Though not all canines want to cuddle with cats, some breeds seem more likely to find a friend in felines than others. And when it happens, it’s a pretty special thing to watch — there’s nothing like seeing your cat give your dog a bath or watching your pup snuggle up with his favorite kitty.
“A lot of dogs are getting a bad rap,” said Lora Wood.
Wood is a member of the PAWS-tive Partners Humane Society. She and another member, Josie Lyon, have been heading up the Be Responsi-Bull campaign to educate the community about bully breeds.
Wood believes educating the public will help dispel some of the stereotypes surrounding breeds such as pit bulls and rottweilers and encourage adoption of the dogs.
Is it truly a dog-eat-dog world? Not according to these breeds.
Some dog breeds are known for their propensity to be friendly with other pups, and, as it turns out, this is a trait our readers are quite interested in when it comes to choosing a dog of their own. It makes sense — if you want multiple dogs in your home (and we can’t blame you if you do!), of course, you’d want them to get along.
Many people adore large dog breeds such as Labrador Retrievers and German Shepherds for their energy, athleticism and versatility. But big breeds aren’t for everyone. If you live in an apartment, have small children or aren’t strong enough to handle a canine who weighs more than 70 pounds, you may want to consider a small dog.
Cocker spaniels were ranked second in the list of runaway dogs (Sara Bevan/Alamy)
Sarah Bussell, rehoming supervisor at Blue Cross, said: "Many dogs just want to play and explore, but it was interesting to see labradors came on top for being the most likely breed to run away.
"While they don't mean to become lost, if they catch a smell or see something exciting in the distance it can be hard to get their attention and call them back to you.
They emerged at the top of a list of runaway pups compiled from a survey of 2,000 dog owners in Britain.
PROTECT AND SERVE
Rudy Drexler, proprietor of Rudy Drexler’s School for Dogs in Elkhart, has been working with dogs for over 50 years. For much of that time, he specialized in training dogs for perhaps the most disciplined canine calling of all: law enforcement.
Now, he uses that expertise to import and train protection dogs for private homes and businesses.
Liz Marsden has worked for almost 30 years as a dog trainer, including working with 11 of NFL quarterback Michael Vick’s pit bulls after he was sent to prison in 2007 for his role in a dogfighting operation.
But the Chaplin resident has disavowed the animal rescue community and taken an activist role in opposition to efforts at the state Capitol to prevent dog breed discrimination.
“These are animals that were purposely bred to fight to the death,” Marsden said of pit bulls, a classification encompassing breeds such as the American Staffordshire terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier and bull terrier.
There’s legislation (HB 5361) headed for a vote in the House, forcing insurance companies to cover people who choose to own dangerous dog breeds and prohibit higher premiums for owners of dangerous dog breeds. Insurance company representatives testified that rates will go up for all policy holders, regardless of whether they own a poodle, a pit bull or no dog at all, if this bill becomes law.
Most people will agree that cats and dogs are a breed apart, but there are certain dog breeds that behave more like cats than dogs. As noted in Pet360 and the American Kennel Club (AKC), these breeds are independent, quieter and content to sit and observe. If you’re torn between getting a cat or dog, you might consider adopting one of the following breeds: