Monday, September 25, 2017

The Dashing Dalmatian


Dalmatians are such good-looking dogs; I wish we had more of these guys attending The Fort every now and then... They seem to be more rare, and not as common of a breed, as they used to be.

 It's hard to break down the origins of this breed because they're unknown; it's unclear when Dalmatians first came about. The only real information we have, is that they traveled with Gypsies from Romania. This magnificent breed earned its name while staying in Dalmatia: which is a Province, on the Eastern Shore of the Adriatic Sea.


On average, this breed stands between nineteen, and twenty four inches tall, and weighs anywhere from forty eight, to fifty five pounds. Males are typically larger.

These guys are natural born runners. They may look cute, but they're a very high-energy breed that needs lots of exercise. Make sure you're up for all the playing and commitment it's going to take to wore these guys out- before you purchase one. Other than being high energy, Dalmatians are often known as the "Comedian"  of the dog world; they'll do anything to put a smile on your face. Because they'll do almost anything to please you, Dalmatians make great "Watch Dogs", being as alert and aware of their surroundings, as they are. 



The distinctive coat on this magnificent breed is almost satisfying to touch- as it feels like velvet. Typically you see Dalmatians with a white undercoat, and black spots that range anywhere from a quarter, to a silver dollar in size. 






Did you know Dalmatians can have brown spots as well? 









Check out this video to see what I was talking about when I mentioned how comical this breed is. I now have a permanent smile on my face, after watching it!

Fun Facts
  • Dalmatians are born spotless! Their spots don't start coming in until around 10-14 days old.
  • Up to 12% of Dalmatians are Deaf
  • This breed can also be known as the Carriage Dog (probably because they traveled with Gypsy all over the place), or an English Coach Dog.
  • Dalmatians were bred to follow coaches and spent a lot of their time around stables in the past- so they get along really well with Horses, surprisingly! They're the perfect dog to get if you want to go trail riding with your pup, and horse at the same time.



I hope you learned a thing or two about this glorious breed... Try to stay warm tonight, I'd say it's almost fireplace season! 

~Shaunte

Friday, September 22, 2017

Berkeley & Gunner


This morning we welcomed Berkeley to the Fort. He is an eleven-month-old, Australian Shepherd. Berkeley joined our Medium Dog Program where he had a great time playing with the other dogs. He passed his assessment with flying colors and is welcome back any time.

Louis (the black dog in this video) really took a shine to Berkeley today. Louis pretty much rules the school when he visits the Fort, and if he says you are alright then boy are you ALRIGHT!





Yesterday, we had the pleasure of meeting Gunner. He is a two-year-old, seventy-pound, Anatolian Shepherd x Rottweiler x Lab mix. Gunner spent the morning hanging out with the dogs in our Large Dog Program. He did a great job and we look forward to seeing him again soon! 


Have a great weekend,
- Gary

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Rusty


Rusty was our assessment from yesterday. He's four months old, weighs fifty five pounds, and is a magnificent Rhodesian Ridgeback!
Rusty was a little shy at first, but we noticed he started mingling with his new friends the longer he was here. Did you know that this breed was developed in Africa? They were originally meant for being the perfect hunter- and guardian of their homes. They liked to chase off wild Lions, Boars, and Bears. 

Although Rusty was new to us, his owners weren't! We met Rusty's older brother Zeus, back in 2015! 

Rusty is more than welcome to come back to The Fort and enjoy some more fun in our Large Dog Program, with his brother!

Take care,
~Shaunte'
 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Riley & Hazel


Riley was our assessment from Friday. She's a mini Australian Shepherd that weighs nineteen pounds, and is six in a half years old. This gorgeous girl showed great "Dogspeak" when she met all her new friends. She did a lot of mingling, sniffing, and exploring of our Small Dog Program. It was nice getting to know her as the morning progressed.



