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The World's Smallest Dog - the Chihuahua by Anne Kirrin [17 Jul 2008|09:22pm]
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The World's Smallest Dog - the Chihuahua
 by: Anne Kirrin
The Chihuahua is the world's smallest dog and it has been an extremely popular dog breed in the United States and around the world. This long-lived breed has a life expectancy well into the mid-teens. Chihuahuas or Chis have grown in popularity over the past several decades from an American Kennel Club (AKC) registration ranking of 16th in the early 90's to 10th in 2004 and 11th in 2005. The Taco Bell Chihuahua promotion introduced in 1997 fueled some of the popularity growth. The tiny Chihuahua can weigh from 2 to 6 pounds and can have a smooth coat or a long coat with feathered ears, neck, feet, legs and tail. Chis are adorable dogs with big eyes and ears but aren't a dog for everyone. If you have young children or other pets then the Chihuahua isn't a good fit for your situation. Chis are much too small to be safe around young children or toddlers and while they enjoy being around other Chihuahuas, they dislike all other breeds. Chihuahuas are the ultimate apartment dog and do really well with a single individual or elderly couple that likes to pamper these small toy dogs. Chis are completely devoted to their owners and love to be with them all the time. The tiny Chihuahua is graceful, lively, curious, intelligent, loyal and affectionate but has some terrier-like qualities. Chis are fearless, saucy, mischievous and bold and make good watchdogs. Additional information can be found in the Chihuahua dog breed article.

The Chihuahua is considered to be one of the few dog breeds indigenous or native to North America. Much of the Chis history is somewhat speculative but most experts think the breed descended from the Techichi. The Techichi was a small canine that existed in Mayan times around the 5th century AD. They think the Olmecs of Central America developed the Techichi breed. The Toltecs who succeeded the Olmecs in the 9th century AD carved small dogs with erect ears resembling plump Chihuahuas. These Techichis may have been raised as pets but they were definitely used as a food source for the nobility on special occasions. After the Aztecs conquered the Toltecs, they used the Techichi in religious ceremonies as food sources and sacrifices. The Aztecs also regularly burned these dogs along with the deceased in the belief that the sins of the humans would be transferred to the dogs and the dog would help guide the soul between this world and the next. Techichi remains have been found buried with human remains all across Mexico. When the Spanish conquered and destroyed the Aztec civilization from 1519 to 1521, they may have introduced a small terrier breed that was crossed with the Techichi. Some breed historians think that the Chihuahua is actually of European descent and originated in Malta. They offer as proof a 1482 painting by Botticelli which depicts a Chihuahua-like dog. They theorize that the Spanish conquerors brought these small dogs with them to the Americas. A third theory is that the Chinese, who were adept at developing miniature dogs, developed a Chihuahua-like breed which Spanish traders introduced into Mexico.

Whatever theory is correct, the resulting breeds were left to survive in the mountains of Mexico - maybe with help from the local population. Nothing much was heard from these small dogs for about 300 years until 1850 when several small dogs - some long haired, some short haired and some larger hairless were discovered in the Mexican border state of Chihuahua. The smooth coat and long coat varieties were eventually called Chihuahuas after the state in which they were found and the larger hairless variety was called the Mexican Hairless. The Chihuahua breed was first registered by the AKC in 1904 and it was relatively rare. The national Chihuahua breed club was formed in 1923 and the breed received wide exposure when Xavier Cugat, the rumba king, appeared with his Chihuahuas in performances and movies during the 1930's and 40's. The Chis' popularity peaked in 1964 when it was the 3rd most popular dog breed in the US. The breed's popularity resulted in unscrupulous breeders and dealers introducing a number of health and temperament problems into the bloodlines. Genetic problems ranged from patellar luxation (slipped kneecap), heart disease (pulmonic stenosis), hypoglycemia, and tracheal collapse to poor temperament. Recent breeding practices are resulting in much healthier and more amiable amigos. However any prospective buyer should check to make sure that the puppy's breeding parents have been certified free of orthopedic and other genetic diseases.


