As our dogs’ are DNA con­trib­u­tors to genetic stud­ies, we found this arti­cle about pure­bred dogs and their con­tri­bu­tion to genetic stud­ies very inter­est­ing and inform­ing. (As a dog owner, you may, too!) Breed­ers are often reviled these days, but you should know, seri­ous work is being per­formed to iden­tify and elim­i­nate bad genes from breeds and lines with test­ing. Genetic tests are being used by con­sci­en­tious breed­ers to breed health­ier dogs, whose off­spring may lead to health­ier pets for all some­day. And what you may not know is that quite a bit of this research is qui­etly going on, at the expense of breed­ers, breed clubs, and universities.

First, the phrase pure­bred is not only off­set­ting, but also archaic from Vic­to­rian times. What breed­ers actu­ally do is trait breed or selec­tively breed. There is no pure in a breed, just the expres­sion or man­i­fes­ta­tion of desired traits. The trick is to bal­ance desired traits with health, form, and func­tion. a fur­ther com­pli­ca­tion is the fact phys­i­cal and tem­pera­men­tal traits are inter­twined. The Russ­ian Sil­ver Fox study is a fas­ci­nat­ing exam­ple of this. Here’s a quick syn­op­sis at Scienceblogs.org – Mon­day Pets: The Russ­ian Fox Study by Dr. Jason G. Gold­man.

Dog breed­ers should ask them­selves: What is the pur­pose of a breed? What is its mis­sion state­ment and how can I cre­ate a healthy exam­ple of that? Unfor­tu­nately, too many breed­ers never ask them­selves these ques­tions and are only inter­ested in profit or expe­ri­enc­ing a lit­ter of pup­pies, and too many buy­ers are only inter­ested in the nov­elty of the breed, don’t edu­cate them­selves, then get upset when they have a sick dog to care for or one they decide to abandon.

So it’s com­fort­ing to read an arti­cle detail­ing work on the improve­ment of canine genet­ics. (Work, which is also a stepping-stone to solv­ing human health issues, too.) The pos­si­bil­ity of gene ther­apy is excit­ing, but so is the con­tin­u­ous iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of genetic defects. These new genetic tests allow the con­sci­en­tious breeder to con­tinue to improve their lines, and is a way for the savvy buyer to deter­mine whether a line is being bred for health, as well as, desir­able breed traits.

Now onto the article!

A geneticist’s best friend – printed Sep­tem­ber 19, 2009 by The Aus­tralian.

This arti­cle describes on-going research at Bal­lard Labs at The Uni­ver­sity of New South Wales in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia. The stud­ies use genetic data col­lected from pedi­greed dogs to find solu­tions for both canine and, ulti­mately, human afflictions.

Explain­ing the impor­tance of using a spe­cific breed of dog, in this case the Aus­tralian Cat­tle Dog, to pin­point genetic dis­or­ders, it high­lights how this study has already iso­lated a defec­tive gene for a type of blind­ness in both canines and humans.

Curi­ous about the total num­ber of canine genetic dis­or­ders found world-wide? Check cur­rent results at this site: OMIA – Online Mendelian Inher­i­tance in Ani­mals. As of this blog post­ing, 615 canine dis­or­ders have been found, 327 of which have poten­tial as mod­els for human dis­ease. Only inter­ested in avail­able tests for a spe­cific canine dis­ease or breed? Pop over to Pen­nVet and per­form a quick search.

In the US, the National Human Genome Research Cen­ter Insti­tute, Dog Genome Project is a major researcher of canine genet­ics. To learn more about the project, click Dog Genome Project for Own­ers.

Want to par­tic­i­pate? As long as your dog is AKC reg­is­tered, he/she can poten­tially con­tribute to the Dog Genome Project, even if they are spayed or neutered. Why must they be AKC reg­is­tered? To prove your dog comes from an estab­lished gene pool with trace­able ances­tors. The researchers could care less that your dog has only titled in Snor­ing and Trash Can Dump­ing! :-)

How is DNA col­lected for these genetic stud­ies? Our guys have con­tributed to stud­ies with blood sam­ples (the gold stan­dard) and cheek swabs. So you can see, no scary or objec­tion­able lab dis­sec­tion work is needed for these types of stud­ies. It’s no worse than get­ting blood drawn for rou­tine health lab work. (Which it tech­ni­cally is, only on a very large, very grand scale!) For a blood draw, expect to involve your vet.

