Animal Companions

You can help save Shaar Hagai, the Israeli home of the Canaan dog, rare ancient breed

Submitted by Jerry Halberstadt on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 21:02

The Canaan dog is like the original dog that entered the life of mankind at the dawn of domestication. A few are still roaming the Israeli desert or living with Bedouin, helping to herd sheep and to guard. For the last 42 years, Myrna Shiboleth has been raising Canaan dogs at her farm, Shaar Hagai, in Israel. She has been instrumental in preserving and strengthening the stock of Canaans, which are now recognized, shown, and loved worldwide. She is now fighting to retain her home so that she can continue her unique work of preserving the Canaan dog.

Canaan dog does well at Westminster dog show

Submitted by Jerry Halberstadt on Sat, 02/16/2013 - 17:03

Those of us who know any Canaan, like Canaan dog Keren, already love and treasure the special nature of the Canaan---a mixture of affection, independence, and the untamed wilderness. But even many people who love dogs, don't appreciate this ancient Israeli breed. Owners and breeders of the Canaan feel like Cinderellas, hoping someday that our breed will get the recognition and respect that it deserves.

TUWEE: Traversing Urban Ways with Extreme Elders

Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 01/09/2010 - 19:45

The extreme winter sport for ambulating elders (and their dogs)

New England winter offers great challenges for the elder seeking adventure and excitement. There are some little-known types of adventure, for example, walking someplace in the city after a snowfall. This sport is readily available to anyone who no longer has an automobile, and is practically unknown to the majority of people who use a car to do all their errands.