Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Dog Lover Leaves Life Savings To The Dogs

A Kind man named Kenneth Munzert from Richmond, VA that died a year ago had a passion for dogs. So Kenneth had left his life saving to the SPCA of Richmond and to animal groups though out the states.

Now if that wasn’t one kind and caring dog owner that willed his life to the dogs. It’s always nice to read some good articles about dog owners.

Read the article by Jacques Kelly here.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Nevada’s New Dog Bill To Slow Down Breeding

Nevada’s bill called SB241 will require breeders to two litters per life time seems right to me. But a breeder named Chris Vaught is crying foul to the bill.
So is it really a bad bill or does it help to slow down on the amount of dogs that are breed every year. We all know how many dogs are killed each year and to find some way of slowing down the breeding to me is a good idea.
Just think of all the poor dogs that are made to pump out puppies after puppies over and over each year. We all know the strain these dogs go though and have seen many photo’s that are so upsetting to even look at.

So what’s your thought?

Read the article by Ed Pearce here.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Did You Buy Dog From K & S Puppy Ranch in California

The owners of the K & S Puppy Ranch in California were charged with animal cruelty along with other charges. Karen Grogan and Shirley Williams were also involved with forging the heath records for one of the dogs they sold.

I wonder how many times they forged heath records on the dogs that they sold though out the years. It’s bad enough when you read about all the puppy mills and to read about a legit business doing dirty tricks just to sell an animal is wrong.

Read the article here.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Pennsylvania Puppy Mills In The News Again

The Lancaster County puppy mills that are ran by the Amish has made the news again. This time an interview shows one of many puppy mills that are ran across the state. When you look at this puppy mill it’s not too bad, but there are some many mills out there that are ran so horribly it would turn your stomach.

I really wonder how this guy and his wife can take care of two hundred dogs. My two dogs take a good part of my day and to think that these dogs are being treated right is a croc.
So just wonder what some of the bad puppy mills look like, I’ll bet they are real bad and the poor dogs that must suffer just to breed more and more dogs so that they can make more and more money.

Read the article by Sharyn Alfonsi & Ted Gerstein here.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

A Dog Plus A Baby You Might Want To Read This

There has been a lot of articles about dogs biting babies and some of them have been fatal, so I thought that this was a good article for any one that has a dog and a new born child.

Dogs & Storks™ … New DVD is an Economical Choice for Expectant Families Preparing Ahead for Baby

As highlighted in the Wall Street Journal, expectant families with dogs are learning it pays off to prepare ahead! The new Dogs&Storks™ DVD made its grand entrance in Bone Appetit Bakery gift bags at an Oscars event at the Beverly Hills luxury suite in February. This new DVD is the latest offering from the first national program that prepares families with dogs for life with baby.

Cary, NC (PRWEB) March 26, 2009 -- Dogs&Storks™ is the first national baby preparation program where dogs are the focus. Answering the call of many expectant parents, the new DVD is an economical choice and sets the groundwork for success before baby arrives. Hundreds of families have benefited from the Dogs&Storks™ national baby preparation program. Now, the updated DVD offers access to thousands more, providing practical education and support during pregnancy, and helping to increase safety and decrease concerns many new parents have about their family dog.

Dogs&Storks™ DVD is a two-for-one package providing a video taped Dogs&Storks™ Consultation along with a fully-narrated slide presentation. Bursting with information and tips, expectant families are introduced to the subtle language of dogs, taught ways to include their dog before and after baby arrives, and so much more. Narrator and Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) Jennifer Shryock has been hands-on with families and dogs for over 15 years. Ms. Shryock has a Bachelors Degree in Special Education and is herself an expectant mother with three young children. Along with her private dog behavior consulting business, Family Paws, the Shryock family has fostered over 70 dogs and numerous cats over the years, providing ample hands-on learning opportunities. It was through fostering and activities in dog rescue that Ms. Shryock first saw the need for a specialized education for new and expectant families.

Frequently, dogs are abandoned or re-homed because parents don't know about or have access to available support and resources. Now, the Dogs&Storks™ DVD fills this need by discussing common concerns and the behavioral challenges seen by expectant and new parents. Preparing ahead of time as well as practicing new routines before baby arrives makes all the difference in the world, according to Ms. Shryock. Her love for dogs and children coupled with a passion for education has driven Jennifer Shryock to create and share Dogs&Storks™. "I want to make education available even before they know they need it!" states Shryock. Ms. Shryock believes that by offering Dogs&Storks™ nationally through qualified presenters, this education will become as common as childbirth classes. That is tail wagging news for dogs everywhere!

