Archive for October, 2011
This is a poem I actually wrote last Halloween. I haven’t had a chance to write another one, but want to be sure to celebrate as I’m such a kid and love Halloween!
What Creepy Doings are with us Tonight? A Bump or a Bang – a Scratch or a Bite!
Delicious darkness embraces this night! Witches and Kittens grin with delight! Ghostly waltzes send out such a freight!
Shadows of flickering candles on walls; their dance quickly rises, then suddenly falls.
Transforming shapes at the flick of a wick! Or are these forms a Spiritual Trick?
Pumpkins displayed in unrivaled boasts. Forewarning signs hang loosely on posts!
Demonic stars pierce night’s purple veil, dripping like diamonds over hill and dale.
Creepy, foreboding shadows glide past, on tree trunks and fences their silhouettes cast.
Oh my! What was That? Are things what the seem? I could’ve sworn I just heard a Scream!
Ghostly Boys in Mom’s finest sheets! Dancing with Fairies is Oh Such a Treat! Cackling Witches shatter the night on mythical broomsticks, they ready for flight.
Ghastly monsters with hatchets creep by. Bats are soaring ever so high!
Masks of Plastic and Hairy, Fiendish and Scary! Prickling of Ears and Twitching of whiskers, while tales of headless horsemen are told in low whispers!
Devilry sweeps through this night! Sharp and prickling like a watchman’s light!
The air is abounding with chatters and giggles; with added tones of snickers and sniggles.
Happy little goblins dig deep in their sacks, for much needed yummies and delicate snacks!
Little Beasts with treats, tired and worn, return to their homes before dawn is born!
Oh What a Bewitching… Mysterious Eve!
So Many Oddities! I Cannot Conceive!
Puppies in Hats! Bows on Black Cats!
What Could This Mean!
Oh Yes! Of Course! It’s Halloween!!
German Shepherds are one of the top 5 most popular dogs in the United States.
These dogs are one of the most recognizable breeds due to their striking markings. Although German Shepherds have a variety of colors, the most common are red, tan, brown, black, tan/black or red/black. These varieties have black masks and black body markings referred to as the classic “saddle” marking to the overall “blanket” marking.
Rarer colors for Shepherds are all black, white or sable. For show, the all black and sable are accepted, according to standards. The blue or liver are consider faulted and the white shepherds never qualify.
German Shepherds are bred specifically for their high intelligence which they are famous for. They are considered the third most intelligent breed of dog, passed only by Border Collies and Poodles. Stanley Coren, author of “The Intelligence of Dogs”, found they have the ability to learn simple tasks after only 5 repetitions and obey first commands 95% of the time.
This ability combined with their great strength, make this breed extremely desirable as guard dogs, police guards and search and rescue.
In the United States, one source suggests that German Shepherd dogs are responsible for more reported bitings than any other breed. While the Center for Disease Control and Prevention states “There is currently no accurate way to identify the number of dogs of a particular breed, a consequently no measure to determine which breeds are more likely to bite then others.”
These dogs bond well with children they are familiar with and are usually very protective. They are extremely loyal and bond with the people they know. They are highly active and self-assured. They have a great willingness to learn and need to have a purpose.
If they are not socialized properly, they can become overly protective of the family and territory. They do not warm up to strangers quickly but are very obedient when trained properly.
The most common malady is through inbreeding causing hip and elbow dysplasia that can cause a great deal of pain later on in life. The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals found that 19.1% of Shepherds are affected by hip dysplasia. Also, due to their rather large, open ears, they are prone to ear infections. Like other large-bodied dogs, they are also prone to bloating.
Average Size and Life-Span:
Weigh between 66 – 88 pounds (30 – 40 kilograms). Their height is between 24 – 26 inches (60 – 65 centimeters)
Weigh between 49 – 71 pounds (22 – 32 kilograms). Their height is between 21 – 24 inches (53 – 60 centimeters).
Their most common color is Black and Tan and their litter sizes are between 5 to 10.
Their average life span is 9.7 years which is normal for a large breed dog. German Shepherds also have a higher than normal incident of Von Willebrand Disease, an inherited bleeding disorder.
This is an extremely versatile breed of dog, they excel as working dogs due to their strong sense of duty, their mental abilities, their fearlessness and attachment to their owners.
German Shepherds have been featured in many films and other medias over the years. Strongheart was one of the earliest canine film stars followed by Rin Tin Tin. Rin Tin Tin is considered to be the most famous German Shepherd of all time. Both these dogs are credited with stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.