Do Some Breeds Age “Faster” Than Others?

Breeds of Dogs and Effects on Health

At what age is your pet considered to be senior? There is no simple answer for every cat and dog, but the general principle practiced by many veterinarians (including myself) is that pets having achieved seven years of age have entered the senior phase of their lives. The conventional perspective that one pet year equals seven human years puts a seven year old pet at 49 years of age. This is the time in life when humans often develop ailments associated with years of wear and tear on body tissues. Yet, some pets exhibit physical signs of aging faster than … Continue reading

The Importance of Dog Breed Research

Breed of Dogs and the Importance of Considering Them

Many breeds of dogs have been selected for over many generations for a specific or series of traits. These traits would have served a specific purpose, probably for the breed’s original purpose for example retrieving or herding.   A lot of the time these traits have been bred for for so long that they become instinctive or innate to that particular breed. This means that even without training certain types of dog will exhibit certain types of behaviours. Problems can arise when potential owners don’t research the breed of dog that they are going to be housing. Take for example … Continue reading

Where Some See Limitations, RFI Brings Opportunities – May Charity Spotlight on Retrieving Freedom Inc.

Where Some See Limitations, RFI Brings Opportunities - May Charity Spotlight on Retrieving Freedom Inc.

Where Some See Limitations, RFI Brings Opportunities. RFI (Retrieving Freedom, Inc.) is a non-profit corporation whose mission includes improving the quality of life for wounded veterans, disabled citizens, and children with autism through the placement of skillfully trained service, therapy, and companion dogs. RFI trains Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers to use their natural traits to become a perfect assistance dog.  RFI’s service dogs go through a twenty-four month training process tailored to meet the precise needs of the person with whom they will be placed.  RFI is not a “one dog for all” type of organization.  Nationally, the … Continue reading