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How to Provide First Aid For Your Horse [06 Jul 2008|03:11am]
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How to Provide First Aid For Your Horse
 by: Michael Colucci
If your horse is in the field, and it suffers a severe cut, you will want to stop the bleeding as soon as possible. You will need to make a call to your vet, and there are steps you also need to take in order to provide first aid to your horse as soon as possible. You will want to stabilize the horse prior to the arrival of the vet.
The first thing you want to do is make sure you have a first aid kit available for the horse in advance. The first aid kit should have all the important constituents necessary for emergencies and small cuts. You always want to make sure that you have first aid readily available. You will want to make sure you have all the important tools you need, and you will want to know how to use them.
A commercially available first aid kit for horses will cost between $39 and $80. You will want to make sure the kit has a thermometer so that you can check the temperature of the horse. All horses should have a standard temperature of 99 to 115 degrees. The first aid kit should also come with a stethoscope so that you can monitor the heart rate of the horse. You can listen clearly to the heartbeat just under the elbow on the left side of the horse.
All first aid kits should have a flashlight, in case you have an emergency in the dark. You will also want to have electrolytes in case the horse becomes dehydrated. Warming up water and adding a small teaspoon of electrolytes can encourage water consumption by your horse. The first aid kit should also have neosporin, iodine, and hydrogen peroxide. Avoid using the hydrogen peroxide on wounds as it will destroy benign tissue.
You will also want to have wire cutters handy in the event the horse gets stuck in a gate or wire. You will also want to use a twitch which can calm your horse and keep him controlled in situations where it will be in great pain. You will also want to make sure you have a knife cutting bandages and other materials. You will want to make sure you don't injure your horse when handling the knife.
You will want to use the iodine solution to clean out any thick wounds. Any wounds which will be treated by a veterinarian within a hours of the injury should not have medications applied, and should only be flushed with iodine or clean water to prevent them from drying.
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5 Big Reasons to Crate Train your Dog [26 Jun 2008|05:11pm]
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5 Big Reasons to Crate Train your Dog
 by: Nathalie Lafleur
Are you frustrated with your dog?
Does he chew everything in sight? Does he leave puddles and piles everywhere? Is a car ride with your dog synonym of a nightmare?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, I have a simple solution for you: crate training.
Here are 5 big reasons why you should start crate training your dog:
Reason #1: A Crate Stops Destructive Behaviors
Most dogs are destructive because they don't have anything more interesting to do than chew on everything they can sink their teeth in.
You have to remember that chewing is a natural dog behavior and an excellent way for your dog to burn his excess of energy.
Consequently, your job is not to stop your dog from chewing, but to prevent him from chewing on the wrong things, like chair legs, shoes, socks, etc.
By providing safe chew toys to your dog in his crate, you accomplish two things: you make the crate a wonderful place to be in and you teach him what are the acceptable chew toys in the house.
By the way, my favorite chew toys are the ones I can fill with cream cheese or peanut butter. They keep my dogs busy for a while and my dogs just go crazy for them.
Reason #2: A Crate Makes Housebreaking Easier
A crate will help your dog to control his sphincters. In other words, your dog will learn to "hold it" instead of eliminating whenever he needs to.
Dogs are den animals. What I mean by that is that they like to have their own quiet place and they'll do everything they can to keep it clean.
That's why crate training a puppy drastically speeds up the housebreaking process. Your dog won't want to soil his crate and thus will gain control over his sphincters.
However, this doesn't mean that you can leave your dog in a crate for 10 hours in a row! Puppies need to go out frequently to eliminate.
If you leave your dog in his crate for too long and he ends up eliminating in the crate, you will lose the best tool at your disposal to housebreak him properly.
Reason #3: A Crate Makes Car Rides Safer
My heart stops every time I see a dog with his head out of a window or in the back of a truck.
This is a very dangerous practice since a rock, a bee, a cigarette butt, etc. can hit your dog.
Another behavior that I see very often is the dog that constantly jumps back and forth from one seat to the next or sits on the driver's lap.
Driving requires all our attention and your dog shouldn't be an additional distraction.
A crate-trained dog will rest in his crate during a car drive and make the trip for you and him safer.
Reason #4: A Crate Keeps Your Dog Safe from Household Hazards
If you let your dog roams freely in the house unsupervised, you are really asking for trouble and you unnecessarily put your dog in danger.
A house contains hundreds of potentially lethal objects for your dog. Let me give you some examples:
Do you know that chocolate and onions can make your dog very sick and if ingested in great quantity can kill your dog?
Garbage is also dangerous to your dog since he can choke on chicken bones, cut himself on broken glass, etc.
Also, lots of houseplants are poisonous for your dog, like Poinsettia, Aloe, and Peace Lily to name a few.
As you can see, crate training your dog will bring you peace of mind since your dog will be out of danger when you're not around to supervise him.
Reason #5: A Crate Speeds Up Your Dog's Recovery
If you have to leave your dog at the vet for a couple of nights, your dog will recover much faster because he will be used to sleeping in a crate.
