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Is Goofy a cow or dog?

Goofy is an anthropomorphic dog. The character, originally named "Dippy Dawg," made his debut in a 1932 cartoon short called Mickey’s Revue. Months later, the same character surfaced in other cartoons looking younger, and by 1934, he was going by the name “Goofy.”

In 2012, an internet rumor began circulating stating that Goofy was actually modeled on a breed of Scottish cow, but that has since been discredited. Some of the confusion may stem from the fact that Goofy is sometimes shown as having a romantic interest in the character of Clarabelle Cow. However, the two have notable differences in appearance—Clarabelle is clearly a cow due to her horns, short ears, and pronounced snout, none of which Goofy has. The resemblance between Goofy and Pluto, Mickey Mouse’s dog, is much more apparent.

If K-9 refers to a dog then what does K-6 mean?

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Do dogs have belly buttons?

Yes. All mammals, sans marsupials and rare egg-layers, have belly buttons. Belly buttons are simply remnants of the umbilical cords. Humans' belly buttons are pretty noticeable, but dogs' belly buttons are small scars that are usually covered in fur.

Why are dogs color blind?

There's a widespread belief that dogs only see in black and white, but that's just not true—they can see some colors. Structures in the eyes called cones are what allow us to see color, and most humans have three types of cones; dogs, however, only have two—they lack red-green cones and therefore can't really see those colors. They likely appear gray or brown.

As for why that is, dogs' vision evolved to be optimized for hunting in low light, meaning their night vision is ultimately more important than their color vision.

How long do sausage dog live?

Dachshund is the correct name for "Sausage-dogs" or "Wiener-dogs," and their lifespan can be greatly dictated by the manner in which they were bred. A general expectancy is 14- to 17-years.

Can my chihuahua get sick if she eats cat food?

No. In fact, many dogs could easily live on many cat foods. In some ways, cat foods are more ideal, as they will sometimes contain higher protein content and lower carbohydrate content than many dog foods. There may be some GI upset, of course, if your dog has a sensitive stomach, is not used to variety, or if the fat content in the cat food is far higher, for example. But this is common, and to be expected when suddenly eating a new food.

Both dogs and cats thrive on a high protein diet that is based on quality animal meats and organs, and both suffer health problems due to a large amount of artificial colors, preservatives, flavors, and vitamin/mineral premixes in their diets, as well as a huge overload of poor quality ingredients, and far too high of carbohydrate. The more of these things you can remove from your dog's diet, the healthier they will be.

Now, if your question had been reversed, and you had asked if the cat should be eating dog food - the answer is, not really. Again, there is nothing that will really harm the cat, but most dog foods are not formulated to have high enough levels of taurine, arginine, and pre-formed Vitamin A to sustain a cat. Dog foods also tend to have higher amounts of Carbohydrates, and too low of protein (even for the dogs). So, it's actually just fine for your cat and your chihuahua to occasionally swap foods. But your dog would likely be better off on the cat food, and the cat should not eat the dog food for extended periods of time.

Please feel free to reach out with additional questions, or for clarifications or citations on anything I've stated.

By the way, it is incredibly unlikely you will accidentally feed your dog "too much" protein. High protein diets do absolutely no harm to healthy individual's kidneys, and, in fact, adequate levels of protein are required for the kidneys to function.

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Does the animal shelter put sick dogs to sleep?

It depends on which animal shelter you're talking about. There are some who simply do not treat any animals and they kill all or nearly all animals for illness or space. Some treat minor illnesses then the animal is put up for adoption. If space gets tight, though, they may still kill animals.

There are at least 87 communities in the United States with shelters who do not kill for space, nor do they kill animals with treatable illnesses or animals with behavior problems that can be rehabilitated. These shelters manage to save over 90% of the animals who come through their doors, reserving euthanasia for its true purpose: to end irremediable suffering.

Do you walk a teacup yorkie?

A Yorkshire Terrier is a dog and it would need exercise just like every other dog does. You should walk him or her daily using a 6 foot lead and a collar. Daily walks are best, around 20 minutes a day and work up to 45 minutes a day.

Find a local obedience class in your area. Check with your local Dog Club, Animal Shelter or Veterinarian to find the nearest obedience class. It will teach your dog manners and how to properly walk on a leash & collar. You both get the added pleasure of learning to work together. I recommend using a nylon slip collar, like a choke chain but it is made of nylon. Measure you dog's neck and add 2 inches to the length to find the correct size for the nylon choker. It will not hurt the dog if used properly. You would only have this on your dog during walks, obedience classes, etc. Never leave it on as they could possibly hang themselves by accident.

Leave a regular collar on for everyday use. Just remember all dogs, no matter what their size is, need exercise and to learn the proper way of walking with you, plus manners. People seem to think sometimes, just because the dog is small, that it should be babied and pampered, but that is not healthy mentally or physcially for your small dog.

Are service dogs in training allowed in restaurant?

Depends on your State Law.

In Florida, Service Dogs in Training (SDiT) have the same rights as a fully trained Service Dogs (SD).

California, is the same, with the exception that guide dog (for the blind) trainers must be qualified through the state professional board, just like a doctor or engineer.

