Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Two More Puppy Mills Close Down & Where Did The Dogs Money Go

Nebraska NDA shuts down a puppy mill breeder called Green Meadows Kennel in North Platte that is owned by Louis & Lyle Stutterhiem that was raided back in December. There were about eighty dogs taken from the breeder on which most were in good health but the conditions that they were living in were unacceptable due to the breeder being too old to take proper care of the dogs.

Read the article by Mark Young here.


Another want to be puppy mill breeder decides that it not for her when Eugenia Dishmon from North Port, Fl turned in twenty six little dogs that she raised in her garage.

This is upsetting when over the years we keep reading about these want a be puppy mills and to top it off Eugenia was doing this out of a garage, what kind of life is that for these poor dogs. People Please stop buying a dog from these want a be breeders that just do more harm to the puppies when they are thinking that it’s OK to do so.

Read the article by John Davis here.


So is the Connecticut Humane Society in trouble for the way they spend their funds for not treating the animals in their shelters with love. The article is based on the animals in shelters of being deprived of life when they have a treatable problem and are instead being killed when the funds are suppose to be used for providing treatment. The Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has been looking into the misuse of the funds that are being provided.

Read the article here.


A little trivia for the day:
How many gallons of water does it take to produce $1 worth of dog food?
200 gallons of water

Read more about how much water is used in other products here.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Dogs Were Supposed To Be Saved, Not Killed

The Mohave County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a man named Vernon Victor Williams from Golden Valley, AZ and charged him with four counts of animal cruelty. Just looking at the photo tells the story on why this guy was arrested.

Photo by Mohave County Sheriff’s Office


The sad part is that the Western Arizona Humane Society decided that they were unable to save the dogs. I’ll bet if they only asked for help there would have been a lot of people offering the help that was needed to take care of these dogs. It’s so heartbreaking knowing that these poor dogs were supposed to be saved, not killed.

Read the article here.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Animal Control Remove Dogs From Disgusting Home



After watching the video it makes me sick that this person named Joyce Nixon had the gall to say if she had a five two one three she could have done better and even helped other dogs. How could this person help any other dog out there after the authorities found at least eight dead dogs in her houses?




You would have thought that she would have given the dogs away when she was being treated for cancer and not let the dogs live in these kind of conditions. I have no sympathy for this person, she should be charged to the max for how she treated these dogs.

Read the article & see the video here.



OK now that you have seen the video, would you let this person near your dog?

So Who Won The Petrodex® Superstar Smiles Photo Contest

Sergeant's® Pet Care Products and Pet Specialist Steve Dale Announce Winner of the Petrodex® Superstar Smiles Photo Contest



Comet, a Florida Greyhound, claims the fame. Comet, a seven-year-old Greyhound with a dramatic life story and a dazzling, healthy smile, took the top spot in the Superstar Smiles Photo Contest sponsored by Petrodex®, a dental brand from Sergeant’s Pet Care Products, Inc. Radio personality and pet enthusiast Steve Dale served as the celebrity judge of the nationwide contest, which received nearly 2,000 photo entries in just four weeks.

Comet, a seven-year-old Greyhound with a dramatic life story and a dazzling, healthy smile, took the top spot in the Superstar Smiles Photo Contest sponsored by Petrodex®, a dental brand from Sergeant's Pet Care Products, Inc. Radio personality and pet enthusiast Steve Dale served as the celebrity judge of the nationwide contest, which received nearly 2,000 photo entries in just four weeks.

“The competition was fierce, and choosing the five finalists from the huge number of entries was not easy,” Dale stated. “In the end, Comet’s personality showed so clearly though his photo that I knew he was the winner. That dog truly has star quality!”

As the Grand Prize winner, Comet will be featured in a full-page advertisement for Petrodex pet dental products in a national magazine. He will also receive a professional photo shoot and his owner, Barbara Masi of Boynton Beach, Florida, will receive a framed print from the shoot as well as a variety of Petrodex pet dental products.

The aim of the contest was to help raise awareness among pet owners about the importance of keeping their dogs’ teeth clean and healthy. Only after Comet was chosen based on his photo appearance and healthy smile was his dramatic life story known to the judges.

Comet started life as a racing dog, and his early success in that field would likely have prevented him from retiring early except for a twist of fate. After placing well in a high stakes race, Comet broke his leg. Despite numerous surgeries and therapies, the break did not mend well enough for him to return to the track, ending his racing career when he was just over three years old. Barbara Masi adopted Comet at that time, bringing him home to join her family of seven assorted rescue dogs at that time. Many were older and have since passed – and Comet now has two greyhound and one Irish wolfhound brothers.

Comet’s unique personality and friendliness inspired Masi, president of the Greyhound Pets of America - Southeast Coast of Florida Chapter, to create a program that teaches school-age children about kindness to animals. The program was soon brought into the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Department and Comet’s second career was born.

“We visit preschool, elementary and middle schools to teach students about kindness. Both of us wear Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Department uniforms for our public appearances. Comet is such a good sport, everyone just loves him. I am thrilled he won! It couldn’t have happened to a more deserving dog,” Masi shared.

“Thank you to everyone who participated in the contest,” said Caryn Stichler, vice president of marketing at Sergeant’s. “We received so many photos of so many beautiful, loved dogs. It was an inspiration for those of us who work in the pet products industry. Comet’s happy, healthy smile and his great life story make him a wonderful choice to represent Petrodex in an advertisement!”
Find more information about the entire line of Petrodex, pet dental products at www.sentrypetcare.com.

About Sergeant's Pet Care Products
Sergeant's Pet Care Products, Inc., is based in Omaha, Neb. USA, and is a leading supplier of pet supplies including flea and tick remedies, health and well-being products, natural and formulated treats, rawhide chews, toys and accessories. Sergeant’s has been caring for pets since 1868, is America’s oldest full-line pet supplies company and has one of the most trusted names in pet care. For more information, visit the Sergeant’s web site at www.sergeants.com.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Rachael Ray Got A New Dog Treat

Rachael Ray Announces Launch of Rachael Ray(TM) Nutrish Just 6 Crunchy Dog Treats

Just 6 Treats will Ship June 1st; With Only Six, Simple, Recognizable and Tasty Ingredients

Daytime host, best selling author and pet lover Rachael Ray announced today the launch of a new line of super-premium crunchy dog treats called Rachael Ray™ Nutrish Just 6. Rachael Ray™ Nutrish Just 6 was unveiled at the Global Pet Expo where Ray will be honored on Friday, March 26 by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) as this year's recipient of the annual "Excellence in Journalism and Outstanding Contributions to the Pet Industry Award."

Rachael Ray™ Nutrish Just 6 crunchy dog treats will be available in beef, chicken and lamb varieties and are made with only six natural, simple ingredients.

"Everyone knows that I love my dog Isaboo like a member of the family," said Ray. "So I stopped feeding her anything that included ingredients I couldn't pronounce and made simplicity king. There's nothing in Just 6 that you wouldn't eat yourself."

In 2008, Ray partnered with Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, a company formed by Dad's Pet Care and Hampshire Pet Products, to develop a line of super premium dog food called Rachael Ray™ Nutrish. Rachael Ray™ Nutrish natural dog food includes two varieties featuring real meat as the first ingredient – Real Chicken and Veggies and Real Beef and Brown Rice. There are no by-products, fillers, artificial flavors or preservatives.

"We always strive to ensure the utmost quality in our products," said Sean Lang, CEO of Dad's Pet Care. "And with only six simple ingredients going into the making of Just 6, pet owners can be absolutely sure they're feeding their furry friends a healthy and tasty treat."

As is the case with Rachael Ray™ Nutrish dog food, Ray's proceeds from each sale of Rachael Ray™ Nutrish Just 6 crunchy dog treats will be donated to Rachael's Rescue (www.rachaelsrescue.org), dedicated to helping animals in need. So, not only are Nutrish products great for your dog, they're great for countless other dogs as well.

