Archive for June, 2007

You think i stand so firm, you think i sit so high on my trusty steed? Let me tell you, I’m usually face down on the ground, when there’s a small dog stampede

via Indogneeto

A girl scout in Washington State was sifting through a pile of trash at a local Goodwill (she was looking for scrap wood for a girl scout project) when, to her surprise, she came across a magnificently disturbing sight, a black and white beagle and springer spaniel puppy. Do you think that this puppy is 100% delicious, like a black and white cookie? I imagine so.

via Table of Malcontents

The Herald News published the following article, Big men, Tiny dogs find a place in the hearts of oversized men. The article profiles three men, two of which it explains are over 6 foot tall, the third is of an undetermined size. These men are all small dog owners. Have you ever heard of something so wild? I have. I think it’s called a Napoleon complex. Brian owns a 14-lb dachshund named Laverne. He explains that he “sometimes gets looks and comments when he is with his dog. The best time, though, is when he is driving with Laverne, who likes to perch herself on his neck…despite Laverne’s small size…Brian says she has a big personality. ‘I have a spiked collar on her because she’s tough like that…'” Also, Dave Gibson, the owner of 3 Yorkshire Terriers said in reference to them, “they do everything a big dog does, but they don’t hurt nobody and they’re easier to take in the car.” Imagine that, tiny little dogs doing everything big dogs can do, what has the world come to? Soon, people will say that women are just as able bodied and capable as men.

I’ll drink to that:

via The New Gamer

Today’s Small Dog Headlines:

Rats ‘are like small dogs’

Teens honored for saving dog

Bear Dog Park wins award for ‘Best Small Dog Area’

Police find 23 dead dogs at Pa. home

MEPs call for a complete ban on the cat and dog fur trade in the EU

Homeless Puppy to Become Search & Rescue Dog


June 19, 2007 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the small dog and the feeble mentality of the average adult.

via Funny Fur

This couple was so busy being dazzled by Walmart’s ridiculously low prices that they didn’t noticed that someone went off with out their dog: Seeing Eye dog lost in Wal-Mart parking lot. I am sure they can just get another one in Walmart and, for half the price.

Most everyone knows the saying, a small dog a day keeps the doctor away, right? Darcy Ingram is lucky to be alive due to her small dog. “In December 2005, at just six months of age, Freeman [her puppy] sniffed out what Ingram’s doctors assured her was not there – a cancerous tumour in her right breast. “He kept hurting me and hurting me,” said Ingram, a glowing picture of health. “He wouldn’t leave that breast alone.” I think Freud has a name for that, Oedipus Complex anyone? Seriously though, the 2006 journal, Integrative Cancer Therapies reported finding that, “ordinary household dogs with basic puppy training…could detect cancer just by smelling the breath of lung and breast cancer patients.”

Shame on the kids that used Ninja, a 3-year old Chihuahua, as a football. A disgrace!

I’ll drink to that:

via Pup City

Today’s Small Dog Headlines:

Painting of a Dog Could Sell for US$1.2 Million

Boys used dog as a football

Woman Killed by Her Own Pet Dog

Coyotes ranging into local backyards

Size counts at the small-dog park

June 18, 2007 at 9:03 am Leave a comment

This is a valley of ashes – a fantastic farm where small dogs grow like wheat…

via O Amigo Secreto

Matthew sent me this frightening article on dog genetics from the NY Times: As Breeders Test DNA, Dogs Become Guinea Pigs. I wish I could scoop at the whippets into my arms and take them away from this cruel, mean world. Oh whippets, “Come here quick!.” cried Daisy at the window. The rain was still falling, but the darkness had parted in the west, and there was a pink and golden billow of foamy clouds above the sea. “Look at that,.” she whispered, and then after a moment: “I’d like to just get one of those pink clouds and put you in it and push you around..” I tried to go then, but they wouldn’t hear of it; perhaps my presence made them feel more satisfactorily alone.”

The article proposes, “next up, geneticists say, could be…dogs that cock their heads endearingly when they look at you.” Can we engineer a gene that gets rid of the stupid people carrying out this work? How about this gem, ” Mary-Jo Winters, a poodle breeder, uses a DNA coat-color test to ensure there are no genes for brown fur lurking beneath her black-and-cream-colored dogs. ‘I don’t want brown,’ said Ms. Winters. ‘It’s not my thing.’” What is your thing Ms. Winters? Do tell.

