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  3. Kathryn

    Cairn Terrier Limerick (one of 60 on dog breeds)

    Sounds like you have a cairn, Ralph Protsik!
  4. Researchers argue that cognitive studies in comparative psychology often wrongly take an anthropocentric approach, resulting in an over-valuation of human-like abilities and the assumption that cognitive skills cluster in animals as they do in humans. The authors advocate for philosophical and procedural changes to the discipline that would lead to a better understanding of animal minds and the evolution of multiple forms of cognition. View the source article
  5. Frustratingly the linked article doesn't seem to actually *provide* the new formula. I recently read an article in the newspaper that may have been referencing this new formula, which was the natural log of the dog's age in years multiplied by 16, plus 31. (ln[age in years]*16)+31 Example, using Dundee, 10, this comes out to be 67.8. Harsh, but probably fair. You will note that the scale basically starts at 31. This reflects that unlike a 7 year old human, a dog even less than one can whelp. So the age curve is very steep at first; as the dog gets older the effect of the formula year-on-year is less. This particular formula does not seem to factor in size.
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  7. Bugs? Check. Worms? Check. The questionable remains of something deceased? Check. Check. It never fails. Even if I’ve killed a bug on the floor and cleaned it up, my dog still runs over to the spot rolling and rubbing himself all over the area where something has just died. What gives? If you can relate, it likely means your dog leans down on a walk, gets a good whiff of something you probably don’t see, and proceeds to start rolling around and writhing on the ground. Even if the spot is clear now, you can only imagine what was once there. If you have a dog that loves to roll around where something has died, be it bug, bird, mouse, or fill in the unknown carrion, you know that when left to their own, dogs enjoy this death-linger, rubbing themselves in the dead carcass, goo, guts, remnants or simply just the spot where something dead once laid. But just where does sweet Sadie get the hankering for this foul behavior? “Stay away” “Numerous dog behaviorists believe the actual reason for such rolling is that dogs try to deposit their natural scent on the dead stuff: Scent-marking their prey, dogs’ ancestors publicly claimed it and kept other scavengers away,” says Claudine Sievert, DVM, a Kansas-based veterinarian and veterinary consultant at CatPet.club. But Sievert says it doesn’t make much sense to her because dogs aren’t rubbing their neck and lips to leave saliva, they rub and roll around on their backs, which looks like they’re trying to absorb or “wear” the scent. Most animal experts think the behavior is a likely a holdover to dog’s ancient ancestors, the wolves, known to roll around in smelly stuff and dead things to mask their odor on a hunt. “Wolves camouflage their natural odor this way to “hide” from prey and hunt more successfully,” says Sievert. Researchers have studied scent rolling behavior among wolves, foxes, and coyotes and continue to debate the actual reasons this leftover behavior remains among our domesticated dogs, in the same way dogs scratch and circle on their bed—or yours—when settling down—because their wild ancestors patted down tall brush to bed themselves at night. “Look what I found” Yet another theory is that your dog is actually bragging to other canines that he’s found something good by rolling in the foul odor and carrying the smell on him where other dogs can smell it, too. “Look what I found,” the scent may say. “As you know, dogs sniff each other not only to say hello but to gain information about each other,” says Sievert. Thus, your dog is kind of saying, “Great news! There’s something deliciously dead nearby.” Still another theory posits that your dog is claiming the kill as his own by “wearing” the scent, but in this one, signaling other dogs to stay away from his prize or respect him for the kill or the find. “Rolling around in smelly things helps weaker animals keep out of other, stronger predators’ sight,” Sievert says. So your dog may think he needs this putrid perfume to puff up his reputation around the neighborhood and impress bigger, stronger specimens he may run into. “This smells great!” And finally, rolling in dead carcass smell could say, “Look at me, don’t I smell terrific? And don’t you like me better now with this smell on me?” This signals that dogs may be just more attractive to all the other dogs with a funky foul odor on them, rather than the smell-good bath products you would rather they reek of. In fact, Sara Ochoa, DVM, a small animal and exotic vet in Texas and consultant for doglab.com says, “dogs are gross and love to play in anything that smells horrible. My own dog loves to roll in the dead things that my cat drags up to the house.” No matter which theory you care to buy into, keeping your dog from the behavior may be tricky. A good recall and desirable treats when out and about is the best way to stop your dog from rolling around in guts and goo, as well as scouting for dead fish or sea birds on the beach or other dead critters on the trail or walk ahead to intercept the behavior. And of course, if it’s really bad, the inevitable bath comes into play the minute you get home. Don’t be surprised though when your pup looks at you ungratefully, like “why are you washing this great smell off me?” Remember that even with the juiciest of gourmet treats as a bribe, some dogs, for whatever reason, are hard pressed to pass up the opportunity to writhe around in something foul that he finds irresistible. The post Why Does My Dog Roll Around Where Something Has Died? appeared first on American Kennel Club. View the source article
  8. Cairns have been bred to hunt vermin Be it Spanish, Australian, or German Its body is wee Though as tough as a tree And as ruthless as General Sherman
  9. Tuesday