Rachael Ray™ Nutrish products are available almost everywhere you shop for pet food. Rachael Ray™ Nutrish retails from $7.99 - $15.99, depending on the package size, while Rachael Ray™ Nutrish Just Six will retail for $3.49 for a 10 oz. package.

For more information, visit www.nutrishforpets.com.

About Rachael Ray

Rachael Ray is best known as the host of the hit syndicated Emmy Award winning daytime television show "Rachael Ray" produced by CBS Television Distribution in association with Harpo Productions, Scripps Networks and Watch Entertainment. Rachael's warmth, energy, and boundless curiosity also reaches scores of fans through her popular Food Network shows, bestselling cookbooks published by Clarkson Potter, her own line of Rachael Ray cookware created by Meyer, knives by Furitechnics, signature food ingredients by Colavita and a lifestyle magazine called Every Day with Rachael Ray. In 2009, Rachael started Rachael Ray Accessories, which produces a successful line of food transport products.

Rachael also founded the Yum-o! organization, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering kids and their families to develop healthy relationships with food and cooking. For more information, visit www.rachaelray.com

About Ainsworth Pet Nutrition

At Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, we love our furry family members as much as you do. That's why we're committed to making great-tasting nutritious pet foods and treats. We demand high-quality ingredients from our suppliers and require thorough resting to ensure product safety. We are committed to producing outstanding products every day and take great pride in ensuring our foods are wholesome, and most importantly, safe. Ainsworth Pet Nutrition's purpose is to focus strictly on developing high-end super premium pet food products that deliver superior nutrition and taste. It is a partnership with Dad's Pet Care, owned by the Lang family and Hampshire Pet Products who have been making pet food for over 75 years.

Contact: Charlie Dougiello, 646-861-3030, charlie@thedooronline.com

Thursday, March 25, 2010

There’s Free Dogs, Hungry Dogs, Safe Dogs, Over Charged Dogs And Sadly Dead Dogs

Free dogs are being offered at the East Ridge Animal Shelter that is being funded by The Pedigree Foundation on April first, for the first ten dogs. So if you want to help save a dog’s life be there @ 1015 Yale St. in East Ridge, Tenn.


The dog named Winston who likes to eat police car bumpers has been given a pardon by a Chattanooga Judge to his owners Karen & Michael Emerling. I guess the dog didn’t want the officer taking radar is seeing how fast he was going…. LOL…

Read the article by Sarah Jennings here.



A Big Thanks goes out to the kids that found the poor dog and the Phoenix Fire Department for recuing a dog that fell down in a sink hole that was about fifteen to twenty feet deep. Photo by kpho

Read the article by Katie Fisher here.


Well now that the St. Mary Parish Council in Louisiana has gone overboard for adopting an ordinance that requires you to post a sign saying beware of dog and pay an extra fifty dollars along with micro chipping you dog because you own a pit bull.

Do you think they went a little overboard with these new laws, I do. What makes a pit bull different from any other dog, I wonder?

Read the article here.


The Stone County Sheriff's Office has charged Judy Lee Chambers with twelve counts of animal abuse when they raided her house and found a total of fifty five dogs on which eleven were dead.

Again we read about another case of neglect from a person who had too many dogs that causes not only abuse but dogs dying from not having proper care.

Read the article here.

A Prom For Dogs For A Cause

As I said a prom for dogs, well I have heard a lot of things but this is unbelievable as this will be the second year that this event will take place.




Morris Animal Inn Hosts Puppy Prom on May 5

Prom Dress Collection for Becca's Closet Will Help Girls In Need to Attend their Proms

Prom season is quickly approaching and plans are underway for an enchanted Puppy Prom at the Morris Animal Inn. The luxury resort and spa for pets is hosting its second annual Puppy Prom on Wednesday, May 5 and dapper dogs -- with or without dates -- are invited.

The Morris Animal Inn (http://www.morrisanimalinn.com ), located at 120 Sand Spring Road in Morristown, will be transformed into a traditional prom party atmosphere for its group play party. Ties, tiaras and tuxes are optional, but tails are required. The "Furry Tail Ball" theme will capture a fairy tale environment, fit for any puppy prince or princess. Fashionable fidos will enjoy music and dancing, prom photos, doggie delicacies and an after-party "Trip to the Shore" in the resort's indoor pool and Aqua Center.

In conjunction with this event, Morris Animal Inn is encouraging guests and the public to donate gently used formal dresses, shawls, shoes, evening bags and jewelry for a collection being organized for Becca's Closet, a charitable organization that provides formal attire to high school students who would not otherwise be able to attend their prom/homecoming due to the high cost of these items (http://www.beccascloset.org ). Morris Animal Inn is working with the Centenary College chapter of Becca's Closet for this event.

Any dog and family who donates a dress or dresses will receive a $50 grooming certificate to use at Morris Animal Inn's Grooming Salon. Dresses and accessories will be accepted April 15 - May 5.

HIGHLIGHTS OF PUPPY PROM WILL INCLUDE:

* Dancing and music including Beethoven's Ballroom Dance
* Prom Photos in the K9 Kastle Photo Studio
* Story time with classic fairy tales
* Princess Punch and Fido's Finger Foods
* Frolicking in the Magical Furry Tail Forest
* Canine Crowning Ceremony
* "Trip to the Shore" after-party in the indoor Aqua Center


Reservations for the Puppy Prom are $49 for the entire day and must be made in advance by calling 973-539-0377 ext. 5. For information, visit http://www.morrisanimalinn.com .

ABOUT MORRIS ANIMAL INN

Morris Animal Inn is a full-service, luxury pet resort and spa for dogs and cats located in Morristown, NJ. Established in 1960, the country inn was recently renovated and expanded into a state-of-the-art facility that offers lodging, spa services, grooming, day care and camp. The award-winning Morris Animal Inn is a charter member of the Pet Care Services Association. For more information, call 973-539-0377 or visit http://www.morrisanimalinn.com.

Contact:
Kelly G. Vanasse
732-469-4518
Kgvanasse@kellycommunication.com

Contact:
Jacqueline C. Gulotta
973-539-0377 ext. 46
jgulotta@morrisanimalinn.com

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Home Owners Find Dead Dogs In Their Rental House

So you rent your house to someone thinking that everything will be fine, until you discover that your tenants had left and all’s you found were dead dogs though out your house.


Just looking at the video it looks like there was a puppy mill being ran in that house at one time. The Creek County DA said they will probably be charging the renter with animal abuse. Did I just say probably, if they don’t charge this person with a lot of charges of animal abuse then the DA office is not doing their job.

The home owner Penny Ramsey said: It's destroyed, You’re going to be horrified. Dead dogs, dead dogs in the house, in the freezer. In clear packages you could see all the way through.

So keep buying those dogs from puppy mills if you dare after looking at this video. I not saying they are all like this, but it just shows you what some of them could look like.

Read the article here.

I Don’t Want To Die, I Want To Be Loved



This poor little Dog was about to be killed but the magic of love has help save this dog.

You can donate to help pay for the vet's bills here:
http://www.hopeforpaws.org/

Read more about Oliver here.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Did You Take The Mutt Census

Leader in Doggie DNA Analysis Announces Nation's First Ever Mutt Census


Mars Veterinary™ Takes Paw Print of America's Mixed Breed Population at www.muttcensus.com to Continue to Help Strengthen the Pet-Owner Bond

As millions of Americans take part in our nation's Census this year, one member of millions of households isn't included – man's best friend. That's why in 2010, the estimated 38 million mixed breed dogs in the U.S. also will have the chance to stand up and be counted with the nation's first ever Mars Veterinary National Mutt Census.

Mixed breed dogs account for more than half (53 percent) of all pet dogs in the U.S. Until now, their breed makeup has been largely guesswork. The National Mutt Census, conducted by the leading authority in dog DNA analysis, Mars Veterinary, will provide valuable insights into the background of the nation's mixed breed dog population.

