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Hot in Texas but the evenings cool down and she like laying in the wet grass.

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Once upon a time, in the dense forests of the north, where the pines stood tall and the wolves roamed free, there was a large and noble dog named Thor. Thor was a mix of Bernese Mountain Dog and Black Russian Terrier, with a coat as black as the midnight sky and eyes that shone like the stars. He was known throughout the land for his bravery and loyalty.

One chilly evening, as the sun dipped below the horizon, painting the sky in shades of orange and purple, a young child named Lily wandered away from her camping site, lured by the beauty of a butterfly. Unbeknownst to her, she ventured deeper into the woods, far from the safety of her family’s watchful eyes.

As the butterfly fluttered away, Lily found herself lost amidst the towering trees. Her heart pounded with fear as the darkness crept in, and the eerie howls of wolves echoed through the forest.

Thor, who was out on his evening patrol, heard the faint sobs of the child. His instincts kicked in, and he rushed through the underbrush, his large paws thudding against the soft earth. He found Lily huddled beneath a tree, her small frame shaking with each sob.

With a gentle nudge of his nose, Thor comforted the child, promising her safety with his presence. He stood guard, his muscular body a protective barrier between Lily and the unknown dangers of the forest.

As the moon rose high, casting a silvery glow over the land, a pack of wolves emerged from the shadows, drawn by the scent of the young human. Their eyes glinted with hunger, and their growls rumbled like thunder.

Thor positioned himself in front of Lily, his fur bristling and his teeth bared. A deep, resounding bark escaped his throat, a warning to the wolves that this child was under his protection. The wolves, sensing the strength and determination of the large dog, hesitated. They circled around, probing for weakness, but Thor stood unyielding.

The standoff lasted for what seemed like an eternity, until the alpha wolf, recognizing the courage of the dog, gave a subtle nod. With that, the pack retreated into the darkness, leaving Thor and Lily unharmed.

As dawn broke, Thor guided Lily back to her campsite, where her frantic parents embraced her with tears of joy. They thanked Thor, who merely wagged his tail, content in the knowledge that he had fulfilled his duty.

From that day on, Thor became a legend in the forest, a guardian angel in the form of a large, brave dog who protected a lost child from the wolves. And Lily, forever grateful, would often visit the edge of the woods, hoping to catch a glimpse of her heroic friend, who had saved her on that fateful night.

And they all lived happily ever after.

The end.

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A new study updates guidelines for when you should neuter or spay your dog to prevent an increased risk of cancer or joint issues. Check it out

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Hello Summer! Today is the official first day of summer in the USA.

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This post is not about us losing a dog but rather about someone for whom I have great respect losing her beloved Mastiff named Junior. I have written and read many tributes to the passing of a beloved dog but this one by Stephanie from is the most touching and heartfelt. Please take a moment to read it and share your condolences.

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In this album we will post photos captured from movies. Your challenge is to try to guess the movie. Have fun.

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For living and working outdoors in the hot summers of the southern United States, certain dog breeds, including some that are rare, are particularly well-suited due to their physical and behavioral adaptations. Here are some breeds that fit these criteria:

1. Akbash:

○  Origin: Native to western Turkey, the Akbash was bred for guarding livestock.

○  Adaptations:

■  Coat: They have a short to medium-length coat that can withstand hot temperatures.

■  Shedding: Efficient shedding of their winter undercoat helps them stay cool.

○  Summary: Akbash dogs are capable of adjusting to hot climates, making them suitable for outdoor work.

2. Kangal:

○  Origin: This breed comes from the Sivas province of Turkey and is known for its prowess in guarding.

○  Adaptations:

■  Short Coat: The Kangal has a short, dense coat that provides protection from the sun while allowing for heat dissipation.

■  Stature: Their large size and muscular build enable them to perform tasks even in heat.

○  Summary: Kangals are well-equipped to handle the heat due to their coat and size.

3. Anatolian Shepherd:

○  Origin: Also from Turkey, this breed is known for its endurance and protective instincts.

○  Adaptations:

■  Weather-Resistant Coat: Their coat is short and dense, suitable for both cold and hot weather.

