Protecting Your Dog From Theft

Dogs are stolen for a variety of reasons and most of them are guaranteed to break your heart. Some are resold to use a breeding stock to puppy mills and professional breeders. Chihuahuas are often sold as “bait” in fighting arenas. Others are sold to labs for experiments and research. The most unfortunate simply end up in hands of sadists who just want to torture and kill animals.

Unfortunately very few of the hundreds of thousands of dogs that go missing every year are returned to their owners. You can increase your chances of having your Chihuahua returned to you by employing the following methods.

Veterinarians, individual tattoo artists and companies specialize in tattooing animals with an identification number. Usually after the tattoo is placed, the identification number is registered with a service such as the National Dog Service. This may make it easier for him to be found. Different tattoo artists are associated with different registries so be sure to inquire first about which registry you will need to contact in order to complete the process.

Before entrusting your pup to the care a boarding or training kennel, thoroughly check out the reputation and references of the company. Avoid any establishment that has a history of missing dogs or runaway dogs. Make sure that they agree to show you the body if your puppy passes while you are gone. This way your pet’s death cannot be faked so it can be resold.

Don’t get your dog’s ear tattooed. You are better off to have the inside of his thigh tattooed as thieves have been known to sever a dog’s ears off to prevent it from being identified.

Microchipping is usually done at the vet. Otherwise, a vet can refer you to a microchipping service. A microchip is inserted under your dog’s skin, typically at the back of the neck or behind the ear. If you dog is lost and then found, then a scanner is used to read the read the information embedded in the microchip.

If your chihuahua disappears and is found, a special scanner can read the information on the microchip, and your dog can be traced to you. Again, call your vet for referrals in your area for Microchipping services.

Keep an eye on your dog a and be aware of his whereabouts at all times. Don’t leave him unattended outside in your yard, even for a few minutes. If you live in California he could be stolen by a coyote! Never leave him outside when you are not at home. Lock him in the house along with the rest of your valuable possessions.

Keep an eye on your chihuahua and be aware of his whereabouts at all times. Don’t leave him unattended outside in your yard, even for a few minutes. If you live in California he could be stolen by a coyote! Never leave him outside when you are not at home. Lock him in the house along with the rest of your valuable possessions.

All About Rhodesian Ridgies

Friendly enough to romp in a yard with group kids and yet courageous enough to take a pride of attacking lions in Africa, the Rhodesian Ridgeback has been the subject of fine artists since the mid-sixteenth century because of its unusual markings and friendly attractive demeanor. It is a fine beast to walk at the end of your leash as it is a protective, yet well-behaved dog that is easily socialized.

This courageous yet calm canine is a regal subject for a portrait because of its noble bearing, big soft friendly eyes and smooth caramel to gray coat. Its fur is beautiful and silky and drapes with the hand. However it is also a legendary creature with one very special anatomical feature that is found in no other canine breed.

If you look at the back of a Rhodesian Ridgeback you will see that it boasts a long narrow ruff of fur that stretches from head to tail along the length of spine. If you look at this ridge closely it almost seems like one long scratch from a single pronged lion’s nail had raised the nap on the fur in the opposite direction and the hair has stuck up in a ruff permanently.

In fact, the legend of the how the Rhodesian ruff came to be is the scenario that you will see immortalized in old European paintings. In these works of art will often see scenes of a pride of lions attacking a single Rhodesian Ridgeback or you will see a group of Ridgebacks taking on a single lion. Always in these scenes, the back of Rhodesian Ridgeback as it is being attacked is being scraped during a scuffle with a lion.

This long reverse ruff is a symbol of the dog’s bravery that has remained with it and that we can see and feel every time we run our fingers through the Ridgie’s fur. The ruff itself can be quite beautiful with little streaks or whorls about it; it is like a scar of honor that is always there on every puppy that is born as a reminder of the dog’s heritage as a hunter and protector.

There is the legend and then there is genetics of how this beautiful ruff came to be. The Ridge’s full official name is the Rhodesian ridgeback because immigrants to that area of Africa owned them.

German and Dutch emigrants believe the original ridgeback stock produced by the crossing of such dogs as mastiffs, bloodhounds, Great Danes, and terriers brought to South Africa. In addition to its outstanding ability at hunting lions, the ridgeback was prized as a protector of farms from prowling animals.

No matter what its origins there is no doubt whatsoever that the Rhodesian Ridgeback is one of the most beautiful and well composed of mutants, both aesthetically and in terms of temperament.

The Ridgie a smart sensitive and loyal dog, soft and cuddly like a big cuddly teddy bear yet at the same time a loyal watch and guard dog. However unlike the some guard or watch dogs the Ridgie is more mellow; also has the characteristics of a companion dog which makes it a truly unusual pet. The Ridgie truly a masterpiece of breeding and that ruff from head to tail is your indication that you are about to buy one of the best behaved, friendliest and loyal of puppies that exists