I've been singing "Boston Terriers, Boston Terriers, Boston Terriers, sooooo cute" ever since I spotted this video this morning. In a style that's akin to the B-52s, I dare you not to get this catchy tune stuck in your head as well — I can't wait to go home and croon it to North!
I may be biased, but how adorable is this smooshy and his oversized ears?! Proud mom Robin shares details all about this cute pup, so learn how he got his name and how he makes her laugh in the latest Pet Profile!
PetSugar: When did you get your dog and what's his breed?
Robin: My husband actually saw Sequoia at a pet store, of all places! We had been talking about getting me a dog since my husband was deploying in May 2010, and I mentioned that I really liked Boston Terriers. I was sitting at work on April 12, 2010, and I got a picture text from my husband of him holding this adorable Boston Terrier. He picked me up from work so I could meet the pup, and I decided he would be a good little friend to have! Sequoia is named after the restaurant/bar where my husband and I met in 2007.
PS: What's your daily pet routine?
Robin: I wake up around 6 a.m. and we immediately go outside for potty time. After that, it's breakfast followed by some cuddling. Sequoia loves to curl up next to me on the couch while I drink my coffee in the morning. Since I don't have to work in the summer, we spend a lot of time together. Mornings usually involve some playing tug-of-war and napping. The afternoons are more of the same; he's a 6-month-old pup so he needs a lot of sleep! Around 4 p.m. we go for a walk around the neighborhood and then dinner follows around 4:30. The rest of the day is interspersed with playtime involving tug-of-war and fetch. Sequoia is usually konked out on the couch next to me by 7 p.m., but his "real" bedtime is around 10 p.m.
Learn about his favorite snacks (edible or not) — plus peep more pics — when you read more
Well, it's nothing new in theory — and a main reason my pooch always rides in the cabin with me — but the proof is in the stats. According to data released Friday by the Department of Transportation, 122 dog deaths have been reported since the DOT required airlines to make that information public (beginning in May 2005). Of those numbers, the highest single number of the 108 purebred deaths belongs to English Bulldogs at 25 followed by Pugs at 11.
While many airlines refuse to transport any brachycephalic breeds (aka smooshies) below the plane during temperature extremes, it's the pups' short snouts that attribute to extra difficulty breathing and extra wheezing.
Dan Bandy, chairman of the Bulldog Club of America's health committee, explains this particular risk in being transported in the cargo holds of airliners:
The way all dogs cool themselves is basically through respiration, either just panting or the action of breathing in or out, is a method of heat exchange for them. A dog that has a long snout or a long muzzle has more surface area within its nasal cavity for that heat exchange to take place. So breeds like labradors or collies or those types of dogs with the long muzzles have a more efficient cooling system.
Adding in the Frenchies (six), American Staffordshire Terriers (four), Boxers (two), Pekingese (two), and other short snouts, that means that the smooshies make up nearly half of the total number — scary stuff!
I'm saddened to announce the passing of a smooshy named Bug McGowan. Bug's mommy caught my eye when she talked about all her great rescue work with Boston Terriers, and now Bug has joined Fester in puppy heaven.
Rose McGowan just tweeted this photo and statement:
My beloved lil' girl Boston terrier, Bug McGowan, died yesterday. I am shattered. Don't know life without her.
Such a heartbreaking time, but it's nice to see that she was with her babe Bug 'til the end. RIP, cute pooch!
Source: Twitter User rosemcgowan
After his standard 23-hour work day, our post-production whiz Justin occasionally has a spare 30 minutes or so to work on passion projects. Here's one example of a Justin-style labor of love. Justin found inspiration in Coco, a rhythmically-gifted Boston Terrier we met at the Satine Boutique in Los Angeles, and let the creative juices flow. The result? This prodigious mélange of cinematic artistry.
Witness Justin's muse Coco as she lets the music take over. You won't regret it.
Always willing to lend a helping paw to PetSugar, I was happy to learn more about one of my favorite smooshies! FabSugar tells tales of her sweet Frenchie Annabelle, AB for short, in our latest Pet Profile. Chronicle your own pet stories in our Pet Profiles group if you'd like to be featured in this ongoing series!
PetSugar: When did you get your dog and what's her breed?
FabSugar: February of '06, AB was seven months, French Bulldog.
PetSugar: What's your daily doggie routine?
FabSugar: AM walk with mom, AM nap, afternoon walk with her doggie posse, afternoon nap, evening activities; either chill out with me, come with me to exercise class, sit in the car while I go out to dinner with friends — I try to take her with me as much as possible since she’s home alone all day. PM walk with mom, snore-fest begins . . . The weekends are all about AB and meeting up with her doggie friends, going to the park or beach, playing at her grandparents' house with best friend pug, Stryder, strolling through SF neighborhoods . . .
Learn more about AB and see pics when you read more
This smooshy is paw-mazing! I've seen some pets stand on their hind legs — like this super skilled kitty — but I've never seen a pooch successfully take steps on those front legs only. Looks like I know what I want to teach North this Summer but see the treat training for yourself in the video below.
I recognize this fella! It's Tillman that skateboarding sensation that we watched on Greatest American Dog. As it turns out the Bulldog has a Guinness Record in addition to small screen fame and, yes, it's for his board skills. Learn all about it and see for yourself when starting this slideshow.
Football season's over but so what? After all, practice makes perfect, or should I say pawfect for this cute smooshy who's well on his way to receiving a canine receiver title. Look at him go in the video below!