What are some of the most frequent questions asked over the years?
"How do we prepare our dog for baby?"
"How should we introduce our baby to the dog?"
"What does it mean when my dog barks at the crib while my baby is crying?"
"Will he be jealous and take it out on the baby?"
"What if he won't accept the baby?"

Common comments we hear that demonstrate the need for education include:
"He just knows the baby is ours and he protects him."
"He is the first one to run when the baby cries ... it is so cute."
"It is so cute when he licks the baby all over. He just loves the baby."
"We were told to put the baby on the floor and let the dogs sniff him."

"This last comment is the most alarming, and yes - we still hear parents say that someone has advised them to put the baby on the floor and allow the dog to sniff them when they first arrive home," states Ms. Shryock, It is dangerous misinformation such as this that has prompted Jennifer to create a team of uniquely qualified dog professionals throughout the United States and Canada to present this specialized program in many communities. Currently, there are 45 licensed presenters in the United States and Canada.

Jennifer Shryock is dedicated to providing accurate, practical and affordable education for professionals and families regarding safety and fun between children and family dogs. She offers a variety of programs and presentations from which all communities can benefit. Education is essential to proactive prevention; knowledge and awareness are empowering.

To find your local Dogs & Storks™ program, please visit www.dogsandstorks.com.
Jennifer is available as a resource to families, professionals and the media.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Finally Tons Of Dog Food Will Be Used

Fourteen tons of dog food that has been lying around at the Seatac Airport will finally be used for animals. They have been sitting at the airport for months just waiting to be used and after months of debating they will finally be going to the King County and the Seattle Animal Shelter along with two hundred and ninety North West Harvest food banks.

You would have thought that in this day and age it would have been a no brainer to figure out where to send the food.

Read the article by Parella Lewis here.

Monday, March 23, 2009

The Reality Of Bring Your Dog To A Pound

I came across this ad in Craigslist and it was a rude awakening to read this.

For those of you thinking of giving your pet to the pound...READ THIS (ALL)

As a shelter manager, I am going to share a little insight with you all. ..a view from the inside if you will.

So how would you feel if you knew that there's about a 90% chance that dog will never walk out of the shelter it is going to be dumped at? Purebred or not! About 50% of all of the dogs that are "owner surrenders" or "strays" that come into my shelter are purebred dogs.

The most common excuses I hear are;

"We are moving and we can't take our dog (or cat)." Really? Where are you moving to that doesn't allow pets and why did you choose that place instead of a pet friendly home?

Or they say "The dog got bigger than we thought it would". How big did you think a German Shepherd would get?

"We don't have time for her". Really? I work a 10- 12 hour day and still have time for my 6 dogs!

"She' s tearing up our yard". How about making her a part of your family?

"We're having a child/second child and don't have time for our pet." You took it upon YOURSELF to bring this pet into your world, not the other way around, much like your decision to bring a child into it. You have a responsibility TO BOTH CREATURES THAT DEPEND ON YOU FOR THEIR SHELTER, CARE, WELLBEING AND AFFECTION. Letting one down for the other is inexcusable. There are many, many resources on the web, through trainers, even rescues that will aid you in creating a happy and safe home for ALL of your charges, two-legged and four!

They always tell me:

"We just don't want to have to stress about finding a place for her we know she'll get adopted, she's a good dog."Odds are your pet won't get adopted & how stressful do you think being in a shelter is? Well, let me tell you, your pet has 72 hours to find a new family from the moment you drop it off.

Sometimes a little longer if the shelter isn't full and your dog manages to stay completely healthy. If it sniffles, it dies.

Your pet will be confined to a small run/kennel in a room with about 25 other barking or crying animals. It will have to relieve itself where it eats and sleeps.

It will be depressed and it will cry constantly for the family that abandoned it.

If your pet is lucky, I will have enough volunteers in that day to take him/her for a walk. If I don't, your pet won't get any attention besides having a bowl of food slid under the kennel door and the waste sprayed out of its pen with a high-powered hose.

If your dog is big, black or any of the "Bully" breeds (pit bull, rottie, mastiff, etc) it was pretty much dead when you walked it through the front door.

Those dogs just don't get adopted.

It doesn't matter how 'sweet' or 'well behaved' they are. If your dog doesn't get adopted within its 72 hours and the shelter is full, it will be destroyed.

If the shelter isn't full and your dog is good enough, and of a desirable enough breed it may get a stay of execution, but not for long.