Hazel walked in here like she owned the place, this morning! She had some pep in her step, as we wondered up to the Puppy Program. This sweetheart is only three months old, and weighs almost eight pounds. Can you guess what breed she is? You're probably guessing Pug, am I correct? Well, you're halfway there; Hazel is a Puginese! Which is: 3/4 Pug and 1/4 Pekingese. She had a wonderful time meeting and greeting all the dogs that attended our Small Dog/Puppy Program today. She even made a friend! Check her out in action below... 



We are looking forward to getting to know this two as they start coming to The Fort more often!

I wish you all a happy week, 
~Shaunte'

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Jobi and Lucy


Jobi was our handsome assessment yesterday morning... This cute little guy is only eleven weeks old, weighs almost nineteen pounds, and is a Weimaraner. Jobi loved his first day with us; he made several friends, and loved exploring in our Medium Dog Program. We even got a video of him playing, check it out below. 




Lucy was our assessment today. She's a Lab mix that weighs fifty pounds, and is one in a half years old. This sweet girl did a little bit of exploring and sniffing when she got here. We didn't see too much playing, but she was mingling with everyone, well. We think that Lucy is going to blossom, and make friends the more times she comes here. 

Both dogs can come back whenever they want,
Have a good day!
~Shaunte'
 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Silly Dog Shenanigans

It's been quite a while since we've shared some funny dog videos on our blog; the time has come...

In the video that you're about to watch, you will see an assortment of silly dog shenanigans, such as: A dog trying to play with a Whale, catching a Balloon in slow motion, stealing food from the fridge when nobody is looking, a Chihuahua that thinks he's more tough than a Great Dane, and many other things.



You're probably more likely to see a dog in water- over a cat... Although, some dogs don't like water play and getting clean! Check out this funny video, to see what I mean. 



Alright, that's all the humour I have to share for today! I hope you all have a marvelous week,

~Shaunte' 

Friday, September 8, 2017

Frank & Riky Tiky

Yesterday, Frank the little Cavapoo puppy met Riky Tiky for the first time. The two of them became best friends and were inseparable for the rest of the day. Here are a couple clips of them playing in our Small Dog Program.




Have a great weekend,
- Gary

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Roxie, Charlie, and Zoey


Roxy was one of our assessments from yesterday morning. She's a four year old, twenty pound Dachshund mix! This high energy gal loved to frolic all around our Small Dog Program. She jumped from our bunch and picnic table numerous times; we even started introducing her to some balls. She has a lot of energy, but also has a very calm demeanor at the same time.



This is Charlie, he was our other assessment from yesterday. He weighs sixteen pounds, is six years old, and is a Lhasa Apso/ Yorkshire Terrier. This little guy was very happy-go-lucky, lively, and wagged his tail like there was no tomorrow. He loves people, that was definitely apparent- but he's content hanging out with his new dog friends as well.



Zoey was our assessment from today. She's a four year old, thirty eight pound English Springer Spaniel that has very expressive eyebrows. She joined our Medium Dog Program with grace and ease... She enjoyed being with the other dogs, and even got to hang out with another dog that looks exactly like her, Hank! Check out their selfie together


    See what I mean with the eyebrows? ;)


We are looking forward to seeing Roxie, Charlie, and Zoey soon.

Happy Wednesday, Shaunte'

Monday, September 4, 2017

Riley and Braxton


Riley is a one hundred and eight pound lab mix, that's eight years old! He joined our Large Dog Program with a little bit of curiosity, and pep in his step! 

He may be an older dog- but that certainly doesn't slow him down. We had no worry that this guy would pass his assessment with flying colors, once we started picking up on his "Dog Speak"
Notice how he kept trying to Muzzle Punch Diego? The reason he was doing that is because he was trying to get his attention. He wanted to play and burn some energy! Near the end of the video, you'll also see Riley point his Behind towards Diego. In the Dog World, sniffing butts is the proper and expected way to greet one another. 

We not only got his "Dog Speak" on video, but we also got him playing with some of his new friends. 

Check him out!






We welcomed another Boxer to The Fort this morning as well, Braxton! This guy isn't too far behind Riley- he's only two years younger than him at six years old, and weighs 70 pounds.

