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Doris Day’s in the Summer

| blog | August 9, 2014

Dog Friendly AccommodationSummer greetings to you all from Bridie’s Cottage,

Sorry I haven’t been in touch lately but I have been feeling a little bit under the weather.  The recent humidity a few weeks ago really took it out of me and affected my diabetes and my sugars went a bit high, but that’s another days blog !

Thankfully my loving, ever observant humans noticed my warning signs immediately and they provided me with a fan and cooled me down with a little cool mist spray on my head, belly and my little feet at regular intervals. I was feeling really drained even though I spent most of the day in the shade of a cool kitchen and I only went outside for toilet breaks.

To help me recuperate I came down to my peaceful holiday retreat with my humans in lovely Clonakilty, which is in the heart of West Cork and is part of the Wild Atlantic Way, to get away from it all and to restore myself back to full health. Once the humidity lifted from the air so did my spirits and I felt vibrant again within a few days. After my break in the countryside I feel totally re-vitalised after all that’s what holidays are all about.  Now you also can have a taste of this tranquility, as I have decided to share a piece of this little tonic with you my canine friends, as I am now offering Pet Friendly Accommodation and it’s now live on airbnb check us out here

Enjoy the rest of the Summer and what a glorious one it has been I have virtually slept in my Karen Millen Sunglasses. My advice to the lovely weather lady Evelyn Cusack is to lay off the humidity for the rest of the year , it’s not good for us more mature canines and also plays havoc with my complexion !

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Don’t become a Roley Poley Polly !

| blog | July 18, 2014

dogs overfeedingDear Doris,

I have been pondering for quite a while about putting paw to paper, but I am worried about my weight…doesn’t everyone?

How rude, I ought to introduce myself, my name is Polly, I am a Blue Roan Cocker Spaniel and I have recently made a trip to the vet for my annual boosters…nothing odd about that but I nearly fainted when I plonked myself on the weighing scales in the surgery, 17 1/2 kgs….. nearly a 1/3 of my body overweight!

I always knew I was a bit on the plump side like my owner Dermot but the shock of this sent me reeling. I am not a lazy spaniel really (apart from nights curled up on the recliner watching the recent World Cup…. )… I am given 2 x 1 1/2 mile walks daily (the other dog in the family is a fit bearded collie and is the normal weight for his breed.) I do love to fetch tennis balls each evening and I do love a good walk down to Cork harbour, but I cannot shift this weight.

I was a bit of a table surfer….when my owners turned their back to answer the phone or the door, I was a little partial to robbing pastries and rasher sandwiches…but those days are firmly behind me. I am on a low protein diet, no treats, no red meat….and I am going crazy…. My owners have tried this raw diet with me but I hate it…… (the beardie is on it….not that I would ever think of robbing his dinner…..). I am going on this new diet for 4 weeks and then ……I just don’t know.

Please Doris, from one girl to another, can you please help me shift this weight….as I do miss admiring my former svelte body in the hall mirror….. I’d hate to think of middle aged spread or thyroid problems…after all I am only 3 1/2…….

I await your informed reply.

Polly

 

Dear Polly,

It is so nice to hear from you. You have touched on a topic that is very close to my heart as diet plays a vital role in my daily life as I was diagnosed as being diabetic over three years ago. I have been meaning to write an article on canine obesity and the implications of same, and when I heard from you I was thrilled as you gave me great food for thought..Excuse the pun!

Before I replied to you I also did a small bit of surfing (not the table kind) and my research on your branch of the family tree shows that your ideal weight should be between 12-15 kgs, so you do have a little bit to shed but you are by no means a sumo wrestler. Having said that you did say you plonked yourself on the scales and nearly fainted. I bet Dermot is glad he didn’t have to lift you on to them as then it might have been him that was fainting.LOL !

Joking aside your breed gains weight easily along with many other of our canine cousins including us Dachshunds so it is very important that we do not get overfed which has been part of your problem up to now. This along with the odd side order of bacon butties & the fact that our humans are around us every day and fail to see our figures becoming more, let’s say “Fuller”.

Now I’m not trying to shock you into getting in shape, as you’ve already made up your mind that it’s the right thing to do. However dogs that are overweight are more likely to suffer from heart and joint problems, diabetes and some types of cancer among other things.

We can put on weight so quickly but it takes a long time to lose it, like I always say “a moment on the lips forever on the hips”

I’m glad to inform you Polly that there is light at the end of the tunnel and it’s not a freight train ! The most important thing on the track to the new slim line you is that your humans have identified your problem. They already take care of your exercise requirements so this combined with your new low fat diet will do wonders for you. Some humans never reach this stage and then sadly it is too late for us canines as the damage has been done. They’re killing us with what they see as kindness.

My condition that is diabetes does not just affect us more mature canines, it can happen at any stage in a dog’s life and it is on the increase. One of the main contributing factors can be diets that are high in sugar and fat. My humans fed me an expensive highly recommended dried kibble for years which they thought at the time was good quality but obviously it was not that good for me. You mentioned that your canine companion the “Beardie” is on the raw food diet, which some humans consider to be just a fad, like many of the diets they go on, but it is the only diet that controls my blood levels effectively and keeps me looking trim. Controlling diabetes is all about a good diet and eating the same amounts at each meal with no snacking in between at all except for the occasional piece of raw veg as a treat which I love. I know your new diet plan may seem quite draconian at present but in the long run it will all be worth it.

You are only young Polly so the pendulum is really swinging in your favour and with your new regime you are doing all you can to try and live a longer ,healthier life and no bacon butty, no matter how delicious it tastes is worth jeopardising that !

You are heading down a new path in life but don’t be afraid of your fears, they’re not there to scare you, they’re there to let you know that something is worth it.

Keep me posted

Yours Truly

Doris Dachshund

Email: Dorisdachshund@pedigreedogs.ie

 

 

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My name is Sammie, not Hannibal Lecter !

| blog | June 9, 2014

Staffordshire Bull Terriers Breed Specific LegislationDear Doris – It’s taken me a while to pluck up the courage to write into you about a subject that doesn’t sit too well with me.

You see I wouldn’t say that I’m the type of dog that is always in your face , I usually just like to take things nice & easy and I’m definitely not one to be making a big fuss over nothing.

The problem I have can be summed up in three words: Staffordshire Bull Terrier

You see that’s what I am, and based on all the rosettes that I have won, I must be a pretty decent specimen.

Those three words can strike the fear of dog into quite a few humans the likes of which if you gave them a penny for their thoughts, you’d get change.

And that’s even before they have laid eyes on me.

After that all hell breaks loose.

I’ve spent many a sleepless night trying to figure out what the reason for this is, but can’t come up with anything that could justify the reaction I am sometimes met with.

If they only knew me, or even allowed me close enough to show them what a fantastic dog I am.

Maybe out of frustration I allow all of this to get on top of me as sometimes I try even harder to convince these “people” that there’s nothing to be afraid of.

I’m thinking it could also be something to do with this stupid head gear that my human is bound by law to put on me whenever I am in a public space.

Crikey, sometimes I catch a glimpse of me wearing it in a shop window reflection when out on one of my walks, and it even frightens the bejesus out of me.

Think of Hannibal Lecter in the film The Silence of the Lambs, and you’re not too far off the mark.

Why do I have to wear it, I haven’t harmed a fly in all of my life (Ok, I did roll over on the kitten once, but the cat & I remain the best of buds, & she will even tell you that she was partly to blame)

Doris, I’d love to hear from you, as people’s fear of me plus the headgear is something that affects me on a daily basis.

I’ll sign off now, as the mini humans that are somehow related to my humans are coming over for a visit & I need to save my energy for all the games we’ll play.

Before I go, I just want to say I think you’re doing a great job with your Agony Aunt column & I’m a big fan.

Looking forward to your words of wisdom

Sammy the Staffie

Hi Sammie

Great to hear from you, I know it can be difficult for us dogs to put our feelings down in words & thank you so much for the kind words at the end of your piece.

What I am going to say first is that like humans, ALL dogs are individuals so tarring all dogs of a certain breed with the one brush is ridiculous.

Take me for an example, how many other Dachshunds do you know of that run an agony aunt service on the world wide web ?

Congratulations by the way on all the rosettes you have won, you must indeed be a fine example of your breed, a breed who’s standard states under characteristics that you are highly intelligent and affectionate.

Now I think it was the human Nelson Mandela that stated that “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” & like everything relating to us dogs, humans must first educate themselves BEFORE becoming our guardian.