GA, TN, and several other states require trainers to be employees or agents of a recognized service dog school.

The ADA does not cover service dogs in training, only fully trained.

Each state bridges the gap, usually by extending their disabled rights to cover trainers of service dogs, giving them the same rights as a fully disabled person with a trained service dog.

I live in Canada and Service Dogs are most welcome in any enviorment this sucks for Americans this is when I say I am extremely proud to be Canadian. I met a young woman at physician office and she suffered form epilepsy so her golden retriever is trained to alarm her. All dogs in Canada may go with owner shopping, dining and if they can see the movie theatre anywhere their heart desires even on bus HANDS DOWN for our laws

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I would suggest that you look online for a site which lists State Laws for Service Dogs in Training, I've added a few links

Will my 10 week old blue heeler's ear prick up?

Most likely. Australian Cattle Dogs are born with their ears floppy, but eventually they should stand up. It does not happen with some dogs until they are a few months old. In rare cases, a dog's ears will stay floppy, though this is a flaw in the show ring. (Perfectly fine for a pet!)

Is the dog happy life for PSP in English?

No, No yet, it's only in japan..

The English version is comming on 2009..

and they didn´t say anything yet about the spanish one (the one I'm wating 4 because I'm from Argentina)

hope to be useful ^^

Esteban

Who is mighty dog's enemy in the cartoon?

Did you mean Mighty Manfred the Wonder Dogwhose nemesis was Crabby Appleton from the "Tom Terrific" cartoon that was featured on the Captain Kangaroo program back from 1955 until 1984 .

Is soy bad for dogs?

Soy is simply a filler. Much like corn or wheat. In some cases these ingredients can cause allergic reactions (diarrhoea or vomiting), but generally they are simply a "nothing" ingredient used to help fill the pup's stomach and reduce the cost of producing for the manufacturer.

Try to look for foods which do not use soy. Rice is the best alternative as a "filler" since it is an excellent protein and carb source as well as a method for curbing your pup's hunger.

Should dogs eat ticks to build their immune?

No? Haha. That's not how immunity works.

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Eating them wouldn't help. Ticks are small insects that burrow into the skin of animals. There is little that can be done to make anything or anyone immune to ticks, unless you can turn skin to wood or find a tick repellent.

Can vinegar kill worms in dogs?

Yes And with humans tooResearch shows that vinegar is dangerous to both animals and humans.

How many hrs between Dramamine dosages for dogs?

To prevent car or travel sickness, Dramamine is perfectly safe for use in dogs and cats. The normal dosage is 2-4 mg per pound of body weight given 30 minutes before travel every 8 hours.

The following advice given by another reader does pertain to general health - but certainly does NOT apply to the prevention of car sickness or travel sickness. I run a dog shelter and do not subscribe to the below panicky sound of getting your dog to the vet ASAP. Many dogs vomit once or twice and it is no biggie. They even eat grass to cause themselves to vomit to clear an upset stomach. However prolonged copious vomiting of more than a few times, or vomiting with blood, or vomting AND diarrhea should be checked by your vet.

This applies only to general health as explained above - "You should not be giving your dog Dramamine. Is your Veterinarian aware of this? If your dog is vomiting, there is a reason for it. You dog needs to be taken in to see your Veterinarian to be checked out and treated properly. Do not treat the dog yourself as you could cause more harm than good. I highly recommend you get your dog in to see your Vet ASAP. Vomiting is bad and can dehydrate a dog fast then they die."

How much are Shih poos?

They cost anywhere from $300-$900 but you can also find them in shelters and you get some lovely animals that need a home.

I got a Lhasa Apso at a pet rescue, he was my soul mutt. Lhasas were bred with Pekinese which made shih-tzus and was given as a gift to the emperor of China both breeds are called "Lion Dogs' and shi-tzus sometimes called chrysanthemum because the hair around their nose and eyes resembles the flower.

My Lhasa passed 9 months ago and we are now the owner of a 2yr shih-tzu from the pound, he is like a mini Lhasa, he is adorable, non-shedding, trained and 'fixed' what more could anyone ask??

What are the starter dogs in lab and friends?

Labrador Retriever, Miniature Schnauzer, Miniature Poodle, Shiba Inu, Pembroke Welsh Corgi,

Are cats ears more sensitive than a dog?

Yes. Humans can hear up to 20,000 megahertz ( a measurement of sound). Dogs can hear 35,000 to 40,000 megahertz. Cats pick up an astonishing 100,000 megahertz. They can even hear the ultrasonic sounds that are known to precede natural occurrences such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and electrical storms. This is because a cat's ears have pinnae, or ear cones, that turn in all directions like radar. Most people can't move their ears at all. Pretty neat huh?

How do you hand strip border terrier?

When coat is ready to strip, it will feel harsh and dry to touch. At this point, the top-coat will come away easily for hand stripping. Pinch a SMALL piece of hair at a time and pluck gently but firmly in the direction of coat growth. Start at the shoulders / back of neck and work down smoothly in small sections. Be careful when doing undercarriage, thighs etc - these areas tend to be more sensitive.