10 Years Later

Today in the US we remember 9/11/2001 – to honor all those who died, their families, and everyone who helped in the aftermath.

Animal planet today posted a very nice article about the search and rescue dogs (SAR dogs) who aided in the rescue efforts. If you get a chance it is worth reading.

 

BarkNetwork

I learned about BarkNetwork.com today while watching the Show Dog Championship, sponsored by ProPlan.

The BarkNetwork is the worldwide home for Athletic Dogs, where you can find out about dog sports, teach your dog tricks, find local dog organizations to join, events, and more. It is a social network as well, so you can talk with other dog lovers and get tips or advice. You can also see pictures and watch videos.

So if you have any interest in dog athletics, I would suggest joining this network to learn more and find events and organizations in your area.

World’s Most Expensive Dogs

I recently saw articles online about the world’s most expensive dog, and then I saw this article about the most exensive dogs on the Times.

So here they are, the Most Expensive Dogs:

10. The world’s most expensive dog recently sold for $1.5 million.  The dog’s name is Big Splash (Hong Dong):

He is a red Tibetan mastiff, 11 months old, bred at a private breeding facility in Qingdao City. The Tibetan Mastiff is a status symbol in China, and some puppies can be worth more than a house. Puppies usually go for $2000 to $3000.

9. Lowchen

$4000-7000

The name Lowchen means little lion in German, and with the correct linage these pups are worth a lot. The traditional way to cut the dogs hair keeps it long in front and hairless in the back. The breed is agile and quick – making it good in agility courses.

8. Canadian Eskimo

Around $6000

This is one of the 5 native breeds of Canada, and considered the oldest breed in North America. Originally bred to be a sled dog, the breed is strong and still perfect for that job.

7. Samoyed

$3500 – 6000

The Samoyed is an excellent family dog because it is loyal, smart, and gentile. This is an active dog that enjoys being active. The breed has a thick white coat which is not that easy to maintain.

6. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

$800 to around 12,000

The price for this pup depends on ancestry, with more well bred individuals being very expensive. This toy breed is energetic but very gentile. It easily adapts to city or country life, and even makes a great therapy dog. These dogs were bred for royal, and are featured in many paintings of aristocratic families. This is truly a companion dog.

5. Rottweiler

$2000 – 7000

These are powerful dogs that are known to be loving, loyal family members that are good guard dogs. This breed is intelligent and willing, they make the best pets when they are given certain “jobs” or tasks. These dogs are very popular family pets even given their expensive cost.

4. English Bulldog

Around $2000

These dogs are very popular for their overall look with square body and short, wrinkled face. These dogs would like to consider themselves lap dogs, but many tend to be squirmy and heavy. They have a lovable and gentile disposition. They make excellent family pets – loving, gentile, and protective.

3. Egyptian Pharaoh Hound

$2100 to 2800

The Pharoah Hound is the national dog of Malta, and is rare outside the country. It has no actual link with Egypt. It is intelligent, trainable, and active. However, it can be stubborn. It is not a very aggressive dog, so it does not make the best guard dog.

2. Bearded Collie

$700 – 840

The Bearded Collie was bred to be the best sheep dog. It is active and loving, but the long coat requires a lot of care.  These collies still make excellent family pets.

1. Akita

$400 – 700

This dog symbolizes health, happiness and longevity in Japan. The breed is large and powerful. However, it does not always make the best family pet when you have small children because the dog can have a rapidly changing temperament – one moment loving and the next aggressive.  To make the most successful pets they should have obedience training and be monitored around young children and other animals.

 

I am not sure about you, but I have seen even common and probably poorly bred puppies in my area going for the range of $400 – $1000 dollars. I have been looking at German Shepherd puppies in my area and they often are listed at $600 – $900.  So I am not so sure, but I assume that this list is based on averages of some sort.

Flawed Dogs

DreamWorks Animation is going to make a movie out of the picture book and novel “Flawed Dogs” by Berkeley Breathed.

The book is about a dachshund who was ousted from his family by a jealous show dog, and who must reclaim his place.

Here is more full synopsis of the book:

“Sam the Lion is actually a priceless dachshund, bred to be a show dog. More important, he is Heidy’s best friend—and she needs one like never before. Living with her reclusive uncle is hard, but Sam has a way of making her feel soft and whole. Until the day Sam is framed by the jealous poodle Cassius, and is cast out by Heidy’s uncle, alone on the wild streets, where he is roughed up by a world he was not bred for. Sporting a soup ladle for a leg, Sam befriends other abandoned dogs and journeys all the way to the Westminster Dog Show, where his plan for revenge on Cassius takes an unexpected turn when he and Heidy spot each other after years of being apart.”

The author:

To learn more about the book, visit penguingroup.com

I have not read this book, but I am very intrigued by the idea and I would love to read it/see the movie.

Dogs and Law and Order

I came across a blog article earlier today that showed off YouTube clips of dogs and how they reacted to the theme music of Law and Order. These dogs either love it or hate, most howling during the theme. I have no idea why this happens, but it seems there is something to the music that maybe only a dog can hear. I have lived with a few dogs, but I have never had one howl at anything other than my poor violin playing as a child. But then again, I am not a Law and Order fan.

If you search “Law and Order Dogs” on Youtube you will find tons of clips demonstrating different dogs reactions. You can decide from their reactions whether it sounds like a love or hate reaction. Here are a few to demonstrate this strange occurance:

Westminster Dog Show

My second post today! Crazy I know, but hey I did not want to pass up a quick post for the winner of the 134th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. I will also be gone on vacation Thurday and Friday, so there might not be a new post until next week – sorry!

Best in Show: Sadie the Scottish Terrier

With this win Saddie become the first dog to win the dog-show Triple Crown – wins at the National Dog Show, American Kennel Club/Eukanuba National Championship, and Westminster. She was the number one rated dog going into this competition, but it was her third attempt to win at Westminster. She now has 112 best in show awards.

Other competitors at the show:

Komondor

White Terrier

Brittany Spaniel

French Bulldog

Chinese Crested

Doberman Pincher, C.J. — the number two rated dog going into the show

Basset Hounds

To see more pictures from the dog show, check out the New York Post photo gallery.