Samoyed – Perfect Snow Dog

The Samoyed dog  takes its name from the Samoyedic peoples of Siberia. An alternate name for the breed, especially in Europe, is Bjelkier. These nomadic reindeer herders bred the fluffy, white dogs to help with the herding, to pull sleds when they moved. Samoyeds’ friendly disposition makes them poor guard dogs; an aggressive Samoyed is rare. With their tendency to bark, however, they can be diligent watch dogs, barking whenever something approaches their territory. Samoyeds are excellent companions, especially for small children or even other dogs, and they remain playful into old age. When Samoyeds become bored they may begin to dig. With their sled dog heritage, a Samoyed is not averse to pulling things, and an untrained Samoyed has no problem pulling its owner on a leash rather than walking alongside. Samoyeds were also used to herd reindeer. They will instinctively act as herd dogs, and when playing with children, especially, will often attempt to turn and move them in a different direction. The breed is characterized by an alert and happy expression which has earned the nicknames “Sammy smile” and “smiley dog.

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Samoyeds have a dense, double layer coat. The topcoat contains long, coarse, and straight guard hairs, which appear white but have a hint of silver coloring. This top layer keeps the undercoat relatively clean and free of debris. The under layer, or undercoat, consists of a dense, soft, and short fur that keeps the dog warm. The undercoat is typically shed heavily once or twice a year, and this seasonal process is sometimes referred to as “blowing coat”. This does not mean the Samoyed will only shed during that time however; fine hairs (versus the dense clumps shed during seasonal shedding) will be shed all year round, and have a tendency to stick to cloth and float in the air. The standard Samoyed may come in a mixture of biscuit and white coloring, although pure white and all biscuit dogs aren’t uncommon. Males typically have larger ruffs than females.

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Samoyeds can be affected by a genetic disease known as “Samoyed Hereditary Glomerulopathy”, a renal disease. The disease is known to be caused by an X-linked dominant faulty allele and therefore the disease is more severe in male Samoyeds. Carrier females do develop mild symptoms after 2–3 months of age, but do not go on to develop renal failure. The disease is caused by a defect in the structure of the type-IV collagen fibrils of the glomerular basement membrane. As a consequence, the collagen fibrils of the glomerular basement membrane are unable to form cross-links, so the structural integrity is weakened and the membrane is more susceptible to “wear-and-tear” damage. As the structure of the basement membrane begins to degenerate, plasma proteins are lost in the urine and symptoms begin to appear.

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‘Nubs The Dog: The True Story Of A Mutt, A Marine & A Miracle’

When Maj. Brian Dennis of the United States Marine Corps met a wild stray dog with shorn ears while serving in Iraq, he had no idea of the bond they would form, leading to seismic changes in both their lives. “The general theme of the story of Nubs is that if you’re kind to someone, they’ll never forget you — whether it be person or animal,” Dennis tells Paw Nation.

In October 2007, Dennis and his team of 11 men were in Iraq patrolling the Syrian border. One day, as his team arrived at a border fort, they encountered a pack of stray dogs — not uncommon in the barren, rocky desert that was home to wolves and wild dogs.

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“We all got out of the Humvee and I started working when this dog came running up,” recalls Dennis. “I said, ‘Hey buddy’ and bent down to pet him.” Dennis noticed the dog’s ears had been cut. “I said, ‘You got little nubs for ears.'” The name stuck. The dog whose ears had been shorn off as a puppy by an Iraqi soldier (to make the dog “look tougher,” Dennis says) became known as Nubs.Dennis fed Nubs scraps from his field rations, including bits of ham and frosted strawberry Pop Tarts. “I didn’t think he’d eat the Pop Tart, but he did,” says Dennis.At night, Nubs accompanied the men on night patrols. “I’d get up in the middle of the night to walk the perimeter with my weapon and Nubs would get up and walk next to me like he was doing guard duty,” says Dennis.

The next day, Dennis said goodbye to Nubs, but he didn’t forget about the dog. He began mentioning Nubs in emails he wrote to friends and family back home. “I found a dog in the desert,” Dennis wrote in an email in October 2007. “I call him Nubs. We clicked right away. He flips on his back and makes me rub his stomach.”

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“Every couple of weeks, we’d go back to the border fort and I’d see Nubs every time,” says Dennis. “Each time, he followed us around a little more.” And every time the men rumbled away in their Humvees, Nubs would run after them. “We’re going forty miles an hour and he’d be right next to the Humvee,” says Dennis. “He’s a crazy fast dog. Eventually, he’d wear out, fall behind and disappear in the dust.”

On one trip to the border fort in December 2007, Dennis found Nubs was badly wounded in his left side where he’d been stabbed with a screwdriver. “The wound was infected and full of pus,” Dennis recalls. “We pulled out our battle kits and poured antiseptic on his wound and force fed him some antibiotics wrapped in peanut butter.” That night, Nubs was in so much pain that he refused food and water and slept standing up because he couldn’t lay down. The next morning, Nubs seemed better. Dennis and his team left again, but he thought about Nubs the entire time, hoping the dog was still alive.

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Two weeks later, when Dennis and his team returned, he found Nubs alive and well. “I had patched him up and that seemed to be a turning point in how he viewed me,” says Dennis. This time, when Dennis and his team left the fort, Nubs followed. Though the dog lost sight of the Humvees, he never gave up. For two days, Nubs endured freezing temperatures and packs of wild dogs and wolves, eventually finding his way to Dennis at a camp an incredible 70 miles south near the Jordanian border.

