Saturday, October 31, 2009

Dogs And Salmon Don’t Mix

A little ten month old Golden Retriever named Abby had put her owner Shana Brooks and a Vet named Dr. Taylor Douglas though a little guessing game on why the dog was sick.

Well a couple of weeks earlier Shana had gone salmon fishing and at that time little Abby had gotten a taste of her own on a fish. That’s when Dr. Douglas thought that the dog had gotten salmon poisoning which would kill most dogs that go untreated.

Thankfully little Abby made it though and is doing good.

A Veterinarian for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife named Colin Gillin said: reports of salmon poisoning are infrequent. Its origin is in a bacterial organism called neorickettsia, which is carried by a specific parasite called a fluke that thrives in the waterways of the western Pacific Northwest. But here's the bad news: Salmon poisoning is specific to one region, and that region happens to be west of the Cascade Range in Oregon, Washington, California and British Columbia.

Read the article by Ben Salmon here.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Why Would Anyone Do This To A Dog

A poor little dog they call Mary was found by an employee of a local animal shelter called Sun Valley Animal Shelter scratching at her door. You have to wonder how this dog knew what door to go to. The poor dog had a broken jaw and will need surgery where one eye was missing.

So who would just dump a poor little dog like that and not even care enough to get her some help. Who ever owned this dog is one heartless person if you ask me. I only hope that they are found and prosecuted to the fullest for what they did to this dog.

Thanks to the loving care that Mary will be getting from Dr. Amy Schomburg and her staff she will be able to recover from her injuries and get a loving home.

Read the article Mitch Truswell here.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Dose Your Dog Got What It Takes

This years 2009 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship is looking for a video to help pitch this years dog show. They will be picking the most viewed video on YouTube that was summited by an amateur who will win Five Grand.

So do you got what it takes or should I say dose your dog got what it takes.

Read the article by Karen Robes Meeks here.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

New Alternative Medicine Directory For Animal's

Animal Chiropractor Launches New Animal Alternative Medicine Directory
Pet lovers who have been searching fruitlessly for information on holistic practitioners and natural products for animals need search no longer.

The creator of has launched a new animal alternative medicine directory which provides details of practitioners, schools, training courses, events, associations, and products.

Gina McCulloch D.C. founder of
The site links to everything from Acupressure For Animals to Vibrational Medicine For Animals.

The directory is designed to be comprehensive, easy to navigate, and importantly, contains independent and unbiased reviews of products and services.

The site was created by Gina McCulloch D.C., animal lover and alternative medicine practitioner for animals.

McCulloch has a first class degree in Chiropractic from Oxford Brookes University in the UK and has studied animal-specific natural and alternative medicine all over the world, including courses in massage, reiki, and other specialties. She is also a certified Equine Body Worker.

When she moved from the UK to Australia, Gina also flew over her horse, cat and dog. She used a combination of chiropractic, reiki and flower essences to ensure all her pets arrived in top health.

"People often ask me what types of alternative medicines are available for animals and whether they would work for their pet. They want to know which animal practitioners are the best and which are best avoided; which products work and where they can buy them. Many pet owners and professionals are keen to learn more and take courses but are not sure where they can train," McCulloch explained.

"I realized there was nowhere people could easily find answers to all these questions. I developed so pet owners and professionals would be able to access all the information they could ever need in one convenient site and the independent consumer reviews would enable them to make better informed decisions."

The site serves as a gathering place and forum where like-minded pet lovers and professionals can exchange information and access resources.

Business owners can also benefit from using the site. The directory is a cost effective and targeted way for business owners, practitioners and schools to reach a large and loyal audience actively seeking out their types of products and services.

Those interested in learning more may visit the directory or view a video tour of the site. is one of the leading online resources for complementary and alternative medicine for animals. Pet owners, veterinarians and other professionals can find a wealth of educational information about the different types of holistic and natural treatments available. The site also provides details of practitioners, schools, training courses, events, products and associations worldwide.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

WebMD Goes To The Dogs

WebMD Launches New 'Healthy Pets' Site

WebMD Health Corp. (Nasdaq: WBMD), the leading source of health information, today announced the launch of the WebMD Healthy Pets site on, providing pet owners with the latest health and wellness information to help their pets live healthier lives.

