Wednesday, January 26, 2011

How smart is your dog?

Before you read this post know that i'm not bashing your dog, or your favorite breed.


I was researching dog breeds and which ones are "smartest" Afterwards i decided it really shouldn't be decided by breed but the individual dog.. Here are a couple of the breeds that were called "smartest" breeds.

Labrador Retriever
Shetland sheep dog
Doberman Pinscer
Golden Retriever
German Shepherd
Border collie
Australian Cattle dog

Some of the "dumbest" or as some would rather put it "least smart" dog breeds were:

Basset Hound
Chow Chow
Afghan hound

After some research on the Afghan Hound, which was considered the dumbest in a recent test, I discovered that their owners consider them spirited, loyal, and affectionate... Some people who own a dog of this breed argued that the test was not taken fairly, and that the Afghan Hound is not dumb.

I haven't met a single Afghan Hound so I couldn't tell you how smart the breed is from experience, but I would not trust this list completely. If you're looking for a smart dog I would consider judgeing the dog its self, not the breed.


The dogs that seem to be the dumbest to me from ones i've met are Golden Retrievers and Labradors, which are both on the List of "Smartest" dogs. The only Labradoodle i've ever met was I can honestly say the most clueless dog in the world. And that's a mix of the #2 and #7 smartest dogs.
Now I'm not saying that there aren't any smart Golden Retrievers or Labradors, I mean they had to have gotten on the list somehow.. And certain breeds are used for certain jobs because of their intelligence, but I just don't agree with getting one of these breeds just because a list came out that said they were on the top ten smartest dogs.

Another thing I don't completely understand is how they measure a dog's intelligence. Just because Larry knows more tricks then Ginger doesn't make either smarter then the other, it just tells you that Larry's owners took more time to teach him trick's then Ginger's owners.

And just become Bleu the Husky responds faster than Shadow while pulling a sled doesn't make him smarter. Maybe Shadow is just more stubborn.



I think this list needs to be revised to include adorable little terrier mixes who are definatly smarter then any of these dog breeds anyways. :)


Dogs don't understand pointing. They focus on the tip of your finger, not the item you are pointing at.

Friday, January 21, 2011

The exciting day of a dog

Recently I read a blog that got me thinking about what a dog does on a normal day. I can tell you about Charlie's day and I can honestly say if it was me, i'd have been bored to death LONG ago. Its not that Charlie has a boring life... for a dog, but I could never live it as a person. I have millions of pictures of Charlie running, playing fetch, taking baths, riding in the car, going on walks, just laying in the middle of the floor, and he's posed for millions more. but what do I have soo many pictures of Charlie doing that it's ridiculous? Sleeping. He sleeps more then anything I've know. My hamster was nocturnal and he didn't sleep during the day as much as this dog does.

Yes that's a giant stuffed gorilla
(I was cleaning out my stuffed animals but this guys a keeper.)

This post doesn't really have a point... just the realization of what my dog does during the day is mind blowing. That after a walk, a game of fetch, some food, and some belly rubs he can go to sleep for 7 hours and get up the next day to do the same thing over and over again... And of course I really like pictures of dogs sleeping.

 Speaking of pictures... Here are two of my favorites aannndd

I finally decided my favorite picture of Charlie EVER, and this is it! :)



Sunday, January 16, 2011

Charlie is a Fart

Though's second definition of a "Fart" might be an an irritating or foolish person it's the first definition that's been bugging me the last few days, sorry for the misleading title, it should really say "Charlie Farts... A Lot."

On Friday my brother made some food which does not have a name because names usually go on the top of recipes and no one wants to repeat this dish. While I left my... "food" alone to get a drink of water and Charlie was left alone with the (I'll drop the quotation marks because I think i've made my point) food. Well, I came back into the room with two questions. How did he eat it that fast and should I thank him or scold him? I scolded him but my heart wasn't in it and a few minutes later he got a hug. Though I still wonder which he dislikes more, hugs or being scolded? Anyways, whatever it was that my brother had made is causing Charlie to have some gas... Really bad. Really often.

Was it wrong of me to want him to go into a different room really bad?

This terrible smell has begun to disrupt even play time. While playing with his toy he'd stop chewing on  the toy and look up at me and give me this look, then a few seconds later I'd know why. Ten minutes with the toy and he gave me this look five times, each one followed by the horrid smell which, unfortunatly, I've become much to farmilier with.

So the lesson in all this is no matter how much you dislike the food don't let your dog eat it because your the one who pays later.


Monday, January 3, 2011

Winter Pictures

Just have some pictures to show you today:)

My favorite of the portraits I took of Carly.

Larry- Carly's dog adopted from RAGOM, a Golden rescue.


Hope your new year is going good so far and only gets better!