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Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA)

Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA) is an inherited disorder where tissues in the back of the eye do not differentiate and develop properly in the fetal puppy. The result is a group of defects which occur in varying degrees among different dogs, and even varying degrees between the right and left eyes of the same dog.

The primary defect is choroidal hypoplasia, where the choroid is under-developed. The choroid is a thin layer of blood vessels, sandwiched between the retina (most inner layer) and sclera (outer layer) of the back of the eye. The choroid supplies the retina with oxygen and nutrients, so when it is under-developed, the back tissues of the eye are receiving reduced levels of oxygen and nutrients.

Coloboma of the retina and/or optic disc may also be present in Collie Eye Anomaly. A coloboma is a hole or fissure in the tissue, typically caused by a failure of the embryonic tissue to close properly.

Staphyloma is also commonly associated with CEA. A staphyloma is a thinning in the sclera, which is the outer layer of the back of the eye.

Perhaps most significantly, retinal detachment, either complete or partial, is associated with CEA. Retinal detachment may or may not produce bleeding, but it is the possible result of the other CEA issues, and retinal detachment is the major contributor to the partial or complete blindness that can result from Collie Eye Anomaly.
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Irish Terrier
To Train or not to train. for an Irish Terrier puppy, it will be well advised to find an experienced terrier trainer. Balance with proper socialization early on in your puppy's life. Get your puppy accustomed to nail trimming and grooming now. You don't necessarily need to groom an I.T. puppy, but get them used to the feel of a smooth soft bristle baby brush (for example). If you wait until later, it will not go as smoothly.

Irish Terrier
Choosing an Irish Terrier puppy with a sweet temperament is important, but no guarantee forever. Be very wise when introducing to other dogs, make sure they are also very nice dogs. If exposed to aggressive behavior, an Irish Terrier will of course defend itself, and there will be no turning back. Avoid situations where your pup is forced to defend itself. That is your job, to keep your puppy safe at all times and in every situation.

Glen of Imaal Terrier
Recently we rescued of Glen of Imaal from our local SPCA. She is 4 yrs old and is a very focused little girl. A mind of her own, not real affectionate, but very loyal at the same time. She has trained me well.

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English Setter

The English Setter At a Glance
Recognized By AKC
Country of Origin England
Life Expectancy 10 - 15 yrs
Height Range 22 - 27 in
Weight Range 40 - 80 lbs
Colors White base coat with even flecking all over preferred. Flecks may be blue, orange, lemon, or liver. Tri colors are blue beltons with tan points. Field variety is more prone to patching.
Trainability Very trainable as long as a soft hand is used. Perceived as stubborn by those using a heavy-handed training method.
With Children Excellent. Very tolerant. Very high bite inhibition
With Animals Excellent with other animals except, of course, birds and rodents
Climate Comparable to humans
Indoor/Outdoor Indoor as they bond very tightly to their family
Exercise Reqd Fenced yard. Active as puppies but bench variety is calm in the house as adults. Field bred variety much more active
Grooming Reqd Field bred dogs need minimal grooming. Bench variety need routine grooming appointments
English Setter Information
The English setter is believed to have originated in England about 400 years ago. The field variety was primarily developed in America by Mr. Llwyellin. The bench variety was developed in this country by Mr. Laverack. The field variety is smaller both in height and weight than the bench variety. Both will usually hunt. The field variety, however, has a much higher energy level and is suitable for hunters on horse back as they range fairly far. The bench is more of a gentleman's hunting companion as he will usually not range far and is more suitable for hunters on foot. English setters are easily house trained. Like most puppies, they tend to chew when young. Like most sporting dogs, they should be taught to come relably when called before any attempts to let them off of a leash. This is a very soft, sensitive breed and does best with similar training methods. The English setter is, in general, a robust dog not commonly afflicted with ailments. The only problems relatively common to the breed are deafness, hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia. Judious breeding by conscientious breeders has decreased the incidence of these problems in many lines of English setters. Prospective buyers should ask if parents have had their hearing BAER (Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response) tested and their hips and elbows evaluated by the OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals). The English setter has maintained a very faithful following in many countries because of the breed's lovely disposition. The English setter is a wonderful family dog.

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My MIni Schnauzer Coco Chanel has always loved my husbands hankerchiefs. She will dig at his pockets until she can retreive it. She usually drags one around the house all day long.
Donn from Taylor, Tx, USA
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