Monday, August 31, 2009

Sometimes You Just Don't Know Who's Dog You Just Rescued

Great Dog Story and well worth the reading!!!!!

They told me the big black Lab's name was Reggie
as I looked at him lying in his pen. the shelter was
clean, no-kill, and the people really friendly.
I'd only been in the area for six months, but everywhere
I went in the small college town, people were welcoming and open.
Everyone waves when you pass them on the

But something was still missing as I attempted to
settle in to my new life here, and I thought a dog
couldn't hurt. Give me someone to talk to.
And I had just seen Reggie's advertisement on the local
news. The shelter said they had received numerous
calls right after, but they said the people who had come
down to see him just didn't look like "Lab
people," whatever that meant. They must've
thought I did.

But at first, I thought the shelter had misjudged me
in giving me Reggie and his things, which consisted of a dog pad, bag of toys almost all of which were brand new tennis
balls, his dishes, and a sealed letter from his previous
owner. See, Reggie and I didn't really hit it off
when we got home. We struggled for two weeks (which is
how long the shelter told me to give him to adjust to his
new home). Maybe it was the fact that I was trying to
adjust, too. Maybe we were too much alike.

For some reason, his stuff (except for the tennis
balls - he wouldn't go anywhere without two stuffed in
his mouth) got tossed in with all of my other unpacked
boxes. I guess I didn't really think he'd need
all his old stuff, that I'd get him new things once he
settled in. but it became pretty clear pretty soon
that he wasn't going to.

I tried the normal commands the shelter told me he
knew, ones like "sit" and "stay" and
"come" and "heel," and he'd follow
them - when he felt like it. He never really seemed to
listen when I called his name - sure, he'd look in my
direction after the fourth of fifth time I said it, but then
he'd just go back to doing whatever. When I'd
ask again, you could almost see him sigh and then grudgingly

This just wasn't going to work. He chewed a
couple shoes and some unpacked boxes. I was a little
too stern with him and he resented it, I could tell.
The friction got so bad that I couldn't wait for the two
weeks to be up, and when it was, I was in full-on search
mode for my cellphone amid all of my unpacked stuff. I
remembered leaving it on the stack of boxes for the guest
room, but I also mumbled, rather cynically, that the
"damn dog probably hid it on me."

Finally I found it, but before I could punch up the
shelter's number, I also found his pad and other toys
from the shelter. I tossed the pad in Reggie's
direction and he snuffed it and wagged, some of the most
enthusiasm I'd seen since bringing him home. But
then I called, "Hey, Reggie, you like that? Come
here and I'll give you a treat." Instead, he
sort of glanced in my direction - maybe "glared"
is more accurate - and then gave a discontented sigh and
flopped down. With his back to me.

Well, that's not going to do it either, I
thought. And I punched the shelter phone number.

But I hung up when I saw the sealed envelope. I
had completely forgotten about that, too. "Okay,
Reggie," I said out loud, "let's see if
your previous owner has any advice".... .....

____________ _________ _________ _________

Whoever Gets My Dog:
Well, I can't say that I'm
happy you're reading this, a letter I told the shelter
could only be opened by Reggie's new owner.
I'm not even happy writing it. If you're
reading this, it means I just got back from my last car ride
with my Lab after dropping him off at the shelter. He
knew something was different. I have packed up his pad
and toys before and set them by the back door before a trip,
but this time... it's like he knew something was
wrong. And something is wrong... which is why I have
to go to try to make it right.

So let me tell you about my Lab in
the hopes that it will help you bond with him and he with

First, he loves tennis balls.
the more the merrier. Sometimes I think he's part
squirrel, the way he hordes them. He usually always
has two in his mouth, and he tries to get a third in
there. Hasn't done it yet. Doesn't
matter where you throw them, he'll bound after it, so be
careful - really don't do it by any roads. I made
that mistake once, and it almost cost him

Next, commands. Maybe the
shelter staff already told you, but I'll go over them
again: Reggie knows the obvious ones -
"sit," "stay," "come,"
"heel." He knows hand signals:
"back" to turn around and go back when you put
your hand straight up; and "over" if you put your
hand out right or left. "Shake" for shaking
water off, and "paw" for a high-five. He
does "down" when he feels like lying down - I bet
you could work on that with him some more. He knows
"ball" and "food" and "bone"
and "treat" like nobody's

I trained Reggie with small food
treats. Nothing opens his ears like little pieces of
hot dog.

Feeding schedule: twice a
day, once about seven in the morning, and again at six in
the evening. Regular store-bought stuff; the shelter
has the brand.

He's up on his shots.
Call the clinic on 9th Street and update his info with
yours; they'll make sure to send you reminders for when
he's due. Be forewarned: Reggie hates the
vet. Good luck getting him in the car - I don't
know how he knows when it's time to go to the vet, but
he knows.

Finally, give him some time.
I've never been married, so it's only been Reggie
and me for his whole life. He's gone everywhere
with me, so please include him on your daily car rides if
you can. He sits well in the backseat, and he
doesn't bark or complain. He just loves to be
around people, and me most especially.

Which means that this transition is
going to be hard, with him going to live with someone

And that's why I need to share
one more bit of info with you....

His name's not

I don't know what made me do
it, but when I dropped him off at the shelter, I told them
his name was Reggie. He's a smart dog, he'll
get used to it and will respond to it, of that I have no
doubt. but I just couldn't bear to give them his
real name. For me to do that, it seemed so final, that
handing him over to the shelter was as good as me admitting
that I'd never see him again. And if I end up
coming back, getting him, and tearing up this letter, it
means everything's fine. But if someone else is
reading it, well... well it means that his new owner should
know his real name. It'll help you bond with
him. Who knows, maybe you'll even notice a change
in his demeanor if he's been giving you

His real name is Tank.

Because that is what I

Again, if you're reading this
and you're from the area, maybe my name has been on the
news. I told the shelter that they couldn't make
"Reggie" available for adoption until they
received word from my company commander. See, my
parents are gone, I have no siblings, no one I could've
left Tank with... and it was my only real request of the
Army upon my deployment to Iraq, that they make one phone
call the shelter... in the "event"... to tell
them that Tank could be put up for adoption. Luckily,
my colonel is a dog guy, too, and he knew where my platoon
was headed. He said he'd do it
personally. And if you're reading this, then
he made good on his word.

Well, this letter is getting to
downright depressing, even though, frankly, I'm just
writing it for my dog. I couldn't imagine if I was
writing it for a wife and kids and family. but still,
Tank has been my family for the last six years, almost as
long as the Army has been my family.

And now I hope and pray that you
make him part of your family and that he will adjust and
come to love you the same way he loved me.

That unconditional love from a dog
is what I took with me to Iraq as an inspiration to do
something selfless, to protect innocent people from those
who would do terrible things... and to keep those terrible
people from coming over here. If I had to give up Tank
in order to do it, I am glad to have done so. He was
my example of service and of love. I hope I honored
him by my service to my country and comrades.

All right, that's enough.
I deploy this evening and have to drop this letter off at
the shelter. I don't think I'll say another
good-bye to Tank, though. I cried too much the first
time. Maybe I'll peek in on him and see if he
finally got that third tennis ball in his

Good luck with Tank. Give him
a good home, and give him an extra kiss goodnight - every
night - from me

Thank you, Paul

____________ _________ _________ _______

I folded
the letter and slipped it back in the envelope. Sure I
had heard of Paul Mallory, everyone in town knew him, even
new people like me. Local kid, killed in Iraq a few
months ago and posthumously earning the Silver Star when he
gave his life to save three buddies. Flags had been at
half-mast all summer.

I leaned forward in my chair and rested my elbows on
my knees, staring at the dog.

"Hey, Tank," I said quietly.

The dog's head whipped up, his ears cocked and his
eyes bright.

"C'mere boy."

He was instantly on his feet, his nails clicking on
the hardwood floor. He sat in front of me, his head
tilted, searching for the name he hadn't heard in

"Tank," I whispered.

His tail swished.

I kept whispering his name, over and over, and each
time, his ears lowered, his eyes softened, and his posture
relaxed as a wave of contentment just seemed to flood
him. I stroked his ears, rubbed his shoulders, buried
my face into his scruff and hugged him.

"It's me now, Tank, just you and me.
Your old pal gave you to me." Tank reached up and
licked my cheek. "So whatdaya say we play some
ball? His ears perked again.
"Yeah? Ball? You like that?
Ball?" Tank tore from my hands and
disappeared in the next room.

