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Recent Posts -

Get Firm Flat Abs

Selling Your House

E bay - The Buyer Rules the Roost!

Control Your Sweating Naturally

Anxiety & Panic Attacks

Beagles for Breakfast?

What About A Siberian Husky?

Sailboat Self-Steering Rudder

My Grandfather's Garden

DIY Solar Panels

Finding the Best Dog Breed

Choosing the Right Dog that Fits You

Best Dog for Children

Move over The Big Dog is Moving In!

Choosing The Best Dog Breed for Children

What Dog Should I Get?

Pomeranians A Foxy Dog!

Made in Japan- The Shiba Inu

Rottweilers

The Maltese - A Roman Ladies Dog

Eddy on Frazier- A Jack Russell Terrier

 

 

Selling Your House

Selling your house in this market can be quite difficult especially if you don't have any equity in it. Many first time buyers and veteran home buyers bought at the end of the housing bubble and are now upside down in what their house is worth or its equity compared to the amount they owe on it. If you are in this category the best thing you can do right now is to keep it and wait until the market comes back then sell it. If you are struggling to make the payments or pay the property taxes you may want to consider a loan modification with your bank or a short sale, whereas the bank will agree to take less than what you currently owe on it. The short sale price is calculated by the current appraisal amount on the home and what the bank will agree to. The balance between the short sale and what you owe is waived by the bank, and typically your credit will be tarnished for a few years.

However, if you do have substantial equity in your home or own it outright, then I have some good news for you. Not only will you be able to sell your home in no time flat, but you can also realize an excellent investment as well. For more details on this topic Click Here.

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E bay - The Buyer Rules the Roost!

In a couple of my previous posts on eBay, I talked about how buyers can ruin your reputation by giving a Seller unwarranted negative feed back score with malice. As I stated before, I feel that eBay is primarily the root of the cause for this problem by giving buyer's too much authority in regards to a buying transaction. However eBay should make the playing field between both parties equal and the seller should be able to administer feed back score as well. As it is the seller pays for eBay and the buyer pays nothing, yet the seller has no say in regards to a mutual transaction that is supposed to be between a buyer and seller. Ebay just makes the rules to favor their bottom line with the members of the board and its investors and nothing more.

In this post, I would like to talk about another problem with some dishonest eBay buyers that are scamming unsuspecting sellers. The dishonest buyer will do one of a couple of things to scam the seller. The first technique is switching the item with a defective one and keeping the sellers original item and sending the defective one back for a refund. Such a buyer will purchase an item on eBay by auction or a buy it now listing and then once it's received will immediately ask for a refund. A refund is easy to get because the buyer can get a refund simply by stating the item is not as described for instance.

The second refund scam is when the buyer will ask for a 50% refund because the item they purchased was received damaged or it was not as described according to the original sales listing. Thus the buyer will easily get the item for half-price thus cheating other honest potential buyers, as well as the seller. Both of these refund scams are done on an ongoing basis, because once again eBay has gone overboard in protecting the buyer with its Buyer Protection Program that favors this type of dishonest activity. Once a return shipping tracking number is confirmed by the shipping carrier, eBay will refund the cheating buyer even before the item is received by the seller. Imagine that! Hopefully eBay will come to their senses and resolve these issues, because eBay's current Refund Policies are at the root of this problem. More on selling on E bay.

Stay tune for my next post!

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Control Your Sweating Naturally

Let’s face it everyone sweats, but some people may sweat a lot or not enough. What is sweat? Sweating is another method used by the body to dispose of waste matter, albeit in small quantities. However, this condition of excessive sweating known as Hyperhidrosis, and the lack of sweating as Anhidrosis are not normal. Most people suffer from Hyperhidrosis and would like to know how to sweat less. Excessive sweating doesn’t necessarily mean that you have an underlying medical condition per say, as it could be due to a genetic trait that runs in your family. Profuse sweating can also occur with the onset of puberty when the body is going through hormonal changes. For instance, in the case of acne, a person may coast through puberty without any acne or pimples on their faces, but when they hit adulthood they may find that they are now breaking out.

The same holds true with sweating for no reason. Sometimes how to sweat less might be as simple as a change in diet or just by reducing the stress and anxiety in your life. However, if you find that your sweat has a foul or putrid odor about it or you are sweating for no reason regularly and want to know how to sweat less, then you might want to seek the medical advice of a doctor. Even here you have the choice of going between conventional treatment methods, or using holistic treatments. Which one you use depends entirely on you of course, but a good place to start would (still) be with your diet and lifestyle. This might take some time, experimentation, and perseverance on your part, but you should find some type of remedy how to sweat less. For more information Click Here See you in my next post!

