I had never heard of the Liebster award until yesterday when I was nominated by Milo (and Maizy) over at LoveSorghum.com. This award is a way to honor blog newbies and help them get more attention. That’s very nice, don’t you think?
The rules ask you to thank the person who presented the award to you (Thanks Milo!), have the award on your post, answer the questions that have been asked, award the same to five other upcoming blogs with less than 200 followers, ask ten questions to them and list some random facts about yourself.
So the questions are …
1. Why did you start your blog? I started this blog to promote my dog grooming business, but also to share pictures of all the really cute dogs I get to groom. All of these dogs are like family to me.
2. Favorite cuisine? Home-cooked meals like Mom used to make.
3. Drinks or desserts? Yes. =)
4. If you could only watch one tv show for the rest of your life, what would it be and why? I don’t watch much TV. I like Netflix because there aren’t any commercials.
5. What is your favorite meal to cook? I like simple meats and vegetables. A basic hamburger is always good.
6. What is your favorite book? I don’t have time to read very much.
7. Have you ever been out of the country? Just across the border to Juarez, Mexico a long time ago.
8. What was your first post on your blog? Greetings from Klip Joint Dog Grooming on December 13, 2011. I didn’t know anything about blogging then.
9. Which of your childhood memories is the prettiest one, please be brief. I used to love to go camping with my family – actually I still do!
10. Which incident has touched you most in your life? The births of my two great kids.
And my nominations are …
Bark, Eat, Grow because they love dogs and gardening!
Zekes Adventures because Zeke is so athletic!
Bark Once, Wag it Twice! Because they are so creative!
Fergus, at your service. Because Fergus is so photogenic!
Funny Pug Pictures, because they’re so cute and funny!
Random facts about the Klip Joint …
We groom dogs, but we love cats, too; We have been in business since 1994; We take any breed of dog as long as they aren’t vicious; We will treat your dog with more tenderness and respect than the “big box” groomers; We also do boarding for our regular customers.
This week’s Klip Joint dog of the week is Rusty, a miniature poodle. Rusty came in to get his coat cut short for the warmer weather.
The Poodle has been known throughout Western Europe for at least 400 years and is depicted in 15th century paintings and in bas-reliefs from the 1st century. The subject is controversial of where the dog was officially developed and no one really knows the breed’s true country of origin. France has taken a claim on the origin, but the AKC gives the honor to Germany, where they say it was used as a water retrieval dog. Other claims have been Denmark, or the ancient Piedmont. What is certain is that the dog was a descendant of the now extinct French Water Dog, the Barbet and possibly the Hungarian Water Hound. The name “Poodle” most likely came out of the German word “Pudel, “which means “one who plays in water.”
The “Poodle clip” was designed by hunters to help the dogs swim more efficiently. They would leave hair on the leg joints to protect them from extreme cold and sharp reeds. Hunters in Germany and France used the Poodle as a gundog and as a retriever of waterfowl and to sniff out truffles lying underground in the woods. The French started using the breed as a circus performer because of the dog’s high intelligence and trainability. The breed became very popular in France, which led to the common name “French Poodle,” but the French people actually called the breed the “Caniche,” meaning “duck dog.”
The Toy and Miniature Poodle varieties were bred down from larger dogs, today known as Standard Poodles. In the 18th century, smaller Poodles became popular with royal people. The three official sizes are the Toy, Miniature and Standard Poodle. They are considered one breed and are judged by the same written standard but with different size requirements. Breeders are also breeding an in-between size called a Klein Poodle (Moyen Poodle) and a smaller Teacup Poodle. Some of the Poodle’s talents include: retrieving, agility, watchdog, competitive obedience and performing tricks.
Today’s Klip Joint Dog of the Week is PoPo, a cute little terrier mix. PoPo is a rescue dog and is about a year old. Although terriers are known for being very energetic, PoPo is very laid back and relaxed. He is a real pleasure to work on. His owners really got a good deal when they found him!
A terrier is a dog of any one of many breeds or landraces of terrier type, which are typically small, wiry, very active and fearless dogs. Terrier breeds vary greatly in size from just a couple of pounds to over 70 pounds and are usually categorized by size or function. There are five different groups with each group having several different breeds. Terriers range greatly in appearance from very small, light bodied, smooth coated dogs such as the English Toy Terrier (Black and Tan), which weighs as little as 2.7 kg (6 lbs), to the very large rough coated Airedale Terriers, which can be up to 32 kg (70 lbs) or more.