Most dogs get very kennel protective after about a week and are destroyed for showing aggression. Even the sweetest dogs will turn in this environment.

If your pet makes it over all of those hurdles chances are it will get kennel cough or an upper respiratory infection and will be destroyed because shelters just don't have the funds to pay for even a $100 treatment.

Here's a little euthanasia 101 for those of you that have never witnessed a perfectly healthy, scared animal being "put-down"....

First, your pet will be taken from its kennel on a leash. They always look like they think they are going for a walk - happy, wagging their tails.

Until, they get to "The Room", every one of them freak out and put the brakes on when we get to the door. It must smell like death or they can feel the sad souls that are left in there, it's strange, but it happens with every one of them.

Your dog or cat will be restrained, held down by 1 or 2 vet techs depending on the size and how freaked out they are.

Then a euthanasia tech or a vet will start the process. They will find a vein in the front leg and inject a lethal dose of the "pink stuff".

Hopefully your pet doesn't panic from being restrained and jerk. I've seen the needles tear out of a leg and been covered with the resulting blood and been deafened by the yelps and screams.

They all don't just "go to sleep", sometimes they spasm for a while, gasp for air and defecate on themselves.

Remember, you took on the responsibility for this pet - not the other way around. Their lives depend on YOU.

My Dog Barked 16 Times, So Now He’s Got To Go?

That’s what a family from Maryport, UK is saying because a neighbor had complained that their dog barked sixteen times one week.
So now their twelve year old son has started a petition with the help from local people to fight losing their dog Fluke.
Now that is one uncaring neighbor to complain because a dog barked. Just because the dog barked a few times they might even be evicted from their apartment.

Read the story by Jenny Barwise here.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Dog Burner Gets Off Easy In Mississippi

We all remember reading about the guy who burned his Pit bull alive. Well Adams County, Miss. Judge Charlie Vess has only given Travis Bradford six months in jail for setting his dog on fire with lighter fluid.
You would think that after a quote like this (It is one of the most horrific things that I've ever had to deal with and I've been a judge for almost twenty years) Judge Vess would have stood up like a man and giving this lowlife a long time behind bars. To say that it’s only a misdemeanor in his state is a bunch of bull.

Read the sad article here.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Has Dog Breeding Gone Too Far

Well it has in a town called Bellevue, Tenn. when a woman ( I use that word lightly ) named Mary Cook has been arrested for running a puppy mill out of an apartment. The article said that the apartment was such a mess and the little cages were even worse. To top it off three dogs died due to lack of water and Mary just dumped them in the dumpster. Now if that isn’t a lowlife I don’t know, I hope the judge throws the book at her.

Read the heart breaking article by Deanna Lambert here.

See the video here.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

So You Own A Pet, You Just Might Want To Get Pet Insurance

The North American Pet Health Insurance Association and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals explains why.

For Today's Pet Owners, Health Insurance Has Become Critical
The current economy may be driving even more pet owners to seek pet health care coverage. The North American Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA) represents leading pet insurance providers in North America and in this difficult economy the association finds opportunity for the pet insurance industry to protect and insure more pets. Pet insurance has been available in North America for over twenty five years, still only 2-3% of insurable pets are covered.

Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) March 18, 2009 -- The current economy may be driving even more pet owners to seek pet health care coverage. The North American Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA) represents leading pet insurance providers in North America and in this difficult economy the association finds opportunity for the pet insurance industry to protect and insure more pets. Pet insurance has been available in North America for over twenty five years, still only 2-3% of insurable pets are covered. The market however is very strong and has grown over 300% in just the past few years. More pet health insurance providers, a wider range of pet insurance options, more competition, and now the economy, have all played a role in the positive growth of the market.

According to NAPHIA Executive Director, Loran Hickton, "The current economy makes pet insurance critically important for pet health and the financial wellbeing of all pet owners. Pet owners simply don't have the disposable income to cover emergencies or even routine pet health care. Many pet owners have relied on credit cards to cover emergency care, surgery and other unforeseen veterinary care. This has become more complicated and problematic due to the economy. Clearly, credit cards are no longer an option for many pet owners."

Veterinary bills have been escalating. Invoices well over $1000 are not unusual. This is NOT a budgeted expense and thus most families are totally unprepared and without readily accessible financial resources. We need to find ways that pets can receive the best care possible for the conditions that they have while concurrently insuring that pet owners have the ability to make decisions from their hearts and not from the pocketbooks," according to Peter Weinstein, a veterinarian in California and Executive Director, Southern California Veterinary Medical Association.

