Those of you who subscribe to our newsletter are privy to our monthly breed spotlights. We realized that our blog readers are missing out, so we decided to adapt that feature for the web at large. Our first Breed Spotlight is on the Bulldog!

The broad term “Bulldog” is generally recognized as referring to the English Bulldog. However, there are many types of Bulldogs and many related breeds that make up a family of some of the most iconic and beloved dogs in the world.

English Bulldog

History of the Bulldog

The term “Bulldog” comes from the breed’s historical use in bull-baiting. The goal of bull-baiting was to have a dog dart in towards an angry (and usually restrained) bull to try to bite its nose. Due to the need for strength and speed, the breed was developed to be muscular and tough. The distinctive strong lower jaw (sometimes exaggerated enough to be called an under-bite) in the quintessential Bulldog was bred in to help the dogs achieve a grip on the bull once they got close.

Thankfully, the barbaric blood sport of bull-baiting …

We’d like to take a moment to shine a light on one of our favorite organizations. Mommy & Me is one of the many groups Havahart® Wireless supports with donations, and we recently took some time to interview Carol, the founder of this fabulous rescue.

HHW: Can you summarize the mission statement and/or philosophy of your organization?

M&M: Mommy & Me is a no-kill, Pennsylvania state licensed, non-profit rescue kennel and foster home network servicing the central Pennsylvania area.

We are dedicated to rescuing dogs that are in need of homes — no matter the reason. We rescue dogs:

  • from puppy mills
  • housed in high-kill shelters where the chance of being adopted before their time is up is slim-to-none
  • the owner can no longer care for
  • that are stray
  • in danger of being abused
  • in an already abusive situation

HHW: Tell us the story of how Mommy & Me started.

M&M: It all started with one puppy and his mommy. I posted their amazing story on Facebook and suddenly people I didn’t know started messaging me asking me to help this pup and that dog …

I found this infographic incredibly interesting. While it nails some of the dog owners I know right on the head, it misses others by miles. What do you think? Eerily accurate or does it spread stereotypes?

what-your-pet-says-about-youThanks to the folks at Pet Premium for the infographic!

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As our dogs age, they change in many ways. Muzzles get greyer, attitudes mellow, things move more slowly. So it should come as no surprise that their needs change, too.

The lifestyle and home that worked well for a puppy doesn’t always work well for a dog that’s reaching double digits in age. So, with that in mind, here are some tips for making your home a little easier on your older dogs.

Anti-Slippage Measures

Older dogs, in particular, can have a hard time keeping their feet under them. That’s why smooth surfaces, like hardwood and tile, can pose serious risk. A fall that might be easily brushed off by a puppy can cause lasting damage to an older hound, so it’s best to try to slip-proof areas that your senior dog frequents.

A simple solution is to put down area rugs. These prevent paws from losing traction and getting away from older dogs. An additional step that costs very little is to place gripping materials underneath your rugs so that they don’t slide when stepped on.

Food and Water Stands

Older dogs can have …

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