February 27, 2009

Canine family tree reflects human hand

I thought this was interesting. I've heard most of it before. Never seen this article though.


Canine family tree reflects human hand

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 25, 2004 9:38 AM ET
CBC News

Most genetic variation in modern dogs was introduced by humans through selective breeding programs, researchers have found.
This is among the surprising findings of a comparison of dog and wolf DNA by researchers building a canine family tree.

Researchers took DNA samples from 414 purebred dogs representing 85 breeds to see how the canine genome accounts for the smallest Pekinese, curly poodle or herding border collie.

Some modern breeds are less than 200 years old

Scientists used a computer program and statistical analysis to identify a dog's breed based on the subtle differences in its genetic profile.

Geneticist Elaine Ostrander of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre in Seattle and her colleagues found the breeds evolved into four main groups:

-An ancient group of older hounds like the Afghan, dogs of Asian origin, such as the Chinese Shar-pei, and the northern Spitz dogs like the Siberian Huskey most closely resembled the wolf.
The Mastifs such as Rottweilers, bulldogs and boxers that share large bodies and square-shaped heads.
-Working dogs like collies and sheep dogs.
-Sporting dogs like hounds and terriers.

Two breeds thought to be ancient, the Ibizan Hound and Pharaoh Hound, in fact aren't so old.

The two hounds resemble dogs depicted on the tombs of pharaohs but they only have traces of ancient fingerprints. The hounds' DNA show they were bred more recently.

The results show although most modern breeds are genetically distinct, the differences evolved in the last several hundred years as humans selectively bred dogs.

Tracking disease genes

Since human families are often too small to get samples from many generations, dog breeds are a useful model for researchers.

Each registered purebred includes many members of an isolated population, which makes it easier for scientists to identify genes behind inherited diseases.

Dogs and humans share many of the same disorders, such as heart disease, cancer and epilepsy. Researchers hope if the can find disease genes in dogs, it will be easier to hunt for similar ones in people.

Veterinary researchers can focus on breeds prone to a disease and owners may be able to determine a pet's lineage.

The study appears in Friday's issue of the journal Science.

Hanged Dog: More Info (CAUTION - Photo included)


Help sought in SPCA probe of dog’s death

Fri. Feb 27 - 5:31 AM

This photo from the SPCA shows a male mixed breed-dog found dead in the snow Wednesday after it was hanged from a nearby tree in Brookside, outside Halifax.

The Nova Scotia SPCA is seeking the public’s help in finding out who is responsible for killing a dog the agency says was recently hanged from a tree in metro.

Sean Kelly, a spokesman for the agency, said Thursday the animal’s death, which the SPCA said was caused by being strung up with an electrical cord, is disturbing and worrisome.

The mixed-breed dog, about the size of a Labrador retriever, was an unneutered male found in Brookside, outside Halifax. An autopsy is being done in Truro and should help determine its age.

"It’s very concerning to us," Mr. Kelly said of the dog’s death. "Anybody who would be this cruel and this calculating to this dog, in my view, would have no problem doing it to a person."

Mr. Kelly said the SPCA received a phone call Wednesday afternoon about a dead dog lying in the snow in Brookside. It was near a tree that had an industrial electrical cord tied around it.

The dog had part of the cord around its neck.

An SPCA investigator sent to the scene made the grisly discovery, said Mr. Kelly.

"It appeared that the dog was hanged from the tree," he told The Chronicle Herald. "And then the person cut the cord on the dog and just basically left the dog there to rot."

The dog was tan with black on its nose and was possibly a mastiff mix, Mr. Kelly said. The cord found on the animal is white with a large yellow three-pronged plug; the plug has #6 written on it in black marker.

Under the Police Act, the SPCA is conducting a criminal investigation into the animal’s death and can lay charges, Mr. Kelly said. He said there are no suspects but a person has contacted the SPCA to say the dog looks familiar.

"They gave us some information to follow up on," Mr. Kelly said.

Mr. Kelly said the dog wasn’t wearing a collar and didn’t have any identifying material on it, such as a bandana.

"When the dog thaws out a little more we’re going to try and test him for a microchip," he said.

It’s not the first time a dog has been hanged in Halifax Regional Municipality. Ten months ago, a dead dog was found in woods in Upper Hammonds Plains. It had been strung up, too.

Regarding the hanging in Brookside, Mr. Kelly said the way the dog was killed was unconscionable.

"The horrible thing about this act is that the dog was cut down but left with the cord around his neck, which shows us that the killers actually watched him die, then cut him down," he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the SPCA at 835-4798.

( mlightstone@herald.ca)

February 26, 2009

Traditional Shar Pei/History of Shar Pei

I thought I would put together some history, pictures, etc of Shar Pei. They used to look quite a bit different years ago. Although there are still some breeders who breed the traditional bonemouth Shar Pei. More breed the meatmouth Shar Pei.

Not many people know that Shar pei originated as not very wrinkle, and a bit different looking than todays Shar pei. Some people like the traditional, some like the newer.
Personal preference really.

There are quite a few websites that have a lot of info on the traditional Shar pei, I've pasted the links to some of the here.
The pictures are from these websites as well.

Here are some good videos of Shar Pei ... one from Animal Planet, Breed All About It.

Part One: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jB1s5DDPQi8

Part Two: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44D0_VYLXlY

Part Three: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kUPS7kGTkU

Here are pictures of Traditional Shar pei


Actually, Foo Dog (or Fu Dog) refers to dog breeds originating in ancient China, which resemble the Chinese guardian lions and hence are also called 'lion dogs'.
Fu is the Chinese
word for happiness. The Foo Dog was the protector of sacred buildings and a defender of law. The dogs were commonly placed at business institutions, temple gates, home entrances, and estates.
Among the 'Foo" dog breeds is the Chow Chow, which is a breed of dog that
was first developed in Mongolia about 4,000 years ago and was later introduced into China.
The Shih Tzu, Pug, and
Shar Pei (wrinkly dog) are also considered lion dogs.
There is a
Chinese Foo Dog Club of America. Do you have a Foo Dog?


