The dogs which take their name from the island of Newfoundland appeal to all lovers of animals.There are now two established varieties, the black and the white and black. There are also bronze-coloured dogs, but they are rare. The black variety of the Newfoundland is essentially black in color; but this does not mean that there may be no other color, for most black Newfoundlands have some white marks. In fact, a white marking on the chest is said to be typical of the true breed. Any white on the head or body would place the dog in the other than black variety. The black color should preferably be of a dull jet appearance which approximates to brown. In the other than black class, there may be black and tan, bronze, and white and black. The latter predominates, and in this color, beauty of marking is very important. The head should be black with a white muzzle and blaze, and the body and legs should be white with large patches of black on the saddle and quarters, with possibly other small black spots on the body and legs.

Apart from color, the varieties should conform to the same standard. The head should be broad and massive, but in no sense heavy in appearance. The muzzle should be short, square, and clean cut, eyes rather wide apart, deep set, dark and small, not showing any haw; ears small, with close side carriage, covered with fine short hair (there should be no fringe to the ears), expression full of intelligence, dignity, and kindness.

The body should be long, square, and massive, loins strong and well filled; chest deep and broad; legs quite straight, somewhat short in proportion to the length of the body, and powerful, with round bone well covered with muscle; feet large, round, and close. The tail should be only long enough to reach just below the hocks, free from kink, and never curled over the back. The quality of the coat is very important; the coat should be very dense, with plenty of undercoat; the outer coat somewhat harsh and quite straight.

The appearance generally should indicate a dog of great strength, and very active for his build and size, moving freely with the body swung loosely between the legs, which gives a slight roll in gait. As regards size, the Newfoundland Club standard gives 140 lbs. to 120 lbs. weight for a dog, and 110 lbs. to 120 lbs. for a bitch, with an average height at the shoulder of 27 inches and 25 inches respectively; but it is doubtful whether dogs in proper condition do conform to both requirements. 

When rearing puppies give them soft food, such as well-boiled rice and milk, as soon as they will lap, and, shortly afterwards, scraped lean meat. Newfoundland puppies require plenty of meat to induce proper growth. The puppies should increase in weight at the rate of 3 lbs. a week, and this necessitates plenty of flesh, bone and muscle-forming food, plenty of meat, both raw and cooked. Milk is also good, but it requires to be strengthened with casein. The secret of growing full-sized dogs with plenty of bone and substance is to get a good start from birth, good feeding, warm, dry quarters, and freedom for the puppies to move about and exercise themselves as they wish. Forced exercise may make them go wrong on their legs. Medicine should not be required except for worms, and the puppies should be physicked for these soon after they are weaned, and again when three or four months old, or before that if they are not thriving. If free from worms, Newfoundland puppies will be found quite hardy, and, under proper conditions of food and quarters, they are easy to rear.

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Big lenders' tick box approach is forcing customers elsewhere

Big lenders' tick box approach is forcing customers elsewhere
Big lenders' tick box approach is forcing customers elsewhere. Mortgage Solutions | 12 Feb 2013 | 15:39. Roger Knight. Why are mutuals seeing a bigger share of the mortgage market? roger-headshot · Tweet. The big story of 2012 was mutuals taking a
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Premarket: Futures tick higher, Google dips
U.S. stock index futures edged higher on Monday, suggesting equities will extend their multi-year closing highs from Friday, but low volume and the absence of economic indicators on tap could make trading volatile. Upbeat U.S. and Chinese data last
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Tonight you can meet the wonderful vet, Dr. Donna Spector, whose opinions you have been reading here on the HALO blog for years! Dr. Donna will be filling in as my co-host tonight on my new Internet radio show CAT CHAT® & DOG TALK®.

My usual co-host, Dr. Shawn “The Natural Vet” is away at a veterinary conference (where he will also be demonstrating his magic skills!) and Donna is the perfect stand-in because she is knowledgeable about traditional Western medicine as well as alternative therapies and points of view, and is an active member of the Association of Holistic Veterinarians – in addition to being a board-certified Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist.

I actually know you’ll have a good time with us on the radio because Dr. Spector has often been my guest on my SiriusXM show CAT CHAT® (before the Martha Stewart channel was cancelled) and on my NPR show DOG TALK® – but we’ve never had the privilege of taking live calls and answering them together.

So tonight Dr. Donna will be jumping into the hot seat and we’re ready for all the Halo followers to bring it on! We’ll be answering your questions about nutrition and offering helpful insight about chronic, complicated or undiagnosed medical problems in your dogs and cats. And you’ll be doing us a favor because this will be a test run for a whole new live radio show that Dr. Spector and I will co-host together every week called THE EXPERT VET, which will premiere on my new RADIO PET LADY NETWORK that is launching in March! Give us some practice tonight with your medical challenges!

Dr. Donna Spector is ready to give her objective opinion to callers who want a second opinion about Dr. Donna is widely recognized for her role as consulting veterinarian to HALO Purely for Pets, her TV appearances with Ellen DeGeneres and her widely-quoted pet health advice in print and on radio. Tracie will co-host with Dr. Donna – as she does with Dr. Shawn “The Natural Vet” on CAT CHAT® & DOG TALK® – which will create a smooth and consistent message for all the veterinarians across the network whose advice and point of view embraces both traditional and alternative medicine.

On the air Dr. Donna will offer insight on common pet medical and nutritional issues. For pets with more complicated problems or if more extensive involvement is necessary, she will be available to work directly with a pet owner’s veterinarian if an Internal Medicine Consultation is not available locally. Dr. Donna’s web-based veterinary consulting service, functions through transference of medical records, telephone and email communication with a pet owner and the primary veterinarian.

Tracie Hotchner, author of The Dog Bible and The Cat Bible, guest blogs here on healthy, natural choices for pets.


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HealthyPetNet’s BBB rating is A+

Was just interested in this BBB report on Trilogy HealthyPetNet. They have an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau of Southeast Florida. Having been associated with them for three years as an indepedent rep, I already knew they were straight-arrow, but was glad to see it in writing!
A day in the life of a HealthyPetNet Rep

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Finding time to read….

So when all else fails, check “Google”, but from what I have found, Abibliophobia is a genuine fear of running out of reading material. I found this particularly amusing, because on my nightstand alone, are two stacks of books. One stack are several books that I have, for reading and reviewing, while on the other stack are my…

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Trying not to be mangy about a day off

Trying not to be mangy about a day off
Animal Cops Houston and sarcoptic mange, they are the two most favourite things. If I step out of line, I am told I have sarcoptic mange. If I do not provide all goods and services requested, I am said to be sarcoptically mangy. I don't even know what
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Lovesick foxes vie for vixens
A common cause is infection from a parasitic disease called toxacara, which debilitates them. And then there are road kills, especially noticeable on motorways. Foxes also carry sarcoptic mange, which can spread to domestic pets. Humans should also
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When It’s Time For Euthanasia

When my beloved dog began to falter, lose his appetite, and became lethargic, I consulted my vet who had been taking care of him for 10 years. She said, “You’ll know when it’s time for euthanasia because you’ve been so close to your dog all these years.”

Dog euthanasia, or as most people prefer to call it – “putting a dog to sleep” – can be a very emotional time for any dog owner. Facing the mortality of a beloved pet dog is not an easy responsibility to accept, especially if you have been very close to your canine companion for many years. Although the sudden death of a pet – from a heart attack for example – can be traumatic, some owners would prefer this rather than having to make the choice of euthanizing their pet or not.

There are two very good reasons to consider putting your pet to sleep:

1. Illness
2. Old Age

In the case of a serious and incurable illness such as cancer, the decision to humanely end your dog’s life is often times the hardest. The tendency is always to prolong the life of your pet as long as possible, even when your life-long companion becomes extremely ill and is suffering terribly.

As dog lovers, we consciously or subconsciously equate making the choice to put a beloved pet to death with doing the same to a parent or loved one who is terminally ill. This seems strange to those who have never loved a dog, but anyone who has spent years with their pet understands the emotional connection.

Growing old is a natural part of life for humans and animals. But when your dog reaches or has surpassed the normal lifespan for its breed and begins to show signs of serious deterioration, you should begin to prepare yourself for the eventuality of euthanasia. When your pet can no longer manage to go outside to take care of its bodily functions and begins to lose interest in eating – especially if it has always had a voracious appetite – these are signs that your pet is reaching the end of its life.

