Month: May 2015

Red Setter – Crazy? Or just Energetic?

Back in the last century when I was in the second or third University, a close friend had an Red setter named Shanty. Shanty was his call name, since his registered name was Tamoshanter – the Irish bonnet named for Tam O’Shanter, the hero of a Robert Burns poem. The name was appropriate because Shanty’s owner was a bonny Irish lass from South Boston – the accompanying photo shows them playing on Southie’s beach. Some considered Shanty more than a bit crazy as were many of the other show quality Irish Setters (sotar rua – Irish for “red” setter)...

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Tibetan Mastiff, Tulip Craze From Million$$ to Dog Food?

Only last year, a purebred year old Tibetan Mastiff pup sold for the Yen equivalent of $2 million to a very optimistic Chinese property developer. He said he intended to start breeding the wildly popular dogs which have been used by monks for centuries to guard temples. A relative (sic.) bargain, his litter mate twin brother was slightly less costly at $1 million, due to his less desirable coloring. What a difference a year makes! These once prized dogs have been seen selling for $5 as meat. Then I guess the “tulip craze / tulip mania” hit China in...

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Yorkshire Terriers – The Beasts And The Beauty

Yorkshire Terrier – as its name suggests, “Yorkies” were developed in Yorkshire, England, to catch rats in clothing mills. Yorkies are cute, and small, up to 7 pounds, but some may grow to 15 pounds. They have a long coat and most are gray, black, and tan. The American Kennel Club shows them in Toy Group or Companion Group, even though they agree they are a terrier. According to the American Kennel Club, Yorkies are one of the top ten favorite breeds in the US, placing 6th in 2012 and 2013. Yorkshire Terrier Gallery This boy looks great, but...

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Scientists Go AGAPE for Puppies Too! (like real people)

Scientists have best friends too and a lot of them, even those who are happily dating or married, turn out to be dogs. In fact, my Newfoundland attended college classes with me, even chemistry lab. But puppy love isn’t confined to students, Science Magazine recently ran a contest for subscribers which shows just how much we scientists love our pups. The prize for the top 10 most striking puppy eyes was a real geek prize too – a copy of the hard core science magazine with the top dogs’ picture on the cover – just the one copy you...

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Was The First Puppy Clone a Fake?

In 2005 a Korean biologist claimed to have created the first cloned puppy named Snuppy. Snuppy (for Seoul National University – SNU puPPY) was an Afghan hound that Dr Hwang said he produced by cloning ear cells taken from a live donor dog, called Tai. The cells’ DNA was used to fertilize more than 1,000 eggs, of which a little more than 100 were implanted in bitches. Three eggs survived but only two produced puppies, the second of which died of pneumonia, Snuppy being the only living result. But was Dr Hwang’s claim true? Dolly the sheep was cloned in...

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