Eric from hkshar-pei.com explains below how he perceives the differences between the two types of Shar Pei.
When Christopher Columbus "discovered" America (Central America to be exact) in 1492, he named the native people he saw Indians. He was on his westward expedition to find a new route to Asia. Today we call these native people American Indians. Ask Indians from India if they agree with Columbus that those people he saw was Indians?

So in order to clarify what Columbus really means, we call them American Indians.
Then a couple of hundred years later, American thought they have found the Akita dogs. Apparently the Japanese Kennel Club did not think so. So we now have the American Akita and the Japanese Akita in much the same way as the American called their native people American Indians and the Indians in India the usual Indians.

Cocker Spaniel is a little more simple because American and British are historically very much similar and so much more difficult to mis communicate. So they differentiated the breed into American Cocker and English Cocker without much difficulty. American could not have confused British for something else.

For Shar-pei, the Western world is still living in the age of Columbus. The majority of them still insist that they have "discovered" a rare breed in China called Shar-pei and named it Chinese Shar-pei (as the name CSPCA implies) which is similar to Columbus claiming he saw the Indians. As there were no consensus yet at that time on what to call the Northern great continent of America, he could not have referred to the natives as "American Indians" to differentiate them from the Indian Indians.

The Shar-pei photo you have put on your
Western Shar Pei web page is a nice dog with good traditional Shar-pei (we call bone mouth or the original Shar-pei we see in China) but not the color.

Traditional Shar-pei DO NOT have Blue color, hippo face and brush tail. Blue is something of Western origin and possibly from Neapolitan Mastiff. The early Chinese breeders in Hong Kong, Taiwan and in U.S. must have crossed with Shar-pei to produce the more massive face, meat padding (and therefore we call the Western type Shar-pei Meat-mouth), wrinkles on face and thus follow with all these features also the color. This was what happened in the 1970's and 1980's when Shar-pei was HOT in U.S. and many people made a fortune by breeding these wrinkle meat-mouth dogs.

Therefore, the Western meat-mouth is a total market creation and it has nothing to do with the original Shar-pei found locally in China. And yet people continue to us the term Chinese Shar-pei to describe a Western market product


Glossary Of Traditional Shar Pei Terms

Bone mouth Shar-Pei:
The traditional type Shar-Pei. "Gwat zhui" in Cantonese. "Gwat" means bone, "zhui" means mouth.

Bone-meat mouth Shar-Pei:
The in between type between bone and meat mouth Shar-Pei. A term commonly used in Hong Kong and China. Called tweener in the west by some people which should stands for something "in-between". "Gwat yok zhui" in Cantonese. "Gwat" means bone, "yok" means meat, and "zhui" means mouth.

Butterfly nose:
A term used to describe the nose of a Shar-Pei. The word butterfly actually refers to the name of a kind of cookie found in the area of Guangdong. In Cantonese is called "Wu dip sou". "Wu dip" means butterfly, and "sou" means biscuit or cookie. This "Chinese" cookie is actually an import from the west. Very much like the vegetable tomato. Tomato is as much "Chinese" as "Western".

Cart pushing leg:
Describes the condition of hindquarters. When in motion, can extend and strong like when pushing a cart forward. "Toi che bei" in Cantonese. "Toi" for push, "che" for cart, and "bei" means thigh. This is not to be mistaken as a straight stifle.

Chamfa ear:
Erect ear or pricked ear. Although this is not a preferred Shar-pei ear, however, it is an accepted practice among breeders in Hong Kong and China to employ a dog with this type of ears in their breeding program if all other traditional bone mouth features are of exceptionally good quality. "Chamfa" stands for a pair of decorative triangular ornament used to decorate the small family shrine in each household. A religious display common in Guangdong province. The Chinese use this auspicious symbol to name this type of ear for Shar-pei represents acceptance and respect for this original and primitive canine trait. In short, Chamfa ear is an accepted in breeding program but definitely not a preferred ear for Shar-pei.

Chu ghon sik:
"Chu" for pig, "ghon" for liver, and "sik" for color in Cantonese, meaning pig liver color.

Clam shell ear:
A type of button ear but thick and small in proportion to head. Looks like a pair of small clam shells resting on top of the skull. "Hinhok yi" in Cantonese. "Hinhok" meaning clam shell and "yi" meaning ear. Care must be taken to differentiate this from a folded ear which is a kind of hereditary deformed and shrunken ear. A true Clam shell ear is very lively and react sharply to the surrounding sound with movement.

Coin tail:
Description of a curled spiral whip tail of Shar-pei. "Kam chin mei" in Cantonese. "Kam chin" means coin and "mei" means tail.

Dam cheung mei:
"Dam" means carry, "cheung" means spear, and "mei" means tail. Refer to spear tail.

Five Point Red Shar-Pei:
A type of Shar-Pei with liver red pigmentation for eyes (surrounding skin), nose, tongue, anus, and foot pad. Priced for good fortune by the Chinese. In China, a red color stands for live and prosperity. "Ng hong" in Cantonese. "Ng" means five, and "hong" means red.
Although not mentioned specifically in any Shar-Pei breed standards, this is a popular color priced by bone mouth fancier in Hong Kong and China. The consensus on this color combination is very strong among Chinese regardless of bone mouth or meat mouth fancier. This is a difficult color preference to reconcile with the breed standard when it concern with the color of the tongue. Because of the recognition of this Five Point Red by the Chinese, therefore, flowered tongue is acceptable. Otherwise, there could not be possibly any room for recognition of Five Point Red. Although not accepted in show and not preferred, a red to pink tongue should be acceptable for breeding if all other traditional bone mouth features are of exceptionally good quality similar in case to the Chamfa ear. But unlike Chamfa ear, it is said that all blue, flowered and pink tongue were equally acceptable in the good old days. In fact, some older Chinese even thought that a blue tongue is "poisonous" in contrast to a healthy "red" tongue.
Because the blue tongue pigmentation trait is quite strong, it is very easy to get the blue tongue again. Of course it would be great if the show standard can relaxed in future to include pink to red tongue also, but for the time being, we will have to live with blue tongue as the show standard but once again this should not discourage us to keep a pink tongue if all other traditional bone mouth features are of exceptionally good quality.

