Woofstock!

Kaia's First Newspaper Appearance

On Saturday, August 20th, Edgewood, New Mexico had their very first “Woofstock”!  The event was put on to help promote and celebrate anything canine – and a benefit for the Edgewood Animal Care Facility Building Fund.

Here is a scan of the follow-up article – which is featuring a great picture of my dear friend Kaia!  You have a wonderful dog there, Clint!

Old photos of the “Nanny Dog” – Staffordshire Bull Terrier

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Remember “Little House on the Prairie”? The trusted family pet “Jack the Brindle dog” was a pit bull. Jack was not the only pit bull famous for being a faithful family dog, as Helen Keller’s beloved companion was also a pit bull. Then there was Petey, the dog from “The Little Rascals” who was indeed an American pit bull terrier.  It seems that many people have forgotten how America has loved this breed over time, and have forgotten that many choose this breed of dog today for a reliable and loving family dog. This was the breed that was affectionately known as “America’s Nanny Dog.”

The amazing Lunderhund from Norway. One of the world’s rarest breeds.

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The Lundehund, which takes its name from the lunde, puffin, (Fratercula arctica) is one of the world’s rarest breed of dog not only because of its modest numbers, but also because in one and the same breed we find a whole series of unusual anatomical characteristics. Some of these characteristics are found, but only sporadically, in other breeds. The lundehund is rare but is also remarkable–what other breed of dog is marked by so many unusual characteristics? The lundehund has at least 6 toes on each foot; can close its ears so that the ear-canal is protected against dirt and moisture; has neck-joints which enable it to bend the head backwards over the shoulders, so that the forehead touches the back–this is useful when the dog has to turn in a narrow passage. Furthermore, this dog has extremely mobile fore shoulder-joints, so that both front legs can stretch straight out to the sides.

Specialized for Hunting

The lundehunds’ unusual characteristics were very useful in a particular kind of hunt.  The many toes gave the dog a good foothold when it had to balance on steep cliffs or slippery rocks, and they were a great help when the dog had to crawl through difficult passageways.  The dog used this extra toe as support, also to brake himself on slippery or uneven terrain, so that on the whole the dog was equipped to go where the man could not.  The characteristic fore shoulder-joints enabled the dog to “throw out his arms” if he lost his footing on slippery rock and was, as we have noted, useful when he had to turn or shift in cramped passages.  The mobility of the dog’s neck was undoubtedly of great usefulness when he had to reverse himself in order to come out from the passages to the birds’ nests.

The Paw

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The Lundehund’s foot has five fully developed three-jointed toes and one two-jointed—the latter resembles man’s thumb.  This can be clearly seen in an x-ray.  There are muscles for flexing and stretching trotting these toes which resemble the muscles in man’s thumb.  All other breeds of dog normally have only four toes and the musculature for them.

Extraordinary Suppleness and Mobility

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Those who see a lundehund out on the scree (the old Norse word is uren – the landscape is that of north Norway, Northern England, Iceland — rocky, steep, slippery cliffs or slopes from the mountains down towards the sea) or up on the mountains are greatly struck by its agility:  the dog is completely adapted to the terrain.  In addition to their foot’s natural part in their particular movements, their unusual neck- and shoulder-joints are astonishing. The way a lundehund can arch its head up and backwards over its spine is a characteristic we can not explain with any certainty. Among mammals, only a reindeer has the same flexibility.  If one takes a lundehund up by the front legs and swings them out to the right and the left, the lundehund shows no discomfort.  To understand why this is so one needs to imagine oneself right out in the lundefugl (puffin) screes.  When one sees a lundehund in action–up, down, slantwise over the rocks and unevenly over the cliffs — one sees a lightning-swift, sure-footed dog.  If one has seen the lundehund here, one can better understand the unusual development of its body:  nothing could have been at all different in its body, otherwise he could not have functioned so well.

 

 

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Source:  The Norwegian Lundehund Club of America

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Dogs in the Military. Photos.

dogs on rappel from helicopter

I see pictures of dogs in the military (many more below), risking their lives out of their complete devotion to their trainer, and I am overwhelmed with feelings I am unable to articulate.  These dogs do these honorable deeds not for political reasons, not for religious reasons, not for monetary reasons…. they do this because they believe and they trust their master.  Dogs are truly amazing animals….

Here is a brief rundown on the history of dogs in warfare (source Wikipedia) followed by some amazing photos.

  • 628 BC: The Lydians deployed a separate battalion of fighting dogs.
  • 525 BC: Cambyses II used huge fighting dogs against Egyptian spearmen and archers.
  • 490 BC: Battle of Marathon: A brave fighting dog was immortalized in a mural.
  • 385 BC: Siege of Mantineia: Fighting dogs cut off enemy reinforcements.
  • 101 BC: Battle of Vercellae: Large Cimbri dogs led by women defended their wagon forts.
  • 1525: Henry VIII exported 400 mastiffs to support Spain.
  • 1580: Elizabeth I sent 800 fighting dogs to fight in the Desmond Rebellions.
  • 1799: Napoleon assembled large numbers of fighting dogs in front of his reserves.
  • 1914: The Belgian Army used carabiniers, strong-muscled Bouvier des Flandres to haul heavy machine guns to the front.
  • 1914–1918: Dogs were used by international forces to deliver vital messages.
  • 1941–1945: The Soviet Union used dogs strapped with explosives to destroy invading German tanks.
  • 1943–1945: The United States Marine Corps used dogs, donated by their American owners, in the Pacific theater to help take islands back from Japanese occupying forces. During this period the Doberman Pinscher became the official dog of the U.S.M.C.; however, all breeds of dogs were eligible to train to be “war dogs of the Pacific”. Of the 549 dogs that returned from the war, only 4 could not be detrained and returned to civilian life. Many of the dogs went home with their handlers from the war.
  • 1966–1973: Approximately 5,000 US war dogs served in the Vietnam War (the US Army did not retain records prior to 1968); about 10,000 US servicemen served as dog-handlers during the war, and the K9 units are estimated to have saved over 10,000 human lives. 232 military working dogs and 295 US servicemen working as dog handlers were killed in action during the war. It is estimated that about 200 Vietnam War dogs survived the war to be assigned at other US bases outside the US. The remaining canines were euthanized or left behind.
  • 1979–1988: The Soviet Union again used dogs, this time in the Soviet war in Afghanistan.
  • 2011: United States Navy SEALs used a Belgian Malinois war dog named Cairo in Operation Neptune Spear, in which Osama bin Laden was killed (the first picture below is of Cairo).

Huskies Shed to Threads

shed to threads

As a former owner of Siberian Huskies, this is great! Taking the shedding of their undercoats, turning it into yarn, creating garments, and selling to raise money for rescue organizations.

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