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Information You Will Find Helpful About The Pet Insurance

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I am sure many of you have heard about Insurance for your pet and have wondered is it worth it.

Well we decided to sign up both our dogs and our experiences have been terrible to great. When we submitted our first claim form the company requested all of Parker’s past medical files. Once they received them they sent us back an updated policy that told us that he wouldn’t be covered for some things because they were pre-existing. So his first few claims they wouldn’t pay on and that was very frustrating to us. But, here we go with the good stuff, when Parker started developing lumps and had to have them removed the amount of reimbursement was really good. It fell within the guidelines they had outlined but sometimes the reimbursement schedule can be difficult to decipher. Over the past two years Parker has had two malignant tumors removed, two benign tumors removed, and two teeth extracted because they cracked from “trauma”. We received money back on all these claims. Therefore, I need to write my essay to help the pet owners in their difficult life.

Here is an example of reimbursement from a claim for our dog Tenaya. The bill submitted was for $178.00. We received $115.20 back from the insurance company. More would have been better of course but getting over $100.00 was not too bad.

In the long run for us we feel it is worth having the insurance but we suggest you look at the different companies offering Pet Insurance and find the one that would fit your needs best. Some companies won’t cover medical conditions that are common among a breed. For example Hip Dysplasia is not covered for Tenaya because the they feel that Goldens are predisposed to Hip Dysplasia.

So, that is it for today’s article. Thank you so much for reading! I hope you liked it. If you did, and even if you did not, please share your opinion the the comments section below. I am very interested in what you have to say, it helps me to make my blog a bit better every day. Thank you again and have a nice day! xoxo

Tibetan Terrier – the Non-Sporting Dogs Breed

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Tibetan Terrier (AKC, UKC)

Group: Non-Sporting

The Tibetan Terrier is not really a terrier at all. It was not used to ‘go to ground’ after burrowing animals nor was it meant to dispatch vermin. And it’s believed the only reason the term was applied to the Tibetan’s name was because it was similar in size to the average terrier.

In fact, the breed may have been used to herd sheep and just might be one of the progenitors of the Hungarian Puli. This breed originated in the Lost Valley of Tibet and was regarded as a holy dog and a bringer of good luck.

The Tibetans were never sold but only presented as gifts of appreciation. That’s how Dr. A.R.H. Grieg of England acquired her first Tibetan.

She was a practising physician in India in the 1920s and was given a dog by a grateful Tibetan in appreciation for the treatment she had given his sick spouse.

The Dalai Lama also presented her with pups for her interest in the breed. When she returned to England, she established the breed there.

Though the breed may be slightly cautious and reserved, the Tibetan Terrier is an intelligent and sensitive dog that is affectionate and devoted to its family.

A dog capable of great agility as well as endurance, the Tibetan Terrier is particularly well suited for winter since its large, round feet produce a snowshoe effect. Sturdy and compact, the Tibetan is suitable for town or country living and does well with a daily walk to meet its exercise requirements.

The Most Important Things to Know About Dandie Dinmont Terriers

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Dandie Dinmont Terrier (AKC, UKC)

Group: Terrier

The Dandie Dinmont is a short-legged, rough-coated terrier whose history lies on the Scottish Borders.

The origins of the breed are not known, but as they share the same hunting skills as other breeds from the Border counties they no doubt also share the same ancestors.

Although their ancestry is not known, what is known is that, as far back as the seventeenth century, small terriers similar to today’s dogs were used by gypsies, farmers and shepherds to keep under control vermin – ranging from field-mice and rats to the larger otter, fox and polecat.

In spite of their reputation for gameness, there is no written account of the breed having a distinctive name until, in 1814, Sir Walter Scott’s novel “Guy Mannering” was published. A character in this book by the name of Dandie Dinmont – a Border farmer and sportsman – owned a number of terriers which were mustard and pepper in colouring.

In real life, James Davidson of Hindlea, near Hawick, also kept similar terriers. He used them mainly for hunting otter, as did other Border families. Scott’s story caught the public’s imagination, as it was presumed to be based on James Davidson. In fact, this was not so, but it did give the terriers their name.

Today’s Dandies have all the traits of their ancestors, although, naturally, the modern Dandie is domesticated. Like all terriers, they enjoy a country life with all its pleasures, but they do require owners that will keep them under control as they are strong characters.

They are not a popular breed in the British Isles or overseas; but, like all breeds, they have their devoted admirers who would not readily transfer their loyalty to another breed.

The first Dandie Dinmont Club was founded in 1876 and the original breed standard was set in the same year.

Shiba Inu Dog Breed Information

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Shiba Inu (AKC)

Group: Non-Sporting

The Shiba has been a native breed to Japan since the primitive ages. The word “Shiba” originally refers to something “small”, a “small dog”.

The Shiba’s habitat was in the mountainous area facing the Sea of Japan and was used as a hunting dog for small animals and birds. There were slight differences in the breeds according to the areas where they were raised.

As dogs like English Setters and English Pointers were imported from England during the period of 1868-1912, hunting became a sport in Japan and cross breeding of the Shiba width those English dogs became prevalent and a pure Shiba became rare so that by 1912-1926 pure Shibas confined to these areas became exceedingly scarce.

Hunters and other educated persons became concerned with the preservation of the pure Shibas from around 1928 and the preservation of the limited number of pure strains began seriously, and the breed standard was finally unified in 1934.

In 1936 the Shiba was designated as a natural monument after which the breed was bred and improved to become the superior breed known today.

