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Great Danes

The Great Dane is a gentle giant and is very sweet, affectionate, and playful and he is generally well mannered. This breed is commonly used as a watch or guard dog and does very well.

Great Danes are very responsible and dependable, making them great as a family pet. This breed should be extensively trained during puppyhood so they do not lean on people, especially children. His sheer size makes this breed very intimidating, however this dog is extremely gentle and loving. They can do well around other dogs, but should be socialized to prevent them becoming dog aggressive. 

The Great Dane requires a dominant handler and firm yet gentle training. Obedience training at an early age is best, as this breed can prove difficult to train fully-grown. Great Danes should have a large sized yard and plenty of exercise room. A very large breed, they require long walks regularly. With proper care (an owner who is a “pack leader” and plenty of exercise), these dogs make absolutely fabulous companions.

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2011 in Better Life, Friends For Life, Loyalty

 

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Collies

When someone says, “Lassie,” we all think of the same dog. Collies are beautiful herding dogs, but they come in more colors than the tricolor we associate with Lassie. They also come in sable and white, blue merle and white varieties (predominantly white, preferably with markings).

The Collie is known for his elongated muzzle and coloration. This breed is very intelligent and keen on working since they have been bred to do the work of herding. They tend to be great with children of all ages, providing the dog is well trained and properly socialized. The breed is known for its gentleness and has an obedient nature – making it one of the easiest breeds in the world to train. 

Collies require a gentle hand to avoid shyness and generally have a very strong desire to please their owners. This breed has a very even and well-mannered temperament and therefore does well in homes with other animals and children. Since they were originally bred for herding, the dogs have the tendency to nip at ankles as a pup, however most grow out of this stage. Willing to learn and very loyal, the Collie will surely provide you with a lot of love and become a faithful companion.

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2011 in Better Life, Friends For Life, Loyalty

 

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Bounding with Betty

Known not only for her humor and great television and movie roles, Betty White is a well respected animal lover and activist.  Currently she has three pets, a Golden Retriever named Kitta, a Shih Tzu named Panda and a Himalayan named Bob Cat, or Mr. Cat if you are not fond of the species.  All of them are rescue animals in a sense.  Kitta was originally trained in Canada to be a guide dog but his hips weren’t up to the task, Panda had been abused in a pet store that has since been shut down, and Betty discovered Bob Cat at her hair salon, where another patron brought him in hopes of finding him a home, and with Betty there, she did.  Golden Retrievers are known for their amiable, relaxed personalities, always there with a smile and highly social.  A Shih Tzu is loving, alert, lively and full of character, and Himalayans are cats, so – lovable, loyal and rude all at the same time.   Betty says she loves anything with legs on all four corners, and she frequently apologizes for the language her dogs use when the Labrador from next door saunters by.  She has never turned away an animal in need, as a child the family had 26 animals at once for a short time, but tries to keep her family to no more than four.  She admits it gets tough when there are more noses than hands to go around.

 

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