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All dog breeds are the result of the convergence of evolutionary factors and miscegenation. Some breeds are man-made and others are naturally made, with little influence on their form and function from the ability of natural selection. For example, the Bulldog breed was a “backward” breed and was bred to create a livelier, longer-legged version of the original dog breed.

Of the Tibetan breeds, the Lhasa Apso, the Tibetan terrier, is more a product of evolution than human influence. Of the five recognized Tibetan breeds; the Tibetan Terrier, the Tibetan Spaniel, the Do-Khyi (Tibetan Mastiff), the Lhasa Apso and the Shih Tzu, the Lhasa is the breed most directly influenced by the harsh climatic conditions of the Tibetan Himalayas.

There are many reasons why this happened. Lhasas were first selectively bred by Tibetans about 800 years ago in the city of Lhasa, the capital and home of the Dalai Lamas. However, the breed has its origins around 2,000 years ago in the Tibetan environment.

Second, historians speculate a lot about whether these Tibetans actually attempted the sophisticated practice of selective breeding that is so popular today. The early Tibetans were hunters and herders who relied on Tibetan dogs to hunt, protect herds, and serve as watchdogs and companions to humans. The natural tendencies of the Tibetan races, shaped by evolutionary forces, were more than enough to ensure the survival tasks facing the Tibetans.

Third, the physical form of a Lhasa Apso has remained largely unchanged from its original form, because it can still conserve heat when needed. Cold-adapted animals have bodies with a higher ratio of muscle to fat, compared to the bone mass of other breeds that have had to adapt to a warmer environment.

The amount of heat produced by an animal is directly proportional to its weight or volume. The larger the body, the more heat it produces. What is known is that heat loss is also proportional to the surface area of ​​the body, the more surface area there is, the faster heat is lost. Conserving heat is a function of the ratio of body mass to area, with the one with the most surface area losing heat the fastest.

Because a Lhasa Apso’s body is shorter and rounder, it has less surface area than its warmer environment cousins ​​of equal weight and longer legs. Those same forces also govern body type; people of Eskimo lineage have shorter, stockier bodies and less surface mass than an equatorial person of equal weight who has a longer, slimmer body and higher surface area. In short, to limit heat loss in the cold, it is best for an animal to have as compact a body and short legs as possible.

Nature has adapted the body of a Lhasa Apso to suit the hills and villages of the Himalayan Highlands. This breed is built for endurance, not speed, for walking, jumping, and climbing, and not like the bodies of other dog breeds.

Have you ever read a self-help book that tells you that you have wisdom within you and found it difficult to accept that fact? Or have you been told to listen to your inner voice and trust your intuition, and yet your scientific conditioning tells you to discard such nonsense? And how about the advice to pay attention to what your conscience tells you?

All these warnings have a long history of existence, even if many people believe that without worldly experience it is impossible to have insight or wisdom. Actually, nothing is further from reality. The experiences of young and old alike provide first-hand evidence that, in a mysterious way that no one fully understands, we all get critical information from ourselves, not from where (we just say within or from the unconscious).

The fact is that useful information for making decisions and for living with all the losses and changes in life often appears at just the right time. Many have attributed it to guardian angels, spirit guides, inherent intuition, imaginary playmates, the inner voice of love, deceased loved ones, or the realm of God within. In either case, inner guidance is available to anyone who is open to it and decides to ask for it. Here’s how to use this powerful, often underutilized resource.

1. Find a quiet place where you can relax and feel safe without interruption. Take a few deep abdominal breaths and tell yourself to slow down and release the tension in your muscles. Imagine that you are going down in an elevator, going deeper and deeper into your mind and heart. Listen to the silence. Give yourself a few more minutes to fully relax. Then imagine where you think the creator or source of your wisdom might reside.

2. Now ask for an image or sign from whoever (God, your angel, a deceased loved one, your unconscious mind, etc.) that you think is responsible for the many flashes of insight and useful ideas that in the past seem to have come to you. . of nothing. Listen to what appears in your thoughts or what image appears. Study it carefully.

