17 Reason The Bichon Frise Is The Best Dog Breed

17 Reason The Bichon Frise Is The Best Dog Breed

These fluff balls sure know how to work their way into our hearts!

1. Hypo-allergenic

One of the most common problems for dog lovers is that they are allergic or sensitive to many breeds. Luckily, the Bichon has hair, not fur which makes them hypoallergenic.



2. Kid/Family friendly dogs

The Bichon Frise is a playful yet gentle sweetheart, making them the perfect family pet for any age. Kids will pair perfectly with the Bichon Frise no matter how old they grow.




3. Perfect size

These pups are the quintessential lap dogs, and enjoy cuddling and sleeping close by. They are big enough to withstand more aggressive cuddling and kisses, but small enough to pick them up when needed. Furthermore, if you are an avid traveler you will be able to make them a carry on item on the plane!




4. Great dogs for competition

Many Bichon dogs perform well in dog shows. Their posture and fancy fur cut put them a step above the rest. They are confident and attention-loving show dogs that oftentimes take home the first place ribbon!




5. Very people-oriented/ Social

These dogs are especially social creatures. The Bichon Frise gets along with nearly all people and dogs. New guests are welcomed with open paws with a friendly gallop to the door. They will get to know all of your friends and family members personally. As long as you like the person, so will your pooch.




6. Big personalities

Most owners would say that their Bichon pups are extremely human-like. The Bichon Frise loves expressing its emotions and has a certain way about showcasing a sense of individualism! Each pup has a different personality, just like people, and they enjoy sharing that with others.





7. Doesn’t shed

Do you love dogs but dislike the trail of fur many of them leave behind? If so, you’re in luck because the Bichon does not shed due to its short hair. This will make cleanliness fairly simple for your home and guests!




8. Therapy

Bichon Frise’s will sense when you’re sad and cuddle with you, and when you are hurt they will take care of you with kisses. They will relieve stress through soft touch. In addition, Bichon dogs are used in more serious situations as well, providing comfort and healing appropriate for a wide array of medical situations.




9. Protection

These feisty pups will alert you of any outside person or noise. Plus each Bichon comes fully equipped with an automatic mailman detector, so you will always know when your bills have arrived!





10. Loves food

The only thing that Bichon Frise’s love more than people, is food! Begging is an acquired art form. They will do anything for a treat and they know you are a softie for that sweet puppy-dog face!




11. Circus dogs

Bichon dogs are natural born performers. Bichon Frise’s are just as talented in the circus as they are at home. They are often used as circus dogs because they have a deep rooted love of entertainment. Some Bichon dogs live to pull off tricks, jump through hoops, and entertain!





12. Strong-willed

Some may call these fluff balls stubborn. They are independent in their desires. On the plus side, you will explore places you typically would have never walked before.




13. Patient

These dogs know that their humans are worth being patient for. Bichon’s will sit still and willingly allow you to dress them up for fun, or Halloween. They know that you are amused and are willing to put up with the slight inconvenience for your enjoyment. Plus, friends and kids alike will have unforgettable laughs playing dress up with your pup!





14. Expressive

The faces of these dogs tell it all. They are not afraid to show how they are truly feeling at any time. Whether they show a full toothed-smile, or a loud sigh of exhaustion, you can be sure you’ll always know how your pup is feeling.



15. Smart

Who says that an old dog can’t learn new tricks? Bichon dogs of any age can pick up tricks and remember them. They also will master the art of tugging at your heartstrings. (Mostly in order to get food!)


16. Athletic

These dogs love to explore! They will jog, walk, and sniff many new things! Although they appreciate a good nap and are considered non-sporting, Bichon dogs love to frolic and play! The “Bichon Blitz” is a burst of energy that happens when these dogs feel especially excited and ready to play. During this “blitz” you can find them darting across the rooms at high speeds, and hurdling over household items, such as laundry baskets.



17. Best friend

Human relationships are not always meant to be. People will come and go as they please. When you need a forever friend you can always depend on the loyal Bichon Frise. Your furry friend for life.

Cover Image Credit: @bellathebichonfrise

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Help! I Think There's an Old Man Trapped in my Dog's Body!

Please Help me in Whatever Way You Can

So, you probably clicked this article because it has the words "dog" and "old man" in the title. You thought two things, either this is going to make you laugh or sob uncontrollably. I'm here to warn you that you will feel neither feeling. If I've done this article correctly by the end of this you'll want to help the poor old man that is trapped in my dog's body.

I think his name is Melvin.

Here's how I've come up with his name: He looks at me when I call him Melvin.