“There he was, all beaten and chewed up,” says Dennis. “I knew immediately that Nubs had crossed through several dog territories and fought and ran, and fought and ran,” says Dennis. The dog jumped on Dennis, licking his face. Most of the 80 men at the camp welcomed Nubs, even building him a doghouse. But a couple of soldiers complained, leading Dennis’ superiors to order him to get rid of the dog. With his hand forced, Dennis decided that the only thing to do was bring Nubs to America. He began coordinating Nubs’ rescue effort. Friends and family in the States helped, raising the $5,000 it would cost to transport Nubs overseas.

Finally, it was all arranged. Nubs was handed over to volunteers in Jordan, who looked after the dog and sent him onto to Chicago, then San Diego, where Dennis’ friends waited to pick him up. Nubs lived with Dennis’ friends and began getting trained by local dog trainer Graham Bloem of the Snug Pet Resort. “I focused on basic obedience and socializing him with dogs, people and the environment,” says Bloem.

A month later, Dennis finished his deployment in Iraq and returned home to San Diego, where he immediately boarded a bus to Camp Pendleton to be reunited with Nubs. “I was worried he wouldn’t remember me,” says Dennis. But he needn’t have worried. “Nubs went crazy,” recalls Dennis. “He was jumping up on me, licking my head.”

Was it destiny that Dennis met Nubs and brought him to America? “I don’t know about that,” says Dennis. “It’s been a strange phenomenon. It’s been a blessing. I get drawings mailed to me that children have drawn of Nubs with his ears cut off. It makes me laugh.”

Savannah Cat: The Cat That Thinks It’s A Dog

Want a pet that will play fetch and come running to the sound of its name, but also knows how to use the litter? Read on about the breed that does it all!

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Can’t decided whether you’re a cat person or a dog person? Want a pet that will play fetch and come running to the sound of its name, but also knows how to use the litter? Well, now you can have the look of the former with the personality of the latter!

In an attempt to engineer a punky alternative to the small domestic cat, a Bengal breeder created something extraordinary. Mixing a Serval wild cat with a domestic Siamese, breeder Judee Frank produced the first Savannah Cat – a 20 plus pound cheetah-lookalike with the heart of a puppy. It is smart enough to play fetch, vain enough to wear a diamond collar, and chirps excitedly when you come home from work. The Savannah Cat is very sociable to humans and other pets, loves water so much that they will shower with their owner, and has even been reported to be intelligent enough to open doors.

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The Savannah is the largest hybrid Serval/domestic cat, born in 1986 and registered as a true breed in 2001 by TICA (The International Cat Association). Since then, they have become known as the largest domesticated felines, with a female first-generation Savannah named Scarlett’s Magic winning a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s tallest cat.

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They are bred tall and slim, with the black cheetah tear-stripe streaming down their cheeks. First and second generations tend to look like their wild parent, but get along much better with their domestic relations. However, breeders are still learning to control the genetics of this breed and results in litters can vary greatly between brothers and sisters. The same litter can have a large, wild looking kitten that will start bouncing 2-3ft into the air, and a tiny domestic runt that may become a loyal sleeping partner. Savannahs have personable characteristics that make them desirable pets; they can express their feelings in a multitude of ways. A Savannah says hello by fluffing out its tail, displays pleasure by wagging its tail, and show anger with an angry snake-like hiss.

So far, the expensive pricing of this rare breed has resulted in celebrity ownership only. So, if you see Arnold Schwarzenegger walking a giant cat in the city streets, it is perfectly harmless to pet it or throw a stick for it. At least, harmless in reference to the Savannah. If Arnold decides to cannon ball you out onto oncoming traffic, well, that’s totally his prerogative.

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Two Real-Life Lassies Save Their Owner’s Life When He Falls Into A Coma While Out Walking Them

In what sounds like a storyline that would stretch the credulity of a Lassie episode, two dogs saved their owner’s life when he collapsed into a diabetic coma during a walk.

Les Parsons, 54, collapsed due to low sugar levels while out walking German Shepherds Ellie and Jones.

The dogs immediately sprang into action, with one-year-old Ellie licking his face to try and keep him conscious while two-year-old Jones ran for help.

He sprinted a quarter-of-a-mile home to alert Les’ wife Jo and stepdaughter Fiona and then led them back to the spot where he was lying.

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Les Parsons, 54, collapsed due to low sugar levels while out walking Ellie (left) and Jones. The dogs then sprang into action, with Ellie licking his face to try and keep him conscious while Jones ran for help

They rushed him to hospital and Les – a type one diabetic – was released later that day after treatment.

Jo, 46, who is also a type one diabetic, said: ‘Jones alerted me and my daughter that something was seriously wrong.

‘He comes from a rescue home and we’ve had him for over a year.

‘He is a recovering agoraphobic so to come back alone we knew it was for a good reason.

‘I ran out and found Les collapsed on the floor with Ellie by his side. I think the dogs saved his life.

‘The dogs mean the world to me and I’m so proud of them. If Jones hadn’t have come home, Les could have died.’

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‘I’m so proud of them. If Jones hadn’t have come home, Les could have died,’ said Les’s wife Jo

Les, a care home supervisor, had suffered severe hypoglycaemia, which is caused by low blood sugar and can be fatal if left untreated.

He toppled over during a walk near his home in Bridgwater, Somerset, last week after taking the dogs to his local park without his vital hypoglycaemia kit.

Ellie stayed with Les, licking him and nudging him with his paws, while Jones went for help.

His stunned family heard the large hound clawing at the back door and immediately realised something was wrong when they saw he was not with his owner.

Jones then bounded back round to where Les was lying, showing them where he had fallen.

He was swiftly taken to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, and released later that day.

Les said: ‘I was totally overwhelmed when I pieced it all together. What they did took teamwork and courage and it brought a tear to my eye.

‘We’ve been giving them extra treats and fussing since.’