Arty’s enjoying it too.
I’ve been a little slow to post this, alot of you readers come here via the same avenue that I used to find this post. But little Major still needs a home, and so let the networking begin!
This is Major. She’s from the last litter that the Atomic Nerds have raised. And she as a potentially major heart defect:
unfortunately, the consultation I had with a veterinary cardiologist revealed what she’s actually got is pulmonic stenosis, a different and much less common (the cardiologist commented she’d simply never seen it in an Akita before now) issue. We do not yet know how severe the stenosis is- she was too young at the time to get a good picture- but the cardiologist suggested it wasn’t likely to be mild. We’ll know when she is old enough to have another, clearer ultrasound done in another month or two. She also has a defect in the wall between her ventricles, which the cardiologist said may either be making things worse or actually helping; apparently they often occur together and the treatment for THAT defect on its own is giving the patient an artificial case of stenosis. Apparently Major is very medically interesting! I could have done with boring, personally.
So Major needs a home. She needs a home that can handle an Akita (which isn’t the easiest breed to work with) and she needs a home that can handle potentially major medical bills and possibly the far to early heart-break if her condition means her life is shortened.
Those factors combined have made finding her a home difficult. If you are up to the task please contact the Atomic Nerds via the email in the linked post. If you know someone who might be up to the task please share this with them!
Please vote for Apollo!
To do so, go to each of these links:
then click the vote button. Then please reload the pages and do so again! You can vote up to 5 times per picture. You can also vote for as many pictures as you’d like, so feel free to work your way through the pictures in the contest and vote for any other dogs who catch your eye.
The prize is nothing fancy, a free copy of the calendar and maybe a mug, but I would really appreciate it!
This post will be posted to the top of the page till the contest is over.
Thank you very much for voting for Apollo!
Back at the end of January we had to put Janie down. It hurt, but she was miserable, and nothing was helping any more.
One thing I started doing, almost immedietly, was looking for a new cat. Not because I wanted a new cat so soon, cause really, I didn’t. But because in order to fit into this household a cat is going to have to fit some fairly strict criteria, and I knew it was going to take time to find a cat who did.
The problem of course is Arty’s prey drive. He understands that he’s not allowed to chase MY cats, but any cat he doesn’t ID as mine is fair game, and I’ve not been able to break that yet (and may not be able to ever). Any new cat that enters my house will have a period of time where, if it makes a “prey like” move Arty will attempt to pounce, it IS going to take me time to get him to realize this is MY cat. SO: No kittens, they’re to small and helpless and to likely to do things like scamper accross the floor in a mad dash…..I’d prefer a young adult cat, between 1-3 years of age. The cat needs to already be dog savvy. And a larger cat is probly a good idea. A laid-back temperment is also required, to put up with Arty.
Now I already knew that my local shelter had a strict policy of not adopting dogs into a home with an intact dog. The fact that the dog I’d been looking at was already spayed had no bearing on their decision. Apollo’s intact and thats that. But surely it was different for their cats…..
Nope. Intact dog, therefor no cat for me. I shook my head and started casting my net wider.
And repeatedly ran into the same policy. Apollo’s intact, therefor MULTIPLE rescues will not adopt an already “fixed” cat to me.
Guys, I promise Apollo has no taste for rape, much less cross-species rape, and the Tibetan Meow-stiff is an urban legend, I swear……
Its so bad that when I run across a new rescue I no longer email asking for more info on specific animals, and I no longer fill out the adoption application. Instead the first thing I do is email asking if they will adopt a CAT into a home that has an intact DOG.
I haven’t found one yet.
These same rescues constantly go on about not being able to find homes for all their animals. These same rescues can’t understand why people end up getting their next cat or dog from some BYB on Craigslist.
They do it to themselves.
NY A3952 is designed to amend current state law on insurance. The intention is to prohibit insurers from denying insurance, or charging higher rates, to dog owners based on the breed of the dog. The act was written to allow insurers to deny or charger higher rates to the owners of dangerous dogs, but does not allow that designation for no other reason than the dog’s breed.
If you live in NY and own a dog please consider letting the State Senate know what you think of the law!
When a dog attack is reported we will often hear the same old phrases bandied about.
“It came out of the blue”
“It was totally unprovoked”
“We didn’t see it coming”
“It was totally out of character”
Like many other dog lovers I hate those above phrases, and many other similer ones. Weer’d manages to get me to twitch on fairly regular basis when he reports on a dog attack and refers to dogs “just going off” (I understand why he phrases it that way, but it still makes me twitch, I mostly manage to refrain from lecturing at him…..).
The National Canine Research Council studies deaths caused by dogs. Their intense scrutiny of each death caused by a dog has resulted in some interesting statistics.
In 2011 (the last year full data is availible for), 21 of the 31 canine caused deaths were caused by “resident dogs”, these are dogs who do NOT live in the household, they are isolated from positive human interaction and training and are often chained in the yard with little contact with the family. These are the junkyard dogs, the dogs kept in basements, or chained to the front porch to be “guards”. These aren’t dogs who’re family pets, loved and cared for.
