Top 25 Non-Shedding Dogs

Guess which breed is listed as number 1???

You got it…Yorkshire Terrier!

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Artie, Coby, Buddy

Check out the other 24 breeds, especially if you are an allergy/asthma suffer.

http://dogs.petbreeds.com/stories/5014/25-dog-breeds-shed-least?utm_medium=social.paid&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=ao.sp.fb.dt.5014#25-Yorkshire-Terrier

Best Dog Breeds for Asthmatics

According to research, the 4 best dog breeds for people with asthma are Shih Tzu, Poodle, Bichon, and Airedale Terrier. The first three are small dogs, whereas the last breed, Airedale Terrier, is a large dog. Although, these breeds have been shown to invoke the least amount of symptoms in asthmatics, every person is different. No dog breed is completely hypoallergenic. To find out more about these breeds, see the article below.

http://www.dogvills.com/4-best-dogs-breeds-for-asthmatics/

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$25 Pet Adoption at the Michigan Humane Society (October 21-23)

For a limited time (Oct. 21-23), finding a lovable pet to adopt is very affordable. For just $25, you can rescue any dog, puppy, cat, or kitten from the Michigan Humane Society.

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All adopted pets from MHS come with:

• Sterilization

• Age-appropriate vaccinations

• Basic medical exam

• Behavior assessment

• Microchipping (cats and kittens)

• MHS Adopter Support Services

Use this link to search all MHS adoptable pets. If adoption isn’t for you at this time, please pass on the $25 certificate to someone who could use it.

Stiggy’s Dogs

Disclosure: I received food, goodies, and a fun time in exchange for this post.

Yesterday I had the privilege of going to a blogger event that sponsored a non-profit organization called Stiggy’s Dogs. Stiggy’s Dogs is an organization that rescues and trains shelter dogs to be psychiatric service dogs for military veterans living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (“PTSD”) or Traumatic Brain Injury (“TBI”).  The service dogs are trained and deployed at no cost to the veteran and each dog is trained to help the specific needs of the veteran.

Stiggy’s Dogs was named after Benjamin Phillip (“Doc Stiggy”) Castiglione.  Doc Stiggy was known for safeguarding and improving the physical and emotional health of those serving in his unit. He died in Afghanistan on September 3rd, 2009. In 2010, Stiggy’s Dogs was developed by Jennifer Petre, Benjamin’s aunt, to carry out Doc Stiggy’s legacy of helping others. Her motto is “Rescuing one to rescue another”.

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The goal of yesterday’s Comcast and Hallmark sponsored event was to raise awareness for Stiggy’s Dogs. Our job as bloggers was to promote Stiggy’s Dogs by tweeting and posting on Facebook and Instagram. As a non-profit organization, Stiggy’s Dogs relies on donations from individual people and organizations. Comcast presented Stiggy’s Dogs with a $1000 check yesterday and hopefully as a result of our event, more awareness will be brought to the cause.

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Three of Stiggy’s Dogs with their Vets.
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The Dogs Behind A, B, and C

My dogs are the love of my life. I can’t imagine life without them. They bring me so much joy and laughter. Dogs are companions that seem to read your every emotion. My dogs sense when I’m not feeling well, when I’m sad, when I’m mad, and when I’m happy or excited. They know what I need depending on my mood. I love how they comfort me when I’m not feeling well. They will lay on my lap or next to me when I’m not well. If I am sad or upset, they cuddle close to me or will lick my tears. If I’m scared, they are scared with me. I continue to be amazed at their sensitivity and smartness!!!

Artie is my dog with anxiety. He tends to be very anxious about situations. He doesn’t care for car rides, being away from home, or being left without mom and dad. He is also submissive. He is often the dog that lies down on the ground for other dogs or doesn’t “tell” other dogs how he feels. We are having an issue with Coby showing some dominance over Artie, and Artie doesn’t “fight” back. Artie doesn’t need a lot of attention. He is happy just sitting on our laps. He rarely likes to cuddle or be held. He loves to chase birds, bunnies, and squirrels. He is definitely the hunter in the family! He was our first dog and the “A” of the family.

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Buddy “B” is our second adopted dog. He has the same mom and dad as Artie, so they are blood brothers. He was born just 6 months after Artie. Buddy was originally named Beast because he was a big boy! He had a sister named Beauty :). Buddy continues to be a BIG boy. I imagine he must weigh close to 10 pounds. He likes to eat! I should say he devours his food. He’s gained some weight now that we have Coby because he often finishes Coby’s food. He loves to have his belly and neck rubbed and he loves to cuddle. We call him our “Attention Hound”.  He’d like to have attention all the time.  He is less active then Artie when it comes to playing with Coby. He enjoys watching or barking when Artie and Coby play.  He is “Momma’s Boy”.

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Coby finished our family as the “C” of the group. He will be 10 months old on July 11. He shares his birthday with 9/11. He is wound up and has two speeds – go, go, go or sleep!! He loves to chew on bones. He also loves to play, especially with Artie. He’s helped both Artie and Buddy come out of their shells. When we go to the dog park, Artie and Buddy play or wander around instead of hanging out by mommy and daddy (like previous years). We call Coby “Mischief” or “Trouble” because he likes to find both! He lacks his dominance when outside of the house and instead is quiet and calm. I plan to have Coby tested to be a therapy dog just after he turns one year of age. I have no doubt that he will cheer people up and bring a smile to their faces.

 

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All three of my dogs touch my heart in their own special way. Many people ask me how I manage three dogs. I can’t imagine it any other way. They are a blessing to me and I am thankful every day for them.

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Coby AKA “Stinker”

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Coby is our puppy at almost 9 months of age. He is as cute as can be, but man can he be a stinker!!!! He has definitely changed our family dynamics. Before Coby came along, Artie and Buddy spent most of their time lying around or eating. There wasn’t much play between the two unless Dave and/or I were involved. They also rarely left our sides at the dog park. Both of these situations have changed. Artie and Coby play a lot, whereas Buddy stands by to be the “referee”.  He barks like crazy as he hangs out next to the wrestling. There are times when Buddy will join in, but he doesn’t play nearly as much as Artie. Their dog park behaviors have changed too. Instead of hanging by us, they venture off more and take part in dog type activities. It brings us so much joy to see Artie and Buddy interact with Coby. It’s like they have new life!

Now…to the stinker part!!! Coby is a puppy and puppies can be mischief!! We rarely let him out of our sight. If he gets quiet, we get suspicious. Although Coby hasn’t destroyed anything major, we don’t take our chances. He’s torn up plastic bags, tissues, napkins, newspaper, and other papers, but nothing of importance. It’s just a nuisance to clean up. Now for the biggest issue we’ve had…potty training! He’s been a difficult one! Our dogs ring a bell, which is hanging at the sliding door, to tell us they need to go outside. This works great for Artie and Buddy. For Coby, it’s like “The Boy who Cried Wolf”.  He rings the bell so often we don’t know when he really needs to go. Sometimes we take him (and the other two) out and he doesn’t go one or two! Other times we ignore him and he goes potty in the house! Frustrating to say the least.

Not only is going potty in the house an issue, but Coby has a NASTY puppy habit right now. Are you ready???? He likes to eat poop – his own or his brothers. Can you say GROSS?! I’ve done some research and this appears to be a common puppy behavior. The best thing we can do to stop the behavior is to keep him away from any poop. This means cleaning up the yard frequently and keeping him away from any temptations. We are hoping he grows out of this habit quickly. Sorry if this was TMI (too much information). Although these couple of things can be frustrating, we couldn’t be happier that Coby is apart of our family!!! He is a bundle of energy and joy! He keeps us on our toes and he keeps his brothers young. So blessed by this 5 pound bundle of cuteness! Thanks to Homeward Bound Rescue League for allowing us to adopt Coby.

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Bark in the Park 2.0

Today my husband and I took Coby to the Bark in the Park event in Farmington, MI. The event took place at the Sunquist Pavilion in downtown Farmington from 12-3 p.m. The pavilion area is a centralized gathering place for events such as their farmer’s market, concerts, and more. It is a quaint area surrounded by small restaurants and stores.

When we got to the event around 1 p.m. we were happy to easily find a parking place near the park. There were dogs of all sizes (on leashes) with their owners. The first thing that caught our attention was the dog costume contest. It was just ending, but we got to see which dog earned first place. It was a large black dog dressed as a spider. He was so cool, although maybe frightening to some!!! The spider costume was handmade by the owner who commented that he made many trips to Home Depot. Check out the dog below and be sure to watch the short video (9 seconds).

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After the contest was over we ventured over to find out more about Therapy Dogs Inc. There were volunteers from both Therapy Dogs Inc. and an organization called Doctor Paws, Inc. This group was completing on the spot testing for dogs who met the requirement of one year of age. Coby will be one year of age in September and this is definitely something we want to pursue. I will be looking into various groups to join, but this group sounds promising. They test the dogs free of charge but ask people to consider making a donation of $25 to cover the Tee-shirt (with logo below) for the handler and bandana for the dog. Also, this donation allows handlers and their dogs into special functions during the year such as the Make-A-Wish events and others events. I could feel the energy and excitement of these volunteers which lets me know that Doctor Paws is a good organization to join. Can’t wait!!!

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These two poodles are therapy dogs for Doctor Paws, Inc.
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There were many vendors at the event some of which provided services and others who were selling their goods. There were also some animal rescues. Although we didn’t purchase anything, it was interesting walking around and a good experience for Coby as he met many new dogs and got lots of attention from people.  Thank you to the city of Farmington for hosting this event.

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13 Apartment Friendly Dog Breeds

Before I read this article, I assumed that small dogs would make the best dogs for apartment living, but size is not the main factor to look at when deciding on an apartment friendly dog. The most important characteristics are the energy level of the dog and the dogs barking habits. Apartment dogs should be more laid back, need little to moderate exercise, and do little barking. 

If you live in an apartment or small dwelling space, take a look at this article for the best breed for you. 

13 Apartment Friendly Dog Breeds: http://www.vetstreet.com/dogs/13-dog-breeds-ideal-for-apartments?Wt.mc_id=facebook&WT.mc_id=ETA


             

10 Most Dog-Friendly Dog Breeds 

If you are thinking of getting a second dog, you will want to be sure the two get along.  About 1700 pet owners were polled to find the top 10 friendliest canines. Check out the list below: