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Dear friends, before Christmas and New Year we prepared for you the 2022 calendar. You can use it as wallpaper on your desktop. If you need big-size images or pdf-file for printing please feel free to contact us.

Thank you for all your support this year - for your donations and your care. It really means a lot and changes the world with our small steps!

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St. Bernard Barry. This name is known not only to dog lovers but also to those who are far from dog breeding.
... In the Swiss Alps, in the Great St Bernard Hospice, the monks bred special dogs in order to save people lost in the snow and caught in avalanches. Dogs were large, strong, intelligent, and hairy, with the kindest temper. The first representatives of the breed differed from modern St. Bernards in size (they were smaller), color and head shape, but their ability to find people in difficult conditions was impeccable.

Barry was born in the monastery in 1800. In those days, a road passed through the Alps connecting Italy with Central Europe. In snowstorms, in severe cold, travelers had to overcome mountain passes, and the monks made it their mission to help those in trouble. There was also a hotel at the monastery.
Barry was trained to find and warm lost people and bring them to the monastery. According to various sources, he saved at least forty (!!!) people in his life. The most famous story tells about a little boy who traveled with his parents and was hit by an avalanche. An amazing dog found the little human dying from the cold in a cave, laid down next to him, warming his body, licking him. When the boy woke up, he managed to climb on the mighty animal’s back, and Barry brought him to salvage.

Barry's life was long for such a large dog – 14 years. There is a version that he died at the hand of a rescued man, who mistook the dog for a wolf and hit him with a bayonet. But this is a legend. According to written testimonies, Barry served until the age of 12. And then, when age took its toll, he peacefully lived out his days in Bern in the house of a monk.
Nevertheless, on the monument, which is installed in the Parisian "Cemetery of Dogs and Other Domestic Animals", it is written: "He saved the lives of forty people. He was killed by the forty-first." The monument portrays an animal with a little boy on its back.

To this day, one of the puppies at Great St Bernard Hospice is named Barry. Foundation Barry du Grand Saint Bernard helps to breed puppies for the monastery. There are still 18-20 rescue dogs constantly working there. No technique fully replaces the wonder of the canine sense of smell.
To this day, these wonderful kind dogs remain our most devoted friends!

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What to do if your dog is afraid of fireworks?
Even calm dogs can fail into a terrible panic at the sound of fireworks. Unfortunately, this is a very common reason for losing pets during the holidays because a scared dog can run for the hills.
Christmas and New Year will come very soon, and it's time to remind our followers about the safety rules.

For a dog, fear of unexpected loud sounds is natural. Moreover, fireworks are also accompanied by light effects. A dog's hearing is many times more sensitive than ours, the explosions and crackling of pyrotechnics cause it much more discomfort than we could have in this situation.

The fear of such things must be removed from an early age, preferably before 6 months. In short, the rules for this are as follows:
🎆 Do not promote the fright of your good boy or girl. Behave naturally when the fireworks sound, letting the animal know that nothing terrible is happening.
🎆 Distract the puppy with a game.
🎆 If the dog is scared, wait for it to calm down and reward it with a treat. It is important to do this precisely when the animal has already calmed down - after all, we want to reinforce the correct behavior, not the startle response.
🎆 Do not force the puppy to get close to the sound source. The shock method will not work, but the fear will become established.
Usually, after several "loud" episodes, the puppy gets used to the fact that firecrackers and fireworks will not harm him. And it will begin to perceive them calmly.

But what if the problem already exists? Obviously, you won't retrain your dog before Christmas. Here are some tips.
🎄 On holiday nights, when the "cannonade" begins, make sure that the dog cannot jump out into the street, through the gate.
🎄 Attach the badge with your telephone and address to the collar, just in case.
🎄 If the dog is hiding in panic, let it hide, do not get it out from under the couch, from the bathroom, and so on. It really needs shelter.
🎄 Don't hug the dog. This will not calm it down, on the contrary - restriction of movement will cause even more horror - after all, you are depriving the dog of the opportunity to escape.
🎄 Do not wail or comfort your pet with a loud voice.
🎄 Do not try to scold the animal! It already has a hard time ((
🎄 Behave naturally and at ease, as we wrote earlier, this convinces the dog that there is no danger. Loud expressions of joy can also scare the dog in this condition.
🎄 If you know your dog is very sensitive to the sounds of pyrotechnics, you can give him a sedative prescribed by your veterinarian.

And have safe and happy holidays!

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You’re coming home and found a disaster: gnawed furniture, a puddle on the floor, upturned flower pots. 😱😱😖😡 What to do?