3. Ask your inner advisor, in whatever form it appears, if it will help you deal with a current problem or decision you need to make. Listens. Observe carefully what appears in your thoughts or in the form of an image. Do your best to relax and relate comfortably to what appears, just as you would a trusted old friend. The image may change in response to your question, or you may hear a yes or other affirmative response.

4. Make a specific request for an idea, direction, or information you need to deal with your current crisis. No matter what pops into your mind or thoughts, even if it doesn’t make sense, consider it carefully. Most of us have prior expectations that often cloud and confuse what comes into our awareness. So do a careful examination.

5. Ask follow up questions and see what you get in return. As your thoughts and images appear throughout your quest for inner wisdom, keep a pen and pencil handy so you can write or draw what you experience. Sometimes you may have an idea of ​​what to do and not have a picture or sound as a cue. You just “know” that this is the way to go to address your problem. It will feel good. It will feel good.

6. Regardless of what you receive from the experience, let your heart and reason work through the various scenarios that could unfold, if you follow the advice. Consider alternative ways of interpreting what emerged, who would be affected, and whether the new options before you are perhaps too risky to pursue at this time. Always weigh the benefits and drawbacks in an atmosphere of love.

7. Because we have all been conditioned by society to expect instant success or there is something wrong with us, give yourself time to develop the faith to contact the wisdom and the source of that wisdom that lies within. It is there and you can be sure it will if you are patient. persists.

And what should you do if, on very rare occasions, a negative or demeaning image or thought arises from your request for help? Realize that this is not your inner wisdom surfacing. Most likely he is a punitive authority figure from the past. The love that is behind the inner gift would not allow a hurtful message like wisdom. Learn to discover anything that might be useful, but discard the hostility and continue your search. You do not have to submit your inner life to an enemy who is not from there.

To summarize, if you want to be transformed, trust your inner voice, your best intuitions. The wisdom we need is there to ask and listen. Our culture has trained us to discard this useful resource. Check your heart first, and your reason will catch up later. Trust yourself to make the decisions and choices that come your way. We all have that inherent ability to capitalize on the amazing people we are.

Colt McCoy is best known for his success at quarterback for the University of Texas (UT) Longhorns based in Austin, Texas. In fact, his success as a college passer was so prolific that he set benchmarks never before achieved by anyone, including the all-time record for most wins by a quarterback with a total of 45 in a four-year career.

Chief among the many reasons for Colt’s success is his father, Brad McCoy, who played at UT in his youth and coached Colt through high school, and Jordan Shipley, who in addition to being a good friend and former roommate Colt’s, he was also his favorite catcher during the four years the two played together in college. Interestingly, there is a link between Brad McCoy and Jordan Shipley that eludes Colt entirely.

Jordan Shipley has a father named Bob Shipley, who served as the high school football coach for his son, the record-setting wide receiver from a small town in central Texas with a population of 1,600. Bob Shipley played football at the University of Texas when he was younger and during that time he was a teammate, friend, and even roommate of Brad McCoy, the man who would eventually become Colt McCoy’s father.

Jordan Shipley and Colt McCoy were born less than a year apart in the mid-1980s and grew up in small Central Texas towns an hour and a half apart on opposite sides of the small Texan town of Abilene. Jordan grew up in Rotan, TX (population 1,611) while Colt grew up in Tuscola, TX (population 714) 80 miles south of Rotan.

Interestingly, both Colt McCoy and Jordan Shipley had parents who served as high school football coaches at their respective schools and the two featured players played complementary offensive positions with Colt at quarterback and Shipley at wide receiver. Both players became nationally renowned football stars while playing college football together in Austin, Texas, which is just over 200 miles south of where the two boys grew up.

The relationship that Bob Shipley and Brad McCoy formed decades earlier came full circle when their two sons followed in their footsteps and became not only contributing players to the University of Texas Longhorns football program, but more importantly , in good friends. The bond between the McCoy and Shipley families is unique and filled with shared experiences that are likely to continue throughout life and possibly into future generations.