WebMD Healthy Pets helps owners care for their cats and dogs with veterinarian-reviewed information on pet diet and nutrition, behavior and training, and preventive care. A new WebMD Healthy Pets online newsletter, as well as interactive slideshows, videos and expert blogs assist owners with daily decisions for their pet's well-being. WebMD Healthy Pets also focuses on the human health benefits of owning a pet, such as lower blood pressure and less anxiety, as well as the impact pets can have on health conditions such as allergies and asthma.

Over 60 million unique visitors come to WebMD each month as their trusted source of health information to better manage the health and well-being for themselves and their families. More than 75% of the WebMD audience are pet owners who also care for the health of their pet. WebMD's comprehensive pet wellness information allows owners to take an active role in managing their pet's health, to help reduce unnecessary expenses and provide the best care possible.

"WebMD Healthy Pets provides pet owners with reliable health news and information on topics ranging from general wellness to disease--for all stages of a pet's life," said Nan-Kirsten Forte, Executive Vice President, Consumer Services, WebMD. "Pet owners who already trust WebMD for health and wellness information for their families now have WebMD's veterinarian-reviewed pet information to help them care for their pets."

WebMD Healthy Pets includes:

•Dog and cat diet and nutrition information based on age, activity level and health conditions.
•Pet care with advice on daily and routine preventative care and grooming, training and behavior tips, and articles and health information on caring for puppies and kittens.
•Dog and cat medical symptom and condition information to help owners care for pets with health conditions.
•Information and news on the human health benefits of owning a pet.
•Veterinarian-reviewed in-depth dog and cat health news and information.
•Videos and interactive slide shows on caring for cats and dogs.
•A veterinarian-led online pet community to share pet owner experiences and tips with other dog and cat owners.
•Veterinarians specializing in cats and dogs answer popular questions on topics ranging from care to wellness.
•A new "Healthy Pets" online newsletter with tips on behavior and health topics for cats and dogs.

About WebMD

WebMD Health Corp. (Nasdaq: WBMD) is the leading provider of health information services, serving consumers, physicians, healthcare professionals, employers and health plans through our public and private online portals and health-focused publications. WebMD Health Corp. is a subsidiary of HLTH Corporation (Nasdaq: HLTH). Approximately 60 million unique visitors access the WebMD Health Network each month.

The WebMD Health Network includes WebMD Health, Medscape, MedicineNet, eMedicine, eMedicine Health, RxList and

Monday, October 26, 2009

I Think That I’m A Dog

Photo by the Fremont Animal Clinic

That must have been what this poor dog was thinking. By the looks you would have never know there was a dog in there.

The St. Anthony, ID Police received a call saying that someone had seen an unknown species in a backyard. At first I didn’t know what it was either.

The poor dog was taken to the Fremont Animal Clinic where they cut off some nine pounds of hair to show what the real dog looks like at eleven pounds. I’ll bet that little guy was a happy camper after that hair cut.

Read the article by Joyce Edlefsen here.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Peanut Sniffing Dog To The Rescue

A little seven year old named Logan Gonzalez will be living a little easier now that he’s got a new friend call Roxie who is a peanut sniffing dog.

The article said that Logan would only need to smell a peanut and it would send him to the hospital, so with the help of many caring people Logan was able to get his new friend Roxie to help watch over him. Logan’s parents Judie and Derick are so Grateful for all the help that was giving to allow them to get the dog.

It just shows that a dog is a man’s best friend.

Read the article by Roberta Romero here.

Friday, October 23, 2009

What Kind Of Kennel Owner Would Just Get Up And Leave Their Pets

That just what a kennel owner named Yolanda Peck from Auburn, Nebraska did. When the Humane Society and the Police arrived at Yolanda’s property they found twenty two dogs and a bunch of other animals roaming area with no food.

The worst part is that they found the remains of three puppies in a barrel that was used to burn garbage. How sick is that and Yolanda was suppose to be a dog kennel owner. This woman needs to be sent to jail when they find her.

Read the article here.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

SPCA Raid An Unlicensed Pet Shop In N. Philadelphia

Photo by WPVI

The SPCA has raided a pet shop called Brickyard Pet Supply in North Philadelphia today that was unlicensed and recovered over two dozen dogs.

The Director of Law Enforcement for the SPCA George Bengal said: they purchased a dog from that location earlier Thursday that was very sick, that purchase lead to a search warrant and the evening raid.

Another score to put a stop to the illegal puppy mills. I hope when they find out who owns this store they will fine them heavy for what they did to those poor dogs.