And when he came back, he had three tennis balls in
his mouth.

I received this in an e-mail today and all I could do was cry after reading this story.It helps bring life into who that dog was when you choose to adopt a dog. So have a heart and go adopt a dog today....

Has The RSPCA Gone Too Far On Killing Ten Dogs

The RSPCA wants to kill ten German Shepherds with a bolt gun that were left homeless when the owner died. Can you imagine that the RSPACA with stands for The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals would even think of shooting a dog with one of these? Something is wrong with this picture, you are suppose to help save animals not shoot them.

Jayne Shenstone from the German Shepherd Dog Rescue said: These were somebody's pets. There were ten of them. I find it hard to believe that all ten of them were non-rehomable, and that their skin conditions could not be treated. They needed to be put into rescue and assessed, not shot in the head with a slaughterer's weapon. No one I know was approached to re-home these dogs.

I think that the eight so called animal lovers should all be fired for even thinking about shooting the poor dogs with a captive bolt. If you read a study conducted at Hanover University, EEG and ECG recordings were taken on all animals to measure the condition of the brain and heart during the course of slaughter and stunning. EEG readings showed that although the animals were apparently unconscious soon after stunning with the penetrating captive bolt, they were experiencing severe pain immediately after stunning.

Let’s try it on them first and see if they have any pain.

Read the article here.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Orchard Beach Home To Be Condemned Due To Neglected Dogs

When the authorities raided a house in Orchard Beach, Maryland after a neighbor complained they found twenty one dogs that were unfed and malnourished. The house was so bad that the authorities had to condemn the house.

A neighbor named Krysta Dear said: The smell is horrendous, I can't have my windows open.

What I would like to know is why did it take so long from them to complain to the authorities about this and nothing was done. As a neighbor you would wonder why you haven’t seen any dogs running around outside but yet you can hear them all barking. And then to have to live next door to a smell like that and you still didn’t complain for so long, why not? Yes they said they have complained but I guess they didn’t complain enough if nothing was done about it. Just look at the video and see what the house looked like, I guess the authorities were really doing their job.

The home owner said: you can come in, but you're not going to like what you see.

Can you believe what the guy said after something like this. I hope they throw the book at him and make him pay dearly for what he has done to these poor dogs.

Read the article by Suzanne Collins here.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Who’s Throwing Chemicals On The Dogs

Photo by the Beaumont Police Department

That’s what the Beaumont Police in Texas would like to know. The Police have found three dogs that were burned by a chemical in the last few days on which two of the dogs had to be put to sleep. Why would anyone do something like this to a dog?

So if anyone knows who knows anything about who might have done this to the dogs please call the Beaumont Crime Stoppers at 833-TIPS or log onto or text "BMT" plus their message to CRIMES (274637).

Read the article here.

Friday, August 28, 2009

One Just Has Too Many Animals And Another Must Close His Dog Rescue

You would think that a person would have learned a lesson when they were raided for hoarding animals, but no this guy has done it again. This time the Lycoming County SPAC took in about seventy five animals that were un-feed and living in despicable conditions. So where’s the punishment or is this acceptable in this state.

Well over in Miami-Dade a guy who has been taking in dogs at his Sabbath Memorial Dog Rescue hoping that someone will adopt one of these dogs is being told he must shut down. What’s wrong with this picture, when someone is trying to help these poor dogs find a home and not have to be killed?

Now Robbie Coy is looking for your help on trying to save these dogs before the end of September.

So The Philadelphia Eagles Hired The Dog Killer Vick, But One Fans Joke Has Gone Too Far

Photo by k. vonponyfeather's

I was sent a link to this page which showed Vick chocking a dog with a Dallas shirt on. I personally think this is a bit over the edge to use a dog being chocked after all the damage that Vick did to his dogs. I wonder where all the dog lovers are to protest this type of drawing that is a sick reminder of Vick's behavior. Some are calling this art, but if it was their dogs that were beaten and burned and left to die they wouldn’t be drawing something like this.

Read the article here.

Could A Skunk Kill A Dog?

That is just what might have happened to a dog named Kobe from Burton, Michigan. Janice Lazar said that her dog Kobe was sprayed by a skunk and within a week after a series of seizures the poor dog died.

Could this be true that a skunks spray was so lethal that it had made the dog sick enough to die.

A Pathologist at Michigan State University named Dr. Dalen Agnew said: Our research project is based on anecdotal information that suggests skunk spray is toxic, and in a few cases, dogs have died where no other disease was present.

Read the article by Teri Banas here.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Pennsylvania Governor Signs Bill On Strict Dog Surgical Procedures

We all know that Pennsylvania is well known for the puppy mills of America, well now comes a time where the dogs will have more rights in who is the one to be cutting their tails and ears off. With this new law to be signed by Governor Ed Rendell today, there will be some new strict guide lines on who is allowed to perform surgical procedures on these dogs.

Rep. Thomas Caltagirone said: Some of the procedures dog owners and breeders performed on the animals are barbaric. We take it for granted when we go to the hospital that you are anesthetized so you don't feel the pain. Does anybody think that animals have pain and suffering too? Cases of surgical procedures that border on torture have been investigated time and again, but what law enforcement needed most are clear and concise definitions outlining when procedures can be done and who can do them.

Hopefully this will start a trend with other states following these laws to help protect our buddies. A big Thanks goes out to Rep. Thomas Caltagirone and all the people that have helped him on getting this bill signed into law.

Read the article by Tim Darragh here.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Did You Enter SheKnows Pets & Animals Cutest Pet Photo Contest

SheKnows Recently Launched A New Pets & Animals Section In Response To Their Female Readers' Request For More Pets Content; Enter The SheKnows Pet & Animals Contest And Win $1,500 In Cash

SheKnows (, one of the largest and fastest growing online content and community destinations for women recently launched the new SheKnows Pets & Animals in response to a poll that showed readers' high interest in pet content.

Phoenix, Arizona (PRWEB) August 26, 2009 -- SheKnows, one of the largest and fastest growing online content and community destinations for women recently launched the new SheKnows Pets & Animals in response to a poll that showed readers' high interest in pet content.

The new Pets & Animals section will cover a wide range of pet health information for different types of pets including: dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, and various breed of small animals. SheKnows Pets & Animals will also offer fun informative content about celebrity pets, tips for traveling with your pets, quizzes and fun pet photo contests, as well as a Pets & Kids section. Additionally, SheKnows Pets & Animals will cover various subjects and give the SheKnows audience information about adopting and rescuing pets in need.

"Our ultimate goal here at is to provide quality, informative content relative to all aspects of women's lives. We already offer parenting, beauty & style, health, love, food & recipes, shopping and entertainment avenues for them. Launching a pet section was a natural fit for" says Alison Bills, Managing Editor for

SheKnows Pets & Animals will fulfill a need to provide more pets-related information to the SheKnows female pet-loving audience. Lifetime Networks reveals that roughly 69% of women between the ages of 18 and 49 own a pet. The importance of pets in women's lives is even more apparent, as 89% of women reportedly consider their pet a member of the family.

SheKnows -- Cutest Pet Photo Contest
Do you have the cutest pet around? Enter a photo of your dog, cat, bird or cuddly critter in the SheKnows Pets & Animals Photo Contest and be entered to win $1,500 in cash! Three (3) grand prize of $500 in cash will be awarded to three (3) lucky pet owners. All you need to enter the contest is a valid email address and a cute picture of your pet. Enter now: SheKnows Cutest Pet Contest

About SheKnows:
Getting to the heart of what it really means to be a woman, attracts more than 3.2 million monthly unique visitors. With editors dedicated to providing daily content for women seeking advice, information and a fresh fun take on life; the site is the authoritative source for women ages 18 to 54. The SheKnows audience gains access to exclusive content on entertainment, parenting, health and wellness, money and career, dating, beauty and style and more, and are offered a stimulating, well-rounded online experience enhanced with a vibrant message board community, free games and activities, and captivating blogs.

The site also serves as the demographic/psychographic anchor for a family of other female-centric web properties. As one of the fastest growing destinations on the web, SheKnows is currently one of the top 10 web properties for women and attracts over 10.2 million unique visitors worldwide and more than 100 million page views each month. For advertisers, opportunities for sponsorship and creative integration go well beyond the banner and make marketing messages an uninterrupted part of the user experience. The company is based in Los Angeles with sales offices in New York and Chicago. SheKnows is part of AtomicOnline (, a diversified online media company.

