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Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy

Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy, also known as Krabbe's Disease, is a genetically inherited condition belonging to a category known as "storage diseases." A storage disease occurs when a particular enzyme, which is necessary for a normal process within the body, is deficient, and as a result, the compound which the enzyme normally acts upon builds up. This build-up leads to the expression of the disease and its symptoms, typically not at birth, but generally at a consistent age for each specific storage disease.

In the case of Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy, the deficient enzyme is galactocerebroside beta-galactosidase. This enzyme normally is involved in the breakdown of fats in the brain and spinal cord. When it is deficient, the compound galactocerebroside begins to build up. Galactocerebroside is a component of myelin, which is the fatty substance that surrounds and insulates nerve cells, keeping the electrical impulses properly isolated within the cells. When Galactocerebroside builds up, the production of myelin is affected, and as a result, there is a progressive loss of the myelin sheath on nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.

Age of Onset
Puppies affected with Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy are normal at birth, but they may begin showing symptoms as early as four weeks or as late as six months. Basset Hounds are the exception, since they may not show symptoms for several years.

Symptoms of Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy
Symptoms are typically progressive (gradually worsening) and include stiffness when walking, weakness, lack of balance and coordination, tremors, loss of control (especially of hindquarters), and typically will eventually progress to paralysis and possible blindness. As would be expected, there are also generally behavioral changes that occur in conjunction with the physiological symptoms.
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Japanese Chin

The Japanese Chin At a Glance
Recognized By AKC
Country of Origin Mysterious - most likely China
Life Expectancy 12 years
Height Range 8 - 11 in ideal
Weight Range 3 - 12 lbs
Colors Black & white; sable & white (incl. all shades like lemon); Tri (black & white with tan points)
Trainability Want very much to please you but can have a stubborn streak. Need to be motivated to do what you want them to do
With Children Great with children. Supervise with small children to prevent injury to dog.
With Animals Excellent. Fine with cats and most other breeds of dogs
Climate Does not tolerate extreme heat
Indoor/Outdoor Indoor. Japanese Chin are not an outdoor dog
Exercise Reqd Very little. They are basically couch potatoes
Grooming Reqd Brush-and-go breed. No matting; no clipping required
Japanese Chin Information
Japanese Chins bond very closely to their families. Often, they will become your shadow, following you from room to room. They are very quick to read you moods and adjust well to them. They were bred to be 'catlike' and are very clean, often batting things with their paws. They also like to be up high...like the back of a sofa and adore sunshine and will sit on or near a window sill and bask in the sun, though curled up on your lap is their favorite place. They are quiet peaceful dogs that require little exercise. They love to travel with you and put up well with all the attention they draw from people unfamiliar with Chin. They are very gentle, and do not enjoy any rough- housing. They can also be very 'clownish' and will keep you amused with their antics. Very intelligent dogs. At one time, only the Royals were permitted to own a Chin. They would often have someone who's job was to care for the Chin. They were pampered and adored. Today, it is much the same. Chin are dogs that need to be loved and pampered. They make an excellent 'apartment' dog, and can easily be wee wee pad trained. Healthy breed. Can have some problems associated with all small breeds such as cataracts and luxating patella's. Their coats are very easy to maintain, and most love to be brushed and groomed.

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Dog Question of the Week

Some answers to last week's question:
What is your dog's strangest trick?
This Week's Question:
What is your dog's strangest trick?
My dog Katie will go get the newspaper every morning and take it out of the plastic bag!
Mary Beth from Detroit, MI, USA
We have a dog named Benjamin, and he won't take his vitamin unless we put it on his nose for him to flip up and catch.
Walt from MA, USA
I have trained my dog to jump rope and he loves it. Now he won't let my daughter jump rope by herself.
Jean-Paul from Nice, FRA
We taught Twinkie to carry a purse! Her treats are in there and she won't open the purse herself... she waits for us to open it and give them to her!
Ben from New York, NY, USA
Our dog Skipper pretends to fall off the sofa. He did once by accident and we cuddled him afterward so he started doing it over and over for attention.
Rhonda from Boulder, CO, USA
My dog learned how to skateboard! Well, getting there, anyway. She can ride it and push, but still working on steering...
Barrett from Norcross, GA, USA
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