An educated person will also understand that there is nothing to fear when coming face to face with the majority of dogs & that includes the breeds that happen to be unlucky enough to find themselves controlled by Breed Specific Legislation (BSL). As per my open letter to all humans recently that I titled Dangerous Dogs as a result of irresponsible owners  I stated that “No dog was ever born dangerous. We all start out with a blank canvas. Kind of like you humans.”

You see in the first few weeks of our lives it’s our mothers that take care of our needs, by feeding us and cleaning us, but as it’s humans that domesticated us they take over after about 4 weeks of age. The educated humans will then expose the young dog to all that life can possibly throw at them resulting in a very sociable canine & content human.

Nothing to fear in this situation and only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live.

Anyway Sammie, even though the situation you are faced with on a daily basis must be very difficult to deal with, help is on the way.

Educational events such as the Dog Breed Village that is part of Pet Expo every year go a long way to educating humans about all dogs and in particular the ones that have ended up on the BSL list. It’s been great Sammie to have some of your relatives representing you at this great event over the last few years.

After one such event my human wrote the following “A couple of things stick out for me, the first being how well the public reacted to what they are lead to believe as “Dangerous Breeds” Huge numbers visited the Rottweiler’s, Mastiff’s, Ridgebacks, Dobermann’s,Staffordshire Bull Terriers and Miniature Bull Terrier, and they had a massive impact on reversing the visitors opinion of these breeds”

There’s also a campaign here in Ireland dedicated to having these laws abolished & I’d urge everybody reading this to head on over to the dedicated web site called Unmuzzle.ie and pledge your support. I know that the main human behind this campaign is meeting with government officials in the not too distant future to state the case for abolishing the laws and they have evidence from around the world that banning / muzzling what they call dangerous breeds doesn’t work and only adds fuel to the fire that is already burning out of control.

So my advice Sammie would be to go on living the life you are living, bringing endless amounts of joy to your educated owners and their mini humans, as you have more supporters in your corner than you might think.

As for the people that if you gave them a penny for their thoughts, you’d get change, I’d say to them “We fear things in proportion to our ignorance of them”

Bye for now

Doris Dachshund

Email: Dorisdachshund@pedigreedogs.ie

 

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A picture paints a thousand words

| blog | May 19, 2014

Siberian HuskiesDear Doris

I’m writing to you as a last resort.

I’m so close to going out of my mind & if that happens I’m not sure what I might do to myself.

The thing is, I was bred to work but it’s not the downturn in the economy that has affected me.

It hasn’t always been this way as I don’t mind saying it but I was the most beautiful pup you could lay two eyes one. In fact it was my eyes that made me look so spectacular. They are ice blue.

In a way it was my good looks that have landed me in the dire predicament that I currently find myself in. You see I was such a gorgeous pup that the first person that came to visit me and my siblings with my mother, snapped me up and couldn’t wait to show me off to their family & friends. It seemed a very slick transaction as I don’t recall too many questions being asked of the new humans about what set up they were bringing me to. Did they work all day ? Were there children in the house & if so would they have enough time to dedicate to my basic requirements? The cash just changed hands & I was on my way.

The first few weeks were great. I was like a magnet for humans as all shapes & sizes were drawn to me & I hardly had a minute to catch up on my well needed rest. If they weren’t playing with me they put a noose around my neck & took me for expeditions that quite frankly left me exhausted. It was like my humans wanted every possible opportunity to show me off.

Then it all changed.

I was cast out of the warm kitchen & comfy bed into a compound at the very end of the garden with a wooden structure with a blanket in it. That in itself wasn’t that bad & I quite enjoyed the outdoors. I think it’s in my genes, something to do with pulling sleds across artic tundra, but I think I’m so far down the garden my humans must forget I’m there most of the time. They haven’t put the noose around my neck for what seems like a lifetime in itself.

My days are long they seem to endlessly stretch out ahead of me. To amuse myself I often dig a lot and I chew away at the chain link on my small run so I can explore the outside world. I am curious to find is there more out there and not just the space I exist in ! At night time I often howl much to the annoyance of my humans & their neighbours but I am just letting them know that I am still down here. The more I howl & dig, the more I seem to distance myself from my humans, as the seldom time they do pay me a visit they always seem to be annoyed with me & look at me with distain.

I long to go out for walks and spend time playing with mine and other humans as well as other dogs but I think the chances of this happening are as slim as snow in august.

My ice blue eyes are now deep pools of depression & I wish this suffering would just end as I‘ve heard that once you cross the rainbow bridge the suffering you might have endured in this world disappears. Is it wrong to have these thoughts ?

I’m sorry for dumping all of this on you Doris as I think I’m a hopeless case, but wanted to send it to you before I took matters into my own hands.

I enclose a picture that probably sums up my situation a lot better than I have described it above.

Yours, for the moment

Ice the Siberian Husky

Siberian Husky

Dear Ice

I must say that this is the hardest Dear Doris that I have had to respond to.

Your email really tugged at my heart strings.

The first thing I am going to say to you Ice is that the situation you find yourself in is through no fault of your own and bears no reflection on you as a fellow canine.

Secondly what I would say to you is that you are not the only Siberian Husky or other relative that has found themselves in this situation. You are not alone.

Humans consider themselves to be masters of the animal kingdom but unfortunately as you well know some are yet to master the skills to become a responsible owner of a canine.

Why oh why did your humans not research your breed sufficiently before being sucked in by your ice blue eyes ?

Why oh why did the owner of your mother sell you on to the first person that fell in love with your ice blue eyes and had the asking price in cash waving in one hand ?

Did they not realise that when your breed was first developed by humans that your purpose was to pull sleds on arctic expeditions to the frozen extremities of this planet ?

The traits that were required in your ancestors are well and truly still alive in the adult dog that you have grown into.

Although the weather in Ireland is sometimes extreme I doubt somehow that you will get to exhibit your talents as a sled dog, but having the ability to do the same, should give your humans some idea as to the exercise you require in order to keep you stimulated both mentally & physically. It’s the lack of these basic requirements that has you howling at night, digging and chewing at the wire that keeps you a prisoner. It should be you looking at them with distain through your ice blue eyes.

It’s a fact that most dogs are over exercised as pups and under exercised as adults. I think you can vouch for this as you were dragged from pillar to post as a pup, shown off as some kind of status symbol, but once you matured and were developed enough to take some serious exercise, your owners had lost interest & looked on with misguided & unwarranted distain in their eyes.

Now here comes the reality of the situation and I’m going to be frank Ice, I can’t see your situation improving much with your current owners.

I with the help of my humans have discreetly made contact with your humans advising them of your plight and advising them of the five freedoms that every animal should enjoy

1. Freedom from Hunger and Thirst
2. Freedom from Discomfort
3. Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease
4. Freedom to Express Normal Behaviour
5. Freedom from Fear and Distress

In the event that they finally admit that they went about things the wrong way before making what should have been a lifelong commitment to you, we have advised them that the All Ireland Siberian Husky Club  like many dog breed clubs in Ireland run a fantastic rescue & will be able to assist them in helping them find a suitable and permanent home for you, with humans that understand what you require to lead a fulfilled life that will bring so much joy to theirs.

Don’t forget your current circumstances don’t determine where you can go, they merely determine where you start.

I truly hope that your current situation will improve and you get to lead the life that you deserve.

Bye for now

Doris Dachshund

Email: Dorisdachshund@pedigreedogs.ie

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Cuca the Cocker calling from Lisbon

| blog | April 10, 2014

Dgs and old ageDear Doris

I have been reading your Agony Aunt blog and I have to say you are a good adviser and a friend to those who look for your opinions.

I’m a 13 years old female Cocker Spaniel without pedigree (I was never in possession of my papers) and my humans never cared about it as they love me the way I am. They had another Cocker before me and that one had a real pedigree however my owners never went to dogs shows with her despite the fact that anybody she passed in the street, stopped & wondered if she was a show girl.

I know you are almost as old as myself and have spoken before about your failing eyesight, but I’d like to know how you are coming to terms with the problems with yours eyes as it is something that is bothering me.

Having said that my biggest problem is the weakness in my bones. My legs and ankles are betraying me often….I take medication for my bones and eat boiled green vegetables almost every day. I’m still very happy when my humans take me for a walk especially on weekends as they both arrive from work during week very late and tired ( they are already old persons but still very active) .

I stay alone at home for 11 hours each day. I sleep a lot, I have a big balcony with plants and flowers where I go to sunbathe and where I bark at other dogs on other balconies. I bark at everybody that appears strange that passes by the building stairs. My owner and her neighbours say I’m a good guard for the houses, I am proud to please them.

If you can give me some advice on how to carry on living a good quality life despite my pains, I would be grateful. All your ideas and advice would be most welcome. I need a small sleep before dinner, so I say good bye and take care..