The SPCA CEO Robin Starr Dog Dies From Being Left In The Car

Can you imagine reading an article like this, well the SPCA’s CEO Robin Starr is suppose to be protecting are buddies, but this time she is on the other side. Her poor dog Louie was left in her car by her husband and Robin was unaware that the dog was in the back of her car when she went to work.

I don’t know about you but if I drove my car with the dogs in the back they would have gotten my attention along the drive, so to read that Robin was unaware is hard to believe to me. This is going to ruin her reputation with the SPCA for sure, just wait until all the media reads about this.

Read the article by Andy Jenks & Phil Riggan here.


No willful intent found in death of Richmond SPCA chief’s dog

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Buy A Dog Collar & Help Support Cancer Research

Collars For Cures Launches E-Commerce Site to Fund Cancer Research

Collars for Cures today announced the launch of its e-commerce site at The company offers eye-catching pet collars and t-shirts to raise awareness of and help fund cancer research. The company, which officially launched in February 2009, donates half of all proceeds to the American Association for Cancer Research Foundation (AACR). The collars range in price from $5.99 to $11.99 depending on the size and shipping costs only $1.99 to anywhere in the world.

Hollywood, Calif. (PRWEB) August 25, 2009 -- Collars for Cures today announced the launch of its e-commerce site at pet collars and t-shirts to raise awareness of and help fund cancer research. The company, which officially launched in February 2009, donates half of all proceeds to the American Association for Cancer Research Foundation (AACR).

The idea for Collars for Cures began with owner Chris Nelson, his wife Erica and their unusual pet. After several of Nelson's friends and family members were affected by cancer, Nelson wanted to bring awareness to the cause and help fight it a unique way. He wanted to do something that made a statement and got attention, and realized the center of attention in his family was he and his wife's gigantic Great Dane, Roxy. Nelson ordered a bright green collar for Roxy with "Collars for Cures" printed on it and the company was born.

"Roxy gets attention everywhere we go and I wanted to utilize that attention to help fight cancer," said Nelson. "Strangers who see Roxy are constantly asking me where they can purchase a collar and I'm excited to offer them online to an international audience."

The collars are available in five adjustable lengths and can accommodate pets ranging in size from a cat or Chihuahua to a Great Dane. The collars are made from a durable, 100% nylon material with a chrome buckle and an embroidered, white logo. The collars range in price from $5.99 to $11.99 depending on the size and shipping costs only $1.99 to anywhere in the world. Collars for Cures is now offering 100% cotton logo t-shirts for $12.00, which are also available for purchase online.

"We are very excited to have this unique opportunity to bring awareness to the cause," said Tamika Kim Harding, Corporate Alliances & External Relations Administrative Coordinator for the AACR. "The American Association for Cancer Research is very appreciative of Collars for Cures' efforts to raise money for cancer research and provide a platform to spotlight our organization as the authoritative source of information about advances in the causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer. By accelerating the growth and spread of new knowledge about cancer, the AACR is on the front lines of the quest for prevention and cure."

For more information about Collars for Cures or its products, please visit For press inquiries or to interview Chris Nelson, please contact Natasha Biasell of Ivy Public Relations at (559) 917-4476.

About Collars for Cures
Located in Hollywood, California, Collars for Cures is an e-commerce company offering pet collars and t-shirts to help fund cancer research. After several friends and family members were affected by cancer, founder Chris Nelson harnessed the attention-getting power of his Great Dane Roxy to help bring awareness to the cause using a distinguishable, bright green pet collar. Half of all proceeds from Collars for Cures are donated directly to the American Association for Cancer Research Foundation (AACR). In today's world, where pets are not only members of the family but can also be fashion statements, Collars for Cures urges pet owners to make a more meaningful statement with their pets: support the fight against cancer. For more information about Collars for Cures or to purchase products, please visit

150 Rescued Puppy Mill Dogs Head East

150 Dogs Begin New Lives Following Puppy Mill Rescue

Puppy mill rescue: 150 dogs saved by North Shore Animal League America and Best Friends Animal Society, as well as Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter, and Noah's Ark Animal Welfare Association.

Port Washington, NY (Vocus/PRWEB ) August 25, 2009 --- One hundred fifty cast-off puppy mill dogs from a number of Midwest states are safe today after being delivered to local rescue groups in the New York area. After thorough medical evaluations, much-needed grooming, and a lot of TLC, they eventually will be available for adoption through local rescue groups.

After a long, cross-country journey, they were delivered this morning to waiting groups here at North Shore Animal League America in Port Washington by Best Friends Animal Society, which arranged for the release and provided transport of the dogs. In addition to North Shore Animal League, three other animal welfare organizations--Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, Wainscott, N.Y.; Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter, East Hanover, N.J.; and Noah's Ark Animal Welfare Association, Ledgewood, N.J.--will provide homes for the dogs until they are adopted.

The rescued dogs included adults used for breeding, adolescents and puppies of various breeds, such as cocker spaniels, Yorkies, Maltese, poodles, Pomeranians, shih tzus, shelties and Jack Russell terriers. Dogs such as these are typically killed or sold at mill dog auctions for as little as 25 cents because they are considered unsalable. Instead, they will get a new chance for happy lives.
Joanne Yohannan, senior vice president of operations for North Shore Animal League America, said the rescued animals would be given time to settle in, and will be fed and hydrated after their long journey.

"We first must get the dogs feeling safe and comfortable in their new environment," Ms. Yohannan said. "Then our staff experts will begin the process of evaluating each animal. These dogs will experience the nurturing and warmth of human contact that they have been deprived of all their lives, which will prepare them for adoption into the loving homes they deserve.

"Rather than being needlessly killed because they were no longer wanted by their breeders, some beautiful dogs are about to begin a new and exciting phase of their lives," said Kelli Ohrtman, campaign specialist for Best Friends Animal Society, which funded the rescue of the dogs to the New York area through its "Pup My Ride" transportation program.

The rescue and transport of the dogs are part of Best Friends Animal Society's "Puppies Aren't Products" national campaign (, which also targets the retail end of the puppy mill industry through informational demonstrations at New York puppy emporiums. Since 2008, the peaceful pet store demonstrations have caused some stores to only offer for sale pets that come from rescue groups and shelters.

"Puppy mill dogs comprise a significant percentage of the 4-5 million pets that die in American shelters annually", said Ohrtman. "The mission of Best Friends Animal Society is to bring about a time when there are no more homeless pets. It's what the public wants and the pet trade industry must change dramatically or it will become a relic of the past."

Ms. Yohannan said that the Animal League will announce later in the week when the animals will be available for adoption and advised interested individuals to visit the Animal League website, for details.

"Once our staff experts have determined that the dogs are ready for adoption, we will be eager to find the perfect homes for each and every one of these wonderful dogs," said Ms. Yohannan.

Media contact information:
Devera Lynn
North Shore Animal League America

Dianne Zoppa
North Shore Animal League America

Temma Martin
Best Friends Animal Society

John Polis
Best Friends Animal Society
435-644-2001 ext. 4858

Monday, August 24, 2009

Maurices To Help Support Local Animal Shelters

Homeless Pets Need More Help Than Ever Before

maurices Launches National Rescues & Runways Campaign to Help

Duluth, Minn. (Vocus/PRWEB ) August 24, 2009 --The struggling economy is taking its toll on animal shelters across the country. Families who are facing hard financial times are being forced to surrender their dogs, cats and other pets to animal shelters at an alarming rate. In turn, animal shelters are having a hard time keeping up because while demand for their services is skyrocketing, financial donations to these shelters--also due to the economy--are dramatically declining.

In response, maurices is launching a nation-wide effort to support local shelters and the animals they help. Rescues & Runways will sweep the country during the month of September. More than 700 maurices stores in 44 states will each host pet-themed fashion shows, partner with their local animal shelter, sponsor pet supply drives to support their local shelter, and sell a special charm to benefit the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®).

"Given the crisis that animals and animal shelters are facing, we are confident that they could use our help," said Vivian Behrens, senior vice president and chief marketing officer. "By shining the spotlight on these animals--and with our customers' and associates' passionate support for this worthy cause--I know we can make a difference."

Each Rescues & Runways fashion show will feature models from each community walking the runway with the latest fall looks from maurices, along with a pet, of course, that is available for adoption. "Our hope is to garner attention and support for the shelters. Ultimately, we hope to encourage people to adopt an animal from a shelter so as to provide a loving home to a 'forever friend,'" explained Behrens.

