Tag: bichon frise
Stump, the Sussex spaniel who claimed top honors at Westminster this year, made an appearance at Houston’s M.D. Anderson Cancer Center yesterday to the delight of a half dozen young cancer patients.
Stump — along with J.R., a bichon frise from Houston who won Best in Show at Westminster eight years ago — were there to help celebrate the unveiling of the newest Children’s Art Project products, including a flag-inspired canine bandana.
Stump was chosen to model the new bandana, in part, because of his heart-lifting life story, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Stump, at 10, was the oldest dog in the judging’s history to win Best in Show, and the first of his breed to take top honors. Even more inspiring to the children at M.D. Anderson, said hospital spokeswoman Sara Farris, was Stump’s ability to overcome a near-fatal bacterial infection five years ago.
Stump spent 19 days in a Texas A&M University veterinary clinic, art project director Shannon Murray told the kids. “But he never gave up the will to live,” she said.
Typically, groups of seven to 25 children work on each art project, the sales of which raise about $1.5 million a year for programs directed at young patients.
“When the children create it gives them a sense of control when they may not have a feeling of a lot of control in their lives,” said Murray. “Giving back to the other children at M.D. Anderson — it’s a great way to make a contribution and to feel better.”
Posted by jwoestendiek June 11th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: best in show, bichon frise, cancer, cancer center, children, children's art project, hospital, houston, j.r., m.d. anderson, patients, stump, sussex spaniel, westminster
Despite all the buzz about “hypoallergenic dogs” since the Obamas indicated they may get one, there are no breeds that are truly free of potential allergens, some medical experts say.
“I don’t think there is such a thing as a hypoallergenic dog,” allergy and asthma expert Corinna Bowser (really, BOWSER!) of Havertown, Pa. told WebMD.
While there are countless websites devoted to “hypoallergenic dogs,” the Obamas could find it difficult to find one to which their older daughter, Malia, won’t have an allergic reaction.
Bowser explains that the major allergen in dogs is a protein found in dog serum, and dogs excrete that allergen in sweat and shed it from their skin. “It also gets secreted into the saliva, and possibly a little bit in the urine,” Bowser says.
Since all dogs have that protein, no dog is completely allergy-free, according to Bowser.
She said a German study, published this year, tracked allergies among people exposed to various dog breeds and found that factors related to individual dogs seem to influence the “allergenicity” more than breed or gender.
Breeds commonly cited as hypoallergenic include the poodle, (and several poodle hybrids, like the goldendoodle), Bichon Frise, Maltese, Yorkshire Terrier, Portugese Water Dog, Schnauzer, West Highland Terrier, Basenji, Airedale Terrier, and our good friend, the Xoloitzcuintli.
Smaller dogs, and short-haired breeds might be less risky, Bowser said. “Hair length could have something to do with how it spreads in the house,” she said, explaining that shorter dog hairs may not stick as much as long hair to furniture, clothes, and other surfaces.
Bowser went on to say that if she was the Obama family doctor, “I would say it’s probably better not to get a dog.”
“Of course, now he made the promise and he kind of has to,” she said. Bowser recommends that before they get a dog of their own the Obama family dog-sit to see how Malia’s allergies fare, and set some rules about how they’ll handle any allergy issues.
Posted by jwoestendiek November 19th, 2008 under Muttsblog.
Tags: allergens, allergies, allergy-free, bichon frise, doctors, dog, family, goldendoodle, hair, hypoallergenic, malia, maltese, medical, obama, portugese water dog, schnauzer, shedding, west highland terrier, xolo, yorkshire