Fungus ear:
A type of button ear but thick, wavy and small in proportion to head. Fungus refer to a type of edible tree fungus found in China. The appearance of this tree fungus is flat and fleshy, almost triangular in shape. "Wan yi" in Cantonese. The edible fungus is also called "Wan yi". Among all the various presentation of ears, this type of ear (Won yi) is the most priced Shar-pei ear.

Gaap la zhui:
"Gaap la" for toad and "zhui" for mouth in Cantonese, meaning toad mouth, description for a kind of mouth of Shar-pei vs. "Nga tung zhui" or roof tile mouth. The muzzle of toad mouth is shorter than that of a roof tile mouth.

Garlic claw:
Description on the toes of foot; construction of the phalanges giving an outward appearance of a garlic bulb.

Gwat yok zhui:
"Gwat" means bone, "yok" means meat, and "zhui" means mouth. Same as tweener or bone-meat mouth.

Gwat zhui:
"Gwat" means bone, "zhui" means mouth. Simply means bone mouth.

Hinhok yi:
"Hinhok" meaning clam shell and "yi" meaning ear. Refer to Clam shell ear.

Kam chin mei:
"Kam chin" means coin and "mei" means tail in Cantonese. See coin tail for details.

Kwa leem mei:
"Gua" means hanging, "lim" means sickle, and "mei" means tail. See Sickle tail. This sickle refers to the Chinese sickle and not the western sickle. The R of Chinese sickle is less curved than a western sickle.

Meat mouth Shar-pei:
The Shar-pei commonly seen in the west with many wrinkles and thick padding around muzzle. Some refer to as the modern type Shar-pei. "Yok zhui" in Cantonese. "Yok" means meat, "zhui" means mouth.

Ng hong:
"Ng" means five, and "hong" means red in Cantonese. Refer to Five Point Red for detail.

Nga tung zhui:
"Nga tung" means clay roof tile, and "zhui" means mouth. But mouth here actually refer to the muzzle part. See Roof tile mouth for detailed description. Muzzle of "Nga tung zhui" is longer than that of "Gaap la zhui" or toad mouth.

Pig liver color:
Used to describe color of Shar-pei. It is a reddish liver color. An important color used to describe the Five Point Red. "Chu ghon sik" in Cantonese. "Chu" for pig, "ghon" for liver, and "sik" for color.

Roof tile mouth:
Describe the shape of muzzle in the form of a Chinese clay roof tile. "Nga tung zhui" in Cantonese. "Nga tung" means clay roof tile, and "zhui" means mouth. This is a very important description of a bone mouth Shar-pei. A "Nga tung" is convex smooth surface. This means that there should be no padding, cushion on the surface. Looking straight from the front, there should be a clean smooth roof tile between 10 and 2 o'clock on the clock surface. This is the most important feature differentiating between a bone mouth and a meat mouth.

Rusty black:
Not a pure black. Color like rusted pig iron. "Tit sau wu" in Cantonese. "Tit" meaning iron, "sau" meaning rust, and "wu" meaning black. So literally meaning black like rusted iron.

Sau ji tau:
Chinese character of "Longevity" on the forehead. "Sau" means longevity, "ji" means character, and "tau" means head.

Sandy skin, coarse skin in Cantonese. Pronounced "sha pi" in Putonghua or Mandarin.

Sickle tail:
Describe the tail carriage of Shar-pei. A whip like tail curved like a sickle pointing toward the head. "Kwa leem mei" in Cantonese. "Kwa" means hanging, "leem" means sickle, and "mei" means tail. This sickle refers to the Chinese sickle and not the western sickle. The R of Chinese sickle is less curved than a western sickle.

Spear tail:
Describe the tail carriage of Shar-pei. A whip tail straight like a spear pointing up into the sky. "Dam cheung mei" in Cantonese. "Dam" means carry, "cheung" means spear, and "mei" means tail.

Tit sau wu:
"Tit" meaning iron, "sau" meaning rust, and "wu" meaning black. So literally meaning black like rusted iron or Rusty black.

Toad mouth:
Describe the shape of mouth. A wide and deep mouth with well developed Maxilla of jaw. Imagine the mouth of a Pit Bull Terrier just beneath the skull and disregarding the muzzle. "Gaap la zhui" in Cantonese. "Gaap la" for toad and "zhui for mouth. The muzzle of toad mouth is shorter than that of a roof tile mouth.

Toi che bei:
"Toi" for push, "che" for cart, and "bei" means thigh in Cantonese. Refers to the condition of the hind quarter in motion which can extend straight like when pushing a cart forward. This is not to be mistaken as a straight stifle.

Traditional Shar-Pei:
The type of Shar-pei originally found in area around Dali (Dailek) in the Guangdong province.

Same as bone-meat mouth, or "Gwat yok zhui" in Cantonese.

Wan yi:
"Wan yi" in Cantonese means a kind of edible tree fungus found in China. This is a term used to describe a traditional Shar-pei's ear. See also Fungus ear. Among all the various presentation of ears, Wan yi is the most priced Shar-pei ear.

Wu dip sou:
A Cantonese term used to describe the nose. "Wu dip" means butterfly, and "sou" means biscuit or cookie. See Butterfly nose.

Wu lo tau:
A term used to describe the shape of Shar-pei head. "Wu lo" means calabash, "tau"...head. Refer to Calabash head.

Yok zhui:
"Yok" means meat, "zhui" means mouth. Simply means meat mouth Shar-pei.


