War Dogs Through History

Dogs have been a “man’s best friends” for thousands of years and we have kept these animals for various reasons. When we think about dogs, we mostly think about loving companions that are a part of our families and have been for the longest time. But there is also a different story behind them. A “man’s best friend” could also be another man’s worst nightmare, especially if that man is facing a fully trained, powerful dog of war. Humans have used dogs in battles for many years and we now know that dogs have been extremely successful in those roles. Using dogs in wars dates back to ancient Greece and Rom...

Interview: Gio Giorgadze

The president of Georgia Kennel Club, Mr. Gio Giorgadze, answered our questions about Georgian cynology and the current situation in the world. Here is what Mr. Giorgadze shared with us: 1. Mr. Giorgadze, would you mind telling us how you started and gotten into cynology? I started a job at Tbilisi Zoo as the main engineer in 1990. Four Caucasian Shepherd dogs were registered on the balance of the Zoo at that time. All of the dogs were females. I was interested to breed these dogs, so I collected money to build a kennel for 17 dogs and bought them as well after one year. The progress seemed to move on w...

The Best Guide Dog Breeds

Dogs are truly amazing creatures and there are a lot of jobs they can do. People have used dogs for thousands of years for hunting and companionship and in recent years, we learned that they can do so much more than that. Dogs can sniff allergies, narcotics, and diseases. They can track and save people, hunt, protect, and guard. One other thing they are amazing at is being a guide for the visually impaired people. Many dog breeds can be trained to become guide dogs but some are more talented than others. There is a long process that helps create guide dogs and to pair a guide dog with its visually impai...

Patellar Luxation in Dogs - Symptoms And Treatment

We all love our dogs, and we don’t want them to have any problems, but the ugly truth is that some of our favorite furry friends can develop health problems. One of the most common health concerns is luxating patella in dogs. What exactly is patellar luxation in dogs? The “luxation” part of the name can be best described as “out of place” or “dislocated,” and the patella is actually the kneecap. The patella is located at the end of the biggest thigh bone - the femur, and just above the knee. Patellar luxation in dogs can be described as a dislocated kneecap or a kneecap that moves out of its predefined...

The Famous Shih Tzu Temperament

The Shih Tzu is one of the world’s most popular companion dog breeds and is beloved all over the world for their sweet-natured and loving temperament. This is one of the oldest dog breeds out there and recent archeological discoveries determined that this breed existed 8.000 years ago! The Shih Tzu comes from Tibet where they have been specifically developed to keep company to the monks of Tibetan monasteries. These lovable little dogs were often gifted as presents to royalty and it was notoriously hard to get ahold of a Shih Tzu. You couldn’t just buy one, especially if you weren’t from Tibet, someone...

How Dogs Save People After Explosions and Earthquakes

Dogs are awesome creatures and on top of that, they help in many search and rescue operations around the world. What does it take for a dog to become a Search and Rescue dog? How do dogs find people in the rubble? What is the best breed for S&R missions? Can dogs detect explosives? These are just some of the questions we will try to answer here. Search and rescue dogs are usually classified in two different types and those types are Air-sniffing and tracking (or trailing) dogs. The main difference between these two types is their search and rescue technique. Both of these two types can be further divide...

Cherry Eye in Dogs

Maybe there was a situation where you noticed a dog with a bright red and swollen looking eye. That is commonly referred to as Cherry Eye in dogs. Because dogs possess the third eyelid, this state occurs when the tear gland becomes inflamed in that third eyelid. This third eyelid works as additional protection for the eyes, especially during hunting, fighting, etc. Cherry eyes in dogs are usually not painful, but the eye can be itchy to the dog. If this disorder is left untreated, that can lead to many other complications including the dry eye syndrome. Cherry Eye in dogs – symptoms The most common symp...

7 Interesting Facts About the Border Collie

The Border Collie is one of the most famous working dog breeds in the world. These lovely dogs are known for their unparalleled herding ability and their tremendous energy. If you encounter a working Border Collie that is about to herd the flock, make sure you stand and watch. These dogs have developed a special technique of herding called “the eye” where they stare at the animal they want to herd until it moves in the direction they want them to move. If the animal starts going in the wrong direction, this dog runs around them and repeats the stare. It sounds rather unbelievable, but trust us, these do...

Should You Buy a Dog Without a Pedigree?

All of us that went through the process of getting a dog, know that the first step we all need to take is to decide what dog breed we would like to get. For most of us, that is the most important thing and we already start imagining ourselves with our new best friend. The next step is deciding whether to rescue a dog from a shelter or to buy a pureblooded dog. Saving a dog’s life is certainly one of the nicest things you could possibly do. Many of us prefer adopting and would never buy a dog and some of us prefer buying. If you decide to adopt, you will do a beautiful thing and will probably get a dog t...

Benefits of Dog Walking

Dogs have been a man’s best friend for centuries now. They are our best friends and companions we can rely on in good times and bad. Other than having a lifelong best friend here are the top 7 health benefits of dog walking. Physical benefits 1. Weight control Being overweight or obese is a serious health issue. There is a simple medical solution to obesity - burn more calories than you consume. A regular activity like walking can help you burn calories and help you keep your pounds in check. It also works the same for your dog. 2. Joint Health Immobility is another common health problem. Joints, eve...