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Thursday, July 18, 2024

Two Dogs Training to Protect Wildlife in Africa Visit Yorkshire Zoo

Two dogs being trained to join anti-poaching teams in Africa have visited a zoo in Yorkshire, England to get familiar with the animals they will help protect.

The dogs, Fudge and Rocket, spent time at Yorkshire Wildlife Park near Doncaster. Fudge is a 2-year-old cocker spaniel, and Rocket is a 15-month-old fox red labrador.
The visit, organized by the charity Dogs 4 Wildlife, allowed the dogs to get used to seeing and smelling animals like leopards, rhinos, giraffes, and zebras. This will help prepare them for their work in southern Africa.
Darren Priddle, the co-founder of Dogs 4 Wildlife, said it's vital for the dogs to become desensitized to the sights, sounds, and smells of the wildlife they will protect.

Once their training is complete, Rocket and Fudge will join a team of over 15 dogs working with rangers in Africa to help protect endangered species from poachers. Rocket will also work as a detection dog, searching for things like rhino horn at airports and borders.

The director of Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Neville Williams, said it was exciting to meet the dogs and learn about their important conservation work. He said every step forward in protecting wildlife is important.

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Police Canine sniff out 6 tons of cocaine hidden in banana shipment

Ecuadorian authorities have uncovered a major cocaine trafficking operation concealed within a banana shipment destined for Germany. During a routine inspection at the Deep Water Maritime Port in Posorja, sniffer dogs alerted police to the presence of narcotics in the export containers. A thorough search revealed 5,630 brick-shaped packages hidden beneath the bananas, amounting to a staggering 6.23 tons of cocaine.
The illicit shipment, valued at $224 million, was intercepted before reaching its intended destination in Germany. Five individuals were apprehended in connection with the case, including a representative of the exporting company who cooperated with officials by providing the identities of four other suspects. Authorities also detained the managers of the banana plantation where the cocaine was likely added to the cargo and the driver who transported the container to the port.

Ecuador has emerged as a major transit hub for cocaine trafficking, with criminal organizations exploiting the country's strategic location and ports to ship narcotics to Europe and the United States. Earlier this year, Ecuadorian security forces discovered a record-breaking 22-ton cocaine stash concealed on a pig farm, underscoring the ongoing battle against organized crime in the Andean nation.

In 2023, Ecuadorian authorities seized over 200 tons of drugs, predominantly cocaine, placing the country among the top three nations globally for drug interdiction efforts, behind only the United States and Colombia.

This incident marks yet another significant seizure of drugs concealed in banana shipments across the globe. In February, British authorities uncovered more than 12,500 pounds of cocaine hidden in a fruit consignment, setting a new record for the largest single seizure of hard drugs in the country.

Similarly, in August 2022, customs agents in the Netherlands seized 17,600 pounds of cocaine found hidden inside crates of bananas in Rotterdam's port[1]. Additionally, in October 2022, a police dog discovered 3 tons of cocaine stashed in a case of bananas at the Italian port of Gioia Tauro.

Monday, March 25, 2024

The Dangers of Human Foods for Dogs: What You Need to Know

Chocolate: A Hidden Danger

Chocolate is one of the favorite treats for many people, but it's one of the most dangerous foods for dogs. It contains theobromine and caffeine, substances that can cause anything from vomiting and diarrhea to seizures and even death in dogs.

Grapes and Raisins: Small Fruits, Big Problems

Grapes and raisins are healthy foods for humans, but they can cause acute kidney failure in dogs, even in small amounts. Symptoms can include vomiting, lethargy, and increased thirst.

Onions and Garlic: More Than Just Seasoning

Onions and garlic are often used as seasonings in human foods, but they can be extremely toxic to dogs. They contain compounds that can damage dogs' red blood cells, leading to anemia.

Avocado: Not as Healthy as It Seems

While considered a healthy fruit for humans, avocado contains a substance called persin, which can be toxic to dogs. Symptoms of avocado poisoning include vomiting and diarrhea.

Coffee and Caffeine Products: A Dangerous Stimulant

Like chocolate, coffee and caffeine-containing products can be harmful to dogs due to the presence of caffeine. This can cause anything from tremors and rapid heart rate to seizures and severe cardiac issues.

Xylitol: Sweet Danger

Xylitol is an artificial sweetener found in many products like sugar-free gum and candies. It can lead to excessive insulin release in dogs, resulting in hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and even death.

Alcohol: Always Dangerous

Alcohol is extremely toxic to dogs and can cause rapid and serious intoxication. Symptoms include vomiting, lethargy, difficulty breathing, and even coma.