Throughout September, people within these communities are encouraged to support their local animal shelter by bringing pet supplies to their local maurices store. Customers who bring in a donation will receive a coupon for 20 percent off one regular-priced item. The campaign goal is to collect 500,000 pounds of supplies across the nation.

Also recognizing pet lovers' devotion to their own pets, maurices is introducing a limited edition Friends for Life Charm; a celebration of the special bond people share with their furry friends. "It's a token of unconditional love," said Behrens. "Women can wear half of the charm, while the other half of the charm is worn by their pet."

The Friends for Life Charm is just $5 and will be sold in all maurices stores from mid-September through October 31. For every charm purchased, $2.50 will go to support the ASPCA and its national shelter outreach program. The ASPCA will receive a minimum donation of $50,000 from maurices with an ultimate goal of raising more than $100,000.

"We are thrilled that maurices will be introducing this charm to the pet-loving public," said Jo Sullivan, ASPCA executive vice president of external affairs. "Customers will feel good knowing their donation helps the ASPCA save the lives of countless animals each day."

The Rescues & Runways event will kick off on August 26 with a major fashion show and entertainment at maurices in Duluth, Minn., where the corporation's home office is located. The event will include check presentations by Chief Executive Officer David Jaffe to the ASPCA and local partner Animal Allies.

For information on when a Rescues & Runways fashion show will be held in your local area, please contact the maurices store nearest you. Visit for a store locator. You may also visit or email info (at) rescuesandrunways (dot) com for more information.

About maurices
maurices inspires young women to find their style, with adorable, affordable fashions in sizes 1-24. Whether it's jeans or jewelry, maurices offers everything a girl needs to fill her closet with the latest trends. From loungewear to office wear, evenings in or out on the town, maurices fits the way women live and work. The community-based fashion retailer has grown to more than 700 locations nationwide since its first store opened in 1931. maurices is wholly owned by dressbarn Inc. (NASDAQ: DBRN).

For fashion inspiration, store locations and career information, visit

About the ASPCA:
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) 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

FOR MEDIA ONLY: Please visit for more information. A video package and B-roll from the Duluth event will be available on this website on August 27, 2009.

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PurinaCare Gives Tips On Post-Summer Separation Anxiety

Does Your Pet Have Post-Summer Separation Anxiety?

PurinaCare(R) Pet Health Insurance reveals why the end of summer can create behavioral changes in dogs and cats

SAN ANTONIO, Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ --Fall 2009 - Back to school time creates a dramatic shift in family schedules, which can have a devastating impact on family pets that have spent more time with their owners over the summer vacation season. PurinaCare(R) Pet Health Insurance (, which is committed to help pet owners provide a lifetime of care for their pets, is urging all pet owners to be aware of the signs of post-summer separation anxiety in both dogs and cats. Pets suffering from post-summer stress can exhibit a wide range of abnormal behaviors as families return to school and work.

Signs of Post-Summer Separation Anxiety include:

* Hyper-salivation or drooling
* Soiling the pet owner's belongings
* Chewing or scratching at doors or crate
* Non-stop howling, barking, meowing
* Compulsive grooming or licking
* Tearing up furniture or pushing items off counters

"Dogs are naturally social animals and especially sensitive to loneliness this time of year. The family fills the role of 'the pack' and in their absence; dogs can feel abandoned and become quite destructive," says Dr. Bill Craig, DVM, Chief Medical and Underwriting Director of PurinaCare Pet Health Insurance. "Teaching dogs that their owners will return and the 'pack' will be reunited is the key to alleviating the stress of post-summer separation anxiety."

Prepare your Pet for Post-Summer Routines:

* Wean them into new post-summer schedule. Give positive reinforcement with praise and treats for appropriate behavior
* Resume normal leash / walking schedules
* Take the drama out of leaving - grab your coat and keys at times when you are not leaving so your pet doesn't connect the action with being alone
* Create a pet safe haven - a well-lit area where the family "pack" normally gathers, keep the TV or radio running, leave plenty of toys and safe clothing / items with family scents on them
* Don't punish bad behavior related to anxiety; it will only reinforce the stress
* For pets with severe stress, medications are available. They will rarely work alone without a behavior modification regimen. A veterinarian must prescribe these drugs

PurinaCare Pet Health Insurance covers behavioral modification therapy for separation anxiety performed by a licensed veterinarian in a clinical setting for medical reasons and covers prescription medication for separation anxiety prescribed by a licensed veterinarian. For information about PurinaCare Pet Health Insurance policies, go to or call 1-877-8-PURINA.

About PurinaCare Pet Health Insurance

PurinaCare Pet Health Insurance, Inc. is dedicated to providing pet owners with a Lifetime of Care(TM) for their pets. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Nestle Purina PetCare Company, PurinaCare Pet Health Insurance, Inc. offers PurinaCare(R) Pet Health Insurance to pet owners in most states and promotes responsible pet care, humane education, community involvement, and the positive bond between people and their pets. For more information about PurinaCare Pet Health Insurance, go to

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Peru University Caught Stealing Dogs To Use For Dissection

It was reported that the University of San Marcos in Peru has been using stolen dogs in their classes when a friend found his buddies dog in the University lab about ready to be cut open.Luckily Carmen Valverde was able to rescue his dog Tomas with the help of his friend.

The article says that a lot of dog owners came to the school looking for their missing dogs and luckily, one more dog owner was able to save his dog from being killed. So how many dogs were really stolen off the streets for these classes is unknown, but I’ll bet they will be watch from now on.

The sick statement by the Dean of the medical school named Ricardo Rubios said: I assure you we would have returned the dog. All our experimental surgeries are done to dogs that don't have owners.

So I guess they go around looking for any dog that is left walking around by his self and snatch it up for class. How sick is that to cut up a poor dog that is homeless.

Read the article here.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Dogs With Cancer Gets Help From Blue Pearl & Bequest

BluePearl Veterinary Partners Joins Bequest(TM) to Help Frankie's Friends Save Pets With Cancer

ATLANTA, Aug. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Veracity Payment Solutions ("Veracity"), is pleased to welcome BluePearl Veterinary Partners as the newest member in the Bequest(TM) affinity program. Bequest is a unique patent-pending product developed by Veracity that works on a community level to provide local veterinarians access to on-demand grants for families who cannot afford the full cost of their pet's health care. The Bequest product enables veterinarians to request and receive grants for discretionary pet care electronically from the point of sale terminal. Veracity has established the Veracity Community Foundation(TM) to maintain and disburse all funding activities for Bequest.

BluePearl Veterinary Partners has earmarked Frankie's Friends Charitable Pet Foundation as the recipient of their Bequest funding. Frankie's Friends is a non-profit foundation dedicated to finding cures and saving pets with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. "Bequest is a valuable resource for Frankie's Friends," said Bonita S. Voiland, executive director. "With Bequest grant funding, we can extend the reach of our innovative clinical research and treatment programs to help even more pets and their families."

Frankie's Friends has launched Cure Canine Lymphoma (CCL), a national program to address the most commonly diagnosed cancer in dogs. "The program's goals are to raise public awareness of the successful early treatment of this disease, to underwrite the costs of treatment for financially qualified families, and to provide free or heavily subsidized care for dogs enrolled in approved clinical programs of promising new treatments," Voiland stated.

Frankie's Friends will benefit from each transaction that occurs in the BluePearl Veterinary Partners' community via Veracity's proprietary point of sale application.

"We're pleased to partner with BluePearl Veterinary Partners to help their outreach efforts through Frankie's Friends. We understand the challenges Frankie's Friends faces in hard economic times, and we are committed to the success of the Bequest program," said Anthony J. Walsh, vice president with Veracity Payment Solutions.

BluePearl Veterinary Partners will launch the Bequest program in Tampa, Brandon and Clearwater, Florida, Kansas City, Minneapolis, and New York City locations.

About BluePearl Veterinary Partners

BluePearl Veterinary Partners includes partner hospital in Florida at Florida Veterinary Specialists, in New York at NYC Veterinary Specialists ( and in Kansas at Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center of Kansas City ( A new facility will be opening in Minneapolis soon. BluePearl Veterinary Partners merged in 2008 and is one of the leading providers of emergency and specialized referral veterinary medicine. Go to for more information.

