Saturday, March 26, 2011

Buyingapuppy's Top 10 Greatest Dogs in Television

10) Santa's Little Helper, the family pet of The Simpsons, a sweet little greyhound who was not very good at racing.

9) Paul Anka, Lorelai's dog on Gilmore Girls. Paul Anka had more quirks and foibles than any dog I have ever heard of.

8) Fred, "Little Ricky's" puppy on I Love Lucy. Piling adorable on top of adorable.

7) Buck from Married…with Children. Buck took cynicism and sarcasm to a whole new level for TV dogs.

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6) Eddie the Jack Russell Terrier from Frasier. Eddie responded to Martin and Daphne with human-like understanding, but often seemed to taunt Frasier.

5) Bullet the Wonder Dog on The Roy Rogers Show. Bullet was a master at knowing who the bad guys were, and was always eager to bite a gun out of their hand or to tackle them when his human partners were outnumbered.

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4) Maximilian, the Bionic Dog, from The Bionic Woman. Injured by a lab fire as a puppy and "rebuilt" with prototype bionic parts. A very high-octane pet.

3) Rin Tin Tin, a German Shepherd found in a trench by an American soldier. From the batlefields of Europe to Radio,Film and TV. Rinty was always a great hero.

2) Gromit from BBC clay animation TV series Wallace and Gromit. Gromit's silence speaks volumes. His expressions tell everything that needs to be told.

1) Lassie, of course! After successful Film and Radio careers, Lassie was a huge hit on TV. Lassie was a great friend and always saved the day.

Also see: @Buyingapuppy's Top Ten Dog Movies of ALL TIME

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Inspirational Quotes about Dogs

Here are a few of my favorite quotes about man's best friend:

* "Money will buy you a pretty good dog, but it won't buy the wag of his tail." Henry Wheeler Shaw

* "What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight; it's the size of the fight in the dog." Dwight Eisenhower

* "My husband and I are either going to buy a dog or have a child. We can't decide whether to ruin our carpets or ruin our lives." Rita Rudner

* "Even the tiniest Poodle or Chihuahua is still a wolf at heart." Dorothy Hinshaw

* "If dogs could talk it would take a lot of the fun out of owning one." Andy Rooney

* "I would rather see the portrait of a dog that I know, than all the allegorical paintings they can show me in the world." Samuel Johnson

* "Old dogs, like old shoes, are comfortable. They might be a bit out of shape and a little worn around the edges, but they fit well." Bonnie Wilcox

* "I care not for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it." Abe Lincoln

* "The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs. Charles de Gaulle

* "Dogs never bite me. Just humans." Marilyn Monroe

* "Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." Groucho Marx

* "Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms." George Eliot

* "The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man's." Mark Twain

* "If dogs talked, one of them would be president by now. Everybody likes dogs." Dean Koontz

* "We could have bought a yacht with what we spent on our dog... Then again, how many yachts wait by the door all day for your return?" John Grogan

* "If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man." Mark Twain

* "If you get to thinking you're a person of some influence, try ordering somebody else's dog around." Will Rogers

* "If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience." Woodrow Wilson

* "My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to 99 cents a can. That's almost $7.00 in dog money." Joe Weinstein

* "Anybody who doesn't know what soap tastes like never washed a dog." Franklin Jones

* "We long for an affection altogether ignorant of our faults. Heaven has accorded this to us in the uncritical canine attachment." George Eliot

* "There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face." Ben Williams

* "Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell.” Emily Dickinson.

* "A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself." Josh Billings

* "I've seen a look in dogs' eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that dogs think humans are nuts." John Steinbeck

* "Whoever said you can't buy happiness forgot little puppies." Gene Hill

* "The most affectionate creature in the world is a wet dog." Ambrose Bierce

* "The dog was created especially for children. He is the god of frolic." Henry Ward Beecher

* "How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg." Abraham Lincoln

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Two Newborn Maltese Pups - 1 day old

Two newborn Maltese puppies. One boy and one girl. I guess you can literally say that "they are a handful."

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

@Buyingapuppy's Top Ten Dog Movies of ALL TIME

My Top Dog Movies of all time. Please contribute your own.

Number 10 "My Dog Skip" (2000) - A shy, young boy gets a terrier pup for his birthday in this WWII-era coming of age tale from rural Mississippi. It is an emotionally demanding tale of the friendship and challenges of a lonely boy and his dog.

Number 9 "Where the Red Fern Grows" (1974) - A tale of a young boy and his two redbone coonhounds in the rural Ozarks. The dogs become great friends and companions to the boy and great coon dogs. When one dog, Old Dan, is killed by a mountain lion, the other, Little Ann, is so grief-stricken that she lays down at his grave and dies. They are buried together and the red fern grows between them, making the site sacred.

Number 8 "Old Yeller" (1957) - A stray dog is begrudgingly adopted by a family when the father is away on a cattle drive. The dog proves to be a great addition to the family as it repeatedly protects and defends them. Ultimately, the teen son has to kill the dog after it contracts rabies defending the family. A classic!

