A Franco-Belgian breed, the Bloodhound is sometimes called the Chien de St. Hubert. Bred as hunters, Bloodhounds are intelligent and strong, and have a keen sense of smell to go along with their booming voice. They have been esteemed partners of law enforcement officers fo
Beagles are also among America’s top 10 favorite breeds of dogs according to the American Kennel Club (AKC.org). They are very intelligent, high spirited, and sometimes very vocal dogs. Famous beagle dogs include the cartoon character, Peanuts “Snoopy”, Garfield’s friend, “Odie”, “Gromit” of Gromit and Wallace,”Mr. Peabody” (from Rocky and Bullwinkle) “Lou” from the movie “Cats and Dogs” and, of course, “UnderDog”.
Besides being in cartoons and movies, Beagles do play an important role with Homeland Security and Department of Agriculture. As reported in Urban Paws Magazine (www.urbanpawsmagazine.com), the “Beagle Brigade” is a team of Beagles that has made an estimated 75,000 seizures a year of prohibited items while working at airports, borders, ports, post offices, and international shipping companies inspecting luggage and packages.
The Beagles sharp sense of smell helps it tell the difference between illegal and legal items and will alert the handler when they find the prohibited items. “Sophia”(pictured to the right) is a Beagle from Houston that made the Beagle Brigade and you can read more about her story in this months urbanpawsmagazine.
So, next time you go through the airport and spot a beagle sporting a navy blue vest, they may just belong to the “Beagle Brigade”
Unfortunately, there are a number of household items which we tend to take for granted that are potentially very dangerous to your dog’s health. It is especially important to be aware of this because as you know, dogs are essentially scavengers and will often eat just about anything they can sink their fangs into. I would say that may own dog is more like a mobile garbage disposal. It is also very important to be aware of these items since their sense of smell is so well developed that your pooch will be able to find what you may think is well hidden. One of these dangerous household items, it turns out, is simple chocolate. While chocolate has been reported recently to be high in human-friendly antioxidants, it appears to be potentially lethal for our pets, and particularly for our dogs. Cats are mostly unaffected since they do not care for the taste of chocolate, but dogs tend to be crazy about it. Certain breeds of dogs react indifferently to chocolate.
The root of the problem is that chocolate contains various chemicals which are called methylxanthine alkaloids(sometypes have more of these chemicals than others) Sadly, relatively miniscule amounts of these chemicals are capable of causing such serious problems as constriction of the arteries and an increased heart rate. Large amounts may cause even more dire symptoms and a pound of milk chocolate could possibly kill a sixteen pound dog. If you find that your dog has eaten chocolate then by all means take note of the it’s type and try to estimate the amount eaten. Then get on the phone with a veternarian or an emergency facility. Be sure that your children know how important it is to keep chocolate out of your dog’s reach. If you are not aware that your dog has consumed chocolate, the consequences could be severe.
If consumption is not found within 4 to 6 hours without the right treatment, cardiac failure, seizures, coma and death could result, according to veternarian Dr. Jane Bicks. In addition to seemingly innocent chocolate, there are a number of other common household items that may seem safe for our dogs but that can be downright dangerous. Some mushrooms, for example, can produce abdominal pain, liver andd kidney damage and amenia. So be aware of wild mushrooms when you are out walking your dog in wooded areas. Garlic may seem benign but can cause vomiting, liver damage, anemia and diarrhea so do not give your pet baby food since it can contain garlic. Anti-freeze can shut down your dog’s kidney and they tend to love the taste. Miscletoe can cause vomiting, abdominal pain and depression. Onions can causeliver damage, anemia and diarrhea. Onion can also sometimes be found in baby food.
Cats are actually somewhat more sensitive to this one so keep out of the reach of both. Coffee, like cocoa, is especially dangerous, and may cause heart rate increase, diarrhea, seizures, coma, death. Caffeine just does not have the same effect in dogs. When outside be careful around apple and cherry trees. While the fruit is safe, the leaves and roots are not. And be very careful about Moth Balls. it’s primary chemical naphthalene is extremely toxic to dogs and can result in tremors and seizures. Concerning dog food, you should be looking for dyes and other chemicals, according to Dr. Jane BHA, for instance, which is one of the main synthetic antioxidant preservatives used to prevent food discoloration, has been observed to cause cancer in laboratory rats at certain doses. Small doses are as yet unclear but since dog food is eaten every day caution is advised. Many conventional dog food brands have large quantities of sodium to make them palatable, and this can be quite harmful to a dog. Other ingredients to wary of are dairy, by-products, chemical preservatives and artificial colors.
Bloodhounds Wall Calendar: A Franco-Belgian breed, the Bloodhound is sometimes called the Chien de St. Hubert. Bred as hunters, Bloodhounds are intelligent and strong, and have a keen sense of smell to go along with their booming voice. They have been esteemed partners of law enforcement officers for close to 200 years. These happy, sleuthing hounds have kept their noses off the ground long enough to be photographed for this delightful wall calendar.
Weimaraner Puppies Mini Wall Calendar: This beautiful gray-coated dog is highly intelligent and thrives with an active lifestyle. Weimaraners make great hunting companions because of their webbed feet and keen sense of smell. Enjoy twelve photographs of this stunning breed in this mini wall calendar devoted to Weimaraner puppies.
When you think of Beagles, you probably picture a pack of these little guys baying at the top of their lungs as they race after a fox or rabbit. While it is true that these dogs are popular hunting dogs and have been used to hunt for several centuries, they also make wonderful family pets.
The Beagle has a keen sense of smell and a strong hunting instinct. This member of the American Kennel Club’s hound group actually comes in two sizes, under thirteen inches and thirteen to fifteen inches. Except for the difference in size, both Beagle varieties are identical. The beagle has dark eyes, droopy ears, and a long tail. Its coat is short and most commonly comes in a combination of tan, black and white colors. You can also find orange, black, or tan dogs with white markings.
The Beagle can adapt to apartment life, but may prove to be annoying to neighbors if he constantly warns you of strange noises. These dogs are tireless hunters and need a way to burn off some of that energy, so you will need to take your Beagle for long walks or go for a romp in the park. Think twice before letting him off the leash, however, since a Beagle who is hot on the trail of a rabbit will forget all of his obedience training while he tracks down his prey.
The Beagle loves children and other dogs, but will probably take every available opportunity to harass the family cat. These dogs are very playful and affectionate, but they do tend to sulk if they don’t get their own way. In fact, these dogs are so sensitive that something as simple as someone laughing at one of them when he has gotten into some mishap can cause the Beagle to brood for days. You may need to warn your children to avoid upsetting your dog’s delicate sensibilities.
Although Beagles occasionally get too caught up in the chase to obey commands, they still should learn at least basic obedience. It will require patience and hard work to teach your dog, and you may want to consider getting some professional help by enrolling your little guy in puppy obedience classes.
Beagles love to eat and they aren’t picky. If you put your dog on a diet, he will happily eat garbage. In fact, even if he isn’t on a diet, he may still hit the trashcans for an after dinner snack.
Your Beagle should be groomed once a week to alleviate shedding. Beagles usually get enough exercise to wear down their toenails on their own, but you may want to check your dog’s nails to see if they need to be trimmed at least once a month.
Beagles are generally a healthy breed. However, some of these dogs can develop heart disease or epilepsy. Of course, with their propensity to overeat, Beagles can also develop weight related diseases.
If you want a dog who is a happy, well mannered little companion, then a Beagle may be the right dog for you.