Colombian drug trafficers put a $70,000 bounty on Sombra, the drug-sniffing dog

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What do you do when a giant pig invades the neighborhood?

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Friday Funny: Pixar

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What do you do when a giant pig invades the neighborhood?

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Little puppy has big ears

He is gonna be a stallion of a dog.

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Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treat Recipe

UPDATE: Our Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treat Recipe has been one of our all-time most popular treat recipes, appearing not only in our The Healthy Hound Cookbook but also in several magazines. We…



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Win Hemp CBD Products from Innovet! #cbdfordogs

Does your dog suffer from arthritis? Our Tiki does, and this month she’s going to be trying out two CBD products from Innovet–and Innovet wants one of you to give them a try, too! If you…



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Canine Kiki Challenge

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My Good Dog

I can’t believe I have such a nice dog.

anka posing

The eyes pretty much say it all.

I never thought I’d like a dog of this breed, much less consider one my best canine companion.

I think I’m always going to have at least one Deutscher Schäferhund in my home. They are that much fun to train and play with, and they are so clownish and loyal. Plus, they are great watch dogs that can easily be trained not to bark excessively, and the best ones are not vicious.

She is stable and attuned my mood. She is sensitive and eager and quite brainy.

Which is a good thing, because she is built like a body-builder, with massive muscles in her hind quarters and forelegs.

I would not want a dog like her if it was a crazed lunatic that went around randomly attacking people. She could do a lot of damage, but she’s docile and domesticated.

I have, however, seen that demure clowny coyote suddenly become all business when she thought her job was to be the protector.

Anka is what I like in a dog. I’ve always been looking for that perfect balance of drive, good sense, and intelligence in a dog, but it’s harder and harder to find in golden retrievers. It still exists, but it is something one must seek out with a great deal of rigor.

And even then, you may be turned away.

Working German shepherds are really common, and because people often don’t know what they are getting when they purchase a puppy– “I want one of them straight-backed ones” is a common idea in the public mind– they often are in need of good homes. What most people don’t get is those straighter-backed Rin Tin Tin dogs have far more drive than most people are accustomed to having in a dog, and they would be be better suited to buy an actual show-bred dog.

Living with both forms of this breed has given me a deep appreciation for each type.  I can’t say that I am as fundamentalist against the show dogs as I once was. I had to change my mind, because I was wrong.

And yes, we can have all these debates about functional conformation in this breed. We can post that image that shows the horse with the extreme rear angulation. We can show photos of Hektor Linksrhein/Horand von Grafrath all we want.

But i have changed my mind about what breeds I do like to have. One of these days, I’ll probably up my game with a Malinois or a Dutch shepherd, which are like five or six clicks more driven than a working German shepherd,  but for right now, I enjoy what I do have.

A good dog.

 

 

 

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How to Keep Your Dog Calm on Halloween #AdaptilDog

This post is sponsored by CEVA Animal Health, makers of ADAPTIL® for dogs. All statements and opinions are entirely our own. As always, we only share products that we use with our own pets! This…



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