A Soldier's Best Friend: The canine heroes of Afghanistan by Stephen Paul Stewart

By Stephen Paul Stewart

Army operating canine are silently successful the warfare opposed to the world's deadliest insurgents; each day saving soldiers' lives within the most threatening nation on the earth. Many were rescue animals, missed or mistreated by way of their proprietors ahead of being given a brand new rent of existence at the entrance line. From the featureless plains of Helmand and Kandahar to army bases in Germany, military puppy groups paintings day and evening to maintain us secure yet, until eventually lately, their braveness and sacrifice has no longer been absolutely understood or preferred.

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Show dogs just have to come pretty close, or their careers end early. Naturally, it’s most important that dogs used for breeding comply with the standard, because their quality is reflected in the next generation. Breeding to its own standard is what makes each breed of dog unique. If breeders ignore the details, soon Chihuahuas, Papillons, Miniature Pinschers, and other Toy dogs will resemble each other, and the individual breeds will gradually fade away. Chapter 4 covers the ins and outs of choosing a breeder, and Chapter 16 provides questions you can ask a breeder to make sure he or she has taken the proper steps to produce the best dogs.

The only problem: The standard is hard to follow because it was written as a guide for judges and breeders, who already understand dog lingo. Not to worry: Throughout the rest of this chapter, I translate the official talk into plain English. 24 Part I: Is a Chihuahua Your Canine Compadre? Crest Skull Neck Stop Loin Withers Back Muzzle Croup Shoulder Hock Elbow Forearm Stifle or knee Toes Pastern Figure 2-3: All the parts of the Chihuahua. General appearance and demeanor The Chihuahua is a graceful, alert, swift-moving, and compact little dog with a saucy expression and terrier-like qualities of temperament.

Relics from ancient Mexico include sculptures of small dogs that archeologists discovered while studying the remains of the Mayan, Toltec, and Aztec cultures. Although some of the statues (you can see them at the National Museum in Mexico City) don’t look much like modern Chihuahuas, and little is known about the Mayans, some relics from the Toltecs have aroused researchers’ attention. The Toltec Indians lived in Mexico during the ninth century, and possibly even earlier. They had a dog called the Techichi, which some historians believe is the ancestor of today’s Chihuahua.

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