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Just Fur Fun l Mar-Apr 2014

All About My Buddy:
My Name is: Pramit Kumar Dash
My Buddy’s Name is: Prince
My Buddy’s Breed is: German Shepherd
My Buddy is: Male
My Buddy’s Colour is:Black and tar
My Buddy’s Age is:Four years
My Buddy’s Favourite Treats: Ice cream and anything made of chicken.
My Buddy’s First Love: My parents – papa & mama.
My Buddy’s Funniest Habits: He takes a ball and runs away from us and turns back to see whether anyone is after him. If somebody is approaching him, he runs like an express train and plays hide & seek with us. Further, when he hears any new sound, his head and ears are alerted like a robot for encounter.
My  Buddy’s  Character Certificate Will Say: Very playful, naughty and intelligent.
BUDDY AND ME:
(Few of our favourite things)
List of Activities We Like Doing The Most: Spending time together to play, watch TV and working.

What We Indulge on Sundays: We go for long walks, eating and sleeping.
What is the Best Trick I have Taught Him: To find out anything, catching ball, crawling and salute.

Just Fur Fun | Jan-Feb 2014

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All you kiddies out there, we would love to know more about you and your dog. Do write in your poems, short stories or anecdotes of your loving doggy and see them splash here. Here is the checklist of information we would love to have, e-mail it to us at: info@dogsandpups.net

All About My Buddy:

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Sheffy

My Name is:Tanvi Moudhgil
My Buddy’s Name: Sheffy
My Buddy’s Breed is: Lhasa Apso
My Buddy is:.Male
My Buddy’s Colour is: Golden brown
My Buddy’s Age is: Two years
My Buddy’s Favourite Treat: Cheese
My Buddy’s Food: Chicken and cheese
My Buddy’s First Love: My female dog named Loosie. They both love each other.
My  Buddy’s  Character Certificate Will Say: Awesome blossom!

BUDDY AND ME:
(Few of our favourite things)
List of Activities We Like Doing The Most: Playing with ball and going for a walk.
What We Indulge on Sundays: We both love doing that.
What is the Best Trick I have Taught Him: He could jump into the car.

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Just Fur Fun | Nov Dec 2013

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All you kiddies out there, we would love to know more about you and your dog. Do write in your poems, short stories or anecdotes of your loving doggy and see them splash here. Here is the checklist of information we would love to have, e-mail it to us at info@dogsandpups.net

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Liza and Geisha with Rajbala and Nancy

My Name is:Nishi Anil Singh
My Buddies’ Names: Liza and Geisha
My Buddies’ Breed is:Pug
My Buddies’ Ages are:Liza (three years) and Geisha (two years)
My Buddies are:Females
My Buddies’ Favourite Treats:Boiled egg, milk with cream, cheese and chewstick
My Buddies’ First Loves: Me and her first teddy for Liza and her ‘mom Liza’ for Geisha
My Buddies’ Character Certificates Will Say:They are adorable and they love all animals
A Song Dedicated to My Buddies:Mere do anmol ratan ek hai ram or ek lakhan

BUDDY AND ME:
(Few of our favourite things)
List of Activities We Like Doing The Most:Sleeping and giving food to our local colony dogs.
What We Indulge on Sundays:Just chilling out!
What is the Best Tricks I have Taught Them:Liza knows how to call her papa (my hubby) and Geisha knows the time to offer dinner to the colony dogs.

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Just Fur Fun | Sep Oct 2013

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Gouri & Mickey

My Name is: Shraddha
My Buddy’s Name is: Mickey
My Buddy’s Breed is: Lhasa Apso
My Buddy’s Age is: One year
My Buddy is: Male
My Buddy’s Favourite Treats: Sausages, Drool biscuits and roasted chicken.
My Buddy’s First Love: My daughter Gouri.
My Buddy’s Funniest Habits: Running here and there, jumping when family members came home from office.
My Buddy’s Character Certificate Will Say: A doggie with attitude.

BUDDY AND ME:
(Few of our favourite things)

What We Indulge on Sundays: A long walk.
What is the Best Trick I have Taught Him: To fetch flying biscuits and his games like Doll n’ Ball.

