Facts About Siberian Huskies

Facts About Siberian Huskies

One of the first facts about Siberian Huskies that people often want to know is whether the name itself is just another name for either the Alaskan Husky or the Malamute. To many, these three types of dogs are considered to be one and the same breed. The truth is, there are really only two breeds, the Siberian Husky and the Malamute. The Malamute is sometimes called the Alaskan Malamute but it is still a Malamute and not a Siberian Husky, which is a totally different breed.

While Siberian Huskies and Malamutes are pure breeds, the Alaskan Husky is not. The Alaskan Husky is a usually a  mix of Siberian Husky, Malamute, and occasionally another breed, typically a Lab. While you may see a lot of Alaskan Huskies, you’ll never see one in an AKC-sponsored dog show, simply because the Alaskan Husky isn’t a pure breed.  There are many mixed breed like the Husky Pomeranian mix or the Husky German Shepherd mix, but for shows people only use pure breeds.


Different Dogs With Something in Common

Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Huskies are both used as sled dogs however since both are working dogs. The Alaskans generally fare better over long distances whereas the Siberians are best at the shorter distances. Since they are not pure bred animals, Alaskan Huskies are not bred for show. The Siberian Husky is. It is a working dog, but it tends to be bred mainly for show, letting the Alaskan pull the sleds.

One thing that all three of these types of dogs love to do is work. Each of the types can pull a sled farther in a day than most men can run. Consequently, these dogs need a great deal of exercise and are a poor choice for anyone not willing or able to give them the exercise they need.


A Somewhat Fierce Looking Teddy Bear

One of the facts about Siberian Huskies that many are not familiar with is how loving and gentle they tend to be. Perhaps too many people have heard of or seen sled dogs fighting one another, which sometimes happen. Around people however, the Siberian is a good citizen, as long as it has been brought up to be that way. It may be the fact that this breed looks (and sounds) and awful lot like a wolf that make people a little leery of it. The truth is, the Siberian does not make a good watchdog at all. Its looks might frighten a person away, but if that person doesn’t leave quickly the dog is apt to walk over, expecting to be petted. Your pet Siberian may well alert you if there is a stranger at the door, but it might just as easily take the lead in welcoming that stranger into you home.


An Independent, Multiple-Person Dog

Another of the facts about Siberian Huskies is that, while they are eager to please, their loyalty sometimes has its limits. The Siberian is seldom a one-person dog. In fact, it sometimes seems as if its best friend is the person who happens to be standing closest to it. They are eager to please to be sure, but only to the extent that what you want them to do seems to them to be a good idea. The Siberian is a very independent dog. While it will take to obedience training, it is not a dog that is apt to roll over or go fetch, unless it has a mind to.


Well-Mannered, If There are No Cats Around

The Siberian is a breed that needs to be on a leash when being taken on a walk. Unlike a hound, which is apt to start following its nose in another direction, the Siberian is more apt to take after a smaller animal, such as a cat. That can be bad enough, but it could be even worse if the cat happens to be on the other side of a busy street. Siberians have a definite predator instinct although they can usually be trained to get along with a house cat. One of the problems with walking a Siberian on a leash is that it can take some training to get the dog to walk properly. Put a leash on a Siberian and its first instinct is to pull on it, as if it were attached to a sled. A Siberian can pull very hard.

Siberians also shed a lot, an awful lot according to some owners, and they also have a reputation for being somewhat difficult to potty train. Some will tell you that as a breed the Siberian is sometimes a little ‘quirky.’ In spite of these apparent shortcomings, one of the facts about Siberian Huskies that stands out above all others is that they are simply wonderful dogs. If you are willing to put in the time and effort to care for one, and have a great deal of patience, the rewards can be great. They truly are a beautiful dog and they do love people. If you think the Siberian might be the dog for you, the Siberian Husky Club of America can find a breeder near you. Another option is to adopt one from a Husky Rescue organization if there is one not far from where you live.

Having Hedgehogs as Pets

If you are a person who wants unconventional pets and pets that borders on the exotic, then the hedgehog is for you. Domesticated hedgehogs are small critters, which is almost about the size of your average housecat and looks like a cross between a mouse and a cactus. Mine looks like a little panda bear. They have quills on their backs, keratin quills, which are not prickly to the touch and are different from the quills of porcupines, which is hard and oftentimes sharp. Hedgehogs are docile creatures and are silent by nature, owing to the fact that they are nocturnal animals that prefer to do their hunting or foraging at night and hide during the day. They are also for the no-fuss pet owner like me, as they require very little maintenance, needing only the clipping of its nails and bathing once every month. Of course, their daily feeding, watering and also the cleaning of their cages is a given for every pet owner, but besides that, they’ll be very happy if you just leave them alone. But I always like them around when I paint, many of my works are built around nature and my hedgy is my direct link to it.