Head like calabash, body like a fork.
Tail like holding a spear and hip like a shrimp.
Hairs like arrows, mostly short and hard, make a broken coat.
Foot of garlic and nose coarse and rough.
Tail thick and rotten like a grass mantle,
A fantastic hunter drilling through the wilderness.
Coat thin and sparse to withstand the heat,
going after the beast fast like flying.
A hunting dog should not excite and cry prematurely.
A bark makes the game run away,
just like firing a cannon before seeing the enemy,
A hunting trip return with sure disappointment.
Two eyes clear and bright and deeply set,
hunting animals in the mountain chasing after clues.
Eyes free from harm in the wilderness,
catching animals in the brushes.
A hunting dog neck bold and large,
catching animals with bite and claws.
Two ears pointed and erect, keeping alert in hearing.
Bulky jaws, hair ridge extended to the root of the ears,
make way through brushes and drill through wilderness.
Going through wilderness like eel drilling into earth,
going into the bushes dividing grasses.
Corner of mouth wide and deep,
killing beast¡¦s heart in one bite.
Marching ahead of the hunters,
life of beast already in heaven.
Middle slit of nose running straight to the top,
Horizontal whiskers slant in cracks.
One dragon, two tiger, three leopard,
Loop of nose like flesh of snail, thin and moving.
Translucent nose is the most rare,
not sneezing in the wilderness,
Tip of nose coarse like sand but soft like lips.
Front chest wide and forequarter straight.
Hindquarter straight in cart pushing motion.
When walking, gait is light like floating on water.
Garlic paws quick in swinging a turn,
tail extended straight in wilderness not hooked and bent.
Keeping a hunting dog need not worry becoming poor,
go hunting in mountain everyday.
If grass and hair inhaled by dog into the lung,
feed often hot boiled blood of swine.

Ceramic Shar Pei


Asian Art (Chinese and other Asian)
seated shar pei dog

Artist unknown
Creation date about 120 Dynasty Eastern Han dynasty
Materials ceramic

Credit line Eleanor Evans Stout and Margaret Stout Gibbs Memorial Fund in Memory of Wilbur D. Peat, Director of Indianapolis Museum of Art 1929 - 1965
Accession number 1999.2
Gallery Label

According to DNA analysis, the shar pei is one of the most ancient breed of dogs.
Such large dogs as this were popular companions in burial chambers in the region of Sichuan province, which is east of Tibet.
Once the guard dog of the royal family, the breed almost became extinct and was even listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as "the rarest dog in the world."


Chloe would LOVE it if you voted for her video :) :) :)


Her video is called "Chloe Falls Off The Edge"


My Babies - RAISINS???

Someone called my babies raisins.


Know what I did after I read that?


It is SO true. They do resemble raisins. Horrible I know.



"Raisins are sweet due to their high concentration of sugars."
MINE TOO!! They're sweet as ever!!
They do share in common - WRINKLES. Also Pickles is dark like a raisin.
Thanks Janice for this ! ;)

Pet Abuse Website

I seen this website on another blog: www.dogkisser.blogspot.com


Those are cases in Nova Scotia.
Reading them was sickening. I couldn't believe some of them. And I had NO idea this website existed! It's a good site. Even gives names.

Dog found hanging

Click HERE for the link

SPCA probes death of dog found hanging

The Nova Scotia SPCA is seeking the public’s help in identifying a dog found hanging in woods near Halifax.
Officers were called to the Brookside area Wednesday after a dog was found hanging from an extension cord.
SPCA officer Nancy Noel told CTV News that the dog will be taken for an autopsy.
She’s hoping someone will call with information about the animal.

I hope they find the person and HANG them!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sick, disgusting, and unneccessary!
God some people are monsters

February 25, 2009

Brenda as a kitten

I found these pictures of Brenda as a kitten that Laurie had. Omg...I forgot how tiny she was!!

Thanks to Laurie (http://www.valleyhart.com/) for all she does!!!!!

I got the pictures off Facebook ... I'll paste the caption on the album as well :)

"These are being fostered by Debbie and Rick for HART. I got them through Team TNR, Team TNR had the feral mothers and kittens all spayed and neutered and have now entrusted them to HART to find loving homes for them!"

Oh little Brenda ... how you've grown!

Shar Pei Breed Problems

I love Dr. Jeff Vidts website. So much good information!

Here is a section he has on breed problems. Very informative!


Shar-Pei Breed Problems

There is no perfect dog breed... every breed has its problems and imperfections. The easiest way to discuss the problems seen in our breed is to list them according to the body system involved. Please remember that these problems are seen in a vary small number of dogs... not every Shar-Pei will be affected:

stenotic (pinched) nostrils
elongated soft palate
pneumonia -- primarily in puppies

entropion -- rolling in of the eyelids
retinal dysplasia
"cherry eye" -- prolapse of the gland of the third eyelid

stenotic (narrow) ear canals
bacterial ear infections
yeast over growth
hyperplastic otitis

bite problems -- most commonly, an overbite
inflammatory bowel disease
hiatal hernia
intestinal adenocarcinoma

lip fold pyoderma
skin fold pyoderma
demodectic mange
allergic skin disease -- alleric inhalant dermatitis, food allergy, insect allergy, contact allergy, etc.
generalized pyoderma
cutaneous mucinosis


inquinal hernias
luxating patellas -- "loose" kneecaps
elbow dysplasia
hip dysplasia
anterior cruciate ligament rupture

renal amyloidosis
immune - mediated kidney disease

mast cell tumor
intestinal adenocarcinoma

Familial Shar-Pei Fever (FSF)
abscesses -- bite wounds, other
IgA deficiency
Primary Multiple Immunodeficiency Syndrome of Shar-Pei

So out of this list Chloe has had/has:

entropion -- rolling in of the eyelids She has had her eyes tacked, and then entropion surgery which seems to have helped

allergic skin disease She has to eat grain free food

Familial Shar-Pei Fever (FSF) This has been the worse.

Ear infections I clean her ears with a burrows mixture from the vet to prevent infections (and also cleared up an infection)

Mysterious skin tag/wart She has had this come back a couple times, hopefully this time they will leave forever

February 24, 2009

UPDATE: Brindle Shar Pei Owners


So this lady who owns the brindle Shar Pei who is 6 months old and looking for a mate ALSO just had 12 lab mix puppies for sale!!!
Still have some left.

I dispise these people EVEN more!!!!

