We’ll hope you’ll excuse the Teutonic outburst, but we saw this Plott Hound and just couldn’t help ourselves. You can find Lyric on page 79 of this week’s issue; she’s Griffin Pond Animal Shelter‘s featured pet of the week. We hadn’t seen this particular type of dog featured before, and a little research turned up the very interesting history behind this breed.
She’s really one-of-a-kind: of the seven registered breeds of coonhounds, the Plott Hound is the only one whose ancestry is not traced back to the foxhound. Used in Germany for generations to track boar (!), ancestors of this hunting dog showed up on our shores in 1750 when Johannes Plott emigrated to the US and brought a number of these dogs with him. Because Johannes settled in what’s now North Carolina and developed the breed there, the Plott Hound became strongly identified with that state and is known to this day as the state dog of the Tar Heel State.
Every dog’s got its history, so be sure to check out each week’s featured dog in our Pets & Supplies category.
Today’s the 140th anniversary of the founding of the American Kennel Club (AKC for short). Without a doubt, we’re huge fans of dog shows; we’re big fans of dogs in general. We offer registered dogs & mixed breed dogs and we’re also happy to publish weekly updates from Griffin Pond Animal Shelter and SPCA of Luzerne County.
We often get ads for dogs who have papers. Since we doubt that those papers are rolls of cheery wrapping paper or even the Sunday funny pages, we had to wonder: what, exactly, are those papers? What does that mean?
A dog’s registration papers indicate that it’s registered with a registry body such as the AKC. The registration helps track the lineage of the dog; if both the parents are registered, registration forms (blue slips) will be issued for each of the puppies in the litter. The registration (or “papers”) is a record of the parentage of the dogs as well as the date of birth and breeder. The buyer of the pup sends in the blue slip with the applicable fee and – voila! – the dog is registered.
And Milos. And Lincolns. February 20th is Love Your Pet Day, and we’d like to point out that there are lots of adoptable pets for the loving.
The handsome fellow pictured above is Oscar. He’s an 8-1/2-year-old Lhasa Apso. He’s not only featured on page 82 of this week’s issue, he’s also available for adoption at Griffin Pond Animal Shelter.
Interested in giving a shelter animal a forever home? Check out available pets at both Griffin Pond Animal Shelter and at the SPCA of Luzerne County. Bear in mind that most pets end up in shelters through no fault of their own: a large percentage are relinquished because people are either moving or having housing issues such as problems with a landlord. This means that a huge number of shelter pets are well-adjusted and very family friendly. Remember, too, that the kind folks at the shelter have cared for the animals and gotten to know them; just ask, and the shelter staff be happy to help you find the perfect pet.
We’d always thought the Dog Days were a summer thing, but we’re now reconsidering. What’s made us change our tune? These five simple words: Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
The show has been televised since 1948 (and streamed online since 2006) and it’s become something of a February tradition to catch the annual event. We’ve all got our favorite dog breeds, but it’s incredibly fun to check out the entries in each group. Last night brought us the first four groups: Hound (won by an American Foxhound), Toy (an Affenpinscher took 1st place), Non-Sporting (with a Bichons Frise winning the cup) and Herding (an Old English Sheepdog was the victor). Tonight the Sporting, Working and Terrier Groups will compete.
We wondered: how do these dogs get their lengthy names? The first word or two of the name generally indicates the name of the kennel or breeder. The second part of the name usually follows some sort of theme that’s used for that litter; for example, the litter might have a flower theme, so the dogs would have names like Paper Shop’s Marigold or Paper Shop’s Peony. Of course, most of the dogs also have “call names” or names that are commonly used – Paper Shop’s Marigold might have a call name of Mary or Goldie, for example.
If you’re feeling persuaded to get a canine of your own, check out our Pets & Supplies category. We’ve got everything from purebred, registered pups to designer and mixed-breed dogs.
Sometimes somebody needs to move and can’t take a beloved pet with them. Other times they may be unable to take on the pet left behind by a deceased family member or friend. No matter what, though, there are thousands of good pets out there who need good homes.
Silly puns aside, you really could say that finding homes for animals truly is a pet cause of ours. Even the quickest perusal of our Pets & Supplies category will reveal cats, dogs, birds, snakes … and the occasional potbellied pig or iguana. We’ve also got all kinds of supplies for all kinds or pets.