Looking for the ideal pet hedgehog for you is not rocket science, just locate a reputable pet dealer, which has long experience in hedgehogs, and you’re almost good to go. But to be sure, upon buying a hedgehog, you must first try to handle them yourself. Make sure they are calm and tame, signs that they are already domesticated. They must be very easy to pick up and not curling into a ball and jumping on you when you come close. A neglected hedgehog is mean towards people and does not like to be touched. Do not buy a hedgehog that hisses or snaps at your hand when you try to hold them, as it indicates that they were not treated very well or are still wild.

Hedgehogs are omnivores; they eat plants and meat, and are very happy to eat present day cat food. You can also feed them insects such as crickets, small grasshoppers and mealworms which are delicacies to them.  Human food can also be given to them like chicken, pork, hard boiled eggs, carrots and almost every type of fruit and vegetable, provided they are first cooked for easy consumption. Care should be taken and do not try to give them milk, cheese or other dairy products as they are lactose intolerant and will suffer digestion problems when given these types of food.

Last but not the least, before buying a hedgehog for your home; make sure it has also a decent home for himself in your house. Typical hedgehog cages should have an area of about two square feet to enable him to move around freely and do hedgehog things. It may be made of wood, plastic or cardboard, just make it is sturdy and tall enough so that he cannot escape. Make him a bedding of strips of newspapers, saw dust or wood shavings, any material that does not get damp easily and also adjusts to their body whenever they lie down. I use Aspen wood shaving as they are resistant to mildew and my hedgehogs seem to like the smell of it. A food bowl should also be present along with a water bottle so they easily can get to their nourishments. An exercise wheel is also recommended to be placed inside a hedgehog cage to enable them to get busy with something or just work up a sweat, because a bored hedgehog with nothing to do becomes dull and moody, and may sometimes develop health concerns. Finally, they need somewhere or something to hide into. Being nocturnal and solitary in nature, hedgehogs find holes in the ground and other dark places to hide or rest in and get away from it all. So make sure they have their own hiding place like an upturned large bowl or mini animal caves that can be bought in local pet stores.

Having hedgehogs as pets can be a rewarding experience for those spunky enough to take the challenge. So take the plunge and get your own hedgy today.

Neutropenia, what is it? Do you have it?

Neutropenia, a word you don’t encounter every day, a big word that carries an even bigger meaning to those who have it. Neutropenia is defined by the dictionary as a being the condition of blood in our body that is distinguished by a insufficiency of neutrophils, a kind of white blood cell which protects the body from fungal and bacterial infections. White blood cells function as the body’s defense to foreign objects such as bacteria and virus. Simply put, neutropenia is the state where your body’s defenses are so low or nonexistent that any crazy bacteria or virus can easily gain access to it and thrive.

Neutropenia is a disease which is hard to detect. Oftentimes you are not aware of it, but already have it, for there are no concrete symptoms for this condition, doctors know you have it only after careful deduction of what you are manifesting, and also after an exhaustive laboratory and diagnostic process. There are however, clues which may point towards the disease. You may have neutropenia if you possess one of more of these symptoms:

  • ·         Fever of greater than 38° Celsius
  • ·         Difficulty and pain in urinating
  • ·         Mouth and gum ulcers coupled with difficulty in swallowing
  • ·         Ear infections and Sore throat
  • ·         Dizziness and shortness of breath
  • ·         Have frequent infections

There is really no known cure for neutropenia. Doctors only treat the latent symptoms of the condition when they present themselves. However, several neutropenic precautions could be taken if there is a suspicion of the occurrence of it. Among them are the following.

  • Constant monitoring of body temperature
  • Avoid crowded and enclosed public places
  • Utmost observation of proper mouth and body hygiene
  • Strictly balanced diet and fluid consumption
  • Avoid injuries to the body particularly scratches, punctures and open wounds
  • Avoid sick people and animals

The precautions previously mentioned all pointed to the avoidance of contacting disease. Therefore, neutropenia is, basically, a state wherein your body can’t protect itself from illness, so it is of highest importance to stay away from things which can make you sick.