Consequently, if your dog has never been in a crate before and you add that stress to the one of being in a new place, being manipulated by strangers and hearing other unfamiliar dogs and cats around, the whole experience will be unduly stressful for your dog.
By simply crate training your dog, you give him the tools to cope with any situation.
Do yourself and your dog a favor and start crate training him today!
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Change Your Thinking to Change Your Dog's Behavior [20 Jun 2008|04:11pm]
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Change Your Thinking to Change Your Dog's Behavior
 by: Fred Ege
Bad Behavior is only a Game.
I recently changed the way I think about training my dog. I have one of those high spirited dominate alpha males who instinctively thinks he is the leader of the pack and is always testing my authority. I often thought, why is he so challenging, he knows he is not supposed to do that because I've told him "no" a hundred times. Boomer, my dog, likes to steal things and be chased. To him it's a game, a fun activity that he knows will get me going. He takes the towels from the hanger in the bathroom and flaunts it in front of me, stopping to make sure I see him before he runs off. I found that if I ignore him, he just lays down and later I can get the towel from him. At first I thought that he just made a mistake, but then I realized its just a game to him. The problem was that he never asked if I wanted to play, he just started a game of keep away. The mistakes my dog makes are neither mistakes nor accidents. I just misunderstood the game, and even though it was fun to him, it wasn't necessarily fun for me!
What's Right and Wrong
As I thought about this game, I also realized that he was challenging my role as leader of the pack, and my ownership of the towel. Why shouldn't he own the towel, or have his own towel. It was an instinctive challenge to my leadership and authority. Also, I realized that nothing by itself is either good or bad, it's thinking that makes it so. If one can only remember back to our pre-school years and all the frustration and trouble there was. That's because we were going through a learning curve about what is right and wrong behavior. Your dog is new to your world and it's perception of right and wrong are different. It's perfectly acceptable from a dog's perspective to pick anything up and claim ownership of it, whether it is a stick or anything else he found outside. The same is true indoors as well. It's also OK in a dog's world to tear something apart, chew it up, or destroy something, but not true in your world.
Be a Pack Leader and Change the Game
I was gaining insight into a dog's world and how a dog thinks, and now I was changing my thinking on how to train them. Dogs are pack animals, and there is always a pack leader, followers, and those that want to be the pack leader. The alpha male or female grew up in a litter and learned that if it fights long enough and is persistent that the others in the litter will yield. So, your dog will discover many options, then think about the options, and either go along with you or subvert your efforts to control him. Your alpha dog's job is to oppose you and challenge your place as pack leader. Your dog wants you to be consistent in your responses otherwise he doesn't know what to think. If he starts playing a game with you, you have a choice not to play. The difficulty is that if you don't play he will either try harder, get depressed, try a different angle on the game or stop. Your goal is to negotiate, stop the game early, or start a different game with something acceptable. So, I will get the towel from him, but then bring him a ball and start a different game. Eventually, he will think about it, and bring me the ball when he wants to play instead of the towel.
Emotions Tell Him What to Do
It seems everybody tells their dog "don't do this or that". What their dog hears is only "do this or that." Dogs struggle with the concept of "don't do something." To get your dog to stop doing something, simply distract him with a very brief sound and something else to do. He will learn after awhile. If you just stay on the theme of "don't do this or that" the situation just continues to worsen, as the dog does what he knows or thinks is best for his home and you. The longer you continue the more confusing it is to him. The more concerned you become about his behavior, the more he believes you are worried and he is unsure about the reason. Certainly if you're worried, then he should be mimic you and get worried also. He doesn't even realize that it's his behavior you are worried about.
Have you ever noticed that when you come home, your dog is really excited to see you, and that if you really become animated and excited, he becomes even more excited? That's because he plays off your emotions and actions. If you run, he runs; if you run faster, he runs faster.
Dogs Learn by Repetition
Dogs can learn and unlearn any behavior by repetition, preferably in four different but similar settings or situations. The first time your dog hears a new command, he has no idea what is being requested. The second time he hears that command, he begins to comprehend. The third time, he fully understands, but he may resist the new command.
He has to think it through to be sure he understands, and it may take him a few moments to think it through. This happens usually on the third request, or instance, of trying to teach or break a behavior. So, when your dog thinks about the new behavior being learned or unlearned, praise and patience, are required during the few moments it takes to correctly understand this new information. He needs time to think things out. He's going to think about the idea, then glance at you. Then back to the idea, now thinking of you. Then think about the idea, then think about you. Give him time to think and comprehend. Allow his choice to dictate your next move. Chances are, he's going to make one last try at having his own way.
There are only two choices he can make. He's either going to do it correctly, or, he's going to do it wrong. If he gets it wrong, try a similar setting or situation later in the day. This process gives you the opportunity to allow your dog to progress at his own speed. The third time your dog is given a command, he'll probably do it incorrectly just to see if you are going to be consistent.