Financial institutions are unilaterally reducing lines of credit, raising interest rates and charging additional fees for the use of credit cards. The United States government is stepping in to better protect consumers through tougher regulations on changing the terms and fees of credit cards. During a recent Senate hearing (Feb.09), Senator Chris Dodd, chair of the Senate Banking Committee, stated, "At a time when our economy is in a crisis and consumers are struggling financially, credit-card companies in too many cases are gouging them, hiking interest rates on customers who pay on time and consistently meet the terms of their credit-card agreements."

"While senator Dodd and members of his committee work on legislation to better protect consumers, the current economy and changing credit cards terms make pet insurance more important than ever before," according to Hickton. "As an industry, pet insurance now has an opportunity serve all pet owners and provide needed protection and value. Our pets have become beloved members of our families; certainly most of us want to provide them with the same care we would expect for ourselves. Pet insurance is the means to provide needed care. More pet owners are facing the choice of paying their utility bills or providing care for their pets. Some face a far worse decision: the excruciating choice between providing necessary care or euthanizing their pet."

Research by the American Veterinary Medical Association shows the pets are truly members of the American family. About 60% of U.S. households have at least one dog, cat, bird, or other companion animal. Many have more than one. There are more than 72 million pet dogs in the U.S. and nearly 82 million pet cats. Pet owners spent $24.5 billion on veterinary medicine in 2006, more than double what they paid 10 years earlier.

For more information contact the North American Pet Health Insurance Association, call 1-412-319-7730 or visit www.naphia.org.

While Emily Pointer from American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals exsplains the different cost that are related to Prevention or Treatment.
These number are really a rude awakening when you start to see the different cost that you just might be paying.

Read the article here.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Petland Being Sued For Sick Puppy Mill Dogs

Petland Inc. from Chillicothe, Ohio is being sued for selling sick puppies that were raised in unfit puppy mills. So how many of you had brought your dog from Petland, you might want to find out a little more about this suit if your dog was sick and cost you money from bring your dog to the Vet.

The lawsuit was filed by the Humane Society in the US District Court in Phoenix, AZ

Read the article here.

Wanted: Stolen Humane Society Truck & Dogs

A truck that was used for animal rescue was stolen right in front of an animal rescue worker named Shoshana Rothschild in New Orleans yesterday. The truck also had three dogs, a St. Bernard-Doberman, Miniature Pinscher-Dachshund and a Miniature Pinscher inside it when it was taken.

The Humane Society of Louisiana is asking for your help and offering a reward to help find a tan 2003 Chevy Silverado, 2500 HD Series with Texas license plate number 40CV73.
If you see this truck Please call 1-800-6-HUMANE.

Read the article here.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Two Types Of Dogs That Have Killed

Here are two different articles about the bad side of dogs. The first one is a little strange on why two dogs would attack their owner. It makes you wonder, were they trained or did the owner abuse the dogs to make them attack him.
The second article is mainly due to not have your dog’s rabies vaccine done. That’s what happened in these country were most people are unable to afford the shots. So you just might what to check and see if your dog’s shots are up to date.

There were two Bullmastiffs who brutally attacked their owner and kill him in Rancho Mirage, CA

Read the article by Jack Noyes here.

While over in Angola, Africa there has been an outbreak of a severe type of rabies that has already killed ninety three kids. That’s just the tip of the iceberg that has untreated dogs affecting more than half the world.

Read the article by Donald G McNeil JR here.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

A New Way To Help Support An Animal Shelter

Well it took a mother of a six year old girl named Katie Collins to come up with the idea of holding her daughter’s Birthday Party at the Humane Society of Black Hills, South Dakota.

Just reading the article it sounded like it was a hit with the kids and the dogs made out with all the gifts. Not bad for a little love for the animals to help bring some awareness to the cause. Already one of the comments that was posted on the page had a guy who was going to adopt one of the dogs.

Read the article by Jan Hill here.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

See The World's Oldest Dog

Here's an update that was e-mailed to me about a dog who was a famous Australian cattle dog named Bluey who lived to be twenty nine years, five months and seven days old a record that has never been beaten.

Read the article by Eric Shackle here.

Friday, March 13, 2009

187 Dogs Rounded Up In Oregon

Photo by OHS

A guy named Ted Tellefson from Burns,Oregon has been charged with animal neglect for having around two hundred dogs running around his property.

Barbara Baugnon from the Humane Society said; He'd just put out a bag of food a day and let the dogs compete for it, some are well fed, some are very, very skinny.

I must say that sure is a lot of dogs to have running around your yard, let alone trying to clean up after them. The guy must have meant well until it got out of hand.

Read the story by Joseph B Frazier here.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Breeders Dogs & Other Animals Die In Fire

A dog breeder from Linn County, IA has just lost thirty of her dogs and a bunch of other animals when her barn went on fire this morning.

It’s a shame to read about the animals dyeing in the fire due to a possible electrical fire.

Read the article here.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Alaska Canine Cookies Being Recalled

Alaska Canine Cookies are recalling some of their pet treats due to the risk of salmonella from Peanuts that when from the Peanut Corporation of America.

Read the article here.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Pet Naturals Offers New Soft Crews For Your Pet

'Pet Naturals Soft Chews: Treat your Pet to Better Health'

ANAHEIM, Calif., March 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2009 Natural Product Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center showcases how maintaining a healthy lifestyle for your pet has now become a treat with Soft Chews by Pet Naturals of Vermont. The complete line of delicious soft chew supplements is condition specific and highly palatable. This is an extremely exciting addition to the health care category for both owners and their pets. Pet owners know that their companion is receiving the highest quality vitamins and supplements while the pet thinks they are receiving a treat!

"Much like humans, pets require a daily amount of nutrition that is often not attained in food alone. Traditional supplements in the tablet or capsule form meant that pet owners had to force their beloved companions to ingest something that tasted awful, leaving more compassionate owners to become creative by wrapping the supplements with a flavored treat," says Katy Bacon, Manager at Pet Naturals of Vermont Why not combine taste and nutrition? Well, Dr. Roger V. Kendall, Ph. D. answered this question five years ago. As a founding member of the National Animal Supplement Council (http://www.nasc.cc), Dr. Kendall sought to create vitamin and supplements that not only addressed specific conditions but also passed the palatability test in pets. Pet Naturals Soft Chews scored in the high 80-percentile range for cats and high 90-percentile range for dogs; the passing score of traditional supplements in tablet or capsule form was 60- percent.

The Pet Naturals product line of soft chews offers a variety of health benefits, from Multi-Vitamins to condition specific formulas. Among those are Hip + Joint soft chews, which support joint structure, Skin + Coat soft chews, which aid in maintaining a healthy coat and Calming soft chews to help your dog or cat mellow out. While results for the Hip + Joint formula may take up to thirty days, the Calming formula takes effect in as little as twenty minutes. According to product research, milk protein and amino acids are credited with having a rapid calming effect in pets. You can visit popular stores such as PetCo and Whole Foods to purchase these products. For more info please visit http://www.petnaturals.com/, email info@petnatruals.com or call 800.451.5190 ext 3360.

Pet Naturals of Vermont is committed to "helping pets live healthier lives".

Suburban Dog House Helps Kentucky's REACH Program

Suburban Dog House Helps REACH Behind Bars to Reform Golden Retrievers
Online dog specialty store, Suburban Dog House, contributed a year's worth of toys to a non-profit program that matches rescued dogs with inmates for a 6-week obedience and rehabilitation program.

Trappe, Pennsylvania (PRWEB) March 8, 2009 -- Online dog specialty store, Suburban Dog House, donated needed dog toys for the REACH prison program at the Kentucky State Men's Reformatory. Members of non-profit group, Golden Retriever Rescue Adoption and Needy Dogs (GRRAND) contacted Suburban Dog House in need of toys for their golden retrievers in the program. "We wanted to help the dogs, because the rehab work being done with them is amazing. They get intense training from their prison handlers and come out ready to be adopted. Many of these dogs would have been hard to place without this program," says Kelly Paster, of Suburban Dog House, Inc.

Diane Knego director of the REACH program explained that the benefits were twofold. The inmates have the opportunity to learn a valuable skill and responsibility and the dogs find loving adoptive homes. "It's a win-win for all involved and all about second chances," said Knego. About six dogs at a time are in the program and they spend six weeks living and working with a total of twelve inmates. Two inmate handlers are assigned for each dog. Inmates have been carefully screened and do not have a history of animal abuse.

Suburban Dog House supplied two toys for each dog in or entering the program this year. Because the dogs may not have had previous toys, a good strong rope toy and a soft, durable canvas toy that were large enough for a golden retriever were chosen. "The toys fill a need for play, chewing and comfort important for all healthy dogs," said Paster. Michele Kierle, animal behaviorist will be teaching the inmates how to care for the dogs and proper training techniques. The training includes basic obedience, house training, leash manners and socialization. The hardest case dogs are slotted for the program since they require intense re-training. Michele hopes the program will expand as an opportunity to save dogs that would be put down.

