Muslim's and Dogs

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 I come to this subject from personal memories of long ago, when the followers of Mohammed and the warriors and writers who succeeded and “interpreted” him were called “Mohammedans,” later “Moslems,” and more recently spelled “Muslims.” In latter decades, world travel has broadened my view and deepened my understanding. I have lectured and judged dogs in 30 countries, including some that are officially Muslim. Malaysia, for example, is 62% and Pakistan is 97% Muslim...

Islam, Dogs, and Personal Rights

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In this day of foreign armed conflicts and domestic terrorism (or, at least, conflict), beliefs of extremist/radical followers of Allah and his successor imams are fairly well known by many people. The typical religious Muslim, regardless of sect, observes the ban on touching dogs or allowing them to contact much of what the people do. There are exceptions, though...

Training the Puppy for Appropriate Barking

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 This was prompted by a friend who was impatiently having concerns about his 4-month-old GSD puppy not barking at people coming to the door, as a watchdog should, yet barking during walks in the dark or at strange-looking things such as a big rock that doesn’t seem to “belong there” or at something that the owner doesn’t see or hear...

The Head of the German Shepherd Dog

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 The issue of what is a correct head comes up every once in a while. I believe the reason is because the percentage of newer people in the sport and breed increases and changes steadily, and they often come into the family without proper tutoring by knowledgeable elders or sufficient study of their own...

Ebola, Aids, and Pets

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Keeping in mind that there are a few variants of each, the major epidemiological difference between Ebola and AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Disorder) is this: Ebola is extremely contagious, and easily transmitted via contact with secretions and excretions in the eyes, nose, mouth, and other exits from the body. AIDS (including HIV in humans) is not so easily spread via the first two or three of these...

Snakebite

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 Our two dogs were “assisting” me pick grapes by nudging and shining clusters with their moist noses, as if to show me where the ripe ones were. Suddenly Felicia bared her teeth and was off like a bolt of lightning, Justice in hot pursuit of whatever she was after—another dang rabbit, I presumed. But almost simultaneously, several things blurred together: Felicia spun in her tracks about 60 feet away, having apparently overrun her prey; a buzz sounded, she lunged, and I yelled, “No!” as loudly as I could. Rattlesnake!...

Rabbit and Snake

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 Mrs. Rabbit had just finished nursing her babies as the sky was getting light enough for her to skedaddle from that open area we call a garden. It would not do for her to be caught by some cruising coyote or noticed by some sharp-eyed gliding hawk. It was getting too easy to see and be seen. Animals move faster when it is light, with few exceptions, like Bat or Owl who rely more on their ears than other critters do. Even Rabbit knew, with that inner, whole-body knowledge that it was dangerous to try to move quickly at night. Not only might you run into a tree or scratch your eyeball on a briar thorn, but you would call attention to yourself for the benefit of something that sees and hears better than you do in the moonless dark. The air temperature was starting to respond to the rising sun, although it was not yet completely above the horizon. Rabbit prepared to leave her brood, and head for the woods or at least the tall-grass meadow and brambles...

No Greater Scorn

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No Greater Scorn than Knife and Fork,
No Greater Triumph than the Plate.

The Story of Hachiko – World’s Most Famous Akita

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Many who had followed my regular contributions to Dog World magazine back in the `70s, `80s, and `90s have asked that I write something about Japan’s most famous dog, Hachiko, who is still a symbol of faithfulness in that country. Even those familiar with the story wanted it retold, and thanks to the Japan Kennel Club’s official magazine, The Companion Dog, and a Japanese friend in Tennessee, I gathered some additional information to the tale that is known to Akita fanciers and others. Because I do a lot of foreign judging and...

What’s the Difference between Police Dogs and Protection Dogs?

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 There has been considerable confusion, even at the American Kennel Club (which novices presume to be the citadel of dogdom), about the sport of Schutzhund and the proper role of protection and law enforcement dogs. Back in the mid-1990s, the AKC sent out some strongly-worded warnings about dog clubs putting on events or demonstrations that show dog-aggression toward people. Most owners of certain working breeds were upset...

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