Number 7 "Lady and The Tramp" (1955) - Lady, a classy cocker spaniel, meets up with a mongrel from the streets calling himself the Tramp. He is from the wrong side of the tracks, but the situation at Lady's home make her decide to join him on the streets. This turns out to be a dangerous move, and results in great misadventure.

Number 6 "Benji" (1974) - Benji is a small, lovable mixed-breed dog with an incredible knack for being in the right place at the right time. Benji was always there to save the day and help people get out of any jam. Benji was a series of movies, but the first is the classic.

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Number 5 "Lassie Come Home" (1943) - After her destitute family is forced to part with her, a beautiful collie named Lassie escapes from her new owner treks from Scotland back to her Yorkshire home.

Number 4 "101 Dalmations" (1961) - A Disney animated classic. Everyone knows the story of Pongo, Perdita and the horrible Cruella de Vil. So much Americana comes from this movie.

Number 3 "White Fang" (1991) - This movie is based on the novel of the same name by Jack London. It chronicles the story of the friendship between a Yukon gold hunter and a wolfdog. Beautiful scenery and emotional drama characterize this movie.

Number 2 "The Incredible Journey" (1963) - The amazing adventure of three pets, a cat and two dogs, who lose their owners when they are all on vacation and must find their way back home. This movie was the original copied by so many similar movies since made.

Number 1 "Marley and Me" (2008) - Newspaper writers John and Jennifer Grogan get married and move to Florida. Due to the ticking of Jennifer's "biological clock", John gets her a puppy. The puppy, Marley, grows into a large dog, but loses none of his puppy destructiveness. Marley's behavior gives John continual topics for his newspaper column. As the family expands with children, Marley continues to drive everyone crazy by with his impulsiveness.

Also see: Greatest Dogs in Television
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Monday, March 7, 2011

Dog Adoption Nazis Getting Bolder

I am a huge fan of shelter adoption for dogs. Growing up, we NEVER had a pure-bred dog and never even considered it. There was ALWAYS a neighbor somewhere trying to get rid of a litter of puppies. My parents even had a theory that each female dog needed (deserved?) to have one litter of puppies before she was "fixed". I have grown up with dogs of every type and flavor (always multiple flavors in every dog) sleeping at my feet (and everywhere else.)

My parents still operate their home as almost a shelter. Anyone who needs to get rid of a small dog seems to find them and they take on another. (I'm not talking hundreds or even dozens, but they seem to aquire a new one ever year or so. That can add up.)

I, on the other hand, have become a hobby breeder of Maltese. I love the little white dogs and have made MANY people happy by selling them a perky little pure-bred Malty. I believe that responsible breeding is important for the preservation of helath breeds. Mixed-breeds are wonderful, but I don't believe a world of ONLY mixed-breeds is what we really want. The same people who fret over the loss of a sub-species of some obscure fish have no trouble with the loss of pure-bred Poodles, Bassets or Collies.

Many people now castigate people for buying any pure-bred puppy (see Zuckerberg story here). Insisting that people ONLY adopt shelter dogs is heavy-handed. Taking on an older dog is not for everyone. Many people want the thrill and experience of raising a dog from a puppy. Many people simply want the choice to live their lives as they see fit.

The idea that the purchase of any puppy is a direct cause of some other homeless animal's suffering is silly. See here. for this line,

"Although Beast is plenty adorable, Zuckerberg’s purchase from a breeder means that somewhere in the world, a homeless puppy will go another day without being adopted. Dislike!"

Really? If you think about it, both puppies had no owner on the day Mark aquired Beast. It is frightening that these same people would love to extend this same logic to people. Many of the people who are against purchasing a puppy while other dogs are in shelters are against couples having their own children as long as there are children needing adoption. These people are annoying when they lecture us, they are downright frightening when they have political power.

I am convinced that many people get a lot of satisfaction not from "saving the world", as they maintain, but from acting "holier-than-thou" and forcing their personal convictions on everyone else. If the Obamas and the Bidens have the right to have a dog of their own choosing, it would seem that the rest of us should have that right too.

Facebook Page for Beast?

Mark Zuckerberg’s Puppy Gets a Facebook Page

Some great pics here!

Mark Zuckerberg’s puppy "Beast" on Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg’s puppy debuts on Facebook

"The puppy, named Beast, is a Puli, a type of Hungarian sheepdog."

"Some Facebook fans, while estatic that there was a new cute thing on the Internet, chided Zuckerberg for not adopting a mixed-breed dog from a shelter."

Adopting shelter dogs is a WONDERFUL thing! Thinking that you should chastise other people for not adopting a shelter dog is a bit heavy-handed...

Sunday, March 6, 2011

The Governor's New Puppy

New puppy arrives at Governor's Residence
"...the black German shepherd has been named Wanamingo, or "Mingo" for short."

Thursday, March 3, 2011

New Pics of our Little Boy Pup

A very cute little guy at 8 weeks old. He has almost no tear staining. He is also a great size, not too big and not too small. Great character, he's very playful.

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