■  Independence: They can work for long periods without constant supervision.

○  Summary: The Anatolian Shepherd's coat and nature make it a good fit for hot climates.

4. Maremma Sheepdog:

○  Origin: From Italy, Maremmas are traditionally used for guarding sheep against wolves.

○  Adaptations:

■  Double Coat: Their coat sheds seasonally, allowing them to adapt to temperature changes.

■  Robustness: They are robust and can work independently in various weather conditions.

○  Summary: Maremmas are adaptable to both cold and hot weather due to their shedding coat.

5. Spanish Mastiff:

○  Origin: Originating in Spain, this breed is used for guarding flocks against predators.

○  Adaptations:

■  Loose Skin: The loose skin and short coat help in heat dissipation.

■  Size: Their large body mass helps to regulate their body temperature in the heat.

○  Summary: Spanish Mastiffs can tolerate heat well, making them suitable for outdoor work in hot climates.

6. Central Asian Shepherd:

○  Origin: Hailing from Central Asia, these dogs are used for guarding livestock.

○  Adaptations:

■  Short Coat: They have a shorter coat which makes them more suitable for hotter climates.

■  Sturdy Build: Their physical robustness allows them to work effectively in heat.

○  Summary: Central Asian Shepherds are well-adapted to hot climates due to their coat and build.

7. Estrela Mountain Dog (Short-Haired Variety):

○  Origin: From Portugal, these dogs are known for their guarding abilities.

○  Adaptations:

■  Short Hair: The short-haired variety does well in both hot and humid climates.

■  Adaptability: They can work in various climates, including high temperatures.

○  Summary: The short-haired Estrela Mountain Dog is suited for hot climates, though they are rare in the U.S.

These breeds are selected for their ability to tolerate heat, their physical characteristics, and their working capabilities. It's important to note that even these breeds require proper care during extreme heat, including access to shade, water, and rest periods to prevent overheating. Always consult with a veterinarian or a professional dog handler to ensure the well-being of working dogs in hot environments. 🐕☀️.

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1. Livestock Guardian Dogs for Hot Climates

2. 13 Dog Breeds That Thrive in Hot Weather - The Spruce Pets

3. The 15 Rarest Dog Breeds in the United States - Vetstreet

4. 32 best dog breeds for warm climates | PetsRadar

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In the United States of America we pause on Memorial Day to honor our fallen sailors, soldiers, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guard.

Memorial Day is a time to honor and remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation. It's a day of reflection, gratitude, and family gatherings, where we pay homage to the courageous men and women who laid down their lives for the freedoms we cherish. As we enjoy the company of our loved ones, let's take a moment to acknowledge the bravery and selflessness of our fallen heroes, whose legacy continues to inspire us. Let this day be a reminder of the cost of peace and liberty, and let us carry their memory in our hearts always.

Some similar days in other countries that serve the same purpose as Memorial Day in the United States:

  • United Kingdom: The UK observes Remembrance Sunday on the Sunday nearest to November 11, the day Germany signed the armistice ending World War I.
  • South Korea: South Koreans observe Memorial Day on June 6, the same month that the Korean War began.
  • France: Armistice Day in France is observed on Nov. 11 with ceremonies, special church services and poppy adornments.
  • New Zealand and Australia: Anzac Day on April 25 commemorates New Zealand and Australia’s servicemen and women who have died.
  • Turkey: Turkey observes Martyrs’ Day on March 18, the anniversary of a major victory against the Allied Powers during the Gallipoli Campaign.
  • Nigeria: Nigeria formerly observed Armed Forces Remembrance Day on Nov. 11.
  • Russia: In Russia, May 9 is Victory Day, which commemorates the surrender of Nazi Germany to the Allies in World War II.
  • Israel: On the 4th of the Hebrew month of Iyar, Israel celebrates Yom Hazikaron, or "Memorial Day".
  • Netherlands: The Netherlands celebrates Dodenherdenking, Dutch for “Remembrance Day,” on May 4.
  • Germany: Germany celebrates Volkstrauertag, “Memorial Day” in German, on the Sunday closest to November 16.

