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Articles: Dogs in The News
Famous Canine Mascots of the Civil War
Understanding K9 Protection Training
The New Hillside Rufferal Program
BOGO Daycare Deal - Extended!
6 Independence Day Doggie Tips
July Group Class Dates Announcement
4 Gorgeous Patriotic Potluck Recipes
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9 dogs with very important jobs
These nine doggos work hard at their jobs, whether it's rescuing dogs from mud, helping a friend cross the finish line of a half-marathon, or making sick people smile.
They prove that man's best friend can be more than just that — they can be heroes.
The evolution of puppy dog eyes
Dogs have evolved new muscles around the eyes to better communicate with humans.
New research comparing the anatomy and behavior of dogs and wolves suggests dogs' facial anatomy has changed over thousands of years specifically to allow them to better communicate with humans.
Understanding Canine Protection Training
From the Hillside K9 Academy Archives
In these turbulent modern times, many people are searching for alternative ways ways to effectively ensure their personal safety and that of their families. Although digital home protection systems act as witness to dangerous situations, they do little to physically protect those who leave their limited territory. For many, firearms are often an option, but are only as effective as the instincts, reflex, and presence of their wielder. So what can you do in your busy life to provide peace of mind for the people and things that you care most about?
This is where nature's most instinctual and loyal protector comes in, THE CANINE. The domesticated canine does not discriminate with its love when it comes to its master! This loyal nature, combined with an evolved territorial instinct and urge to protect its pack (especially the leader, young, elderly, sick, or weak), results in the perfect protection animal. Every dog has a bit of wild wolf genes, and therefor the potential to serve in this primal way.
Famous Canine Mascots of the Civil War
Today is the day that we celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation. Fourth of July marks the culmination of many years of sacrifice and struggle from thousands that have fought for the right to live in freedom. It is also a great time to reflect on the four-legged heroes who preceded our nation's birthday, inspiring soldiers to carry on in the darkest moments of their lives. There were many canine mascots of the Civil War, and these brave dogs defended and protected the men they served with, but only a few of them were recorded in the pages of time. Here are four of them... [Credit: Linda Cole]
This young black Mastiff became one of the best known canine mascots simply because he was featured in an 1862 Harper’s Weekly article. Jack started out on the Confederate side when his Front Royal, Virginia owner joined the conflict. During a battle near Front Royal, the Confederates decisively defeated a Union regiment from Maryland and took the Northerners prisoner. For some unknown reason, Jack decided to throw in with the Union prisoners who were immediately divided into enlisted men and officers. He stayed with the officers who were sent to a North Carolina prison camp.
A reporter met Jack in Union-occupied territory and was told how the dog helped his “men” during the march to North Carolina. Jack ran ahead in search of water and would rush back to camp, barking loudly when he found it. He also caught chickens and brought them back to the soldiers to supplement their meager rations. He opted to stay with an exhausted Union officer who couldn’t continue and waited with him until a wagon returned to pick them up. Jack knew the different roll calls, answering only to the officer’s call, and ran around collecting his men before lining up with them beside the drummer. There’s no record of what happened to Jack at war’s end.
Sallie Ann was around five weeks old when she was given to the captain of the 11th Volunteer Infantry from Pennsylvania. The little Bull Terrier quickly became a much loved member of the regiment. She learned the sound of reveille and was always one of the first to fall in line for roll call. In 1862, Sallie and her men saw their first action at Cedar Mountain. The feisty dog stayed with the color guard at the front lines the entire battle. She continued to be out front throughout battles at Antietam, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, racing back and forth barking at the enemy. Soldiers fighting alongside her said Sallie gave them moral support and inspiration. During fierce fighting at Gettysburg, Sallie was separated from her men when they pulled back, so she went back to where they had started their fight and waited with fallen men from her regiment.
Sallie received a neck wound during fighting at Spotsylvania in 1863, was patched up and remained with her guys. The February 1865 battle at Hatcher’s Run would be her last. As the Pennsylvania soldiers moved forward in the first wave of fighting Sallie, as usual, was with them. She was hit by a sniper’s bullet, dying instantly. Soldiers moving forward in a second line found her lying on the battlefield. Heartbroken, they tearfully buried her in the field on the spot where she fell.
