Anubis the dog amazingly survived after being shot in the head during a Monday burglary in St. Petersburg, Florida, according to Avianne Tan of ABC News. What’s even more amazing? The gunshot wound wasn’t enough to keep Anubis off his feet. Anubis, The 5-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback is currently being treated at one of BluePearl’s emergency veterinary clinics. Watch the very moving video below for a glimpse of Anubis’ recovery.
According to Tan, Chris Watson, pet parent to Anubis left for work like any other day, but came home to a destroyed house and then discovered something even worse. Watson told ABC News, “I tried calling out for Anubis, but he didn’t answer, so I called the police, and the K9 unit went in for me because I was too shaken up. Sure enough, Anubis came around the corner, and when he saw me, he immediately came over and put his head to my lap. That’s when I realized he was bleeding.”
Police saw a bullet hole in the dog’s scalp, and Anubis was taken to the veterinarian for further care, says Tan.
How did Anubis survive?
Tan reports that according to a BluePearl spokeswoman, Dr. Andrea Smith removed the bullet lodged in Anubis. The bullet found itself in the dog’s neck after going through his skin and grazing his skull. The spokeswoman said, “It’s incredible, he’s very fortunate. The bullet nearly missed major arteries and blood vessels.”
Watson’s sister, Ginger Brengle commented on the event and told ABC News, “There were at least 5 bullet holes, and so they were definitely aiming for the dog.”
According to Tan’s report, Watson remarked, “Anubis is my son, I can have my items stolen or my house damaged, and all that is replaceable. But Anubis? He’s family.”
Despite the traumatic event, Anubis has been in high spirits and is expected to make a full recovery reports Tan. We wish Anubis and family the very best during this recovery.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the only burglary to endanger a pet this year. Learn about Jax being stolen from home, here >>
If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian -- they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.
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Remember to measure your pet for the paw-fect fit. The Frisco Dog Head Collar provides gentle control to help keep your pup from pulling or lunging during walks. The halter-style design features a nose loop that gently guides your dog’s nose back by your side when he wants to pull—putting you in control of your walks. Control with comfort, though! The nose loop is adjustable so you can find a fit that’s comfy, and has a soft neoprene padding. When fitted properly, the collar forms a V shape and doesn’t get in the way of your pup having a snack, or staying hydrated.The collar also sits high on the neck, so it helps prevent straining these sensitive areas. Ideal for training and everyday walks, it comes in different sizes for most dog breeds.
- Gently helps correct pulling, lunging and jumping during walks, and helps train your dog to walk without pulling.
- Self-correcting nose loop design gently redirects your dog when he starts to pull.
- Comfy to wear while walking or training--adjustable nose loop has soft neoprene padding, and the collar forms a V when fitted properly so dogs can eat and drink while wearing it.
- Sits high on the neck so it prevents excess pressure on sensitive areas like your dog’s throat, when in use.
- Available in different sizes to accommodate most dog breeds. Ideally suited for long-snouted dog breeds.
The head collar should only be worn during walks and supervised training. Never leave pet unattended while wearing the head collar. Not intended to be used as a muzzle. Not for tie out. Not for puppies under 8 weeks old.
- Using a measuring tape, measure the circumference of the dog’s snout, just below the eyes.
- Measure the circumference of the dog’s neck at the top of the neck, just behind the ears.
Important Fitting Tips:
- If either measurement falls between two sizes, choose the larger of the two sizes.
- Collar can be adjusted to a snug fit so make sure your dog’s measurements are not smaller than the collar’s dimensions.
- If fit properly, the collar and nose loop is snugly fit but loose enough for your dog to open his mouth.
- Using a treat and lots of praise, practice putting on the headcollar indoors. Leave the leash off for now.
- When your dog is comfortable with the headcollar, attach the leash and start with a short walk outdoors.
- On the walk, hold the leash to allow enough slack for your dog to walk by your side. Don't let them rush ahead.
- When your dog starts to pull, gently guide their nose back by your side. When they stop pulling, allow the slack back and reward with a treat.
- It might take a few attempts, but be patient! You'll quickly see that your dog will learn how to walk without pulling on the leash.
How to fit the collar:
- Hold collar by the nose loop with the buckle unfastened. Have a treat ready.
- Guide your dog's nose through the loop with the treat.
- Wrap neck strap up high behind ears, and fasten buckle. Adjust the strap for a snug and secure fit.
- Adjust sliding clamp for a snug fit.
- Attach a leash to the O-ring and get going.
Tips: If the collar is adjusted correctly, your dog's mouth should open easily to pant and drink water. Neck strap should fit snugly and positioned just behind the ears. Sliding clamp should be securely closed. Do not keep constant tension on the leash.
|Size||Neck Strap||Snout Strap|
|X-Small||9 - 12 inches||3 - 8 inches|
|Small||12 - 15 inches||4 - 10 inches|
|Medium||15 - 22 inches||5 - 16 inches|
|Large||17 - 25 inches||7 - 18 inches|
|X-Large||19 - 27 inches||9 - 20 inches|
Where is this made?
Frisco headcollars are made in China and designed and tested to meet our high-quality standards.
What is this made of?
Is the nose strap padded?
Yes, the nose loop is padded with neoprene.
Are head collars designed for short- snout breeds?
Headcollars are not designed for or recommended for use with short- snout breeds.
What is the best way to measure?
Please measure your dog to ensure best fit. Using a measuring tape or printable measuring tape (available on size tab to download) measure dog’s snout, then measure neck. Note, neck strap and snout straps are adjustable, but for best fit, ensure measurements are within the range for the size.
Are headcollars for puppies?
Headcollars are recommended for puppies 8 weeks and older.
Is a headcollar used to prevent pulling?
Yes, headcollars have a self-correcting nose loop that’s designed to gently redirect your dog when he starts to pull.
Can dog still drink while wearing a headcollar?
If the headcollar is adjusted correctly, your dog's mouth should open easily to pant and drink water.
My dog doesn’t like to use the headcollar. What should I do?
If your dog is using a headcollar for the first time, it may take some time for them to adjust/become accustomed to using this type of collar. Follow the instructions. Try putting the collar on for just a few minutes a day at home and reward them with lots of praise and treats. Once they have associated the headcollar with treats and is eager to put the collar on, you can begin taking them on short walks.
The best dog poems selected by Dr Oliver Tearle
Previously, we’ve compiled ten of the best poems about cats, so we thought it was time to complement that with a similar post about the best poems about dogs. Dogs have been a popular theme in English poetry for many centuries, and in 1893 an anthology, The Dog in British Poetry, was even published (pleasingly, it can be read in full online here). But below we’ve whittled down the list of great dog poems to 10 essential doggy choices. Far from being doggerel (see what we did there?), the dog poems included below are guaranteed to set tails wagging everywhere. We hope you enjoy these favourite classic dog poems – but have we missed off any favourites?
Alexander Pope, ‘I am his Highness’ dog at Kew’. Alexander Pope (1688-1744) was known as ‘the Wasp of Twickenham’ for his stinging and acerbic verses criticising and lampooning his enemies. The following couplet by Pope constitutes the entire poem – so it’s just two lines long:
I am his Highness’ dog at Kew,
Pray tell me sir, whose dog are you?
The poem was reportedly inscribed on the collar that was round the neck of a dog that Pope gave to the Prince of Wales in 1738. But the suggestion in the couplet, of course, is that everyone belongs to someone else – we are all somebody’s ‘dog’.
Oliver Goldsmith, ‘An Elegy on the Death of a Mad Dog’. This poem by the Irish poet and playwright Oliver Goldsmith (1728-74) is about a rabid dog that bites a man, and the effect that this act of violence has on the people of London:
And in that town a dog was found,
As many dogs there be,
Both mongrel, puppy, whelp and hound,
And curs of low degree.
This dog and man at first were friends
But when a pique began,
The dog, to gain some private ends,
Went mad and bit the man.
Click on the link above to read the full poem, and learn more about the poem and its author.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, ‘To Flush, My Dog’. Flush is one of the most famous dogs in all of English literature – one of the most famous real dogs, anyway. He was the cocker spaniel belonging to Barrett Browning (1806-61), and would later feature in one of the weirdest and funniest works of modernist literature, Virginia Woolf’s ‘biographical’ novel, Flush (1933). In this poem, Barrett Browning sings her pet’s praises:
Loving friend, the gift of one,
Who, her own true faith, hath run,
Through thy lower nature
Be my benediction said
With my hand upon thy head,
Click on the link above to read the rest of Barrett Browning’s touching dog-poem.
Matthew Arnold, ‘Geist’s Grave’. And as well as penning ‘Thyrsis’, his celebrated elegy for the death of his old friend Arthur Hugh Clough, and ‘Dover Beach’, his lament for Victorian faith, Arnold (1822-88) also wrote elegies for his pet dog Geist and his canary Matthias. In ‘Geist’s Grave’, Arnold celebrates the four brief years he had his dog Geist, the dachshund who was his ‘little friend’, in his life:
That loving heart, that patient soul,
Had they indeed no longer span,
To run their course, and reach their goal,
And read their homily to man?
That liquid, melancholy eye,
From whose pathetic, soul-fed springs
Seem’d urging the Virgilian cry,
The sense of tears in mortal things—
That steadfast, mournful strain, consol’d
By spirits gloriously gay,
And temper of heroic mould—
What, was four years their whole short day?
These are just three stanzas from the much longer poem, which you can read by following the link included above. We’ve compiled more classic Matthew Arnold poems here.
Emily Dickinson, ‘A little Dog that wags his tail’. Elsewhere, Dickinson wrote beautifully about the movement and behaviour of the cat in this poem, she ponders the sheer delight of the dog wagging its tail, which is comparable to a little boy frolicking freely simply because he wants to – both the dog and the boy behave the way they do because that’s how they’re made, not for any more complex or cynical motive:
A little Dog that wags his tail
And knows no other joy
Of such a little Dog am I
Reminded by a Boy
Who gambols all the living Day
Without an earthly cause
Because he is a little Boy
I honestly suppose –
The full poem is included above.
Thomas Hardy, ‘A Popular Personage at Home’. One of two poems Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) wrote about his beloved dog of 13 years, Wessex, who died in 1926, two years before Hardy himself. However, what makes ‘A Popular Personage at Home’ especially notable is that Hardy wrote the poem from the perspective of the dog, allowing ‘Wessex’ to speak for himself. But the speaker is reminiscent of Hardy himself, with some suggestive nods to the changes wrought upon the English landscape (since the Industrial Revolution) and Hardy’s well-documented fear that the England he knew and loved was not going to last, and had indeed already begun to fade from view:
‘No doubt I shall always cross this sill,
And turn the corner, and stand steady,
Gazing back for my Mistress till
She reaches where I have run already,
‘And that this meadow with its brook,
And bulrush, even as it appears
As I plunge by with hasty look,
Will stay the same a thousand years.’
The full poem is included above.
Rudyard Kipling, ‘The Power of the Dog’. This poem by Kipling (1865-1936) extols the dog’s most famous virtue – its undying loyalty and devotion to its owner – but also warns against giving your heart to a dog for it ‘to tear’. Such is ‘the power of the dog’:
There is sorrow enough in the natural way
From men and women to fill our day
And when we are certain of sorrow in store,
Why do we always arrange for more?
Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
Read the full poem by following the link above.
Sir Walter Raleigh, ‘To A Lady With An Unruly And Ill-Mannered Dog Who Bit Several Persons Of Importance’. No, not that Sir Walter Raleigh (the one who didn’t introduce the potato and tobacco to Europe, and never laid down his cloak over a puddle for Queen Elizabeth I), but the Professor of English – one of the first in Britain – who was also an occasional poet. Here, he berates a lady for the behaviour of her ‘hydrophobic’ – i.e. rabid – pet:
Your dog is not a dog of grace
He does not wag the tail or beg
He bit Miss Dickson in the face
He bit a Bailie in the leg.
What tragic choices such a dog
Presents to visitor or friend!
Outside there is the Glasgow fog
Within, a hydrophobic end.
Well, not all dog poems can be entirely laudatory, can they? You read the rest of the poem by following the link provided.
Ogden Nash, ‘The Dog’. This short four-line poem exemplifies Nash’s accessible, humorous style: it celebrates the dog as a creature full of love and devotion.
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, ‘Dog’. The American poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti (b. 1919) wrote this, one of the finest poems about a dog. Ferlinghetti shows us the world from a dog’s perspective: the things it sees, smells, and hears, from drunks in doorways to cats and cigars.
If you enjoyed this pick of the best classic dog poems, continue to explore the canine side of literature with our great facts about writers and their relationship with man’s proverbial best friend. For more animal-related poetry see our pick of the greatest animal poems, the best poems about mice and rats and these classic horse poems. The ailurophile might also enjoy these book recommendations for cat lovers. For more classic poetry, we recommend The Oxford Book of English Verse – perhaps the best poetry anthology on the market.
The author of this article, Dr Oliver Tearle, is a literary critic and lecturer in English at Loughborough University. He is the author of, among others, The Secret Library: A Book-Lovers’ Journey Through Curiosities of History and The Great War, The Waste Land and the Modernist Long Poem.
References and Further Reading
- Redmalm, D., 2015. Pet grief: when is non-human life grievable?. The Sociological Review, 63(1), pp.19-35.
- Morris, P., 2012. Managing pet owners’ guilt and grief in veterinary euthanasia encounters. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 41(3), pp.337-365.
- Brown, B.H., Richards, H.C. and Wilson, C.A., 1996. Pet bonding and pet bereavement among adolescents. Journal of Counseling & Development, 74(5), pp.505-509.
- Baydak, M.A., 2000. Human grief on the death of a pet.
- Packman, W., Carmack, B.J., Katz, R., Carlos, F., Field, N.P. and Landers, C., 2014. Online survey as empathic bridging for the disenfranchised grief of pet loss. OMEGA-Journal of Death and Dying, 69(4), pp.333-356.
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I recently lost a cherished girl a sweet light lost the end of september 2019 . Last wk we lost our beauty Maven big strongwhite cat. Too much to endure.. someday along God s garden path you ll hear me call your names. Always loving you two and grateful for our time and love!
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Top 10 Facts About German Shepherd Dogs
Some dog breeds have a firm and lasting hold on the public’s heart and consistently place in the top 10 of the ranking of most popular dogs. The strong and noble German Shepherd Dog (GSD) is one of these lasting favorites. In fact, for the past ten years the German Shepherd has been the number two most popular dog in the United States, and it’s been in the top 10 for decades. And for good reason. Dating back to 1899, the breed (known as Deutsche Schaferhunde in German) was established in Germany by Captain Max von Stephanitz and other breeders. Using only the very best dogs, they developed a breed known for confidence, intelligence, loyalty, and courage. Plus, there’s no mistaking the GSD’s characteristic appearance with the pointed ears and muscular physique. Every German Shepherd owner knows the special bond shared with this dog. What else can you expect from such an incredible breed. They’ll also tell you the following 10 things are absolutely true:
1. German Shepherds will explore everything with their noses
You’ll find evidence of their very thorough sniffing everywhere – walls, doors, windows, and more. All dogs have a better sense of smell than humans – 10,000 to 100,000 times better in fact thanks to having millions more scent receptors. But compared to other breeds, the GSD ranks near the top in scenting ability. It’s no wonder they make such great police and detection dogs. Among many other jobs, GSDs are known for their bomb and drug sniffing work, tracking, and Search and Rescue.
2. GSDs are incredibly smart
If you’re a German Shepherd owner, you have a strong suspicion your dog might actually be smarter than you are. After all, what can’t your dog do? These dogs are known for their intelligence and many can learn a new behavior in only a few repetitions. In addition, they have a legendary desire to cooperate and work with us, a trait many see as a wish to please their humans. No wonder this breed excels at so many activities and is a top Obedience competitor. Because German Shepherds are one of the brightest breeds, be sure to be consistent, use positive reinforcement-based methods, provide plenty of mentally stimulating toys, and play brain-challenging games.
3. German Shepherd Dogs are protective of their loved ones
They are known for being fearless and self-confident. GSDs will assertively stand their ground and are suited to be either watchdog or guardian, whichever the situation demands. They can be aloof with strangers yet are not hostile. This natural protective instinct is reassuring to the German Shepherd owner. But it also comes with a certain responsibility. You should be committed to spending time socializing and training your dog to ensure your companion feels comfortable around strangers and other dogs. If you do, you will benefit from all this dog has to offer.
4. GSDs provide constant companionship
In truth, German Shepherd owners are never lonely because their loyal canines are always by their side. Although GSDs are sometimes slow to warm to strangers, they are gentle and loving with their families. Their affectionate and dedicated personalities are a bonus of the breed, and they can be particularly fond of children. This means your GSD wants to spend time with you rather than being left alone all day, every day. Allowing your German Shepherd to be with you as much as possible will bring out the best in your dog.
5. German Shepherds are known as a mouthy breed
They tend to use their mouths as a hand thanks to that herding heritage. It’s even right there in their name, ShepHERD. This mouthing behavior is natural, so expect your GSD to mouth you and chew anything that will fit inside your pet’s mouth. However, that doesn’t mean you should let it go. What might be cute in your small puppy will get harder and stronger as your dog grows up. Training your dog not to chew your hand or the furniture is essential with this breed. Teach your German Shepherd to channel those instincts safely and appropriately.
6. German Shepherds shed
All GSD owners know that dog hair is a way of life. You find it on the furniture, the floor, and on every outfit you wear. According to the breed standard, the ideal GSD has a double coat of medium length with an outer coat that’s as dense as possible. That makes for a lot of fur! Not only do these dogs shed continuously, they also blow their coat (lose all their undercoat) twice a year, in the spring and fall. To help with shedding, brush your dog regularly. You’ll still have fur balls flying about, but just consider them a GSD-owner’s badge of honor.
7. German Shepherd Dogs are known for their versatility
If you need any job done, just ask your dog. GSD owners understand their dogs were developed as working dogs and can do almost anything. In fact, the ideal German Shepherd has a body and gait suited to the hard work that is considered its primary purpose. This means your dog can excel at almost anything. From dog sports like rally, agility, or scent work to therapy work to guide dog work, German Shepherds can do it all. The only thing holding your dog back is the time and energy you can commit to training. It’s no wonder people always think your dog is a service or police dog.
8. GSDs are super active
Therefore, so are you. Thinking of lounging on the couch? No way! German Shepherd owners know that won’t happen until you’ve walked your dog, gone to the park, or provided some sort of exercise. This breed only thrives with enough regular exercise to burn off all that excess energy. If you don’t give your GSD daily workouts, watch out. Your dog will get that energy out somehow, and most likely in ways you don’t want. To be sure your German Shepherd is happy and a pleasure to live with, you will definitely get all the exercise you need too.
9. German Shepherds are members of the Herding Group
So, if you own this breed, you’re no stranger to a nose nudging you. Whether it’s a nose in the back, a nose on your leg, or even a nose in your face, your dog is just doing what comes naturally. Although this breed isn’t often used to herd anymore, that herding heritage remains. So, along with the herding traits of independent thinking and intelligence, it’s perfectly normal for your GSD to herd human family members. Your dog might also show “following ahead” behavior – walking in front of you while looking back to ensure you’re walking in the right direction.
10. GSDs are loving companions
These are very social dogs who want to spend time with their humans. The more time your dog gets to spend with you, the happier your companion will be. They may exhibit aloofness with strangers rather than immediately adoring everyone they see, but that only makes their love even more special. Plus, these loyal and dedicated guardians and gentle family pets are willing to put their life on the line to protect their loved ones. And you can’t ask for a more loving best friend than that.