While it may be tempting to share our favorite foods with our four-legged friends, it's important to remember that not all foods are safe for dogs. Avoiding foods like chocolate, grapes, onions, garlic, avocado, caffeine, xylitol, and alcohol can help keep your dog healthy and safe. Always consult your veterinarian if you're unsure about the safety of a particular food for your dog. By staying vigilant and taking proper precautions, you can ensure a long and healthy life for your canine companion.

Saturday, November 25, 2023

Did you Know The Bulldog

The Bulldog is a breed with characteristically wide head and shoulders along with a pronounced mandibular prognathism. There are generally thick folds of skin on a Bulldog's brow; round, black, wide-set eyes; a short muzzle with characteristic folds called a knot above the nose; hanging skin under the neck; drooping lips and pointed teeth, and occasionally an underbite.

The English Bulldog is a wide, medium-sized, compact dog with short legs. The body and head are massive with extra skin on both the skull and forehead falling in folds. The cheeks extend to the sides of the eyes. The muzzle is wide, short and pug with a broad, deep stop. The black nose is broad with large nostrils. The dark eyes are deep set. The rose ears are small, thin and set high on the head. The jaws are massive, very broad, and square with hanging upper lips. The teeth should have an under bite. The tail is either straight or screwed and carried low. The short, flat coat is straight, smooth and glossy. Coat colors include red brindle and other shades of brindle, solid white, solid red, fawn, fallow, piebald, pale yellow or washed-out red or white or a combination of these colors.


According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), a Bulldog's disposition should be "equable and kind, resolute, and courageous (not vicious or aggressive), and demeanor should be pacific and dignified. These attributes should be countenanced by the expression and behavior". Although the English Bulldog's appearance can be somewhat intimidating, it is among the gentlest of dogs. Just the same it will see off any intruder, and few would risk a close encounter with a dog brave enough to bait a bull. It is described as a very affectionate and dependable animal, gentle with children, but known for its courage and its excellent guarding abilities. Bullheaded and determined, this breed can be very persistent. They do not give up easily. Bulldogs are very much a people's dog, seeking out human attention and loving every bit it can get!! A lot of human attention is required for the breed's happiness.

Breeders have worked to reduce/remove aggression from these dogs. Most have a friendly, patient nature. Bulldogs are recognized as excellent family pets because of their tendency to form strong bonds with children.
Generally, Bulldogs are known for getting along well with children, other dogs, and pets. They can become so attached to home and family, that they will not venture out of the yard without a human companion. They are also more likely to sleep on someone's lap than chase a ball around the yard.

Some English Bulldogs can be a bit dominating and need an owner who knows how to display strong leadership and understands alpha canine behavior. A Bulldog who understands its place in the human pack is nice to, and reliable with all people. This breed is good with family pets, but some can be combative with strange dogs if they do not see themselves as followers in their pack. When Bulldogs are young, they are full of energy, but slow down as they get older. They snore very loudly, most have drool and slobber tendencies and are messy eaters. Bulldogs that display guarding behaviors, such as guarding furniture, food, toys, or other spots in the house, or that are dog aggressive do not have humans who are being the dog's pack leader. This behavior only happens when dogs are allowed to take over. These behaviors can be corrected when the owners start displaying the proper leadership. Dogs that feel they need to run the home are not as happy as dogs that know they are human followers, as it is very stressful for a dog to need to keep "his" humans in line.


Over 80% of Bulldog litters are delivered by Caesarean section because their characteristically large heads can become lodged in the mother's birth canal. The folds, or "rope," on a Bulldog's face should be cleaned daily to avoid infections caused by moisture accumulation. Some Bulldogs' naturally curling tails can be so tight to the body as to require regular cleaning and ointment.

Prone to breathing problems; some have small windpipes as well. Also poor eyesight, cherry eye, very susceptible to heatstroke in warm weather or hot rooms and cars. Very cold sensitive. Prone to mast cell tumors. Birth defects are common in some lines. Susceptible to skin infections, hip and knee problems. Prone to flatulence, especially when fed any other type of food other than their regular dog food.