See, his "dog persona" name that was given to him was "Chip." He responds to Chip only sometimes, but no matter what, Melvin seems to work. He also really looks like a Melvin.

He likes to go out for walks, but not for too long. If he wants to stop, he'll stop. He'll sit down and he won't get up. If I give the leash a little tug, he'll lay down. He's an old man, he deserves to take mandatory breaks.

He has back problems, too.

Stairs are a climb, and not a regular one. It's a struggle. Sometimes, if it's raining out, his back hurts him more. He'll wait for us to pick him up and carry him up the stairs. Most of the time, however, he hates being picked up because even though he is an old man, he still wants to do everything himself and to not have help.

He's getting grumpy. If anything happens he'll bark. If something is out of place, he'll bark. It's a little bark. More like a grunt, actually. He'll do that or he'll sneeze, but it's a fake sneeze. And he knows it's fake. It's like our secret.

When the weather is bad he likes everyone together. Just as a grandparent would want their family safe from the weather, Melvin wants that for us.

He likes the warmth. In our house, our insolation is old and sometimes it doesn't work all that well. In these instances you'll find Melvin sleeping right by the heating vent. When it gets really cold, we put up heating fans that oscillate. He also likes to walk with the oscillation of the fan so that he's always warm. In my mind it's Melvin dancing.

He also has no control of his bladder. He'll go while he's eating, running, climbing stairs. You can tell he gets embarrassed when it happens. He'll go to the corner of the room and start chewing on a bone and looking around.

But here's where it get's interesting...

We live across the street from an old lady. Every time I walk little Melvin she comes out and watches. And every time Melvin sees her he stops and looks.

I think they're husband and wife. Or at least were.

This old lady doesn't speak to anyone. Nor does she seem to have family or friends. She definitely lives alone. She also has her property covered in cameras.

So, call me crazy, but I have a feeling this old lady is on guard of the witch that turned her husband, poor Melvin, into my dog Chip. I think the witch is coming for her next.

So, please, if you see anything out of the ordinary please comment on this article (only serious inquires please). Let's save Melvin and the old lady that lives across the street from me!

#saveMelvin

Cover Image Credit: Benjamin Mikelberg

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Bitcoin Faces a Huge Tumble, Attests Reluctance of Institutional Investors Gennady Barsky, Jack Ma and Jamie Dimon

The buzzword of 2017 and possibly 2018 is ‘Bitcoin’.

While institutional investors like Gennady Barsky remain neutral to the idea of Bitcoin, some are reluctant to invest in this digital currency that has taken the world by storm. Jack Ma, the founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group, clearly conveyed his disinterest in Bitcoin, albeit he showed keenness in the technology behind it. 

Jamie Dimon, on the other hand, is a fierce opponent of Bitcoin trading. He went as far as dishonorably relieving his employees who were investing in Bitcoin, citing ‘stupidity’ as the grounds of firing.   

Gennady Barsky, who’s willing to fund fresh ideas, suggests waiting for Bitcoin to develop in terms of technology, so it’s safer for investors. The world’s most famous cryptocurrency had been dwelling the shady alleys of the Dark Web. Earlier, it was known to be used for human trafficking, illegal organ trade, illegal arms deals, and hitman contracts. “It needs a lot of catching up to do with the contemporary economy”, says Gennady Barsky. Despite its dark past, the concept supporting Bitcoin has many takers, including Jack Ma. 

Blockchain made Bitcoin possible, and Jack Ma is using it to advance China’s healthcare and fight the resurgence of spurious food imitations. As for the trading part, the Alibaba boss cites Bitcoin’s incompatibility with the current economic order, as it will be easily toppled by the former’s volatility. 

Another reason Jack Ma doesn’t want to jump onto the bandwagon is because he knows very little about Bitcoin trading. Concurrently, according to most of the traders, there are a lot of ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ in Bitcoin. 

The Bitcoin value has crashed hard in a span of six days by more than $3,000. Trends suggest it will continue downhill. Those wary of Bitcoin explained thus sudden descent as the bursting of the Bitcoin bubble. There are a number of factors dictating the price of Bitcoins, all of which can be considered fickle. 

The biggest factor is the cryptocurrency fan base. As mentioned before, cryptocurrency is a trend espoused by investors. Speculation and demand have encouraged people to ask for more Bitcoins, driving up the demand. When the supply is short, the value rises. 

Instead of a central regulatory body, Bitcoin miners enjoy a monopoly in the market, and are free to dictate the Bitcoin value as they see fit. If a buyer is willing to pay 10 times the cost price (the expenditure of resources to mine a Bitcoin), it automatically inflates the price in the market by a few points. 