Read the article here.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Ex Disney Animator Brings Dogs To Life

I came across and article about an ex animator from Disney named Jim George that has started a website called Draw the Dog where he draws your story about your dog.

So are you going to see if you can get Jim to draw a cartoon about your dogs story. If not you still need to check out his site and see Jim’s work that will keep all of us dog lovers laughing.

Read the article by Chris Ayotte here.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

UK To Ban The Use Of Electric Shock Collars On Dogs

You read that right the UK is going to ban the use of electric shock collars on dogs though out the country, after more than half of the responses were against the collars.

The Rural Affairs Minister Elin Jones said: last year that she planned to ban the use of such collars, mats and leads because of concerns that pets were suffering. The range of people and organizations responding included dog trainers, vets, and manufacturers of the devices and members of the public. These difficulties included the length of time for which a collar was used and whether the collar had been fitted and used in accordance with the provisions.

Read the article here.

After researching a little on the subject I found and article by Dr. Karen Overall that dated back in 2005 that said: There is no longer a reason for people to remain misinformed. Let me make my opinion perfectly clear: Shock is not training - in the vast majority of cases it meets the criteria for abuse.

Over at the Learning Dog the article said: According to neurologist and animal welfare advocate, Jean Zuniga, MD, PhD, these collars can actually cause permanent damage in the dog.

Over at The Companion Animal Behavior Therapy Study Group their article said: The use of pain and fear as a method of training or controlling an animal has been shown to have the potential to induce aggression and to cause long term behavioral problems.

You can read an article @ Green Acres Kennel Shop that goes into some detail about problems with the shock collars and the aggressions that come about from using the collar.

So what’s your option on the use of the shock collars?

Monday, October 19, 2009

Allen County Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals Celebrates 60 Years

It’s been a long time sixty years of service for the Allen County SPCA that started their work out of a house and was founded by three women back in 1949.

That sure is a long time from when they first started helping the unwanted dogs to now with sixteen hundred members. What dedication these members and all the members though out the world have done to help are buddies out when they are left unwanted.

Read the article by Devon Haynie here.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Australia’s RSPCA Calling To Ban All Pit-Bulls

Australia doesn’t like the American pit-bull dog and even though there are stick laws on owning the dog they want them all gone. Dr. Hugh Wirth who is the RSPCA’s Victorian president is calling the dogs a menace and says that they are not suitable as a pet.

I can see it now, what all the dog lovers are going to say after reading this comment by Dr. Wirth. He even called the pit-bulls time boom waiting for the right circumstances after another attack by a pit-bull.

I can only guess they don’t know how to raise a pit-bull down in Australia.

Read the article here.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Fighting Pit-Bull Too Become A Therapy Dog

Our Pack to Transform Missouri Fight Bust Victim into Therapy Dog

Our Pack, a California-based Pit Bull rescue and advocacy group, announced today that Jakob, a dog seized earlier this year in the largest dog fighting raid and rescue in U.S. history, is being released into the organization's care. The dog will be trained by Our Pack founder Marthina McClay for a new career in therapy work. Jakob is one of three dogs that will be rescued by Our Pack from the more than 400 dogs seized in a multi-state raid coordinated by the Humane Society of Missouri (HSMO) earlier this year.

Our Pack, a California-based Pit Bull rescue and advocacy group, announced today that Jakob, a dog seized earlier this year in the largest dog fighting raid and rescue in U.S. history, is being released into the organization's care. The dog will be trained by Our Pack founder Marthina McClay for a new career in therapy work.

Jakob is one of three dogs that will be rescued by Our Pack from the more than 500 dogs seized in a multi-state raid coordinated by the Humane Society of Missouri (HSMO) earlier this year. The remaining two dogs are being held at HSMO while they await the results of forfeiture proceedings in federal court. Our Pack's Tracey Cutler is working on-site with Mutts-n-Stuff, a local Missouri rescue group working with HSMO, to help care for and evaluate dogs like Jakob.

Therapy dogs are trained to provide affection and comfort to people in need in hospitals, retirement homes, schools and similar situations. Although Jakob comes from a history of abuse, McClay, a certified pet dog trainer who specializes in training Pit Bulls, says the dog is a great candidate for this kind of work. "The most important characteristic of a therapy dog is temperament," explained McClay. "Many people don't realize that Pit Bulls have loving, affectionate natures that often make them perfect for this kind of work. We think Jakob, like many Pit Bulls, is going to be ideally suited for his new job."