This dog may be the only dog ​​that has been loved and hated to the same extent throughout the world. Rottweilers are loved for their extreme loyalty and protection over their owners and all their property, but to such a degree that they have been known to attack even if the house cat is in danger.

Rottweiler dogs are really beautiful with their deep silent intelligent eyes that stare at you trying to understand what you want from them by telepathy. These dogs tend to act extremely calm and it is very difficult to make them angry. In reality, they only attack as a last resort and only when they feel their property is in direct danger. Due to their qualities such as courage, reliability and lack of fear, they are used as rescue dogs, and they do their job without backing down from what happens.

A purebred Rottweiler has an exceptionally good nature and you will not find this dog growling and attacking for no reason, nor will you see him barking in vain. They don’t actually bark at people, they bark when they’re upset, for example by noise, too much commotion, and any other similar irritants. They can transform in the blink of an eye from an indulgent pet to a terrifying beast if any danger threatens their property. But they don’t bite unless it’s strictly necessary. This shows that his bad reputation is not well founded.

Work means happy dogs

The Rottweiler loves to be helpful and thrives when put to work and you will find that he has an exceptionally cheerful nature, although he will maintain his self-esteem in all circumstances. This breed needs to know that you are in charge, so it is important that the owner is able to control him physically. Rottweilers are originally pack dogs and will always obey the pecking order.

You need to consider all aspects before buying such a dog. You must teach him the rules and constantly remind him of them for two years. In case you cannot give this dog your full attention for these two years, this dog is definitely not for you. Training is easy but must be constant until the dog matures. They are dogs that will always test how far they can go and any behavioral discrepancies should be firmly checked when they happen.

Rottweiler puppies have this bad habit of chewing everything they can and are extremely excitable, capable of trashing your house in a day. They also bite hard and are not welcome around children. After hundreds of years of breeding, their fighting instincts and aggressiveness seemed forgotten, but if you encourage them to play pretend fights, tug-of-war and other aggressive games, these instincts will emerge.

Today, owning a purebred Rottweiler dog means having an excellent companion whose temperament is very balanced, and not a ferocious mindless beast. You must understand that this dog is highly territorial and protective of his territory, has its own personality and is totally intrepid. If you don’t get it right, you won’t be able to master it and someone could get hurt.

The physical appearance of the Rottweiler is very impressive: so elegant and at the same time so powerful. And these characteristics and temperamental traits complete the image of a wonderful companion.

There will be those among you who find the prospect of trying to cheer up a depressed bird amusing. Go ahead, laugh. Just like babies, birds of any particular breed look pretty much the same. Same style of feathers, same expression, same beaks, same claws, same teeth… To the untrained eye, that is. However, anyone who has spent years studying birds for a living, observing their every little emotion, knows that birds do suffer from depression.

So if a depressed bird is left on your doorstep, how do you go about cheering it up? Once the bird realizes that it has been loaded with you as a mate, you have your work cut out. Forget antidepressants. Forget St. John’s Wort pastilles or tea bags. Before we delve too deeply into the question of treatment, are you sure the bird is depressed or have you misdiagnosed? What aroused your suspicions in the first place?

Depending on the breed of bird, of course, you may have been able to self-diagnose your problem. Parrots can be excellent at communicating their feelings, often in the strongest of terms. Budgetigars tend to be less specific about their emotions. “Pretty Joey”, and “Who’s a Pretty Boy, Then?” are common sentiments in the parakeet world. Somewhat less than useful, it must be said. If your neglected child is one of the more talkative breeds, then as long as he is capable of sensitive and mature conversation, he may be a good candidate for cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT.

CBT can be particularly helpful in cases of substance abuse or eating disorders. If your bird shows a particular zeal for sunflower seeds or an unhealthy interest in cuttlefish, then CBT is definitely worth a try. The idea is that the bird must change the way it thinks about its problems and the way it acts in response to the world around it. You need to explain to your bird that while you can’t take away his problems, you can at least help him change the way he thinks about them. Explain that you want to help him change his thought patterns. Note carefully the bird’s reaction to your explanation.