I’ll drink to that:

via Pup City

Today’s Small Dog Headlines:

Dog fights equal horse races

Man who fed puppy to boa constrictor gets 90 days in jail

Police nab suspected puppy-snatcher

Puppy who lost ears finds open arms

Missing puppy was to be therapy dog for burn victims in Flint

June 15, 2007 at 12:38 pm Leave a comment

The small dog days of summer

via K9 Magazine

With this weather, you’d never know that we are just a week away from Summer. In preparation though, you should read this article: Keeping your dogs cool in summer. Nana tells me that this weekend it’s supposed to be up into the 90’s, so these tips might come in handy before the official start of the summer season. I already have my chaise lounge ready. This summer, I am working on my tan, exclusively. Arizona here I come.

via Swisherpens

Talk about grace under pressure, Elderly golfer saves drowning dog. 76-year old Jean Kautzman was in the middle of a cool 18-holes when she spotted a puppy flailing in the water. She promptly jumped in, swam out to the pup and brought Lola, an aquatically challenged Pomeranian, to safety. She then proceeded to finish her 18-holes in wet clothing. I salute you Jean Kautzman.

I’ll drink to that:

via Puppie Poos

Today’s Small Dog Headlines:

All about small dogs

Alligator Captured, Killed After It Ate A Dog

Vets Pioneer Back Surgery for Dogs

Dogs spared, owner placed on peace bond

June 14, 2007 at 11:15 am Leave a comment

Oh where, oh where, did my small dog go

via Weatherby (Thanks Matthew!)

Hello dear Smalldogarific readers. It has been some time since you last heard from me. I never did find the time to post on here. In my absence, many of you wrote in and shared some pretty amazing small dog photos and stories, I truly appreciate each and every email. I didn’t have time to respond to most individually, so I will say it on here now, thank you.

My dear Minnie’s birthday was just a few days ago, she would have been 16 years old, that’s if I am doing the small dog math correctly, which I think i actually may not be. It got me thinking about the loss of a beloved and how people find closure, I hope you don’t mind the slight divergence here. In my experiences with loss, my own and other people’s, the processes of finding closure are all so individual and unique. Even two people’s experiences with losing the very same small dog, or ending the same exact relationship, are generally not the same. Nana for example, talked constantly about Minnie after her death but only for a short period of time. She now solely funnels her love and affection in to caring for Buster. At first, her affection for Buster seemed forced and disconnected, but now, I recognize that this was her way of coping, her way of finding closure. For her, she couldn’t just let that affection linger on with the same intensity. She had to move on and turn her mourning into remembering, she couldn’t allow herself to perpetually grieve and experience losing Minnie so intensely from day to day, otherwise, she’d be paralyzed, isolated and driven mad focusing on an irreversible loss. Otherwise, she’d go on living in the past and idealizing her love for a small dog that no longer existed. Anyway, I am not sure where I am going with this, but here’s to moving on and moving forward. Cin cin.

Apparently, I missed the Fiesta Pooch Parade. Luckily, Chrissy sent me this photo, which I must say, is one of the most amazing things I’ve seen in a long time.

via SF Gate

That was “one of the most amazing things I have seen in a long time” because this is actually THE most amazing thing I have ever seen. I can’t seem to get the video to appear directly on this page, so, you will have to click on the link. Believe me, it’s WELL WORTH IT! Please click! That little one at the end needs some work, otherwise, she’s out of the troupe! This could come in handy for helping me push my second cart at the grocery store. Thank you Jeanne for sharing this. Your sister’s internet sleuthing has uncovered a real gem.

I’ll drink to that:

via Top Dog Ranch

Today’s Small Dog Headlines:

Dog, Monkey Make Unusual Buddies

How to stop a dog fight safely

Tiny dogs, big problems

How Much Does Dog Size Matter

Running Dogs of the Upper East Side

Confusion over whether small dog killed by coyote or other animal

Small dog with big bark saves fire victim’s life

Dog park makes room for the little guys

June 13, 2007 at 11:41 am 4 comments

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