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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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Featured Breed -

Bulldog

The Bulldog At a Glance
Recognized By AKC, CanKC, UKC, CKC, KCUK, FCI, AFDSB
Country of Origin Great Britain
Life Expectancy 10 yrs
Height Range 12 - 15 in
Weight Range 45 - 55 lbs
Colors White; Fawn; Red; Red
Brindle; Any above with
White markings; Piebald
(predominantly white)
Trainability Medium. Very attentive, but would rather learn what they can get away with.
With Children Excellent. Loves to play but not demanding.
With Animals Good except at feeding time.
Climate Suffers in heat
Indoor/Outdoor Predominantly Indoor
Exercise Reqd Low. Lazy.
Grooming Reqd Generally low, but requires ear, wrinkle, and dental care.
Bulldog Information
One of the most distinctive breeds in appearance, the Bulldog has changed dramatically over the years. Originally bred for bull- and bear-baiting, their origins have defined much of their appearance. Their strong jaws and short muzzle were perfect for hanging tenaciously onto a bull, and their front-heavy weight distribution and short back made it difficult for the bull to shake them. Although today's Bulldog retains many of those physical characteristics, the personality of the modern Bulldog is completely different. They are loving, gentle dogs who live for human attention but demand very little. They love to play, but rarely initiate it. Their docile, tolerant, and attentive nature makes them excellent with children, although older Bulldog puppies can be a little too playfully strong and clumsy for toddlers. As adults, they're more careful and passive about play, but they never completely grow up.

It is a widely-held misconception that Bulldogs are not very intelligent. In general, they are actually highly intelligent dogs who want to play, cuddle, or have their tummies rubbed, rather than learn some obedience trick. However, if you can keep it fun, they can learn the basic commands. Their true intelligence, though, is more subtle. They are masters at figuring things out... most especially figuring out how to get their way. In fact, they often think 'no' means 'wait until I'm not looking;' they are great at making you think they can't reach the table, or the bed... until you're not looking; and if all else fails, they're masters of the guilt trip. They seem to know that the sad, pouty face and the carefully-placed sigh can get them most anything. They truly have a human-like quality, and their feelings are easily hurt. But they're quick to forgive, especially with a treat and a hug!

The Bulldog is not a demanding breed by nature, but they do require a family to have a strong knowledge of the breed and its healthcare requirements. If you aren't willing to commit to possible frequent vet visits, then a Bulldog isn't for you. The breed is essentially man-made, and they have been bred for specific physical traits. Unlike most breeds, where nature has shaped their physical characteristics to fit their function and their environment, Bulldogs aren't built for thriving in any natural environment. So before welcoming a Bulldog into your home, the first step is to become knowledgeable about the breed, and the second step is to find a vet that is experienced with Bulldogs. That is not to say that Bullies can't be healthy... they simply rely on you to keep them healthy, and to care for them in general. One critical note: Anesthetizing any dog has its risks, but with Bulldogs, it is very serious. Because of their unusual airways and difficulty breathing, the muscle relaxation that comes with anesthesia can easily cause their airway to collapse. Sadly, many Bullies have been lost in simple, non-emergency procedures that involved anesthesia. That is but one reason for finding a vet that is very experienced with the breed. It is also a reason that breeding is undertaken by only the most knowledgeable, experienced, and committed families... over 90 percent of litters are born via Caeserian section, and care of the newborn puppies is extremely difficult.

Overall, the Bulldog can be a wonderful addition to your family, if you are willing to commit the time to learn about the breed and provide the proper health care. Equally importantly, they need your time, companionship, and love. In return, you will get unconditional affection (except for the occasional pouting) and a delightful, often comical friend.

Quote from the Bulldog Mind: 'I'm not a dog, I'm a Person!... only shorter.'
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Dog Question of the Week

Some answers to last week's question:
Do you prefer big dogs or small dogs, and why?
This Week's Question:
What breed do you think is the cutest?
I perfer big dogs on the whole, because I think they are more adaptable, rough-and-ready, easily trained and are better with children, and simply easier to live with. But larger dogs are not for everyone and are likely to make a small home seem even smaller.
Ella from Des Monies, Iowa, USA
big dogs, they don't potty all over the house!
shell from taylor, mi , USA
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