Some birds develop a feeling of low self-esteem, leading to depression. This is sometimes brought on by acts of spite or insults. Take the bald eagle. Whoever adopts this blatantly non-politically correct name has a lot to answer for. That the national bird of the United States of America is subjected to such verbal abuse is nothing short of outrageous. Is it any wonder, then, that depression is fairly widespread among B*** Eagles?

Owls may be wise, but that very wisdom can be an intolerable burden that leads to severe depression. To put it bluntly, the owl never stops working. We tend to think that they only come out at night and sleep all day. Wrong. In fact, they grab a bite to eat at night and give forty quick winks, but most of the day they’re doing paperwork. Severe stress brought on by overwork like this is a fairly common cause of clinical depression, so the bird at your door is likely to be an owl.

A word of caution here. Technically, you’re not actually allowed to own an owl (depending on where you live, of course), so you need to check with the authorities on the legality of his position. You could of course claim that the owl has actually adopted you, but again, check to see if owls can adopt people.

So assuming you’ve done the proper testing and are satisfied that you really do have the problem of how to cheer up a depressed bird, how should you approach it? Teasing can work in some cases, but you need to be sensitive to the bird’s feelings. There are no chicken jokes. I repeat, NO CHICKEN JOKE. They may elicit a laugh from turkeys, but in general, they’re best avoided altogether.

If you’re thinking of sitting them down in front of a TV, it’s well known that the Robins have an aversion to “The Simpsons.” They will gladly watch a whole series of “Friends”, but in general they are quite demanding. In the end, the bird may be so depressed that nothing is going to cheer it up at this stage. Just give him a lot of love and attention, a lot of patience and understanding, and of course a lot of rest, and in due time you should find him again as before. This treatment also works with humans.

Dirty game…

As a young teenager living on the west coast of Florida, I was like a fish out of water. I moved there from New York with my parents. There were a lot of things that took a bit of getting used to and I wasn’t a fan of the heat or bugs. Whoever invented air conditioning has my eternal gratitude! Then there were things that helped me tolerate any negative aspects. Casual lifestyle and dress, beaches and fishing to name a few. One of the things I really loved about Florida was that it lacked a lot of the rules and restrictions that East Coasters were and still are cursed with. Even in the early 1970s you couldn’t walk into a New York or Long Island pet store and buy a monkey. However, you could do it in Florida.

Before the government decided that it would make all the decisions for us, there was a time when you could decide a lot of things for yourself. That included what kind of pet you might want to buy or adopt. Sadly, there were a few people who messed that up for honest, sincere, considerate pet owners… People who perpetually tied their dogs to a tree, kept an alligator in the pool, kept a tiger in their apartment, or used their house as an animal rescue center keeping hundreds of malnourished cats in a totally unacceptable environment… Now, I’m not saying there shouldn’t be laws against keeping certain types of wild or exotic animals as pets. What I want to point out is that if the government forbids people to keep animals because they are endangered or, in the opinion of some “expert”, could be psychologically damaged by living with people… Then they are barking up the wrong tree.

When I was a fourteen-year-old boy, I walked into a Florida pet store and saw a squirrel monkey languishing in a small cage. This was not a case of neglect or abuse. Pet stores often do this type of thing as a hook for you to buy one of their more expensive or hard-selling selections. That’s what my dad said and he was right. Another week passed and the monkey was still there when I returned. At $25 it didn’t cost a fortune and that price meant the store wanted it gone. It was a time when there were few tourists in the city and that made selling difficult. Most of the locals were older and didn’t want the hassle of having a pet primate. Also, the jumpsuit was not good at self-promotion. He had barely been weaned when someone took him from his mother, gave him some shots, and sold him to the pet store for resale. As a result, the animal was shy, slippery and scared.

I went to the local library and did some research on squirrel monkeys before finally buying it two weeks after my first visit to the pet store. My parents were good with my purchase because I had always been a responsible pet owner, having had a dog, birds, and guinea pigs. The dog died before we moved in. The other pets were adopted by neighbors who already knew and liked them because it was simply not possible to bring them. I named my monkey Sam and brought him home to a large cage we had in a Florida room with lattice windows on the side of our house. It overlooked an unused lot that was overgrown and jungle-like. If necessary, the air conditioning in that room could be cut off, but it did get hot during the brief period of time that our area experienced cold weather.