The Bulldog is a much different dog today than his ancestors. Descended from ancient mastiff-type dogs, the Bulldog breed was developed entirely in England. The first mention of the breed was in 1500, a description of a man "with two Bolddogges at his tayle..." The then-fierce dogs were used in a practice called bull baiting, which involved the dog grabbing onto the bull's nose and roughly shaking it.
Bull baiting actually had a purpose; it was thought to tenderize the bull's meat. For many years, this practice was said to "thin" the blood of the bull and make its flesh tender after it was butchered. This belief was so strong that many areas in England had laws requiring bulls to be baited before they were slaughtered.
More than that, it was a popular spectator sport in a time when there were no professional sports, TV shows, movies, or video games. The angry bull would toss the dog up in the air with its horns if it could, much to the delight of the watching crowd. The dog, on the other hand, would attempt to latch onto the bull, usually at its snout, and pin it to the ground through the force of its painful bite. Upcoming bullbaitings were advertised and crowds wagered on the outcome of the struggle.
These early Bulldogs were taller and heavier than today's Bulldog, and they were bred to be especially adept at this bloody sport. Typically, they crept on their bellies toward the enraged bull so he couldn't get his horns under their bodies and toss them up in the air. And their wide mouths and powerful jaws were impossible for the bull to shake off once the Bulldog had a firm hold on its snout. His short, flat nose enabled the Bulldog to breathe while holding onto the bull's snout. He needed to be tenacious to hang onto the bull no matter how much the bull tried to shake him off. The Bulldog's high tolerance for pain was developed to enhance his ability to excel at this barbarous spot. Even the wrinkles on his head are said to have had a purpose: to direct the blood that resulted from his grip on the bull to flow away from his eyes so he wouldn't be blinded.
In 1835, after many years of controversy, bullbaiting was outlawed in England, and many thought the Bulldog would disappear since he no longer had a purpose. At the time, the Bulldog wasn't an affectionate companion. The most aggressive and courageous dogs had been selectively bred for generations to be bull-baiters. They lived to fight with bulls, bears and anything else that was put before them. It was all they knew.

Despite this, many people admired the Bulldog's stamina, strength, and persistence. These few decided to save the appearance and breed them to have a sweet, gentle temperament instead of the aggression needed for the baiting arena.
And so the Bulldog was re-engineered. Dedicated, patient breeders started selecting only those dogs that had a docile temperament for breeding. Aggressive and neurotic dogs weren't allowed to reproduce. By focusing their attention upon the temperament of the Bulldog, these breeders transformed the Bulldog into the gentle, affectionate dog we see today.
Breeders started showing Bulldogs in conformation shows in England in 1859. The first dog show that allowed Bulldogs to be shown was at Birmingham, England in 1860. In 1861, a Bulldog named King Dick won at the Birmingham show. One of his descendants, a dog named Crib, was later described as being "close to perfection."

In 1864, the first Bulldog breed club was formed by a man named R.S. Rockstro. The club had about 30 members and its motto was "Hold Fast." A member of the club, Samuel Wickens, wrote the first breed standard, using the pseudonym Philo-Kuon. The Bulldog's breed standard reportedly was the first one written in the world. The club unfortunately disbanded after only three years.
In 1875, another Bulldog club was founded, and it developed a breed standard that was similar to the Philo-Kuon. This breed club is still in existence.
Bulldogs were brought to the United States, and a brindle and white Bulldog named Donald was shown in New York in 1880. A Bulldog named Bob was registered with the American Kennel Club in 1886. In 1890, H.D. Kendall of Lowell, Massachusetts founded The Bulldog Club of America. It was one of the first breed clubs to become a member of the new American Kennel Club. In the beginning, the club used the British breed standard, but thought it wasn't concise enough, so they developed the American standard in 1894 for what they called the American-bred Bulldog. The English protested about the name and also some of the items in the new standard. After a lot of work, the standard was revised and accepted in 1896. This standard is still used today.

The American Kennel Club recognized the Bulldog in 1890. During the 1940s and 1950s, Bulldogs were close to the top 10 breeds in popularity. Today, the Bulldog ranks 12th among the 155 breeds and varieties registered by the AKC, a tribute to his solid credentials as a companion.

More than anything else, the Bulldog is a triumph of the human ability to rehabilitate an entire breed and make it into a desirable, affectionate companion through thoughtful, dedicated breeding practices. In the 1800s, cities such as Rome passed laws that Bulldogs couldn't be walked on the streets even on leash due to their ferociousness, and yet, a few years later, the Bulldog was already becoming known as one of the friendliest and most tranquil of dogs. All because some dedicated breeders had patience, knowledge, and a vision of what the Bulldog could be at its finest.

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Thursday, April 20, 2023

When dogs lick you

Why Does Your Furry Companion Shower You with Kisses?

If you're a dog owner, you know the feeling of being showered with wet, slobbery kisses from your furry companion. While some find it endearing, others may find it annoying or even gross. But have you ever wondered why dogs feel the need to lick their owners so much? Let's dive into the reasons behind this behavior and what you can do about it.