This was the original ad way back when:

Time Flies!!

Gosh I have been looking at Chloe's puppy pictures (there was another puppy and someone mentioned their pups gr grand dad was chloe's dad was I was comparing photos) and OMG she was HILARIOUS as a pup!

I see her face as a pup, and I see the same expression except now it is on a bigger, less wrinkled body. HAHA.

Like this...
Here we are Winter 07/08 when I first got her:

Then this picture was taken this winter (08/09)

My how she has grown!! :)

Bad Breeding

So I take things involving Shar Pei seriously. The instant I see/hear something about Shar Pei I am all ears and action.
I posted a Kijiji ad awhile back CLICK HERE of someone looking to "bread" their Shar Pei. I emailed them, looking to get some scoop. Turns out to be a family pet they want to breed.


So I am trying to educate/convince them to spay their female, but my point isn't coming across to them and they don't care.
So I do a write up on this ad to the fellow responsible animal rescue members on the Yahoo list. And I got something FANTASTIC!!
I can't get over how well put and GOOD this is!

Click here for the website

Breeding the female
So you want to breed your female. You know what to expect
if everything goes right. Your little girl will present you with tiny bundles of
joy. She will lovingly nurse them and care for them until they are old enough to
be weaned.
You and your family will find great joy in watching and playing
with these little dolls, and then when the time is right they will all (or maybe
you keep just one) go off to special homes to live out their lives as cherished
companions. But have you given consideration to what if something goeswrong? I
have listed here a few of the problems that I myself have personal knowledge of.
Everything listed has happened either to me or someone I know. These are not
isolated incidents. I'm sure other breeders could add miles to my list. Learn by
others mistakes!. Let the breeding up to those who know what they are doing,
have the experience, know what to expect.
The stud dog you have chosen is carrying a venereal disease and gives it to
your female. She not only doesn't conceive but you have to pay the vet bills to
get her infection cleared up and she is now sterile.
The stud dog you
decided to breed your darling to is not experienced. Once the two dogs are
joined tightly in a tie, he decides to chase the neighbors cat out of his yard.
He bolts for the cat ripping his penis loose and causing your bitch to
hemorrhage from within.
Your modest girl decides she doesn't want the
attentions of this gigolo mutt chosen for her without her consent. She snaps at
him catching her tooth on his loose cheek and rips it open sending blood flying
everywhere. He retaliates by sinking his teeth into her left eye.
You leave
your dog with the stud owner because the breeding is not going very swiftly. In
fact , it's been three hours and nothing is happening. The stud owners leave the
two dogs alone in the back yard. The dogs get out through a tiny hole in the
fence and a truck hits your female.
You pay the $250-$1000 stud fee up front
figuring you will make that and more back when the pups sell. The breeder
guarantees the stud service to work or you can come back again. After 2 months
you discover it didn't work and now must wait another 4 months to try again. Of
course it doesn't work again, so in another 4 months you take your dog to
another male and risk loosing another stud fee.
You get her bred. Bring her
home. She bothers you so you let her out she is still in heat and still
receptive to males. You hear a commotion outside there is your girl tied up with
the neighborhood mutt. when she whelps there will need to be DNA tests done on
the pups.
You get her bred. Bring her home and let her out. (She is still in
heat and receptive to other males) but you do not see the neighborhood mutt
breed her. The pups are born but look odd. You call the stud owner he suggests
DNA testing (At your expense). You have a litter of mutts! What do you do about
the ones you have already sold?
Or knowing she tied with the neighborhood
mutt you decide to terminate the pregnancy and try again being more careful next
time. But a few weeks later your female is very sick because you had her given a
miss-mate shot creating a hormonal imbalance causing a uterine infection and now
she has Pyometra and needs a complete hysterectomy. All plans of getting a
litter is gone and your female's life is now in danger if she does not have the
The puppies are too large for the
female. She never goes into labor, the puppies die and she becomes infected by
the decaying bodies.
The puppies are coming breech and they drown in their
own sacks before they can be born.
The first puppy is large and breech. When
it starts coming your female starts screaming, and before you can stop her she
reaches around, grabs the puppy in her teeth and yanks it out killing it
A puppy gets stuck. Neither your female nor you can get it out.
You have to race her to the vet. The vet can't get it out either. She has to
have an emergency caesarian section of course it is 3:00 am Christmas day.
puppy is coming out breech and dry (the water sack that protects them has
burst). It gets stuck. Mom tries to help it out by clamping her teeth over one
of the back legs. The head and shoulders are firmly caught. Mom pulls on the
leg, hard, peeling the flesh from the leg and leaving a wiggling stump of bone.
A dead puppy gets stuck in the birth canal, but your female is well into
hard labor. She contracts so hard trying to give birth that her uterus ruptures
and she bleeds to death on the way to the vet.
The mother has no idea what to do with a puppy and she drops them out
and walks away, leaving them in the sack to drown.
The mother takes one look
at the puppies, decides they are disgusting droppings and tries to smother them
in anything she can find to bury them in.
The mother gets too enthusiastic
in her removal of the placenta and umbilical cord, and rips the cord out leaving
a gushing hole pulsing blood all over you as you try in vain to stop the
Or, she pulls on the cords so hard she disembowels the puppies as
they are born and you have a box full of tiny, kicking babies with a tangle of
guts the size of a walnut hanging from their stomachs. Of course all the babies
must be put to sleep.
What if because of some Hormone deficiency she turns
vicious allowing no one near her or the babies, who she refuses to nurse, or you
have to interfere with.
You notice something protruding from her vagina when
you let her out to pee. You take her to the vet to discover a prolapsed uterus,
which needs to be removed.
One or more of the puppies inhaled fluid during birth, pneumonia develops
and death occurs within 36 hours.
What if the mother's milk goes bad. You
lose three of your four puppies before you discover what is wrong. You end up
bottle feeding the remaining pup every two hours, day and night. After three
days the puppy fades from infection and dies.
The puppies develop fading
puppy syndrome you lose two. You bottle-feeding or tube feeding the last
remaining baby. It begins to choke and despite your efforts to clear the airway,
the pup stiffens and dies in your hands.
Your female develops mastitis and
her breast ruptures.
Your female develops a uterine infection from a
retained placenta. Her temperature soars to 105. You race her to the vet, he
determines she must be spayed. He does the spay in an attempt to save her life,
you pay the hundreds of dollars bill. The infection has gone into her blood
stream. The infected milk kills all the puppies and the bitch succumbs a day
All the puppies are fine but following the birth the female develops
a hormone imbalance. She becomes a fear biter and anytime anyone tries to touch
her she viciously attacks them.
Mom and pups seem fine, the puppies are four
weeks old and are at their cutest. However, one day one of the puppies
disappears. You search everywhere but you can't find it. A few days later
another puppy is gone. And another. You can't figure how on earth the puppies
are getting out of their safe 4' x 4' puppy pen. Finally there is only one puppy
left. The next morning you find the mother chomping contentedly on what is left
of the last murdered puppy.
give a puppy to a friend. Their fence blows down so they tie the puppy outside
while they go to work. A roving dog comes along and kills the puppy. Your friend
calls you up to tell you about the poor little puppy and asks when you are
having more puppies.
You sell a puppy to an acquaintance. The next time you
see them you ask how the puppy is doing. They tell you that it soiled their new
carpet so they took it to the pound
You sell a puppy to a friend (you give
them a good price and payments). They make a couple of tiny payments. Six months
later they move to an apartment. They ask you to take it back. You take it back
and of course the payments stop. The dog they returned is so shy, and ill
mannered from lack of socialization and training it takes you a year of work
providing socializing and training to be able to give it away.
You sell a
puppy to a wonderful home. They love her like one of the family. At a vet check
done by their vet it is determined that the puppy has a heart murmur. (Your vet
found nothing when he checked the puppy before it was sold.) They love their
puppy and want the best for her. They have an expensive surgery done. The puppy
is fine. They sue you for the medical costs. They win, because you did not have
a contract stipulating conditions of guarantee and so as breeder you are
responsible for the puppy's genetic health.
You give a puppy to your mother.
She is thrilled. Two years later the puppy starts developing problems. It begins
to develop odd symptoms and is suffering. Hundreds and hundreds of dollars worth
of tests later it is finally discovered that the dog is suffering from a
terminal condition that was inherited. possibly from your female since you know
nothing about her family lines.
One loving home decides your puppy is
untrainable, destructive and wants to return the pup and get a full refund,
which you have spent on your vet bills.
One loving couple calls you and is
very upset because their pup has crippling hip dysplasia and want to know what
you are going to do about it. You have spayed your female so a replacement is
out of the question, looks like another refund.
You put your ad
in the local paper for your pups at the usual price and get only 2 responses and
no sales. You cut the pup's price in half and broaden your advertising to 3
other newspapers in which the advertising totals $120.00 a week.
You get a
few more puppy inquiries from people who ask all about health testing you did
before breeding and if the pups are registered. You tell them your dogs are
healthy and it was enough and that you could get the papers. The callers
politely thank you and hang up.
The pups are now 4 months old and getting
bigger , eating alot and their barking is really beginning to annoy the
neighbors who call the police who inform you of the $150.00 noise by-law.
Your neighbors also call the humane society who comes out to inspect the
care of your dogs. You pass inspection but end up feeling stressed and harassed.
You finally decide to give the rest of the litter away but still have to pay
the $1200.00 advertising bill and the $600.00 vet bill.
So you gotta ask
yourself: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, "breeder?"
Laura Turner - AUTHOR
Excellent isn't it!!
They sent it along to this inexperienced pet dog breeder so hopefully it gets to them.