Good link Choosing Your New Puppy

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[23 Sep 2005|07:05am]

sikismic
Cheese can't dial the phone

(nuh-uh!)

Cheese can't dial the phone

(no way!)

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YAYPAINT. [03 Jul 2005|09:21pm]

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Yahoo Graffiti is always full of surprises.

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Matt's drawing of a CORNDOG!

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This has nothing to do with anything, this is my drawing of a penis fly trap, inspired by Matt.

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[05 Jun 2005|04:16pm]

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jerry...? [17 Apr 2005|12:17am]

sikismic

I like corn dawgs...I like corn dawgs the way I like my women

IN BREAD.

I like corn dawgs...I like them the way I like 'possums.

ONA STICK.

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[24 Feb 2005|12:18pm]

sikismic

Some cults need to be hanged.

a-like so..

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Halloween. [29 Oct 2004|12:00pm]

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Are you dressing up for Halloween? If you are, what are you going to be?

Are you going to do anything special?

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Keep yourself alive...! [28 Oct 2004|10:57pm]

sikismic
[ mood | complacent ]

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[26 Jul 2004|03:12pm]

sikismic
I find our lack of peanut butter to be unsettling...

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Right for you and left for no one. [22 Jul 2004|01:41pm]

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You know those things that prop up the keyboard.. on the back? Do you keep those up or down?

I keep mine up.

Yesterday I tried to use it .. down.. and it was weird. PROPPED UP IS THE WAY TO GO!

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Hippatrick [20 Jul 2004|11:12pm]

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[ mood | hungry ]

I'll be damned, it's a community. Everyone should show their love for Corn_Dawg by updating more fucking often. So, if you don't start updating, I'll just hunt you down and slit your throat so badly, you won't take another breath, :)!

TIme for randomness:

Don't take a pair of scissors to a plastic intertube.

It doesn't help anything.

Not a thing.

Jonothan

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Join? Join. [18 Jul 2004|11:21am]

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[ mood | bored ]

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A Tinkle Is Not A Winkle Without A Sprinkle of Chris Crinkle [26 Jun 2004|03:23am]

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[ mood | contemplative ]

Hey .. That's some nice Title Poetry, don't you think? Here's more:

If you sack a lack,
then back the jack,
hack the knack,
track the pack,
tack it whack,
rack it back,
and you may then
Stack the Crack Yack.

You may only stack the Crack Yack after you have followed those minute, yet crucial, steps. Do NOT tack the back with a knack pack or with a lack pack. Do NOT attack the the sack a lack with a whack back or you will pack the track wtih lack. However, you CAN back a rack with a whack knack pack on a sack jack. It is only possible for this if the Stack of the Crack Yack is in the back of the jack with a lack of rack track.*

For the essence of believe to ensue, one may caress nature with the spiritual enlightenment of the mind.

Okay, I'm done. Any thoughts on this randomness?

Jonothan

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Murgle. [26 Jun 2004|12:24am]

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[ mood | good ]

I'm brushing my teeth right now. What are you doing?

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Newbie... [22 Jun 2004|09:06am]

evilbunnyofdoom
[ mood | amused ]

Hey I'm Courtney...
I had to join due to the fact I have picked up the name corndog.
lol... this shall be fun! lol
xp
<3,
The Corn!

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[18 Jun 2004|10:01am]

sikismic
I wonder what being an Aztec is like...

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[13 Jun 2004|10:51am]

xxtaintedlovexx
[ mood | full ]

So on the last day of school, we had corndogs at lunch for hot lunch and everyone that bought them, I went up to and said "SAVE THE CORNDAwgGERs!"
Yep. [/stupid story]

Lmao. On some TV station they are having people guess the sounds of summer and one was someone pouring lemonade, and the guy goes "SOMMEONE IS PIZZING!" Yeah. With the z's. o.O;;
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