|August 30th, 2012 Volume 3, Issue 35 ||Follow Us || || || |
This Labor Day weekend, as we celebrate the social and economic contributions of our workforce and take a day off from the daily grind, the staff here at The Intelligent Pet would like to dedicate this week’s newsletter to the working dog.
The dog was originally domesticated by man to serve as a helper for everyday activities such as guarding, herding, hauling, and hunting. He was seen as a tool rather than a companion. Of course, the friendly, loyal disposition of the canine eventually won us over and won them the title of “man’s best friend”.
Nowadays we see dogs more as companions rather than workers - even though many of them still have everyday jobs that are similar to the ones we gave them many years ago.
The strength, determination, loyalty and discipline of the dog breeds featured in this week’s article prove just how dependable these dogs really are.
Happy Labor Day!
Amber Keiper & the rest of the BARF World team
| 7/12/2012 - Nature's Variety Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble || 7/27/2012 - Vitakitty Chicken Breast With Flaxseed (Catwell) || 7/20/2012 - Sweet Potato Treats Added To FDA Watch List. |
3/9/2012 - FDA continues to caution consumers about feeding dogs chicken jerky products.
| 6/30/2012 - Pedigree Brand Wet Dog Food (Mars) || 5/20/2012 - Diamond Expands Recall! [Various Flavors] (Diamond Pet Foods) |
Celebrating Labor Day: A Tribute to Working Dogs
By Al Skender
Whether it’s helping someone cross the street, helping to keep the livestock in place, or working the runway, these dogs get the job done!
Working dogs are defined as those that have been taught to perform any number of tasks that assist and/or entertain their human companions.These activities range from managing cattle in a ranch, to leading a blind person down the road, to performing stunts and modeling in shows.
Akitas, Boxers, German Pinschers, Komondors, and Siberian Huskies are among the most popular of the working dog breeds.
Akita - The Rising Runway Star
The Akita originated in Central Europe, and is commonly used in stunts and circuses because of its size.They have a unique strut that has caught the attention of the fashion industry, making Akitas a rising star in the fashion and modeling world.But they are more than just entertainers.Akitas have been found to be very effective with rodent control, especially mice.They also exhibit high levels of intelligence, with a quick learning capability.Akitas love to walk, and are very active with regards to indoor activities.
Boxer - The Fearless Protector
The boxer is of a medium-sized athletic build.The dog is very alert and, like the Akita, displays high intelligence.Due to these qualities, this breed is commonly used as a seeing-eye dog for the visually impaired, as they are very attentive to detail.Boxers originated in Germany and were used to assist in hunting.The dog has a calm temperament, and is friendly to all (especially children).That being said, this dog is protective, fearless, and will actively defend territory or possessions.
German Pincher - The Disciplined Hunter
The German Pincher is usually square in build, medium sized, and very elegant.The dog is a wonderful companion, with great visual abilities.The dog is mostly used as a guide, but it is also slowly becoming an icon in the fashion industry.It is excellent when it comes to tracking activities due to its size and stamina, in combination with a strong drive and sense of discipline.Due to its natural advanced instincts to protect and hunt, Pinchers are useful domestic pets.They are also an athletic, and continue to attract interest from dog racing and other related fields.
Komondor - The Courageous Hearder
The Komondor originated in Hungary.The dog is unique for is dense and protective coat (it appears to be dreadlocked, similar to a Puli).In ancient times, this breed was used as a guard and manager of cattle and sheep.Today, Komondors have become very important in the fashion and modeling industries.The dog is famous for its strength, courage, and dignity.They can be wary of strangers, but drop their guard quickly when it is clear that there is no danger present.They are loving and affectionate with family and friends, and are excellent with children.The dog demands a lot of care and attention especially with regards to its coat.In the event it is taken care of excellently, the dog becomes a beauty to behold.
Siberian Husky - The Classic Sled Dog
Siberian Huskies originated from the Northeastern parts of Asia, and they were mainly used as sled dogs.They have outstanding endurance, and iron will (pun intended...there was a 1994 movie about sled dogs named “Iron Will”).This has made this breed to be one of the most sought for dogs when it comes to working dogs.Huskies can serve as a watchdogs, sled dogs, trainers, athletes, and guides.They have a mild temperament and this makes them socially adaptable.They have high predatory instincts and love exercise, but require regular maintenance due to their fairly thick coats.
Al Skender is a Raw Diet Educator for BARF World Inc.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/ezine.
Rescue Dog Rescues Dog
The headline is not a typo but the premise to sad situation with a happy ending thanks to good Sumaritans - a rescue dog, Zeke, and his owner.
It is always heartbreaking to hear about when pets have been abused, neglected and abandoned by their callous owners.This time, at least, there is a positive outcome and a chance for two good souls to get some recognition.
Click HERE for the story
Wags of Wisdom: "My little dog---a heartbeat at my feet." - Edith Wharton
"If a dog jumps in your lap, it is because he is fond of you; but if a cat does the same thing, it is because your lap is warmer." - Alfred North Whitehead