As difficult as it is for a dog’s owner, deciding when it’s time for euthanasia and making the decision to put your terminally ill dog to sleep, is the kindest and best decision for your faithful companion. The actual procedure is painless and your dog will no longer suffer with daily pain. The welfare and quality of your dog’s life should be your main concern when making the decision to humanely put your pet to sleep.

Some questions you should ask yourself that will help in making the decision of choosing to euthanize your pet:
1. Does the cost of your pet’s medical treatment make it impossible for you to provide the care needed?

2. Is your pet’s medical condition getting worse with time?

3. Are any medical treatments your dog is undergoing, or has undergone, improving your pet’s medical condition and lessening its pain?

4. Is your pet’s medical condition no longer responding to treatments or therapy?

Your responses to these questions can help you make the right decision. If you answered yes to all the questions, you should at least discuss euthanasia with your veterinarian.

If, after consulting with your vet, you come to the decision that it’s time for euthanasia, you will instinctively know it is the humane and best thing for your pet. You may want to consider “In home euthanasia.” This is an alternative to taking your sick pet to the vet and saying goodbye to a life-long companion, then leaving the animal hospital alone without your pet by your side as you had done on every prior visit to the vet.

Spending the final moments of your dog’s life in your home where you two have spent so much time together is sometimes the most comfortable setting for many dog owners; and it also can be best for your pet.

If in-home euthanasia is a choice you would like to make, ask your vet if he or she will come to your home to administer the euthanasia solution.

There are some factors that you need to consider if you do decide on in-home euthanasia:
What will you do with your pet’s remains? Will they be buried? Cremated? Disposed of by the vet?

Will restraints be required to calm your pet while the needle is inserted into its vein?

Can you afford the cost of the veterinarian coming to your home?

Are you prepared to deal with your pet should it become defensive about the procedure?

Should you decide to put your pet down at home, do everything you can to make it a comfortable, loving atmosphere for your companion. Putting your pet to sleep at home can be the best solution to ending the life of one who has meant so much to you because you can be with your pet until the very end. But make certain that it is the best choice for the pet as well.

The advantage of choosing to have the procedure performed in your veterinarian’s office is that the staff is trained in the protocol of pet euthanasia and will know how to care for your dog during the procedure and will be respectful of the last moments you spend with your pet.

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THE ROCK: Chapter 2

“Look to the rock from which you were cut and the quarry from which you were hewn.”
 Isaiah 51:1
Malcolm was all of a few months old when I met him for the first time back in 1997 and he didn’t seem like much of a rock to me.  More like a powdered cream pastry or a lump of Crabapple blossoms freshly blown from a tree. Or the thing that sat atop Albert Einstein’s head well after he was a genius.  I didn’t know what to think of him.
Malcolm, though nameless to me then, had kind, curious and unexpected eyes that drew me in.   But what I couldn’t see at the time was a stoic and ancient story behind those eyes and that the white and innocent fluffiness of the Great Pyrenees belies an intense and fierce nature.
While their exact origins are uncertain, it’s widely believed that Pyrenees date back to 1,000 BCE and is one of the oldest pure breeds still extant.  They hail from the mountain range that bears their name and were born and bred by Basque farmers to protect their livestock from wolves, a job they performed then and now expertly.  
I didn’t know any of this when I stared at him in the back of my Nissan Pathfinder, still ambivalent and wondering what in the hell I had gotten myself into.  Picturing it now, the contrast was stark; his small, wobbly body all alone in the rear of my empty and capacious SUV.  I wonder if he was as unsure as I was about the arrangement but what I did know, I had to eat and since I was in Austin that morning that meant Ruta Maya.
As I was ordering a café au lait and one of their righteous blueberry muffins I stopped mid-request and said, “No, make that two.”  After all, the lil’ feller had to eat and who wouldn’t love a muffin in the morning?  Feeling pretty damn pleased with myself and already owning up to my new role, I fed Malcolm his half and he graciously ate every last buttery, sugary crumb.
Yep, things we going just swell on my drive back to Castroville when I heard a gurgling, churning sound like something being dredged up from the bowels of hell.  And then that cute little Crabapple spewed the Ruta Maya muffin all over my SUV.  Oh, but he wasn’t done yet.
Somehow, blueberries triggered a chain reaction that went from his fore to his aft and he squirted poop like a Jackson Pollock painting.  Only the canvas was the cloth interior of my Pathfinder.  
I once read an article about senses having memory.  How long after you hear a song can you recall the singer and album?  When do you forget the name of the person you just met?  What scientists found is smell has the longest and most eternal of memories.

