Monday, August 22, 2011

Did you know George Washington was a devoted dog lover?

You bet he was! Not only that, he created, out of his love for fox hunting, a new and Americanized breed. The future first President of the United States received several French Foxhounds, as gifts, from friends and members of the French aristocracy. Washington, an avid and passionate fox hunter on his plantation in Virginia, bred his Brooke hunting dogs with these French Foxhounds. Thus, a new breed was established, the Black and Tan Virginia Foxhound. A few years later, to increase their stamina and speed, this American breed was bred with Irish Foxhounds.

The Black and Tan Virginia Foxhound is one of four foxhound breeds. It was later also bred Bloodhounds, which gave us the Black and Tan Coonhound. The Back and Tan Virginia Foxhound is similar to the English Foxhound, only the American breed has been bred to be lighter, taller, and more agile.

Washington's love for his foxhounds is evident in their given names: Sweet Lips, Venus, and Truelove. They shared a kennel with other dogs named Taster, Tippler, and Drunkard. These are testament to one of his other hobbies and business interests. He owned and operated, on his plantation, one the first distilleries in America of Scotch Whiskey.

Black and Tan Virginia Foxhound
The State Dog of Virginia

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Dog Rescues, Do They Really Need to Know?....

... Yes!
Here is a wonderful article about Dog Rescue shared with me from the wonderful folks at Carolina Basset
Hound Rescue (CBHR). These groups do amazing things and CBHR is exceptional.

Dog Rescue groups have become a vital part of our pet culture. Please take the time to read this article. Then, pass it on to your friends and others animal lovers.

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Friday, August 5, 2011

Tribute to our Basset babies

The sweetest dog I've ever found, has silky ears that brush the ground.
A wrinkled brow, a noble face, spreads muddy footprints every place.
Always in trouble, but never really bad. Can always cheer me whenever I'm sad.
Bounces about, is always a clown, can be nothing else, but a basset hound!

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Most popular breeds

The Top 10 Most Popular Breeds

Here is the most current list of popular breeds I have found. Where is your breed? Labs lead the way again.

1. Labrador retrievers

2. German shepherds

3. Yorkshire terriers

4. Beagles

5. Golden Retrievers

6. Bulldog

7. Boxers

8. Dachshunds

9. Poodles

10. Shih Tzus

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