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June 7, 2012     Volume 3, Issue 23 Follow Us   Facebook Twitter Youtube
 Editor's Notes
Hi ~Contact.FirstName~,

Technology is so amazing these days! You can find virtually anything you want on the Internet: vintage or hard to find items, your old classmates, a new or lost pet, and tons of valuable (and sometimes useless) information. We’ve gotten so in touch with information that we can now use our cell phones and tablets to bring up anything we want at a moments notice.

I’ve won a few bets (and lost a few too) spawned from disputes over whether certain “facts” are true or not. And guess what? Technology - mainly Google - always determines the rightful winner.

With all the information that’s out there, you would think that these ancient myths and old wives tales would no longer exist. After all, we can usually get the right answer with a simple web search, right? Well, technology is often a double-edged sword and since access is so easy, you often have to dig through a lot of dirt before you find the right answer.

Let us help you determine the fact from the fiction in this week’s issue of “The Intelligent Pet” as we expose the truth about those common myths and misconceptions about our beloved canine friends!

All the best to you and your pets,


Amber Keiper & the rest of the BARF World team

 Pet Alert!
Wolf
5/20/2012 - Diamond Expands Recall! [Various Flavors] (Diamond Pet Foods)
Wolf
5/10/2012 - Purina Veterinary Diets Overweight Management Feline Formula (Nestle Purina)
solid recall
5/8/2012 - Solid Gold WolfKing Large Breed (Solid Gold Health Products for Pets, Inc.)
4health
5/5/2012 - 4Health [Various Flavors] (Diamond Pet Foods)
Wolf
5/5/2012 - Canidae [Various Flavors] (Canidae Pet Foods)
Wolf

5/5/2012
- Chicken Soup For The Pet Lover's Soul [Various Flavors] (Diamond Pet Foods)
4health
5/5/2012 - Country Value [Various Flavors] (Diamond Pet Foods)
Wolf 5/5/2012 - Premium Edge [Various Flavors] (Diamond Pet Foods)
4health
5/5/2012 - Professional [Various Flavors] (Diamond Pet Foods)
Wolf
5/5/2012 - Taste of the Wild [Various Flavors] (Diamond Pet Foods)
Wolf5/4/2012 - Apex Chicken & Rice (Apex Pet Foods)
NB
5/4/2012 - Natural Balance - Various Flavors (Natural Balance Pet Foods)
Wolf
5/4/2012 - Wellness Complete Health Super5Mix Large Breed Puppy (Wellpet LLC)
Wolf 3/9/2012 - FDA continues to caution consumers about feeding dogs chicken jerky products.

Important Dates to Remember

June is Summer Dog Fun Month

  • June 6, 1933 - Anniversary of the First Drive-In Movie: Remember how fun drive-in movies were? Sitting in your car with your beau and watching a romantic movie together in the privacy of your own car? Nowadays we stay at home and order it on pay-per-view. Where’s the romance gone?

  • June 14th - Flag Day: Celebrating the adoption of the United States flag, there are numerous parades and events taking place today. The most famous celebration is in Quincy, Massachusetts that is in its 61st year in 2012.

  • June 17th - Father’s Day: Did you know that the most popular gift for dad is - a greeting card? Poor guy! Let’s make it a plan to get something extra nice for that special man in your life.

  • June 17th, 1980 - Happy Birthday to Venus Williams: Famed tennis star, Venus Williams has an adorable Havanese named Harold “Harry” Reginald. She takes him with her on tour whenever she can and when he’s not with her he’s hanging out with Venus’ fellow tennis star and sister, Serena Williams’ Maltese and Jack Russell terrier. When asked about Harry, Venus gushes, “You’re out there on your own and you need a friend who’s there for you - wins, losses - and who really cares for you. I’ve recently found that someone, and that’s Harold.” Now that’s a real dog lover!

  • June 20th - Summer Begins: Hooray! Time for some fun in the sun. There are various dog beaches and lakes around the country that you and your pooch can visit together. What other summer events do you and your dog love to do together?

  • June 25th - Take Your Dog to Work Day: Today’s the day to take your furry buddy to work. Hey, maybe he can help you get through those emails that you’ve haven’t had a chance to reply to!


 If Dogs Could Talk

Dog-Gone Dog Myths - Busted

By Evan Price

Throughout the course of human history, misinformation in the form of rumors, legends, and old wives tales have come to be treated as fact. For a long time the Earth was thought to not only be flat, but it was also thought to be the center of the universe. Over time, however, many of these fallacies have been debunked and as a result, our desire to not be hoodwinked has grown. Our need to be right has even spawned myth-busting resources such as the websites, www.snopes.com and www.wikileaks.org and even the popular Discovery Channel television show, Mythbusters.

Myths have not only infiltrated the human world but the animal world as well. In reality, bats are not blind, bulls are not enraged by the color red, lemmings do not commit mass suicide while migrating and the memory of a goldfish is not limited to a few fleeting seconds.

To help clear up some of the confusion, this week’s Good Dog section is dedicated to common fallacies in the dog world. Enjoy!


MYTH 1: Dogs are colorblind. Even I grew up under the assumption that dogs can only see in black and white. In fact, dogs do have red-green color blindness, which makes it difficult to distinguish between yellow, orange, red, and green. However, they can distinguish between different shades of blue, purple, and gray. So, when you bring that bright orange ball to the park because it will stand out amongst all that green grass, keep in mind that this is for your benefit only.

MYTH 2: My dog tried to bite me. If your dog wanted to bite you, he would have...he is faster than you. If you got a little nip from your pet, he was either playing with you, or warning you. When he bites you, you will know it!

MYTH 3: Dogs will let you know when they are sick. Dogs are survivors. Instinctively, they will not display weakness or vulnerability in the event that they encounter a threat. Unfortunately, the situation is often more serious by the time they let you catch on to the fact that they are not feeling well.

MYTH 4: Dogs eat grass when they are sick. The evolutionary diet of a dog includes the stomach contents of fallen prey. This usually includes nuts, berries, and grass as a part of their optimal diet. A small amount of grass should not result in any digestive upset, and is actually quite normal. Chowing down on grass is another story, and may lead to vomiting.

MYTH 5: The mouth of a dog is cleaner than that of a human. Even as recently as a few years ago, I heard somewhere that humans have over 400 types of bacteria (factually, it is at least 615) while a dog has only 25. While I have not been able to locate an approximation for canine oral bacteria, it is clear that this is not the only metric that can be used to answer this question. Quite frankly, it is like comparing apples to oranges. The mouth of a dog contains DIFFERENT bacteria than that of a human.

The fact remains that I do not eat garbage, I do not lick my own crotch (or that of my neighbor), I prefer to catch tennis balls with my hands, and I brush my teeth twice a day.

So where did this myth come from? Well, apparently from medical journals - which were later misconstrued by the public (go figure). The reports were that human bites were more likely to result in infection compared to animal and dog bites.

While there are many more fallacies and myths about our pets, these are among the most popular. What myths do you want to see busted? Send us your suggestions via email at ezine@barfworld.com.

Until next time, happy BARFing!


Evan Price is a Raw Diet Educator for BARF World Inc. He is a true dog lover at heart with a particular interest in Daschunds. Evan is also an avid sports enthusiast and bridge player. For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for The Intelligent Pet weekly e-zine at www.barfworld.com.


 Bark Out Loud

Jerky Treats Responsible For Dog Illnesses Still On Store Shelves

Latest updates surrounding growing number of illnesses and deaths relating to imported jerky treats for dogs. (Click here to for full article)

Wags of Wisdom:

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
-Holy Bible (New International Version) John 8:32




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