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February 2015

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Worlds biggest Pit Bull

Meet the Worlds Biggest Pit Bull

Nick named ‘The Hulk’ this huge dog is owned by Dark Dynasty K9s which specialize in breeding and training the finest American Pitbull Terriers in New Hampshire, US.

Weighting in at 174 lbs this dog has become an internet hit since it’s video was released.

American Pit Bull Terriers were bred as fighting dogs by cross bulldogs, mastiffs and terriers.

They have be used for illegal dog fighting in the US and in the UK are believed to be to dangerous so it is illegal to own one.

 

 

 
Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race

Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race Begins

The annual dog sled race from Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada to Fairbanks, Alaska began this morning as 26 dog teams headed of on this epic 1,600km race.

This years race is featuring for past champions, all Alaskans including Allen Moore, who won the past two years, and Lance Mackey, who has the record for the most wins, with four consecutive victories between 2005 and 2008.

Ed Hopkins from Tagish, Yukon says the relationship between the musher and his/her dogs is an important factor in a team’s success.

Hopkins Said, “You rely on them and they rely on you, so it’s like a really tight marriage. If you don’t have the right bond or the right chemistry, you might have problems, it won’t be a smooth ride.”

The dog mushers starts the race with a maximum of 14 dogs in their team, because usually some dogs drop out from fatigue, sickness or injury during the race. A dog team must have at least 6 dogs to continue racing or they will be disqualified.

The dogs are check by veterinarians at every checkpoint along the race.

The race course is prepared by two teams, each starting at one end of the course. Called The Rangers they start in mid January and one of their biggest headaches is the jumble ice. It sometimes occurs during freeze-up when huge chunks of river ice collide, heaving up and freezing in place, making it very difficult for the dog teams to pass through.

John Mitchell, of Dawson City, Yukon, a member of the Canadian Rangers, says, “The only thing constant about the trail is change. It changes hourly, daily, weekly. It’s totally on the move all the time.”

Each dog team is carrying a tracker so there position can be recorded and posted on the Yukon Quest website.

This years Yukon Quest participant are competing for $127,000 in prizes.
 

 Rupert the Whippet

Meet Rupert the Whippet

This dog loves to dress for any occasion, be it house hold chores or a game of tennis. Rupert’s owner Janet Burton, 56, notice early that her dog loved to pose for a picture.

The now 2.5 year old whippet is seen in many different pictures and poses with Janet saying, “The photos started by accident”.

“It had been a few years since we had a puppy. I didn’t put him straight in with the other whippets so I had a cardboard box at the side of my bed so I could comfort him during the night.”

“Rupert had a habit of jumping up and putting his feet up to look at what I was doing. ‘I just say ‘hop’ and he puts his feet up again. His facial expression looks like he is concentrating on the job, like he knows what he is doing.”

“I had only took pictures of pets because my children had grown up. Rupert replaces the human in the pictures. He doesn’t mind wearing the outfits because whippets wear little jackets in the winter. The magic comes from his expressions.”

You can see more pictures here; Dailymail

 

 

 

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