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Anxiety & Panic Attacks

I wanted to write this post for those of you who suffer from stress such as anxiety or panic attacks. It was not too long ago I remember having really bad anxiety attacks that were life crimpling to me. For years I really thought I was going to die at any moment and this occurred every day from the time I woke up to I went to sleep. It was the worst thing I have ever experienced in my life!

My anxiety began looking back 20/20, was how I was able to deal with everyday stress. Part of the problem was social anxiety disorder, where on the surface I pretended that I didn’t care what my co-workers thought of me. But on the inside, I really did care. And that and the stress of supporting a wife and two kids got the best of me, although it was a gradual process to say the least.

My first symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder I felt in my stomach as it would feel like it was all knotted up and it affected my breathing. Of course, smoking and drinking way too much coffee while working second shift at the time was not helping me none either. You see, I was trying to live burning both ends of the candle at the same time, while living out my real life while I was not at work. The symptoms of anxiety gradually got worse over time to the point I went to see a doctor about it. Upon his examination, he concluded that there was nothing physically wrong with me, although he never diagnosed me for general anxiety disorder.

I didn’t know what was wrong with me either, but I did know my stress symptoms were getting worse. It’s like anytime you get hurt you don’t forget it until the injury heals. Not known to me my panic disorder was getting more acute and my physical symptoms were growing. Eventually it was getting harder to breathe when my stomach was all knotted up and I was getting anxiety attacks more frequently now. In fact, it got so bad that I eventually resigned my position at a good job because I couldn’t cope anymore with the stress any more. Here I was this rock hearted person that nothing seemed to bother me until now. Until I was injured at work... For more information on anxiety and panic attacks Click Here More on my next post, until then take care.

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Beagles for Breakfast?

Dogs have been called man’s best friend since the beginning of time. There are many breeds of dogs that were originally bred for various uses. One of my favorite breeds is the beagle because I grew up with them as my dad was a hunter and loved rabbit hunting. Over the years certain beagles stood out as the best hunters and naturally became my favorites. One beagle I remember in particular and have very fond memories of was a female dog named Minnie. She was part beagle and part blue tick and overall was a pretty dog as well as an awesome hunter. When you hunted with Mini especially on fresh snow when the temperature was above freezing, you were in for a real treat, because she was fast on a rabbit. I had to be on my toes if I wanted to bag the rabbit that she had in hot pursuit. Her great speed was contributed to the blue tick in her genes as she was taller than the average beagle who typically measures from 11 – 13 inches high at the top of the back. However, Mini was at least 15 inches tall that attributed to her speed and her ability to run in deeper snow conditions as well.

A typical hunting day started with my dad waking me up early on Saturday morning to get dressed and grab some breakfast before we loaded the dogs into the back seat of the car along with our shotguns and ammo. There were numerous places we hunted and depending on where my father decided to go is where we would end up rabbit hunting on that particular day. Many times my dad would also take an old friend Leo along with us as well which made it more fun. He was one great hunter and fisherman. This particular day we were going to hunt in Alfred, Maine as this area was big territory and had lots of rabbits, so it was well worth the time it took to drive there. Minnie was with us along with an old Canadian female beagle we called Duchess who stood only 11 inches high and was slow as molasses, but had a fantastic nose. Duchess could pick up a scent of a rabbit that were several days old in below freezing temperatures whereas most beagles wouldn’t be able to.

So when Minnie couldn’t start a rabbit, old Duchess would. In fact, both dogs worked together like a tag team with Duchess starting the rabbit and Minnie taking over once the scent was hot and fresh. Once Minnie chimed in hot pursuit of a rabbit her bark changed to yelping and that was my clue that she was very close to the rabbit. Duchess on the other hand was always way behind Minnie running the same rabbit. In fact, it was kind of comical, but Duchess had the last laugh when she would quit running the rabbit after a while as I guess she figured out that she had enough seniority to let the younger dog Minnie finish the job. And just like clock-work Duchess would quit running the hare and come back to one of us, then she gave you that big brown eyed look like I quit and then she would curl up and take a nap.

For more information on finding the right dog for you Click Here

Till my next post, take it easy.

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What About A Siberian Husky?

Dog breeds have been in the making since the beginning of time for various purposes. One of my favorite breeds is the Siberian Husky who was originally bred in northeastern Siberia as they are a hardy breed that can withstand extremely cold and harsh conditions of the Siberian Artic. They were bred by Chukchi people of Northeastern Asia to pull heavy loads long distances in difficult environments. However, these dogs were originally imported into Alaska during the Nome Gold Rush because they can withstand long work days with little food and can travel up to 40 miles a day. Later the Husky breed made their way into the US and Canada.

