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Archive for June, 2008

Labrador Retriever versus Golden Retriever

Posted by MAaP on June 5, 2008

The Labrador Retriever and the Golden Retriever are two of the most loved dog breeds. They’re also a common breed, and breeds you can truly call man’s best friend. The two are quite similar in some ways that many people don’t know which one to choose is asked what dog breed is the best.

Golden Retriever and Black Labrador

The Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever

AKA: Black Labrador Retriever, Yellow Labrador Retriever, Chocolate Labrador Retriever, Silver Labrador Retriever, Lab

Color: Black, yellow, or chocolate colored. All colors are solids.

Height: Males 22.5 – 24.5 inches; Females 21.5 – 23.5.

Weight: Males 60 – 75 lbs; Females 55 – 70 lbs

The Labrador Retriever is a quick learner and is a very responsive breed. It is playful, energetic, and very friendly. It can get along with other dogs and household pets. There are many Labrador Retrievers that are hailed as heroes because of their intelligence and alert services for their human owners.

You might want to read about the following Labrador Retrievers who did their breed an honor:

The Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever

AKA: Golden, Yellow Retriever, Goldie

Breed Group: Sporting, Gundog

Weight: males 60-80 lbs (27-36 kg), females 55-70 lbs (25-32 kg)

Height: males 22-24 inches (56-61 cm), females 20-22 inches (51-56 cm)

Color: The Golden Retriever has a coat that ranges from cream to a golden color.

The Golden Retriever is another heavy favorite among dog lovers. It is a well-balanced dog and is friendly and intelligent too. It gets along very well with other dogs and pets. It is also easy to train and makes a very good watchdog.

It is obvious how much Golden Retrievers are loved by the amount of stardom they have. The Golden Retriever is most likely the most used dog breed when it comes to TV shows and commercial ads, such as the following:

The Verdict: Well, in my list of my own favorite dog breeds, there is neither the Golden Retriever nor the Labrador. There are plenty of dog breeds to choose from and I usually opt for more distinctive breeds. Neverthless, I do recognize the lovable characteristics of the two and I would never complain of having either as a pet. But to choose one among them… well… I can’t choose. I’m a dog lover and I don’t really care what kind of dog it is.


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Cats versus Dogs

Posted by MAaP on June 5, 2008

Now this is a battle between pet lovers — specifically between the dog lovers and the cat lovers. Both the cat and the dog make cute pets, but each has its unique behavior that puts it above the other. Each also has some traits that make the other look better. It would all boil down to what the owner would prefer to live with.

Cat and Dog

Now I could enumerate what I found all over the net on what’s hot and what’s not in having a cat or a dog. But I think I’ll give credit to the bloggers and posters who took pains in defending their canine or feline friend.

The Feline Purrrrrssss….

Cats PaintingCats or Dogs: Which Are the Better Pets?

I Hate Dogs.. And Their Owners Too.

“Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this.” – Anonymous

“Cats are smarter than dogs. You can’t get eight cats to pull a sled through snow.” – Jeff Valdez

“In a cat’s eye, all things belong to cats.” – English proverb

“As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat.” – Ellen Perry Berkeley

“One cat just leads to another.” – Ernest Hemingway

“Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are subject to a good many ailments, but I never heard of one who suffered from insomnia.” – Joseph Wood Krutch

“People that hate cats, will come back as mice in their next life.” – Faith Resnick

“There are many intelligent species in the universe. They are all owned by cats.” – Anonymous

“I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior.” – Hippolyte Taine

“There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.” – Albert Schweitzer

“The cat has too much spirit to have no heart.” – Ernest Menaul

“Time spent with cats is never wasted.” – Colette

“Some people say that cats are sneaky, evil, and cruel. True, and they have many other fine qualities as well.” – Missy Dizick

“You will always be lucky if you know how to make friends with strange cats.” – Colonial American proverb

“Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want.” – Joseph Wood Krutch

“Cats aren’t clean, they’re just covered with cat spit.” – John S. Nichols

“Do not meddle in the affairs of cats, for they are subtle and will pee on your computer.” – Bruce Graham

Man’s Best Friend

Puppies Painting

Ubersite: Dog’s vs Cats

Funny.net: Dogs vs Cats

Things I Learned From My Dog

“You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you this look that says, “My God, you’re right! I never would’ve thought of that!” – Dave Barry

“There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.” – Ben Williams

“The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.” – Samuel Butler

“Man is a dog’s idea of what God should be.” – Holbrook Jackson

“The dog is the only animal that has seen his god.” – Author Unknown

“Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really.” – Agnes Sligh Turnbull

“We long for an affection altogether ignorant of our faults. Heaven has accorded this to us in the uncritical canine attachment.” – George Eliot

“I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive.” – Gilda Radner

“I think we are drawn to dogs because they are the uninhibited creatures we might be if we weren’t certain we knew better. They fight for honor at the first challenge, make love with no moral restraint, and they do not for all their marvelous instincts appear to know about death. Being such wonderfully uncomplicated beings, they need us to do their worrying.” – George Bird Evans

“Our dogs will love and admire the meanest of us, and feed our colossal vanity with their uncritical homage.” – Agnes Repplier

“One reason a dog can be such a comfort when you’re feeling blue is that he doesn’t try to find out why.” – Author Unknown

Scratch a dog and you’ll find a permanent job.” – Franklin P. Jones

“I talk to him when I’m lonesome like; and I’m sure he understands. When he looks at me so attentively, and gently licks my hands; then he rubs his nose on my tailored clothes, but I never say naught thereat. For the good Lord knows I can buy more clothes, but never a friend like that.” – W. Dayton Wedgefarth

“When a dog barks at the moon, then it is religion; but when he barks at strangers, it is patriotism!” – David Starr Jordan

Cats and Dogs Chess Pieces

The Verdict: Well, I’m biased. I like dogs more than I like cats. But I do recognize the intelligence of cats. But I prefer the company of dogs because they are more interactive than the cats. I mean if I’m going to have a pet, I might as well go with those who I can play with and cuddle with, right?

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