First of all, know that it is too late to scold a naughty pet! It makes sense to punish and scold a dog only when you find it directly at the moment of the crime. The dog can build causal links, but only when the effect follows the cause. The animal's brain is not perfect enough to understand this connection with the time gap. By the moment you discover the result of the unwanted behavior, the animal is NOT able to understand that it is being scolded exactly for this.

Probably you will ask: “Why then the dog looks guilty, hides and makes a sad face?”
This is not a feeling of guilt. This is an attempt to minimize the negative reaction of the owner. Licking, pinned ears, a guilty head, felting upside down are signals of reconciliation. Your dog is trying to calm you down. Well, yes, it knows that you are angry. But all the same, the next day it will chew on the second slipper.

Why? Here you should consider each specific case. If we are talking about typical problems like destruction of furniture, killing shoes and important documents, stripping wallpaper, and so on, then this behavior occurs in dogs, first of all, due to stress. Chewing is a way of complacency for them.
You need to understand why stress occurs and work with the cause. For example, if a puppy is hyperactive in its exploratory behavior, you can increase the sensory load and the time you spend with a pet. If the dog is bored, you should increase the number of toys, including interactive ones. The problem also can be a fear of loneliness or a fear of confined space, which is common for former street dogs who got in the house already being adolescents or adults.

Destructive behavior can appear due to excess energy. Those breeds that require serious loads very often become destroyers. Huskies, Malamutes, Amstaffs can take down doors and remove the parquet! They simply have no other way to put the accumulated strength and energy. In this case, you should increase the time and, most importantly, physical activity during walks.

It is important to remember that a dog is a highly organized creature with complex motivations. Yes, an owner can scare or break
it, turn it into a submissive sick creature who will be afraid of any movement. But who would do this with a beloved and loyal friend?
If we understand and help our pets, unwanted behavior will subside.

Do you have any questions or want us to analyze your case in a specific post? Share with us in the comments!

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There is a bronze statue of an ordinary-looking dog in Central Park in New York. It is dedicated to Balto, the leader of a dogsled who brought diphtheria anti-serum to a small town in Alaska during the epidemic in the winter of 1925. Today we will tell you the story of the Great Race of Mercy.
Nowadays, few people have heard of diphtheria; thanks to modern vaccinations, it has become a rarity. But at the beginning of the 20th century, it was a serious illness, often fatal. In January 1925, a diphtheria epidemic began in the gold-digging city of Nome, on the very edge of Alaska. Only one remedy was effective - a diphtheria anti-serum, which was not in Nome. The Nom’s population was threatened with death. The city doctor requested help from a radiotelegram.

The weather conditions were difficult: storm and snowfall. Neither ships nor airplanes could reach the city. The serum was brought by train from Anchorage to Nenana, where the railroad ended. There were 674 miles of snowdrift to Nome. They decided to deliver the serum to Nome by dog sledding. This is how the Great Race of Mercy began.
Dozens of volunteers responded to the doctor's call, and a relay route was developed for 20 drivers. One team, at the limit of its capabilities, covered part of the route and passed on the medicine to another sled.

In the middle of the way, the driver Leonhard Seppala, the fastest one in Alaska, champion, and winner of dog races, took over the baton. The leader of his dogsled was Siberian husky Togo. Crossing one of the bays, Leonhard found himself on a breakaway ice floe. He was able to jump to the shore, but how to save the sled? Togo helped - the clever dog jumped into the water and swam to the owner, and the driver holding harness was able to pull up the ice floe with the sled. This team passed through the snow the largest and the most difficult section of the route.

The second-last driver was the Norwegian Gunnar Kaasen, the leader of his dogsled was a young and still inexperienced dog Balto. During their race, temperatures reached –60 ° F. Due to the storm and snowfall, the driver missed the last team waiting for the replacement. Man and animals fought the elements with their last strength. Losing consciousness, Gunnar lay down on the sled. The whole thing was decided by the dogs, they turned out to be stronger and more persistent than humans. Balto took the team to Nom on February 2 at 05:30 am. Together, the drivers and dogs covered 674 miles in 127.5 hours under extreme temperature conditions.

Later, another rely had to be delivered on the same teams. The epidemic was stopped and the drivers and dogs became famous.
Now on the pedestal under the sculpture of the most ordinary-looking dog is written: "Dedicated to the indomitable spirit of the sled dogs that relayed antitoxin six hundred miles over rough ice, across treacherous waters, through Arctic blizzards from Nenana to the relief of stricken Nome in the Winter of 1925. Endurance. Fidelity. Intelligence."