These days are dedicated to remembering and honoring those who have died in service to their country, similar to Memorial Day in the United States.

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UKC Premier June 21-24 in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

This annual event features thousands of dog entries, generally representing over 150 different breeds. At UKCs PREMIER Dog Show, expect to find UKC conformation and performance events. PREMIER is the forum for UKC to showcase their philosophy of the Total Dog, in which a dog should not only have the beauty necessary for the traditional show ring but also the ability to perform the functions and duties for which its breed was originally created. More info...

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On December 23, 2023, 45-year-old Amanda Richmond Rogers jumped into a frigid river in Alaska to try to save her dog, Groot, who had fallen in. 

Unfortunately, she never resurfaced from the water, and rescuers were unable to locate her.

In late March 2024, four months after she vanished, her body was finally discovered, still holding the dog she attempted to rescue.

Read more...

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Title: The Vanishing Talents of Dogs

Dogs have long been celebrated for their remarkable abilities, from their keen sense of smell to their unwavering loyalty. However, in modern times, there is a concerning trend emerging – the vanishing talents of dogs. This essay explores the factors contributing to this decline and suggests ways to preserve and nurture the unique talents of our canine companions.

One significant factor contributing to the decline in the talents of dogs is the shift in their roles within society. Historically, dogs were valued for their working abilities, whether it be herding livestock, guarding property, or assisting hunters. However, as societies have become more urbanized and mechanized, the demand for such skills has diminished. Consequently, many dogs are now primarily kept as pets, with little opportunity to exercise and develop their innate talents.

Furthermore, the rise of selective breeding practices has led to a focus on aesthetics over functionality in many dog breeds. Breeders often prioritize physical traits such as size, coat color, and facial structure, while overlooking the traits that contribute to a dog's intelligence and working ability. This has resulted in the proliferation of breeds with diminished cognitive and physical capabilities, further exacerbating the decline in canine talents.

Additionally, the modern lifestyle of many dog owners contributes to the vanishing talents of dogs. Busy schedules, long working hours, and sedentary lifestyles leave little time for meaningful interaction and training with their canine companions. Dogs thrive on mental stimulation and physical activity, yet many are left alone for extended periods, leading to boredom, frustration, and a lack of opportunity to develop their talents.

However, all hope is not lost. There are steps that can be taken to reverse the trend of vanishing talents among dogs. First and foremost, there needs to be a shift in societal attitudes towards dogs, recognizing and valuing their innate abilities beyond mere companionship. Education campaigns can raise awareness about the importance of mental and physical stimulation for dogs, encouraging owners to provide enriching environments and activities for their pets.

Furthermore, responsible breeding practices are essential for preserving and enhancing the talents of dogs. Breed standards should prioritize traits that contribute to a dog's intelligence, trainability, and working ability, rather than solely focusing on appearance. By selecting for these traits, breeders can help ensure that future generations of dogs retain their natural talents and adaptability.

Additionally, efforts should be made to reintegrate dogs into roles where their talents can be utilized and appreciated. Programs that train dogs for various tasks, such as search and rescue, therapy work, and scent detection, not only provide valuable services to society but also fulfill the innate needs of dogs to engage in meaningful work.

In conclusion, the vanishing talents of dogs are a concerning trend that reflects broader changes in society's relationship with animals. However, by recognizing the value of dogs beyond their role as pets, promoting responsible breeding practices, and providing opportunities for dogs to engage in meaningful work, we can preserve and nurture the unique talents of our canine companions for generations to come.

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Hi all, I am experimenting with and seeking help in the way the information is presented when using a mobile device. The site if fully responsive so it will adapt from desktop to tablet to mobile without any input on your part.

However, the data flow from top to bottom on a mobile device is different from the desktop. The site has two columns and displays all in the left column first then the right column when on mobile device.

I need your input as to which blocks of data to present first.

I have been controlling the display but there is probably a better layout - Please reply with your input. So please check on the computer and the mobile and let me know your thoughts.

Thank you.

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