Yours Cuca the Cocker from Lisbon

Ola my dearest Cuca,

It is so nice to hear from you .You are my first friend from Portugal this makes you extra special to me.

I know my human without the whiskers emails your human without the whiskers nearly every day just to discuss general everyday life and issues, after all that’s what true friends are for. You and I Cuca are a popular topic of conversation in their emails, (as I have read a few when she is not around). It is plain to see from nosing around these emails that our humans love us very much Cuca and they are fully aware that we are getting on in years. Knowing that someone loves you helps anyone live a higher-quality life, we have so much to live for and so much to give !

Yes my eyesight can be poor at times, this is a combination of my age but largely due to my diabetes condition. Regardless of this infliction I still lead a very happy and healthy life. I make the most of what I have and what gets me through each day is the constant love I receive from my humans. You too Cuca are very special to your humans, and this love goes a long way towards easing the aches and pains that we feel.

Like you Cuca I eat vegetables but I eat them raw as they have more nutrients in them and they help keep my teeth clean. I would recommend introducing some green leafy vegetables into your diet, my favourite one is broccoli. Eggs are also very good as they provide us with the most digestible source of protein available, we can eat them raw and I really enjoy them lightly scrambled. Oh I am starting to feel a bit peckish now all this talk of food so let’s move on!

You are lucky to live in a Country where you can get an abundant supply of the “Sunshine Vitamin”, this plays a vital role in boosting our immune system and can also ease our joint pains. I am sure you are aware Cuca that us dogs can also get sunstroke (something that is rare in our Country !!!! ), but some sun in moderation of course plays a vital role in our general wellbeing.

It is nice that you have a large balcony to relax on during the day and you can see the world go by as this keeps your mind occupied while you are alone. You said that you were proud to please your owners by protecting the home for them. Cuca you are being very true to your breed characteristics. I was reading about Cocker Spaniels and it says you are sweet-natured, keen to please and compassionate, I know this is how your humans lovingly describe you.

Un-knowingly Cuca, you are already doing a lot of things to help you continue living a good quality of life. You said you like to sleep a lot during the day, this is also very important no matter what age we are. During your long siestas cell regeneration is achieved. Sleeping also promotes good blood circulation that is necessary in repairing the cells of the body damaged during the day. When we get enough sleep Cuca, we feel energetic, alert and we are able to function well, so a good nap (or 5) every day with a bit of snoring is very beneficial.

Keep up your weekly walks Cuca as exercise helps keep our heart and lungs in good working order. It also enables us to forestall some of the creakiness that old age inevitably bestows upon bones, muscles, and ligaments.

My last piece of advice is to cherish all your happy moments, they make a fine cushion for old age.

Ate Logo Cuca

Doris Dachshund

Email: Dorisdachshund@pedigreedogs.ie

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There’s none so blind as those who will not see

| blog | April 2, 2014

dog breeders online responsibleFortunately there aren’t many times when I have to ask myself, why did I set up the web site Pedigreedogs.ie

The idea that I thought at the time & still do, was the best thing since sliced bread, came to me over 4 years ago now.

Back then when we were desperately trying to tell the world that there was a classified type dog web site out there that went about things the right way, we advised everybody that we were in this for the long haul, and for that at least we can’t be criticized.

Any real follower of the site will know that we are passionate about dogs, all shapes & sizes, and that the site is a hobby that takes up a fair amount of our time. If we are not working on the site we are always thinking of ways to get our message in front of more peoples eyes.

So what is our message ?

Our message is responsible dog ownership.

That applies to owner / breeders & of course to the people that have just taken on the life long commitment to a dog.

Making sure that if you are thinking about breeding, that both dogs have had all the breed specific health tests & are fit, healthy with an even temperament, and that any resulting pups are reared in a home environment and fully socialised before moving to their new homes.

Making sure that as a potential dog owner you have researched the breed fully & spoken to as many owner / breeders as possible, and out of these selected one or two to be placed on their puppy waiting list.

As a dog owner that you can provide your new dog with the correct housing / shelter and provide for it by way of exercise, nutrition & healthcare.

This is the message that we constantly portray through our blogs & the advice section on our web site.

That’s why when I see statements from the DSPCA calling on all websites once more to cease all sales of animals immediately I wonder if our message is being heard at all.

Contrary to some people’s beliefs, there are some owner / breeders that go about things the right way, & why shouldn’t they be able to advertise regarding the same ?

Online is where it is at these days, and where most people turn to when researching anything. A good web site & online presence is a must in the modern world. Where would the DSPCA be without their site or social media following ?

Thankfully we know that the site is making a difference, and the work we put into it is worthwhile, but just wish that people would open there eyes a bit more before tarring everybody with the same brush.

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Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 – EXCLUSIVE

| blog | April 1, 2014

animal health & welfare actComing hot on the heels of the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 Mr Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Agriculture, has leaked details of his latest plan to a fan of Pedigreedogs.ie that in turn gave us the exclusive on this piece of news.

Now I’m not sure if you heard or read about the latest piece of legislation where it is planned to ban smoking in cars where children are present that Minister for Health James Reilly hopes to have ready in the next few weeks.

It now seems that Simon Coveny wants to make a slight amendment to the recent Animal Health and Welfare Act and introduce this piece of legislation so that it will also be against the law to smoke in a vehicle if an animal is present at the time.

Evidence shows us that children exposed to second hand smoke in cars can suffer from tobacco related illnesses for up to 25 years later & Mr Coveney has called for the measure to be introduced to include animals & “prevent serious health problems for our domesticated pets”

He stated that Nobody has the right to harm an animal & that gardaí would be called upon to enforce the law but it was also up to the animal loving people of Ireland to apply “peer pressure” so that the ban once introduced is also enforced.

The minister has also called for all veterinary practices, animal pounds & rescue centres to become completely tobacco free.

Pet insurance companies have welcomed this latest piece of news and are confident that if enforced it “may” contribute to lower premiums going forward.

The Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 replaces Protection of Animals Act 1911 and the bill with this additional amendment is to apply across the board, to both rural and urban areas and to all animals domestic & commercial .

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Dalmatian – Featured Kennel – Pedigreedogs.ie

| blog | March 25, 2014

Dalmatian breeder Ireland

Name of Kennel / Prefix / Affix:

Lacsar

What age were you and how did you become involved in the world of Dogs?

I have been involved in dogs all my life; I grew up with Border Collies who were rescue dogs which we kept as pets. Dogs have always been my main interest in life. When I was 7 my mother Mairin bought me my first show dog, Rascal, a Shetland Sheepdog, who’s name contributed to what we would eventually register our affix in 2011, ‘Lacsar’, the reverse spelling on Rascal.

What Breeds of Dogs have you had over the years?

As my mother grew up her family always had Jack Russell Terriers. Before I was born she became interested in Border Collies which I grew up with until I first saw a Shetland Sheepdog at Crufts 2006. We have also owned a few dogs of various breeds such as a Shih Tzus and Cocker Spaniel before finally settling on the breeds we now own, Dalmatians and Japanese Shiba Inu, and I can’t see that changing any time soon as they are both breeds which are very close to my heart.

What Breeds of Dogs have you got now?

Currently we own Japanese Shiba Inus, Dalmatians and Rascal, my old Sheltie.

What would you consider to be your main Breed and the one people associate you with?

Currently I think I’m mostly associated with Shiba Inu as they are the breed I have been most successful within the show-ring and in junior handling although I am hoping that in not too long I can be associated with Dalmatians as they are a breed I hope to become more closely involved in.

What attracted you to this breed?

Unlike many, what attracted me to this breed wasn’t the spots! I have always admired dogs which show obvious elegance. I admire the Dalmatians outgoing, happy and friendly temperaments.

What advice would you offer to anybody that is interested in becoming an owner of this breed?

They are a wonderful breed to live with. But if you don’t want short white hair all over your house you may need to think again. If you are willing to put in the time and effort into your dog to train and exercise it daily, he will repay you with incredible amounts of love and affection.
If you are interested in buying a puppy or maybe rehoming an older dog you can get in contact with the All Ireland Dalmatian Club who do outstanding work for the welfare of the breed throughout the country. This way you can be put in contact with a reputable breeder who will do all they can to ensure you find the perfect dog for you and your lifestyle.

Does the Breed have any specific requirements by way of exercise & grooming?

The Dalmatian is a large energetic breed. They need daily exercise and become obstructive and hyper if they don’t receive as much as they need. When they are young, especially, they require a lot of training, to ensure they respect that you are the boss. They can be very strong, males especially, and lead and general obedience training are essential.