Schipperke Dog Breeds Review

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Schipperke (AKC, UKC)

Group: Non-Sporting

The word Schipperke is Flemish for little skipper, and derives from the fact that these small active dogs were used as watchdogs, companions and ratters on barges and riverboats of Belgium.

A plucky, lively little dog with an air of self-importance, the Schipperke seems unaware of the limits of its size, defending his territory and family with a fearlessness that would do the biggest of dogs proud.

Continually preoccupied with what is happening around him, particularly what is going on behind closed doors or about any object that has been moved, the Schipperke is a real little busybody. Always reserved and wary of strangers he is very careful with anything that has been given to him to look after, being indefatigable in his duties as custodian of the household.

He is a good mouser and ratter and enjoys hunting small game if the opportunity presents itself. Loyal and devoted, the Schipperke embodies a lot of dog in a diminutive frame.

Lowchen – Information, Characteristics, Facts

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Lowchen (AKC, UKC)

Group: Non-Sporting

The history of the Lowchen is quite uncertain as no-one is quite sure exactly where the breed originated.

It is believed that the breed may have been developed somewhere in Eastern Europe between Russia and the Mediterranean.

It was the Europeans who first embraced the breed and by the 1500s they were hugely popular in France, Germany, Italy and Spain where they were kept by the aristocracy.

It was then that shaving the dogs became popular as they were apparently used as hot water bottles. The shaved area of the dog allowed the owner to have direct contact with the skin of the animal and this provided instant warmth.

Over the centuries the breed lost popularity and the Guinness Book of Records declared the Lowchen as the rarest breed in the world in the 1960s. Today, although not common, they are no longer considered rare. In Australia the breed has been around since 1970s.

Despite its rather fragile presentation, the Lowchen is reported to make an excellent guard dog. However, due to their size and somewhat puppy like behaviour a Lowchen is more likely to bark and warn off strangers, rather than deter them.

They are friendly, bright and loyal. Training is advisable, but some dogs can be slow to learn. They are active and lively dogs that enjoy playing with the family and this kind of behaviour will continue for the duration of the dog’s life.

Some owners say they can be “clowns” and are not that easy to train. Despite this, they are truly lovable and settle into a home very quickly.

Lowchens are considered part of the Bichon group, but are highly recognisable due to their unique clipped and shaved appearance.

Unclipped dogs have a long coated scruffy look. They have a short small body with a short head and dark nose and should grow no taller than about 35cm. They vary in colour from chocolate and apricot, chocolate and cream, gold, sable, black and tan, blue and cream, and parti-colours. (Chocolate are difficult to come by.) The coat is long and wavy, especially around the ears.

Do You Know About Bred for the Purpose of Wolf Hunting?

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Borzoi (AKC, UKC)

Group: Hound

Bred exclusively for the purpose of wolf hunting by the Russian aristocracy, the Borzoi is one of the most elegant and spectacular of all breeds. Rather like a Greyhound in build, but taller and with a long, silky coat which adds softness to his rather angular frame, the Borzoi is an agile, swift and courageous dog.

Although the circumstances under which the Borzoi is now kept have changed dramatically from those of Czarist Russia, he nevertheless remains a true aristocrat of the dog world.

Affectionate and devoted to his owner, he is rather aloof and distrustful of strangers. He does need a good deal of regular exercise to keep him fit, and that exercise preferably includes a certain amount of free running and playing. The Borzoi is a very independent dog and does not always immediately respond to his owner’s commands.

Not a noisy breed, the Borzoi has a quiet, gentle nature and loves to live as part of the family although he is more suitable for homes with older children and may need supervision around other small pets.

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All You Need to Know About Collie (Rough)

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Group: Herding

The Rough Collie started life as a rough-and-tumble sheep herding dog in Scotland many years ago.

It was not until Queen Victoria’s interest in the breed elevated his status from that of a lowly shepherd’s helper to a favourite of royalty and the wealthier classes, that he started climbing the popularity ladder.

Becoming immortalised for all time through M.G.M.’s “Lassie” films, the Collie has gone on to become one of the world’s most recognisable and beloved breeds.

No longer in demand as a herder, today’s Collie has transferred these abilities to serving as a devoted family dog, with a particular affinity for small children.

Never happier than when he has a job to do, the Collie delights in adopting the dual role of family companion and watchdog.

The Rough Collie’s abundant two-ply coat, which comes in tonings of sable and white, tricolour, or blue merle, is without doubt his crowning glory. Although it obviously needs regular grooming to keep it clean and in good order, it helps that the Collie is not so profusely coated around the legs as many of the other heavily coated breeds.

Like all working dogs, the Rough Collie needs regular exercise to keep him in trim. Intuitive and anxious to please, he also responds well to training.

 
 Okay, so my story might be a little different than you’d read about other bloggers , but I assure you, it’s something I’m quite proud to call my own.

I began life knowing I was destined to work with animals. I was the kid who always brought home the baby birds with the broken wings, chopped up earthworms for their food, and snuck into my dad’s EMT bag for gauze and tape to work my healing magic. However as I got older, and after losing a few pets of my own, I realized that being a vet wasn’t exactly the direction I could manage to go in, so I opted for Zoology and Animal Husbandry. Yes folks, I’m a certified zookeeper who once did a belly flop onto a 14-foot alligator to “capture” it after it had escaped it’s enclosure. Since this time I also started blogging, of course my favorite topics are animals, pets and nature in general. So hope you will like it.