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Ventoux, Search and Rescue

Story in Wall Street Journal by Hilary Potkewitz

Every so often, Elizabeth Chaney and her work partner, Ventoux, will engage in a professional tug of war. For Ventoux, a 6-year-old Belgian Malinois search-and-rescue dog, the game is a reward for a job well done.

“In training you always have a reward item to keep the dog’s motivation up. His reward is a few minutes of play, which he loves,” Ms. Chaney says.

The pair are members of the K-9 unit of Virginia Task Force 1, part of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. “We train for large-scale disasters in urban settings. An earthquake, a bombing, a hurricane—basically, if there’s a lot of destruction, we will be deployed,” says Ms. Chaney, 43, a dog trainer who’s been with the task force for more than a decade.

When an emergency call comes in, Ms. Chaney and her dog have three hours to report for duty. She always has three bags packed and ready to go: a Wolfpack Gear backpack and two red duffels.

Collapsible water bowls, little plastic bags, extra leashes and collars can be found in every piece of luggage. “Poop bags are very important. You don’t want to be disrespectful,” Ms. Chaney says. She carries several replicas of Ventoux’s reward item, the tug.

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Bloodhounds HOT on the Trail

Bloodhounds are HOT on the trail at Henderson County  Sheriff's Office. I am particularly proud to say they are both women! Read story below. Your Shop Dog, Cate

HENDERSON COUNTY, N.C. -- The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office would like to welcome two new bloodhound puppies to their team.  

The two female bloodhounds are around ten weeks old and will be trained to locate missing persons and track suspects.  

K9 handlers and School Resource Officers have called on Henderson County 5th grade STAR students to suggest names for the two new additions.  

The winning names will be selected later this month and will be announced in early February.  

The students with the winning entries and their classmates will have the opportunity to meet the dog they named at a special presentation. 

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Hero Down

We just posted the news about police canine training this morning. Moments later, we find out a hero has fallen. This is serious work. Our hearts are broken tonight.

Your Shop Dogs, Cate and Bandit

A police dog injured during a Saturday morning shootout in Canton, Ohio, has died, authorities said.

"It is with heavy hearts that we must tell you all that we lost Jethro," the Canton Police Department announced. "He took a sudden turn for the worse and has passed."

Jethro was injured around 1 a.m. Saturday, after encountering a suspect inside a grocery store during a burglary investigation.

The K-9 officer was shot three times — hit in the face, shoulder and neck area — and while the bullets missed Jethro's vital organs, he suffered brain swelling.

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US Police Canine Association Names VP

Congratulations Sgt. Brandon Gilmore from MetroWines

and MetroWines Shop Dogs, Cate and Bandit.

WOW! You are most aweseome.

 

News from The Town of Waynesville, North Carolina

Sgt. Gilmore National VP of USPCA

 
 
 
Friday, December 18, 2015 4:00:00 PM

We would like to congratulate Sgt. Brandon Gilmore for having been appointed as a National Vice President for the United States Police Canine Association. Sgt. Gilmore will serve as the Vice President for the Southeast Region, which includes Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, the Caribbean Islands, the Virgin Islands, and the Bahamas.

In addition to serving as a Regional Trainer for Police K-9's, Sgt. Gilmore also judges certification trials through the USPCA. We applaud him for his dedication and commitment to not only the Waynesville Police Department's K-9 Program, but to Police K-9's and their handlers across the country.

Congratulations on a Job Well Done!

 

 
 
 
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Arabian Greyhound: Rockin' The Kasbah

Arabian Greyhound recognized today by American Kennel Club. Informaiton and picture from Dog Breed Info Center Website. I can hear the music now! Your Shop Dogs, Cate and Bandit

(Slougui) (Arabian Greyhound) (Arabischer Windhund) (Sloughi Moghrebi) (Arabian Sighthound) (Levrier Marocain)

Ain Zafir Ashraf Azaar, the Sloughi at 13 months old

"This is the Sloughi Ain Zafir Ashraf Azaar, a Norwegian bred youngster at 13 months old. He's from the first Norwegian Sloughi litter since 1994. As of 2006, only four litters of this ancient and rare Moroccan breed had ever been born in Norway."

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Pronunciation

SLOO-ghee (i.e. with the stress on the 'sloo')

Description

The Sloughi is squarish and leggy, slightly higher than long. The topline descends along the neck and straightens along the back. The withers are hardly visible and the topline is almost straight from the base of the neck. There is a slight curve over the loin. The croup is bony, the brisket does not reach the elbow and the underline is first straight (long sternum) then rises sharply. The Sloughi's coat color is solid with no extensive white markings (a white patch on the chest and few white hairs at the tip of the toes are overlooked). Colors are all shades of light to red sand with or without black mask, black ears, brindle, black overlay and black mantle. The most common color is sand with a black mask. The facial expression of the Sloughi is gentle and melancholy, almost sad. The Sloughi has a smooth, floating, effortless gait, tail held low, and head at a moderate angle to the body. There is no exaggeration in extension, and the front paws don't reach beyond the tip of the nose. This type of gait enables the hound to cover large distances without tiring. When racing, its style resembles that of the Greyhound, but looks more pulled together as a result of the squarish structure of the Sloughi in comparison to the "lying rectangle" structure of the Greyhound. Because of its straighter topline, the Sloughi does not flex its back as much as the Greyhound.