I was first introduced to the husky when my wife brought one home one day while she was at the mall and said it was a gift for me. However, she really bought it for herself as I already had a male dog that was part Malamute and Collie who was all white that I affectionately called Moonlight. He was a great companion and he liked to ride in my truck but he hated cats. My first reaction to this new dog was not very warm and fuzzy to say the least, but in time I had to get rid of Moonlight as he and the Siberian didn’t get along. I was sad to let Moonlight go. The new dog we named Frisky as it befits this breed to a tee as they are very energetic. If you are thinking of bringing the Siberian Husky breed into your life, just be aware that they require more than the usual attention however beautiful they appear when looking giving them a look over.

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Sailboat Self-Steering Rudder

In this sailing beginner article I wanted to discuss the self-steering rudder for sailboats. It seems that there are a couple of methods that are used to self-steering or what I call automatic rudder control for a sailboat. Self-Steering allows the single-handed sailor the ability to let go of the tiller to fix a meal, hang a sail, or just to take a break without the sailboat going off course. The solution can be one of little expense to a more complicated and expensive self-steering mechanism. I would like to concentrate on the least expensive self-steering solution first known as the sheet to tiller self-steering mechanism which is relatively quite simple but it works quite well.

The tiller is operated by a rope that is attached to itself on one side and on the other end of it to the boom with a pulley in between that is attached to the side of the boat. Attached to the other side of the tiller is a bungee cord that counter-acts the force of the boom rope pulling on the tiller in the opposite direction. So in effect you have a rope being pulled by the mast on the tiller on one side of it and a bungee cord on the other that is pulling in the opposite direction. So as the wind is hitting the main sail the boom is affected by moving in the same direction thus pulling the rope attached to the tiller in the opposite direction thus counter steering the sailboat and keeping it on course. The bungee cord can be of various sizes attached to the other side of the tiller to counter act the intensity of the wind that is pulling on the other side of the tiller by the boom.

Another method that is used is a wind vane made of plastic and as the wind blows the vane moves in the opposite direction that effects the included separate rudder in the other direction thus steering the boat on the course you set. It works in the same principle as already described above, but is more complicated and expensive as well. Also to use the wind vane the tiller is locked into place by a chain or rope, then the auxiliary rudder that is included takes control of the steering, thus allowing the sailor to relinquish control of the sailboat to do other things like cooking a meal or what have you. Both systems work equally well and depending on how much you want to spend will determine what self-steering system you will ultimately employ.

For more information on sailing Click Here See you in my next post.

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My Grandfather's Garden

Growing up in the sixties with our grandparents was one of my fondest childhood memories. My grandfather was an avid gardener and his garden was his pride and joy. He lived just out of town and his garden had the richest black soil that I have ever seen to this day and you couldn’t find a rock in it anywhere. He also kept it immaculate with no weeds and perfect rows of vegetables and flowers. In fact, he had a hoe that was so worn that the steel part of it was oval shaped that was worn so thin that it would cut through the toughest weeds. The handle on his hoe was so old that you couldn’t tell what wood species it was originally made from. His flowers of choice he grew were glad’s and dahlias which were blue ribbon winners each year at a local fair. And his favorite vegetables were silver queen corn, potatoes, summer, butternut, and blue Hubbard squash, green beans, shell beans, lettuce, tomatoes, radishes, onions, and cucumbers.

The vegetables were so good that every summer his customers would drive for miles to purchase them and he never had to advertise. Sometimes when he had a bumper crop of corn, he would sell it to a local A&P grocery store. Never the less we ate like kings every summer as my grandmother was the best cook that I know and she could do wonders with the fresh produce. My grandfather loved to eat and his garden provided the best ingredients for a 5 star meal all year round, as my grandparents canned what we couldn’t eat fresh. My grandfather learned the art of gardening from his father, as his father was not only a farmer but raised livestock and horses as well. However, today because most of us are products of the industrial revolution, we no longer have generations of gardening know-how that has been passed down from our forefathers. If you would like to learn more about gardening please Click Here.

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DIY Solar Panels

If you are thinking about using some DIY solar panels for your home, you will be contributing to the reduction of pollution, you'll make considerable savings and add to the effort of enhancing the availability of a free and clean source of energy. The amount of electricity or heat that you will generate is directly influenced by the wattage corresponding to the DIY solar panels, as well as by the intensity of the sun light that touches their surface. Presently, there are all sorts of kits available on the market that allow one to build DIY solar panels without making the huge investment of $20,000 or even more.

