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The Teakettler is a legendary creature from Am…

The Teakettler is a legendary creature from American folklore with origins in lumberjack culture, specifically the lumber camps of Minnesota and Wisconsin. It is said to resemble a small stubby legged dog with the ears of a cat. Its name comes from the sound it makes, which is akin to that of a boiling tea kettle. It only walks backwards, and steam issues from its mouth as it makes its whistle. As the myth goes, only a few lumberjacks have seen one, as they are very shy, but if a boiling kettle is heard and nowhere to be found, it is sure that a Teakettler is nearby.

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𝓓𝓮𝓮𝓹…… #quotestoliveby #q…

𝓓𝓮𝓮𝓹……

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Being it’s Veterans Day, I salute the men and …

Being it’s Veterans Day, I salute the men and women that has and still serve our country. Being a dog trainer I want to also thank our dogs of past and present for their services as well.

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So to tell this story about the medical center laboratories of the Veterans Administration who we find to be embroiled in a controversy involving the mistreatment of canines shouldn’t be the day but it’s important for all to know.

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I read news reports last week that found the VA continuing to conduct invasive experiments on dogs as part of its medical research program, resulting in the euthanasia of the animals. According to these reports, experiments at four VA facilities, including in Milwaukee, where researchers are removing parts of the dogs’ brains to test neurons that control breathing prior to killing them by lethal injection, and in Cleveland, where doctors are measuring dogs’ cough reflexes by placing electrodes on their spinal cords. When done, the cords are severed, killing the dogs. 

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It is important in the name of science for testing and experiments to be done and the VA is not alone in using dogs in the name of scientific research. Im not totally against the practice as it’s critical to medical breakthroughs, but to simply mistreat the animals as collateral isn’t a cool thing.

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On this Veterans Day weekend let’s think of the men and women as well as the dogs that serve our country and bring some attention to this matter urging the VA medical staff to change their approach and better care of the dogs through positive prevention studies designed to keep animals and people healthy, and advocating in any work it funds that no animals are harmed, there is no induction of illness or injury, and they are not euthanized.

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Credit: USA Today

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The Yorkshire Terrier originated in Yorkshire,…

The Yorkshire Terrier originated in Yorkshire, a county in northern England. In the mid-19th century, workers from Scotland came to Yorkshire in search of work and brought with them several different varieties of small Scottish terriers.

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Originally it was three (3) dogs, bred from Scotch terriers (note: meaning dogs from Scotland, not today’s Scottish terriers) by chance that the eventual creation of the “Yorkshire Terrier” was done by these same Scottish workers, working in the cotton mills. This may sound strange as it wasn’t someone dedicating time and effort to shape and influence the breed but regular workers and the right breeds of dogs in the factories. The name Yorkshire Terrier was given to them on account of their being improved so much in Yorkshire, England that the name stuck.

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Not long after the Yorkshire Terrier was introduced into North America. In 1885 the first Yorkshire Terrier was registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC) Yorkies were a popular pet and show dog in both America and England. The creation of the Yorkie was heavily influenced and grew during the Victorian era and as Americans embraced Victorian customs, so too did they embrace the Yorkshire Terrier.

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The breed’s popularity dipped in the 1940s, when the percentage of small breed dogs registered fell to an all-time low of 18% of total registrations. Smoky, a Yorkshire Terrier and famous war dog from World War II, is credited with beginning a renewal of interest in the breed. The American Kennel Club ranked the Yorkshire Terrier as the 6th most popular pure-breed in the United States of America in 2012 and 2013.

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1906 America when it was still great? I’m not …

1906 America when it was still great? I’m not going there but sometimes I wish I can go back (for the dogs of course) that were available back then. A time before “for profit” breeding with dogs being brought with immigrants pouring into the country

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A healthy, physically MORE correct and purposeful Dane versus ones readily available today.

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The Boston terrier with his ears cropped is something you don’t see within the breed anymore.

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An organized effort was put together in the la…

An organized effort was put together in the late 1700’s to employ dogs to help the blind. Not until 1788 at the Quinze-Vents hospital for the blind in Paris did an Austrian man named Josef Riesinger managed to train a dog to assist him so well that people didn’t believe he was blind. It wasn’t til after WWI that a formal guide dog program was developed. Soldiers blinded in battle needed assistance when returning home. A Doctor by the name of Gerhard Stalling decided to work on training dogs for this purpose.
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He founded his first school in Oldenburg, Germany and soon had facilities in nine other cities, training as many as 600 dogs per year. Unfortunately Stalling’s schools would close in 1926, but another training center opened in Pottsdam, near Berlin.

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Dorothy Harrison Eustis a wealthy Philadelphian, living in Switzerland at the time visited the Pottsdam school and wanted her personal German Shepherds to be trained as guide dogs. It was not until after she wrote an article about the Pottsdam school (appearing November 5th, 1927 of The Saturday Evening Post) that she got the public to see her intentions to establish the first modern guide dog facility in the United States.

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A young blind man named Morris Frank from Nashville, Tennessee heard about the article and wrote to Ms. Eustis asking her to train a dog for him and in return he’d teach others the importance of how dogs can be of help. Morris Frank would become the first American to use a guide dog as a service dog. Buddy, a female German Shepherd, became the first guide dog in America. Incorporated on January 29, 1929 The Seeing Eye, named after Proverbs 20:12 in the Bible, “The seeing eye, the hearing ear; The Lord hath made them both.” would be established and be the first guide dog school in America.

The first class began with two students but by the end of the first year 17 others would join and gained their freedom with Seeing Eye dogs by their sides. Nashville’s weather was not conducive for year-round training and in 1931 the school relocated to New Jersey where it remains today. With 80 years of providing Independence and Dignity, The Seeing Eye organization would create facilities in both Switzerland and America remaining the best known guide dog school in the world.

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FORM FOLLOWS FUNCTION is a 20th-century princi…

FORM FOLLOWS FUNCTION is a 20th-century principle which says that an object should primarily relate to its intended function or purpose.
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This is important to note as many breeds today don’t follow this principle. In fact breeding for extremism is more common than functionality and without function then form will not follow.

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This is what an ENGLISH MASTIFF should look like. The perfect balance of front to back to height, even weight distribution throughout its frame and the overall structure is impeccable on this dog. It should be noted that he’s not as wrinkled, sloppy or overly massive, as today’s dogs. Take note how alert he appears and gives the appearance of a dog with endless amounts of energy.
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This picture was likely taken sometime in the early 1900’s and if you know what today’s MASTIFF looks like (slide right to see) it’s a different breed we are comparing. Over a short amount of time a more extreme version has been promoted versus the dog pictured.
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So why don’t dogs follow the same pattern as before? The reason is the purpose of many breeds isn’t coveted as it once was and breeders breed for the show ring to compete in conformation rather than any workability and functionality. Add to the fact that breed clubs and parent registry AKC, the American Kennel Club pushes for dogs to look or exceed conformation standards that promote extremisms.
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In your own opinion did modern breeding practices improve today’s dogs or make them impractical physically?
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Finally we get to mankind’s most perfect creat…

Finally we get to mankind’s most perfect creation of the brutal sport we called dog fighting. The APBT, American Pit Bull Terrier.

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It’s history is simple, if you’ve read any of my last post you’d understand how the breed was brought to this country by immigrants of Europe and perfected in the states for what it has become to be known for.

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Pictured is Crenshaw’s Ch. Honeybunch, not only a winner in the (pit) but possibly the best producing dog of all time. The epitome of both worlds from a continuity stand point and ideals set forth from the community of dog men of the era before and after.
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They’re a misunderstanding with how today’s ve…

They’re a misunderstanding with how today’s version of the Staffordshire Bull terrier is viewed, as they are still labeled fighting dogs at rescues and such. The reality the breed today is only a slice of the dog that once ruled the school yard and it is more of a show and pet dog than anything else.

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The early crosses of Bull and terrier dogs were not the stout, proportioned dog we see today but a rugged, tough, hard as nails, very skilled and game dog. These dogs were bred for performance, not looks.

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To create the Staffordshire Bull terrier a cross between a Bull and a Terrier happened. The cross was popular and gained popularity rather quickly. What it produce was a prototype, the ancestral foundation stock for todays Staffordshire Bull Terrier, the Bull Terrier, the American Pit Bull Terrier and American Staffordshire Terrier all sharing the common ancestor, the “Bull and Terrier”

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Before the 19th century Bull baiting, Bear baiting and cock fighting was as common as apple pie. It was purported at the cattle markets, dogs (bulldogs) were set upon bulls to tenderize the meat, but this was a myth, a way to get around those that opposed the blood sports. The real reason was to provide entertainment for crowds that would gather around to watch the show.

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It is safe to say that the Staffordshire Bull terrier, began as a fighting dog and helped paved the way for the eventual King of the Ring, the Pit Bull but today it remains a great little bully dog for families that’s more pet than pit!

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What does the Akita Breed and Helen Keller hav…

What does the Akita Breed and Helen Keller have in common?

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For those that don’t know who Helen Adams Keller was, she’s an American author, political activist, and lecturer who so happened to be blind and deaf due to an illness at a young age. She was also a huge dog lover!

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In 1937 Ms. Keller began an extended speaking tour which took her through much of Japan. The Japanese people were taken by her and her story of overcoming her personal handicaps. Having heard of the story of Hachikō – the Akita who mourned for his owner by visiting the train station everyday for 10 years after his death and her fondness of dogs, she decided to visit the Akita district.

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During her visit, she met several Akita dogs and was impressed by them and mentioned that she might like to have one of these “faithful dogs” for herself. The Japanese government took this request to heart and made sure she went back to the states with an Akita puppy for herself. The dog was named Kamikaze-Go.

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Keller bonded with “Kami” during the 16 day boat trip home as she felt connected with her and the dog. When they reached US shores, newspapers were proclaiming that Keller had introduced the breed to America. Kami’s life would be a short one, as he died of distemper before the age of eight months.

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Hearing of the dogs death, the Japanese government was saddened and wanted to make sure to fulfill her request to own an Akita dog as a companion. They sent her another dog several months later. A full brother (same Sire and Dam) named Kenzan-Go but issues and concerns about the dog actually making it to US soil began and held up the dog because of deteriorating relations between Japan and the US. However the dog finally did make it over and the picture above is of the dog and Ms. Keller herself.

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In part Ms Keller and her frequent positive mentions throughout her dogs life, this would contribute to the Akita becoming a popular dog in the states.

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