mastiffs

you know what i want to see, when people draw art of cerberus guarding the underworld? or just doing anything in general?

  • rottweiler cerberus
  • yorkie cerberus
  • tibetan mastiff cerberus
  • bullmastiff cerberus
  • pomeranian cerberus
  • flat coated retriever cerberus
  • schipperke cerberus
  • NORWICH TERRIER CERBERUS
  • FRENCH BULLDOG CERBERUS
  • chihuahua cerberus
  • ALL DIFFERENT TYPES OF BREEDS CERBERUS
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These clay dogs (~645 BC) were substitutes for real dogs in a ritual from ancient Nineveh, located along the Tigris River in what is now northern Iraq. Well-trained, effective guard dogs were probably too highly valued to kill, hence the substitution of clay figurines. Each figurine may have represented an actual, living dog who bore that name. The ritual required that the clay dogs be painted two each of five colors, with their names written on them, and buried in groups of ten on either side of a gateway’s foundation. The ritual was thought to magically transfer the dogs’ protection to the gates. The dogs have fierce names, like, “Expeller of evil”, “Don’t think, bite!”, “Biter of his foe”, and “Catcher of the enemy”. The dogs are a breed of large, muscular mastiff-type dogs with prick or half-prick ears, a round head with a pronounced stop and heavy muzzle, large paws, and a tightly curled, chow-like tail. They are in the British Museum.

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“what is”

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My dog, Zither, is potentially fighting for his life.

Three days ago, he swallowed a piece of a bone he had been chewing, which caused a blockage in his upper small intestine. Because the bone piece was blocking his digestive tract, he has been unable to hold down water or food for about three days, causing him to lose ten pounds. Additionally, gas and fluid have built up in Zither’s intestines for about two and a half feet, distending his intestinal walls and his abdomen in general. He is for the most part unable to walk or stand, and has been receiving fluids through an IV since he throws up anything in his stomach.

He went in for surgery this morning at about 11 am and came out fine. However, since he is a large dog (usually weighing about 115 pounds), surgery is significantly more expensive than that of a terrier or retriever, since anesthesia and pain medication are delivered on a fluid ounce/pound ratio.

In total, his treatment plan will cost about $2000. This is more than we expected and more than we are able to pay for. The vet has offered my mom and me an extended timeframe to pay off this massive bill, totaling approximately three months. At this rate, we will be shelling out about $280 every two weeks to pay for Zither’s medical bills. My mom will have to get overtime at both her normal job and her other, part-time job in order to cover these expenses.

I know I already posted about this, but my (and Zither’s) situation has become extremely serious. I have no way to pay for this besides finding a second job, and I am growing desperate. 

Even if you can’t donate, please reblog and get the word out.

Help me save my puppy’s life.

Submitted by findaremedy:

These are my two English Mastiffs, Willy (left) and Mister (right) around the time of 2007. Willy had been in our family for four years at the time, and sadly, had to be put down on a cold February day two years later. We’d had him since I was in first grade, and he’d lived with us throughout three cross-Canada trips. He was my best friend, and he always had a look about him that said, “Hey, I know something’s wrong, and I’m gonna keep my head in your lap until you tell me.” Whenever he’d come up on the bed he’d always weasel his way between you and the wall, and slowly push you off until you were on the floor going, “What the heck just happened?” I miss him every day, he was my family and my friend. ♥

Mister is one of the dumbest dogs I’ve ever met, but also the sweetest. Even though he’s five years old (which is rather old for Mastiffs) he plays with the football he put puncture holes in, snores like a tractor and never ever turns down a belly rub. Over the course of his life he’s brought me to hysterical giggles with the funny faces he makes.

Every time I hear a person argue against Rottweilers, Mastiffs, or other large dogs, I always have to laugh at them. As a Mastiff owner, I know for a fact that a big dog will only become violent if it is raised to be, but if you raise it right (which isn’t hard, really) then it’s got an extra big heart to share.

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