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vonWillebrands Disease

Von Willebrand's Disease is the most common in a group of diseases known as "clotting disorders" or "bleeding disorders," which are often collectively referred to as hemophilia in humans (and the term "hemophilia" is commonly used in dogs as well). In order to understand von Willebrand's Disease (vWD), it's important to have a basic understanding of how blood normally clots.

When there is an injury or other trigger for bleeding, the body responds to "plug" the bleeding source in the injury. One major component of the response is the accumulation of platelets, cellular components that physically "plug the hole." A second part of the clot formation response is a series of chemical reactions involving specific molecules known as "clotting factors," which, to think of it simply, help glue the platelets together and to the tissue/blood vessel. Those clotting factors are numbered in sequence from I to XII (1 to 12 in Roman numerals), and they follow the numbered sequence in the way they react... Factor I interacts with Factor II, and the result interacts with Factor II, etc. Obviously, with so many components involved in creating the clot that stops bleeding, the failure of any single component could severely impair the clotting process. In fact, there are a wide variety of clotting disorders, each affecting a particular step in that process. In the case of von Willebrand's Disease, there is a reduction in the concentration of a protein known as von Willebrand's Factor, which stabilizes Factor VIII and helps the clot form.
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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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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.

Information courtesy of Bedoka Japanese Chin
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Dog Question of the Week

Some answers to last week's question:
Who was smarter: Benji or Lassie? Why?
This Week's Question:
What breed do you think is best for people in the city?
Lassie of course! Their is not a better dog then a Collie,loyal,protective,but not aggressive.No bad vices.The Only dog for a family with children,a best friend forever.And a perfect show dog for juniors,smart,eager to please.We love our Collies!!
Mickey from Star, NC, USA
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