“An immediate factor of the Bitcoin price rise is its hype. Buyers are finding it difficult to trade in Bitcoins, since most of the vendors won’t accept the cryptocurrency. The death of the hype will surely influence miners to stop, given that there will be lack of investors in the fold,” explains Institutional Investor Barsky. Right now, it’s better to speculate till there’s a better and safer mechanism in place to invest in Bitcoin.  

Bitcoin isn’t a currency as a lot of people believe it to be. It’s an asset, whose price depends on a number of aspects that cannot be controlled outright. For example, real estate can be revamped with the latest technology and fittings, which increases its value. Bitcoin can only be sold at a higher price at the buyer’s discretion, with nothing substantial to back up the increased price. Undoubtedly, it’s a precarious business.     
A gambling of sorts, if the deal goes south, you can suffer a lot of damages. “Invest in Bitcoin only if you can afford to lose money,” advise most of the investment experts. It’s a highly speculative business with which you can make a lot of profit, or as Gennady Barsky suggests, play it safe and let time unveil Bitcoin’s reliability.  

 The buzzword of 2017 and possibly 2018 is ‘Bitcoin’

While institutional investors like Gennady Barsky remain neutral to the idea of Bitcoin, some are reluctant to invest in this digital currency that has taken the world by storm. Jack Ma, the founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group, clearly conveyed his disinterest in Bitcoin, albeit he showed keenness in the technology behind it. 

Jamie Dimon, on the other hand, is a fierce opponent of Bitcoin trading. He went as far as dishonorably relieving his employees who were investing in Bitcoin, citing ‘stupidity’ as the grounds of firing.   

Gennady Barsky, who’s willing to fund fresh ideas, suggests waiting for Bitcoin to develop in terms of technology, so it’s safer for investors. The world’s most famous cryptocurrency had been dwelling the shady alleys of the Dark Web. Earlier, it was known to be used for human trafficking, illegal organ trade, illegal arms deals, and hitman contracts. “It needs a lot of catching up to do with the contemporary economy”, says Gennady Barsky. Despite its dark past, the concept supporting Bitcoin has many takers, including Jack Ma. 

Blockchain made Bitcoin possible, and Jack Ma is using it to advance China’s healthcare and fight the resurgence of spurious food imitations. As for the trading part, the Alibaba boss cites Bitcoin’s incompatibility with the current economic order, as it will be easily toppled by the former’s volatility. 

Another reason Jack Ma doesn’t want to jump onto the bandwagon is because he knows very little about Bitcoin trading. Concurrently, according to most of the traders, there are a lot of ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ in Bitcoin. 

The Bitcoin value has crashed hard in a span of six days by more than $3,000. Trends suggest it will continue downhill. Those wary of Bitcoin explained thus sudden descent as the bursting of the Bitcoin bubble. There are a number of factors dictating the price of Bitcoins, all of which can be considered fickle. 

The biggest factor is the cryptocurrency fan base. As mentioned before, cryptocurrency is a trend espoused by investors. Speculation and demand have encouraged people to ask for more Bitcoins, driving up the demand. When the supply is short, the value rises. 

Instead of a central regulatory body, Bitcoin miners enjoy a monopoly in the market, and are free to dictate the Bitcoin value as they see fit. If a buyer is willing to pay 10 times the cost price (the expenditure of resources to mine a Bitcoin), it automatically inflates the price in the market by a few points. 

“An immediate factor of the Bitcoin price rise is its hype. Buyers are finding it difficult to trade in Bitcoins, since most of the vendors won’t accept the cryptocurrency. The death of the hype will surely influence miners to stop, given that there will be lack of investors in the fold,” explains Institutional Investor Barsky. Right now, it’s better to speculate till there’s a better and safer mechanism in place to invest in Bitcoin.  

Bitcoin isn’t a currency as a lot of people believe it to be. It’s an asset, whose price depends on a number of aspects that cannot be controlled outright. For example, real estate can be revamped with the latest technology and fittings, which increases its value. Bitcoin can only be sold at a higher price at the buyer’s discretion, with nothing substantial to back up the increased price. Undoubtedly, it’s a precarious business.     
A gambling of sorts, if the deal goes south, you can suffer a lot of damages. “Invest in Bitcoin only if you can afford to lose money,” advise most of the investment experts. It’s a highly speculative business with which you can make a lot of profit, or as Gennady Barsky suggests, play it safe and let time unveil Bitcoin’s reliability.  

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