Monday, June 9, 2014

Meet The Bullmastiff

​If you see a Bullmastiff coming down the street you’ll stop listening to whatever your friend is saying and feel a strong urge to get a closer look. If it’s a puppy, forget it—you won’t be able to resist. Powerfully built, with a deep chest and an alert expression, the Bullmastiff makes a big impression. Because of his “guarding” nature, he needs lots of playtime early on with other dogs and people. Luckily for you, he’s a quick learner!

Brave, affectionate, and loyal, the Bullmastiff will always have your back.

Short, flat, and dense, so a weekly brushing is all he needs.

Somewhat Active; Calm and low-key, but they do well at lots of different dog sports, like agility, and make great therapy dogs.



Source: American Kennel Club

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Meet The Border Collie

The workaholic of the dog world, the Border Collie is the world's premier sheep herder, prized for its intelligence, extraordinary instinct and working ability. Medium-sized and athletic, the breed controls stock with stalking movement and an intense gaze known as "eye." The Border Collie coat can be rough or smooth and includes any color in bi-color, tri-color, merle, sable, or solid patterns.

A Look Back
In the border country between Scotland and England, Border Collies (first classified as the "Scotch Sheep Dog") were invaluable to shepherds by allowing them to maintain large flocks of sheep. The breed as we know it today has been around for more than 100 years. In the second half of the 19th century, Queen Victoria spotted a Border Collie and became an active enthusiast. At this point, the divergence between our modern Collie and the Border Collie began.

Right Breed for You?
This high-drive breed is extremely energetic and requires exercise beyond just a walk around the block or a romp in the yard. They thrive when they have a job to do and space to run. Due to their tendency to herd objects and people, they do best with mature, well-behaved children. They love their families, but may be somewhat reserved with strangers. They are seasonal shedders, and require regular brushing.

Source: The American Kennel Club

Sheepdog Trials at Fosterfield Farm Morristown NJ

The trials are off to a great start today.  There is plenty of shade for the Border Collies, Sheep, Handlers and Spectators.  Bring your lawn chairs and/or blankets and settle in for a fun and informative day watching the Collies and learning about the work they love to do.  Admittance to the  trials also allows you to tour the living Farm at Fosterfield.  The trials go today until 5pm and resume tomorrow from 10 am until 5pm. Enjoy.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

It Is Important To Read Pet Food Labels

Ethoxyquin, a chemical found in low quality pet food has been linked to a variety of skin, immune and reproductive disorders.
Source:  Animal Wellness Magazine

Take the time to read the labels and make wise decisions.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Best Ways To Keep Your Pet Mentally Healthy

Exercise them.  A tired dog is a good dog.  Serotonin, a natural mood stabilizer, is generated in the brain during exercise.

Keep things interesting.  Hold boredom or stress at bay by setting up pets' environments, both indoors and outdoors, in ways that keep them fulfilled, occupied and challenged.

Speak their language.  We rely on spoken words, but pets can decipher body signals like they are reading a book.  Talk to them, keep command words short and sweet and be aware of the body language cues you are communicating.

Dr. Nicholas H. Dodman
Veterinary Behaviorist,
Director of the Animal Behavior Clinic at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Source:  Fetch ~ the pet magazine with a healthy pedigree