Archive for the ‘dogs’ Category
Another repost of my material from MikeB’s blog. One of the critiques of UK fox and stag hunting is that the dogs rip the prey to shreds.
I did some posts a while back about hunting where I mentioned hunting boar with hounds and a boar spear. Someone made a comment about wanting to see me do this believing that I wouldn’t be willing to give it a go.
Far from it, I would love to try it, but the problem is that the hunter isn’t the first to encounter game when one hunts with dogs–it’s usually the dogs who will encounter the prey first.
Upon finding a pig, a dog pack will chase the animal until he or she is exhausted. Hunters follow on foot, horseback, or in swamp buggies (that’s usually in the USA).
” . . . a wild scene. Leif and Tucker
[dogs], who have raced past Cock
[hunter] just before he reached the bay, are latched onto the pig’s ears. The other dogs bard and dart in to bite the pig’s flank. The pig squeals with a pitch and volume that would make the whine of a table saw seem like a low hum. Cock grabs its back legs, throws it down, puts a knee on its shoulder and begins stabbing. After four or five tries, he pierces the heart. The blood flows, the squealing stops and the admiration of the carcass begins.”
– description of a hunt, St. Petersburg Times
, June 4, 1999
Before the dogs are restrained, the pig can suffer horrible injuries. Occasionally, a wounded pig will escape, only to later die a lingering death.
Of course, dogs enjoy the hell out of this, especially if they are hunting breeds as the picture of the dogs with historic hunting reenactor Richard Swinney show. Anyone who knows dog expressions can tell the dog with Swinney is pleased as hell, and the dog in the background wants another boar! Hunting is a natural activity for dogs and hunting with them bonds one to the pack.
Naturally, the animal rights crowd find this to be repugnant and hunting boar with dogs is illegal in some jurisdictions: this includes where I live. I believe that the nearest place for me to do this is in Germany and I would have to join a club.
And yes, I do go hunting with dogs and have experience in these matters.
The real dog is still alive and kicking at age 13!
For those who think an 8 pound dog is wimpy, she walked 5 miles so far today.
I didn’t mention it here, but her last birthday was spent on the operating table for a liver growth about the size of a lemon that turned out to be non-sectable. Comparatively, the growth would be about the size of a basketball in a human my size.
Fortunately, non-sectable does not mean not treatable. She underwent ANOTHER procedure where the tumour was embolised about a month afterward.
Seriously, Laci has quite a strong will to live and loves life. I imagine she will keep ticking along until she gets seriously feeble (she is a bit deaf and eyesight isn’t that good either).
People who think these are cute dogs don’t know that they can keep up with you on a serious hike. I’ve found that little dogs can have big dog spirit. Or as the saying goes: “it’s not the size of a dog in a fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.”
And Laci has a lot of spirit.
Laci as Air Cargo
Although this is somewhat of a nonevent since the The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS AKA Pet Passport) has been in place since 1 October 2001. The one real advantage seems to be that the hassles of PETS appear to be a thing of the past.
If you brought your pet into the UK from the EU or another listed country or territory prior to 31 December 2011, The UK required that preparations (rabies vaccination (including boosters), blood sampling, and issuing the PETS documentation) must have been done either in the UK (before you take your pet out of the UK) or in one of those listed countries or territories. The tick and tapeworm treatment must be done 24-48 hours before your pet enters the UK. Your pet can be fitted with a microchip in any country or territory.
Animals which did not meet these rules when they arrive in the UK must enter quarantine for six months prior to 31 December 2011. They may be able to be released early (before the full six month quarantine period has finished) if they can be shown to comply with the necessary PETS rules whilst in quarantine.
Add in that you had to fly approved airlines from certain airports (and this): or fly into the EU and then continue to the UK. Additionally, if you chose the UK routes, the pet had to go as cargo. It appears that there will be no change in how the new scheme works. as DEFRA point out:
Pets travelling to the UK by air will travel as cargo, unless they are a registered assistance dog entering with an approved airline, on a route that permits them to travel in the cabin.