Does the Breed have any specific health tests that should be done before a Dog or bitch is used at stud or bred from?

Although there are no mandatory tests in Ireland, BAER hearing tests, Uric acid tests and hip scoring are highly recommended if available. Always ensure to consult your vet before buying a puppy regarding its health and temperament.

Finally, how would you some up the characteristics of this breed and what type of household would they best be suited too?

Dalmatians are best suited to homes where they have space to run around. They thrive on attention. Like all dogs, they should never be left alone with young children, although they very rarely show aggression, they are very strong dogs. They are a loyal loving breed and if they receive the care they need they make the perfect family or one person dog!

For more information on our dogs check out our web site

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Dangerous Dogs as a result of irresponsible owners

| blog | March 24, 2014

Dangerous DogsNow I’m not going to sniff around the bush on this one, but between you & me, and I’m hoping this reaches out to a lot of you, I’m sick to the back molars with the negativity surrounding so called dangerous dogs & the online sale of animals on internet sites.

Everywhere I look these days it’s at the end of my snoz. TV, newspapers, even online, you can’t get away from it.

The first thing I’d like to state is that NO dog was ever born dangerous. We all start out with a blank canvas. Kind of like you humans.

The difference is, it takes you so called superior beings way longer to get a grip on reality, and from what I have seen over my 12 human years, some of you never actually go on to grasp same.

Us dogs on the other hand have a far smaller window to get accustomed to all our future life might throw at us. We have to get to grips with all of this, certainly before we turn 3 months of age, so having a good start in life is paramount. Now again like you humans we have no say into what household we are born into, but we can only hope that the humans that supervise our reproduction have more than 1 brain cell to share between them before attempting it.

PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE….leave the breeding of us canines to the humans that know what they are doing, and can actually spell the breeds name, and even pronounce it correctly….No I am not a sausage dog, or dashound, it’s Dachshund, pronounced Dacks-hund, meaning Badger Dog, which should give you intelligent ones out there some indication as to what me and my relatives were bred for when our breed was first established.

Humans that have been involved in their particular breeds for longer than the 12 years that I have graced this planet of ours. These people know their particular breeds inside out and are always striving to produce fit, healthy & well socialised puppies. They also sell the resulting offspring with puppy contracts & go to great lengths to ensure that these pups end up in suitable homes. Part of the Puppy contracts states that for whatever reason if the person buying the pup runs into any difficulty & needs to rehome , they first make contact with the breeder to offer the pup back.

Now I don’t know about you, but reading back on the above, it’s very unlikely that a pup bred from a reputable owner / breeder of us canines will ever end up in a pound, due to being classed as dangerous. Those lucky canines have had the very best start in life that they could possibly ask for. In the first eight weeks of their lives they have experienced all the stimuli that they need to in order to lead a healthy, happy and fun filled life.

That’s how it should be done, so if it’s not done that way, my advice to you is to steer well clear of the people that do it any other way. Otherwise you have only got yourself to blame !

Now I’ve mentioned reputable owner / breeders above, and I know my humans are only interested in attracting the same to their web site Pedigreedogs.ie which I helped them launch over 4 years ago.

You see, they were fed up of looking at the general classified web sites, that included an animal section, most of which contained ads that would have looked good gracing the walls of the hammer house of horror !

So they set about setting up a site dedicated to the responsible owner / breeders out there.

I can hear you asking how do you know that a breeder is reputable, if the only contact you have had is online ? Well in the case of my humans site, they stipulate what they will and will not allow to be advertised. That’s the first cut in weeding out the rouge breeders, as even if they proceed with an ad, it will not be published.

They also provide a very detailed advice section listing questions that you should ALWAYS ask if you go on to make telephone contact with the breeder. However the onus lies with YOU the potential lifelong owner of this canine companion to visit the breeder at their home and see the environment where the pups were raised. This reputable breeder will also insist that you come and visit them as they have nothing to hide. They will also have questions for you.

It doesn’t matter where you come across this breeder, whether it was through a Kennel Club, Breed Club, dog magazine, newspaper or online, you MUST always visit them at the home where they raise the pups. NO exceptions. The same rules apply. I suppose it’s like those online dating agencies that some of you humans use, you don’t know what you will be met with until you actually meet up.

So there you have it, there can of course be dangerous dogs, ones that didn’t get the best start in life, with no socialization, that were bred by people that shouldn’t even breed themselves.

Thankfully there are lots of people out there that do it the right way & there are web sites where these people can advertise.

Dangerous dogs can only be a result of irresponsible and un educated humans, that’s the complete opposite to how reputable breeders go about things.

Bye for now

Doris Dachshund

Email:Dorisdachshund@Pedigreedogs.ie

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Nancy’s Nip & Tuck

| blog | March 19, 2014

Dog web sitesDear Doris,

My name is Nancy and I am a 2 year old Heinz variety dog. I am a happy go lucky gal and I live in a good home where I sleep inside and I am loved and treated very well.

My humans got me for free from neighbours down the road as their female pooch (My mother I suppose you could call her) who is also Heinz variety but more of an outdoors type, was forever having puppies as she had lots of different male dog admirers !

Unlike you Doris I am not a pedigree dog and I have no papers to trace my family tree. However not knowing what my ancestry is, and there are nights when I lie awake thinking of nothing but my lineage, that’s the least of my problems these days and it’s not the reason why I am writing to you.

My problem is as follows Doris:

I recently overheard a few snippets of conversation when my two humans were having a lively discussion about organising a trip to that place where my friend Buddy was tricked into going to, and came back minus two of his prized possessions !!

The two young humans in the family protested against this little trip I was taking by saying “Ah let Nancy have some puppies it would be fun, puppies are sooo cute”. The older humans were adamant in saying no and said an adult decision had been made and they were making the right choice for the sake of Nancy and themselves as a family.

What choice were they talking about ??

This pending trip has something to do with a garden utensil…..A fork, no no that’s not it…a rake, nah, that doesn’t sound right either…oh yes a spade, or something close enough to that. A trip to that place where Buddy lost his bojangles and anything involving a garden instrument doesn’t sound like much fun to me, but it looks like the decision has been made.

They said both options would be looked at for my operation, especially the one with a key and a hole, whatever that is all about, it is all mumbo jumbo to me !

This up-coming visit is making me very nervous, I do not know what lies ahead of me.

Firstly what does this operation entail, I’m only small and those garden utensils look so BIG ! Will my lovely belly that the humans love to rub (not that I complain) be full of stitches and leave my tummy looking like something from a Frankenstein movie ??

Will I have to wear one of those big Lamp Shades that I have seen other pooches wearing, that I must say look totally ridiculous and do nothing for your image.

Will I be confined to my bed for days unable to play and run around in the secure garden that I love to dig in when I am playing outside

I have been worried as to why my humans do not want me to have puppies, is it maybe that I am not special enough. Everybody else seems to be doing it with no family discussions taking place..

Doris all of the above questions keep spinning around in my tiny head, and I don’t know the answers to any of them, and I am really hoping you can help me in some way.

Yours Truly

Nervous Nancy

Hello Nancy

Thanks for sharing your problems with me, that’s one of the reasons that I’m here for after all.

As I told Annie I may not be the most travelled, but my years allow me to offer what I consider to be expert advice in most matters canine.

Your particular worry is something that I have had firsthand experience with, as although I am single by choice, many years ago I too was facing the same predicament.

Let me first start by saying that you seem to be in the group of canines that are experiencing life the way we were meant to. Sharing your life as part of a loving family. Not all of us are that lucky.

Having no papers is nothing to be ashamed of, as even by your own description you state you are a Heinz Variety. Us pedigrees on the other hand, should always be able to prove where we came from, and the registration number that goes with the same can tell a human an awful lot about us. For instance if my mother was a bit of a dirty stop out and had litters of pups at every possible occasion, this paperwork and registration number would alert humans to the same, and even though it may not have been her fault, (of course humans are to blame here again), people might do well to stay far away from the likes.

Me and my humans made the decision to go down the road that you and yours are making right now. I too was worried at the time, but take it from me, it’s not as scary as you think. There were no large garden utensils used, and that’s back when I was a young one, and I know for a fact that there have been massive developments in this whole area since then.

Now back in the old days, at the start of this millennium, when I went through this procedure there was only one option available to me. That was Spaying or to use the technical term ovaro-hysterectomy. Now although that sounds quite scary, there wasn’t really that much too it. I remember the trip to the place similar to the one that Buddy lost his crown jewels, and meeting this human that liked to dress in what looked like fancy dress or something, but not long after being left alone with these people, I don’t remember too much. OK I’m not going to lie to you, when I woke up I did feel a bit drowsy and my stitching was a bit tickly, but thankfully I didn’t have to wear one of those ridiculous lamp shades, as I promised to leave the stitches well alone.