Oh and here is the ad:

Wanted: looking for a chinese shar pei stud
Price: Best offer
Ad ID: 108641031 Visits: 133
Address: Bear River, NS, B0S 1B0
View map

Location: Halifax Date Listed: 22-Feb-09
hi im looking for a shar pei stud my female she is well behaved and am loooking for someone close to me please write me back if you have a male stud shar pei.

Yup. That Pei is a cutie. But plllllllllllllllllleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease get her spayed!!!!!

February 23, 2009

Find the bunny!

Find the bunny toy!

This is pictures of Chloe's, Rinaldo's, and Pickles' toys!!
I didn't realize there were so many until I lined them up and took a picture!!!!!!!!!!!!

February 19, 2009

Pictures of Baby - RIP

When I first caught Baby I was going to name her Two Face ... because her face has two colours, split in half.
RIP Baby.


RIP Baby

5:05 pm February 19th, 2009.
My Dad called. In tears.

Baby has passed away :(

He called me yesterday to tell me Baby was at the vet. She had an abscess the size of a baseball. The vets were keeping her for 2 - 3 days to remove it and clean her up.

My Dad was worried because he didn't think he would be able to cover the cost of the vet bill, I told him not to worry. I would look after it.
The vet called him this afternoon. This morning she was fine, recovering well, and even eating! They went to check on her in the afternoon and she was dead.

They did an autopsy and found she had a tumor on/in her lungs and it burst.

She died alone, at the vets, in a cage. My worst nightmare. No one holding her. No one comforting her. Not with her family. I hope she didn't suffer.

My Dad lives in New Glasgow ... three hours away. It is hard for me to be far away when something like this happens. And with work I cannot go down until Saturday.

Now on to the story of Baby.
Back when I was in grade 8 ... so about 12 years old, there were woods behind our house and I had a cool tree fort. Beside those woods was a big store ... older. I always seen cats going under the building and were living under there. All of them were timid, and scared of people.

One day I saw a new one. A tortie.
I was intrigued by her. Sad that she was living alone and under a building.

I decided I wanted to help her. Feed her, something, anything.

It took me weeks. It took a lot of time, patience, and even more patience. I started out by leaving food out for her. She was terrified of people so I had to take my time.
One step at a time, and when she started getting uncomfortable I would take one step back and wait for her to be ready for the next step.

Eventually I gained her trust enough to be able to be nearby when she ate, and with time I was allowed closer and closer.