The Warden at the Kentucky State Reformatory Men's Prison who has introduced this program in two other prisons initiated the program. GRRAND is thrilled to partner with the prison on the program and Suburban Dog House is happy to donate the needed toys. The program started in January 2009 and all the dogs from the first graduating class have been adopted.

About Suburban Dog House, Inc.:
Suburban Dog House was established in 2005 and is an online dog specialty retail store selling toys, dog beds, collars, clothing, harnesses and many other products for dogs and dog lovers. Quality products and information can be found online at www.SuburbanDogHouse.com.

Kelly Paster
Suburban Dog House, Inc.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 10167 Is Sponsoring A Benefit For A Service Dog For A Disabled Little Girl

Sometimes we just think of a dog as a dog, but there are some dogs that will help change a person’s life. A little girl named Jennifer Petersen is in need of a trained service dog that just might save her life one day. Little Jennifer suffers with cerebral palsy and has seizures from having epilepsy so one day her mother was wondering what they were going to do the next time Jennifer had a seizure and they weren’t around. That’s when the idea of a dog came in and with the kind help from the Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 10167 her dreams will come true.

Little Jennifer can use all they help they can get to help pay for her new friend to be that will share her journey though live and help her live one day at a time.

Read the article by Camille C. Spencer here.

To Help Donate….
The Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 10167, 4619 Bartelt Road in Holiday, is sponsoring a benefit dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday for Jennifer Petersen, a 7-year-old with scoliosis and epilepsy who needs a training dog. Tickets are $10.
To learn more, call Judy Kennedy, benefit chairwoman, at (727) 376-2839.
If you'd like to donate money to help the Petersen family purchase Jennifer's specially trained dog, make checks payable to Judy Kennedy, benefit chairwoman, P.O. Box 433, Elfers, FL 34680. Checks will be sent to 4 Paws in Ohio.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Two Week Old Child Kill By Family Dog

This is a real sad day for the family in Mesa, AZ whose little two week old child that was killed by their dog. I read the article and you just don’t know that things like this happen and who would have thought that your pet dog would have done this, but it did happen. What make this even worse were the comments that were left by the local readers on the site. You would think people would be offering comfort to the family that had just gone though one tragic night with the lost of their child.

We all know that even a well trained dog could have done this too, but to belittle a family is so upsetting to read about. So I thought that I would say that my Prayers go out to the family and their child.

Read the article by Marc Ybarra here.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Denver’s Animal Shelter Described As Inadequate

The animal shelter in Denver, CO has come under fire again for lack of upkeep and contributing to sick animals.

Yes this is a blow to the shelter, but after watching the video they are saying if we had the new shelter that is being built this wouldn’t over happened. I agree with Denver City Councilman Doug Linkhart who said: he believes the problem isn't money, its management.

Yes it so easy to try and pass the buck off on others when you are the one in charge, you who have thought that he would have asked the town for more help. I just hate to see my buddies being neglected and to read about an animal shelter neglecting animals makes it even worse.

Read the article here.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Dogs & More Dogs Need To Be Adopted With Your Help

Greyhound Pets of America will be holding an adoption day on March 14th at the PetSmart in Spring Hills, Tenn. These guys need your help to bring them to a loving home because every year there are twenty thousand greyhounds that are retired and if there are not adopted they will be killed. How sad is that, you would think that after all the money these owners made off their dogs they would at least give them a good home. Maybe they should ban the racing sport all together to help save these animals from being destroyed.

Read the article by Greg Menza here.

While over in Cherokee County, GA the State Inspectors had their hands full when they seized one hundred & thirty dogs from a breeder today. They received help with the dogs by the Atlanta Humane Society who took the dogs in even though it will put a big strain on them.

Hopefully these dogs will be adopted in the coming weeks.

Read the article here.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Bark Busters Poisons Safety Tips

Bark Busters Offers 'Dogs and Poisons Safety Tips' for National Animal Poison Prevention Week

Put safety first by knowing what poisons lurk in your home and yard Since dogs, especially young dogs, are naturally curious creatures, it is important that we know and remain vigilant about potential poisons that our snooping pooches may find and ingest
Just because something is safe for people to ingest, doesn't necessarily mean it is safe for our canine companions to also eat. By following these tips, you can take the steps to protect your dog from these dangers.