I haven’t had the opportunity to date to inform my readers that the house I share with my humans, I also share with 3 other Dachshunds. An English girl, who is only related to me through breed, and a niece & nephew. Donna the English girl, and Daisy my niece have also been down the same road, although Donna did have one brief well planned liaison before hand, of which Daisy & her brother Danno were part of the result.

When I say they went down the same road, taking the same route in the car was about as far as it went into comparing their procedure and mine. They had what is called Laparoscopic spaying or again to use the technical term Ovariectomy. This is what I think you are referring to as an operation with a key and a hole, as it’s performed using keyhole surgery. This is far less invasive than what I had to endure, even though as I advised mine wasn’t that bad, but Donna & Daisy don’t know how lucky they were to be able to avail of this type of surgery. I couldn’t believe my eyes (& that’s even before they started to fail) as to how fast they recovered from it. They were up and at it the same day they made that fateful trip. Based on my personal experience I at least thought I’d get a few days break from them !!

As regards having a belly like an extra from a cheap horror movie, I wouldn’t worry too much about it. I still get to wear my bikini when the sun shines, and that’s after being operated on using the older method. In regards to Donna & Daisy, only for I knew that they had this operation, even if you examined their bellies up close, which I did, you would never have known they had been to a place similar to the one that Buddy now shivers at when passing by.

Regardless of which route you and your humans opt for, the main thing is that they are acting responsibly on your behalf.

In my very first response as an agony aunt I advised Bundy that not all dogs go on to produce offspring, and realistically it should only be the cream of the crop that should be paired together to ensure that the resulting offspring are healthy & fit for function.

That’s where the old family tree and history comes into play. Some of the ailments that affect us canines are hereditary, and some are breed specific. Us pedigree dogs are usually checked for these, and if found to be a carrier of any of these, should not be allowed to sow our oats as the fella calls it.

Due to your lineage Nancy, there is no way of knowing what lies beneath and what checks should be made so therefore, in my opinion, it’s best not to take any chances.

Besides there are lots of dogs way less fortunate than you that have been abandoned by their human family through no fault of their own, waiting for a chance to become part of a family again. You are making a sacrifice so that some of these dogs might take the place that your pups might well have landed in, so in that regard, I high four you, and wag my tail for your humans for making the right decision.

Remember that good health & good sense are two of life’s greatest blessings !

I remain at your disposal

Doris Dachshund

Email:Dorisdachshund@Pedigreedogs.ie

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St Patrick’s Day Competition Winner

| blog | March 18, 2014

Dog Show St Patricks DayGood morning everybody

I hope you all had an enjoyable day off yesterday. Seems like there was lot’s going on around the country.

Now I can’t profess to knowing too much about St Patrick, but reckon he must have been quite an old man that was very unsteady on his feet, as when I went for my evening stroll last night I seen a lot of younger people trying to replicate him, dressing like him, with nearly all of them staggering around the place. You must have been very proud of him to go to so much trouble.

Anyhow, I suppose I must be a bit of a closet fan myself as I decided to run my first ever competition ending on his feast day.

I’d just like to raise a paw to all the people that entered and shared the details with their friends, and now it’s time to announce my winner, which I snaffled out of a hat just after midnight last night.

The FANTASTIC prize of a pet portrait by the extremely talented Gillian Ussher of Perpetual Portraits goes to….Imelda Wade.

Congratulations Imelda, I’m sure you will really enjoy this super prize & I’ll be in touch shortly with details on how to go about claiming same.

Bye for now

Dorisdachshund@pedigreedogs.ie

 

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Enemy at the gate !

| blog | March 12, 2014

Dog ownerDear Doris,

I’m Kyla, a 7 year old Leonberger, and I live with my sister, Daisy, another Leonberger, and my two humans. I’m writing to you because I have 2 problems that I need to get off my chest and I’m asking you for advice. I get on very well with my sister and my humans and they treat me well so I probably shouldn’t feel so miserable but I am over-sensitive and I don’t know how to control my emotions at all. My humans are not very supportive when I get into a fit of barking, as they seem to think that ignoring me is the best way forward.

My first problem is that we live on a private road which I believe is mine alone and my responsibility. But this other human walks his dogs down past my gate on my road. I can’t remember telling him this was ok. First he had 3 little black and white mutts who would come right up, snarling at me through my gate. As if that wasn’t bad enough, he gets a new dog. I heard him tell my humans that it’s a pedigree Lab. All I can say is that he should go back and check the pedigree papers!!! He doesn’t look very pedigree to me and I should know because I’m a champion and I’ve seen plenty pedigree labs at shows. My humans must have thought the same because I heard them warn this other human that he better keep his dog away from their girls, meaning myself and my sister.

Anyhow they pass my gate, walking, peeing and crapping on MY road every day and I just lose it. I bark and jump around until I’m completely knackered and parched with the thirst. Then I have to do this all over again when they pass back up again. My human mummy says sssh, be quiet, shut up!!! But I can’t. Really I can’t. This is making my life a misery. My sister just stands there and wags her tail. Why is she so calm and I’m losing it every time I see those dogs on my road, my property?

In between these episodes, I’m a fun, loyal dog. I love doing doggie things. I wish I could roll with the punches like my sister does. I just don’t understand why I feel this way or how to deal with it. Any advice you may be able to give would be unbelievably appreciated.

My second problem is that one evening, my humans were watching Prime Time about global warming and, even though they know I sleep with one eye open, they don’t know I also sleep with one ear listening. I heard that Ireland has global warming, and the country is being washed away with huge tides, rivers bursting their banks and that the country will be destroyed in years to come. And we could all die!!! I’m very worried. What should we do? Should we move to another country or even another planet or just stay here and hope for the best. Please, I’m asking for your advice. I hope to hear from you soon, Kyla

Guten Tag Kyla, Danke Schoen for dropping me a line, it’s great to hear from you, (Don’t worry that’s the extent of my Deutsch, how about you ?)

Funnily enough, I think our paths have kind of crossed before, as my niece Daisy was once involved in a photo shoot, and if my memory serves me right, (It’s not a fresh as it used to be) you were the other beauty, that the humans were clambering over each other to take your picture.

Now before even starting to reply to your email to me, Daisy came back that day with nothing but glowing praise for you & said that even with all your hair and large frame she felt that you could nearly give us Dachshunds a run for our money when it comes to the beauty stakes.

Lets deal with your first problem , first.

Now I could instantly tell by the breed name that the humans gave your type, Leonberger, that you hail from Deutschland, (Like us Dachshunds) but to be honest, & I reckon I can speak for a lot of others here, realistically I don’t know an awful lot about your breed traits & characteristics. But I’ve done my research, unlike a lot of humans when it comes to them choosing the right breed or where to find a reputable breeder.That’s where this machine comes in great, the whole world is at the end of your paw !

According to the standard (I spoke to Annie the Afghan about these on this blog) that the humans lay down for all Pedigree dogs you should be fearless in all situations, intelligent and a fearless companion. Note the word fearless appears twice there ! I’ve also learned that at the end of the 19th century, your breed the Leonberger was kept in Baden-Württemberg as the preferred farm dog and your watch and draft abilities were much praised. Not sure what’s to be praised for creating a draft, but that’s what it says. (Personally if I create a draught I try and blame it on one of the younger ones, by leaving the scene of the crime as quickly as possible)

When you say “MY road” It’s my opinion that you have every right to say that. You are only acting out traits that the humans worked into your particular mix all those years ago in Baden -whatever the hell you call it.. From where I’m sitting (on the Italian leather sofa they thought they bought for themselves) you are only watching after your humans, Daisy your sister & the home that you all share together.

It also seems to me that these other dogs have no consideration whatsoever, & although I haven’t met them they seem to be a bit of a roguish bunch. Snarling at you through YOUR gate. How very dare they ! Maybe I’m being a little harsh on them, because in nearly all the cases of ill mannered canines I’ve come across in my 12 human years, there’s always one of them not too far behind. That is an irresponsible owner of course! What the hell did they have to add a supposed Labrador into the mix for, when it’s evidently clear to even the dumbest of blondes among them that these people are not capable of taking care of the dogs they already had. Surely humans should have to pass some kind of test before they are allowed to consider sharing their lives with one of us. Maybe they should be licensed.

In regards to your sister Daisy, there can only be one driver at the steering wheel, & Kyla it looks like you enjoy sitting up front. Even though both your lineage can be traced all the way back to Baden – I wish I could remember the name, you both have different personalities. Wouldn’t life be as boring as eating the same biscuit meal everyday (It’s true some dogs do that) if we were all the same. You both have different personalities, but are both true to your breed and you each bring something different & unique to this party we call life.