 

Just Fur Fun | July August 2013

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Bandu

My Name is: Deepti Thakar
My Buddy’s Name is: Bandu
My Buddy’s Breed is: Cocker Spaniel
My Buddy’s Age is: Five years
My Buddy is: Male
My Buddy’s Favourite Treats: Chewsticks, potato, cucumber and eggs.
My Buddy’s Favourite Food: Pedigree
Celebrity My Buddy Resembles the Most: Any rock star!
A song dedicated to my buddy: Thank God I Found You by Mariah Carey
My Buddy’s Character Certificate Will Say: Very naughty, loving, adorable and loyal.

BUDDY AND ME:
(Few of our favourite things)

List of Activities We Like Doing the Most: Long walks, tug of war and catch the dog!
What We Indulge on Sundays: Relax, good food, lots of playtime and long walks, along with rides in car.
What is the Best Trick I have Taught Him: Fetch

Terry with her Briards - Bucket, Rosa and Jammie

Love in a fur ball!

Stunning looks, extremely devoted to family and a sense of humour – can you ask for more? Briards are one of the most loving breeds of dogs…a sheer joy to be around! Here’s more on these wonderful dogs.

The looks…

Olive (Pic Courtesy: Irene Cotter, Furfetched Photography)

Olive (Pic Courtesy: Irene Cotter, Furfetched Photography)

The Briard’s general appearance is a medium build, athletic, herding dog. Their proportions are slightly off-square. Their countenance is distinct with proud head carriage and agile quicksilver movement. Their glorious coat and athletic gliding feline-like movement are probably their two most distinct and notable physical traits.

They have a double coat – a coarse and dry outer coat, which lies flat and falls in long wavy locks and a fine and tight undercoat. The Briard comes in various shades of tawny, black and gray and a combination of those colours. The breed also comes in dilution of the tawny and black although neither is considered desirable.

The average height of males is 24-27 inches while that of females is 22-25 inches and they weigh around 35 kg.

In the history…

French emperor Napoleon, Thomas Jefferson and Lafayette all owned Briards. The dogs were used to run messages, detect mines, pick up trails, support commando actions, find the wounded and carry food and ammunition to the front lines.

The demeanour…

The Briard is a working dog at heart and was developed in the beginning mostly as a guard dog and anti-poacher dog. With the advent of farming and the increase of population, they became an all purpose farm dog providing help with many of the farm tasks such as driving stock down the road to the fields, keeping stock in open unfenced grazes, and guarding the farm and family. Therefore, their basic temperament is one of protectiveness and discriminant tendencies. They are a dog who prefers to know their limited circle of family and friends and is intensely devoted to them. They must be thoroughly and constantly socialised outside of the home to strangers and new people for their first year of life.

The breed learns fast, has high drive to work and perform tasks, and has a developed sense of humour. They are a dog with strong opinions and an assertive nature. Briards are best in the hands of pet parents who are clear with setting and maintaining limits and boundaries.

Living with them…

Briards are a wonderful dog to live with. They are affectionate and loving to their family and friends, devoted and kind. Most would rather lie on the feet of their pet parents and that would be their favourite activity. The breed is rarely destructive, if raised right with boundaries and limits. They do not tend to be active in the house and even when young have a very sensible outlook on living within the confines of a house. Their sense of humour is one of their most delightful traits.

Exercise needs…

Briards are not usually a high energy breed. Exercise needs are the normal exercise given to any canine. Walking is good! As a young dog we especially feel it is good for them to get out and gallop and retrieve and get to stretch their legs at least few times a week.

Games to play…

Many Briards love to retrieve balls, sticks and frisbees. The breed loves games of chase and hide & seek. Tug of war with a stuffed toy is often a favourite, although it is discouraged from dogs living with young children.

Puppy care…

Puppy care is no different that sound raising practices of any growing medium size breed. We suggest a crate for confinement when no one is home or watching. An excellent quality dog food is a must and of course fresh water. Briards are easy to train, easy to housebreak and easy to bond with. The breed’s socialisation needs are extremely high. The new pet parent must be aware of the high maintenance of this breed. The grooming needs are very demanding, being a fully and heavy coated breed. The socialisation requirements outside of the home are even higher and cannot be treated lightly. There is no shortcut to proper care and raising with constant socialisation away from home. Briards are not a breed for overly busy people unless the dog can be included in every aspect of the busy lifestyle which can be a plus for socialisation.

