Breed of the Week
Dating back to the 1800’s, the Lakeland Terrier is one of the oldest terrier breeds still with us today. This breed was developed by crossing the Bedlington with the Old English Wirehaired Terrier in the Lake District of England. The Lakie (as it is affectionately referred) was used to prevent fox and other vermin from destroying crops and herds. The dog hunted badger, fox and otter and is capable of tracking on uneven terrain, woods, fields and water.
The Lakeland Terrier is small and sturdy with heights normally not reaching above 14-15 inches. Males can weigh in at 17 lbs., while females weigh around 15 lbs. This dog has a double coat with the outer being hard and wiry in texture and the undercoat being close to the skin and soft. Coat colors come in solid blue, black, liver, red and wheaten.
The Lakeland Terrier enjoys daily, brisk walks and playing off leash. This breed is suitable for sports activities and excels in agility skills.
This is a dog who enjoys being part of the family and does well with children. Due to its innate hunting skills, caution should be taken when introducing this terrier to cats and other small pets. The Lakeland Terrier is alert, cheerful, loving and affectionate. While they may like to dig and can sometimes be a barker, a confident, patient guardian will have no issues in training the quick learner in the Lakeland Terrier.
Herb of the Month
Turmeric is a spice coming from the root of the Curcuma (Indian Saffron) a plant related to the ginger family. This spice has been used as a dye, flavoring and as a medicine since 600 BC. Turmeric was used as an ancient medication in the treatment of liver ailments, stomach disorders, and applied topically to the skin for the healing of sores and wounds.
Turmeric has been found to be rich in fiber and vitamins B6 and potassium as well as iron and manganese. As an anti-inflammatory, this spice has been effective in the treatment of arthritis with its ability to cleanse and detoxify the body. The most common form available is the powered although it can be bought organically as crushed or fresh root. As Turmeric is a natural dye, be careful where you mix it as it can stain most surfaces. Pregnant dogs or dogs that will be having surgery should not be given Turmeric as the spice may stimulate the uterus or slow blood clotting. If your dog is on any prescription medications, do not provide any herbs as there could be an interaction if not recommended by a holistic veterinarian. Turmeric is gaining in popularity as one of the most researched herbs available and the findings have been most favorable in promoting the health and well-being of not only yourself, but your dog as well.