This is not the first time that Our Pack and Mutts-n-Stuff have teamed up to train former fight bust dogs for therapy work. The organization has worked on fight bust cases across the U.S. In 2008, Our Pack trained Leo, a dog rescued in the infamous Michael Vick case. Despite his rough start at Bad Newz Kennels, Leo blossomed under McClay's care and received his therapy certification in just five weeks. His work earned Leo headlines in national media outlets, including the Washington Post;; Animal Planet's "Animal Witness: The Michael Vick Case"; and many others.

Our Pack and Mutts-n-Stuff also worked on a previous HSMO bust case in Stoddard County in 2007. Gale Frey, founder of Mutts-n-Stuff, trained some of the dogs from the Stoddard case to be therapy dogs, and has been helping with the evaluation of Jakob and other dogs held at HSMO in this more recent case. "The dogs from these cases are so resilient and wonderful to work with," said Frey. "We're thrilled to be helping to find them new and loving homes."

About Our Pack
Our Pack is a Pit Bull rescue and advocacy group based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. For more information visit Our Pack.

About Mutts-n-Stuff
Mutts-n-Stuff is a St. Louis area rescue group that actively rescues bully-type breeds. For more information, visit Mutts-n-Stuff.

Our Pack founder Marthina McClay with former Michael Vick dog Leo.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Did You Get Your Free Pet Mix Trial Sample

Free Dog Food Pet Mix Offered to Web Site Visitors At

Web site visitors can earn a free healthy dog food Pet Mix sample by completing online form. is currently offering visitors the opportunity to "Earn a Free Pet Mix Dog Food Trial Sample" by entering their U.S. mailing address for free shipment of the Pet Mix food sample. Owned and operated by Birkdale Medicinals, North America's largest distributor of supplements for dogs with cancer, is an online store which provides healthy pet food and healthy pet supplements.

Upon visiting the Web site's home page (, visitors may simply click the Free Pet Mix Trial Sample link to complete the address form. To receive the free sample, the respondent must properly provide a U.S. mailing address for shipment, along with a valid email address.

"Birkdale Medicinals has spent four years developing biologically appropriate food for dogs with cancer, and Birkdale dog food is now available for you to feed your healthy dog," commented Tom Peters, President of Birkdale Medicinals. "We are excited to encourage visitors to our Web site where you can sign up for a free Pet Mix dog food sample."

The free Pet Mix dog food trial sample, which makes over 3 ½ pounds of fresh dog food and typically sells for $6.95, plus shipping, is being offered free to the first 1,000 new visitors who properly complete the address form. A 10% discount coupon will also be included in the sample package for use with future orders. To be eligible, online address forms must be submitted by October 25, 2009. Free samples will begin being mailed after November 1, 2009, with a limit of one free sample per household.

"Birkdale Pet Mix is a healthy dog food recipe for making biologically appropriate pet meals. It is the easiest way to cook for your pet and make sure they get all the nutrition they need. Pet Mix can be served cooked or raw and is 100% Grain and Allergen free," added Peters.

With Birkdale Pet Mix, necessary nutrients are not lost through the manufacturing process. Plus, it is preservative and grain-free which makes it easier for dogs to metabolize, because they are carnivores and have enzymes making it easier to digest and use nutrients compared to eating grains.

Owned by Birkdale Medicinals, North America's largest distributor of supplements for dogs with cancer, provides an online store featuring healthy pet food and healthy pet supplements. Birkdale Medicinals is a family-owned company which provides pet owners with a health care regimen to help with pet disease prevention, disease reversal and the fight against dog cancer and other pet health threats. For more information about dog cancer and pet nutrition, visit

CONTACT: Jeff Peters, Birkdale Medicinals, 2543 S. Lapeer Rd., Lake Orion, MI 48360, (248) 499-6126

I would love to have some reviews of this product for others to see.

ASPCA Announces The 2009 Humane Award Winners

ASPCA Announces Winners of the 2009 Humane Awards

Piano-playing Cat and Undercover Agents Among Winners to be Honored at Upcoming Event

Ten remarkable animals and people, including a piano-playing cat and the task force who participated in the largest dog fighting raid in U.S. history, will be honored for their heroic deeds at this year’s ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) Humane Awards Luncheon in New York City.

