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The Queen’s $8 billion dollar empire is destined for the dogs. Leona Helmsley, “the Queen of Mean,” has willed the bulk of her real estate empire to the dogs. Her own Maltese, Trouble, was willed a staggering $12 million dollars while two of her grandchildren were left out in the cold.

Can you imagine the wolves that a situation like this will draw out of the woodwork?

Already the whopping $12 million left to poor Trouble has been slashed to a measly $2 million. The two forgotten grandchildren will receive a respectable $6 million between them. However, given that Judge Renee R. Roth of Surrogate’s Court in Manhattan has shown no concern in over-ruling the wishes of Mrs Helmsley’s last will and testament it will be interesting to see how the remnant of the estate will be divided.

The bulk of Harry B. Helmsley’s Manhattan real estate empire has been left to “provide for the care and welfare of dogs.” The wide ranging scope of this wish leaves open a myriad of potential uses for the money. Dog welfare groups have been scrambling to present their best ideas as to the use of this fortune as they try and grab a piece of the cake. Two prominant dog welfare groups have already put their hand up as willing beneficiaries.

The Humane Society of the United States and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, have stated they will be suggesting potential programmes should these funds be made available. Wayne Pacelle, president and chief executive of the Humane Society suggested solving “the pet overpopulation problem,” whatever form of action that would require. Other suggestions included attacking dogfighting, rabies in China and India, and also taking care of dogs left behind in disasters.

I thought this was an interesting discussion after reading a post on Matt’s Planet about the insanity of taking pet care to the extreme when there are so many people in dire situations. Do you think its right to leave $12 million or even $2 million to a dog when every day thousands of people die from the lack of food and basic medicines? What about the other billions of dollars destined for dog welfare? Do you think groups like PETA are the right ones to be entrusted with such large sums?

There is no doubt that struggling animal welfare agencies could use a cash injection to carry out the tireless work that they do on shoe string budget. But what about the work of agencies like Tear Fund who are equally under funded?

How would you spend a potential $8 billion?


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The Baby-boomers are leading the charge in this new phenominum, with an estimated 1 million dogs in the United States have been named the primary beneficiary in their owner’s will. According the Nielsen group’s research U.S. consumers now spend more for dog food than baby food.

The research shows up other surprising statistics as well. Where as about thirty nine percent of pet owners say they have more photos of their pet than of their spouse or significant other. Only 21 percent say they have more photos of their spouse or significant other than of their pet.

Dogs first choice.

So children are on the out (and perhaps spouses soon to follow), dogs are queuing up to take their place. It is not only the dogs who are reaping the rewards of this new trend, their owners are cashing in on health benefits. Pet owners, on average, live longer and experience less stress and heart attacks.

Dogs can also have remarkable health alert abilities.Scientists have discovered that dogs can sense the presence of autism in children. There are also ‘Seizure Alert’ dogs, which can warn their owners up to an hour before the onset of an epileptic seizure.

Although the popularity of dogs in general is on the increase, it seems that the small dogs are getting more than their fair share of the cake. With there being a drive toward living “green” which involves downsizing houses and cars, now pets have also come under the shrinking trend. This may be because of the lower maintenance costs involved in smaller dogs, or it may be because they are this years fashion, or it could even be just a practical issue of what fits in a modern apartment, but the trend is definitely toward miniature pets.

The Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog recognized by the American Kennel Club. Standing six to nine inches at the top of the shoulders and weighing two to six pounds the Chihuahua may not have an imposing physical presence, but in terms of longevity it takes out the record for the longest average span amongst dogs. Named for the region of Mexico where they were first discovered in the mid-19th century, the Chihuahua can live anywhere between 11-18 years [i-pets.com].

A growing problem in today’s search for designer dogs is the trend toward Teacup, Miniature, and Imperial breeds. These trendy sounding names and cute little dogs hide a plague of serious problems. The following warning is an excerpt from pet-facts.info.

The Truth About Teacup Dogs

In order to understand how many continue to breed smaller and smaller dogs, one must understand that it means playing around with genetics. In most cases, teacup dogs are not just small examples of the breed but are, instead, either dwarfed animals that are the results of recessive genes, or they have been crossed back and forth with their relatives, in a process known as inbreeding. While inbreeding can often result in very tiny “typey” dogs, it is a very dangerous practice because, not only can it strengthen the very best of the line and achieve desired results (such as the tiny size), but it also strengthens the very worst of the lines. Line-bred or inbred dogs tend to have an increased risk of heart, liver, and kidney defects, as well as being very susceptible to a host of genetic diseases and disorders that can range from blindness to outright deformities.

There are similar problems with dogs that carry the dwarfism gene. Very popular in the Chihuahua breed and often disguised as the teacup or apple-headed Chihuahua, dwarfs are very tiny dogs, often with larger heads and very short and stocky legs. While dwarfism does occur naturally in the wild, in various animals, these offspring usually don’t survive into adulthood and are often plagued by many serious genetic diseases and defects. While human intervention can help these tiny dogs avoid predators that they might face outside of the home, there is very little that can be done to protect them from the genetic defects that cause these puppies to suffer a host of health problems and live much shorter lives.

Be warned that buying into this trend may cost you thousands in vet bills and a lot of heart ache as your beloved puppy develops crippling health problems and succumbs to premature death. You may also be required to spend months acting as nurse maid to your sick pet. Unfortunately there are people out there who knowingly breed animals that will experience poor quality of life, just so they can sell them at inflated prices to unsuspecting fashion pet seekers.

Many of these problems can be avoided by buying only from reputable breeders, or by choosing more mainstream breeds. Remember, with pets living longer your commitment to the animal is greater. It makes sense to spend some extra time researching exactly what pet suits your lifestyle and living arrangements (thinking also how you will be living 10 or more years from now).

Children be warned – your days are numbered! Choosing Miniature Dog Breeds

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What is the link between Dog Depression and Treadmills?

Is your dog getting depressed?

It is not uncommon for dogs to get depressed.
They can become bored very easily and when they are bored for extended periods of time this can lead to depression.

The more intelligent the dog the more likely it is to get depressed as they need more stimulation in the form of work or activities that can keep their mind active.

This is one of the reasons why dog training is so important, because a dog that is trained well will get a lot more out of life by pleasing it’s owner and it will also have a leader that is can look to for security and confidence.

Often the weather in the area we live can be the biggest problem when trying to keep a dog active with the colder winter months and shorter daylight hours making it difficult to exercise the dog.

There are alternatives for dogs just as there are for humans in these conditions and many people are unaware that it is possible to get a dog treadmill for their dog so they can still be exercised no matter what the conditions outside are like.

This can also be ideal for people who live in apartments or those who are unable to take their dog out for a walk at night due to reasons of safety.

For the convenience of ensuring that your dog remains fit and healthy and doesn’t become depressed and need medication, a dog treadmill might just be the answer that you are looking for.

While you can go to the expense of buying a pet specific treadmill, your dog (and cat if you have the patience) can be trained to use any treadmill – although treadmills without the front upright bar are preferred by animals.


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