Click on the link below for a list of AKC Reg­is­tered and Foun­da­tion Stock Ser­vice Breeds the NHGRI needs for its stud­ies. (Already checked for you. French Bull­dogs are on the list!)
NHGRI Dog Genome Project Needed Breeds

Still inter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing? More details from the Dog Genome Project site:

If you are inter­ested in hav­ing your pedi­greed dog par­tic­i­pate in our research stud­ies, please send an email inquiry to: [email protected]. Please pro­vide your name, your dog’s reg­is­tered name, your dog’s breed, any diag­nosed dis­eases your dog has, age of your dog, and the best way to con­tact you.

Now your pooch will have brag­ging rights to: Snor­ing, Trash Can Dump­ing, and Breed Bet­ter­ment and Improve­ment! Not bad for a day’s work. :-)

When news of a Scot­tish cow milk cheese chew came our way we were intrigued. (Along with tongue-tied. Try say­ing “Scot­tish cow milk cheese chew” five times fast!) As past expe­ri­ence has taught us, we need to be pretty picky about what treats and chews our guys get.

Highland K9 Dog Chews So sent off a mes­sage to the High­land K9 Dog Chew peo­ple ask­ing where it could be pur­chased in the US. They replied, while their prod­uct isn’t yet avail­able in the US, it can be ordered via their Churpi Ltd. web­site and shipped Royal Mail.

Zipped over and checked out their site, but ship­ping to the US is equiv­a­lent to the price of the prod­uct. A bit off­set­ting. So sorry Crew, no exotic, heather-grazing Scot­tish cow milk cheese chews for you.

Then a few days later, landed on the UK Ama­zon site while pur­su­ing info about a Frenchie item. Thought of the cheese chew. Did a search. Ta da! UK Ama­zon sold it and for a slightly lower ship­ping price. “Hum… won­der if the UK site works with my US Ama­zon account?” Tap, tap, tap. Ama­zon UK likes US dol­lars and will even do the price con­ver­sion for you. Go fig­ure! :-)

So placed an order for a cou­ple of chews and patiently waited the week or so for the pack­age to arrive via Royal Mail.

Ghost opens package.

Ghost acts as let­ter opener.

Upon arrival, Ghost imme­di­ately helped open the customs-sticker adorned pack­age with its hand­writ­ten dec­la­ra­tion of dog chews. (Pretty darn clever for a dog that can’t read.)

After open­ing the pack­age, we snapped some pic­tures of the unmo­lested prod­uct, then tossed one to the dogs. Funny how Ghost was stand­ing first in line…

After he’d been hap­pily chew­ing on it for a bit, we won­dered how it stood up to the Himalayan yak milk chew our guys like. So, while this was not done in proper sci­en­tific fash­ion, tossed a half-chewed ver­sion in front of him. As you can see in the photo, no inter­est. Of greater note, there is a B-A-L-L behind him and he’s ignor­ing that for the K9 Chew. This is far more remarkable.

Ghost with Highland K9 Chew

Ghost hard at work prod­uct testing.

Rota­tion of the K9 Chew through the Ebul­lient Crew met with approval at each stop. Mandie did her Happy Pounce dance when it came her turn, then set­tled in and gave it a good, solid chomp­ing. Tossed other chews into the mix. Nope. No sway­ing from the prize of the moment.

Mandie with Highland K9 Chew

Mandie proves she can chomp, just as well as, the boys.

In the close-up pic­ture below, you can see the color and slight tex­ture dif­fer­ence between the K9 Chew and the Himalayan chew. The K9 Chew doesn’t have the darker, cheesier color the yak milk chew gets from its smok­ing process. Kinda like the dif­fer­ence between Swiss and Gouda. Either way, not a bad thing as nei­ther chew seems to stain paws.