    One year ago today...

    They are beautiful!!
  10. pkcrossley

    One year ago today...

    yes, fantastic. so happy for you all.
  11. bradl

    When trying to blend in by wearing camouflage doesn’t work.

    A monk in the ancient order of the Cairn.
  12. I know mum can’t see me.
  13. bradl

    One year ago today...

  14. Ripper70


    Don't do the crime if you can't do the time!
  15. Common domestic cats, as we know them today, might have accompanied Kazakh pastoralists as pets more than 1,000 years ago. This is indicated by new analyses done on an almost complete cat skeleton found during an excavation along the former Silk Road in southern Kazakhstan. An international research team has reconstructed the cat's life, revealing astonishing insights into the relationship between humans and pets at the time. View the source article
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  17. Sam I Am

    One year ago today...

    What do you call a pack of Cairns I wonder? 💕Perhaps a cluster of Cairns, a calamity of Cairns, a chorus of Cairns. 🤣https://barkpost.com/life/groups-of-breeds/
  18. bradl

    One year ago today...

    What a glorious photo and a lovely story. May you enjoy many happy years together.
  19. Ripper70

    One year ago today...

    ...our family was blessed with the addition of our sweet Max and Chloe. At first we thought we were rescuing them. But it turns out, it was they who rescued us! We're all lucky dogs!
  20. kt111

    Hello Everyone!

    If I only knew how to rotate them so you didn’t have to stand on your head to view them. Thanks again everyone for responding to my post. 😊
  21. Mason41290


    Took Gidget to South padres island in TX and she is a true beach dog!!
  22. bradl

    Hello Everyone!

    Well that can happen to anyone. Thanks for reposting. We love pics around here
  23. kt111

    Hello Everyone!

    Hi! I think I accidentally deleted the pictures when I edited my post.
  24. bradl

    Hello Everyone!

    Better brains than mine have had a look and report that the missing images are, indeed, missing. No one knows why, exactly. It's a mystery! Perhaps @kt111 can repost the ones that disappeared. Sorry about that!
  25. bradl

    Hello Everyone!

    I can still see the first one; the second two have gone missing for me too. I suspect a connection issue between our site and the remote image storage location. It might reconnect on its own, if not I'll open a support ticket.
  26. pkcrossley

    Hello Everyone!

    "Unfortunately I couldn't open the pics not sure why." me neither. something happened to them. he's cute, though!
  27. Hillscreek

    Hello Everyone!

    Hello and welcome to you and Mochi. Unfortunately I couldn't open the pics not sure why.
  28. kt111

    Hello Everyone!

    Thanks to all of you for saying such nice things and making Mochi and I feel welcome. The vet says Mochi is 2 or 3 years old. I just love him and we have been great companions for each other so far. I took him for his first puppucino at Starbucks on Saturday. I really enjoy his company. Thank you again for your friendly comments and compliments on Mochi! I’ll keep you posted on his behavior. My granddog is 1/2 Cairn, so I know how they can rule a household and everyone in it....and I love it.
  29. Sam I Am

    Hello Everyone!

    I agree...Mochi is adorable and no doubt that there is a strong influence of “Cairnism” 🐾🐾 How old is he?
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