🎕🎕🎕🎕🎕🎕🎕🎕🎕🎕🎕🎕🎕🎕🎕🎕🎕🎕🎕🎕🎕🎕🎕 Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day. It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.
Whether you call them mutts, Heinz-57 or designer dogs, mixed-breed dogs are truly special.
Purebred dogs are a big deal to many people (AKC has over 100 recognized breeds to suit any lifestyle) but there are millions of mixed breed dogs that die in animal shelters each year because there are no homes available.
Each mixed-breed dog is unique; one of a kind. Even if you meet a similar dog, no two are quite the same. Purebred littermates are genetically unique, but your mixed-breed dog truly stands alone. It can be fun guessing the breed origins of your *bff. If you really need to know, ask your vet about DNA testing which can identify up to three breeds.
Mixed-breed dogs do not generally come with a long list of hereditary problems. Not to say your mutt will be perfect, but mixed breed dogs are less likely to possess breed-specific hereditary health and behavioral problems. For instance, if your dog is a Great Dane mix, he could still have hip dysplasia, but it may be less severe because the breed has been diluted. And a Doberman mix may be less likely to have aggression problems than a purebred (though not all Doberman’s are aggressive.)
Though any dog may have serious hereditary problems, it really seems worth the risk to get a mutt. However, while the mystery of a mutt can be exciting, it is important to prepare yourself for a few surprises along the way.
It’s up to you whether you decide to get a purebred or not - there is no right or wrong decision. Follow your heart.
No matter what type of dog you choose, your life will be forever changed!
Your mixed-breed dog will hold a special place in your heart – you will never find another quite the same.
Your cat's whiskers are far more important than you might think.
The most sensitive hairs on a body are called tactile hairs. On cats they are commonly referred to as whiskers. They are found on their upper lip, their chin and where their eye brows would be. Take a look behind your cat’s front paws. There are also whiskers there!
Usually cats have about 12 whiskers in four rows on either side of their muzzle. The top row of whiskers move independently of the middle row. They are all connected to nerve fibers deep inside your cat's skin. These very special hairs on their faces are extremely sensitive and can detect changes in air current and vibrations that help your cat to locate prey as well as a safe escape route, like furniture or the closest tree. The whiskers on their ankles helps them with captured prey in their clutches. Cats are farsighted and often can't see what's right under their noses and the whiskers help.
Your cat's whiskers also communicate three distinct moods. Whiskers flat against the cheeks means shy. Fully fanned and a bit forward indicate a tense or excited cat and whiskers in a neutral position, as if when sleeping, means a calm kitty.
In America and other Christian countries, the TABBY cat has a legend of its own. As the Christ child lay in the manger, no animal - not even the gentle donkey or the faithful shepherd dog - could soothe Him to sleep. But when a little tabby jumped lightly into the manger and began to purr a lullaby, the Babe fell asleep at last. Ever since, all tabbies' foreheads have borne an M in token for the Madonna's gratitude.