If you are in the market for solar panels and your thinking of doing it yourself to save some green then you may want to consider a few things before you begin. One thing you will need to determine is if you have enough roof space to hold enough panels to power your home and that you have at least 6 hours of sunlight each day as well. By calculating the amount of sunlight will determine how much electricity that can be produced by the particular solar panel. Just keep in mind that DIY panels may not be as efficient and reliable as the factory installed versions, as the raw materials as well as workmanship may not be necessarily equal.

Doing your research before you buy will pay you handsomely no matter what solar panel brand you purchase. Take a look at the price, warranty, and technical support that comes with a solar panel kit before-hand, then you will be able to make a sound decision on your initial investment by fraying the cost with huge savings dividends for years to come. For more available information on solar panels Click Here.

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Finding the Best Dog Breed

Finding the best dog for you can seem like a daunting task at first, but gets much easier as you consider a few dog breeding tips. A way of finding the best dog breed for you is to quiz your-self with a few questions like: What size dog do I have room for? How much is it going to cost me to feed my dog? Is a medium sized dog breed right for me? What kind of dog fits my personality? Questions like these will help you to find the best dog breed for you by a process of elimination. Of course getting a dog is a serious responsibility on your part, because dogs do require your time and resources as well. Owning a dog is not like getting a video game where you can turn it off when it’s convenient or only play with the animal when you feel like it. Dogs have emotions and require constant contact, care, and need to be loved among many other things.

So ask yourself, Are you ready to take on the added responsibility of dog ownership? The reward for finding the best dog breed for you is huge because the right dog can be a very trusted and loving companion. Dogs are man’s best friend because they have nothing but unconditional love for their masters and show this by their unfailing loyalty. In fact, just recently there was a poll on TV that asked millionaires if they preferred dogs over cats, and the stats were 59% loved dogs and 37% favored cats. It seems like dogs are more willing to please their masters than cats who are for the most part can be very independent.

So what is the best dog breed? There is no right or wrong answer, but it might boil down to a little research on your part to be convinced that you are selecting the right dog that fits your needs. Just remember, that all dogs are not created equal and that each type of dog was bred for a reason. Some dog breeds are used for hunting, others for herding, for pulling and so on. The dog breed you ultimately decide to get is a personal choice and will depend upon numerous considerations. Knowing in advance what the different types of dog breeds have to offer along with their overall personality and disposition will be the most dominant deciding factor in finding the best dog breed for you. For more information on finding the right dog for you Click Here .

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Choosing the Right Dog that Fits You

If you are a dog chooser seeking a dog personality to match your own, then you will want to know if choosing a puppy verses getting a full grown dog will be to your advantage. Puppies are cute but they need to be house trained and learn many other things before you can truly enjoy them to the full. On the other side of the coin, a full grown dog in most cases will already be house trained and possess other useful qualities than that of a puppy. This can be extremely helpful for a dog chooser who wants a breed of dog already trained and ready to use right out of the box.

A personality to match your own can be easier identified with a full grown dog as compared to choosing a puppy that is still in the adolescence stage and has not yet matured enough to have one of their own. However, if you are determined on choosing a puppy over a full grown dog, than having little back ground knowledge on the different breeds of dogs will be to your benefit in finding your dream dog. Prior knowledge of the different breeds of dogs that are available to you ahead of time will be a great asset when you begin shopping for a dog.

By sticking to the breed of dog that best fits your personality will prevent you from letting your emotions get the best of you when shopping for a dog. Oftentimes looks can deceive our power of reason especially when choosing a puppy, as all puppies are cute and adorable. They have the ability to win our hearts over in an instant and it would be wise to be on your guard in not making a poor decision based on looks alone. By sticking to your original breed of dog that you researched and decided ahead of time will be your true guide as a dog chooser of the best kind.

This can be especially true when considering mixed dogs that are in fact two or more breeds that have been created at inception. The father or sire may be of one breed or more and the mother or dame may be of one or more breeds as well. However, mixed dogs do make good pets and many people opt for these kind of dogs as they are less expensive to purchase than a pure bred. I personally have had both kinds of dogs and have been very happy with both pure and mixed dogs as well. Hopefully, you will make the right informative choice in finding a dog personality to match that of your own and become a happy dog owner for years to come. For more information on finding the right dog for you Click Here . Until next time!

