Barking Up the Poet Tree

 

 

MINIATURE POODLE

Poodle under hair dryer

BREED OF THE WEEK

JULY 22, 2013

COIF FURRED

Oodles of poodles with curlicued noodles,

Gallop to groomers for cuts and shampoodles.

Poodle car

Paw-some Poodle facts:

A dog with two countries…  The name “Poodle” comes from the German word pudel that means “one who plays in the water.”   Even though this breed started in Germany it is considered the national dog of France.

Shear madness…  No one knows how or why the Poodle’s unusual way of being groomed first started.   Some believe the show clips are patterned after haircuts given to hunting dogs.  These strange looking trims were supposed to keep the major joints warm when the dogs were swimming in the cold while the rest of the body was shaved for less drag in the water. Others believe that the hair was trimmed in this way to make the dogs more entertaining when they appeared in the French circus.

BORDER COLLIE

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BREED OF THE WEEK

JULY 15, 2013

A LITTLE BEARDY TOLD ME…

Not a sheepdog… much too thin.

Not a collie’s next of kin.

Chases BAAAAA-d guys.  Keeps the peace.

Member of the fleece police.

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Paw-some Bearded Collie facts:

No relation to Lassie…  Bearded Collies are not related to the other breed of dogs known as Collies.  In Scotland any dog that herds sheep is known by the name “collie”.

The dog is my shepherd… Bearded Collies are able to work on their own without a shepherd.  Since different flocks sometimes mix together these dogs are able to keep track of every animal in their own herd so that they don’t bring home any wrong sheep.

 

DACHSHUND

Pair of dox puppies

BREED OF THE WEEK

July 8, 2013

AND THE WIENER IS….

A Dachshund is part wiener,

And part canine vacuum cleaner.

Does she stand or does she sit?

And that’s the long and short of it.

Dachshund

Paw-some Dachshund facts:

What’s up Dox?  This is the only American Kennel Club recognized breed that hunts both below and above the ground.

Do you have that coat in an extra long?  There are three different types of Dachshund hair coats; smooth coat (shorthair), longhair and wirehair.  The shorthaired Dachshund is the most common and the wirehaired the least common varieties in the United States.

DALAMATIAN

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BREED OF THE WEEK

July 1, 2013

IT’S ALL RIGHT THERE IN BLACK AND WHITE

Dalmatians are not hard to spot.

On dance floors they are polka dots.

At midnight they are white on black.

On snowy days I take that back.

Dancing Dalmatians

PAW-SOME FUN FACTS

All fired up… Before there were modern fire trucks, Dalmations ran ahead of horse-drawn fire engines clearing the path for the horses and firefighters.  Today many fire stations keep Dalmations as mascots.

You’ll have to wait.  This spot’s taken…A Dalmatian puppy’s hair is completely white at birth.  The spots begin to appear within approximately two weeks.

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