Grooming needs…

The coat must be line brushed on every inch at least once a week using a pin brush and slicker. This process can take 1-5 hours, depending on the age of the dog and quality of the coat. Weekly bathing and blow drying with line brushing like all drop coat breeds keep the coat clean and mat free.

Briards do not really shed hair. But hair does die. Short coat breeds shed that dead hair and it falls all around on the floor, furniture and clothing. Long coat breeds have the live coat entangle with the dead hair which is what creates mats. The brushing process removes the dead hair when it is not shed and prevents the dead hair tangling into mats.

Health…

Most responsible breeders screen for hip dysplasia by x-raying. The breed has gastric torsion which most likely has some hereditary basis. The breed is also screened for Stationery Night Blindness (SNB) with a DNA test. SNB is inherited through recessive genes. As breeders we also screen for eye disease health through annual visits to veterinary ophthalmologists. There is definitely an inherited basis for poor temperaments with some dogs displaying genetically inherited dog or people aggression.

On a concluding note…

When considering the Briard, first make sure the breed will fit your lifestyle. They need you to be comfortable at being their leader and in charge of reinforcing consistent boundaries and rules. Briard is not a breed for a person looking for an easy pet. They are a lot of work when you include the grooming needs and socialisation requirements. If you are not afraid of the work involved, there is not a more devoted, demonstrative or loving pet on earth.

(Terry Miller of Deja Vu Briards is based in Cleveland, Ohio. She is a dog behaviourist. Deja Vu Briards is home to almost 300 champions and holds every record for Briards. Deja Vu Briards is the home of the top winning male and female of all time and the top sire and dam of all time. Deja Vu dogs are exhibited all around the world and have won more Briard Club of America national specialties and group placements at the famous Westminster Kennel Club than any Briard kennel in history).

Briards we loved!

  • Ruff – In the popular comic Dennis the Menace, Ruff is Dennis’ big, lovable, faithful dog, who follows him everywhere.
  • Reno – In the film Top Dog, Reno is a police dog, whose handler was killed. He teams up with Wilder to investigate a plot by domestic terrorists to attack a conference on unity.
  • Cho Cho – In the movie The Karate Dog, Cho Cho is a dog who can speak to humans and is an expert in martial arts.
  • Sam the Sheep dog – In cartoon series Looney Tunes, Sam the sheepdog, is a large Briard Sheepdog with white or tan fur and mop of red hair that usually covers his eyes. He very rarely runs and tends to be sedentary in his movements.

Just Fur Fun | May June 2013

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Sonya with Ginger

My Name is: Sonya Kapur
My Buddy’s Name is: Ginger
My Buddy’s Breed is: Pug
My Buddy’s Age is: Two years
My Buddy is: Female
My Buddy’s Favourite Treates : Pineapple and Choosticks.
My Buddy’s First Love: Me
My Buddy’s Funniest Habits: Following me wherever I go, even to the washroom.
My Buddy’s Character Certificate Will Say: I love my mom.

BUDDY AND ME:
(Few of our favourite things)
List of Activities We Like Doing the Most: Playing with toys of all kinds.
What We Indulge on Sundays: Everyday is Sunday for Ginger
What is the Best Trick I have Taught her: Hide & Seek!

Just Fur Fun | March April 2013

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Casper

My Name is: Dr Saurabh Lall
My Buddy’s Name is: Casper – The Friendly Ghost
My Buddy’s Breed is: Lhasa Apso
My Buddy’s Age is: Four years
My Buddy is: Male
My Buddy’s Colour is: White
My Buddy’s Favourite Treates : Royal Canin, chicken and ice cream.
My Buddy’s First Love: My mother
Celebrity My Buddy Resembles The Most: Amitabh Bachchan
My Buddy’s Character Certificate Will Say: The handsomest Lhasa Aspo on earth.
A Song Dedicated to My Buddy: Top of The World by The Carpenters.

BUDDY AND ME: (Few of our favourite things)

List of Activities We Like Doing the Most: Playing the fool at home.
What We Indulge on Sundays: Getting ourselves groomed.
What is the Best Trick I have Taught Him: To fight for the sofa next to the air conditioner.