Englewood, Colo. (PRWEB) March 2, 2009 -- In honor of National Animal Poison Prevention Week March 16, Bark Busters, the world's largest dog training company, wants to help dog owners take special precautions to protect their canine companions from surprisingly common toxins. Not only is it important to take preventative measures with toxic materials found both inside and outside the home, but it is also vital to be able to recognize the signs indicating a dog has ingested something poisonous and know what actions to take.

"Since dogs, especially young dogs, are naturally curious creatures, it is important that we know and remain vigilant about potential poisons that our snooping pooches may find and ingest," said Liam Crowe, CEO and master dog behavioral therapist of Bark Busters USA. "Just because something is safe for people to ingest, doesn't necessarily mean it is safe for our canine companions to also eat. By following these tips, you can take the steps to protect your dog from these dangers."

Dogs and Poisons Safety Tips:

Toxic foods include chocolate, avocado, onions and garlic, raisins and grapes, alcoholic drinks, caffeinated beverages, macadamia nuts, and chewing gum with xylitol.

Many plants (even dead or dried) are toxic to pets. In some cases, only certain parts of the plant are dangerous (leaves, fruit, seeds). Be aware of the toxic plants that grow in your home and surroundings (both cultivated and wild), and keep your pets away from them or remove them entirely.

Other toxins found outside include mushrooms and garden mulch.

Keep your pets off lawns or gardens that have been treated with fertilizers, herbicides or insecticides. If your dog has come in contact with treated lawns or has walked on snow or ice treated with ice-melt, wipe his feet clean as soon as you get home to avoid the possibility of him licking his paws and ingesting the poison. Store all chemicals in cabinets and other places your pet can't reach.

Real danger to pets continues from antifreeze/coolant, even though animal-friendly products are now available (usually made with propylene glycol, not ethylene glycol). Always wipe up antifreeze leaks or spills of any size. Attracted to the sweet taste, pets can die from kidney failure if they ingest even a small amount of this very toxic material.

Store poisonous baits to rid your home of pests (rodents, snails, insects, etc.) in places that your pooch cannot access. Like antifreeze, some baits smell sweet but are very toxic to pets, causing severe internal bleeding.

Other household items poisonous to pets include household cleaners (the fumes can be noxious) and heavy metals such as lead, found in paint chips and linoleum.

Consult with your veterinarian before giving your dog any vitamin, herbal supplement or medication made for humans. Even small doses of medications of any kind--whether for humans or pets--can be lethal to pets. Keep all medicines well out of your dog's reach.

Symptoms of poisoning (toxicity) in your pet can include:

Vomiting/upset stomach
Labored OR shallow breathing
Increased OR decreased heart rate
Hyperactivity OR sluggishness/lethargy
Increased thirst OR lack of thirst or hunger
Dilated pupils
Stumbling or staggering
Seizures or tremors
Loss of consciousness

If you think your dog has ingested a dangerous substance, contact your veterinarian or local animal hospital immediately. If you are advised to bring the dog into the clinic, be sure to take along the packaging of the item or a sample of the plant you think your dog may have eaten. This will help the veterinarian to know how best to treat your pet.

Also consult with your veterinarian for a detailed list of all potentially poisonous items and substances found around your home.

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April Is Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals Month

ASPCA(R) Gets Ready to 'Go Orange for Animals'

Nation's First Humane Organization Celebrates Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month this April

NEW YORK, March 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This April, the ASPCA(R) (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals(R)) will once again commemorate Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month - an extremely important month for animals. From its beginnings three years ago as a small grassroots adoption event in New York City, the ASPCA's April celebrations have mushroomed into a nationwide celebration of the human-animal bond and the organization's victories on behalf of animals.

"We are encouraging everyone, young and old, to 'Go Orange for Animals' and support the ASPCA during the month of April," said ASPCA President & CEO Ed Sayres. "Whether you hold a bake sale, a benefit concert, or take time to volunteer at your local animal shelter, your contribution will make a difference."

The ASPCA will officially kick off the month on April 7 when iconic buildings and landmarks across the country such as the Empire State Building, Sears Tower and Niagara Falls will support the ASPCA's life-saving work as they light up in its signature color and "Go Orange for Animals."