Winter was coming. I had to hurry ... but something like this was something you could not rush. One wrong step and everything could go back to square one. It was get her now or never.

I managed to get her. Thank goodness.
I threw a rope loop around her while she was eating, she freaked. Jumping, flipping, and screeching. I quickly got her inside. She hid, as I expected.
It took her awhile to gain my trust more. Slowly she did.
She was eager to get outside ... I would never allow that though.

Then she had kittens. Yup, she had been pregnant.
She had them under my bed.

We found homes for the kittens, kept one. And got her spayed.

From then on she lived a happy life.

When I moved to the valley I decided to keep her at Dads house. She was used to it, Dad loved her so much, and change wouldn't be that great for her. I also knew I would eventually get a dog, and she HATED dogs. She attacked dogs that came in her yard.

So happy she was, at Dads.

So she must have been about 6 or 7. Not old at all.

Baby was unique to me. She was a success story. She was my Baby.
I saved her life.

Now to have her leave me without being able to say good bye. Is sad. It is hard.

Baby liked to drool when she was happy (when you patted her). Drip drip drip drip.
She loved attention, love, pats, and especially her treats and food.

I am going to New Glasgow on Saturday to pay her vet bills, and pay to get her body held until the spring. So she can get buried at Dads house.

RIP Baby. You were an amazing cat. I am glad I was able to help you, and that you lived a loving life as long as you did.
We will all miss you forever.

You are free now.



February 18, 2009

One Last Thing Before The End of the Workday - Gas Chambers

Gas chambers.


I am a member of Atlantic Canada Rescue. On their website HERE there are education links. All VERY good things to read.

This one had a statement in it ... (CLICK HERE FOR PAGE)

"Gas chambers are designed for ease of shelter workers, not care and compassion for animals"

Oh boy I love that. It's SO true.
There's a video I've seen, saddest and sickest video of dogs and puppies going into a gas chamber ... I'm going to dig it up after work today and find it and post it.

It also says on the website that some SPCAs in NS still use the gas chamber :(

Too sad!

I will post the video soon.

...time to head home after a long day of work :)


Here is the sad story and video ... it is VERY sad, and disgusting.


Hannah Needs A Home

Click HERE for Hannah's story off Petfinder.

Here is the Rescue Organization Merlin's Hope who is helping her - click HERE for their website.

On to Hannah!

She is a cutie needing a home.

I had once considered adopting her back when I was looking for a second Shar Pei ... but she is in Quebec so it is a long distance. They offered to drive her to me which was fantastic! But we didn't know how she and Chloe & the cats would get along. It would be a very long drive and then for it to possibly not work out would be sad.

I also now see that they have her listed as not getting along with cats. So I guess she wouldn't have been a good fit in my home because I have two.

I hope she finds a home soon though!!

Her contact info:

Please contact Dawn Culbert (dawnspei@gmail.com) for more information about this pet.

What a Website!

I saw this website .. and laughed.

Ok, so the beginning I was like "Wow! They actually have some facts right!" (A lot of sites have stupid facts or not true things about the Shar Pei)

But I read further down and there were some things I disagreed on.

Here is the website

Everything in bold is from the website.

The page is titled:

Chinese Shar Pei

What's good about 'em

What's bad about 'em

Already, just from the title, I am intrigued.

So I investigate further.

Next is a section for what they are like:

If you want a dog who...

Is medium-sized and sturdily-built

Has an unusual appearance: wrinkled skin, hippopotamus head, and scowling expression

Stands firmly on the ground with a calm, confident, dignified stature

Is naturally clean and easy to housebreak

Doesn't bark much

Needs only moderate exercise

I actually agree with all the above. Although I am sure there are some Shar Pei out there that may be different.

Next was:

If you don't want to deal with...

Aggression in some lines, or when not socialized properly

Aggression toward other animals

Strong-willed mind of his own, requiring a confident owner who can take charge


Snorting and snoring

High prices

Serious health problems

Legal liabilities (public perception, future breed bans, insurance problems, increased chance of lawsuits)

Now, most I will agree with above.

"Aggression in some lines, or when not socialized properly" - Absolutely! Obviously if you stick your Shar Pei on a chain and that's where it lives of course it won't know how to play/meet other dogs ... same applies for ANY dog.

"Aggression toward other animals" - This I believe, applies to the NOT SOCIALIZING part. My dogs are not aggressive toward other animals. Nor have they ever been.

"Strong-willed mind of his own, requiring a confident owner who can take charge" - Ok so I know this can be so in a lot of Shar Pei, BUT that does not mean they are all like that. My Chloe has always listened well and we have never done obedience classes. Ever since she was a pup she always had a knack for listening, and doing everything I ask. Pickles on the other hand is very stubborn and does everything HE wants...LOL

Now we get into the interesting part of the website!

If I were considering a Chinese Sharpei...

(Umm it's Shar Pei ... not Sharpei)

My major concerns would be: (umm what's with the big bold red letters?)

Aggression toward strangers. Many Chinese Shar Peis have protective instincts toward strangers. They need extensive exposure to friendly people so they learn to recognize the normal behaviors of "good guys." Then they can recognize the difference when someone acts abnormally. Without careful socialization, they may be suspicious of everyone, which can lead to biting.

If you have small children, I do not recommend a Chinese Shar Pei. There are just too many Sharpeis who won't tolerate any nonsense

Ok .. wait a minute. It starts out advocating socialization socialization socialization ... and then just bluntly states that you shouldn't get a Shar Pei if you have a kid. HUMMM... I am on a Shar Pei forum .. and I've seen lots of pictures of Shar Pei with kids. Sure some may not be as tolerate of little kids but I believe it is all about educating your child on what's acceptable and what's not around the dog. I think that goes for ANY dog. I don't think ANY dog likes to have it's tail pulled, or have something thrown at it.

Shar Pei are not child eaters ... they're not monsters! They could become monsters with the WRONG owners ... but the breed itself is not a monster.

