Monday, July 18, 2016

Dog Breeds - The Coton de Tulear

Dave Chupp breeds Cotons de Tulear as well as a variety of other popular dog breeds through his business in Nappanee, Indiana. Many of Dave Chupp’s puppies are registered through the American Kennel Club (AKC).

A breed recently recognized by the AKC, the Coton de Tulear is characterized best by its luxurious, soft, hypoallergenic white coat. A small and stout breed, the dogs stand up to 11 inches tall and weigh up to 13 pounds. Though no one is sure where exactly the breed originated, evidence suggests that it comes from the Madagascar coast, where the breed’s ancestors were shipwrecked.

In terms of personality, many consider the dogs to be intelligent and charming, making excellent companion animals similar to popular breeds like the Maltese and bichon frise. The dogs are quite playful and are likely to benefit from regular walks. However, due to their small dimensions, owners can easily exercise them inside the home.

A healthy breed, the Coton de Tulear is nevertheless susceptible to many of the same conditions that impact dogs of its size. For instance, luxating patella, a problem of the knees, can develop as a result of dogs overstressing their knees while leaping onto and off of furniture.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Feeding Newborn Puppies

Friday, July 1, 2016

The Formation of the Grand Canyon

Dave Chupp, a dog breeder by trade, has traveled throughout the American West to appreciate that region’s natural beauty. In the course of his travels, Dave Chupp has visited the Grand Canyon in addition to Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Glacier National Parks.

The Grand Canyon has fascinated geologists since the mid-19th century, and thanks to decades of scientific work, the geology community has a solid idea of what led to the creation of this natural wonder. First, it is important to understand the geography of the Grand Canyon, which rises around the Colorado River as it flows through Arizona.

Though the canyon appears to dominate the river, the truth is the opposite; it is the river that dominated the rock. Ancient antecedents to the Colorado River began slicing the canyon out of the rock about 70 million years ago, according to one theory, or about 6 million years ago, according to others.

In essence, understanding the Grand Canyon is a matter of understanding the powerful erosive force present in the rivers of the world, which literally shape the earth’s landscapes.