The loyal and beautiful Doberman Pinchers for the longest time have had a most undeserved reputation as killers and rabid guard dogs. This however, couldn't be any farther from the truth.
The Doberman Pincher contains within its heart the purest forms of loyalty, affection, and companionship. The Pincher is always found either by your side, or placed squarely in front of you in the case of a stranger approaching your door, in-fact as I write this very article my closest friend and Doberman Spooky, sits panting at my side. Tongue resting on my wrist, eyes staring intelligently at my keyboard and monitor.
Illustration by Angie Vugrincic / JFK
The Breed known as the Doberman pincher was originally developed by a German tax collector named Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann. Dobermann needed a strong, courageous, loyal dog to protect him while he made his rounds collecting taxes. The resulting breed was created from a mish mash of several other popular breeds including the German Pinscher, the Beauceron, the Rottweiler, the Greyhound, the Great Dane, the Manchester terrier and the German Shepherd Dog.
The Doberman had mostly been unheard of In the United States until shortly after the First World War when American G.I.'s began bringing back Doberman puppies from Germany and stories of their heroic exploits. The breed quickly gained popularity and in 1921 the Doberman Pinchers Club of America was founded.
Since then the breed has evolved even further, being as theyre no longer used as dogs of war, modern day Dobermans are even more temperamental then when they were first conceived by Karl Dobermann. They love attention and haven't lost they're overwhelming will to protect their family, especially small children. When it comes down to it, the Doberman is a loving, loyal, and protective dog that is nothing like the killers Hollywood and pop culture have made them out to be. In fact in most cases the most dangerous part of the Doberman I've found is their slobbery tongue.
-- Joe Chamberlain
Whether good or bad, black cats certainly have a reputation in the animal world. The cat has been a prominent pet in the world since the Egyptians started worshipping them. In fact, when an Egyptian family's cat died it was mummified. The cat was also considered sacred in Roman society. But in many parts of the world there are superstitions that revolve around black cats.
In the USA and several European countries, a black cat crossing your path is considered bad luck while in Japan and Britain, it is considered good luck. Also, owning a black cat is good luck whereas scaring one off of your property is bad luck.
During the 10th century, black cats began to be associated with witchcraft. Pope Gregory IX suggested that cats were the associates of the devil. Religious followers then began to kill cats, especially black ones. For a time, it even became popular to burn cats before the start of Lent to protect homes from various calamities.
In the 17th century, Charles I owned a black cat and loved it so much that he had his guards protect it. He believed his cat gave him good luck. In fact, the day after his cat died he was arrested for treason and eventually executed. During a baseball game between the Cubs and the New York Mets in 1969 a black cat ran onto the field. The cat reportedly stared down all of the Cubs players in the dugout. The Cubs went on to lose that game and many attributed the loss to bad luck brought by the cat. Whether black cats are good or bad luck, they have certainly left their mark on history.
-- Angie Pfeifer
Bulldog? No a pug!
"Is it a bulldog? Is it a pig?"
"Nope, that's my pug."
Pugs are known for their short stocky build, squished faces curly tails and big brown eyes. Though their facial features imply they've ran into one too many walls, they are actually very intelligent. They're quite inactive and will overeat if given the opportunity. At one point the breed was considered royalty in Japan and Europe. Prince William III owned pugs, one of which is believed to have saved his life. If you want a family dog sure to bring lots of smiles and laughter into your life-get a pug.
This is my dog Pugz
-- Taylor Ainsley
Daisy the Cat
My family met our first cat Daisy on May 19, 2009. We got her from my brother's baseball coach. They fell in love with her the first moment they saw her. She was so furry and tiny. I saw her later that night after I got home from my school dance.
Daisy's front paws are declawed. She has very sharp teeth. She is gray with dark orange patches. Under her stomach is white with gray patches. She has yellow eyes and she may look fat but its all fur!
She has a few habits that really crack me up! When she goes to eat her food she paws it out of her food dish and starts playing soccer with it and then eats it. She sometimes eats the food right out of her paw! She loves to chase her tail and do somersaults. She also loves running around at 5 in the morning.
Daisy has a TON of likes. She loves sleeping in boxes and loves biting our feet because we left her alone for a weekend. She likes her Purina Cat Chow Indoor Formula and loves laying on her back. Likes when we brush her fur, and going outside. She likes jumping and running around back and forth behind the curtains. Daisy likes laying in front of the AC in the summer and the heater in the winter. She likes hiding under my bed and trying to jump out and scare me. When I clean out her litter box she LOVES rolling around in the clean litter. She likes scratching her whiskers against the corners of walls. She loves our computer printer and laying in our sinks and tubs. She sits on the toilet and waits for us to get out of the shower. She used to lay on my posters I'd make for school.
Daisy doesn't really have any dislikes besides when dogs, birds, and bugs are around. Bothering her when she doesn't want to be bothered. She hates when we pet her by her tail. Doesn't like when we give her different cat food and food/water dishes. HATES to get wet and being left outside when no one's home.
-- Lauren Gump