Tuesday, September 1, 2009

About My Dogs - Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever has a kindly expression, pretty dark eyes, and a wagging tail, the Golden Retriever has captured the hearts of many. Known for their temperament, a well-bred Golden Retriever is gentle, kind, loving, loyal, happy, confident and outgoing.

Neither lazy nor hyper, today’s golden retriever blend easily into many family settings. They strive to please their owners and, once taught what the owner desires, the Golden Retriever will astound you with their willingness to please.

That is what Sky & Rainbow my dogs are.(in Picture above) Both dogs are a pure pedigree because he is not conceived with other dog breed. That is not to say that a mixed breed (a mixture of s number of breeds), or a cross-bred (usually the first cross from two purebred dogs) is of lesser “worth”. These dogs have their intrinsic value of their own and characteristic too numerous to mention here. Their individuality makes each of them unique are just as valuable as family pets.

Sky (male) fur coat is copper brown and has big bone structure. Rainbow (female) on the other hand is beige in colour. They are very smart – all that they knows, they learned by looking at us. Always at the gate waiting when I comes home from work and will jump unto me waging their tails in expectancy. He is also very playful and naughty at times, they will "attack" and chase all moving things, butterflies, toads, and yes even our garden plants. Sometimes quite a headache for me & my wife. After scolding him, they will look very sad and will try to win our favour again by coming close to us and wagging tail.

Food: Thier food comprises California Natural, (an all natural, holistic pet food that uses only the finest human-grade ingredients with NO preservatives, NO by-products, and NO fillers.) which we feed him twice a day. Every weekend he will be given a bone and raw food. The California natural and raw egg has done them good as I notice that he is more energetic and his fur thicken luxuriantly.

I will also supplement some carrots and fruits as well. I believe this is the ideal diet that mirrors their natural state as in the wild (before domestication) the canine species though hunts and eat animals, they are omnivores. Their intestinal features and digestive system is very different from human.

Not only human cook their food and add plenty of flavouring and spices to suits our taste bud. Animal pronominally eat food in its natural state. Our colon is about 30 feet long wounded up, with a slow digestive process and discharge systems. Too much processing in our instant food industries has depleted the nutrients and enzymes that our body needs. I also BARF him once a week during weekend, usually raw chicken.

PUPPIES (up to 6 months)
New born puppies grow at a rapid rate for about the first six months. Frisky little puppies partake in a lot of activity, and generally need twice the energy intake per kg of body weight as compare to an adult dog. Also, remember at this age the little pups are at a growing stage and proper nutrition is essential for future growth. High level of protien, carbohydrates and fats are required together with balanced essential nutrients in a palatable form that is more calorie concentrated than adult food. Puppies characteristically eat little and often as their stomach are smaller.

IMMATURE DOGS (6 to 12 months)
After six months, puppies develop into immature dogs – not quite young anymore, but not quite an adult either. In the intervening dog years when your pet is in his teens (one human year is equivalent to seven dog years), he continues to grow, developing muscle and bone tissue, but at a slower rate. Food for these junior animals must take into account to prevent excessive weight gain.

MATURE DOGS (more than 18 months)
Once your dog reaches adulthood, it is important to reduce the concentration of calories in his food to avoid obesity. Think of your dog everyday routine and try to gauge how much energy he would need to carry out his daily activities. Typically, mature dogs eat to provide energy for exercise, body maintenance and repair.

I have learned much from caring for my dogs
We think that we are the ones who train our dogs and teach them, yet never realize how much they teach us over the months or years. We think they are the ones who take our time and care, but never realized how much they give in return and how much we take from them.

Caring for a puppy assures us that we are not alone in the world, that we are loved unconditionally. There are times when I punished him for misbehaviour. Maybe, left on his own he expands his energy by chewing on my favourite shoe. (Remember puppies do not know how expensive your shoes are) In my anger I schooled him harshly and used the shoe to beat him on his buttock. He was frightened and confused, Oh! master is angry, Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! Pain… He looks sad and dejected and confused and been left alone and ignored. (I hope I will not be accused of dog abuse.) Yet after a little while when we approached him, he will ran joyfully towards us wagging his tail and licking our hands excitedly. All is ‘forgotten’ our dog shows his love for us unconditionally.

It helps to bring out the better qualities in a person. It reminds us that we are nice and beautiful people, not selfish, not self-centred, not inferior, not wanting. The fact is, our dogs make us more sensitive, more caring, more secure, calmer, and happier…in fact, undoubtedly better people than we would be without them. With their relentless overtures and displays of love, they can restore our faith daily in a world that can sometimes be cruel and disappointing.

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