He had an overall good day with us. We enjoyed watching him check out his new play area, as he was trying to discover what this place is all about. He mingled, sniffed some butts, and wagged his tail! With time, we can certainly see Braxton making lots of friends here. He seemed to get more and more comfortable with us, by the minute!

Both dogs can come back whenever they please.
Take care,
Shaunte' 

Friday, September 1, 2017

Rosie

Rosie came into the Fort bright and early this morning for her assessment. She is a two-year-old, six-pound, Toy Poodle. Rosie joined our Small Dog Program where she enjoyed mingling with the other dogs. She had a great first day and is welcome back anytime. We look forward to seeing her again soon!

Have a great weekend,
- Gary

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The World's Rarest Dog: Rediscovered


Have you ever thought to yourself, "I wonder what the rarest dog breed is?" Well, I'm here to tell you that breed was rediscovered as of recently! 

For decades, we feared that the New Guinea Highland Wild Dog had gone extinct. We didn't see any evidence of it's existence until an expedition was made in 2016. We were able to locate, observe, gather documentation and biological samples! The researchers were able to get more than one hundred photographs of at least fifteen individuals including: females, males, and puppies.
 
The reason this was such a big deal to everyone was because until now, this breed was only known by two promising, but unconfirmed photos in recent years. There was one captured in 2005, and 2012. 

Because the team was able to observe up close and personal- and take samples from them, they discovered some pretty cool facts. The DNA analysis of their fecal samples confirmed their relationship to Australian Dingos, and New Guinea Singing Dogs. 

Due to our lack of evidence of the species, we aren't really sure how Dingoes, Singing dogs, and Highland Wild Dogs are related to one another... We're hoping this is something we will discover soon, because taking a step back, and understanding the roots of these breeds can help us get a better understanding of canine evolution.


The chances of survival for this species is actually pretty good! There was even a scientific paper written, on the discovery of them. Local mining companies have been going the extra mile to protect the remote areas that they're thriving, and roaming.

If you want to read more about the expedition, check out this link for the scientific document of their re-discovery:

http://www.nghwdf.org/hwds 

I hope you enjoy the rest of your week,
~Shaunte'

Monday, August 28, 2017

Bradley


We met Bradley bright and early for his assessment this morning. His owner is unsure of his exact breed but one thing's for certain- he definitely has some German Shepherd in him! This unique looking guy is forty four pounds, and is four years old. Bradley joined our Large Dog Program where he hung out with Neo, our sassy Husky,and a few others. 

Check him out with his new friends!



 It's safe to say Bradley enjoyed himself here. We are looking forward to seeing him this weekend, when he returns for some Boarding fun! 

 


See you soon Bradley, and have a marvelous Monday everyone!

~Shaunte'

Friday, August 25, 2017

Snoopy

This morning we had the pleasure of welcoming Snoopy to the Fort. He is an eight-year-old, thirty-five-pound, Beagle. Snoopy joined our Medium Dog Program and enjoyed hanging out with the other dogs. He did a great job today and is welcome back anytime. We look forward to seeing him again soon.

Have a great weekend,
- Gary

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Fun Dog Videos

Dogs are certainly an entertaining animal, that's for sure! If you're ever bored, need a good laugh, or just some cheering up, dog videos are great things to watch. 

Check out some of these goofy videos that we found on the web.


You'll watch dogs throwing tantrums in this video- yes your kids aren't the only ones who can give sass, every now and then! ;)


And then this video is a compilation of a whole bunch of random silliness from our canine friends...

I hope these videos gave you a smile, :)
have a good night!

~Shaunte'

Monday, August 21, 2017

Olive


Olive was our three month old, twenty three pound assessment today... She's a Yellow Lab
with a whole lot of personality, and happiness to share with everyone. We noticed right off the bat that it wasn't going to take long for this girl to make some friends. As soon as she started meeting the other dogs that came to our Medium Dog Program today, she was a social butterfly.



Check out this photo for example. It's obvious that she loves being around others of her own kind. Doesn't she look happy? 




Olive made several friends but her favorite buddy of the day was  Phinnie, check them out romping around!


