other dogs and to people. He is comparatively easy to groom, for even though he has a thick coat it is not excessively long and is simple to maintain for it seldom mats and is completely weather proof. Besides all of that, he is a healthy breed which has very few genetic anomalies or inherited problems. He is an adaptable dog, but definitely needs plenty of exercise, for he was bred to be a working dog and needs to be kept busy or he will find something to occupy himself with. He is above all an "easy keeper" and a happy companion dog who loves to work for his master.


Monday, October 22, 2012

Woman offers reward in beloved pet's kidnapping - FOX 10 News - Phoenix, AZ | KSAZ-TV

Woman offers reward in beloved pet's kidnapping - FOX 10 News - Phoenix, AZ | KSAZ-TV

FOX 10 News - Phoenix, AZ | KSAZ-TV

Siberian Husky Juno

"This site is dedicated to finding my Siberian Husky Juno , she is 2 years old with bright blue eyes,who loves people ,children and other animals.
From the day she was born to the day she was stolen she been and always will be a huge part of our family, and we will keep looking for her until she is safely at home."

'via Blog this'

Is your Dog at Risk for Bloat?

October 2012
Is your Dog at Risk for Bloat?
Canine bloat is a very serious health condition that affects dogs and can become a life-threatening emergency. Bloat is the second leading cause of death for dogs, after cancer. Understanding warning signs, prevention and treatment is critical to help reduce the risk of death if bloat should occur.

How does bloat occur? 
The medical term for bloat is gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV) and it is also referred to as 'stomach torsion' or 'twisted stomach.' In the bloated stomach, gas and/or food stretches the stomach abnormally, causing severe pain. The stomach then has a tendency to rotate and cuts off the blood supply and all possible areas for gas to exit the body.

When stomach gases cannot get out, they expand. If untreated, toxins build up and stomach tissue begins to die because it is too tight to allow blood to circulate. The liver, pancreas and other organs may be compromised and shock from low blood pressure can set in. If the stomach ruptures, peritonitis can result.

Some of the signs of bloat include a rapid heart rate, salivating, vomiting (or retching), restlessness, a swollen belly and weakness. If a dog is suspected to be suffering from bloat, it is critical to get immediate veterinary care. A dog cannot recover until the stomach is untwisted and the gases released. Even after a dog with bloat has been stabilized, there can be many related complications such as shock and heart failure.

Once diagnosis has been confirmed, medical treatment might be sufficient, however, most cases require surgery. If tissue damage is severe, the spleen and part of the stomach might be removed.

When abdominal surgery is performed, it allows an assessment of the stomach and surrounding organs and a chance to reposition and suture the stomach (called a gastropexy), to help prevent twisting in the future. Post-operative care depends on the severity of the disease and the treatment methods used to date.

What causes bloat and how can it be prevented? 
Typically, dogs with deep and narrow chests are said to be more at risk, but even small dogs, such as Dachshunds and Chihuahuas, can be affected by bloat. (The depth-to-width ratio of a dog's chest represents the amount of room for stomach movement in the abdomen, behind the ribcage.) Bloat can occur in dogs of any age or breed, although it usually is found in dogs over the age of seven.

It's important to note that not all cases of bloat happen in the same way and bloat occurs as acombination of factors. There are several known causes of bloat, including risk factors relating to stress, eating and exercise habits, heredity, behavioral traits, build and disposition. A dog with a first-degree relative that has bloated is considered more at risk for bloat. Male dogs seem to suffer from bloat more often than female dogs. Spaying and neutering does not appear to affect the risk of bloat.

Diet composition is key in avoiding bloat. A dog's mealtime environment should be stress-free and as peaceful as possible. Discuss with your veterinarian the types of food your dog should eat, (e.g. dry versus moist, raw meat, fiber, etc.) as well as specific ingredients to use or avoid (e.g. protein, fat, acids, carbohydrates, etc.). Every dog is different and should be evaluated individually regarding specific diet needs and his risk of bloat.

Dogs fed only once a day - as opposed to multiple small meals - are said to increase their risk of bloat. And, dogs that eat too quickly or exercise too vigorously or too soon after a meal might also be more at risk. Discuss with your veterinarian your dog's breed characteristics and predisposition to bloat, as well as how many meals (and what portion size) he should have each day, and the specific recommendations for his exercise regimen.

In addition, some veterinarians believe that there are higher risks of bloat when certain sizes and types of dogs use elevated feeding bowls, while others disagree. Ask your veterinarian about this issue and whether or not floor level or elevated feeding bowls are appropriate for your dog.

Prevention is always preferable to treatment. Avoid situations that can create anxiety and allow your dog access to fresh water at all times. Some veterinarians suggest that owners of 'susceptible' dogs keep a product on hand containing simethicone to slow gas, if bloat should occur and to 'buy more time' to get to the clinic. A supplement of acidophilus is said to promote 'friendly' bacteria in canine intestines which prevents the fermentation of carbohydrates that can cause gas and quickly lead to bloat. Be certain to discuss these options with your veterinarian.

Know the risks and be prepared 
Bloat is a serious, life-threatening emergency that can occur quickly. Talk with your veterinarian in advance about your dog's characteristics and chances of developing bloat -- and what steps you can take to avoid it.

Veterinary costs for treating bloat can add up quickly and having pet insurance can help cover the financial expense. Here at PetPartners, the exclusive provider for the AKC Pet Healthcare Plan, a sampling of some recent bloat claims we've reimbursed have been for $1,495, $5,000, $3,327 and $1,238. Another bloat claim reimbursement, for $3,572, included a splenectomy (removal of the spleen). For more information on our other illness benefits and entire range of healthcare plans, call us at 866.725.2747 or visit:

Become knowledgeable about the signs of bloat. If you suspect your dog has bloat, do not attempt home remedies and contact your veterinarian immediately, calling ahead so that the veterinary staff can prepare for your arrival.

Understanding your own dog's risks, prevention, symptoms and the need for prompt treatment can help avoid the risk of death if your dog should suddenly develop bloat.

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Saturday, October 13, 2012

So Shellie is back.

So if you don't know by now. I am a foster dad for pet Harbor rescue & referral or not .com. So my foster pup at the moment is Shellie. She is by far the most loveable & sweetest girl I know. She is one of the 5 sisters, I believe she is the last one. I will need to check on that one though. Well the point of this post was to show you pics of her average night here. She has been here since mid aug. so needless to say she has made herself
Quite comfortable.

It's Lee !!!

Here is a glimpse of life in my house with Lee. Lee is Cnha Aylin 1st boy toy & Jax BBF. Lee is always @ 11!!! I don't know where he finds all that energy.
I know this video is a little long. However I did that on purpose for 2 reasons. 1 to give you glimpse of every minute of my time home & most importantly. For Jeff, Lee's dad. He is in Italy & I know he misses his buddy.
YouTube Video

- Posted by Sirhc22 & approved by Thing 1 & Thing 2 (сина & J.P.Vuk)

Location:Texas Ave,Richmond,United States

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Tap tap tap, is this thing on..

Check 1, check 1.... Check, check ... Testing, testing.

Ok , I know it has been a long time since I really posted anything. There was issues, that's the best way to put it.

Well I hope to say we are back & I am going to try and post more often. Cnha Aylin even said she will help post & help her daddy out. She has a lot to say. Trust me.

Well please subscribe to this site so they know you care. I know that these posts are shared all over , but please leave comments on this site. Cause what you say might help others.

If you want to start a topic please let me know. I love talking about my kids & you never know. I might even learn something new.

Sirhc & C~J