About Veracity Payment Solutions

Veracity Payment Solutions is an aggressive growth company committed to the delivery of exceptional payment processing and information services. Veracity serves the merchant community, trade associations, community banks and Affinity partners by offering full service point-of-sale solutions, web-based reporting and management tools. Veracity is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, with its customer operations facilities in Aiken, South Carolina and Moline, Illinois. Visit and for details.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

PetWellbeing To Help Raise Awarness For National Dog Day In BC - Something to Bark about on National Dog Day

In celebration of National Dog Day on August 26, 2009,, a leading all-natural pet supply and holistic supplement company, is encouraging all dog owners to consider their pet's health and wellbeing with an overall health checkup for Fido.

Vancouver, BC - In celebration of National Dog Day on August 26, 2009,, a leading all-natural pet supply and holistic supplement company, is encouraging all dog owners to consider their pet's health and wellbeing with an overall health checkup for Fido.

For this year's National Dog Day, aims to educate dog owners on the natural and holistic remedies they can use to treat their pet's health problems, in addition to traditional therapies recommended by veterinarians.

Originally created by pet lifestyle expert and author Colleen Paige, National Dog Day has two goals: to raise awareness about dog homelessness and abuse, and to recognize our four-legged friends for their endearing patience and unquestioning loyalty. National Dog Day aims to encourage dog ownership of all breeds, mixed and pure - and embraces the opportunity for all dogs to live a happy, healthy, and abuse-free life.

"On National Dog Day, make a special effort to spend some quality time with your pet," says Darcy Foster, founder of "Pay attention to how they look and behave, and if they show any signs of illness or discomfort, take them to a veterinarian." carries a line of all-natural products derived from natural plant sources to improve the overall wellbeing of pets, and aid in the treatment of common pet problems such as kidney disease, skin and respiratory problems, dog diabetes, cancer, and dog's Cushings Disease.

When Lynne Murphy's dog, Bailey, was diagnosed with dog's Cushings Disease, she was distressed by her veterinarian's recommendation to put Bailey through harsh and costly traditional treatments, and was devastated at the prospect of losing her best friend. She conducted her research into alternative treatments and found
"When the vet told me of the various medications available, as well as their side effects, I knew I had to seek out alternative treatments," explains customer Lynne Murphy. "I found's Supraglan for dog Cushings disease and started Bailey on it right away. We've been using Supraglan for over a year, and now Bailey has more energy and her symptoms have cleared up. I feel like this product has given her a new lease on life, and am convinced that's natural remedies are worth exploring." also offers one of the most comprehensive online resources for holistic pet care information, featuring an online library of more than 250 articles of vital information, as well as a blog and a Wiki site. More information on National Dog Week, and overall pet health and wellness can be found at

About PetWellbeing (
Founded in 2005, PetWellbeing is an all-natural pet supply and holistic supplement company dedicated to the health and wellbeing of household pets. Offering 120 products for daily care and treatment of a number of common pet ailments, PetWellbeing provides safe, innovative products for your pet's health. The site is also a comprehensive resource guide for pet owners, featuring an online library of more than 250 educational and informative articles, a blog, and a Wiki site at


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Check Out The World's First Celebrity Pet Magazine

The World's First Celebrity Pet Magazine Written by Dogs

Pets Palace Australia, a premium pet products company, is launching 'Woof': the World's First Celebrity Pet Magazine Written by Dogs.

Sydney, NSW (PRWEB) August 19, 2009 -- Premium pet products company, Pets Palace Australia is launching 'Woof': the World's First Celebrity Pet Magazine Written by Dogs.

Featuring good gossip, celebrities and luxury pet lifestyle, "Woof" is an online magazine about celebrity pets.

'Woof' is totally dedicated to the life of dogs, cats, Hollywood and celebrities and is the latest innovation from Australian luxury pet website,

So luxurious it might even seem unreal, 'Woof' takes a hilarious look at the life of the upper crust of the dog and cat world. Written by dogs, for dogs, cats and their loving owners, the first edition of the magazine features a photo spread about the recent wedding of Helen MeGeneros and Porche le Rosti, plus interviews with the Queen's corgis, Lono, star barker of the band me-2, not to mention heaps of fashion features and a series of makeovers, transforming daily dogs into hot pups.

The magazine's editor is sassy Chihuahua Filippe Haultier, supported by foreign correspondent John-Michele Snouzend and beauty editor, Pixie Wixie - a poodle with all the latest fashion tricks.

Here is a quick snapshot of the fun stories in Woof magazine:

Venetia, a Celebrity Pug Dog Singer who has been distressed at her appearance on stage, underwent plastic surgery to smoothen out her skin.

"I was really self conscious of my wrinkly lines…"

or the adorable Chihuahua, Tinkerbell on her owner's paltry reward for her ransom: "I can't believe I was stolen and my reward was only 5k. I'm appalled!"

As ever, behind Pets' Palace's humour lies a more serious purpose.

'Recent figures from the USA, The 2007 US Pet Ownership and Demographic Source Book, show amazing growth in the pet market worldwide, with sales of pet products estimated at just under USD39 billion in the US and statistics from the UK: Saga National Survey show UKP3.9 billion in the UK,' says Diane Costa for Pets Palace. 'And in 2006, the Australian Companion Council estimated Australia spent over AUD4.5 billion on pet care products and services, almost 60% of which was on dogs.'

Diane also points out how fascinated society are by dogs; seeking out increasingly more information on their emotions and behaviour, citing the success of dog whisperer, Cesar Milan, and other dog behaviourists.

'Our dogs and cats are part of our family and the 3.75 million dog owners here in Australia simply want what is best for the furry member of the family. Entertainment is all part of the bonding experience and it goes beyond doggie play dates - check out Dogbook, a recent launch from Facebook, that connects both owners and dogs!'

Even Diane has to admit that some dogs and cats, puppies and kittens may struggle to read the text of the articles. But it's a hilarious treat for every dog owner - with an added bonus.

'The photos are absolutely gorgeous!' says Diane.

'Woof' can be seen at the following link:

About Pets Palace: Pets Palace Australia is an online pet products store which promotes lifestyle and luxury for your pet and also offers a range of designer dog clothes and accessories for both dogs and cats.

Dog Killer Gets 5 Plus Years In PA

Photo by the Pittsburgh Channel

A dog killer named Jamarow Trowery from Homewood, PA has been sentence to five plus years brutally killing his mixed German Shepherd, Pit Bull dog. This lowlife not only shot the dog Buju, he also cut off his leg and tried to cut off his head back in two thousand and seven.

You wonder if five years is enough for a cruel crime like this. I’m just glad that he is being locked up to help keep another dog killer off the streets.

Read the article here.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Theresa Carroll's Dog Winston Is More Then An Actor

Canine Actor Lands Role of Lifetime in "Interactive Performance Therapy" at New York Area Children's Hospitals and Schools

Professional canine actor, Winston employs his vast repertoire of talents in Animal Assisted Therapy visits at New York area Children's Hospitals and Schools, adding perspective to the pitfalls that accompany the highly competitive show business industry. During weekly sessions teachers and therapists incorporate Winston's theatrical skills into the rehabilitation of children ranging from toddlers to teens who are coping with chronic and complex illnesses.

New York, NY (PRWEB) August 18, 2009 -- Professional canine actor, Winston employs his vast repertoire of talents in Animal Assisted Therapy visits at New York area Children's Hospitals and Schools, adding perspective to the pitfalls that accompany the highly competitive show business industry. Trainer Theresa Carroll, and her 5-year old terrier mix Winston, spend their days training and auditioning for acting gigs, except for time spent at weekly visits to New York area hospitals and schools. During the visits teachers and therapists use Winston and his theatrical skills as tools in the rehabilitation of children ranging from toddlers to teens who are coping with chronic and complex illnesses.

Traditional use of Animal Assisted Therapy concentrates on providing emotional support to patients through touch. Winston's extraordinary talent and temperament are integrated into the sessions creating an interactive performance type of rehabilitation therapy. Winston's numerous tricks, ranging from sit and rollover to skipping rope and skateboarding, are used by the therapists and teachers to produce enthusiastic reactions and therapeutic improvements in children from toddlers to teens.

Partnering with the therapy professionals, Trainer Theresa Carroll is advised on the areas that need to be addressed during the session. This could be anything from development of verbal and motor skills to simply providing emotional support for the child. Together they agree on which variety of Winston's behaviors or tricks would encourage the child's direct participation and result in therapeutic benefit and, of course, fun.

Motor skills are address by playing a game where the children mimic Winston's tricks or are encouraged to hold hoops as Winston jumps through. Focus on verbal skills is achieved when the children learn and speak commands for different behaviors and tricks. Sessions always end with quiet time just petting and loving Winston. Theresa Carroll states: "It is phenomenal to witness the progress achieved after only one or two sessions of Winston's contribution to the rehabilitation efforts of these kids."

It is no surprise Theresa and her talented terrier headed down a path that includes helping kids diagnosed with chronic and debilitating illnesses. Theresa herself dealt with a chronic illness that kept her in and out of hospitals for most of her youth and as part of a large extended family with more than 30 nieces and nephews, working with children comes naturally.

Theresa instantly realized that Winston was a special dog. His aptitude for learning and performing tricks, combined with unwavering tolerance, patience and love for people, particularly children, uniquely qualified Winston for this ground breaking career path of theatrical therapy.

Trainer Theresa Carroll and her Terrier Mix Winston are Certified Animal Assisted Therapy Partners. Theresa with her trained professional canine actor, Winston have won numerous national and local television and print campaigns, including fashion photo shoots, music videos, commercials and industry promotional events.

PetRelocation & PetMD Team Up For Pet Travel and Launch Co-Branded Pet Travel and Pet Health Resources

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ --, a full-service pet travel company providing worldwide door-to-door pet transportation services, has joined forces with the largest online pet health resource, PetMD, to provide free pet travel and pet health resources to their websites' visitors.

The strategic affiliation will allow guests of PetMD to access's country-specific pet import requirements organized in convenient, printable checklists that the pet owner can take to their veterinarian's office prior to traveling with their pets. These new resources available on PetMD will help pet owners work with their veterinarians in preparing the correct paperwork, blood tests and vaccinations that are required prior to international pet travel.

Additionally, PetMD visitors can purchase pet travel crates that comply with international shipping standards, as well as watch's educational video series with topics ranging from selecting the appropriate size and style pet travel crate to crate training tips for stress-free pet travel. will now feature PetMD's Pet Health Library in their pet moving resources section. This fully searchable database written by veterinarians promises to be a valuable online resource for's relocating clients who might find themselves in need of pet health information.

"Given the rising trend of both pet health and pet travel, it is clear that and PetMD share website visitors with common interests," said Kevin O'Brien, CEO and co-founder of "Pet owners who do all they can to ensure their pets are safe, happy and healthy will want to travel with their pets at some point with those same priorities in mind as well."

About, the pet travel and transportation industry's leading service provider, offers full-service arrangements using pet friendly airlines for domestic and international pet transportation. Founded in 2004 in Austin, Texas, a strong emphasis is placed on assisting companies with relocating employees who own pets. For more information, please visit

Media Contact: Rachel Farris, / +1-512-264-9800 x124

About PetMD

PetMD is the largest trusted online pet health resource - written and approved by veterinarians. PetMD was founded to give pet owners access to trusted pet health information and to connect them with veterinarians. The site also provides its audience with a proprietary Medical Drawer, daily veterinary blogs as well as product reviews. PetMD is the leader in pet health content on mobile applications. Headquartered in Miami, Florida, more information is available at

New Canine Pain Management Product From Abbott & Velcera Partnership

Abbott Announces Partnership with Velcera to Bring New Pain Medication for Dogs to Market

ABBOTT PARK, Ill., Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Abbott (NYSE: ABT) announced today they have partnered with Velcera, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on pet health, to market the first canine pain management product delivered in a transmucosal mist form. Currently in clinical trials, the product combines the proven pain medication meloxicam, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) with Velcera's patented Promist(TM) technology, and has been globally licensed for pain management in dogs.

"Abbott Animal Health is dedicated to bringing high quality and innovative treatments to veterinarians and their clients," said Lynn Bromstedt, divisional vice president, Abbott Animal Health. "This revolutionary pain management product will be a great addition to Abbott's existing animal health portfolio and could make medication compliance easier for pet owners."

Promist(TM) technology delivers the active ingredient through a fine mist to the inside cheek or oral cavity of the animal, where it is quickly absorbed through the mucous membranes of the mouth. Studies show the product is bioequivalent with oral liquid formulations, and bioavailability can be as much as ten times that of a tablet formulation, depending on the active ingredient. (1)

In addition to convenience for pet owners, Promist(TM) technology has several other advantages such as increased dosing confidence, faster absorption than delivery with a tablet or liquid and less concern with food interactions.

"Being able to partner with a trusted company like Abbott on a product of this nature is a testament to the importance of this technology," said Dennis Steadman, chief executive officer, Velcera. "This agreement will help bring this new treatment method to market for the benefit of pets and pet owners."

The product will expand Abbott Animal Health's core focus areas, which currently include products in the areas of diabetes, anesthesia, wound care and fluid therapy, in addition to a recently announced partnership for one of the first cancer medicines designed specifically for dogs.

Under the terms of the agreement, both parties have committed to consider future product developments and registrations using the Promist(TM) technology.

About Velcera

Velcera ( is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on innovation in the expanding pet health market. Velcera's product development targets pet medicines that can provide superior convenience, value and compliance. Product candidates based upon the patented Promist(TM) delivery technology have the potential to improve pet health as pet parents avoid the challenges of getting pets to swallow pills.

About Abbott Animal Health

Abbott Animal Health is dedicated to providing a better future for animals, owners and veterinary professionals. Abbott Animal Health's continuing education programs, comprehensive training tools, on-call expertise and technical service set the standard in the industry. Abbott Animal Health products are trusted at thousands of veterinary hospitals and clinics every day.

About Abbott

Abbott is a global, broad-based health care company devoted to the discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of pharmaceuticals and medical products, including nutritionals, devices and diagnostics. The company employs more than 72,000 people and markets its products in more than 130 countries.

Abbott's news releases and other information are available on the company's Web site at


(1) Internal Document. Overview of Company, Technology & Partnering Opportunity to Abbott Animal Health. May 19, 2008. Page 20. Increased Bioavailability. VEL502 Promist vs. Tablet Group Means, Canine. Chart.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Did You Buy A Dog From Oak Hill, Florida You May Been Scammed

If you happened to buy a dog from a so called breeder named Renee Baker from XXX N Brooks Cir, Oak Hill, Florida you might have gotten a dog with fake vaccination paper work?

Renee Baker will be charged with four felony charges for taking thirteen dog license tags from the DeLand Animal Clinic and forging vaccination certificates that she stole from the Val-U-Vet.

Gary Davidson from the Volusia County Sheriff's office said: The Animal Control staff was investigating complaints against Baker, who operates the Rendach's Dog Breeders, when they discovered tags on thirteen of her dogs were not registered in the county system, the tags were assigned to the DeLand Animal Clinic, where Baker worked as an assistant for about fifteen months, but the clinic had no records of the tags being assigned to any animals.

It’s nice to see that the Animal Control staff were on the ball to help put this want-a-be dog breeder behind bars. So if you or one of your friends have brought a dog from this lowlife you might want to contact Trever Henderson from the Sheriff’s office @ 386-943-7866

Read the article by Gary Taylor here.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

New Zealand Man Caught Cooking His Pet Dog

Did you know that in New Zealand you are still allowed to eat your pet dog, well the SPCA doesn’t like the sound of that. So when a guy named Paea Taufu from Auckland, NZ was in the middle of cooking his pet pit bull the ASPA had arrived to help put a stop to it.

An Inspector from the SPCA named Derek Haddy said: I find it quite disturbing that someone would kill a pet and then eat it. I'm not okay with that but unfortunately the law allows you to do it. We are just hoping some new legislation will be brought into the updated version of the animal welfare act.

Well due to the laws in New Zealand there were no charges for this man, hopefully some new laws might come about from all the news this article has produced.

Read the article here.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Chef Michael's Dog Parties

Parties Feature New Chef Michael's Canine Creations and Tips from Kimberly Schlegel Whitman, Author of Dog Parties: Entertaining Your Party Animals

ST. LOUIS, Aug. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Chef Michael's(R) canine creations from Purina(R) will celebrate its national debut as one thousand dog owners across the country gather their favorite dog-loving friends and canine companions for a Sunday Supper Party on August 16. More than 4,000 dog owners across the country applied for the chance to host a Chef Michael's Sunday Supper House Party(TM). To ensure a successful event, Chef Michael's partnered with dog owner and entertaining expert Kimberly Schlegel Whitman to provide party tips and advice, as well as kick-off the festivities by hosting the first party in her hometown, Dallas.

"I have a special bond with my Chihuahua, Lola, and I do everything I can to make her feel special everyday, especially when it comes to mealtime," said Kimberly Schlegel Whitman, author of Dog Parties: Entertaining Your Party Animals. "I realized after hosting a Chef Michael's doggie dinner party that there are lots of dog owners who feel the same way and want to fulfill their dogs' desires through thoughtfully-prepared, chef-inspired meals."

Presented in flavors such as Smoked Turkey, Herb Chicken and Beef Tenderloin, Chef Michael's canine creations recognizes that mealtime is the perfect opportunity for dog owners to show their dogs how much they love them by serving them meals that are just as special as their four-legged friends enjoying them. Each meal is made with real beef or poultry, hints of vegetable garnishes and personal touches as if their owners made it themselves.

"Dogs are part of the family, and now they've earned a seat at the dinner table as Chef Michael's canine creations hosts the first pet-themed House Party dinner event for dogs and their owners," said Shaun Belongie, Chef Michael's Assistant Brand Manager. "Mealtime should be unforgettable - just like the Sunday Suppers families have enjoyed for years - and that's the inspiration behind Chef Michael's canine creations. Each variety features chef-inspired flavors that reflect the care and love of a home-cooked meal."

The Chef Michael's House Parties will inspire thousands of tails to wag nationwide this August. Hosts will receive party packs for the Sunday Supper event that include party tips from Kimberly Schlegel Whitman, dog-themed activities, Chef Michael's meals and, of course, doggie bags for all of the four-legged guests! In addition, all of the dog owners at the party will enjoy a Sunday potluck supper as they each bring their own signature dishes to the party to share with their fellow dog lovers.

About Chef Michaels' canine creations: visit

About House Party: visit

Thursday, August 13, 2009

So Will Missouri Ever Find All The Puppy Mills

So far Missouri’s official’s have only found around one hundred and seventy puppy mills since they started to do a crack down on these owners. They have also seized some two thousand animals from these places.

So how many puppy mills are there in the state of Missouri let along all the other states though out the country that have gone below the radar of being caught. We wonder why there are so many pets sitting in the shelters with nowhere to go.My thought is how are all the states expect to police their areas and find all these puppy mills out without the help of the locals or the people that buy from these places.

Yes you might think that you are getting a good deal on a dog from one of these places, but if they are registered where they are check on periodically to make sure these puppy are being treated and taken care of right. You can know that the puppy has been treated right and is healthy due to having all their shots which are check out during the visits from the inspectors.

If you are buying from one of these mills and you see something that’s not right at least let the authorities know because you might just help save some of the puppies from living a life of hell.

Read the article here.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Rescue Of 400 Dogs Comes Together

Rescue Groups Work with Humane Society of Missouri to Give Rescued Pit Bulls a Second Chance

Rescue groups nationwide are working with the Humane Society of Missouri (HSMO) to care for the more than 400 dogs rescued in connection with the largest dog fighting raid in U.S. history. The dogs were seized in a multi-state raid by federal and state officers in Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Mississippi. The fate of the dogs will be decided by the federal courts in forfeiture proceedings separate from the criminal cases. Groups or individuals interested in receiving some of these animals should immediately contact the Humane Society of Missouri at 314-802-5712.

St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) August 12, 2009 -- Rescue groups nationwide are working with the Humane Society of Missouri (HSMO) to care for the more than 400 dogs rescued in connection with the largest dog fighting raid in U.S. history. The dogs were seized in a multi-state raid by federal and state officers in Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Mississippi. The fate of the dogs will be decided by the federal courts in forfeiture proceedings separate from the criminal cases.

Several rescue groups that have experience with the breeds of animals rescued have offered their help to care for and eventually receive some of the dogs. Groups involved so far in these efforts include Mutts-n-Stuff, based in Missouri; Our Pack, based in California; Broken Hearts, Mended Souls, based in Missouri;, an online rescue resource; Brew City Bully Club, based in Wisconsin; Dumb Friends League, based in Colorado; and New Hope Pit Bull Rescue, based in South Carolina.

"We are very grateful that these groups have stepped up to help us care for and eventually give some of them a second chance," said Debbie Hill, vice president of Operations for the Humane Society of Missouri and incident commander for the emergency temporary shelter. "We hope to place as many of these dogs as possible, so we need more groups and individuals like them to contact us offering places for these deserving animals."

At least two of the organizations have experience successfully placing dogs that came from high-profile dog-fighting cases into new homes. Mutts-n-Stuff Pit Bull Rescue helped care for and socialize ten of the 22 pit bulls rescued by HSMO in a raid in Stoddard County, Mo. in 2007. "Mutts-n-Stuff is committed to helping HSMO care for and place these dogs," said Gale Frey, the rescue group's founder. "We were there for the Stoddard County animals; we will be there for these dogs, too."

Our Pack Pit Bull Rescue also took in dogs from the Stoddard County case and from the notorious Michael Vick case in 2007. According to Marthina McClay, founder of Our Pack, "In our experience, many of the dogs from these cases can shed their sad history and be adopted as family pets. Some have even been trained to become therapy dogs." Her proof, she says, is Leo, a dog rescued from the Vick case who she trained to become a therapy dog in just five weeks. "These dogs have big, big hearts, and all it takes to change their outlook is someone to love them back."

Groups or individuals interested in receiving some of these animals should immediately contact the Humane Society of Missouri at 314-802-5712.

The Loss Of Another Well Known Dog Named Gibson

World's Tallest Dog Dies From Cancer

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Aug. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- K9Grass(R) spokesdog Gibson, the Guinness Book of World Records World's Tallest Dog, passed away on Fri., Aug. 7 at 10 a.m. from cancer near Sacramento, Calif. He was 7 years old.

In April 2009, Gibson was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a form of canine bone cancer, which led to the amputation of his front right leg. The surgery was performed to prevent the cancer from spreading, and early tests showed positive results. After the surgery, Gibson received follow up chemotherapy treatments as a precaution. Last week, Sandy Hall, Gibson's owner, learned that the cancer had spread to his lungs and spine, at which point Gibson's doctor stated that there was no other medical treatment that would save Gibson.

"Last week Gibson began having trouble using his back legs. X-rays showed that the cancer had spread to his spine and his lungs. Ms. Hall made the very difficult decision based on her concern and love for Gibson to have him humanely euthanized. Gibson died peacefully in the loving arms of Ms. Hall," said Dr. Peter Walsh, Gibson's veterinarian.

Hall will continue her work with Three Paws for the Cause, her initiative to raise awareness of canine cancer. Hall launched the initiative with Gibson during his battle with canine cancer, which kills one in four dogs. She'll have Brewster, Gibson's son, join her in the fight against canine cancer during a planned bus tour across the U.S. The tour will be sponsored in part by ForeverLawn, the makers of K9Grass, a line of artificial grass designed specifically for dogs.

Also, Brewster will take Gibson's place as the official spokesdog of K9Grass. ForeverLawn has established a donation page on its Web site,, where donations can be made to help with Gibson's medical bills and funeral expenses.

"Sponsoring Brewster is our way of keeping the spirit of Gibson alive and continuing to support Three Paws for the Cause," said Donna Kent, marketing director, ForeverLawn.

A new Web site,, has been established to promote Three Paws for the Cause and honor Gibson's memory. The Web site features a memorial page where fans can pay tribute to him and express their condolences. The site also introduces new canine cancer awareness charms, sponsored by K9Grass, which are available for purchase.

Gibson was recently nominated for the American Kennel Club's Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE), which recognizes those dogs who have made a meaningful impact on peoples' lives. Gibson was nominated for his work as a therapy dog. Brewster, who turns 1 year old this month, is undergoing training to become a therapy dog and can complete his certification after his first birthday.

Brewster is already 38 inches tall at the shoulders, just 4.6 inches shorter than Gibson was when he earned the title of World's Tallest Dog when he was 2 years old, and is on par with Gibson's height at this age. He is 165 pounds, which is 40 pounds more than Gibson weighed on his first birthday. Hall expects Brewster to follow in his father's footsteps as the World's Tallest Dog.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Another Puppy Mill With 600 Dogs Gets Shut Down In Texas

A puppy mill has been shut down in Kaufman County in Texas after someone from the puppy mill came looking for some dog food to feed the dogs. That's when the person from the store became suspicious on why they were asking for so much dog food, they decided to reported the incident to the authorities.