In relation to your second problem, let me say I really like your style. Sleeping with one eye open & one ear listening (Part of your genetics coming to the fore again) Me being a Dachshund I have very selective hearing & only let on that I hear half the things the humans are saying to me. Food on the other hand works far better when trying to get my attention. Now Kyla, I don’t want to play down this whole Global Warming issue & trust me if it does happen you have a far better chance of survival than I do, as you Leonbergers are known for your success in the swimming arenas, us Dachshunds on the other hand & me in particular have less buoyancy than a brick. So my advice on this one is stop worrying, and go on enjoying your life with your sister Daisy & human family that love you very much, after all there’s no place like home.

Worrying won’t stop the Bad stuff from happening it just stops you from enjoying the good.

By the way my niece Daisy says hi –

I hope I have put your mind at ease, but if you need anything else you know how to contact me.

Doris Dachshund

Email: Dorisdachshund@pedigreedogs.ie

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St Patrick’s Day Competition !!!

| blog | March 10, 2014

Dog Show St Patricks DayI hope you all enjoyed watching Crufts as much as I did, and if you were actually there, arrived back safely to your spot on the sofa or your bed the humans like to join you on.

Currently I am working on a response to an email I got in from Kyla the Leonberger, which is probably the most taxing one I’ve had to work on to date, but it’s these ones I love getting my teeth stuck into.

Now I don’t want all you canines out there to think that my recent arrival on the World Wide Web is all about agony, as I’ve decided to run my first ever competition. (That’s if you don’t take into consideration all the sausage eating competitions that I won in the past)

It’s in conjunction with the extremely talented Gillian Ussher of Perpetual Portraits & the superb prize is a portrait of you, that’s after your human has sent Gillian the picture you want done.

• All you have to do is 3 things.

• Firstly like the Facebook page of Perpetual Portraits 

• Next, like the page of Pedigreedogs (Of course you’d have to be barking mad not to have done so already)

• & Finally, share this post on Facebook with all your friends, and leave the comment “Done” on same when completed all 3.

Simples.

I’ll then snaffle a name from all the entrants at midnight next Monday the 17th March, & I’ll announce the winner the following morning.

So considering that the competition ends on St Patrick’s Day, I wish you all the luck of the Irish,

May your blessings outnumber
The Shamrocks that grow.
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.

Bye for now

Doris Dachshund

Email: Dorisdachshund@pedigreedogs.ie

11-03-14 NOTE: You have to like the competition post on the Pedigreedogs Facebook page & share it from there !!!

Here’s some of my previous blogs

Doris the Dachshund – Blogger & Agony Aunt !

 Bundy’s 2 minutes of joy & the lifelong commitment !

Hope Springs for Jack the Lab !

Crufts – Annie go have some fun ! 

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Crufts – Annie go have some fun !

| blog | March 4, 2014

Dog BlogMy name is Annie the Afghan I am 3 years old. I just came across your last two blogs and after reading the insightful advice you gave to Bunty and Jack I was hoping you would be able to help me out.

My problem is as follows:

Doris I have been feeling very anxious lately and nervous, it all came about a week ago when my humans told me that I would be exhibiting at the world’s biggest dog show called Crufts.

It’s the fear of the un-known Doris that has me so worried. I am a show girl true & true as I attend a lot of shows in Ireland but I have never been to another country never mind the biggest dog show in the world that just happens to be in another country ! Now, the humans are all excited about what they are calling a “Road Trip” even though there is a boat journey involved. I have never even been on a boat ! It’s a lot for me to take in, I don’t know if I am ready or able for this big challenge so early in my career. I feel so confused it is all I can think about at present it is consuming my every thought. Yesterday I even had a runny poo !!

Now don’t get me wrong I enjoying showing and I win a lot and even when I lose (It does happen) I still gets lots of love and hugs from my humans. When my show lead is placed around my neck I know it’s show time. I strut my stuff and girl do I feel like a Queen when I am walking around the ring.

I know it’s not for every dog though, but I do enjoy showing off and all the attention I do receive. I am groomed to perfection as I have a lovely long coat which needs to be brushed on a regular basis to keep me looking so good. It’s a wonder they don’t put me forward for those ads on the square box the humans look at each night. I may be biased but my coat is far more glossier than the skinny women’s on the hair care ads. It’s all to do with the good diet I am on but even still it takes a long time to groom my coat for the shows, and when I look good on the outside I also feel fantastic on the inside.

As I said earlier I have only attended shows in Ireland and a lot of the times I attend venues where I have been before and I feel relaxed and comfortable as I know the surroundings & I also get to meet some friends that I have met along the way. But this show is across the water in England & from what I am hearing it seems to be like nothing I have ever gone to before. There will be thousands of dogs from all around the world that have brought along their humans, some breeds I have never even seen in the flesh & I have only seen pictures of them in those magazines that get delivered by the nasty human that comes to the front door every morning and interrupts my mid morning nap.

All of this and to make matters worse, this show will be on the square box and beamed live around the world

I am worried Doris that I am not up to the challenge that awaits me this week, this is bigger than anything I have ever participated in before.

What if I don’t show well ?

What if I get nervous from all the crowds and all the noise ?

What if I have a runny poo !!

Will my humans be mad at me, will they still love me like they do now if I don’t strut my stuff like they know I can ?

Is there life after Crufts ?

I am at my wits end Doris, thanks for listening.

Yours truly

Anxious Annie

 

Hello Annie

Great to hear from you, even if it is under the current circumstances.

You have made the first step in getting the better of your fears, as even by sitting at the keyboard and sending your email to me, you are already on the road to recovery, a problem shared is a problem halved.

Annie as you will know after reading the advice I gave to Jack the Lab, being 12 human years old, I am constantly fighting back the ravages of time, and even though I look fantastic for my age, I have to be realistic and realize that times waits for no dog. It might be hard for you to imagine but I too was quite the looker when I was your age.

The fact is that one day when I was rooting around in an old shoe box, (one of my favourite pastimes – rooting that is) I discovered that my humans originally had the intention of showing me shortly after I had accepted them. Now I came with all the relevant bits of paper, and could melt the heart of anyone that made eye contact with me (remember I’m a Dachshund), but the show dog life just wasn’t for me.

We all have standards in this life, I’ve heard that some of our relatives will drink from a lavatory (YUK !) and from what I gather when we model for our humans, the leader in the centre of the show ring is judging us against some kind of standard. That’s what it’s supposed to be about anyhow, but humans will be humans and all kinds of other things come into play.

Now from what I can gather, I didn’t completely tick all the boxes when it came to matching this standard, something to do with my funny feet and what they considered to be my peculiar personality..C’mon I wasn’t going to let a complete stranger of a human get up close & personal with me, placing their hands in places that I only reserve for the special ones. Having said all this I knew I was perfect, and so did my humans as I’ve wanted for nothing, and am enjoying life to the fullest.

Now to you Annie, you seem to have found your true vocation. I can only imagine you gaiting around the show ring with your fine coat flowing around you.

Firstly let me say that having qualified for Crufts, the biggest dog show in the world, you have every right to be there, as qualifying in itself is a major achievement, and something that you should be very proud of.

My advice Annie, is to approach this show with the same go get them attitude that you approach all of the other shows you bring your humans to. You have put in all the hard work, standing still for hours whilst having your humans groom you to perfection. All the long walks on the roads have got you and you humans in great shape, now it’s time to enjoy yourself.

I know you Afghans are fun girls to be around, so even if the size of this show is something you have never experienced before, go have some fun, that’s what these dog shows should all be about anyhow.

Now I’ve never been to Crufts, and to tell you the truth have never been on a boat either, but from what I am hearing from you, you are more than capable of taking this new experience in your stride. Whilst watching the square box last year in between napping in front of the fire, there seems to be so much more going on at Crufts besides the dog showing side of things. Dogs running over obstacle courses, playing with machines that dispense tennis balls, canines dancing with their humans dressed in fancy dress and a host of other things. My personal favourite was what they called Discover Dogs, where over 200 recognised breeds each had a booth to relax in whilst humans walked by in sheer amazement at the vast differences in size, coat & temperament learning all they need to know before even considering being owned by the breed of dog that interests them.

So it’s not just about the dog show, and that means that not all the human eyes are on you.

I’ll say it again, go and enjoy yourself, put your best paw forward, make some new friends, & don’t forget win, lose or draw, you always get to take the best humans home.

Trust me Annie, when I say that life will go on after Crufts and what lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.

Doris Dachshund

Email: Dorisdachshund@pedigreedogs.ie

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A picture paints a thousand words !

| blog | March 2, 2014

Dog BlogHi there..

Just a mini blog as I’m, working on a response to an email I got in yesterday from Annie the Afghan hound who is travelling this week to strut her stuff for the first time at the biggest dog show in the world, Crufts. Annie is looking for any advice I may have about travelling overseas, and the huge experience that awaits her.

I’m delighted to sat that it looks like my decision to start dishing out my worldly advice seems to have been the right one. Jack the Lab was back in touch to advise that he has taken on board all I had to say, and is currently working on his insecurities and the problems he was faced with regarding the introduction of a new kid on the block, in the form of a yellow Labrador pup.

I must say that the picture below brought a small tear to my eye, one of happiness !

Tune in later this week for my response to Annie the Afghan & don’t forget whatever problem you’re facing, I’m all ears !

Doris Dachshund (Blogger & Agony Aunt)
Email: Dorisdachshund@pedigreedogs.ie

Labrador pups

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Hope Springs for Jack the Lab !

| blog | February 24, 2014

Puppy trainingDear Doris

I’m worried I’m losing my good looks.

I’m a big, shiny black labrador. Wet nose, velvet ears, twinkling eyes, the works.

I couldn’t walk down the beach without wolf whistles from the girls (and sometimes the boys) and human strangers would call out to my owners “what a beauty” “cor he’s a stunner” “you could fit a saddle on him” and “can my dog have his ball back please?”

My life changed just before Christmas when a box was brought into my house by the grandparents.

Inside was a tiny yellow labrador puppy.

I shared my bed, I shared my bowl, I didn’t share my ball.

At least I got the beach to myself and the wolf whistles continued.

All this changed last week when the now bigger YLP joined me in the boot.

I tried to attract my owners attention. Surely something had gone badly wrong. I was sure he would turn the car around when he heard the YLP whining like a girl.

Wrong

Not only did he carefully carry him out of the boot, he gingerly placed him on the sand beside me.

“Ah look at the puppy” “omg he’s lush” “ah what do you call your puppy? He’s delicious”

Nobody wants my ball.

Nobody can see me.

The wolf has stopped whistling.

Is there any hope for me?

Is there life after a YLP

Yours in hope

Jack Roddam Jones

 

Hello Jack,

I was totally taken aback when I opened the computer tonight to find your message waiting for me, especially as it comes from all the way across the Irish Sea.

Northumberland, in the UK, I must Doodle it I think the humans call it, sometime when I get the hang of this machine a bit more.

Like the advice I gave to Bundy last week, trust me when I tell you that I am talking from experience.

As I wrote on my first ever blog I am 12 human years young, and being a female of the species am constantly fighting back the ravages of time. I’ll get to that towards the end of my reply.

Now in your message to me, you never did tell me your age, but to be honest I don’t think it really matters, age I can tell you is just a number.

You sound as if you have so much going for you from how you describe yourself, walks on the beach these days can be a luxury for some of our other canine relatives, as they either are stuck in large cities or the beaches they have access to are for humans only (Something to do with no proper toilet facilities for us canines I believe!)

Life is all about change, some changes are bigger than others, and even though this new arrival  was tiny when he first came into the house, he was and will continue to grow into something that will change both your lives forever.

It sounds like you are a very kind hearted canine, as sharing is caring, and you sent out all the right signals to your new house guest. You still had plenty of free time away from him when you took your humans for a stroll on the beach. I’m sure you thought life couldn’t get any better.

I remember back to the time when I was starting out on life’s journey, I was in a similar position, as I too didn’t have to share my humans with any other canine. Life was sweet. I could walk into any pet shop and come out with anything I wanted & don’t forget this was back in the days where some of our relatives only had 1 toy to play with & that was a stick.

The canine youth of today don’t know how lucky they are. I see them when out for one of my strolls wearing all this fancy headgear, and when I catch up with them for a play date every now and again, a stick is the last thing you see them playing with. Kongs this, Frisbee that…where did it all go wrong ??

This youth full stage that your cohabiter is going though will come and go like the sands of time and at the moment you can’t see the ocean for the sand dunes.

My advice to you Jack, is to mould this young pretender into the wonderful dog that you have grown into. Take him under your lead, and impart all the knowledge that your years, no matter how few, have graced you with.

Just remember when you were his age Jack, all the learning that you had to take on board and isn’t this little pup blessed to have you as a role model. This is after all why your humans went to all the bother of carefully selecting a well bred & properly raised  canine companion for you to share your life with. Yes Jack, although it might not seem like it now but your humans actually did this for YOU !

In relation to losing your good lucks, I wouldn’t give it another thought.

You are like a fine wine, that keeps getting better with age, and when it does happen, I’ve heard one of my humans (the one without whiskers) saying that the odd grey hair looks quite distinguished, mentioning some stud called George Clooney or something.

If all else fails Jack, do what I do, stay hip & follow all the latest fashions as you are forever young at heart (It’s amazing what a paisley tie & Karen Millen sunglasses do for me !!)

And finally always remember this, your humans love you just as much now and can’t live without you!

Yours truly

Doris Dachshund

P.S.If you ever plan on coming to Ireland on holiday I’d love to meet up with you & the YLP.

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Shiba Inu – Featured Kennel – Pedigreedogs.ie

| blog | February 21, 2014

Shiba Inu IrelandName of Kennel / Prefix / Affix:

Kazeshimasou Shiba Inu. This can be translated from the Japanese as “Windy Island Lodge” – the windy island of course is Ireland.

What age were you and how did you become involved in the world of dogs ?

My extended family have always been dog people. My maternal grandfather and uncle bred and hunted with various gundogs and terriers – Labradors, Pointers, German Shorthaired Pointers, Springers, Fox Terriers and Jack Russells. There was also a Dobermann and a couple of Whippets. On my father’s side of the family there are working sheepdogs. Surprisingly, given this heritage, I was not allowed to have a dog of my own until I was about 15 years old. I wanted a pedigree dog but instead we rescued a little mixed-breed Jack Russell type terrier called Heidi. Heidi was the love of my life, an incredibly intelligent and intuitive creature. She lived to the age of 13 and set the ball in motion for everything “doggy” that followed.

What breeds of dogs have you had over the years ?

As well as Heidi the Jack Russell Terrier , I’ve had Miniature Pinschers and of course our Shiba Inu. My husband Yusuke has had Cavaliers as well as Shibas. I also spent some years breeding small animals for show. This gave me an excellent grounding in coat and colour genetics which set me up for dog breeding very well.

What breeds of dogs have you got now?

Shiba Inu exclusively. I can’t see that changing for the foreseeable future!

What would you consider to be your main breed and the one people associate you with?

Shiba Inu.

What attracted you to this breed?

My husband Yusuke, who is from central Japan, grew up around Shibas and Shiba types. Outside of the show world in Japan they are a bit like Jack Russell types are here in Ireland – varied, a bit mixed and very very common to see around. Yusuke’s family have had Shibas for generations but purely as family pets. I had always found the breed attractive, although there were never all that many of them in Ireland to see. When I eventually managed to visit Japan I saw a whole new level of quality in the Shiba Inu that I’d never seen before. The rich rough double coats in glowing multi-faceted burning red, occasionally the smoky black and tan or even more rarely the glorious sesame; the naturally balanced unsculpted beauty of form; the sharp intelligent tanuki or raccoon dog expression with small neat hooded ears and beautifully slanted somewhat triangular eyes, all in a dog that is not too big and not too small. They represent everything that is Japan, everything I loved about the place, a national treasure in canine form. What could be more perfect for me?

What advice would you offer to anybody that is interested in becoming an owner of this breed?

Research is key. We love our Shibas but they are not for everyone. They are an intelligent breed but also fiercely independent and headstrong. Secure fencing is a must because they are apt to hear the call of the wild and go roaming. If you want a dog that obeys your every word or sits on a velvet pillow at your feet, Shibas are not for you. If you want a rustic, natural dog that is clean, intuitively intelligent, somewhat cat-like, quirky and active, Shibas are hard to beat.

Does the breed have any specific requirements by way of exercise & grooming?

Shibas are a fairly active breed and need a reasonable amount of space for free running exercise or at least an hour’s walk every day to keep them from getting bored and destructive.