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Best Dog for Children

The best dog breed for children could possibly be a mixed dog or one that has more than one pedigree in its bloodline. When picking a dog one would have to consider the many species of dogs or type of dogs that are available when making a decision. Beagles can make the best dog breed for children, but there are many other types of dogs that are as equally good like the German shepherd that I covered in one of my other articles. And perhaps there are some species of dogs that you may not want to have around your kids such as a Chesapeake Bay retriever.

I used to own a Chesapeake Bay retriever that was a very hardy rugged dog with a staunch personality that I would play tug of war with who would never surrender. She would pull and tug at a piece of rope and hold on with her mouth so tight that she wouldn’t let go even while I twirled her around in midair. This same species of dog would retrieve a stick by plunging into ice cold water even while breaking very thin ice as she fetched it and it wouldn’t bother her to say the least. If a stranger came to the door, she was very protective and would bark, growl, and show her teeth that warned any intruder that she meant business and would protect her territory by biting them if necessary. Fortunately she only nipped somebody once and it wasn’t anything serious. Maybe she was a little over zealous to say the least! But it is something you need to consider in choosing the right dog for you.

To illustrate this point, a friend of mine would come over to the house to visit every so often and for some reason she never liked him from day one, so I had to literally hold Freedom every time he came over by the collar so she wouldn’t go through the screen door trying to bite him. It was embarrassing, but in spite of her being a little aggressive even to my friend, in my estimation she was the best breed for my children at the time as they were very young. And in spite of her aggressive behavior she never harmed my boys in any way during her lifetime. Maybe a dog like Freedom wouldn’t be your type of dog and knowing the facts ahead of time about a Chesapeake Bay retriever’s aggressive personality would prevent you from picking a dog like her.

However, mixed dogs can make be a fantastic choice for people who have children. They are usually very loving and easy to please because they possess the best traits of the multiple breeds that they represent. And they can be free or cheaper to purchase as well. Whether you opt for a pure bred or mixed dog, your decision of picking the right dog will be easier if you investigate the different species of dogs in advance.

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Move over The Big Dog is Moving In!

The dog breed match that appeals to you may be the right dog for me as well, however because of the many different type of dog breeds available today may make your choice that much more difficult in the end. And that is to be expected in what kind of dog would make a good family dog breed based on the best match for you and your family. For example lap dog breeds are much more hyper than larger sized breeds for various reasons. But on the plus side, they eat far less food and take up less space. The important thing to remember here is that your best breed match has to be similar to your personality and lifestyle. But there are other considerations finding your dream dog as well. For example, small lap breeds might be your best bet especially if you live in town or in a city, as compared to having a 40 acre spread in the country. A smaller dog would be the better choice by far because of the limited living space that is available to you.

Also a good family dog might be choosing a puppy rather than that of an adult dog. How to choose a puppy boils down to many factors. Just remember that puppies will have a personality of sorts, but it won’t be all that prominent at this early age. However, by taking the time to observe one or more puppies in their own natural habitat might be a good indicator of their individual dog personalities even though they are not quite fully developed at this time. Finding the right puppy might be a bit of a challenge initially, but once found the opportunities for training it are endless as well as the rewards if you have the time, patience, and are up to the task. If not, than perhaps an adult dog might be a better choice giving your own particular circumstances.

There are so many small dog breeds available that it would be impossible to list them all here in this article. However, by choosing what kind of dog you want ahead of time will eliminate being tempted by your emotions and ultimately making a bad decision on a small dog breed that won’t be the right choice for you or your family. There is no substitute for having the best dog breed match in mind beforehand, because only then will you be able to happily proclaim, I got the right dog for me! For more information on finding the right dog for you Click Here.

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Choosing The Best Dog Breed for Children

Children and dogs are very similar in that they have the inherent ability to possess and display unconditional love to just about everybody they come in contact with. That’s what makes them so precious and why we love them to pieces. Choosing the best dog breeds for children might take a little patience on our part, but with the right attitude it can be a very rewarding experience. Some types of dogs may not make the best choice even among the best small dog breeds. Children can be every ruff with puppy’s and small dogs that could endanger their wellbeing. Or with the tables turned a big dog can accidently hurt a child because the bigger dog doesn’t realize its own size and strength. Only you as the parent know your children well enough to determine what types of dog breeds may be a good candidate in choosing the right dog for them.

The best small dog breeds may be a viable choice if your children are easy going, laid back, and are not to physically aggressive in nature. If not, maybe the best dog breeds suited for your children would be a medium to large dog instead. However, by not giving too much emphasis on size, the better bet is to focus on the personality traits of both the child and dog. Maybe you are looking for the types of breeds that would make the best house dogs. In that case, there are some dogs that are bred to be out of doors and probably wouldn’t be a good choice. The Siberian husky and the Alaskan malamute types of dog breeds come to mind, although it would not be entirely impossible for them to be kept inside.

