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Sirius of the Week
Matthew is a neutered JRTCA registered Jack Russell Terrier.
He weighs roughly l5 lbs and is 13 1/2 inches tall at the shoulder.
For a JR he is unusually mellow--loving most to snuggle beside his
person-mom (Linda) in a chair or under the covers at night.
His absolute favorite game is "Teddy", which involves chasing an old
sock (originally a small teddy bear, hence the name) tied onto the
end of a lounge whip. When he catches it he will play tug-of-war,
refusing to let go even when swung far off the ground. As with all
JRs, Matthew is quick to learn new tricks and games, which he loves
to perform in exchange for dog biscuits. He has a wonderful
disposition and is great with children of all ages.
(This picture shows Matthew when still a puppy.)
Here he is relaxing with his person-dad after a hard day's work:
A Dog's Life
Cool at the pool! Matthew and friends have some fun!
We think we want to go for a swim... but do we?
Yes! We do!
Get the rubber rat!
On an exploratory expedition in the foothills of the Santa Ritas
Happy with his toy
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Elizabeth Ellis is a painter who is painting an 8x10 inch watercolor of an
adoptable animal in a shelter each week in 2015. At the beginning of 2016,
she will have an exhibition of the 52 paintings at the Dreaming Tree Gallery
in Grove City, Ohio. After the exhibition, she will mail the original
paintings to the shelter where the animal is still living, or hopefully,
to the family that has adopted the animal.
She is calling it the "Year of 52 Rescues" and will be blogging and tweeting
the whole process. She started near where she lives, in Ohio, but will
include shelters from other parts of the United States. You can see her work
at Elizabeth Ellis
Art and Elizabeth Paints
Tinkerbelle, on the right, hanging out with Baby
Beware of Internet Puppy Scams: Unfortunately, unscrupulous people have been sending emails offering to sell pedigree puppies (bulldogs, pugs, and others). Similar phony websites are also on the web. These emails and websites are fake. They are designed to cheat you out of your money either by never sending you the puppy or by sending you a different dog from what you paid for. Your best bet: If you want a purebred, contact a local breed-specific rescue group. Or if you just want a new best friend, save a life from your local animal pound.
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A visit from Snufflufflagus (October 2000):
Those are impressive ears
A visit from Arki (September 2002):
I'm a Tibetan Terrier
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It appears that dogs can develop renal failure from
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dangerous household items.
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Some Dog Facts
- Puppies grow while they sleep.
- Dogs cool off by panting. They only have sweat glands in the pads of their feet.
- At about three weeks a puppy learns how to lap liquid. They have to learn it for themselves -- lapping cannot be taught.
- "Withers" = The highest point on a dog's body (except for the head), it is located behind the neck.
- "Rose ears" are curled around and set well back. These are found on Whippets.
- About one third of all U.S. households have one or more dogs.
- All dogs share the basic anatomy of the ear -- the outer ear or auricle, the ear canal, the eardrum, and the tympanic cavity. But the ears have different shapes and postures based upon the breed.
- Small statues of Maltese dogs were found in the tomb of Ramses II, who ruled from 1290 to 1223 B.C.