And the last photo is of the back of the label. Click it to make it big­ger and eas­ier to read. (In fact, all these pho­tos can be made larger with a click.)

What’s the ver­dict? The dogs loved this chew. To the point of stand­ing and star­ing at the last known point of place­ment. You know how it goes: dog looks at you…looks at counter…looks at you…looks back at counter; all with sad, plead­ing puppy dog eyes. The other impor­tant item of note, no tummy upsets or exces­sive methane pro­duc­tion. Happy dog, happy humans.

Now why were we being mean and putting it away? Because this chew goes fast! Really fast. With judi­cious shar­ing, our guys enjoyed the two chews for about a week. It may be a tough chew, but bull­dog peo­ple know, their dog’s jaws are tougher. And while it may be due to the new­ness fac­tor, they seemed to stick with this chew longer than the Himalayan chew, adding to its dis­ap­pear­ance factor.

Would we get this again? Yes, but it cer­tainly would nice to elim­i­nate the high ship­ping fee since they have such a short chew life. (Hint, hint to all you US retail­ers.) It’s a nice mix along with the longer-lasting Himalayan chews.

K9 cheese chew closeup

Color com­par­i­son between the High­land K9 Chew, left, to a partially-chewed Himalayan Dog Chew, right.

Highland back label

Back of the High­land K9 Chew label. Click to enlarge image.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


How this chew stacks up with our Crew:

Cheese Chew Com­par­i­son
High­land K9 Dog Chew Himalayan Chew
Appar­ently very tasty Tasty
Softer tex­ture — some siz­able pieces flake off while being chewed Very durable
Light/pale color Darker/smokey color
Non­fat cow milk/salt Yak and cow milk/salt/lime juice
Made in Scotland Made in Himalaya
Large chew — approx $9–10 One size (large) — approx $9–10
Higher ship­ping cost and wait time No or low ship­ping cost

Inter­ested enough to order some? Order High­land K9 Chews from their site or from Ama­zon UK. As we found out, if you have a US Ama­zon account, it WILL allow you to pur­chase from the UK site.

High­land K9 Dog Chew — web­site
Their site has a cur­rency con­verter for US Dol­lars, Euros, and British Pounds.

High­land K9 Dog Chew — avail­able thru Amazon.co.UK
Click on the images below. They are sold in pack­ages of one or two.
    Single Highland K9 Dog ChewDouble Highland K9 Dog Chew

Since we com­pared the K9 Chew to the Himalayan Dog Chew, here’s a link to their site and prod­uct. Def­i­nitely another prod­uct wor­thy of con­sid­er­a­tion by your pooch!

Himalayan Dog Chew — website

Himalayan Dog Chew — avail­able thru Amazon.com

Himalayan Dog Chew

For some odd rea­son, leg­is­la­tors in Cal­i­for­nia are try­ing to lower a puppy’s age for its first rabies vac­cine from four months to three months. Accord­ing to Dr. Dodds and the Rabies Chal­lenge Fund, this rec­om­mended low­er­ing of age by Bill AB 272 is based on inac­cu­rate infor­ma­tion, and even analy­sis by the Cal­i­for­nia Assem­bly says low­er­ing the age will not accom­plish its goals.

Three months is when pup­pies receive a slew of other vac­cines, putting them at an increased dan­ger of an adverse vac­cine reac­tion and even NEGATING the intended effect of the rabies vac­cine because their immune sys­tem is over­loaded! So if the intent of this law is to pro­tect the pub­lic, they are now putting the pub­lic at greater risk because peo­ple will think they have vac­ci­nated, rabies-protected pup­pies when, in fact, they have unpro­tected. at-risk pup­pies because the rabies vac­cine wasn’t allowed to do its job.