Unconditional Love and Bonding

It's no secret that dogs are social animals and they thrive on human interaction. Licking is a way for your dog to show affection and bond with you. They see you as their best friend and licking is their way of saying "I love you". It's a sign of trust and a way to strengthen the bond between you and your furry friend.

Attention-Seeking Behavior

On the other hand, excessive licking can also be a sign that your dog is feeling neglected or ignored. They may resort to this behavior to get your attention and seek comfort from you. As a loving pet owner, it's important to provide them with the attention and affection they need.

Anxiety and Stress

Dogs may also lick excessively when they are feeling anxious or stressed. This behavior can be a coping mechanism for dogs that are experiencing fear or uncertainty. It's important to pay attention to your dog's body language and seek professional help if they exhibit signs of anxiety or stress.

Medical Issues

In some cases, excessive licking can be a sign of an underlying medical condition. Dogs with allergies or skin irritations may lick themselves excessively to soothe the itching and discomfort. If you suspect that your dog's licking behavior is due to an underlying medical issue, it's important to consult with a veterinarian for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Strategies for Addressing Excessive Licking

Occasional licking is normal, but excessive licking can be a nuisance or even a sign of an underlying problem. Here are some strategies for addressing this behavior:Provide plenty of attention and affection to your dog.
Rule out any medical issues that may be causing the excessive licking.
Provide appropriate toys and chews to keep your dog occupied and reduce boredom.
Consider training and behavior modification techniques to help your dog manage anxiety and stress.

At the end of the day, your furry friend just wants to show you how much they love and care for you. By understanding the reasons behind your dog's excessive licking behavior and addressing it appropriately, you can help reduce the behavior and strengthen the bond between you and your furry companion. Remember, love and affection are the key to a happy and healthy relationship with your furry friend.

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Which dogs are Hypoallergenic

We understand the significance of discovering the perfect canine buddy for individuals with allergies at our establishment. Thus, we have compiled an extensive inventory of hypoallergenic dog breeds for you to mull over. For those who love dogs but endure allergies, hypoallergenic dogs are a superb choice since they produce fewer allergens, resulting in reduced sneezing, itching, and unease. This composition covers everything you must learn about hypoallergenic dog breeds, comprising the top breeds for allergy sufferers and the characteristics that render them hypoallergenic.

Hypoallergenic dogs are breeds that produce fewer allergens than other canines. It is commonly believed that hypoallergenic dogs are entirely allergen-free. However, they do release fewer allergens, which is a tremendous benefit for people with allergies.

The finest hypoallergenic dog breeds are those that produce a small amount or no dander, the primary allergen that causes allergies in people. These breeds also possess hair in lieu of fur, resulting in minimal shedding and reduced allergen release.

The Poodle is a widespread hypoallergenic breed accessible in three sizes: standard, miniature, and toy. They possess hair instead of fur, resulting in minimal shedding and fewer allergens. Poodles are also incredibly intelligent and effortless to train, making them a remarkable choice for families.

The Bichon Frise is a petite hypoallergenic dog breed with a curly white coat. They are affectionate, congenial, and easy to train, making them an excellent alternative for families with children.

Maltese dogs are a small hypoallergenic breed with a long, silky white coat. They are affectionate, lively, and simple to train, making them a superb selection for families.

Schnauzers are hypoallergenic breeds available in three sizes: standard, miniature, and giant. They have a thick, wiry coat that sheds to a lesser extent, making them a tremendous choice for individuals with allergies. Additionally, Schnauzers are highly intelligent and make exceptional guard dogs.

The primary factor that makes a dog hypoallergenic is the quantity of dander it produces. Dander is a minute, invisible particle that dogs shed from their skin. When people with allergies encounter dander, it can elicit allergic reactions such as sneezing, itching, and teary eyes. Hypoallergenic dogs produce less dander than other breeds, making them a superior option for allergy sufferers. Hypoallergenic breeds also have hair instead of fur, resulting in minimal shedding and fewer allergens.

In conclusion, hypoallergenic dogs are an excellent option for individuals with allergies who want to own a dog. Although no dog is entirely allergen-free, hypoallergenic breeds produce fewer allergens than other breeds, making them a tremendous choice for allergy sufferers. The best hypoallergenic dog breeds, such as the Poodle, Bichon Frise, Maltese, and Schnauzer, are remarkable alternatives for individuals with allergies.

Monday, April 17, 2023

The Ultimate Guide to Collie Dog Breeds

Welcome to our comprehensive guide to Collie dog breeds! If you're looking for a loyal and intelligent companion, the Collie breed might just be the perfect fit for you. In this guide, we'll cover everything you need to know about Collies, including their history, physical characteristics, temperament, health, training, and more.