In only 8 of those 31 cases was there evidence to confirm the breed of the dog. No one breed is responsible for a signifigant number of deaths in the USA. Unless you consider “the media called it a pitbull but no one can produce DNA or pedigree to prove it” a breed.
In the cases of “family dogs”, dogs who lived in the household, they are often new to the household, or had a medical problem. Infants are often left unattended with a dog, and an infant so completely resembles a prey animal that even a good tempered dog will have trouble. In a fatal dog attack that happened just recently the child was riding the dog as if he was a horse! In that case the dog didn’t even really attack the child. He bit the child once, in a manner considered by dog behaviorists to be a last ditch warning that an attack is immenent. Unfortunetly the bite was to the child’s head, and the child’s parents didn’t seek medical attention promptly. And before you wonder at the parents who’d allow their child to treat a dog so, its unfortunetly very common, to the point where videos on youtube show it on a regular basis.
Just recently K9 Magazine put out an article on The Anatomy of a Dog Attack. If you have ANY interactions with a dog I highly recommend reading it. They run through an example senerio that is entirely to possible if any person’s daily life. Their example dog is a highly loved pet, who saw a set of interactions in a completely different manner than the humans involved. Its fictional (I think), but a very good example of how oblivous humans can accidently trigger an attack.
1. Max spots a man walking toward his and his owner’s garden – ‘his territory’
2. Not unduly worried, Max paid little attention to the stranger until John shouted in Henry’s direction. To Max, this was a clear signal to ‘watch for danger’
3. Obediently, Max sat at the front gate and watched for that danger.
4. He attempted to signal to Henry by putting his tail in the air and growling, that he was prepared to defend his owner and territory.
5. As Henry gets closer, Max again postures but now spots Henry’s aggressive body language, his wide eyes refusing to overt their gaze a clear signal of intent. Henry’s point blank refusal to alter his path, a sure fire gesture of defiance.
6. As John runs inside, Max’s thoughts turn to escape. He now believes John is as scared as he is and they should both seek shelter from the safety of the house.
7. Too late. As Henry enters the garden (Max and John’s territory) Max does what he thinks his owner needs him to do. He defends against the threat.
8. As Henry runs away and John panics, Max takes this as a sign that he should increase his attack, his canine instincts now in complete overdrive.
So let us again question whether John was correct when he explained to Police that Max’s attack was unprovoked.
Was it unprovoked? Not at all.
Was it unjustified in human, social terms? Absolutely.
Was it avoidable? Totally.
Dogs do not bite people without reason. They do not attack out of the blue. They do not launch into savage, frenzied assaults without provocation despite what you will undoubtedly read in news reports when the next dog attack hits the press.
There are NO devil dogs. There are NO unprovoked dog attacks. There IS a huge gap in understanding amongst some dog owners about why dogs attack and until we can bridge that gap in education people will continue to be attacked and more and more dogs will join Max, their memories destroyed along with their bodies.
As someone who owns a dog of a highly protective breed I have learned what the signals are that my dog is seeing a need to protect. I don’t yell out greetings, I don’t ignore my dog when someone new approaches. I wish more people did the same.
Please take the time to read the attacked links, and watch the video in the one. They contain information that everyone who interacts with dogs ought to know.
Great Crested Flycatcher
Mopey puppy after he snatched (yet another) sparrow out of mid-air and we wouldn’t let him bring his new friend into the house
Apollo and Arty enjoying one of our (rare) sunny days
The moon a couple days ago
The Squirrel that Apollo decided was EVIL!!!!! Damn thing just sat there and stared at the giant slavering dog going ballistic behind the glass less than 10ft away….
And a butterfly that caught my eye
The national Tibetan Mastiff rescue has ended up in a bit of a bind. They already have 11 adult Tibetan Mastiffs (here-after refered to as TMs) in rescue in need of homes. And just this week they were handed custody of 10 adult TMs (Chinese bred) and 8 twelve week old pups, with the information that there were more dogs coming. This info is not yet on their webpage, but pictures and what data they’re giving out publicly on the dogs is on their Facebook page. They’ve got homes for the original 8 pups (pups after all are easy to find homes for), but report that there are another 18 coming. According to what information they’re giving these dogs were basically in a puppy mill. A Chinese national imported them to Southern Cali to breed so he could sell the pups. The person in question is no longer able to care for the dogs, so a family member is trying to get rid of them. Despite that the rescue is reporting that many of the adult dogs have very sweet temperments.
I know I have talked alot about Apollo, but not much about his breed. They certinally aren’t a dog for everyone, not even every dog owner. They’re nothing like the Labs and Goldens and other the herding or retrieving breeds and crosses that most folks are used to. They’re highly stubborn and independant. They think for themselves and problem solve. Many of them open doors (with ROUND door knobs), I know of one who knows numbers 1 through 5, and another who can work a TV remote without any instruction. They’re a guardian breed, their goal in life is to guard their master and their masters family and property, and they cannot be swayed from that.
If you think you might be interested in one please read more here. I’m also more than willing to answer any questions I can.