"Understanding an individual dog's breed makeup is like understanding its family history – this information can provide an owner with valuable insights that strengthen the pet-owner relationship," said Dr. Angela Hughes, Veterinary Genetics Research Manager at Mars Veterinary. "We're also hoping a portrait of the makeup of the nation's mixed breed dogs will lead to broader insights – such as a better understanding of the prevalence of genetic traits and conditions among this population."

Mars Veterinary, a global leader in pet care and canine genetic breed identification and a division of MARS® Incorporated, is the industry's gold standard genetic analysis provider for mixed-breed dogs. Their Wisdom Panel™ Insights test – a "do-it-yourself" cheek swab test is the most comprehensive mixed breed test on the market, capable of detecting from among more than 170 breeds the make up a mixed breed dog with unparalleled validated accuracy.

Mars Veterinary is urging dog owners to participate in the National Mutt Census by logging on to www.muttcensus.com where they can take a brief five-minute Census survey, which asks them questions about the dog's size and weight, his feeding and exercise habits, whether he was adopted from a shelter – as well as questions about the dog's health. Census takers also will be able to learn more about how easily Wisdom Panel Insights can help them identify the breed history of their mixed breed dog. All participants will be entered into sweepstakes to win prizes for their dogs, such as a supply of PEDIGREE® Food for Dogs or GREENIES® canine dental chews.

Valuable Insights into the Nation's Mutt Population

The findings of the Mars Veterinary National Mutt Census will be the most comprehensive analysis of the nation's mixed breed dog population ever conducted. Among the many insights it will offer, the findings may provide researchers a better understanding of the types and frequency of diseases among this group of dogs that could ultimately help determine health risk factors for certain breed mixes.

"Currently, there's very little data to show how genetic health disorders affect mixed breed dogs," said Dr. Anita Oberbauer, Professor and Department Chair at the UC Davis Department of Animal Science. "But working alongside Mars Veterinary to capture data through the National Mutt Census, we hope to get a better picture of how health concerns affect specific breed mixes that may eventually help owners and veterinarians be smarter about the way they care for pets."

The Science Behind Wisdom Panel

With a simple swipe of a cheek swab, the state-of-the-art Wisdom Panel Insights dog DNA test can determine the ancestry of a mixed-breed dog by testing for more than 170 breeds, the largest database on the market – all for the low price of $79.99. Within three weeks, dog owners will be e-mailed an official Ancestry Report that reveals the dog's genetic background that may help owners make sense of obvious and not-so-obvious physical traits plus behaviors like digging, herding and barking that all come from the various breeds in a dog's family tree. Once an owner understands a dog's natural tendencies, it makes it possible to create a tailored training, exercise and nutrition program to fit his one-of-a-kind needs.

Wisdom Panel canine DNA analysis tests are based on nearly a decade of extensive research, drawing from the expertise of leading scientists, veterinarians, universities and breed organizations throughout the world. This science has not only yielded the swab-based Wisdom Panel Insights, the most comprehensive swab product on the market, but also Wisdom Panel Professional, the only blood-based canine DNA analysis test available exclusively through veterinarians. Wisdom Panel development included the analysis of more than 19 million DNA markers from more than 13,000 dogs, enabling the detection of breed composition of a mixed-breed dog with unprecedented accuracy.

About Mars Veterinary™

Mars Veterinary is a division of MARS® Incorporated, a company known for innovative consumer and pet food brands that are trusted by people around the world. Its mission is to facilitate responsible pet care by enlightening pet owners and communities with valuable insights into their pets as individuals through innovative, science-based discoveries. For nearly a decade, Mars Veterinary has researched and developed state-of-the-art genetic tests for mixed-breed dogs, revolutionizing personalized pet care. By discovering a mixed-breed dog's ancestry, pet owners and veterinarians can work together to tailor wellness programs that fit the one-of-a-kind needs of a mixed-breed dog. For more information, visit www.wisdompanel.com.

About Mars, Incorporated

Mars, Incorporated is a private, family-owned company founded in 1911 and employing more than 65,000 associates at over 230 sites, including 135 factories, in 68 countries worldwide. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, U.S.A., Mars, Incorporated is one of the world's largest food companies, generating global revenues of more than $28 billion annually and operating in six business segments: Chocolate, Petcare, Wrigley Gum and Confections, Food, Drinks, and Symbioscience. These segments produce some of the world's leading brands: Chocolate – M&M'S®, SNICKERS®, DOVE®, GALAXY®, MARS®, MILKY WAY® and TWIX®; Petcare – PEDIGREE®, WHISKAS®, SHEBA®, CESAR® and ROYAL CANIN®; Wrigley – ORBIT®, EXTRA®, STARBURST®, DOUBLEMINT® and SKITTLES®; Food – UNCLE BEN'S®, DOLMIO®, EBLY®, MASTERFOODS® and SEEDS OF CHANGE®; Drinks – KLIX® and FLAVIA®; Symbioscience – WISDOM PANEL™, SERAMIS®, CIRKUHEALTH™ and COCOAPRO®.

®/™ Trademarks © Mars, Incorporated 2009

Nation’s First Animal Physical Rehabilitation Therapy Consultation Service

Scout’s House™ Announces Nation’s First Animal Physical Rehabilitation Therapy Consultation Service for Veterinarians

A unique service for veterinarians that provides customized physical rehabilitation therapy plans for dogs, cats, and other pets has been launched by Scout’s House™, one of California’s leading physical rehabilitation therapy centers for animals. Through this one-of-a-kind service, veterinarians can receive individualized rehabilitation therapy plans designed to help improve the strength, mobility, and functionality of dogs and cats who are geriatric, recovering from injury or surgery, or suffering from chronic or debilitating illnesses and conditions, such as arthritis, disk disease, and degenerative myelopathy.




Rehabilitation therapy is an emerging field in veterinary medicine and one that veterinarians traditionally receive little training in while in veterinary school. Similar to physical therapy for humans, physical rehabilitation therapy can help to improve the strength, mobility, and functionality of dogs and cats who are geriatric, recovering from injury or surgery, or suffering from chronic or debilitating illnesses and conditions, such as arthritis, disk disease, and degenerative myelopathy.

Through this one-of-a-kind service, veterinarians can receive individualized rehabilitation therapy plans for dogs and cats with orthopedic, neurological, or age-related issues. By tapping the extensive rehab training and experience of Scout’s House’s four staff veterinarians and Director of Rehab Therapy, a licensed physical therapist who is certified in canine rehabilitation therapy, veterinarians can provide their clients with alternative treatments options without having to invest in their own rehabilitation therapy training or equipment. Although the service is for veterinarians only, pet owners may ask their veterinarians to schedule a consultation for their pets.

To use the service, veterinarians simply schedule a consultation and then fax or email the patient’s relevant medical records, radiology reports, and surgical reports to Scout’s House. Director of Rehab Therapy Krista Niebaum, MPT, CCRT, and staff veterinarians will then review the patient’s health records and discuss the physical exam findings and client goals with the attending veterinarian during the phone- or email-based consultation. Afterward, Niebaum and a Scout’s House veterinarian will create a modified rehab therapy treatment plan that is customized for that patient—a plan that can be performed either by the attending veterinarian’s staff in his or her clinic or by the pet’s owner at home. The plan may include:



* specific therapeutic exercises and activities for the patient, including order of implementation, repetitions, and frequencies;
* a detailed explanation of what each exercise and activity is designed to accomplish, such as building core strength, improving balance or coordination, or preventing muscle atrophy;
* recommendations for equipment rentals, such as neuromuscular electrical stimulation units or Pulsed Electromagnetic Field therapy units, and step-by-step instructions on when and how to use each device;
* video links and printed handouts showing the appropriate techniques for performing the exercises or using the equipment;
* recommendations for assistive devices, such as carpal wraps, splints, braces, and supportive harnesses;
* an anticipated progression program, if appropriate.