Hav­ing seen first-hand the scary effects of a Rabies Vac­cine Adverse Reac­tion, we already feel badly for Cal­i­for­nia puppy own­ers if this well-intended, if mis­guided, bill passes. Some vac­cine reac­tion symp­toms can be mild, some debil­i­tat­ing, and they can result in death.

To sum up, you have a bill that won’t accom­plish its goals, puts pup­pies at risk of seri­ous com­pli­ca­tions (even death), and puts the pub­lic at a greater rabies risk than it had prior to pass­ing the bill. Doesn’t quite make sense does it?

Hear the details of Bill AB 272 and the pos­si­ble fall­out in an interview/conversation between Dr. Dodd and Dr. Karen Becker. If you would like to voice your con­cerns to the Cal­i­for­nia Leg­is­la­ture, click for con­tact info: Cal­i­for­nia Leg­is­la­tors.

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For more info about rabies vaccination:

Repost­ing the offi­cial press release from the Rabies Chal­lenge Fund below. (Posted with permission.)

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URGENT ALERT: Cal­i­for­nia Rabies Bill AB 272 , which http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13–14/bill/asm/ab_0251-0300/ab_272_bill_20130419_amended_asm_v97.pdf seeks to lower the age at which dogs must be vac­ci­nated from 4 months to 3 months, will soon be sched­uled for a final Assem­bly vote, and if passed, it will move on to the Sen­ate. Prior Assem­bly votes sup­port­ing AB 272 are baf­fling as all 4 Assem­bly analy­ses (three of which con­tain inac­cu­rate infor­ma­tion on state rabies laws) indi­cate AB 272 will NOT accom­plish the stated goals of its spon­sors, the Health Offi­cers Asso­ci­a­tion of California.

Low­er­ing the required age of rabies vac­ci­na­tion to 3 months increases the like­li­hood of adverse vac­cine reac­tions as well as fail­ure to immu­nize due to resid­ual mater­nal anti­bod­ies and inter­fer­ence from other puppy vac­cines given at 3 months. There is sig­nif­i­cant oppo­si­tion to AB 272 from The Rabies Chal­lenge Fund, The Cal­i­for­nia Fed­er­a­tion of Dog Clubs, dog orga­ni­za­tions, vet­eri­nar­i­ans, and pri­vate individuals.

What You Can Do to Help

Con­tact your Assem­bly­mem­bers and Sen­a­tor, by phone or e-mail, (click here to find your Leg­is­la­tors http://www.legislature.ca.gov/legislators_and_districts/legislators/your_legislator.html ) and ask them to OPPOSE Rabies Bill AB 272.

Dr. Dodds’ Inter­view on AB 272 with Dr. Karen Becker https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZzmVtfzO08 .


UPDATE

On May 28, 2013, the lan­guage of Cal­i­for­nia Rabies Bill AB 272 was amended to allow first rabies shots at either three or FOUR months of age.

.….(b) (1) Every dog owner, after his or her dog attains the age of three or four months, shall, at inter­vals of time not more often than once a year, as may be pre­scribed by the depart­ment, pro­cure its vac­ci­na­tion by a licensed vet­eri­nar­ian with a canine antirabies vaccine …”

Read full text here: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13–14/bill/asm/ab_0251-0300/ab_272_bill_20130528_amended_sen_v96.html

We’ve had our hands full with this lit­tle guy. He’s become a wanna-be Gang­nam dancer! Check out what we are deal­ing with by click­ing his video below. Maybe a good dose of Kim­chi would cure him? :-)

 

Happy April Fool’s Day!

With a story premise like this, how can we not pass along info about an upcom­ing graphic novel titled, The Big Belch cur­rently being writ­ten and illus­trated by Kay Wood?

Learn how this unsu­per­hero team (which includes the French Bull­dog named François) begins the task of sav­ing the world from envi­ron­men­tal dis­as­ter caused by the greed and fool­ish­ness of an oil com­pany, start­ing with the links below.

