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Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy

Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy, also known as Krabbe's Disease, is a genetically inherited condition belonging to a category known as "storage diseases." A storage disease occurs when a particular enzyme, which is necessary for a normal process within the body, is deficient, and as a result, the compound which the enzyme normally acts upon builds up. This build-up leads to the expression of the disease and its symptoms, typically not at birth, but generally at a consistent age for each specific storage disease.

In the case of Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy, the deficient enzyme is galactocerebroside beta-galactosidase. This enzyme normally is involved in the breakdown of fats in the brain and spinal cord. When it is deficient, the compound galactocerebroside begins to build up. Galactocerebroside is a component of myelin, which is the fatty substance that surrounds and insulates nerve cells, keeping the electrical impulses properly isolated within the cells. When Galactocerebroside builds up, the production of myelin is affected, and as a result, there is a progressive loss of the myelin sheath on nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.

Age of Onset
Puppies affected with Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy are normal at birth, but they may begin showing symptoms as early as four weeks or as late as six months. Basset Hounds are the exception, since they may not show symptoms for several years.

Symptoms of Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy
Symptoms are typically progressive (gradually worsening) and include stiffness when walking, weakness, lack of balance and coordination, tremors, loss of control (especially of hindquarters), and typically will eventually progress to paralysis and possible blindness. As would be expected, there are also generally behavioral changes that occur in conjunction with the physiological symptoms.
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Irish Terrier
To Train or not to train. for an Irish Terrier puppy, it will be well advised to find an experienced terrier trainer. Balance with proper socialization early on in your puppy's life. Get your puppy accustomed to nail trimming and grooming now. You don't necessarily need to groom an I.T. puppy, but get them used to the feel of a smooth soft bristle baby brush (for example). If you wait until later, it will not go as smoothly.

Irish Terrier
Choosing an Irish Terrier puppy with a sweet temperament is important, but no guarantee forever. Be very wise when introducing to other dogs, make sure they are also very nice dogs. If exposed to aggressive behavior, an Irish Terrier will of course defend itself, and there will be no turning back. Avoid situations where your pup is forced to defend itself. That is your job, to keep your puppy safe at all times and in every situation.

Glen of Imaal Terrier
Recently we rescued of Glen of Imaal from our local SPCA. She is 4 yrs old and is a very focused little girl. A mind of her own, not real affectionate, but very loyal at the same time. She has trained me well.

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Chihuahua

The Chihuahua At a Glance
Recognized By AKC, CanKC, UKC, CKC, KCUK, FCI, AFDSB
Country of Origin Mexico
Life Expectancy 14 years
Height Range 6 - 9 in
Weight Range 1.5 to 6 lbs
Colors Virtually any color and
markings acceptable
including tri-color,
blue, and brindle
Trainability High
With Children Usually good
With Animals Can be territorial
Climate Warm weather
Indoor/Outdoor Indoor
Exercise Reqd Moderate
Grooming Reqd Low; long coat moderate
Chihuahua Information
Although it's the world's smallest breed, the Chihuahua is hardly aware of that. They may be small and often fragile, but they are quite spunky and can be quite bold. However, they generally suffer in cold climates and need to be indoors. They can be quite aloof with strangers, and their bark can make them a good warning dog. They may have either a short or long coat.




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The official A.K.C. Breed Standard describes the Chihuahua as a small dog that comes in two varieties or coat types. The difference in coat type (the Long Coat or the Smooth Coat) is the only official description used to identify a difference within this breed. Our Standard does not categorize the Chihuahua by size.



For the purpose of showing and record keeping, the American Kennel Club includes the Chihuahua (along with 16 other breeds) in the Toy Group. Therefore, irrespective of their weight or physical stature, ALL Chihuahuas registered with A.K.C. are considered to be a toy breed of dog.



As with all living things, there will be a size variance between individual dogs within this breed. Within the human family, brothers and sisters will differ in height and in weight, as well as other physical attributes. They are described as humans, male or female, and there is seldom if ever a need to break the description down further. The same holds true in regard to the Chihuahua; they are Chihuahuas-Long Coat/Smooth Coat, Male/Female.



Unfortunately, the additional adjectives used to describe the size difference and physical appearances are many; and have been misused for so long they now seem legitimate. Teacup, Pocket Size, Tiny Toy, Miniature or Standard - are just a few of the many tags and labels that have been attached to this breed over the years. The Chihuahua Club of America is concerned that these terms may be used to entice perspective buyers into thinking that puppies described in this way are of greater monetary value. They are not; and the use of these terms is incorrect and misleading. Occasionally, within a litter, there may be a puppy that is unusually small. That puppy is a small Chihuahua and any other breakdown in description is not correct. To attach any of these additional labels to a particular pup is to misrepresent that animal as something that is rare or exceptional and causes a great deal of confusion among those fanciers who are looking for a Chihuahua.



The Chihuahua Club of America does not endorse or condone the use of any of these terms and would caution the perspective puppy buyer not to be misled by them. We recognize that many Chihuahua fanciers do want the very small puppy. While they are adorable and can be perfectly healthy, the buyer should be cautioned as to the extra care that may be required with regard to their general health and well-being.

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Dog Question of the Week

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What is the strangest animal friend your dog has?
This Week's Question:
What is the strangest animal friend your dog has?
My MIni Schnauzer Coco Chanel has always loved my husbands hankerchiefs. She will dig at his pockets until she can retreive it. She usually drags one around the house all day long.
Donn from Taylor, Tx, USA
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