“Over the years, we’ve been contacted by a number of veterinarians who wanted help for specific patients,” says Niebaum. “These veterinarians didn’t have rehab facilities nearby, but they knew that rehab therapy could help their patients—they just didn’t know what to do or how to do it. So we created modified treatment programs for them, which they or their clients then implemented. It was a collaborative effort and the results were great, proving that you don’t always need a hydrotreadmill to do effective rehab therapy.”

Scout’s House is a full-service physical rehabilitation therapy center for animals in Menlo Park, CA, offering rehabilitation therapy services, specialized products, and customized information programs to the owners of special needs pets. Scout’s House helps dogs, cats, and other companion animals who are geriatric, recovering from injury or surgery, or suffering from chronic or debilitating illnesses or conditions to live more comfortable and more functional lives. The company also has an online store (http://scoutshouse.com/store) that gives veterinarians and pet owners worldwide access to the most effective assistive devices available for disabled pets.


After watching this video, it just blows me away on how they had help this dog walk again. Amazing is all's I can say.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Cesar Millan Teams Up With Vetericyn’s Animal Wound Care Products


Vetericyn inc. Partners with 'Dog Whisperer' Cesar Millan

Vetericyn Inc. has launched a new national marketing program that aligns its leading animal wound care product with trusted behavior expert Cesar Millan.

Vetericyn Inc., a California-based animal healthcare company, announced that it has entered into a new marketing partnership with Cesar Millan, host of the hit National Geographic Channel program “The Dog Whisperer.” Millan appears in advertisements for Vetericyn’s line of animal wound care products, which includes formulations for companion animals such as dogs and cats, as well as horses, birds, reptiles and other pets.



Since his program first aired in 2004, Millan has been called the “Dr. Phil for dogs,” offering strategies to rehabilitate aggressive, scared, lazy, compulsive and jealous dogs. Millan’s calm-assertive guidance principals help desperate pet-owners and their dogs undergo dramatic transformations that improve the quality of life for the entire household.

“For my fans and I, our dogs are our family. When they get hurt, we want to provide them with the best care possible,” said Millan. “Vetericyn® helps pets heal faster from a wound or infection, and that means fewer costly and stressful visits to the vet. It’s the first line of defense to keep our loved ones healthy and safe, and I’m pleased to have the opportunity to share this fantastic product with my fans.”

As part of the marketing partnership, Millan appears in several marketing videos for Vetericyn, as well as on Vetericyn’s Web site, YouTube channel and Facebook and Twitter fan pages. Vetericyn sponsors the “Ask the Vet” section of Millan's Web site and is also prominently featured in full-page ads in Millan’s new bi-monthly magazine, Cesar’s Way, as well his weekly fan newsletter.

Vetericyn has continued to roll out an aggressive marketing strategy since first launching its line of animal wound care products to consumers and veterinarians in 2009. The company also recently announced a partnership with Clinton Anderson of the “Downunder Horsemanship” TV show airing on cable network RFD-TV.

Vetericyn® offers a treatment option that works in tandem with an animal’s immune system to fight infection and speed healing time. It is the first non-toxic broad-spectrum topical antimicrobial on the market. The landscape-altering wound and infection control technology kills bacteria (including staph and drug-resistant MRSA), viruses, fungi and spores without harming healthy tissue.

About Vetericyn Inc.

Based in Rialto, Calif., Vetericyn, Inc. is a privately held company that was formed for the purpose of providing premier healthcare products to the equine and companion animal markets. Vetericyn’s owner, the Burlingame family, has been in the animal market for over 40 years as owners of livestock and horses and breeders of hunting dogs and reining horses. For more information or to find a dealer near you, visit the Vetericyn Web site or call 866-318-3116.

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

NZ Dog Killers Face More Charges

The two dog killers named Tony Campbell and Russell Mendoza were already facing charges of animal cruelty for shooting thirty three dogs. The two now are facing even more charges of possession of a firearm which should give these two some jail time for what they did to these dogs.

What I don’t understand is why the owner of the dogs would have even allow someone to kill his dogs just because his neighbor said his dogs attack and killed one of his dogs.

This is upsetting to understand how the neighbor and his friend just killed all the dogs along with their puppies. Why would someone do that?

Read the article by Michael Field here.

Surf Dog Ricochet Becomes An Ambassador For “Pay It Forward Day”

SURF DOG RICOCHET BECOMES AN AMBASSADOR FOR "PAY IT FORWARD DAY",
AND INSPIRES PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD TO PERFORM GOOD DEEDS, OR
RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS FOR OTHERS

Surf dog Ricochet, the SURFice dog who surfs for fun, competition, and charitable causes, was named an ambassador for Pay It Forward Day, which will be held around the world on April 29, 2010. Ricochet is inspiring people around the globe to perform random acts of kindness on Pay It Forward Day. She'll also be coordinating local good deed activities for members of the San Diego community.


When the organizers of Pay It Forward Day heard about the life changing work Ricochet does through her Surfin' for Paws-abilities program, they thought she'd be the perfect candidate to fill the roll of Ambassador. Pay It Forward Day is a worldwide initiative based on the novel of the same name written by Catherine Ryan Hyde. The premise of story is about a 12 year old boy who did three good deeds for others in need. All he asked in return, was for them to pass on the good deed to three other people, and keep the cycle going.

So, on Pay It Forward Day, people will do one good deed for three others. When recipients ask how they can re-pay the favor, which can be big or small, they'll be instructed to pay it forward to three more people. With each good deed, the cycle of generosity and kindness will ripple across the world, making us all better people.

Pay It Forward Day is about all people, from all walks of life, giving to someone else, and making a positive difference. There are over 15 countries involved, hundreds of schools are participating, and thousands of people will be paying it forward across the world. There is an exclusive Facebook page www.bit.ly/payitforwardday, set up for people to join in preparation for the event. Additional information can be found on the Pay It Forward Day website http://payitforwardday.com.

One of the activities Ricochet is working on for Pay It Forward Day is an surf session hosted by Happy Barrels Surf School, and their Adaptive Surfing Foundation. Owner, Robbie Nelson is Ricochet's surf coach, and she will be paying forward the acts of kindness she's receives from him. Patrick Ivison, the quadriplegic boy Ricochet raised over $10,000 for, and Ian McFarland, the six year old brain injured boy she raised over $6000 for, will be out there paying it forward with her.

An excellent example of how powerful paying it forward can be, is Ricochet's YouTube video "From Service dog to SURFice dog". Each person who watched it was inspired, and wanted to share the inspiration with someone else... so they paid the link forward to others. The cycle continued and the video went viral, touching millions of lives around the world. Ricochet has posted a new video, specifically about paying it forward, and is now inspiring people to get involved on Pay It Forward Day! To watch the new video, go to this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayn0d1yVOHw

For more information, or to get involved, contact Judy Fridono at 707-228-0679 or pawinspired@aol.com.

http://www.surfdogricochet.com. On Facebook & Twitter: "Surf Dog Ricochet"

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NJ Puppy Palace Store Shut Down For Good



Photo by Pete Picknally


Working on a tip the SPCA found a German shepherd who was suffering from Parvovirus in the Puppy Palace store in the Moorestown mall in NJ. The Burlington County Health Department had order the store to be closed as soon as they received word from the SPCA about the Parvovirus.

The owner of the Puppy Palace, Robert Armstrong has been told as of today that he can no long do business in the mall. This is the second time in the last week that Robert Armstrong has been in trouble when he pleaded guilty to animal cruelty for the conditions in another store he own.

So by the looks of this it’s just another type of puppy mill being shut down because the dogs that Robert was receiving were from an un-licensed puppy mill in Pennsylvania.
I only did an article on Friday about a town called Richmond in British Columbia wanting to prohibit the selling of animals in retail stores.

