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Great Christmas Dog Videos

Author: MayaAndPierson
December 25, 2011

Visit our American Dog Blog for several Christmas dog videos including videos from a cute Yorkie name Dexter, a dog being wrapped as a Christmas present, and dogs decorating a Christmas Tree.

Click HERE to visit the American Dog Blog post on Christmas Eve.

Click HERE to visit the American Dog Blog post on Christmas day.

Have a Merry Doggy Christmas!!!

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Great Pet Portraits at Art

Author: MayaAndPierson
April 25, 2010


We have discovered great pet portrait art work at Rebecca Collins is the artist. She uses digital techniques to transform your pet’s photo into a fantastic work of art. According to the website, “Unlike much digital art that is available today, these works do not rely on one or two simple Photoshop filters, but instead are created one at a time with many hours of hand work going into each piece.”  Visit to see more great pieces of pet portrait art – and contact Rebecca Collins for a portrait of your pet.

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Collectible Dog Figurines

Author: MayaAndPierson
March 24, 2009

df23b-collieroughtri.jpg has a new page with collectible dog figurines of almost every AKC breed including collectible hunting dog figurines, dachshund dog figurines, great dane dog gifts, collectible chihuahua dog figurines, and more!  And if they don’t have the breed or color of your dog, all you have to do is email them at  Collectible dog figurines make great inexpensive gifts for these difficult economic times.  Check out all the collectible dog figurines at the Animal Figurine Store.

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Come check out the Art Unleashed event at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City, Missouri.  The Uptown Theater is at 3700 Broadway, Kansas City, MO  64111.  The event is held at 7-10 p.m., Friday, August 22, 2008.  Lots of fantastic pet art will be put up for a silent and live auction.  All proceeds go to help animals in the Kansas City area through the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City.  Check out more art and more information on the event at

Included in the event is the artwork above which is an artistic rendition of Maya.  Maya, of course, is the yellow lab puppy portrayed at the top of this blog page.  And Maya is owned by one of the pet-lover employees of  More artwork of the artist can be viewed at

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August 11, 2008

cassie.jpgShetland Sheepdogs are highly intelligent dogs. They are affectionate, intensely loyal, and an all-around great family pet. They are good with children if they are raised with them from an early age and they do well with other pets. They tend to be a little wary of strangers, sometimes to the point of being skittish or snappy but their loyalty to their family more than makes up for it. They require regular brushing but their size makes them great for any sized home, including a farm or even an apartment.

The Shetland Sheepdog is also known as a Sheltie or a Miniature Collie. They originated in the Shetland Islands of Scotland where the Shetland Pony and Shetland Sheep also come from. It is possible that the Shetland Sheepdog was bred to herd those smaller sheep but it is more likely that they were used on the farm to scare off birds, rodents, and garden pests such as rabbits.

With a few differences, the Shetland Sheepdog looks like a miniature version of the Collie. The dominate color of the Shetland Sheepdog is either black, blue-merle, or sable. The dominate color is accompanied by varying amounts of white and/or tan. Their hair is long and needs regular brushing. Their weight ranges anywhere from 10 to 40 pounds. Their height according to AKC standards should be 13 to 16 inches to the shoulder but can be shorter or taller with the height proportionate to the weight.

If you consider adopting an adult Shetland Sheepdog, do not be concerned if the dog does not warm up to you right away. Since Shetland Sheepdogs tend to be wary of strangers, bonding time will be needed. If you are considering purchasing a Shetland Sheepdog puppy be aware of several inherited and/or susceptible diseases common to the breed. These health issues include Dermatomyositis ( a genetic disease of the skin), Von Willebrand Disease (a bleeding disorder), malformation of the eyes, hypothyroidism, hip dysplasia, epilepsy, and various skin allergies. Before you purchase from a breeder make sure the breeder has clear bloodline records. A breeder should have vet records showing that they eyes were checked for the eye disease and that DNA tests were done for the Von Willebrand Disease. Some of the symptoms for the diseases listed above do not show up until about age two so adoption of an adult dog is a safe way to go but will require some bonding time.

The image above is an artistic rendition of Cassie. Cassie was adopted at age 1 and quickly bonded with the adopter’s 10 year old daughter. Cassie became the 10-year-old’s dog and spent the remainder of her life with her. Cassie died at age 13 when her owner was 23. She can attest that Cassie was the best dog she has ever had.  Cassie was extremely loyal, knew over 30 commands, and very lovable.  If you want to read more about Cassie and the owner, visit the Pet Pals page of To view other pet art from the artist of Cassie, visit

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