Temperament

The Sloughi is a medium-sized, short-coated hunting sighthound of the desert type. An African sighthound, it was used to hunt wild game, such as desert hare, gazelles, foxes and jackals, often in cooperation with hunting falcons. It also protected the house and livestock of its owner. The breed is adapted to desert and semi-desert life in the Maghreb region of northwest Africa. This dry, lean and muscular hound gives an impression of rustic elegance as well as strength, and it is an efficient hunter with great endurance as well as speed. The Sloughis are affectionate, gentle, and very closely knit to their owners. They are intelligent and independent, and curious of their surroundings. They are quiet and calm indoors, and prefer to lie on soft rugs and blankets, often on their backs with their legs in the air and the neck twisted at a seemingly physically impossible angle. Strangers are met with aloofness and caution, while friends are greeted with enthusiasm. Sloughis don't make great obedience dogs, but they respond to fair and gentle training methods. Sloughis get along well with children and other animals if they are raised with them. But as Sloughis are hunting hounds with a strong chase instinct, caution is recommended when the dog is outside with smaller animals. Any small, running animal may trigger the dog's hunting instinct. As with all dogs, be sure you are this dog’s consistentpack leader.

Height, Weight

Height: Males 26.4 - 28.3 inches (66 - 72 cm), with the ideal height being 27.6 inches (70 cm)
Height: Females 24 - 26.7 inches (61-68 cm) with the ideal being 25.6 inches (65 cm)
Weight: Males 55 - 65 pounds (25 - 30 kg)
Weight: Females 35 - 50 pounds (16 - 23 kg)

Health Problems

The Sloughi is generally a very healthy breed. PRA (progressive retinal atrophy or "night blindness") is found very rarely, and dogs who are DNA-tested and found free of PRA give 100% PRA-free offspring. Breeders in Europe and the U.S. test their breeding stock in the hope of eliminating the disease within a few generations. A PRA-affected dog of otherwise excellent health, temperament and conformity can be bred to a normal (PRA-free) dog and give offspring that are carriers (not affected), but the carriers can then be bred to normal dogs and give 50/50 carrier/normal pups. In this way, affected and carrier dogs of otherwise great quality can still be used in a planned breeding program. There have been isolated cases of deficient immune system, balance problems and hemophilia (an illness that impairs the body's ability to control bleeding) in inbred lines. Sloughis, like many other sighthounds, are sensitive to anesthetics.

Living Conditions

Indoors they are calm and quiet. They prefer to have a nice, comfortable place to sleep and will not be very happy on a hard, cold floor.

Exercise

Sloughis, and particularly young dogs, like to run daily. They make excellent jogging partners, and need to go on dailywalks or runs. They will truly be happy when they are allowed to run off leash. Because of their hunting instincts, they should never be let loose in unsafe areas. A normal fence will not stop a Sloughi chasing a squirrel onto a street in front of a fire truck with sirens blasting! Far too many Sloughis are lost in traffic accidents each year. But a Sloughi that is allowed to run off leash a few times a week will spend most of its time indoors resting in a comfortable spot where it can watch its humans with half an eye while drowsing. Sloughis do not like to be separated from their flock, and this is an advantage when they are let loose outdoors. They may chase every squirrel and bird within sight, but they will always return to their humans.

Life Expectancy

10-15 years

Grooming

The Sloughi's coat is very short with no undercoat, and it has no "doggy odor" unless it's wet. Dirt and mud falls off by itself when the fur dries. Because it is a desert hound, the Sloughi needs protection in cold and wet weather. Grooming is easy; a rubber brush or grooming glove will remove dead hairs. The Sloughi is an average shedder. Several people have reported that Sloughis are good for people with mild cases of dog allergy.
Origin
The origin of the Sloughi is not known, but it is a very old breed. It was mentioned in a book by the Moroccan writer Al Mansur which was probably written in the 13th century. Morocco holds the FCI standard, but the breed originated in the area which today consists of Morocco, Libya, Tunisia and Algeria, in the northern Saharan region of the Maghreb. The Sloughi is also known as the Arabian Sighthound, which is actually incorrect as it was the indigenous, nomadic Berbers (the Amazigh or "free people," as they call themselves) who developed the breed long before the invasion of the Arabs. The breed is locally known as the Sloughi Moghrebi, meaning the "sighthound of the Maghreb." The Sloughis held an elevated position in comparison to other dogs, and they were greatly prized. Only chiefs and kings were allowed to own them, and much effort went into making sure that they were bred pure. An owner of a fine hunting female would travel far to find just the right mate for her. There were originally two types of Sloughi: the larger, more substantial mountain Sloughi and the smaller, lither desert Sloughi. In western countries there is less distinction between the two as they have been mixed. The breed is not, as previously believed, closely related to the Saluki. DNA testing has shown that these two breeds are only remotely related. The Sloughi's closest relative is the Azawakh, which belongs to the Berber tribes of southern Sahara. Still, the two breeds have been separated long enough that there are obvious differences in conformity and temperament.

Group

Sighthound

Recognition

FCI, KCGB, SFAA, SCCM, AKC/FSS, UKC, NZKC, ANKC, ASLA, , KC(UK), DRA, NAPR, ACA
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