Most terrier breeds were developed in Great Britain and Ireland. They were used to control rats, rabbits, and foxes both over and under the ground. Some larger terriers were also used to hunt badgers. In fact, the word terrier comes from the Middle French terre, derived from the Latin terra, meaning earth. Terrier is also the modern French for “burrow”. The Kerry Blue Terrier and Airedale, however, are particularly noted for tackling river rats and otters in deep water. Not long ago many terriers were also herding dogs, such as Wheaten Terriers. Different localities raised terriers suited to their hunting or vermin control needs. Terriers were crossed with hunting dogs, fighting dogs, and other terriers. In the mid-19th century, with the advent of dog shows, various breeds were refined from the older purpose-bred dogs. All of today’s terrier breeds are bred primarily as pets. They are generally loyal and affectionate to their owners but can be “big characters” requiring a firm hand.
This dog must have been to the Klip Joint Dog Grooming!
Our Klip Joint dog of the week is Teeka, a cute little Yorkie.
Here are some fun facts about Yorkies:
- Yorkshire Terriers are known for being difficult to housetrain. Crate-training is recommended.
- Yorkshire Terriers don’t like the cold and are prone to chills, especially if they’re damp or in damp areas.
- Because of their small size, delicate structure, and terrier personality, Yorkshire Terrier generally aren’t recommended for households with toddlers or small children.
- Some Yorkshire Terriers can be “yappy,” barking at every sound they hear. Early and consistent training can help. If you don’t feel qualified to provide this training, consult a professional dog trainer.
- Yorkshire Terriers can have delicate digestive systems and may be picky eaters. Eating problems can occur if your Yorkie has teeth or gum problems as well. If your Yorkie is showing discomfort when eating or after eating, take him to the vet for a checkup.
- Yorkshire Terriers think they are big dogs and will try to pick a fight with a big dog if allowed. Be sure to keep your Yorkie under control. Even better, try to socialize your Yorkie at an early age by taking him to obedience classes.
- Yorkies tend to retain their puppy teeth, especially the canines. When your puppy is around five months old, check his teeth often. If you notice that an adult tooth is trying to come in but the baby tooth is still there, take him to your vet. Retained baby teeth can cause the adult teeth to come in unevenly, which may contribute to tooth decay in later years.
- To get a healthy dog, never buy a puppy from an irresponsible breeder, puppy mill, or pet store. Look for a reputable breeder who tests her breeding dogs to make sure they’re free of genetic diseases that they might pass onto the puppies, and that they have sound temperaments.
This week’s Klip Joint dog of the week is Chico, a medium coated Chihuahua. Chico is such a good boy when he comes every month for his bath and nail trim.
The Chihuahua is a tiny toy sized dog. The body is longer than it is tall. The head is well-rounded, apple in shape and the muzzle is short and pointed with a well-defined stop. Puppies have a soft spot on the top of the skull called a “molera,” which usually closes by adulthood. The large, round eyes are set well apart and are dark, ruby, and may be lighter in white dogs. The erect ears are large. Dewclaws may be removed. The tail is long, sickle-shaped and either curled over the back or to the side. The coat can be short, long and wavy or flat. Colors include, but are not limited to, black, white, chestnut, fawn, sand, silver, sable, steel blue, black & tan and parti-color.
The Chihuahua is a good companion dog. Courageous, extremely lively, proud and adventurous, they enjoy affection. Brave, cheerful and agile, Chihuahuas can be strong-willed without proper human leadership. They are loyal and become attached to their owners. They are good little dogs for apartment life. The Chihuahua likes warm weather and dislikes the cold. They need space just like any other dog. Because they are small does not mean they can be kept in a very small area.
Although it is tempting to carry these dainty creatures about, these are active little dogs that need a daily walk. Play can take care of a lot of their exercise needs, however, as with all breeds, play will not fulfill their primal instinct to walk. Dogs that do not get to go on daily walks are more likely to display a wide array of behavior problems, as well as neurotic issues. They will also enjoy a good romp in a safe open area off lead, such as a large, fenced-in yard.
The smooth, shorthaired coat should be gently brushed occasionally or simply wiped over with a damp cloth. The long coat should be brushed daily with a soft bristle brush. Bathe both types about once per month, taking care not to get water in the ears. Check the ears regularly and keep the nails trimmed. This breed is an average shedder.