Years ago when my stepdaughter Amber was around 9-10 years old, I bought a beagle for a hunting dog and for her as a pet. This beagle was 1.5 years old and was the only adult dog that this old timer had left in his inventory. He did however have a litter of 6 week old beagle puppies, but in choosing the right dog for Amber, this adult beagle was the far better choice. Amber’s personality was like that of a tom boy and she could be very aggressive at times. This beagle was the perfect match for her as he was a tough rugged little hound to say the least, even though he couldn’t hunt worth a lick. Therefore the best dog breeds for children is different giving the circumstances of each individual. For more information on finding the right dog for you Click Here .

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What Dog Should I Get?

It’s amazing how many times this same question is asked pertaining to the best dogs to own. People genuinely want to find the best dog breed match to suite them and the way they live. Searching through dog breed charts or a dog breed lists is a fine way to begin a search for the best dogs to own. Unlike picking out a pair of shoes, finding a dog is a lot more involved and requires more effort on your part. After all owning a dog is really a big decision, right up there with buying a car, a house, or whether or not to have or adopt a child. If contemplating- What dog should I get? The answer lies within yourself about what is the best dog breed for you. A dog breed chart reveals the types of dogs or puppies that are available. At least one that you find on the dog breed list should make a suitable choice for you.

For example, If you love the outdoors and are very active than a good dog match may come in the form of the bigger dog breeds that are active as well. A small-sized dog may not suffice, especially if you are a runner or a cyclist. Smaller dogs would have to labor too intensely to keep up with you and may run the risk of overexertion leading to health problems and the overall wellbeing of the animal. So definitely common sense comes to the fore here, along with other considerations when asking oneself- What dog should I get? And what are the best dogs to own? The answer is perhaps- What kind of dog best suites me? Really which one of these on the dog breed list is like me? Looking at a dog breed chart at the pictures, which dog appeals to you? The answer to these questions is the nucleus to the best dogs to own and ultimately will answer- What kind of dog should I get?

Often more times than not, the best method to finding your best dog match is to focus on being honest and try not to be lead astray by your emotions. Knowing ahead of time the best dog breed for you will keep you from making a terrible mistake in choosing the wrong dog. I liken it to impulse buying when checking out of a store when you see an item that’s not on your list but you purchase it anyways. Purchasing a dog in like manner is like impulse buying. When all said and done, in all likelihood it won’t be your best dog match or one of your best decisions either. More information can be found by Clicking Here .

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Pomeranians A Foxy Dog!

This breed originally came from the Pomerania region that in present day is the area encompassed by Germany and Poland. In the beginning they were bred for sheep herding and weighed a whopping thirty pounds! Now this breed weighs in at only three to seven pounds. Pomeranians look similar to a fox and come in all colors, variations, and patterns although orange and red are the most desired. They were not well known until 1870, when the Kennel Club in England recognized them as a Spitz dog. Queen Victoria became very fond of the Pomeranian that she discovered in Florence, Italy, so she brought some back to England with her. Her influence on the Pomeranian made this dog breed very popular.

Pomeranians are very intelligent dogs and love to please and they make good family dogs with the proper training. They don’t require a lot of exercise per say, however they do need lots of attention. They have a thick coat that should be brushed on a regular basis and they make excellent show dogs as well as they are highly trainable. Overall, the Pomeranian is a sturdy healthy dog with a life expectancy of 12 -15 years. A good bred dog with the proper diet and exercise will have very few health problems if any. Some health issues that you can personally avoid are regular cleaning of the teeth, ears, and eyes.

One of the most common health issues they have is Luxating Patella or in plain English a trick knee which is a condition of the kneecap that can dislocate or move from its normal location. Luxating Patella is common in small and miniature breeds of dogs and the condition is typically noticeable between four to six months of age. Tracheal collapse is another common health issue and is caused by the weakening of the tracheal rings in the windpipe. The symptoms include a honking cough that resembles that of a goose honk that may cause fainting spells that is many times brought on by hot weather, exercise, or excitement. Pomeranians also have a condition called “black skin disease” that are more dominant in males which is the darkening of the skin combined with hair loss and can be an inherited trait. This condition is visible after puberty, but can occur at any age as well.