The ASPCA’s annual Humane Awards Luncheon, sponsored by The Hartville Group, will be held on Thursday, October 29th from noon to 2 p.m. at the newly-renovated Pierre Hotel in New York City. The ceremony recognizes animal heroes that have demonstrated extraordinary efforts, as well as individuals who made a significant impact in the lives of animals during the past year.

“The ASPCA is proud to honor those who have demonstrated extraordinary compassion, bravery and commitment to furthering the human-animal bond,” said ASPCA President & CEO Ed Sayres. “The Humane Awards celebrates the important role that animals play in our lives.”

Following a nationwide call to the public for nominations in February, an ASPCA-appointed committee reviewed hundreds of entries and selected winners in seven specific categories.

The 2009 ASPCA Humane Award winners are:

ASPCA Dog of the Year
A true four-legged hero, Archie is an eight-year-old black Labrador retriever, who serves as an assistance dog and social lifeline for Sergeant Clay Rankin. Sgt. Rankin suffered spinal injuries while serving in Iraq, and Archie is his primary caregiver and social safety net. Archie’s loyalty and perseverance in helping Sgt. Rankin accomplish his daily tasks has allowed the veteran to regain his confidence and independence, move forward with his life and continue serving the country he loves.

ASPCA Cat of the Year
When Betsy Alexander and Burnell Yow visited an animal shelter in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, they never imagined they would adopt a feline prodigy. Nora is a five-year-old gray tabby, whose special piano-playing skills quickly became a YouTube sensation, drawing more than 15 million page views and inspiring a Lithuanian composer to arrange a symphony in her honor. Nora is a talented example of how shelter pets—far from being castoffs—often make the best animal companions.

ASPCA “Tommy Monahan” Kid of the Year
This award is dedicated to Tommy Monahan, a 9-year-old Staten Island boy who perished in 2007 trying to save his pet from a house fire. Eleven-year-old Monica Plumb in Powhatan County, Virginia, decided to make a real difference after seeing a news story about a pet that was saved from a house fire due to the use of an oxygen pet mask. Monica launched to collect online donations to purchase pet masks for fire departments, and has since purchased more than 50 mask kits for fire stations in nine different states. Monica is truly an inspiration for other young people and a beacon for those who cannot speak for themselves.

ASPCA Firefighter of the Year
Deputy Chief Mark Duff and the Hingham Fire Department are renowned for their bravery and commitment to saving the lives of animals. In February 2009, they participated in the rescue of a two-year-old black Labrador retriever named Ollie, who fell through thin ice into the frigid waters of Hingham Harbor. Firefighter Jim Sheard was one of the heroes on the scene. He donned a coldwater rescue suit to attach himself to the suffering canine, while his fellow firefighters pulled the two of them to safety on shore. Ollie was transported to a nearby animal hospital, and thanks to the noble efforts of the Hingham Fire Department, now has a second lease on life.

ASPCA Law Enforcement Officers of the Year
On July 8, 2009, the ASPCA participated in a massive dog fighting raid, the largest federal crackdown on dog fighting in U.S. history. The raid spanned eight states, including Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Nebraska and Mississippi, which resulted in the rescue of more than 400 dogs and nearly 30 arrests. The success of the raid was largely due to the efforts of Tim Rickey and Kyle Held of the Humane Society of Missouri (HSMO) and undercover agents Sergeant Terry Mills and Sergeant Jeffrey Heath of the Missouri Highway Patrol. The bravery and tenacity of these four individuals not only means a second chance for countless dogs, but also serves as a giant step forward in the effort to end animal cruelty nationwide.

ASPCA Henry Bergh Award
Steve Smith and Alayne Marker founded the Rolling Dog Ranch Animal Sanctuary in Ovando, Montana, in December 2000. The couple left their corporate jobs in Seattle and relocated to Montana fulltime to devote themselves to animal rescue. Their mission was to turn 160 acres of open grassland and cottonwoods into a sanctuary for animals with special needs—those pets who are least likely to be adopted and most likely to be euthanized in traditional shelters. The animal sanctuary is now home to approximately 70 animals, nearly two-thirds of whom are blind.