Squirrel monkeys are easy to feed, they are not very expensive to keep, and they are not difficult to train if you train them to do things that they like to do. However, they require a lot of company and mental stimulation. Fortunately, Sam loved me. He tried to bite me at first so I pinched him a few times until he learned not to be so aggressive. This was only possible because I got it very young. She also put him in his cage when he misbehaved. The idea was to use conditioning and repetitive discipline as tools to get the animal to behave. I was the head of this group of primates, not him. I was the provider of food, water and shelter. Once he discovered all this, he learned faster. At first I used a leash. After a few months it was no longer necessary. He was allowed to roam freely under our supervision and even played outside while we barbequed or jumped into our pool. He used the vacant lot of the next store as an exercise yard climbing trees and chasing birds and squirrels. He also used it as a potty, so I guess you could say he was potty trained for the most part.

Dogs and monkeys are sworn enemies. You really can’t have both without stressing out one or both pets. Actually, the monkeys are jealous. I strongly suggest that if you plan to have such a monkey, you avoid having other pets. Most monkeys that are not well trained or treated kindly are likely to become mean or moody as they grow into adulthood. Constantly caged monkeys will either urinate on you or throw feces at you. They can also attack you or destroy things they deem important to you if given the chance.

As a rule, monkeys are intelligent. They are fast learners and are great escape artists. That is why training is important. I always left Sam’s cage door open once he was trained. I closed the doors to that room. He learned to close or open his cage door as he saw fit. After a while, he learned to open and close all the doors that led to the backyard so he could go out to play or relieve himself. But he would never go unless one of us gave him our permission. The doors to his room were padlocked when we went out without him.

Owning a squirrel monkey is easy and difficult… satisfying and frustrating… fun and annoying… but is it ethical? Is it harmful to the animal? You’ll have to decide for yourself unless your city or state has already done that for you. The truth is that people are going to have monkeys regardless. In China it is illegal, but thousands of Chinese own “Pocket Monkeys” which are usually bought as baby Pygmy Mamosets, Capuchins or Resus monkeys. They don’t treat them well. Their arms are tied so that they learn to practice walking on two legs instead of on all fours, which is painful and unnatural for them. They shave off their fur and dress them in clothes. You get the picture. These animals are status symbols in China, where most authorities look the other way and ignore the wealthy and important people who own them. However, if they or responsible pet owners did not purchase the monkeys, they would be sold to research laboratories and sentenced to a lifetime of physically or emotionally damaging experiments while living in a small cage with no love or companionship.

Each year, tens of thousands of monkeys are sent to research facilities around the world and many requests for more from these same torture centers remain unfulfilled. Given that fact, it’s hard to worry about the morality of keeping a pet monkey compared to the same animal that ends up being a lab rat. Most people I know who have had a monkey did not abuse it, shave it, beat it, or keep it in an inappropriate environment. Again, if you have the legal right to own one, you need to decide if it’s something you should do or not. Before you do anything, do a lot of research and buy from a reputable breeder if you decide a monkey is the right pet for you. No more $25 prices. You will spend $3,000-$6,000 depending on the type of jumpsuit you choose. Capuchins are preferred by most people for their ability to learn tricks and behaviors. If your plan is small, pygmy marmosets are finger-sized as babies and hand-sized as adults. Squirrel and spider monkeys require more time and effort than most people want to invest in a pet.

I had the job of docking the tails of a litter of puppies, and the only reason I did this was because I wanted to know how to do it myself, since I figure I need to know as much as I can about my dogs, and I knew a vet I was going to do this, and they charge money for this, and I wanted to know how to do it myself.

Well, lucky for me, I know a lady who breeds dogs and has a 1 hour show on Animal Planet, and has been breeding and breeding dogs for years, and lucky for me, I know her!