Joining the war with his Louisiana owner, Sawbuck was famous for racing up and back along the front lines barking at Union soldiers during battle. The medium-sized black and white bird dog was with his men at Gettysburg when they took and held Cemetery Hill for a short time before being forced to retreat. At some point during the war, Sawbuck received a gunshot wound to his right foreleg. After he recovered, his men kept him to the rear behind enemy lines where he barked his encouragement from a safe distance. Sawbuck knew what to do when separated from his troops. After a battle was lost, Sawbuck sat beside the road and waited as Confederate troops marched by. When Sawbuck spotted a soldier he knew, the dog excitedly ran to him and they went off together to find their unit. He survived the war and returned home.
The 104th Ohio Volunteer Infantry was also known as the Barking Dog Regiment because they had a number of canine mascots. One of these was Harvey, a primarily white Bull Terrier with a splattering of black. Harvey stood out from the rest of the canine mascots due to his antics in camp, and he became a popular symbol for his men. The dog was wounded and captured in battle near Kennesaw Mountain in Georgia, but was returned under a flag of truce the next day. He survived his wound and the war, returning home with his owner at the end of the conflict.
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6 Tips To Keep Your Dog Safe and Calm
This 4th of July
Dogs have such a negative reaction to some of the activities associated with the Fourth of July – fireworks, parades, parties, alcohol consumption – you’d think they’re unpatriotic.
Of course, it’s the commotion and unpredictable noises linked to Independence Day that disturb canines, who are best left behind instead of taken to large gatherings and should never get a chance to drink alcohol, which is toxic for them.
But the fireworks that traditionally greet our nation’s birthday represent the biggest concern for people seeking to keep their pets safe and calm, because they often evoke major anxiety among dogs.
Studies by the ASPCA show more dogs run away in July than in any other month, although it’s not entirely clear what role Independence Day celebrations play in those escapes. It may be that holiday parties provide easier breakout chances for dogs scared by fireworks, though the thunderstorms common to July may prompt them to bolt as well.
via - USAtoday.com
Don’t rely on desensitizing
The notion of getting dogs used to the bright flashes and loud pops of fireworks sounds good but takes a lot of time – think weeks or months, not days – and effort. Becker said in his 40 years of practice he’s never had a client accomplish it. Trained behaviorists have more success.
“They cannot anticipate so they see a flash and hear a bang,’’ said Marc Bercovitch, a veterinarian at the BluePearl Pet Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. “This does not happen frequently enough for them to be naturally desensitized."
Depending on the pitch, canines’ sense of hearing can be multiple times sharper than that of humans, so fireworks that may seem distant can still elicit stress. Music, preferably classic or reggae, can block out some of the offending sounds. A familiar surrounding would also provide a sense of comfort.
"Often they are startled by the noise and sound, so keeping them indoors, closing the blinds and having music or TV on to dampen the noise may help," Bercovitch said.
Books on tape are a worthwhile option as well.
For dogs that are more prone to be affected by noises, Becker recommends products like Thundershirts – compression wraps that soothe by applying a gentle pressure – as well as appeasing pheromones like Adaptil and the milk protein Zylkene, which are available from vets and online.
Silvani does warn that Thundershirts are not a perfect solution and dogs should still be supervised when wearing them.
The old expression “everybody loves a parade’’ was meant to apply only to two-legged creatures. They’re not so great for dogs, who can get startled by the noises or trampled in the crowd of people towering over them. It’s best to leave pets behind in a secure place, preferably inside the home to avoid escapism.
A tired dog is a happy dog, vets say. As a preemptive move before the fireworks start, it’s a good idea to get dogs plenty of exercise. A visit to their favorite off-leash park or a long walk may help them burn off excess energy and perhaps allow them to sleep through the noise.
The ASPCA points out alcoholic drinks can poison pets, which may get weak and depressed or even go into a coma after ingesting alcohol. Always make sure adult beverages are out of pets’ reach. This goes for the BBQ buffet as well!
July dates for our by-donation group classes are announced! Is your dog a Hillside K9 Academy graduate? Grab your leash and meet us on the training field for continued lessons in a fun and interactive environment.
Saturday Mornings @ 8am
July 20th & 27th
4 beautiful dishes that will wow your
patriotic guests this Independence Day
Refreshing and as simple as it gets. You don't know what you've had until you've tried watermelon with balsamic.
Follow these easy steps in this 6 ingredient treat or learn to transform your classic family recipe into red, white, & blue works of art!
The unique touch of lemon simple syrup and almond extract adds a special element to this gorgeous crowd-pleaser!
Terra brand potato chips topped with savory smoked salmon, creme fraiche, and fresh herbs. Sophisticated. Easy. Yum.
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