Case in point.  You’ll never forget the acrid, eye watering, migraine inducing smell of a skunk after your first introduction.  And til the day I die, I’ll never lose the memory of what happens when you combine blueberries and feces.  All I could think about while I was still trying not to swerve off of I-35 was the scene from Stephen King’s movie Stand By Me about blueberry pies and the state fair.
I pulled off the interstate at the nearest rest stop and, after cranking out every single paper towel from the dented, rusty, dispenser, cleaned up the mess Malcolm had made.  Surprisingly, given my upbringing, I wasn’t mad or mean to him.  I just went about it, cleaning the truck as best I could.  But I couldn’t help wondering if I made the wrong choice not only for me but for Malcolm, too.  After all, I had just fed him something that clearly was disagreeable to his digestive system and it had become apparent I had no idea what I was doing.   
We were somewhere around New Braunfels and the Canyon Lake exit, about the halfway point to Castroville, and I was wrestling with myself.  I should just take him back.
But I didn’t.  I slid into the driver’s seat, put the gear into drive and headed down south on the freeway.  All I could think was, “This is going to be a long trip home.”
Some fifteen years later, and we’re still so far away.  

Next week, Chapter 2 continues

2 Dogs 2,000 Miles

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The Eleven Cutest Things That Happened in 2012

We Own Cuteness Curation!

Some of the cutest, most heart-warming things happened in 2012 and now is a time for quiet reflection on the mind-numbing cuteness that separated this year from all other years. Check out our favorites and be sure to let us know if we forgot anything?

 Herewith are the Daily Treat's favorite finds of 2012!

1) Lil Bub the Perma Kitten [read more...]

Lil Bub


2) Discerning Deer Prefers Dog Bed [read more here...]



3) Carli Davidson's Differently Abled Pets <3 [read more...]

Carli Davidson Differently Abled Pets


4) Orphaned Baby Owls Have a Hoot, Mug for Camera [read more...]



5) Swaddled baby sloth snoozes with teddy bear [read more...]



6) This Dog's Run In With A Butterfly [read more...]


7) Surprised Baby Red Panda [read more...]



8) Shelter Dogs Actually Drive A Mini Cooper [story here...]



9) The Lovey Comfort Dogs That Comforted Newtown Residents [story here...]




10) Happy Lab Herds Playful Pod of Dolphins [ story here...]



11) This Classy Crab Who Stepped Out 


The Daily Treat: Animal Planet

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Infected Industrial Piercing

Want more KinkiNikki? (facebook fan page) (vlog channel) @KinkiNikki4 (twitter) ————–~~ I FOLLOW BACK! @NikkiMinaj88 (instagram) *****IMPORTANT****** Song: “&Down” by Boys Noize -As of September 1st, 2011, i have disabled comments due to the horrific nature of some of them. I do not deserve to be left a comment saying you wish I would have died, or how ugly i am… when all i am trying to do is give advice and help people. If you have a legitimate question or concern, please private message me and I will be glad to help anyone in need……….. the notes at the end of the video explain a lot of things, take a look! (3:20 mark) *most importantly* The doctors clearly stated that the PIERCER injected the bacteria. There was nothing I could have done to prevent it or clean it. It would have spread to my brain and killed me (a very potent strand of bacteria) whether I had left the bar in or taken it out. LUCKILY i took the bar out (thus the huge bubble formed), otherwise I wouldn’t have even gone to the hospital, thinking it was just “normal piercing swelling and pain”… then it would have spread to my brain “silently” and killed me with NO warning sign. you shouldnt ever take jewelry out of a healing piercing, but in my case, I was very lucky i did, otherwise i would be dead right now. -yes, i cleaned it, twice a day with hot water sea salt soaks (about 10 minutes each) and once in the shower with
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