Jiff is a Pomeranian, cute as can be. He is also fast enough to be featured in the new edition of Guinness World Records book. He ran 10 meters on his hind legs in 6.56 seconds, and 5 meters on his front legs in 7.76 seconds.
Many dogs can balance on two feet, but few can walk or run on just the front paws.
Besides two-legged running, Jiff can also ride a skateboard, bow, stamp his pawtograph, and shake hands.
Naturally, this cute pup is already becoming a celebrity. He has appeared in TV ads, and in a video by Katy Perry.
Gardening time is here, and there are some things to watch out for when planning the summer’s work. It is widely known that some plants are poisonous, but more innocent looking gardening items can also pose a danger to dogs.
Cocoa mulch is popular in the USA. It smells good, repels garden pests, retains moisture, and darkens over time instead of fading. Unfortunately, it can also be dangerous to pets.
Many types of mulch are made from wood, but cocoa mulch is made from cacao shells left over from the cocoa bean roasting process. It is environmentally friendly, and contains theobromine – the same substance that makes dogs sick from eating chocolate. Snopes.com reports that depending on the kind of mulch, it contains 300-1200 mg of theobromine per ounce.
Whether this is dangerous or not depends on the dog’s propensity to eat unusual things. While theobromine is toxic to cats, they are very unlikely to munch down on mulch. Dogs might.
Some manufacturers of cocoa mulch claim their mulch goes through extensive cleaning processes to strip the cocoa fat from the shells, thus making them harmless. If you have a dog that likes to eat strange things from the ground and you want to use cocoa mulch, do some research and make sure you get a kind that’s free from theobromine.