I was supposed to visit an old friend at the hospital and was unceremoniously turned away by his doctor. My friend was suffering from Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and has recently undergone chemotherapy for his illness and was still weak from the process. I was hoping I could visit and talk to my friend, to at least lift up his spirits and talk about old times, but sadly, it must wait until another day. It was good of the doctor to at least explain what was happening. My friend has to be put into isolation because of a bout of neutropenia and has instructions for the temporary disallowance of his visitors. I was not vaguely familiar with the new word and decided to look it up. Pardon the long lecture, as I too have only been acquainted to it recently. I also want to share what I have learned, so that it may reach as many people as possible, and hopefully, may even be of help to some.

Foods Not to Eat and How to Stop Breastfeeding from a Dad

Breastfeeding is very important to your baby’s early life. Not only do you give him life giving nourishment but also pass unto him basic immunity and the ability to fight allergies and diseases. Breastfeeding is so important to a child’s well-being that it is ideally recommended to be done for up to two years of age. No milk formula or other milk substitute can surpass the potency of a mother’s milk.

I really don’t know if I was breastfed when I was young. Never had a chance to ask my mother or thought about it either and never did it came into my mind until now. My friend and I had this discussion the other day as he was researching about foods to avoid while breastfeeding. His wife has recently given birth and is eager to do breastfeeding on their son, and he too was eager to find out, particular details about it so that, as he said, they would not go into it blindly. I goaded him a bit but he finally relented and showed me his research.

Bad Foods for Breastfeeding:

  • Alcoholic Beverages. Tiny amounts of alcohol get through to the baby from the mother and will cause your baby to get sleepy and drowsy. Continuous consumption may cause the baby to sleep deeper and may develop weakness in his body as well as unusual weight gain.
  • Garlic and Spicy Foods. Garlic can actually change the flavor of a mother’s milk, sometimes causing the baby to totally reject breastfeeding, while spicy foods may cause the baby to become finicky, even long after the feeding session. Irate babies spend less time sleeping and resting which sometimes result to delayed growth.
  • Colas and other Caffeinated Beverages. Soft drinks, coffee and even chocolates fall under this category. Can result into a grumpy and irascible baby, loss of sleep by the baby is also attributed to the mother’s consumption of each.  It is suggested to feed the baby until full before taking such foods, so as to allow its complete passage in the mother’s system, eliminating any trace to pass into the mother’s milk.
  • Highly Allergenic Foods. Foods such as wheat, eggs, corn, wheat, shellfish and nuts are examples of highly allergenic foods. After feeding, one must observe if the baby develops allergic reaction to what is consumed by the mother, such as unexplained rashes and wheezing of the baby while breathing. Heredity may also be a cause of a baby’s allergy to a particular kind of food.

His research was far enough forward that he also even tackled topics about how to stop breastfeeding.

How to Wean a Baby from Breastfeeding:

  • Try to first get the mindset that you want to wean your baby from breastfeeding, understand and accept that your baby and you will be hard put during this weaning process. Just remember to always comfort and reassure your baby that everything would be alright.
  • With some kind of distraction, introduce a beaker, a cup or a bottle alternately, sometimes before and sometimes after breastfeeding. This will familiarize the baby to other mediums of getting nourishment. Husbands can also bring said items to the baby as to make the baby familiar to others giving him food.
  • Eventually lessen feeding from the breast replaced by baby bottle. If baby seems hesitant or irritated, try changing nipple type of bottle until he finds one that he likes.
  • After you completely stop breastfeeding, milk will stop generating also. But be mindful of the discomfort that will arise during the time. Engorgement and leaking in the breast is also expected during this phase. Applying warm or cold compress to the area helps easing of the discomfort. Continue eating healthy and begin wearing firm bras for support.

I congratulated him on his diligence. I really admire him for his dedication towards his wife and their baby.

A Lady, a Pit bull and a Pomeranian

It is amazing the progress dogs are making nowadays. Pure breeds still carrying traits that made them such classics and cross breeds taking the best of different worlds, combining particular strengths into a sometimes new kind of breed totally, makes you think, if there is any limit to it. That’s the situation I was faced when, during one of my painting sessions with a client, became acquainted with her two dogs.

She has two dogs, a big one and a teeny weenie noisy one. I was feeling a bit uneasy during our talk, subtly looking for the nearest exit or a chair I might use for self preservation, wary of the big one who is quietly staring at me since her owner and I began talking. Oh, he’s always like that, she said, referring to the big dog; he likes to stare a lot. She then went to the dog and patted it, which, to my relief, elicited a playful response. His name is Champ, he’s a boxer pitbull mix, and he’s adorable wouldn’t you say, she continued, and this is Patty, a teacup Pomeranian, referring to the little yapping dog she was carrying. We eventually sat down and continued talking, but now our discussion shifted to her dogs.