The Humane Society and the Sheriffs went in the puppy mill with a search warrant and found that there were many dogs that were malnourished and they were living in poor conditions.

It’s a shame to see that these poor dogs were living under these conditions, but I'm glad to hear that another puppy mill has been shut down.

Read the article by Tracy DeLatte here.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Consumer Affairs: Write Up On Flea & Tick Collars

So has your dog been scratching more than ever when you put that new flea & tick collar on him, well it just might be the collar that’s making it worst.

Even the EPA is looking into the findings of why the collars are making the dogs attract more fleas and ticks when the product is suppose to help stop them. There have been over forty four thousand complaints and twelve hundred deaths just in a two year study.

Now if that doesn’t scare you and make you want to throw them all a way, I don’t know. You have to read this report and see what some of the dog owners are saying to believe what has been happening.

Read the article by Lisa Wade McCormick here.

If you are a Veterinarian the NPIC is asking you to help them by reporting any pesticide related incidents here.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

7 Pit bulls Rescued From Dog Fighting

The Sumter County Deputies raided a dog fight at the home of Betty Simms and they were are to rescue seven dogs but due to their injuries they will have to be put down.

The Deputies were able to arrest seven of the people that were there for the fighting while the article said about twenty got away. The Deputies are also looking into some graves in the yard where the dogs that lost might have been buried.

This is so upsetting to read about the poor dogs that are trained to fight.

Sheriff Anthony Dennis said: To train a dog to an extent, not only could cause injuries, but actually kill someone. Upon responding, they could hear yelling and noise in the background in terms of killing and attack. By observing the dogs, you could tell their injuries were consistent to dog fighting.

I hope these lowlifes don’t get off easy like Mike Vick did…

Read the article by Jackie Faye here.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Did You Vote For The Best Pet Rescue Story

Purina Pro Plan Rally to Rescue Asks America to Vote for the Most Remarkable Pet Rescue Survival Story

"Doing More for Pets" Rescue Stories Contest Puts Focus on Pet Adoption and Goal of Finding Homes for 300,000 Deserving Pets by the End of 2009

St. Louis, Mo. (PRWEB) August 7, 2009 -- Some pet rescue stories drive people to tears; others end with smiles from ear to ear. Then there are those amazing stories that lead to both. Ten such stories represent the tales of some extraordinary dogs and cats that make up the finalists in the Purina® Pro Plan® Rally to Rescue® "Doing MoreTM for Pets" Rescue Stories Contest. America has the chance to vote for the most remarkable story, and the winner will be announced in November at the National Dog Show presented by Purina in the Philadelphia area.

This nationwide campaign from Purina's Pro Plan brand promotes the amazing, but often untold, stories of pet rescue and raises awareness about its importance. "Doing More for Pets" honors rescued pets that have overcome great odds to survive and thrive under harrowing circumstances, thanks to the incredible hard work and dedication of small pet rescue organizations. One hundred and twenty one rescue stories were submitted, and a judging panel selected the 10 most inspiring success stories as finalists.

From July 15 through Oct. 30, pet lovers across the country can visit to view the 10 finalist pet rescue stories and help make one canine or feline a star with their vote. The contest winner will be determined by a combination of a popular vote and judges score. The winning rescue organization, rescue pet and owner featured in the story will win a trip to the National Dog Show. The pet rescue organization that submitted the winning story will receive $5,000 in Purina® Pro Plan® brand pet food coupons.

"These 10 stories are truly moving and make you appreciate just how much life and love these pets still have to give," said Heather Gettys, brand manager for Purina Pro Plan. "Each story is incredible, and we're proud to help shine the light on these pets and the amazing people who rescued them."

Doing More for Pets Rescue Stories Contest Finalists

Pets honored as the 10 finalists in the "Doing More for Pets" Rescue Stories Contest include:

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* Willow, submitted by Ann Rutledge of the Dalmatian Rescue of North Texas (Dallas). Willow was found hit by a car and all alone, scared with little hope. Yet just as quickly as Willow's life had become bad, some very caring people stepped in and helped it turn around for the best.
* Robo, submitted by Cindy Turtle of Saving Pyrs in Need (Granbury, Tx.) Just when a Great Pyrenees puppy needed a second chance, a concerned veterinarian and a devoted rescue group were able to help provide the care and compassion he deserved.
* Chase, submitted by Sara Fishburn of Impact for Animals (St. Louis). When a rescue group heard of an abandoned dog dumped on the streets, they gathered their friends and made it their mission to get him out of the cold and into the warm, loving home he deserved.
* Buddy, submitted by Ellen Pfender of American Lhasa Club Rescue
(Everett, Pa.) When a very sick dog was surrendered by a family who couldn't afford his medical bills, a devoted rescue group stepped in. They not only ensured Buddy received the care he needed, but found him a new family to love again as well.
* Paxton, submitted by Mary Westburg of Maine Coon Adoptions (Piedmont, Calif.) Thanks to the kind spirit of one special person, a cat named Paxton who started out on a rugged path was able to find a road that led to love, compassion and a new friend just like himself.
* Faith, submitted by Pam Mayes of Alabama Pug Rescue (Birmingham, Ala.) Neglected for weeks after being hit by a car and seriously injured, a boxer named Faith found love through a Pug rescue willing to extend their warm hearts.
* Lucky Seven, submitted by Linda Schaffer of Operation Wildcats (Chittenango, N.Y.) When seven cats from New York City were in desperate need of a new home, fate stepped in and gave them a chance at a whole new life - out on the farm.
* Elizabeth, submitted by Kim Bolster of Mid-Atlantic Springer Spaniel Rescue (Richmond, Va.) After an injured Springer Spaniel was found lying on the side of the road, one person's heartless cruelty was instantly outweighed by the love, care and generosity of many others.
* Pearce, submitted by Janice Bailey of Lab Rescue of Oklahoma (Broken Arrow, Okla.) The simple, forgiving nature of a dog was all it took for a mistreated black lab to make his way out of harm and into the lives of a family he truly deserved.
* Bojangles, submitted by Cindy Turtle of Saving Pyrs in Need (Granbury, Tx.) Almost no one thought the extremely sick Great Pyrenees dog had a chance - except for one rescue group. They did everything they could to save him, and their dedication paid off.

Pro Plan Rally to Rescue:
The Pro Plan Rally to Rescue program is a partnership with Purina Pro Plan brand pet food and pet rescue organizations across the country. The program helps give rescue pets the nutrition and care they need and the loving homes they deserve. Pro Plan is committed to Doing More to support smaller pet rescue organizations that often may have been overlooked by donors or adopters due to limited fundraising and marketing efforts.

Since the inception of Rally to Rescue in 2005, more than 227,000 pets have found loving, forever homes. But, there is still much more work to do and Rally to Rescue is dedicated to reaching its goal of 300,000 adoptions by the end of 2009.

Pro Plan Rally Across America:
To help achieve the program's 300,000 adoption goal, Rally to Rescue is hitting the road traveling to eight cities across the country via the Purina Pro Plan Rally Across America 2009 tour. At the events, local residents will have the opportunity to learn more about pet rescue and adopt dogs and cats from local Ambassador organizations. In addition, event goers will receive training tips from Purina® Pro Plan® trainer Melissa Heeter and her rescue dog Viola. Heeter will provide customized training techniques based on the different personalities of rescue pets. Pet owners can use these techniques at home with their own pets or their newest four-legged friend.

Doing More for Ambassadors Nationwide:
Smaller pet rescue organizations help place nearly half a million dogs and cats in homes each year and represent nearly 45 percent of all pet adoption agencies. However, they often don't receive the attention or funding they so desperately need. In addition to the Rally Across America tour, Rally to Rescue Ambassadors will host adoption and fundraising events at pet retailers across the country throughout the summer and fall. Ambassadors will have adoptable pets on-site, Rally to Rescue T-shirts, with four unique designs for sale and information about how to get involved in and help local pet rescue efforts. Whether it's volunteering, donating funds or pet care items, or adopting a furry friend, every little bit helps to make a difference in a pet's life.

To find a pet rescue event near you, view the complete stories and vote in the "Doing More for Pets" Rescue Stories Contest or to apply to become a Rally to Rescue Ambassador, visit

Nestlé Purina PetCare Company promotes responsible pet care, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets. A premiere global manufacturer of pet products, Nestlé Purina PetCare is part of Swiss-based Nestlé S.A., the world's largest food company. Rally to Rescue is not a 501(c)(3) organization.