Monday 30 September 2013

Dogs in Las Vegas

Las Vegas has it all as far as dogs go.  25 dog parks where dogs can be off the lead which per capita is third best in the US. Sin City is not so good for dog walking because of the extreme heat though. Vegas is home to a dog-themed radio program, “a show about things all dog”  called The Las Vegas Hot Diggity Dog Show, hosted by Stacy “Doxie Diva”. It is also a Dachshund rescue group with the slogan “Saving the World One Wiener at a Time.”
According to Dog Jaunt, a blog for people who want to travel with their small dogs, many of the casinos allow dogs as guests.
Local law states if a neighbour shoots your dog for barking in your own yard you are legally allowed to hang them!! 

Wednesday 25 September 2013

Changing face of Cornwall

 A walk on a country lane in North Cornwall with Ozzy. 
On one side the Cornwall of old and on the other side the new face of Cornwall.  I suppose windfarms are more lucrative than livestock.

Wednesday 18 September 2013

Video game pet

Grand Theft Auto V is an open world ( ie: video game level design.  What? ) action-adventure video game played in the third-person and combines driving and action game play in an open world environment, allowing the players to interact with the game world at their leisure. The game is set within the fictional state of San Andreas, which is based on Southern California, affording the player free roam over the world's countryside and the fictional city of Los Santos, which is based on Los Angeles. The single-player story is told through three player-controlled protagonists whom the players switch between—Michael, Trevor and Franklin—and the story follows their efforts to plan and execute six large heists to accrue wealth for themselves.

Chop is Michael’s friendly pet.

Tuesday 17 September 2013

Prairie dogs

According to the National Geographic prairie dogs always greet each other with a kiss, a nuzzle or a hug.  They cuddle like humans.

Friday 13 September 2013

Protective dog

A protective pooch is being credited with alerting a South Carolina family that their babysitter was abusing their 7-month-old son.
Benjamin and Hope Jordan, of Charleston, first grew suspicious of Khan after their dog began acting aggressively towards her.
"About five months into her being our baby sitter, we started to notice that our dog was very protective of our son when she would come in the door. 
He was very aggressive towards her and a few times we actually had to physically restrain him from going for her."
Suspecting something was up, the couple placed an iPhone under a couch to record Khan's day with their son, Finn, while they were at work.
Jordan said the device caught Kahn cursing and hitting the child.  On the recording slapping noises and crying is heard, both distress crying and pain crying. 
Kahn, the babysitter was arrested and later confessed.
The dog’s, a mixed breed, name is Killian which is the anglicized version of the Irish name Cillian which means “war” or “strife”.
So there! 

Wednesday 11 September 2013


The 9/11 search and rescue dogs are the heroes too. 
Let's not forget. 

Tuesday 10 September 2013

I have never seen one of those before

Whilst walking Ozzy in the forest this afternoon, we came across this dog:
I went up to the owner and showed off my knowledge of dogs and complemented her on her nice looking Basenji. 
"C'est un lévrier Podemco", she replied.
"Ah bon! Beau chien!" was my embarrassed reply.
A Podemco hound is also known as an Ibizan Hound.  This is what they look like:

This breed originates in the island of Eivissa, Catalan for Ibiza and has been traditionally used in the Catalan-speaking areas of Spain and France to hunt rabbits and other small game. The Ibizan Hound is a fast dog that can hunt on all types of terrain, working by scent, sound and sight. Hunters run these dogs in mostly female packs, with perhaps a male or two, as the female is considered the better hunter!
The breed is considered by most experts one of the most ancient dog breeds. It is believed it  evolved from the tesem, the ancient Egyptian hunting dog. Representations of this dog on the walls of ancient tombs show a striking similarity to the modern Ibizan Hound. These dogs would have been brought to the island of Eivissa by the Phoenicians, who founded settlements there as early as the 8th century BC.