History of Collie Dog Breeds

Collies have a long and fascinating history, dating back to the 18th century in Scotland. Originally bred as herding dogs, Collies were valued for their intelligence, loyalty, and ability to work long hours in harsh weather conditions. Over time, the breed evolved to become popular family pets and show dogs.

Physical Characteristics of Collie Dog Breeds

Collies are a medium-sized breed, with males typically weighing between 60-75 pounds and females between 50-65 pounds. They have long, silky coats that can be either rough or smooth, and come in a variety of colors including sable, tricolor, and blue merle. Collies are known for their distinctive, wedge-shaped heads and expressive, almond-shaped eyes.

Temperament of Collie Dog Breeds

Collies are beloved for their friendly, gentle nature and devotion to their owners. They're highly intelligent and trainable, making them great family pets and service dogs. Collies are also known for their protective instincts and can be wary of strangers, so early socialization is key.
Health of Collie Dog Breeds

Like all breeds, Collies are susceptible to certain health issues. These include hip dysplasia, eye problems, and skin conditions. It's important to work with a reputable breeder and schedule regular vet check-ups to ensure your Collie stays healthy.

Training of Collie Dog Breeds

Collies are eager to please and respond well to positive reinforcement training methods. They excel in obedience, agility, and herding competitions, but can also make great therapy and service dogs. Consistent training and socialization are important for a happy and well-behaved Collie.

We hope you've enjoyed our ultimate guide to Collie dog breeds. Whether you're looking for a new furry friend or just curious about these fascinating dogs, we hope this guide has been informative and helpful. Remember to always work with a reputable breeder and provide your Collie with plenty of love, attention, and exercise.

Sunday, April 16, 2023

Fun with your Dog in the Summer

As pet lovers and owners, we understand the joy and happiness our furry friends bring into our lives. Summer is the perfect time to bond and create lasting memories with our dogs. We have compiled a list of 10 exciting activities that you can do with your dog this summer, and we believe it will make your summer much more enjoyable.Go for a hike

Exploring nature is an excellent way to bond with your dog. It is also a great opportunity to exercise and stretch your legs. Find a nearby trail and make sure to pack enough water for both you and your furry friend. Remember to keep your dog on a leash, and always follow the rules and regulations of the trail.Have a picnic

A picnic is a perfect way to enjoy a beautiful summer day with your dog. Pack your dog's favorite treats, some water, and your favorite snacks, and head to a local park or beach. Remember to bring a blanket and some toys to keep your furry friend entertained.Go for a swim

Dogs love to swim, and summer is the perfect time to take them to the beach or a nearby lake. Make sure to check if dogs are allowed on the beach or lake before you go. Don't forget to bring a life vest for your furry friend, especially if they are not experienced swimmers.Attend a dog-friendly event

Summer is the season for festivals and events, and many of them are dog-friendly. Check online for local events and bring your furry friend along for the fun. Don't forget to pack water and some treats for your dog.Teach your dog a new trick

Teaching your dog a new trick is a great way to bond and have fun. Spend some time in your backyard or a nearby park and teach your dog something new. Remember to be patient and always reward your furry friend for their efforts.Go on a road trip

Pack up the car and take your furry friend on a road trip. Make sure to plan ahead and find pet-friendly hotels and restaurants along the way. Don't forget to pack your dog's favorite toys and treats to keep them entertained.Have a game day

Organize a game day with your furry friend and invite other dog owners and their pets. Play some frisbee, fetch, or any other game that your dog enjoys. It's a great way to socialize and have fun with other pet owners.Attend a dog training class

Dog training classes are a great way to teach your furry friend new skills and obedience. Look for local dog training classes in your area and sign up for one. It's also an excellent opportunity to socialize your dog with other pets.Volunteer at a local animal shelter

Volunteering at a local animal shelter is a great way to give back to the community and help pets in need. Contact your local shelter and inquire about volunteering opportunities. You can also bring your furry friend along to help socialize other pets.Create a DIY agility course

Creating a DIY agility course in your backyard is an excellent way to keep your furry friend active and entertained. Use items such as cones, jumps, and tunnels to create an obstacle course. It's a great way to bond with your dog and teach them new skills.

In conclusion, summer is the perfect time to bond with your furry friend and create lasting memories. We hope this list of 10 exciting activities has inspired you to try something new with your dog this summer. Remember to always prioritize the safety and well-being of your furry friend, and have fun!