Cool tools for fur brushing, By Ashita Mathew

Most pet parents are not sure what brushes are to be used to keep their dog’s coat healthy, and they complain that they brush every day but the shedding does not stop or the coat is matting and refuses to dematt. Here’s how to choose the right brush according to the coat of the dog.

You can mainly classify dog breed into three categories according to their coat: long-coated dogs, short & smooth-coated dogs and wire-haired dogs. Here’s how to select the right brushing tool for your pooch.

Pawfect brushes for long-coated dogs

The right brushes to be used for long coats are slicker brushes, which help to smooth theDog Grooming coat and also remove matts and tangles. Slicker brushes are typically made from very thin metal wire, and they are mounted on a soft foam or rubber mat. They can be square, rectangular, circular or oval in shape. They help to release dirt particles and loose hair from the animal allowing for a healthy, shiny coat. Care should be taken not to press the slicker brush on the coat of the dog as this may result in brush rashes and can also damage your dog’s skin. Do not use the slicker brush on the face and around the genital areas; instead use a plastic comb for the face and around private areas.

If the long-coated dog has no matts and is dirt free, then a pin brush can be used to remove the loose hair and to keep the coat from matting further.

Examples of long coated breeds are Shih Tzu, Lhasa Apso, Cocker Spaniel, and Golden Retriever.

Pawfect brushes for short & smooth-coated dogs

Short-coated dogs also need regular brushing as they shed a lot of hair almost every day. The best tool to use for deshedding for short coats is a deshedding loop or sheddender (for example, furminator). These help to remove the loose hair from the dogs’ coat. Deshedding can be done once a week. A bristle brush can also be used to remove dirt and excess loose hair. Make sure you do not press into the skin as they can injure the dog. Also make sure you do not do the same area too many times as they can lead to brush rash. The deshedding tools should not be used around the genial areas or on the face.

Examples of short and smooth-coated breeds are Labrador Retriever, Beagle, Bassett Hounds, Great Danes, Boxers, etc.

Pawfect brushes for wire-haired dogs

A firm bristle brush combined with slicker brush can be used on a wire-haired dog. Bristle brushes are available with synthetic and natural bristles, with the natural bristles gentler and generally more effective on the dog’s coat. Again, make sure you do not use slicker on the face and private parts of the dog.

How often you should brush your dog’s hair?

Brushing your dog regularly helps in removing all the loose hair, helps in better blood circulation and a healthier coat. The frequency of brushing your dog depends on the length and texture of the dog’s coat. For short-haired dogs, you can brush once a week, while for a longer-coated dog you need to brush 2-3 times a week, especially during the shedding period. Long-haired dogs will mostly require brushing every day to avoid matts and knots in the coat.

Once brushing your dog becomes a routine, you will see the difference in the coat which will be healthy and clean, it also helps to bond with your pooch and soon he will look forward to brushing every day.

Happy brushing to all you pet parents!

(Ashita Mathew runs Wags & Wiggles Pet Salon & Spa in Bengaluru).

Just Fur Fun | Jan Feb 2013

All you kiddies out there, we would love to know more about you and your dog. Do write in your poems, short stories or anecdotes of your loving doggy and see them splash here. Here is the checklist of information we would love to have, e-mail it to us at info@dogsandpups.net

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Billu Don

My Name is: Adrian Joseph
My Buddy’s Name is: Billu Don
My Buddy’s Breed is: Labrador-Hound hybrid
My Buddy’s Age is: Seven months
My Buddy is: Male
My Buddy’s Colour is: Fawn
My Buddy’s Favourite Treats are: Beef treats
My Buddy’s First Love: School kids in uniform
My Buddy’s Character Certificate Will Say: Yo Wazzup! I’m cool like my pet parent!
My Buddy’s Funniest Habit: Jumping to and fro joyfully

BUDDY AND ME: (Few of our favourite things)

List of Activities We Like Doing the Most: Jogging, playing tag and bouncing in the inflated castle.
What We Indulge on Sundays: Watching movies, splashing water.
What is the Best Trick I have Taught Him: Peeping down the balcony and duelling with other pooches.

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