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"Know Your PETS"

Why does my Dog Lick my Hand?

Dogs lick for a number of reasons. They lick to groom themselves and others. Mothers lick their puppies to clean them and stimulate their urination and defecation. Older puppies and the young of wild canids (relatives of the dog such as wolves) lick the mouths of the adults as a greeting to stimulate them to regurgitate. The puppies eat this regurgitated food as they are weaned from their mother and begin to eat solid food. As the puppies grow older, the licking becomes a way of welcoming others back into the pack and increasing the bonds between the pack members.

This last reason for licking (greeting and begging) is probably the one that has developed into the licking tendency of pet dogs. Licking is a way our pet dogs can greet us, say "glad you're back!" and strengthen their relationship with us.


Why does my Dog Roll in Smelly Things like dead fish?

It is thought that dogs may choose to roll in foul-smelling things to mask their scent, just as wolves do. Wolves may roll in decomposing carcasses or the feces of herbivores (plant eating animals) to disguise themselves. They want to cover their own odors so their prey won't be alarmed by their scent. This way they can sneak up on their prey and have a better chance of making a kill. Unfortunately some of our domesticated friends have held onto this trait. How many of us have given a dog a bath only to find him running outside to again roll in something foul?

Why does my Dog like to Sleep underneath a Table?

Domestication of dogs is a fairly recent event in the history of canids on earth. Although wild canids have been around for millions of years, they have only spent a few thousand of those as our pets. As a result, they still retain some of their "wild" instincts, and one of those is the instinct to "den."

Canines have a definite instinct to hide out in dens. If they do not have one available, they will "make their own". We frequently see our dogs under desks, the dining room table or even under Grandma's Chippendale buffet, if they can fit. When a dog digs a hole in your garden one reason might be the instinct to make a den. What this behavior is all about is a canine's natural desire to have a place he can call his own.

Many people dislike the idea of "caging" their animal, feeling as if it is cruel and somehow hampering his freedom. This is not true. Just go to a friend's house who has a dog that has been properly crate- (or cage-) trained. The dog will often seek out this refuge when he is tired, stressed, or just wants to be away from it all. Your friend probably feeds her dog in or near his "den"; has provided soft, comfortable bedding for his "den"; and has plenty of toys for him to play with or to chew nearby. What dog wouldn't want to stay in a place with so many luxurious amenities? Many people leave a cage or crate available for their dog so he has his own place to go to. The door is always open and the pet comes and goes as he pleases. To him it is not a cage but rather an indoor doghouse that he feels secure in. Other advantages of cages or crates include:

  • Safety for your dog and house: Having your young or untrained dog in a cage may protect your house from dog-related destruction while you are away or are unable to watch him. We know of a woman who forgot to put her 10-month old giant breed puppy in his cage. She came home to papers ripped up and strewn all over, the garbage can knocked over, and toilet paper strewn throughout the house. She referred to it as a "mess like you see in a cartoon of a really messy house." A cage can prevent this type of disaster from happening. It can also prevent the young, unsupervised animal from hurting himself by chewing electric cords or becoming ill from something he ate during his escapade.
  • When traveling with your pet, a crate in your car can protect both your pet and the driver from being disturbed. The highly publicized accident involving novelist Stephen King was said to be caused by a driver being distracted by a loose dog in his car. Whether you choose a plastic crate or a wire cage, you will be doing both you and your pet a favor when you purchase him his own "den".

Dangers of Overfeeding.

Excess food intake with resultant obesity is becoming an ever-increasing problem for dogs in urban areas. The dog is often hand-fed two or three times a day, at the owner's meal-times. Dogs only need to be fed once a day.

Urban restrictions on the animal's territorial horizons mean the dog leads a rather sedentary life, not using up a great deal of energy and therefore going to fat. Obese animals have an increased susceptibility to various diseases including osteoarthritis, sugar diabetes, skin disease and impairment of body-heat regulation, pulmonary, cardiovascular, hepatic and reproductive functions.

Recent scientific evidence indicates that chronic underfeeding of a complete diet is the only means known for increasing the length of life of laboratory animals beyond the limits characteristic with the species. At the other extreme, chronic overfeeding or other dietary excesses or imbalances curtail the animals' life span.

Animal Welfare Opens In Baghdad

Capt. William Sumner, arts, monuments, and archives officer for the 354th Civil Affairs Brigade, an Army Reserve unit from Riverdale, Md., part of Task Force 1st Armored Division, embraces one of a litter of 10 puppies born at the Iraqi Society for Animal Welfare facility at its opening in Baghdad. Sumner has worked closely with Baghdad Zoo staff and interim government officials to make the animal welfare organization a reality.

This article only reinforces the belief that world is not all that full of HEARTLESS people!!!!!  Its very heartening  to hear that peolpe have hearts for animals even while  fighting in most dreadful conditions.

BAGHDAD, Iraq The Coalition forces contributions to the nation of Iraq are focused toward improving the lives of its citizens. In some cases, however, the benefits are not limited only to humans.

With the help of military personnel from 1st Armored Division and V Corps and funding from the 22nd Signal Brigade, Iraqi veterinarians cut the grand opening ribbon at the Iraqi Society for Animal Welfare in central Baghdad Jan 21.

The society, made up of military and civilian veterinarians and ministry officials, was formed to address the growing need for animal control in Baghdad.

It is the first of its kind in the country, said Capt. William Sumner, arts, monuments and archives officer for the 354th Civil Affairs Brigade, an Army Reserve unit from Riverdale, Md., part of Task Force 1st Armored Division. The society will provide services similar to our Humane Society in the U.S.

Sumner said the studies of Iraqs canine population revealed startling results. Because one litter of pups can multiply into 69,000 dogs within one year, the dog population in Iraq could cause problems on a national scale if left unchecked.

Diseases like leishmaniasis and rabies are problems related to dogs and pose a real threat to Iraqis, said Sumner. Our organization will be able to begin addressing these kinds of animal issues.

The Iraqi Society for Animal Welfare will aid in providing solutions to problems like canine overpopulation and disease control. It will also provide adoption and spay and neuter programs, he said.

Until recently, cultural taboos involving animal care in Iraq restricted progress and awareness. Dr. Farah Murrani, assistant director of Baghdad Zoo and director of the Iraqi Society for Animal Welfare, is an English-speaking Iraqi veterinarian who joined the zoo staff last spring and acted as a liaison between Iraqi zoo workers, U.S. Army veterinarians and civil affairs Soldiers.

Murranis willingness to touch and treat unclean animals, and her heartfelt desire to aid her country, made her a prime candidate to lead this new animal care center, Sumner said.

I am a veterinarian, so I am doing what I know how to do in order to help the people of Iraq and aid the reconstruction, said Murrani.

Sumner, whose experience with zoo planning and operations allowed him to play an important role in the establishment of the new animal welfare organization, said the societys formation is a first step toward a safer and animal-friendly country.

This is the first step in establishing an animal control program here in Baghdad. We hope it will extend throughout Iraq, said Sumner. The society is designed not only to help prevent animal cruelty, but to raise the overall awareness of the public for animals in Baghdad.

Table of Contents


Why does my Dog Lick my Hand?

Why does my Dog Roll in Smelly Things like dead fish?

Why does my Dog like to Sleep underneath a Table?

Dangers of Overfeeding

Animal Welfare Opens in Baghdad

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated"

Mahatma Gandhi