Animal aggression. Many Chinese Shar Peis are dominant or aggressive toward other dogs, especially of the same sex. Many have strong instincts to chase and seize cats and other fleeing creatures. This is not a good breed to keep with livestock. If anything goes wrong in the breeding, socializing, training, handling, or management of this breed, it is capable of seriously injuring or killing other animals.


I hate how they say MANY. Sure some may be .. but it is all about OWNERS. Sure if one has never seen a cat, it will be intrigued. Same as if we saw a strange, new type of creature or bug .. someone would chase it and chase it to catch it because they've never seen one before.

If a dog lives/grows up with a cat, or if the owners properly socialize the dog with a cat, or the owners have control and TEACH the dog, then there would be no problems. Not - THE SHAR PEI IS SCARY, DANGEROUS, HATES ANIMALS, EATS CHILDREN, AND ARE AGGRESSIVE.

Can't keep with livestock? Umm that's false. Are horses livestock? Because Chloe LOVES horses!

The strong temperament. Chinese Shar Pei are not Golden Retrievers. They have an independent mind of their own and are not pushovers to raise and train. Many Chinese Sharpeis are willful, obstinate, and dominant (they want to be the boss) and will make you prove that you can make them do things. You must show them, through absolute consistency, that you mean what you say.

Ok some I know are like this, but again there are many that are exceptions. Chloe - since day one of recieving her she was never like this.

Shedding and harsh coat. Chinese Shar-peis come in three coat varieties. The "horse" coat is very short and prickly, and can irritate the skin of sensitive people. The "brush" coat is thicker and about one inch long. The "bear" coat is very heavy, like that of a Chow. All three coats shed, with the brush and bear coats shedding the most.

Agree. When Chloe sheds there are tumbleweeds everywhere .. I swear she must keep buckets of hair somewhere and spread them around when I'm not looking because HOW can that much hair come off such a short haired dog lol

Shar-Pei sounds. Many Chinese Sharpeis snort, grunt, and snore loudly. The sounds are endearing to some people; nerve-wracking to others.

Agree LOL both mine snore, snort, and make other wacky noises.

High prices. Though this breed is very common, many breeders are still charging $1000 or more

Agree. IF you are buying from a very reputable breeder. That is one that does tests on the bitch, and both parents are healthy, have been showed, have all their necessary tests/x rays etc.

BUT if you are buying from a BYB, puppy mill, or just someone breeding their pet I can bet you the cost of that Shar Pei will be A LOT less. Why? Because They don't do ALL the tests they can, they haven't showed both dogs, no xrays, etc. They haven't spent as much money on the parents and litter as a reputable breeder would.

Even with charging less a BYB/puppy mill/non caring breeder can still make a profit because they have spent very few dollars on the dogs/puppies ... where as the reputable breeders have spent as much as they have to to get everything done.

Serious health problems. It's been said that if you feel like supporting your vet with great chunks of money, get a Chinese Sharpei. They suffer from a host of eye problems, skin diseases, kidney disease, and more.

To keep this breed healthy, I strongly recommend following all of the advice on my Chinese Shar Pei Health Page.

hahahaha ... I feel I support Chloe's vet with great chunks of money. But I do have Pet Insurance which is FANTASTIC and cuts down the costs A LOT.

Buy from a BYB/puppy mill and you will probably have a lot of problems. That being said, some problems can appear in reputable breeders lines as well. Shar Pei Fever is an example. There is no test for it, no way to determine a dog has it until symptoms appear. By then it may be too late, s/he may already be 7 years old and have had sired/gave birth to many litters.

But reputable breeders try to breed out these problems.

Oh boy I can't wait to read the Chinese Shar Pei Health Page LOL ... should have some interesting things in there!!

Legal liabilities. Chinese Shar Pei may be targeted for "banning" in certain areas, or refusal of homeowner insurance policies. In this day and age, the legal liabilities of owning any breed that looks intimidating and has a history as a fighting dog should be seriously considered. People are quicker to sue if such a dog does anything even remotely questionable.

This is a big one. And I could go on and on about BSL. But I think I've just typed a lot for today.

But long story short:

I know a golden retriever that is aggressive. Chloe and Pickles are not. Ban Shar Pei / bully breeds ... but NEVER golden retrievers...because goldens are family dogs! They such nice dogs.

Well this one isn't.

Don't judge breeds...judge individual dogs and their owners.

Frankly, most Chinese Shar Peis are "too much dog" for the average household. Very few people really have the knowledge or skills necessary to manage this breed.

Hahahahaha! Too much dog? Humm. That's an odd statement.

Too much dog might be 10 Newfs or Great Danes in one house maybe?...haha

Not all Chinese Shar-Peis are alike!
There are energetic Shar-peis, and placid Shar-peis.
Hard-headed Shar-peis, and sweet-natured Shar-peis.
Serious Shar-peis, and good-natured goofballs.
Introverted Shar-peis, and Shar-peis who love everyone

Oh well I am glad they have added this! Way down at the bottom.

If you acquire a Chinese Sharpei puppy, you can't know for sure what he or she will grow up to be like. Because a good number of purebred puppies do NOT grow up to conform to the "norm"

Humm yeh maybe if you get one from a BYB/puppy mill and don't know much about the parents or grand parents.

Chloe's breeder (WEBSITE HERE) knew exactly what the parents were like, and grand parents. They knew what their temperments were like, and they knew for the most part how the puppies would turn out. And she was right. Chloe and her littermates turned out exactly as she expected.

If you're considering an adult Chinese Shar Pei...
There are plenty of adult Chinese Sharpei who have already proven themselves NOT to have negative characteristics. If you find such an adult, don't let "typical breed negatives" worry you.
When you acquire a puppy, you're acquiring potential -- what he one day will be. So "typical breed characteristics" are very important. But when you acquire an adult, you're acquiring what he already IS.

Again .. why is this at the bottom?

They just said not to get a Shar Pei if you have children ... most people with children would read that and leave the site in search for another breed of dog ... not read more "negatives" and get to the bottom where you tell them that it might not be that way.

End rant!

Now I'm off to read their Shar Pei Health page! FUN!