Read a few pages of the graphic novel by click­ing on the cover image:

The Big Blech cover

Lis­ten to the author, Kay Wood, explain her book:

If this book and its topic has piqued your inter­est, the author is accept­ing con­tri­bu­tions towards the com­ple­tion of the book at KickStarter.com. (Some dona­tions gar­ner nice perks.) The Big Blech Graphic Novel Kick­starter page

Or, if you’d rather just fol­low the progress of the book as it devel­ops and wait for the final pub­li­ca­tion, you can keep tabs on the book’s progress via its Word­Press site. The Big Blech Word­Press site

Paws crossed for an in-depth François char­ac­ter study! :-) Check out his YouTube devel­op­ment video below.

Quirky French Bulldog Sculptures

If you are look­ing for a unique gift idea for the Frenchie lover in your life (whether that’s a friend or YOU!) don’t miss your chance at one of these hand-made French Bull­dog sculp­tures. Your one-of-kind sculp­ture will look sim­i­lar to the ones above, but with its own whim­si­cal per­son­al­ity as the artist is exclu­sively cre­at­ing them on a pre-order basis. This means until you place your order, your Frenchie doesn’t exist!

The three main French Bull­dogs fla­vors are rep­re­sented: Brindle, Brindle Pied, and Black Masked Fawn. You have a choice of a large 6½” Frenchie sculp­ture incor­po­rat­ing a bowl at $95; or a smaller 5″ seated Frenchie at $85. Ship­ping for either ver­sion is an addi­tional $10. The bowls are glazed allow­ing for easy clean­ing; Frenchie bod­ies are of unglazed mate­r­ial, just use a soft cloth for cleaning.

The only place to order these imp­ish pups are from the French Bull Dog Club of Amer­ica, so don’t bother search­ing else­where. Get more details and a closer look at each ver­sion at the FBDCA Bou­tique. Either click the image above or the link below to open the order­ing page. (Hint: Once on the order page, click each small image to make it larger.)

FBDCA Bou­tique: French Bull­dog Sculptures

Orders are being accepted until Oct 31, 2012. Each unique Frenchie sculp­ture will ship out in Novem­ber, allow­ing time for hol­i­day gift­ing. Time to get clicking!

Today’s entry required vis­it­ing sev­eral Japan­ese web­sites to gather links and info of how to print and assem­ble your own FREE paper­craft Brindle Pied French Bull­dog. Thank good­ness for Google Translate!

Kei Goto, a Japan­ese paper­craft artist, cre­ated this paper­craft French Bull­dog. (In fact, he has cre­ated two paper­craft Frenchies, more on the other one later.)

Files for assem­bling your own paper­craft French Bull­dog are avail­able on the web­site of Japan­ese paper prod­ucts man­u­fac­turer, Maru­man Cor­po­ra­tion.

Begin the process of down­load­ing the Kei Craft French Bull­dog paper­craft PDF files.

KeiCraft Papercraft French Bulldog

  • Click the image to the right. You will be pre­sented with a page show­ing a large French Bull­dog on a gray checked back­ground. Along the right side of the large Frenchie are three but­tons with Japan­ese writing.
  • 1st But­ton. Click the top but­ton to down­load the PDF file needed to print the parts to cre­ate the paper­craft Frenchie. The PDF file has two pages. (While the files are cre­ated for A4 paper, I printed out the pages on 8.5″ X 11″ paper and all the needed dog parts were intact. Just a bit of the word­ing of the page was trimmed off.)
  • 2nd But­ton. Click the sec­ond but­ton for assem­bly instruc­tions. They are in Japan­ese, but illus­trated with detailed images.
  • 3rd But­ton. The last but­ton shows pho­tos of the dog being assembled.

You will want to print your pages on sturdy, archival qual­ity paper and use archival qual­ity glue. This is so your cre­ation will last a long time. You can find this type of paper, glue, and tools at a local crafts and/or sta­tion­ary store, or from an online store. (Heck, you might even check out the Maru­man and Can­son paper lines since they are the ones nice enough to offer these free downloads.)