For males another more common health disorder is cryptorchidism or the condition where one or both testicles don’t descend into the scrotum, but is treatable with surgery. The Pomeranian breed is currently among the top 15 most popular in the USA, and the current fashion for small dogs has increased their popularity worldwide as they gain more and more acceptance in the dog world. In a hurry? For more information on finding the right dog for you

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Made in Japan- The Shiba Inu

The Shiba Inu is a Japanese dog breed whose name means “little brushwood dog.” They are small but agile dog that copes really awesome in mountainous terrain and were primarily bred for hunting by flushing small game like birds and rabbits out of the brush. They are one of the few ancient dog breeds that are still in existence today, even though they almost became extinct during World War 2 due to a combination of food shortages and post-war distemper epidemic. Since then all dogs from then to the present were bred from only three surviving bloodlines. The first one to enter the US was in 1954 when an armed service family brought the first Shiba Inu stateside. Then in 1979, the first recorded litter was born in the US. The first Shiba found recognition in the American Kennel Club in 1992.

They may be white, red, black and tan, or red with black-tipped hairs with a cream, buff, or grey undercoat. They are not recognized by the American Kennel Club if they are white or cream in color, although a white Shiba is acceptable in the British Kennel Club. The coat is short and is double coated with the outer coat being straight and stiff, while the undercoat is soft and thick. The Shiba does better when there are no other dogs or kids at home, although they can be trained otherwise with consistent obedience training. However, they do tend to cohabit with cats fairly well. Shiba’s are independent by nature and can be cautious around strangers, but are very loyal and affectionate to those who earn their respect. They can be aggressive toward other dogs.

The Shiba is a very clean dog and love to swim and play in water. Puppies are easy to housebreak and often time they will learn on their own. Just by placing them outside after meals and naps is all that is necessary to housebreak them. One distinguishing characteristic of the Shiba is its loud high pithed scream instead of a bark. The “shiba scream” occurs when the dog is mishandled or when it is happy. Overall the Shiba Inus are genetically very healthy as compared to other dog breeds and by periodic joint examinations any problems can be detected early and treated. The same goes with their eyes, as they should be checked annually. These dogs should be walked or exercised every day. The average lifespan of this breed is 12 – 15 years. For more information on finding the right dog for you Click Here . See you in my next post!

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Rottweilers

The Rottweiler is one of the big dog breeds and they were originally bred for herding livestock and pulling carts of butchered meat among other goods to market in the region of Rottweil, Germany. Looking back, this breed dates back to the Roman Empire where they were employed as herding cattle that were used to feed the soldiers. Often times the army traveled through the small town of Rottweil, hence where their name was derived. This popular dog breed may have been used for hunting at one time, although the modern Rottweiler has very little hunting instinctiveness in them. Until the mid-19<sup>th</sup> century this breed was employed as drovers for getting livestock to market until the railroad came along. In modern times, the “Rottie” was also employed during World War I and World War II as police dogs, messengers, ambulance haulers, draught hauling, and as a guard dog breed. Some of their modern duties include search and rescue, guide dogs for the blind, and as guard dogs including law enforcement as well as an excellent sheepdog breed.

The Rottweiler was officially inducted into the American Kennel Club and by the mid 1990’s they became one of the most popular dog breeds and reached the status as the most registered AKC dog. They are good-natured dogs that are devoted to be obedient and eager to work. They are self-confident and have an inborn desire to protect home and family that attribute them as a good guard dog breed as well as being a very intelligent and a hardy companion. The Rottie is a powerful dog but if misused or ill-treated these dogs can be dangerous because of their exceptional strength is why breed experts suggest that they receive formal training to socialize them into the home.

Once properly trained they are loyal to their owners and may be very easy going around people they know, but they are very territorial and are not very friendly towards welcoming strangers unless they have been properly introduced. In fact, as of 2011 there were 33 recorded dog attack fatalities in the United States and four were by Rottweiler’s. However, given the facts that dogs bite around 4.7 million people yearly, Rottweiler’s were found to be average in overall aggressiveness towards their owners and other dogs, but more aggressive towards strangers. They have been banned in some areas such as in Poland, Romania, Portugal, and Ireland.

Rotties are a relatively healthy and disease free breed for the most part, but because of overbreeding, cancer has become one of the leading causes of premature death in this breed. They tend to be very susceptible to parvovirus, which is a highly contagious and lethal disease for puppies and younger dogs. This disease can be easily prevented by following a veterinarian’s recommended vaccine regiment.  Osteochondritis Dissecans is another condition that affects the shoulder joints which can become a problem due to the breed's fast growth rate.