When are people going to stop buying the puppy mills dogs, there are so many dogs in the shelters looking for a home.

Read the article by Mark Zimmaro and David Levinsky here.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

With All The Flooding What Happens To The Unlucky Dogs

In a small town in NJ there were seventeen dogs that were rescued during this last flood by a team effort of the Fire Department, Police, the Sheriffs’ Department, the states Urban Search and Rescue team and the animal control department.

That just shows the pride of these guys who not only go out and put their live on the line for us but they show their love for the animals that might of lost their lives if it wasn’t for the rescue effort by this team. Yes some people will probably complain about the cost, but really this also can be seen as training that might just save your life one day.

So all my buddies would like to Thank all those who have help rescue my buddies from despair.

The Paterson Fire Capt. John Bradle said: That dog was holding on for dear life, in its struggle to stay on the watery steps, the Rottweiler had lost some of its claws, but it was saved. My crew did a good job.

Chief Animal Control Officer John DeCando said: he fears that receding water may uncover some animals that were either chained or abandoned and did not make it. I hope that's not the case.

I hope that all the owners were able to get their pets out of harm’s way too.

Read the article by Justo Bautista here.

Friday, March 19, 2010

A Ban To Stop Selling Dogs In Retail Stores

That’s what a town is trying to do in Richmond, BC with the prohibiting of selling any animal in a retail store. The bottom line is that a City Council member named Ken Johnson is hoping that the pet stores stop buying puppies from the backyard breeders and the puppy mills.

Helen Savkovic from the Richmond Animal Protection Society said: We are worried that a lot of the animals are from backyard breeders and puppy mills from both in Canada and outside, Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) breeders have it in their code of ethics that they cannot sell to pet stores.

How many times have you walked into a mall and seen the poor little dogs locked up in the cages and wondered who takes care of them at night. Let alone that they are confined to a small cage on which I think is cruel. I think that Ken has a good point to make about the impulse of a person who buys a dog from a store that decides to get rid of the dog after a while. I personally think that there are many dogs just sitting in shelters that are looking for a home, but if you were to buy a dog it should be from a real breeder that isn’t in it so much for the money but takes pride in their dogs.

Read the article by Cheryl Minns here.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Wacko Sets Her Two Dogs On Fire



Photo by the indychannel


How sick can you be to set your two dogs on fire because one of the dogs bit you. A wacko named Katherine Brotherton from Franklin Indiana took her two dogs and threw them in a barrel on which she dumped gas all over them and set the two dogs on fire.

How heart breaking is that for this sick person to do that to her dogs. Brotherton is being charged with felony animal cruelty. Thankfully the two dogs are alive and recovering with the help of the staff from Johnson County Animal Shelter.

Read the article here.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

EPA Scrutinizes Pesticides In Flea & Tick Products



After a yearlong intensified evaluation of spot on pesticide products for flea and tick control the Environmental Protection Agency has reported reactions to the use of these products that range from skin irritation to seizures and sometimes even death.

Read the article by Elissa Rivas here.

The EPA is reminding consumers to always carefully read and follow all instructions on the label for these products.

Here are some tips that the EPA has to offer:

Safety tips for pet owners:
• Consult your veterinarian about the best way to to protect your pets from fleas and ticks and whether pesticides are even needed.
• Use extra care before use on weak, aged, medicated, sick, pregnant, or nursing pets, or on pets that have previously shown signs of sensitivity to pesticide products.
• If you use a spot-on product or any other pesticide on your pet, carefully read and follow the product label.
• Use flea and tick control products only on the animal specified by the product label - for example, dog products for dogs only and cat products for cats only.
• Follow any label prohibitions against use on weak, aged, medicated, sick, pregnant, or nursing pets, or on pets that have previously shown sensitivity to pesticide products. Apply only the amount indicated for the size of the animal being treated.
• Do not apply to kittens or puppies unless the product label specifically allows this treatment. Pay attention to the age restrictions for puppies and kittens on the label.
• Monitor your pet for side effects or signs of sensitivity after applying the product, particularly when using the product on your pet for the first time. Do not apply spot-ons to pets known to be sensitive to pesticide products.
• If your pet experiences an adverse reaction, immediately bathe the pet with mild soap and rinse with large amounts of water.
• Keep the package with the product container (such as individual applicator tubes). Also keep the package after treatment in case adverse effects occur. You will want to have the instructions at hand, as well as contact information for the manufacturer.


Flea Control Tips
The following tips may help to prevent, reduce, or eliminate flea infestations:
• Vacuuming on a daily basis to remove eggs, larvae and adults is the best method for initial control of a flea infestation. It is important to vacuum the following areas: carpets, cushioned furniture, cracks and crevices on floors, along baseboards and the basement.
• Steam cleaning carpets may also help as the hot steam and soap can kill fleas in all stages of the life cycle. Pay particular attention to areas where pets sleep.
• Wash all pet bedding and family bedding on which pets lie in hot, soapy water every two to three weeks. If an infestation is severe, discard old pet bedding and replace it with fresh, clean material.
• Flea combs are very effective tools in the suppression of adult fleas. They allow hair to pass through the tines but not the fleas, removing fleas as well as flea feces and dried blood. Focus combing on those parts of the pet where the most fleas congregate, usually the neck or tail area. When fleas are caught, deposit them in hot soapy water to kill them.
• Consider keeping pets indoors.
Besides spot-ons, there are other pesticides registered for flea and tick control on pets. These include shampoos, collars, dust, and sprays. Consumers should apply the same precautions when using these products as recommended for spot-ons. Pet owners may also wish to consult their veterinarian for advice and recommendations.

Monday, March 15, 2010

You Can Help PETCO Feed The Pet Food Banks

Pet Food Bank Collection Program Rolls Out to PETCO Stores Nationwide

To prevent pet abandonment by supporting pet parents in economic stress, PETCO stores become the links for the nation's largest network of pet food banks.

With today's challenging economic climate, one in eight Americans are taking advantage of food bank programs around the country – and many of those people have pets they consider part of their family. But when food banks don't offer pet food and litter, or human food portions become too stretched, many families are forced to make the heartbreaking decision to relinquish their four-legged family members.

To combat this issue, the PETCO Foundation, in conjunction with PETCO, is building a nationwide network of pet food banks by placing pet food collection bins in PETCO stores across the country. In partnership with local food banks, all food donated to the PETCO Foundation Pet Food Bank program will be distributed to local pet parents struggling to feed their pets.

"Today, more than ever, pets are part of the family; and we don't believe anyone should have to go through the pain of giving them up because of financial distress," said Paul Jolly, the PETCO Foundation's Executive Director. "With PETCO stores across the country visited every day by people who love and care for pets, we saw a huge opportunity to help prevent people from having to make such a heart-wrenching choice."

The pet food bank bins will be clearly marked and designated for pet food donations and serve as a collection point for customers to drop off food or cat litter donations brought from home or purchased during their shopping trip. Each PETCO store will partner with an existing food bank that has a pet food component, or with an animal welfare group that has set up its own pet food bank, to donate the food directly to economically stressed pet parents in that store's local community.

The rollout of the bins will take place in three phases, beginning this week with more than 250 PETCO stores in select markets. Stores in San Diego, Chicago, Orlando and New York City are ready to start collecting today. The second and third phases of the rollout will continue throughout the spring.

The program is an extension of the Foundation's existing "We Are Family, Too" fund, which already provides seed funding for animal welfare programs to help pet parents who are in financial crisis, including food banks, product donations, referral lists of pet friendly housing, short term foster care and veterinarian services. While the Foundation also has programs in place to help feed pets in shelters, this program is specifically designed to support local food banks and families in financial crisis.