A YouTube video show­ing assem­bly of the most recent Kei Craft French Bull­dog dog is avail­able. (Not the free down­load ver­sion above, but still gives you an idea of how the assem­bly should be done.)
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This same per­son, Teru Toudo, also made a video of Kei Goto’s recent August gallery show­ing at Stu­dio 80 in Japan. Many thanks to Teru for the won­der­ful video tour and assem­bly guide!

Tour of Kei Goto’s paper­craft ani­mals. Frenchie at 2:35!
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While Kei Goto’s site shows sev­eral books by him, only one, Paper­craft Zoo, seems to be avail­able on the US Ama­zon site. (Click the image below to see the Ama­zon list­ing.) There is a mail order sec­tion on the Kei Craft site, how­ever, trans­la­tion says orders are only avail­able inside Japan. For other sources of his books in the US, also check eBay, Abe­books, and other used book websites.

Looked and can’t find links to any files, books, or a way to order the newer Kei Craft Frenchie. It may only be avail­able in Japan. How­ever, the older (and free-to-download one) French Bull­dog is quite nice and a great way to start your paper­craft collection.

You can also see the newer Frenchie on Kei Goto’s Face­book page. He’s using it as an icon.

The main dif­fer­ence between the two: the older, 2009 copy­righted Frenchie has a wider white blaze down his head, is a bit more real­is­tic, and is in a standing/stacked pose. The newer one has more spots, is a bit more plush animal-like look­ing, and is sit­ting down.

To see more of Kei Goto’s work, click on links to his online site, blog, and Face­book page.

If I’m suc­cess­ful get­ting a State-side pur­chas­ing source of the newer paper­craft French Bull­dog, will update this entry. If you know of one, please share!

Last year, French Bull­dogs were rep­re­sented at the 10th Anniver­sary Recog­ni­tion Cer­e­mony of 9/11 by their national par­ent club, The French Bull Dog Club of Amer­ica, as sign­ers of the Con­ven­tion on Coop­er­a­tion Among Amer­i­can Work­ing Dog Orga­ni­za­tions.

Below is a video from Dogfiles.com, giv­ing an overview of last year’s remem­brance cer­e­mony, along with inter­views of par­tic­i­pants and orga­niz­ers. A sec­ond video is Dog­Files’ orig­i­nal, mov­ing trib­ute to the 300 dogs who worked the 9/11 site look­ing for vic­tims and remains.

To learn more about this year’s 9/11 dog events, and the work Canine Search and Res­cue teams per­form, visit Find­ing One Another.org

Good Blog­gie! salutes all ser­vice, work­ing, and ther­apy dogs who were at 9/11 and those who are every­day heroes, doing the ser­vices they love to do best for their community.

A crafty dog per­son needs a crafty dog project – and if you are Counted Cross Stitch crafty – this will be right up your alley.

Pega­sus Orig­i­nals, Inc. offers a French Bull­dog head­study to stitch up at $5. The small size of the piece means a fun and quick project, and some­thing that could be stitched onto a vari­ety of small objects. Because you sup­ply your own thread, chang­ing up the col­ors to cre­ate the fla­vor of Frenchie you like best, is cer­tainly feasible.

Avail­able for order online; click the image below to go straight to the order web­site page.

Or check their dealer list to see if there is a nearby craft shop car­ry­ing their products.

Cross Stitch French Bulldog

French Bull­dog Head­study by Pega­sus Orig­i­nals, Inc. Item 511.

For non-Frenchie friends, they also have a vari­ety of dog breeds avail­able for cross stitch­ing, too. Dogs in Cross Stitch

Have a lis­ten and enjoy these songs writ­ten by the coun­try music com­edy team Pinkard and Bow­den.

Don’t Pet the Dog sung by Kenny Maines of The Maines Broth­ers Band on KRFE 580AM Lub­bock, Texas. This song is from Pinkard and Bowden’s PG-13 album.

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Doo­gie Doo sung by Pinkard & Bow­den themselves.

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Pinkard and Bow­den albums are kinda hard to find, but you can find new and used ones, along with down­load­able songs, on Amazon.com: Pinkard and Bow­den music.