She said she got her dogs from a local breeder and was supposed to only get the big one at first, but eventually ended up with the both of them as Patty was so cute and very hard to resist. She got them as babies and said that she takes care of them personally since then.  He intended to get Champ to guard around the house, as a pitbull and boxer mix, he’s an energetic and very loyal dog, owing to each breeds characteristics; the pitbull’s playfulness and strength, and the boxer’s protectiveness and faithfulness, he is the ultimate guardian for the house. But why is he that playful? I said, and come to think of it, he didn’t growl or threaten me the first time he saw me. It’s a common misconception, she said. Dog breeds are not to be blamed for their aggressiveness, the dog becomes vicious only if you brought them up that way or trained them to be such. That’s true and I agreed with her.

Sorry about patty, she said. Pomeranians are like that, they like to bark a lot. That’s a trait of theirs; ultimately possessive and loyal to their owners, that even talking to others elicits their inborn jealousy so much, that the only way they know how to express it, is to bark, and bark a lot. It’s like that for Pomeranian’s, you either love them or hate them, she concluded. It’s a rather fine little dog, I mused, with tufts of hair shooting, in every direction, like fireworks around its body, which, depending on its kind of breed, can indeed fit into a teacup. I wouldn’t mind getting one for myself I thought. And I also saw both of the dogs get along fine with each other. Not fighting or anything, but instead cuddled up together at their owners foot during our conversation.

We eventually finished up our business and I was on my way. I reflectively thought about what transpired that day. Nature really is divergent and always do not fail to surprise, even with unpretentious creatures such as dogs, the possibilities are unbounded. Yet the responsibility always is accrued to men. And we men must fundamentally embrace it.

What are Toothaches and what to do When You have One

I still can remember having a toothache, having that kind of pain makes you never forget that you had it one time or another. It’s the kind of event that will rock you down to your core and shake everything up, leaving you with an excruciating, debilitating, lingering, torturous, insert every miserable word in the dictionary here, kind of pain that you wouldn’t wish to ever happen to someone, most of all yourself. It’s like someone high-fived you on the face, with a chair, maybe a table while we’re at it. Yes that’s how painful it is.

So, what are the most common causes of toothache?

  • Tooth Decay. Cavities are the main culprit of tooth decay. Improper oral hygiene or the lack of it makes the tooth susceptible, to the myriads of bacterias found in the mouth. It first forms as plaque on the surface of the tooth and hardens into tartar within a couple of days. Acid formed by the same bacterias dissolves tooth enamel forming cavities which digs its way towards the pulp. It is there in the tooth pulp where pus develops, destroying the tooth structure which in turn, cause intense pain.
  • Gum Disease. Also known as periodontitis or gingivitis, is an ailment which causes red, swollen, bleeding gums which is also often accompanied by gum pain. It is an inflammation of the gums brought about by the same bacterias that cause tooth decay. Poor oral hygiene, is also to be blamed for the condition and if left untreated, may cause the gums to loosen, separating the teeth from the jaws, thereby forming gaps or holes between them. Loose food or other debris may find its way into these pockets, which in time, may eventually cause infection.
  • Tooth Fragmentation. Tooth fractures, chipping of tooth and other dental accidents are also a cause of tooth aches. These kinds of events destroy the integrity of the tooth, sometimes exposing tooth dentin and even the pulp, making them prone to tooth infection and abcesses. Teeth trauma such as the knocking or dislodging of the teeth also falls into this category.
  • Unusual Repeated Motions of the Teeth. Using repetitive, unnescessary motions with  your teeth, like the prolonged chewing of gum or even the grinding of it (bruxism) wears out teeth enamel and also causes stress to the jaws and the face muscles.

Toothaches comes when you least expect it. Its never announced, and like earthquakes, it can never be predicted. But when it does come, you’ll definitety feel its rumble. It is therefore vital to know what you can do when it comes, and a visit to your dentist is still a long time and appointment away.

What are the emergency methods for tooth pain relief?

  • Brush your teeth thoroughly, gargle with warm water  and take an over the counter pain reliever.
  • Apply cold compress to the affected area and hope it can numb the pain out.
  • Gargle with warm salt solution.
  • Put either garlic, clove oil, almond extract, oregano oil or hard liquor into a swab of cotton and apply directly to the affected tooth.
  • Pray hard that the toothache will go away

Toothaches are a very bad thing, it is better to prevent it from happening rather than experiencing all of its glory. All that is needed for that, is to be always vigilant of your dental hygiene and to always brush your teeth and floss.