Now I don’t recommend this to the newbie or the person who can’t handle it. In some countries, it is illegal to dock a dog’s tail. In some countries, like the United States, they still do and recommend it, because the Cocker Spaniel’s tail gets so bushy that it picks up all sorts of stuff and turns into a big mess pretty quickly. This is the main reason tails are docked.

There are different ways to dock dogs’ tails. One way is with a band, which you put the tail on the puppies, and it will eventually cause the tail to fall off. Some vets will tell you different times for tail docking, if you ask 5 different vets you can get several different time frames. Usually 2-3 days is normal, but you should always check with your vet first and let them know what you’re doing.

When we did that, we also removed the extra claws that dogs have, which they don’t use, and you don’t want them snagging on anything, while playing or jumping.

Some of the items we needed to cut the tails would be sterilized scissors, a soldering iron or soldering iron, one with a small tip that glows red hot. Some rubbing alcohol, cotton swabs, and fresh clean towels.

She taught me that you put a tight rubber band on the puppies tail, and the reason you want to do it early in life is that they can’t feel it, at least that’s what people say, and when I did it, It was like anything else, they realize, but they don’t get scared by it.

After docking the tail in the right place, you can ask your vet or look it up online. I remember when I took my litter of puppies to the vet a long time ago, he didn’t seem to know much about tail docking, and he asked me where he should dock the tails, luckily I already knew, and he’s the vet.

After docking the tails you would take the heating iron and place it right where you just docked it, this sounds like the brutal part but it is necessary so the pup doesn’t bleed. Just for a second, harden the freshly cut cut, and the iron will burn it and make it bleed no more. You would use the isopropyl alcohol to sterilize everything and clean the pups’ tails.

I asked my friend who breeds dogs to teach me how to dock the tails myself, and she was very experienced and does all the dog shows, she loves showing off her dogs, and she had a TV show about it that I watched. The second time I made a litter of puppies, I asked my 18 year old son to help me make them. He helped me make them, then when he finished, he told me he didn’t want to do it anymore, he felt like he was going to pass out, he told me, and it’s not for everyone for sure.

Those were the only 2 litters of puppies I did myself, and I went back to having the vet do them, and even for that, check, I found a different vet who had a lot more experience, and charged about half of what the first vet was charging me. I wanted the experience of doing it myself, because I just needed to know.

The world of go-karting has changed considerably over the years, as many companies have struggled to stay in business, while those that have stayed have prospered. Unfortunately, it can be hard to find replacement parts for many of the defunct brands, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of other options out there. This industry as a whole is struggling a bit, although countless highways can still be found throughout the country. Learning as much as possible about the various go-kart brands is essential for anyone looking to purchase a go-kart in the future.

American Sportsworks is a major brand in this industry that still exists today. This company not only makes go-karts, but also imports them from China for sale in the United States. This means they have a variety of different styles for you to choose from and should stay in business for the foreseeable future because of this connection to the Chinese market. Brister’s was a major go-kart brand in the past, having been founded by the Brister family in 1959. Eventually Manco bought it, and then American Sportworks bought it, adding further gloss to the Sportworks brand.

Carter Brothers was a major go-kart brand for a long time, although some people have complained that their parts are hard to find. That’s because most parts are custom, so you have to go to a Carter dealer to find them. Unfortunately, the Carter brothers’ plant burned down in July 2010, so it remains to be seen if this company will survive or simply go out of business after this setback.

Formerly called the Twister, Hammerhead Offroad is one of the leaders in this industry today, mainly because their parts are so easy to find, making them extremely popular with highway operators. The fact that you can repair your go kart in a matter of hours when you choose Hammerhead is important because it means you won’t have to search like you would with other brands. Most customers agree that you will get your money’s worth by going through Hammerhead as they produce a high quality go kart and will give you access to high quality replacement parts. Keep in mind that some parts can take a while to ship, especially when customs is involved, but overall Hammerhead is one of the best brands out there. This is a Chinese company, so the items must be shipped from abroad.

