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Friday, March 30, 2012

The Alluring Australian Terriers

By: Ed Gonzalez



The Australian Terriers came into existence at around the 19th century. This is the only other terrier aside from the schnauzer that did not originate from England. In the early days they were kept in ships to kill vermin plus other small insects and unwanted animals. Their sharp hearing and excellent eyesight make them good watch dogs. 

They are delightful. Aussie dog owners rarely switch to any other pet dogs. The reason for this is that they are quite dedicated to their owners and their household members. Having two Australian male terriers living together can cause problems. They will not be able to live in peace.

Australian Terriers are good companion dogs for older people, and are exceptional pet dogs for children. However, they must be properly supervised if they are around toddlers and younger children, 

The Australian Terriers are fit for both city and country living. Owners must make sure that there are sufficient areas where they can exercise, and they must never let their dogs out of their sight. 

These dogs are programmed to have superior hunting skills. Australian Terriers may go forward unmindfully  crossing the road, even if there is traffic. Be careful and make sure that you are in control by having them leashed. If not, the safest way is to carry them.

These small dogs are strong and very active. They are so brave, just like many of the bigger dogs. They have boundless energy, plus they are very kind and tender pet dogs. Their intelligence is extraordinary. These pet dogs are very receptive and will protect their owners from any kind of danger. 

Australian Terriers are always aware of things that are happening around them. One of their outstanding characters is that they are so entertaining. They are very confident, inquisitive and energetic creatures. 

These are dogs want to satisfy their owners. They don't snap but they are known to bark. These dogs must be taught to stay still and stop. They can be trained. 

Children of such dogs must learn to be the leaders. Owners must treat their pet dogs kindly. These dogs are friendly towards other dogs but they chase smaller animals when they are out the house. Sometimes, these pet dogs can be rather stubborn and they will do only what they want. To deal with this, owners must set their own rules. Their pet dogs must be trained to obey orders and they will follow quite easily.

Their height is around 10 – 11 inches starting from their shoulders. Their weight averages 14 – 16 pounds. Their body coats are two to two and one half inches in length.

Take care of them and they will always display affection towards their owners. These dogs are very obedient dogs and are so protective of their owners. They are extraordinary, loving dogs.


Sunday, March 18, 2012

Dog Name Origins and Trivia Part 2


Chihuahua. This dog was named after the Mexican state, Chihuahua. The dog was also called Chihuuhenos. When some were brought to Europe, they would sit on the owner’s lap to keep the person warm, especially in big homes and castles. 
The artist Botticelli painted a Chihuahua in the Sistine chapel (above).
The Chow Chow is from China and its name “songshi quan” means Puffy Lion Dog. The chow likes feet, and will be happy to sit on your feet to keep them warm and kiss them. Chow Chows also have a blue tongue.
Cocker Spaniels are so called because they were used to hunt Woodcock birds. It is believed these dogs came from Spain.

Cocker Spaniels tend to be more interested in people than dogs. This is the potential girlfriend we found for Remington Steal Your Heart. But it turns out, she might like Remington’s human better…anyway, if she barks Tagalog the moment of serendipity will have no comprehension….
Dalmatians are named after Dalmatia, a region in Croatia. They are great if you are allergic to dogs because they won’t trigger symptoms. These dogs are great in hunting rats and pests, which is why in London they were kept in stables and firehouses.
Golden Retrievers have a soft mouth, which made them perfect for retrieving game undamaged. They are colored in varied tones of gold. They love water. They can be trained as hearing dogs for the deaf, guide dogs for the blind, search and rescue dogs and illegal drug detectors. They have a gentle temperament. In a dog show, this Golden Retriever seemed to take a liking to my hubby Ed.

The Jack Russell was named in the 18th century by a parson, Reverend John Russell, who liked to hunt. After World War II, there was less need for hunting dogs, and they became family dogs.



One famous Jack Russell is Nipper, who was the inspiration for the classic painting of a dog looking into a phonograph. The painting was later renamed His Master’s Voice and was used by recording countries including RCA, EMI and The Gramophone Company. 


The painting was done by Englishman Francis Barraud and it was purchased by Berliner to become a trademark on Victor record catalogues. 


Llhasa apso- This dog was named after Llhasa, the capital city of Tibet. Apso means bearded. Llhasa Apsos stayed in Buddhist monasteries as guard dogs.

This is the Llhasa apso with untrimmed but neatly combed hair. When Llhasas are happy they rub their head on their owners or sit at their owner’s feet.




Spiderman’s Aunt May owned a Llhasa Apso named Ms. Lion.


 Pekingese were only allowed to be kept in the Chinese Imperial court, and its name comes from the city Peking, which is the former name of China’s capital city, Beijing. If anyone stole a Pekingese, the penalty was death. I fell in love with this Pekingese puppy at a dog show, but it’s not mine.

 Bulldog – The bulldog got its name because it was used in England to bait bulls. The game involved tethering a bull, placing two bulldogs on the bull’s back, and people would gamble on which dog would succeed in biting the bull’s nose and pinning it to the ground. A lot of bull dogs died in this way. In the 1500s they were spelled Bolddogge and bondogge. Later the game became illegal. Today, bulldogs are docile and good with children. They are great apartment dogs as they don’t need much exercise. They would rather sleep on your lap than run after a ball.


Of course, I must add our beloved Askal. This is my askal, Winniechurchill. The name Askal comes from the Tagalog words, Asong Kalye and refers to street dogs with no owners. Askals are essentially mongrels. In the provinces, farmers keep them as guard dogs. In the city, I noticed that a lot of askals get fed by friendly people. When I had my car washed, two workers were eating their lunch but gave some of their food to an askal hanging about. The maid who works in the house next door, Brenda, goes out on her bike every afternoon with food to feed askals and pusakals (street cats). Some people tried to raise the dignity of askals by naming them Aspins, or Filipino dogs. But I like the sound of Askals, and we have a great soccer team, Azkals which has been winning a lot of games lately. So it seems now, that being called Askal is a good thingJ 


The Shar Pei is from China and its Cantonese name, sa peih means “sand skin.”  I personally am inspired by the Shar Pei because it has lots of wrinkles which work to its advantage. If a dog tries to bite it, the internal organs are protected because the dog will bite the wrinkles and the Shar Pei is able to strike back. A study in the University of Washington, Seattle said the enzyme of the Shar Pei is a key component of skin. I am no longer afraid of the wrinkles developing on my face. They have served the Shar Pei well. 

Monday, March 12, 2012

What’s in a name

 By Mona Sabalones Gonzalez

I looked up some names of dogs and found their origins. Here are some:


 Shih-Tzu – Chinese for “Lion Dog” (pronounced Shirr-dze). Another version, “XiShi quan” refers to the most beautiful woman in legendary ancient China.

Pug – from the Latin word, “Pugness” meaning fist.


Beagle – from the French term “be’guele” because the dog bays when chasing game during hunting.



Terrier – from the French word “terre” meaning earth. The terrier dog burrows during hunting to unearth an animal hiding underground. Mocha Barney, my wire haired dachsund, is arguably a terrier because it digs.



Schnauzer – German “schnauzen” which means “to snarl.”




Huskies – A derivation from “Esky” which is short for Eskimos, who raise them as sled dogs.

Poodle – surprisingly, this dog is not French but German. It comes from the Low German word “pudelen,” meaning to “splash around.” 


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