Grooming is very easy for this breed if they have the correct hard weatherproof double coat. Dogs with a correct coat shed rainwater and everyday dirt with no more than a shake. Bathing very often is not necessary. For most of the year, a quick once-over with a pin brush every so often is all they will need to stay ship-shape. When moulting season rolls around (on average twice a year but there is no hard and fast rule about this), the dog will essentially shed its entire undercoat in one big blanket and will need daily brushing. The amount of hair shed is truly astounding. We use an undercoat rake and do all our grooming outdoors during this time, otherwise our vacuum cleaner would break down from over-use! The shedding will go on for a few weeks if the dog is kept outside, or it could go on for months for a dog kept indoors in central heating. It will take a few weeks to a couple of months for the coat to come back again. Shiba breeders often despair that their dogs seem to delight in shedding their coats to coincide with the most important shows of the year!

Does the breed have any specific health tests that should be done before a dog or bitch is used at stud or bred from?

The health tests done on Shibas vary depending on country. In Japan, no testing is done whatsoever. In days gone by, when the Shiba was used as a hunting dog, the rigours of work would weed out the physically weaker specimens. This is no longer the case, and consequently cultural norms dictate that those of us outside Japan must take care to check our breeding stock for inherited disorders. Breeders should screen eyes for such problems as cataracts, PRA, glaucoma or entropion. Knees should be checked for patellar luxation. In many countries, hips and occasionally elbows are x-rayed.
The breed is fairly new to the West and imports from Japan, although quite numerous especially in the USA and in Continental Europe, tend to mainly be from a small number of well-known kennels and bloodlines. Because of this, it is important that breeders make good choices and preserve what genetic variation we have. Over-zealous discarding of dogs from breeding programmes is not in the best interest of the long-term health and stability of the breed. It is the responsibility of breeders to keep abreast of scientific research and take interest in the pedigrees of their dogs, the goal being to preserve what virtues we have while improving on the problem areas.

Finally, how would you sum up the characteristics of this breed and what type of household would they best be suited to?

The standard of excellence published by the Nihonken Hozonkai (Japanese Dog Preservation Society) sums up the essence of the Japanese dog in three terms: kan’i, ryousei and soboku. These three characteristics are essential to breed type. Without all three, the dog can hardly be called a Shiba at all. The kind of household that would fit a Shiba best would definitely be one that appreciates and understands the breed for these three characteristics.

Kan’i can be translated as “spirited boldness”. Essentially this is the wild, independent, indomitable personality of the Shiba. Some Shibas, especially males, can be somewhat intolerant of other dogs but kan’i is NOT equivalent to unprovoked aggressiveness. Aggressiveness is a disqualifying fault under the FCI breed standard. Proper kan’i should be considered the single most important characteristic of the breed.

Ryousei can be translated as “benign”. This refers to the Shiba’s benign good nature as a family pet. The Shiba should be totally reliable with humans.

Soboku can be translated as “artlessness”, that is to say that it is totally natural and unsculpted in its beauty. The dog is rustic, not trimmed, fussy or “created” in any way.

Many thanks to Pedigreedogs.ie for the opportunity to do this interview. I hope I have given some idea of the wonderful world of the Shiba Inu.
Éadaoin Ishii
Kazeshimasou Shiba Inu

More info can be found at Éadaoin’s dedicated Shiba Inu Web Site 

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Bundy’s 2 minutes of joy & the lifelong commitment !

| blog | February 19, 2014

Dog BlogI woke up this morning with the same feeling in my stomach as I get on my birthday & Christmas.

I had to get up a little earlier than normal as I wanted to get to this machine before my humans came down from upstairs, the place where they think I never visit when they leave the house for more than 5 minutes. Doh !

The feeling in my belly was justified as when I finally managed to crank up the machine I couldn’t believe my eyes. My very first blog had travelled all the way to the Fair City, as you can see from the dilemma that Bundy has found himself in and written to me about below.

“Dear Doris

My name is Bundy & I wonder if you have any advice to impart.

You see my “Missus” (& I use this term loosely you understand) has just had 5 babies, well I was told before the event that we may be expecting an addition or two but 5!!! Anyway she’s looking after them herself & to be honest I haven’t as yet been expected to do anything so that’s not really the problem.

The problem is she insisted on a new pad for her & the babies. Well this “pad” is in the kitchen which as you can imagine is my domain or at least it was!!!!

Well now me & the rest of the gang are “grounded” to what the humans call the family room. Now Doris, I don’t mind spending time with my humans but where the problems kick off are when the Humans are preparing “dinner” which for some reason only goes on in the kitchen, you see my dilemma now??

When this is happening my place is behind the human who’s chopping!!!! As I’m sure you understand that’s the best position to be in to get the tops from the orange sticks they cut up.

Any advice on how to get back in the kitchen without literally getting barked at would be greatly appreciated!!!

Yours from the doghouse Bundy.”

Dear Bundy

Firstly thank you for checking out my first blog, being the first to get in touch you will forever hold a special place in my heart.

Now down to business, & trust me when I say I’m speaking from experience, as I became an aunt over 5 years ago, and 2 of the little sprogs are still living with me !!!

Anyhow, as you are now beginning to realise, there are massive consequences when you & your “Missus” had your romantic interlude. I can only imagine that the euphoria felt worthwhile at the time, but now the chickens have come home to roost.

Would you believe it when I was trying to master this machine last night for the first time, I came across the fruits of your loin as they are showcased on a different section of the Pedigree Dogs web site, & I have read all about them.

I must say, reading about your family, you all seem to be extremely healthy and have had as many health checks as those humans that they send into space.

That’s great news for a start, and I am sure that you and the “Missus” must be very proud of your offspring, as you have given them the very best start in life a canine could ask for.

As for advice, my thinking on it would be just to bide your time. Unlike humans, some of which stay with the pack for up to 30 years, the males especially, most of yours will be off to their forever homes in the next 3 months. I’m sure you will agree with me that they need this valuable period to spend as much time with your humans and other humans, as this is their socialisation phase, and it’s vital to their development. Bundy, you must have got this valuable attention back when you were a tiny ball of fluff, as it’s only the good ones that go on to be the stud muffin that you are today !

Don’t forget Bundy that to become a father in the first place you must be one hell of a dog, with a character to die for, your “Missus” obviously thinks so, as do your humans, so hang on in there, throw them the odd sad eye from time to time, and before you can say “Jack Spratt could eat no fat, his wife could eat no lean” you’ll be back in pole position in the kitchen behind the human that is chopping and you’ll be munching on the tops of the orange sticks again.

I hope I’ve helped and I look forward to hearing how you are getting on.

Doris Dachshund

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Doris the Dachshund – Blogger & Agony Aunt !

| blog | February 18, 2014

Dog BlogHello…Is there anybody out there ??

I’m not sure if I’m doing this right, but I’ll give it a go anyhow…

You see the thing is, I’ve often watched my humans bashing away on this machine for hours on end, and finally the curiosity has gotten the better of me.

The human with the whiskers on the face used to spend an awful lot of time on it, but over the last year I have noticed that he doesn’t spend as much time on it these days as he used to, so I have seized my opportunity.

I suppose seized is the perfect word as I am writing this when my humans have gone for their daily nap which usually happens at night time. (Strange if you ask me cause I nap whenever I feel like it)

This typing thing I must say I’m finding it difficult enough, not having opposable thumb’s but I reckon I’ll get this initial blog, (I think I’ve heard them call it that), done before they wake to make my breakfast.

Before I go on, I suppose I’d better introduce myself, my name is Doris, and it’s obvious to see from the picture above, that I’m one of the coolest Dachshunds in Ireland, maybe Europe, and I might be stretching it by saying the planet, but I’ll let you make up your own minds on that one.

I’m an Irish canine and West Cork by the grace of God (Dog spelt backwards you may notice) and in my humans years I’m 12 years young.

Those 12 years of living life to the full have given me what I reckon is vast amounts of knowledge & common sense. Now I think it’s about time to share this with the rest of the planet, but mostly my canine relations some of which I reckon I’m closely related to & also the ones that I have my suspicions about, but hey, we’re all canine’s and I’m here for you all.

Right, that’s it, my paws are starting to ache, & even though these glasses make the type seem huge, I’m starting to get a bit sleepy, so here’s the deal.

I’m going to be writing about ALL topics, mainly dog related, but it’s not all about me.

I want to hear from you, my four legged relatives, about what’s going on in your patch.

Let me know if you are having relationship problems with either the other canines you share your life with, or even if you have an unruly human. Anything basically you want to get off your chest or need somebody to talk to or just somebody with big ears which I have in abundance, who will listen to you.

I’ll also try and help you with any medical problems you are having, but remember at 12 years of age I’m a veteran not a veterinarian, although I may have back up in this area sometime soon.

So that’s it, my first blog, hopefully the first of many, signing out

Doris Dachshund

Email:Dorisdachshund@pedigreedogs.ie

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