Kinroad is another Chinese company that offers great go kart products as the parts are of high quality and they have pretty good customer service. The only problem with this company, however, is that it takes some time to order parts, so if you can’t find the parts somewhere in the US, you may have to wait a few weeks. Kinroad and Hammerhead Offroad are in direct competition with each other for the US market, so take a look at these two manufacturers and see how they can serve you.

One of the more controversial go-kart companies, no longer in business, was Murray. Once upon a time, Murray was a popular go-kart company that produced go-karts and parts. When the company filed for bankruptcy in 2004, things began to change dramatically. Ultimately, a company called the Briggs and Stratton Corporation bought Murray out of bankruptcy protection. Almost immediately, Briggs and Stratton Corporation decided that it did not want to be involved in the go-kart industry and stopped selling and manufacturing this equipment. In addition, they stopped providing warranty coverage, replacement parts, and customer support for the product that Murray had sold, and it is even believed that they destroyed all the leftover parts. As a result, most buyers steer clear of Murray karts as they are very difficult to repair.

Other companies have gone bankrupt over the years as the market is not as strong as it once was. Many of these problems are associated with KINT, which bought several different manufacturers over the years but ran into problems of its own. KINT purchased Thunder Karts, USA Karts, and Straight Line in an attempt to expand their business. They then changed their name to Nitrous Go-Karts and stopped producing karts for all the companies they bought. Eventually, however, this company also went out of business, taking all the acquisitions with it and creating a significant hole in the US market. Other examples of go-kart companies that recently closed include Kartco, which was a very good manufacturer, Ken-bar, which closed in July 2010, and Yerf-Dog.

As you can see, some holes have been created in this market due to the recent economic downturn, as many of the Go Karts now being sold in the United States come from China. That said, newer companies like Nor-Am Go Karts, Electra Motorsports, Formula K Raceways and Johnson Kart are trying to stay relevant to the US market this time. While these companies are certainly not as big as the ones that come from China, they do produce high-quality karts and will send you replacement parts fairly quickly. Keep in mind that it’s always best to go with a company with a long history, as their parts are more widely available and less likely to suddenly disappear and leave you without proper technical support.

Because they are such social and affectionate dogs, Bichon Frizes tend to become overly attached to their owners and/or their environment. Sudden separations from their owners, such as when they go on vacation or when they move to a new home, can lead to the Bichon Frize developing separation anxiety.

Separation anxiety is a form of anxiety experienced by a dog or puppy, in this case a Bichon Frize, caused by separation from significant care and influence from their owner or family environment. In addition to being separated from their owners and changes in their environment, Bichon Frize separation anxiety can also be triggered by loud noises associated with separation, such as explosions, explosions, fireworks, or thunderstorms.

There are many ways that Bichon Frises manifest separation anxiety. One way is by constantly following you wherever you go. If he loses sight of you for even a few minutes, he becomes very restless, frantically pacing the house and whimpering. Some Bichons display aggressive behavior just to get your attention, such as growling, barking, or even biting. In its absence, the dog exhibits destructive behaviors such as chewing or gnawing on furniture and urinating or defecating in every part of the house, including its bed.

Crate training can help alleviate separation anxiety if done while your Bichon is still a puppy. In his absence, the crate or sleeping area for the dog becomes a place of sanctuary. Some dog owners even go so far as to place an old t-shirt or personal item that has their scent on it inside the crate to calm and relax their bichon.

After crate training, it encourages the development of independence in your Bichon puppy. This can be accomplished by teaching your pet to lie down and sleep on a dog mat or basket away from you and/or other family members. Give him toys to play with while you’re in another part of the house or away for a few hours. If you are worried about your pup taking the toy and playing with it in another part of the house, simply secure the toy to a fixed object like a post or wall. A common advice given by pet owners is that the toy should be given 10 to 20 minutes before leaving the house. Not only will this distract your bichon, but your pup will make a connection to his departure and a reward (ie the toy).

Never make departures or arrivals with such fanfare, as this will only compound the anxieties your dog is already experiencing.

Bichon Frize separation anxiety does not have to be due to frustration and resentment between owner and pet. Through proper training and patience, you can help your dog deal with his fears and anxieties.