People coming from non-PETS approved countries had to place their pets in quarantine for six months, which was a barbaric system that had been in place since 1895.
Although, looking at DEFRA’s travelling with pets page, it doesn’t seem as if things have changed too much. That means that all this isn’t really news to those of us who have been taking pets in and out of the UK since PETS came into existence on 1 October 2001. I was hoping that there would be an opening of carriers and how the pet is transported to the UK. At this point, it doesn’t seem as if there is too much to be happy about as far as pets travelling to and from the UK since they are still required to be cargo if they fly from some countries (e.g. the US).
From what I have read, it seems that the PETS scheme was not very consistent. The “new” regime just makes the PETS Scheme more “sensible”. But, as I said, this has been around since 2001. It isn’t really news for most people who have been travelling with their pets since that time.
Downward Dog, and she’s a natural!
The internet being what the internet is, I don’t mind people using this image provided they give credit to me for it.
Or send me any products made with the image! Thank you.
I found this while looking over the pictures for the trip I mentioned in my Weekend fun! post. It’s another picture of Laci enjoying her freedom on our weekend escape.
We were pretty much to only beings in the area, which mean that Laci was off lead. She was able to chase squirrels, sniff, and generally explore within reason and eye shot.
And since this is technically her blog, here’s another picture of her enjoying her freedom.
Maybe because I know quite a few veterinary Oncologists, or because I am a very conscientious pet owner, I tend to worry about Laci’s health.
The 10 Warning signs of pet cancer:
1. Abnormal swellings that persist or continue to grow
2. Sores that do not heal
3. Weight loss
4. Loss of appetite
5. Bleeding or discharge from any body opening
6. Offensive odor
7. Difficulty eating or swallowing
8. Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina
9. Persistent lameness or stiffness
10. Difficulty breathing, urinating, or defecating
Contact your veterinarian if your dog or cat displays ANY of these signs.
Source The Animal Cancer Foundation
If you think about it, pet cancer is related to human cancers. The Canine Genome Sequencing Project at the Broad Institute successfully mapped the genome of a boxer named Tasha in 2005. The map of the genome has been used to confirm that many of the same genes involved in dog cancers are also involved in human cancers (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/genome/guide/dog/). I’d like to think that treatment of pets will result in better treatments and possibly a cure for human cancers.
I’m in good company since the National Cancer Institute (NCI) believes so strongly in this vision that the NCI Comparative Oncology Program was created in response. Currently, the Canine Comparative Oncology Genomics Consortium (CCOGC), a multidisciplinary consortium of scientific leaders from both human and veterinary oncology, is working to explore the broader implications of the canine genome sequence for human cancer research.
And you wonder why I prefer dogs to humans?
I just wanted to post these quotes. Actually, I wanted to add a couple of Friedrich der Grosse quotes since they sum up my feeling about humanity:
“The more I see of mankind, the more I like my dog.”
He also said,
“Dogs are better and truer than mankind, and the so-called images of God could learn a great deal from them!”
“If your dog doesn’t like someone you probably shouldn’t either.”
“In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely try to train him to be semihuman. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog.” – Edward Hoagland
“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring–it was peace.”- Milan Kundera
“Even the tiniest Poodle or Chihuahua is still a wolf at heart.” – Dorothy Hinshaw
“I’ve seen a look in dogs’ eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts.” – John Steinbeck
“What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”
“I care not for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.” – Abraham Lincoln
“When the Man waked up he said,
‘What is Wild Dog doing here?’
And the Woman said,
‘His name is not Wild Dog any more,
but the First Friend,
because he will be our friend
for always and always and always.'”
– Rudyard Kipling
“You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
“The disposition of noble dogs is to be gentle with people they know and the opposite with those they don’t know…How, then, can the dog be anything other than a lover of learning since it defines what’s its own and what’s alien.” – Plato
“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” – Groucho Marx