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Featured Breed: Beagle

shutterstock_273373859There is no doubt that this month’s canine featured breed is adorable.  Beagles are just as fun-loving and sweet as they appear!  If you are looking to welcome a new pup into your family, a Beagle would be an excellent choice.  The breed was originally used for their keen sense of smell as hound dogs for hunting small game such as rabbits, but are now a top choice for family dogs.

The history of the beagle is not as certain as some other breeds we have looked at.  While Greek documents place beagle-like dogs as far back as 400 B.C., the breed that we now know was not recognized until the 19th century.  During this time the breed was very popular in England and it wasn’t much later that the breed became popular in the United States as well.  Interestingly, these pups were being bred for specific hunting needs; they were taller in Europe for fox hunting and smaller in the United States to hunt rabbit.  The American Kennel Club started recognizing the Beagle as a breed in 1884.

Weighing between 18 and 30 pounds, the two different breeds of Beagles that are recognized by the American Kennel Club stand between 13 and 15 inches tall. They are black, brown, and white in color and are easy to care for in regards to grooming.  A good brushing once a week will cut down on the amount of bathing they need, unless of course, you are using them for hunting.  They do, however, need to have their ears checked frequently to avoid ear infections.

Beagles do best in homes that have backyards, allowing them freedom to wander around.  It is suggested that your Beagle be chipped because their mischievous behavior will get the best of them.  When they escape the yard, their nose that made them so popular for hunting, will cause them to continue to wander further from home.  Do your best to get them out and exercising, which should cut down on some of their pent up energy and keep them on their best behavior in the house.  This breed is susceptible to weight problems in their old age, so be sure to maintain their activity level as they mature.

Beagles of all ages do well in homes with adults, kids, and other pets.  They are at their best in extremely social settings and do not like to be left home alone.  If they become bored, they will find things to occupy their time until you return…and they are probably not the kind of things you would like them occupying their time with, such as chewing shoes and furniture!

This smart, loving, energetic breed sure does pack a lot of love and sweetness into a small package, but don’t think there won’t be moments that you are driven completely crazy by their mischievous behavior! Please remember one thing – purebred Beagles tend to be very popular among puppy mills.  There are some great Beagle rescue organizations that will prevent the puppy mills from mass breeding these sweet pups.


National Dog Day – August 26

This holiday dedicated to our sweet pups was founded in 2004 and was intended to celebrate the unconditional love canines have for their people.  National Dog Day is all encompassing of advocating against puppy mills, celebrating law enforcement dogs, appreciating dogs that assist in disabilities, and loving the pups we have welcomed into our homes and families.

There is no doubt that dogs are lovers.  While they may make you crazy with their shedding hair, clumsy movements around your home, chewed up shoes or kids’ toys, muddy paws and dirtiness that is brought in from outdoors, one thing remains the same…they LOVE you with every ounce of their heart.  This holiday was created to remind us to show them that same love. The National Dog Day official website gives us 20 different ways to celebrate.  Let’s take a look at some:

  1. Adopt a dog from your local shelter or pure breed rescue organization.
  2. Volunteer at your local shelter and offer to walk a dog or play with a dog, clean cages or anything else they need help with.
  3. Donate blankets, food and toys to animal welfare organizations.
  4. Write your Congressman and ask that he/she support the ban of Puppy Mills and Gas Chambers in your state.
  5. Have a National Dog Day party and invite all your friends and their dogs!
  6. Assist an ill or elderly neighbor by walking their dog.
  7. Buy your dog a fun new dog toy….or two…or five.
  8. Give your dog some fun exercise by taking him or her to a doggy play resort.
  9. Brush your dog to eliminate excess fur.
  10. Teach your dog a new trick.
  11. Buy your dog a fashionable collar and leash.
  12. Hire a professional pet photographer for a fun photo shoot.

Even if you don’t use one of the suggestions listed above, you can always spend an extra few minutes with your pup.  Scratch their ears a little longer, rub their belly instead of watching TV, or take them on an extra loop around the block. Show them the love they show you every day!


Featured Breed: Siamese Cat

shutterstock_134696735This month’s featured cat breed belongs to the Siamese Cat.  These cats are truly elegant looking with their sleek body and beautiful eyes.  They are known as a natural breed and have also contributed to other breeds such as the Balinese, Oriental, the Himalayan division of the Persian, the Tonkinese and the Havana Brown.  The Siamese has been known in Thailand for many years, but was not introduced to the West until the nineteenth century.

Along with their beautiful looks, the Siamese cat has quite the personality! Being social and extremely vocal is in their nature and it shows in their day-to-day activity.  They enjoy being with people and will follow you around “helping” out wherever they can!  The Siamese is also great with children and dogs who like cats.

Overall, the care for these beautiful cats is very simple.  They have short hair and only require monthly brushing to remove loose hair.  Siamese cats are typically indoor cats, so that adds to the ease of keeping them clean.  They tend to be very healthy, but collectively as a breed they struggle with asthma and congenital hearth defects.

The Siamese loves to stay active which contributes to their sleek body type.  It is recommended to have plenty of physical activities to keep them busy while you are away, such as tall climbing trees and toys.  It has also been mentioned that they will play fetch if trained to do so!

So, if you are looking for a social and talkative feline to add to your family, the Siamese would be a great breed for you!  Also, it is suggested by, that you get two of them if your schedule has you away from home for long periods of time.  They do not like being alone and having a friend would keep them preoccupied until you return.

Stay tuned for the next Featured Breed!