To learn more about the PETCO Foundation and how you too can make a difference, visit www.petcofoundation.org. To learn more about PETCO or to find a location near you, visit www.petco.com. For the latest news on anything and everything PETCO – from updates about the company to incredible acts of animal kindness – visit the company's blog at www.petcoscoop.com.

About PETCO

PETCO is a privately held specialty retailer that provides products, services and advice that make it easier for our customers to be great pet parents. We operate more than 1,000 stores in 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as a leading pet products and information destination at www.petco.com. Our nonprofit organization, The PETCO Foundation, has raised more than $60 million since its inception in 1999 to help promote and improve the welfare of companion animals. In conjunction with the Foundation, we work with and support about 6,200 local animal welfare groups across the country to help find homes for more than 200,000 adoptable animals every year.

Contact: Lisa Epstein, PETCO, 858-453-7845 x2558, lisae@petco.com

Sunday, March 14, 2010

We Have The Crufts & Purina Dog Show Winners For 2010



Photo by AFP


A Hungarian Vizsla named Yogi came out the Best in Show at the Crufts dog show which had one hundred and eighty seven different breeds with around twenty two thousand dogs competing to be this year’s winner.

See more of the great looking dogs here.



Photo by Bernard Weil


This year’s winner in the Purina National Dog Show was a Kerry Blue Terrier named Fin. There were over one hundred different breeds that competed at the Mississauga’s International Centre this year.

Read the article by John Goddard here.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

The Chihuahua That Got Away



How many times have I feared that a Hawk or an Eagle would one day swoop down and take one of my little dogs. Then to read about a little Chihuahua named Poppy being taken by an unknown bird to only come back home the next day is incredible knowing that a hawk would have eaten him with no problem.

The Chihuahua was out playing when Tim said: It was a terrible yelp, real loud and we heard wings flapping and we looked back and Poppy was flying right up there. It kind of looked like he was in both of his talons and the bird was flying up and he was looking down and whining.

Elizabeth Todd from Columbia, S Carolina said: It was a very sleepless night because everything that kept going through my mind was my little dog being torn apart and it was hard to imagine that he was going through that. And after little Poppy came back home Elizabeth said: Miracles still happen, Prayers get answered even for little dogs.

Yes Miracles do happen and little Poppy is one of them.

Read the article here.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Kids Holding Dog Fights?

We read enough about those who use their dogs for fighting but to read that two teenagers would be doing this.

The Memphis, Tennessee Police have charged Tony Mickens and Cornetrius Matthews with animal fighting, when the two were caught having a dog fights with pit bull dogs. Hopefully the police catch the rest of the kids that were at the event but got away when they arrived.

So now we have little kids even putting their dogs up just for the money and fun of it. These kids really need to be made an example by the judge to show other kids that this is wrong and the dogs did nothing to be used for their entrainment.

Read the article by Shane Myers here.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Warning: Dog Bone Alert

The news going around today has to do with a dog bone that is made by Dynamic Pet Products called: Real Ham Bone for Dogs.

The main warning is that the bone when eaten breaks into fragments and could splinter while your dog is eating it. A label on the packages says: Monitor your pet while consuming any natural bone product. Remove bone if splintering occurs. Recommended size is slightly larger than your pet’s mouth. Always provide a fresh supply of water to pet. Best if eaten over several sittings. Not recommended for dogs with digestive problems. There has even been reports of dogs dying from eating these bones.

There was an article that dated back to October Two Thousand And Eight of a women who complained about what this bone did to her dog. People have even sent complaints into Consumer Affairs about this product.

The St. Louis Better Business Bureau said: that consumers should be very cautious when giving Real Ham Bone For Dogs to their pets.

Read the article here.


So have you experienced a problem with this bone too, we would all like to know.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Animal Abuse To The Extreme


So Who Would Move Out And Just Leave His Dogs


Well this guy named Amos Lee Nelson that used to live in Suffolk, Virginia did just that to his Pit Bull and his Rottweiler to fend for themselves when he just moved and left them back in December. Nelson has finally been arrested and charged with animal cruelty and inadequate care for these poor dogs.

Why would anyone do that to these dogs when all’s they needed to do was bring them to a shelter.

Read the article by Dottie Wikan here.



Then you have the hoarder who thinks that they are trying to help the abandoned dogs from the shelters, but things get out of hand.



Photo by Greg Jenson/The Clarion-Ledger


A women named Valerie Robinson who ran the Raven’s Hope in Kemper County, Mississippi did just that when the police and animal rescue groups seized a hundred dogs and some cats from her filthy house.

Kemper County Sheriff James Moore said: I have never seen anything like this.

Dr. Mary Fooshee, veterinarian for the Mississippi Animal Rescue League said: That's the worst I have ever seen in 20 years.

Inside the house they found dead animals that was infested with rats that the people that helped with the rescue needed to wear breathing apparatuses just to deal with the smell. Then to walk in the house and find a dead puppy just lying on a pile of laundry is unbelievable. Hopefully these dogs will find a home where there is love and kindness.

Read the article by Gary Pettus here.


Then this guy who doesn’t feed his dogs

The Lafourche Sheriff’s in LA have charged Rodney Griffin with aggravated cruelty to animals and five counts of cruelty to animals. The Deputies found a dead dog along with the other dogs being malnourished with no food in site to feed the dogs.

Read the article by Michael Luke here.

My Pet Not Overweight !

Pet Obesity Continues to Grow in U.S.

Nationwide study finds number of overweight dogs and cats increasing; owners of larger dogs and cats less aware of problem.

In the U.S., over 45% of dogs and 58% of cats are now estimated to be overweight or obese according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP). The third annual National Pet Obesity Awareness Day Study, conducted in October 2009, found that from 2007 to 2009, the number of overweight dogs and cats increased by 2% and 5%, respectively.

“Obesity is now the biggest health threat to pets in the US,” states lead researcher Dr. Ernie Ward. “The costs of obesity in illness and injury make it the number one medical issue seen in today’s veterinary hospitals.”

Obesity rates in cats were highest at 21.4%; dogs were slightly better with 8.6% classified as obese by veterinary clinics. Obesity in dogs and cats is typically defined as 30% above normal weight. According to the study, 6.7 million dogs are estimated to be obese and 34.9 million overweight. The numbers in cats is higher, with 20 million estimated to be obese and 54.3 million overweight.

“These numbers, 34 million dogs and 54 million cats that are overweight, continue to slowly creep upwards. The frightening fact is that now pet owners are increasingly classifying their overweight pets as ‘normal,’ making the problem more difficult to address,” notes Dr. Ward. “If this ‘fat gap’ continues to grow, that is, when a pet owner looks at their chubby companion and views it as a normal, healthy weight, our nation’s pets will continue to suffer the consequences of obesity. I believe owners have this misperception because they are surrounded by fatter and fatter pets. Twenty years ago, these dogs were viewed as overweight. Today, pet owners view them as normal.”

When asked, 33% of dog owners and 46% of cat owners with overweight pets incorrectly identified their pet as a normal weight; 25% of dog owners with obese dogs reported their dog was normal while 40% of obese cat owners thought their cat was a normal weight. Interestingly, 33% of small dog (less than 23 pounds) owners thought their overweight dog was a normal weight compared to 41% of large dog (over 50 pounds) owners.

Owners of Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers were more likely to claim their dog was a normal weight when it was in reality, overweight. And 43% incorrectly identified their overweight Retriever as normal while only 33% of small breed dog owners underestimated their dog’s weight. In total, 46% of all Labrador and Golden Retrievers were determined to be overweight or obese. The study found that in general, owners of small breed dogs were more likely to correctly identify their dog as overweight than owners of large breed dogs.

“It’s important that pet owners understand the significance of even a few extra pounds on a dog or cat,” explains Dr. Ward. “For example, a typical 90-pound female Labrador Retriever is equivalent to a 186-pound 5 foot, 4 inch female while a 12-pound Yorkshire Terrier is similar to 223 pounds on the same woman. A 15-pound cat is equivalent to a 225-pound 5 foot, 9 inch male and a 20-pound feline equals 300 pounds on that man. Each pound on a cat is equal to about 13 pounds on the average female and 15 pounds on a male.”

“One encouraging finding was that 82% of pet owners agreed that pet obesity was a problem in the US. The challenge for veterinarians is to educate owners of dogs and cats on what a healthy weight actually is for their pet and offer weight loss strategies,” says Dr. Ward.

Treats continue to be the main culprit for excess weight. According to Ward, 90% of dog owners and 54% of cat owners responded that they gave their pets treats. “Even tiny treats pack a punch,” notes Ward. “Making matters worse, today’s treats are so loaded with sugar and fat I call them ‘kibble crack.’ Modern treats are literally rewiring our pets’ behavioral responses and creating cravings that go far beyond what is normal in many pets.”

Ward stresses that pet owners need to understand the impact treats have on their pets’ weight. For example, he equates a premium pig ear given to a 40-pound dog to drinking six, 12-ounce colas. “No one would sit down and drink six sodas at one time, yet that’s exactly what we’re doing when we give our pets these snacks,” states Dr. Ward. “Even a single, small dog bone treat given to a 10-pound dog is no different than a person eating two chocolate doughnuts. The truth is, we rarely stop at one dog treat. Give a few each day and you’ve fed the equivalent of a dozen doughnuts. No wonder we’re seeing such high obesity rates.”

The third annual National Pet Obesity Awareness Day Study was conducted using data collected by 41 US veterinary clinics in October 2009. In all, about 600 adult dogs and cats were evaluated. Approximately 8.6% of dogs were classified as obese and 36.7% as overweight. Approximately 21.4% of all cats were rated as obese and 36.5% as overweight.

For additional information on the study, please contact Dr. Ernie Ward or visit www.PetObesityPrevention.com.

About the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP)
APOP was founded in 2005 by Dr. Ernie Ward to promote awareness of the dangers of pet obesity to veterinary healthcare providers and pet owners. APOP is not affiliated with any pet or veterinary company or corporation.

Contact
Dr. Ernie Ward, President Association for Pet Obesity Prevention 910-579-5550 / 910-620-1295 http://www.PetObesityPrevention.com

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

NJ Arrest Five For Dog Fighting

Five lowlifes were arrest in a South Bound Brook, NJ home when the police found five pit bulls that were injured from fighting in the ring.

The South Bound Brook prosecutor named Wayne J Forrest said: that the dogs have been deemed unsuitable for adoption and must be euthanized.

These lowlifes are being held in jail on charges of animal cruelty and dog fighting. I hope they get hit hard by the judge for allowing these poor dogs to go through a life of terror that now has to end in death just so these five could have some fun.

Read the article here.

Update:
These are the names of the five who are being charged

Barry L. Norman of Lincoln Street, South Bound Brook
Kaysona P. Miller of Edgewood Terrace, South Bound Brook
Armin L. Spann of Willow Avenue, North Plainfield
Artamas K. Miller of John Street, Plainfield
Mylyn M. Robinson of South 17th Street, Newark.

Read more about this article by Michael Deak here.

Monday, March 8, 2010

This Year’s Ugliest Dog Winner Is: Rascal


Photo by REX



Video by mmk5142


Once again the purebred Chinese Crested named Rascal has taken the winners circle as this year’s Fifteenth Annual Ugliest Dog that was held Sunday in Del Mar, CA.

Could Your Flea & Tick Medication Be Hurting Your Pet

Apparently there are a lot of lawsuits being filed against a list of companies named Hartz Mountain Corp., Summit VetPharm LLC, Bayer Healthcare LLC, Merck & Co. Inc., Sanofi-Aventis Inc. , Sergeant’s Pet Care Products Inc. and Merial Ltd. . Due to the pets owners pets either getting sick or dying from the use of the flea and tick medication.

The lawsuits are based on an ingredient called Pyrethrin which is an insecticide that is derived from the extract of the African chrysanthemum flowers. So I wonder if using these products could really be the cause or not when you read about the chemical breakdown of this ingredient.

Pyrethrin is used as a natural insecticide that will penetrate the nerves system of an insect, so I wonder if a product using this ingredient over time on our pets could become toxic to them. I guess we will have to wait for the outcome before we make any judgment on these products.

Read the article by Hugh R. Morley here.

Update:

Texas Bulldog Owner Wins Verdict Against Hartz Mountain Pet Products

Read the article by Lisa Wade McCormick here.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Shocking Video Of Dog Being Beaten



A dog beater named Maria Auguilar from Queens, NY has been charged with animal cruelty for beating her English bull dog with a shovel. The video is short but you can clearly see Aguilar hit her dog with a shovel.

The ASPCA had reported that the poor dog named Spike has a broken leg, three broken teeth, injuries to his eye and a fractured hip.

How could anybody do something like this to their pet dog who was only eleven months old, apparently this sick women’s husband had taken the dog to the vet twelve times in the last seven months. Now that’s should have been a red flag if I ever saw one, so why did it take so long for this poor dog to be taken away for Maria Aguilar.

Read the article by Jen Chung here.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Why Some People Are Allowed To Have Animals Is Beyond Me

NJ Puppy Mill Has 90 Dogs Removed

A puppy mill in Upper Pitsgrove Township had ninety dogs removed from their puppy mill after the local authorities tried to get them to comply and take better care of the dogs. You would have thought that they would have taken care of the dogs that were hairless and powder puff Chinese crested, dachshunds and Yorkshire terriers along with some mixed breeds.

But No they let the poor dogs suffer from eye and dental infections, severe skin and many were matted with feces. So now they are facing eight counts of animal cruelty for their incompetent care for these little dogs. I hope they are never able to own another animal in their life for what they did after being given many chances to give these dogs better care.

Read the article here.


Well Here’s Another Pet Boarding Faculty Shut Down



This so called place where you were suppose to leave your dog to be cared for named the Battleground Pet Inn in Greensboro, NC had thirty six dogs and three cats removed from them due to unsanitary conditions. We will have to wait and see if Kay Jones is also charged with animal cruelty.

Just looking at this video makes you wonder why you would leave your dog to be lock up like that, just look at that poodle who just wants to cry. How sad for a dog not knowing if you are coming back to get them or what is going to happen to them, dogs have feeling too you know.

Read the article here.

So You Have A Doggie Door, You Might Want To Watch This Video

 

Amazing Pedigree Dog Video Using A Phantom Camera



This is pretty amazing to watch these dogs follow the treat as it goes though the air.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Dog School Owners Plead Guilty To Animal Cruelty


Two so called owners named Tammara & Brad Josselyn of a dog school named Cool School for Dogs weren't too cool when they were arrested for animal cruelty back in January.

It’s amazing how the owners were blaming their niece Ashli Thomas, you would think as being the owner they would have been making sure that the animals were being taken care of. So let’s see what happens to Ashli Thomas when she faces eight counts of animal cruelty.

Read the article by Nate Morabito here.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Omega-3 Fatty Acid Might Help Dogs With Arthritis

Studies Detail Possible Benefits of omega-3 Fatty Acids for Dogs With Arthritis

A series of studies published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) offers new insights into the possible benefits derived from feeding foods containing high omega-3 fatty acid concentrations to dogs with osteoarthritis.

The results of the three studies, according to contributing author Dr. Kevin Hahn, director of research and chief medical officer at Hill's Pet Nutrition Inc., show that the dogs that were fed the foods experienced less pain associated with the disease and greater mobility.

"Many of us write off mobility problems in dogs as a part of the aging process," Hahn said. "These studies demonstrate that feeding a food containing omega-3 fatty acids to a dog with osteoarthritis significantly improves mobility and quality of life. All three studies showed significant mobility improvement as assessed by either pet owners, veterinarians, or both."

