Posts by Hope Smith

Unique Dog Names: January

Are you looking for a name for your new dog that’s a little different? A name that, when you call it at the dog park, won’t have 3 different pooches running up to you? Here is some inspiration if you just can’t quite come up with something unique on your own.   Female Sappara. The…

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Breed Spotlight: Swedish Vallhund

Swedish Vallhund dog in red collar standing on dock by edge of water

History The Swedish Vallhund is an ancient herding breed from Sweden whose origin story is a bit murky. It is likely that the breed arose over 1,000 years ago during the Viking settlement of England when they were known as the “Vikingarnas Dog”. During this time, these dogs were used as cattle drovers and herders,…

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Best Breeds for People with Dog Allergies

An adult and puppy Airedale Terrier sitting on rock ledge on the side of a mountain

One of life’s great injustices is that there are dog lovers cursed with dog allergies. For those unfortunate folks, however, not all hope is lost. While there is technically no such thing as a “hypoallergenic dog”, there are breeds that tend to do well with people with allergies due to their size, infrequent shedding, and/or…

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Unique Dog Names: December

Are you looking for a name for your new dog that’s a little different? A name that, when you call it at the dog park, won’t have 3 different pooches running up to you? Here is some inspiration if you just can’t quite come up with something unique on your own.   Female Bammy. A Jamaican…

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Thanksgiving Foods that are Harmful for Dogs

Brown French Bulldog standing in fallen yellow leaves in the forest.

Thanksgiving is tomorrow! That means tons of amazing food for you- and some great scraps for your dog. However, there are some Thanksgiving foods that may be harmful for your canine companion. Get in the know by reviewing our list below to ensure a safe holiday for your pooch!   Raisins. Raisins may not be a…

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Breed Spotlight: Schipperke

Schipperke dog standing in field.

History The Schipperke (pronounced “sheep-er-ker”) originated in Flanders, Belgium in the early 16th century. This breed descended from the now-extinct Leauvenaar,  a black sheepdog that was also the foundation breed for the Belgian Sheepdog, or Groendendael. While the Belgian Sheepdog followed in the Leauvenaar’s footsteps as a shepherd, the Schipperke took on its own role as…

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How Smart are Dogs?

A mixed breed dog shaking their owner's house in front of a blue wall.

Research on animal intelligence is slowly revealing that many species are actually more smart than we have previously believed. Dogs are certainly no exception. Even if you’re not one to keep up with canine scientific research, it’s likely you’ve recently seen a dog make headlines for exhibiting high intelligence, such as assisting in the recent…

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Unique Dog Names: November

Are you looking for a name for your new dog that’s a little different? A name that, when you call it at the dog park, won’t have 3 different pooches running up to you? Here is some inspiration if you just can’t quite come up with something unique on your own.   Female Tonna. A…

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Famous Dogs in History: Snuppy, the First Cloned Dog

White Afghan Hound standing in front of pond

Since the successful cloning of Dolly the sheep in 1996, many other mammals have been cloned, including cows, cats, mice, pigs, rabbits, and more. One species that researchers were having trouble with was the dog. The challenge of cloning dogs was due to the difficulty of extracting their eggs and dogs’ short breeding window. It…

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Researchers Discover the Mutation that Causes Canine Night Blindness

Beagle puppy sitting in field of tall grass.

  The mutation that causes congenital stationary night blindness (CSNB) in dogs has been discovered after years of research by an international team including a team of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania. CSNB is an autosomal recessive disease, meaning that it occurs on one of 38 pairs of non-sex chromosomes, and that symptoms will only occur…

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