It was a late September afternoon and Gerald was driving down a country road that took him through vineyards. Due to works on the main road, the traffic had been diverted.

His work took him all over the valley and today he had spent a good portion of his day behind the wheel. Below, between two rows of vines, something reddish-brown caught his eye. Gerald slowed the car to a stop.

Hesitantly, a tiny animal headed toward Gerald’s car. Gerald opened the door and stepped out onto the dirt shoulder. The little animal kept moving forward, its head tilted at an odd angle. As the creature drew closer, Gerald wondered how the animal could stand, let alone walk; It was nothing more than fur, skin and bones.

Gerald knelt down, holding still, until the little dog took a few more hesitant steps, then, as if in surrender, the little fur boy collapsed at Gerald’s feet. He looked so frail that Gerald hesitated to touch him. It was when the red dog raised his head to look at Gerald that Gerald lost all careful inhibition in him.

One of the young dog’s eyes was totally destroyed. From his pale eye, the little dog studied him. He looked so sad that he almost broke Gerald’s heart.

With misty eyes, Gerald gently lifted the fur boy up. “How did you get this far?” he muttered to himself before placing the little boy in the passenger seat of his car.

He drove to the vet he used for his senior Airedale Terrier, Chauncey. The vet, examining the dog, said, “He must be in a lot of pain with that ruined eye. The injury has been left untreated too long.”

The vet looked at Gerald, “I’ll do my best to make him okay.”

Gerald nodded and left the office.

~*~

Three days later, Gerald brought the furry patient home. He was wearing an electronic collar to keep him from scratching the stitches that kept his eyelids closed. The infected and damaged eye had been removed.

Gerald held the little boy; caressing him tenderly. The twinkle in the dog’s remaining eye and his expression of grateful joy touched something deep in Gerald’s soul. He decided to stay with him, but he needed to see how his older dog would get along with the newcomer.

It turned out that the older dog had nothing to do with the little red dog and there were a couple of episodes where Airedale had physically threatened him. Gerald and his wife were devastated: they had both grown to love their little warrior.

So Gerald called the lady who runs a no-kill shelter in the next county and asked if she could take a one-eyed little dog with a big heart. She agreed immediately after Gerald explained her circumstances. She added that she would like to come every other Friday to pick up the dog and bring it home for weekend visits. It was Gerald’s hope that his Airedale would change her mind and grow up to accept the dog as a friend.

~*~

One week, Gerald got a call from the lady at the no-kill shelter, saying it looked like his little rescue had found a forever home. Gerald knew there might come a time when the dog, whom he had never given a name for fear of becoming too attached, would be noticed by a loving human being and brought home.

Gerald’s insides twisted painfully, this was the weekend he was going to pick up the furry boy to try again at Gerald’s house.

“Can I go see him, one last time?” he said.

“Of course!”

In half an hour he was in the shelter. The lady was waiting for him, the puppy in her arms. She handed it to him and the dog’s tail lashed furiously as Gerald held him lovingly. Then the hairy guy showered Gerald with kisses.

Gerald hugged him tightly and whispered words of endearment. He walked to a side yard so he could be alone with the now healthy ball of fur whose life he had saved. But, in saving her life, she had lost her heart to the brave little warrior with a great loving spirit.

Before leaving, the lady assured him that the red dog was headed to a loving home. He nodded, thanked her, and walked away from her.

The lady found it difficult to tell him about the new home the dog was headed to. Hard to talk to a man whose heart was breaking. Hard not to cry when he looked into her tear filled eyes.

Later that afternoon, a woman came to pick up her new family member. She had been told the story of the puppy. And, after arriving at the shelter, the lady told him about the man’s last visit.

In his medical files, Gerald had left a letter describing how he had come to know and love the little dog. Included in the letter was his phone number.

That night, with the phone slung over his shoulder, he told Gerald all about the red dog’s new home. She told him that she had named the furry boy, Furgus…

… And Gerald smiled.

~**~**~
Copyright 2006 Kathy Pippig Harris