We even got some photos of her playing...
(click to enlarge) 

 


Check out those ears!

 We're looking forward to seeing this fun, young one soon. Have a good week,

~Shaunte'

 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Harlan, Zoey, and Ruby

Harlan came in to the Fort bright and early Tuesday morning for his assessment. He is a twelve-week-old, twenty-eight-pound, German Shepherd. Harlan is very well balanced and "speaks" good dog. He made lots of new friends in our Medium Dog Program.


Zoey joined the Fort yesterday. She is a two-year-old, thirty-five-pound, Border Collie. Zoey spent the day hanging out in our Large Dog Program. She quickly made friends with Fort Fido regular, Pippa. The two of them had a lot of fun playing together throughout the morning.

This morning we had the pleasure of meeting Ruby. She is a two-year-old, forty-five-pound, Polish Lowland Sheepdog. She joined our Medium Dog Program, and had a good time mingling with the other dogs. 

They all did a great job and are welcome back anytime. We look forward to seeing them again soon. 


Have a great weekend,
- Gary

Monday, August 14, 2017

Niah and Marley


Niah was our first assessment of the day! She's only four months old, and is a Miniature Australian Shepherd. She joined our Puppy Program with ease, and walked in like she owned the place. Her sniffer was working on overdrive as she jumped from our pic-nic table, to our bench, and all around her new play area. She was also miss "social butterfly" and made several new friends. She was particularly fond of another puppy whose pretty new to us, Frank. It was cool to see them interacting together, as they learn proper dog mingling-mannerisms. We were lucky enough to catch these two in action as well!

P.S., when it was time for her to return home from her assessment, we practically had to drag her out. She wanted to stay and continue to play. It made us chuckle, and happy to know she enjoyed her short time with us.



Marley was our other assessment from today. He's three years old, weighs eighty pounds, and is a Goldendoodle who joined our Large Dog Program. We noticed right away that this guy is well socialized. He didn't waste any time, and was quick to make new friends to start his day of play! 

Check him out, having a blast in this video... 

Both dogs are welcome to come back and play with their new buddies whenever they please!

Take care,
~Shaunte'

Friday, August 11, 2017

Harley & Bella

This morning we had the pleasure of meeting Harley and Bella. Harley is a four-year-old, ten-pound, Long Haired Dachshund. Bella is a four-year-old, fourteen-pound, Boston Terrier. These two girls joined the Small Dog Program here at the Fort. They both enjoyed hanging out with the other dogs and making new friends.

Harley and Bella both did a great job and are welcome back anytime. We look forward to seeing them again soon!


Have a great weekend,
- Gary

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Chibs and Dutch


Chibs was yesterday's assessment. He's only seven months old, weighs forty pounds and is a Golden Retriever. He joined our Medium Dog Program with ease and really enjoyed himself as the morning progressed. We noticed that this little guy was a tad bit shy at first but with time around all the other dogs, he gained some confidence. We think Chibs will blossom into a wonderful daycare dog and make several friends the more he comes here...


Dutch joined our Medium Dog Program just like Chibs did. He's an adorable French Bulldog, that weighs twenty pounds and is only six months old. He still has some growing to do! Dutch is a ball of energy, has lots of personality, and is very spunky. He's a social butterfly, making friends with everyone! We were able to capture him being goofy and checking the place out below.



As you can see, Dutch was all over the place this morning...

We're looking forward to seeing Chibs and Dutch return for more fun with our Medium Dogs! Have a good day,

~Shaunte'

Monday, August 7, 2017

Hum Boa "Bowzer"


Bowzer was our eleven month old, fifteen pound Pug that joined our Medium Dog Program this morning. He did exceptionally well. We noticed pretty quickly that today wasn't the first day he's interacted with other dogs. He was showing great dog speak. His tail was wagging, and he even made a few new friends! Bowzer is new to us, but his parents aren't. Bowzer's older brother, Boe, has been attending here since December of 2016. 

We're looking forward to getting to know Bowzer more, as he starts attending here regularly. 

Have a good rest of your day,
~Shaunte'