The studies, published in the January 1, 2010, and March 1, 2010, issues of JAVMA, included 274 dogs with osteoarthritis that took part in clinical studies at dozens of privately owned veterinary clinics and two university veterinary clinics. The researchers focused on three areas: the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on clinical signs of osteoarthritis in dogs; the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on weight bearing in dogs with the disease; and the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) dosage in dogs with osteoarthritis.

In the first study, dogs with chronic pain associated with osteoarthritis showed improvements in their ability to play and rise from rest at six weeks after being switched to a diet containing high concentrations of fish oil omega-3 fatty acids. The second study showed that limb strength in dogs improved with omega-3 dietary intervention, Hahn said.

In the third study, veterinarians were able to reduce the dosage of carprofen, a common NSAID used for pain relief in dogs with osteoarthritis, while still providing pain relief to dogs that were fed food supplemented with omega-3 fatty acids.

These studies show that omega-3 fatty acids provide pain relief and improve mobility in dogs with osteoarthritis. They also indicate that proper use of a food containing a sufficient amount of omega-3 fatty acids may result in a lower dosage of medication required to manage joint pain and improve mobility in a dog with osteoarthritis. This finding is especially important because it allows veterinarians to better understand that complications that may arise from pain relief medications could be reduced when the medications are used in combination with proper nutrition.

"First and foremost, dog owners should always rely on their veterinarian when making decisions regarding their pet's health," Hahn said. "But it's also very important for dog owners to know that osteoarthritis can be a silent and unrecognized problem that affects both the pet's and the owner's quality of life. With proper nutritional intervention, we can enrich and lengthen that special relationship between people and their pets."

The AVMA and its more than 80,000 member veterinarians are engaged in a wide variety of activities dedicated to advancing the science and art of animal, human and public health. Visit the AVMA Web site at www.avma.org to learn more about veterinary medicine and animal care.

Animal Relief For Haiti Though World Wide Animal Groups

Animal Groups Pledge $1.1M for Long-Term Animal Relief Efforts in Haiti

Today, the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH) announced a $1.1 million agreement with the Haitian government aimed at improving animal welfare conditions and repairing the country's damaged veterinary capacity in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake of January 12. The coalition was formed by more than 20 of the world's leading animal welfare groups and is jointly led by the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).

"Our goal is to reach millions of animals in need and have a long-lasting impact for the people of Haiti," said Ian Robinson, IFAW's Director of Emergency Relief. "Cooperating as a group of NGOs gives us a unique opportunity to address public and animal health concerns, across the entire country."

"This operation will be implemented in close cooperation with the Haitian Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of the Environment, and the Ministry of Health," said James Sawyer, WSPA's Head of Disaster Management. "The results will help an untold number of animals and countless people recover from the disaster and will build resilience to better protect against future disasters."

The ambitious program of work outlined in the agreement includes:
An epidemiology network: Assist the government in protecting people and animals from disease outbreaks. A laboratory and lab workers will be provided to do things such as carry out targeted vaccination campaigns for Rabies, Anthrax and other diseases.
Training of Haitian veterinarians and veterinary health workers; the goal is to train a minimum of 200 animal health workers to address current and future animal welfare problems.
Restoration of the 'cold chain' to allow for effective vaccination campaigns: Haiti had embarked on several ambitious vaccination programs prior to the earthquake. It is now vital to rebuild the infrastructure to keep vaccinations cold up through delivery.
Animal population studies: Haiti's animal demographics have changed dramatically as the result of recent disasters. Accurate, updated survey data will inform coalition work.


The coalition also announced the arrival of a fully-equipped veterinary mobile clinic to Port-au-Prince. The donated unit will support ARCH's animal rescue efforts that have already treated over 4,000 animals including dogs, cats, goats, cattle, horses, and other animals.

Coalition members arrived in Port-au-Prince days after the 7.0-magnitude earthquake shook the Haitian capital to provide immediate medical aid to the stricken animals. Teams continue to treat injured and sick animals with medications including antibiotics and de-worming medicine, they are also providing anthrax and rabies vaccinations for thousands of animals. According to the Haitian Ministry of Agriculture, there is an estimated 5 million heads of livestock in Haiti (not including poultry), and approximately 500,000 dogs living in the capital city of Port-au-Prince.

About ARCH (Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti)

Animal welfare organizations formed the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH) so that we could work together to bring aid to as many animals, and in as short a time, as possible. At present, ARCH partners include: International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), World Society for Protection of Animals (WSPA), American Humane Association, Best Friends Animal Society, Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), In Defense of Animals, American Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF), Antigua and Barbuda Humane Society, ASPCA, United Animal Nations, Kinship Circle, One Voice, Swiss Animal Protection, Palo Alto Humane Society (PAHS), People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Finnish Federation for Animal Welfare Associations, Animal Medical Care Foundation (AMCF), Petfinder.com Foundation, Mayhew International, and Last Chance for Animals.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

How Do We Know Who's Dog It Is

It's a Big Scary World for Little Lost Pets

American Humane Stresses Importance of Pet Identification With

Every Day Is Tag Day™ on April 3

Every day animal shelters across the U.S. hear the same story from distraught pet owners: "My pet lives indoors. I never thought he would run away and get lost!" The sad fact is that millions of lost pets arrive at U.S. shelters each year -- and only about 15 percent of dogs and 2 percent of cats without an ID tag or microchip are reunited with their owners.

To increase awareness of the importance of pet identification, the American Humane Association is celebrating Every Day Is Tag Day™ on April 3. This annual event encourages all pet owners to tag and microchip their cats and dogs so that a lost animal has a better chance of returning home if the unthinkable happens.

Approximately 9 million companion animals are admitted to shelters across the country each year, but because of space and resource constraints, many shelters can hold lost animals for only a short time in the hope that the owners will claim their pets. "Most lost pets without identification are never reunited with their families," says Dena Fitzgerald, American Humane's program manager for publications and external communications. "At the very least, every cat and dog needs a collar and ID tag, but the best solution is to also microchip your pet for permanent identification."

Here are some ways to give lost pets a better chance of returning home:

* Remember that even indoor pets need tags. Many strays in shelters are indoor pets that escaped and became lost.
* Make sure your pet wears a collar with a current ID tag, rabies tag and city license. Include a contact name, address, and day and evening phone numbers. Consider providing a phone number for an alternate contact, like a neighbor or family member.
* Keep information on your pet’s license, tags and microchips current.
* When moving or traveling, place a temporary tag on your pet with the phone number of someone who knows how to reach you.


For more information on Every Day Is Tag Day, visit www.americanhumane.org/tagday.

About American Humane

Founded in 1877, the American Humane Association is the only national organization dedicated to protecting both children and animals. Through a network of child and animal protection agencies and individuals, American Humane develops policies, legislation, curricula and training programs to protect children and animals from abuse, neglect and exploitation. The nonprofit organization, headquartered in Denver, raises awareness about The Link® between violence to people and violence to animals, as well as the benefits derived from the human-animal bond. American Humane's office in Los Angeles is the authority behind the "No Animals Were Harmed"® end-credit disclaimer on film and TV productions, and American Humane's office in Washington, D.C., is an advocate for child and animal protection at the federal and state levels. The American Humane® Certified farm animal program is the nation's original independent certification and labeling program for humanely raised food. American Humane meets the strong, comprehensive standards of the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance, has been awarded the Independent Charities of America's "Best in America" Seal of Approval, has met the stringent standards for financial efficiency and accountability required by the American Institute of Philanthropy to qualify as a Top-Rated Charity, and has received a 3-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's premier independent charity evaluator. Visit www.americanhumane.org to learn more.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

All’s I Wanted To Do Was Walk On My Four Paws



Photo by Xinhua/Reuters


This is little Hoppa who has received a new lease on life with the help of a prosthetic devise. Just looking at this little dog shows the joy of being able to walk for the first time in four years.

Read the article by Fang Yang here.