And on the heels - or shall we say paws - of the April 7 lightings, the ASPCA will continue its month-long 'Going Orange for Animals' celebration with three rain-or-shine events:

Tuesday, April 7 in New York City- there will be an all-out celebration in the Big Apple from 4-8 p.m. (Eastern) in New York City's Union Square Park. The event will feature adoptable animals, live music, and refreshments. Humane Law Enforcement Officers from Animal Planet's Animal Precinct will be on-hand, as well as ASPCA Behaviorists, Animal Poison Control Experts and a variety of pet-friendly festivities that will appeal to pet-lovers of all ages.
Saturday, April 18 in Austin, Texas - Austin pet-lovers and their four-legged friends are invited to join the ASPCA and its Austin ASPCA(R) Mission: Orange(TM) partners at the Rock Garden area of Zilker Park. The festivities will begin with the ASPCA's first annual 'Wag-n-Walk' 1 mile Dog Walk at 11 a.m. (Central). After the walk has concluded at 12 noon, a festival will feature adoptable animals from Town Lake Animal Center and the Austin Humane Society, discounted services and information from local spay/neuter groups like Animal Trustees of Austin and Emancipet, music, refreshments for both humans and canines, ASPCA experts, and a variety of pet-friendly festivities that will appeal to pet-lovers of all ages (including a doggy obstacle course!).
Saturday, April 25 in Venice Beach, Calif. - West Coast pet-lovers and their four-legged counterparts are invited to the Windward Plaza area of Venice Beach to participate in the ASPCA's first annual 'Wag-n-Walk' 1.5 mile Dog Walk at 11 a.m. (Pacific). Immediately following the walk, walk participants and the general public will be invited to enjoy a celebration at 12 noon featuring adoptable animals from Los Angeles rescue group, Bark Avenue Foundation, a remote broadcast and giveaways from L.A. radio stations KOST-FM and KTLK-AM, ASPCA experts, refreshments, and a variety of pet-friendly festivities that will appeal to pet-lovers of all ages.

Also new to this year's celebration of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month is the ASPCA Ambassadors Program. ASPCAAmbassadors.org is a new online network which will give ASPCA supporters across the country the chance to become an "ASPCA Ambassador" by either registering to participate in an ASPCA Event - such as our upcoming April 'Wag-n-Walk' events in Austin, Tex., or Venice Beach, Calif., or by holding a personal event this April in their community - be it a bake sale, car wash, or bike-athon on our behalf. If you are planning an event, please visit www.ASPCAAmbassadors.org between March 1 and May 4 to enter the ASPCA's Community Leader Contest - which will award the winner with the most extraordinary 'Go Orange' efforts a $500 American Express Gift Card and a $1,000 grant to the animal shelter or rescue group of their choice.

In 2009, the ASPCA welcomed the addition of three corporate partners who pledged to support Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month - Subaru and Dogpile.com as presenting sponsors, and Clorox, the makers of Fresh Step, as a national sponsor - further expanding the reach of this important campaign into the mainstream consciousness.

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month is held appropriately each year in April to honor the anniversary of the ASPCA's founding in 1866. For more information about the ASPCA's rich history and how you can be a voice for animals, please visit www.ASPCAApril.org.

About the ASPCA(R)

Founded in 1866, the ASPCA(R) (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals(R)) was the first humane organization established in the Americas, and today has more than one million supporters throughout North America. A 501 [c] [3] not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA's mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. The ASPCA provides local and national leadership in animal-assisted therapy, animal behavior, animal poison control, anti-cruelty, humane education, legislative services, and shelter outreach. The New York City headquarters houses a full-service, accredited, animal hospital, adoption center, and mobile clinic outreach program. The Humane Law Enforcement department enforces New York's animal cruelty laws and is featured on the reality television series "Animal Precinct" on Animal Planet. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Three Dogs Earn Their Spot In Wisconsin Pet Hall Of Fame

Three dogs who stood out among many other dogs that won was a mixed Labrador/ Beagle named Chloee, a Dachshund named Frankie and a Maltese named Peaches N Cream. These dogs are not like another kind of dog, each one of them was picked for their skills that they each learned.

It’s always nice to read about a dog who has met the challenge to be helpful to a person in need. These dogs were trained by professionals who cared enough to teach them their skills. Most of us just take for granted that we own a dog but these guys are the ones who brought true love to the ones in need like Peaches N Cream who help save a little girl that went into a diabetic coma and Chloee who is a service dog and a therapy dog that helps a guy who is in a wheelchair. And we all remember Frankie the dog who walks around in his own wheelchair that helps teach us not to give up no matter what.

Yes they are special bunch of dogs.

Read the article by Andy Nelesen here.