A reputable breeder will have the hips and elbows of all breeding stock x-rayed and read by a recognized specialist, and will have the necessary documentation to back it up. Rottweiler’s are prone to obesity and can lead to dangerous health problems such as arthritis, restricted breathing, diabetes, heart failure, skin disease,
and reproductive issues. A healthy Rottie will live on the average of 9 to 10 years old. Choosing the right dog such as a popular guard dog breed, and don’t mind training them to fit in, then the “Rottie” might be just the right dog for you! For more information on finding the right dog for you Click Here . See you in my next post!

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The Maltese - A Roman Ladies Dog

The Maltese is a small dog breed that is in the toy group. Their name was thought to have originated from the island nation of Malta located in the Mediterranean. This small dog breed has also has been called “Canis Melitaeus” that is Latan for “ancient dog of Malta, as well as being known as the “Roman Ladies Dog” and the “Maltese Lion Dog.” In more modern times this dog has been called “Cokie” that is believed to have originated in the mid nineteen sixties on the east coast of the United States and spread from there. This AKC breed was recognized in 1888, however the latest standard of these miniature dogs was updated in 1964.

This small dog breed has a long silky coat that is made up of hair not fur with no undercoat. This makes the Maltese an excellent choice in choosing the right dog for people who suffer from dog allergies. They are predominately white with lemon or brown markings with pale ivory tinges to traces of pale orange shades are tolerated. The most common look is the puppy cut, which involves trimming or shaving the entire little dog’s hair to a little less than an inch long. The adult Maltese weigh from 5-12 pounds, although breed standards for the AKC dictates a weight of seven pounds or less, and they are 7-12 inches tall.

Maltese are a small dog breed that was bred to be a cuddly companion type of small dog that thrives on love and attention. The Maltese are very playful and lively and remain this way even in older age. Without proper training and supervision these little dogs, really don’t make good family dogs. They love humans and prefer to stay near them in closed spaces such as in a house, but they also do quite well in small yards. This inherit trait makes them a good family dog for those who live in apartments, townhouses or any other urban setting.

The Maltese needs regular grooming to prevent matting if the hair is long. Blow drying the hair is recommended to prevent extensive matting, especially if air drying doesn’t work. Daily cleaning of the eyes to prevent tear stains using a solution or powder available at a pet store or a fine tooth metal pet comb moistened with hot water applied a couple of times a week works equally well.  It is advisable to give them a bath every six weeks or so is plenty. They are susceptible to reverse sneezing which sounds a lot like honking, snorting or gagging sound, but usually goes away on its own after a minute. For more information on finding the right dog for you Click Here . See you in my next post!

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Eddy on Frazier- A Jack Russell Terrier

The Jack Russell terrier is a small dog breed originally bred for hunting fox and is mostly white with various patches of brown and black and its skin can come in three flavors- smooth, rough, or broken-coated. They are sturdy, tough and tenacious little dogs and weigh 14-18 pounds. This small dog breed is very energetic who needs a lot of exercise and stimulation. And this small dog breed is free from serious health issues as well. They originated from dogs bred and used by Reverend John Russell in the early 19<sup>th</sup> century that are similar to the modern day Fox terrier. Over the years, the modern day Jack Russell has developed more as a pet than hunting dog. They have become a popular dog breed due to the exposure they have received in movies, television, and books due to their inherit intelligence.

These little dogs are also athletic, fearless and vocal. These little dogs isn’t for the average couch potato, as the Jack Russell needs extensive exercise and if they are neglected they can become moody or destructive as they also bore easily and will create their own fun sometimes at the owner’s expense. It is also recommended that they attend obedience classes for this type of small dog is stubborn, aggressive toward other animals and humans unless otherwise trained. They are not naturally friendly towards children, so if untrained they may not make good family dogs, as they will not tolerate any abuse even if it’s accidental. However, these types of small dogs with the proper training can be friendly with children. And just because these dogs are little, they’re not recommended for the condominium or apartment dweller, because of their high level of energy. Something to think about, when choosing the right dog for you.

One TV show that made the Jack Russell a very popular dog breed was called Frasier, and one of the stars of the show was Eddie the Jack Russell that belonged to one of the leading characters Martin Crane. This little dog stole the show many times with his antics and Eddie played by Moose the father and son Enzo both Jack Russell terriers received more fan mail than their human actor colleagues. This father and son team went on to star as Skip, in the 2000 movie called- My Dog Skip. Another worthy mention is another Jack Russell named Bear who starred as actor Gene Hackman’s pet in the 1995 movie- Crimson Tide. As you can see, these miniature dogs have become bigger than life on the big screen, and might possibly be a good candidate in choosing the right dog for you!

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