My furry critters have turned lounging into an art form. Bentley’s favorite thing to do lately is sleep in.
Bentley hates the rain. I think he mostly doesn’t like getting his feet cold, but since I don’t have little dog boots, and I doubt he’d like them anyhow, I tried putting a coat on him. And this happened.
My two dogs are totally different. Quincy is slow, patient, always happy and sweet, always wants to please. Bentley is fast, high energy, highly intelligent, and a sneaky little bugger.
One of my favorite exercises in obedience with the two of them is to put them in a down/stay, put a treat in front of them, and make them wait for their release word. I think the picture below adequately sums up their reactions.
Welcome to my second post about unusually colored dogs featuring albino dogs. Before we get to the photos, however, I would like to start with a disclaimer. I do not encourage people to try to breed albino dogs.
These dogs face many health problems. Many are born blind or deaf, or both. This may be accompanied by obvious deformation of the face and complete lack of eyes. Even if they can see, their eyes must be protected from bright sunlight. Their skin, also, is vulnerable to sunburn. They need to be protected from over-exposure, which often means just not being able to go outside for long periods of time.
Albinism can also cause nervous system problems and immunological problems. Eye deformities are the easiest to see, but these dogs may have internal problems as well. To produce this mutation, dogs are highly inbred, which alone can cause congenital defects, even without the albino genes.
For these reasons, it’s a bad idea to try to produce more albino dogs.
However, the lucky ones with fewer health issues are very striking animals, and give just as much love as any other dog. Here are a few albino dogs that caught my eye.
Falkore the Pekingese is named after Falkor the Luckdragon in The Neverending Story. I can definitely see the resemblance.
I knew I wanted to go as soon as I saw the announcement, but Pugoween 2013 exceeded by expectations! First off, you haven’t lived, as a dog lover, until you’ve experienced 100 happy, off leash, costumed pugs running everywhere! (I’m not sure how many pugs there actually were, but it sure seemed like 100) Seattle Pug Rescue hosted Pugoween 2013 at Four Paw Sports Center, which is well equipped for an off-leash event. All the doors are gated, making it easy to keep the dogs in as people come and go.
Pugoween had a bunch of different things going on. There were multiple vendors, including Dog Gone Good Biscuits Co., which is a company run by three grade school boys. They make organic dog biscuits which are available at a few stores locally, and donate a portion of their sales to various rescues. I bought “Bad Boy Bacon” and both Bentley and Quincy love them.
Today is Quincy’s 9th birthday! To celebrate, here are a few pictures of him.
Quincy and Bentley at Lowell Park. This is probably my favorite picture of him. You can see how happy he always is.
I love this video! Especially the bulldog!
Quincy and I have developed a way to communicate with each other. He has very specific desires at times, and he asks for them all the same way: sitting up and begging, a skill that he has turned into an art form. I call this “saying please”. He’s begging, but it’s super polite.
As far as I know, Quincy figured this out on his own. The first time he did it, I melted. I mean, look at him!
Dogs and cats getting along has been an issue for nearly anyone who has owned both animals. Dogs’ natural prey drive, or just their playful personality, coupled with cats’ strong flight response means we’re working against nature to get these two to get along. However, it isn’t impossible to turn things around. This is how I got my dog to stop chasing the cat.
When I first brought Bentley home, he was heavily drugged from being neutered. As the drugs wore off, however, it quickly became obvious that his new favorite thing was to chase Reilly the cat. Reilly has been part of the family for… has it really been 6 years? Obviously, getting rid of him was totally out of the question. So how do you stop the chaos?