ASPCA Lifetime Achievement Award
Richard O'Barry has been exposed to both sides of the dolphin world. In the 1960s, he trained dolphins for the popular American TV series Flipper. During the course of spending day and night with these sensitive mammals, O'Barry had a life-altering change of heart and his about-face led to a lifelong crusade to free dolphins and educate the world about the plight of dolphins in captivity. In 1970, O’Barry founded the Dolphin Project and launched a campaign against the multi-billion dollar dolphin industry. He has rescued and released more than 25 captive dolphins in Haiti, Colombia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Brazil, the Bahamas and the United States. O’Barry is currently the subject of an award-winning documentary, The Cove, which chronicles an effort to expose the truth about dolphin hunting in Taiji, Japan.

Media Contact: Emily Brand
T: 212-876-7700 x 4575 / C: 646-784-5111 / E: EmilyB (at)

About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animal welfare. One million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501 [c [3 not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit

About The Hartville Group
The Hartville Group is one of America's oldest and most established independent pet health insurers. Since our founding in 1997, The Hartville Group has been dedicated to helping pet owners pay for their pets' veterinary care with well-designed pet health insurance plans. The insurance plans range from simple accident coverage to more comprehensive protection including illness and wellness care. The Hartville Group is ASPCA's strategic partner for pet health insurance.

PetRays Wins Awards for Women in Business For Providing The Highest Quality Health Care To Animals All Over The World

PetRays Veterinary Telemedicine Consultants Named Finalist in Five Categories in 6th Annual Stevie® Awards for Women in Business

PetRays Veterinary Telemedicine Consultants was named a Finalist in the 6th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business in the five categories, "Best Entrepreneur," "Best Overall Company of the Year," "Best Young Entrepreneur," "Fastest-Growing Company of the Year," and "Most Innovative Company of the Year."

PetRays Veterinary Telemedicine Consultants (PetRays) was named a Finalist in the 6th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business in the five categories, "Best Entrepreneur," "Best Overall Company of the Year," "Best Young Entrepreneur," "Fastest-Growing Company of the Year," and "Most Innovative Company of the Year."

PetRays earned its finalists status in part due to its highly innovative infrastructure and dedicated staff and management team that make Board Certified veterinary specialists available to virtually every veterinary clinic in the world. PetRays was founded in 2006 and has rapidly become the recognized leader in veterinary telemedicine. PetRays specialists provide consultations to clients in all 50 states, Canada, Australia, and Europe.

Individual finalist nominations are for Melissa Fields Tugwell, co-founder in two categories, "Best Entrepreneur - Service Businesses - Up to 100 Employees - Health Products and Services" and "Best Young Entrepreneur ." PetRays was also named a finalist in three categories, "Best Overall Company of the Year," "Fastest-Growing Company of the Year," and "Most Innovative Company of the Year."

PetRays finalist categories in the 2009 Stevie Awards for Women in Business are for performance in the eligibility year 2008. In 2008, PetRays revenues increased by 397% compared to the prior year. PetRays customer base also grew proportionally by increasing 355% in 2008. This remarkable growth continues into 2009 as well.

"We are honored and proud to have earned finalist status in five categories at the Stevie Awards," said Frank Powell, a PetRays board member. "The hard work, dedication, and sacrifices made by the entire PetRays team are contributory to PetRays success in meeting its mission of providing the highest quality health care to animals all over the world."

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor women executives, entrepreneurs, and the companies they run - worldwide. The Stevie Awards have been hailed as the world's premier business awards.

Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word "crowned," winners will be announced during a gala event at the Marriott Marquis hotel in New York on Friday, November 13. Nominated women executives and entrepreneurs from the U.S.A and several other countries are expected to attend. The presentations will be broadcast live on radio in the U.S.A. by the Business TalkRadio Network.

More than 1,100 entries were submitted this year for consideration in 54 categories, including Best Executive, Best Entrepreneur, and Best Community Involvement Program

Finalists were chosen by business professionals worldwide during preliminary judging.
Members of the Awards' Board of Distinguished Judges & Advisors and their staffs will select Stevie Award winners from among the Finalists during final judging.

"Being named a Finalist in The Stevie Awards for Women in Business is an important achievement," said Michael Gallagher, president of the Stevie Awards. "It means that independent business executives have agreed that the nominee is worthy of recognition. We congratulate all of the Finalists on their achievement and wish them well in the competition."

Details about The Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of Finalists in all categories are available at

About PetRays Veterinary Telemedicine Cunsultants:
The veterinary telemedicine consulting services offered by PetRays are specifically designed to help veterinarians improve the speed and quality of animal healthcare. Our Board Certified Veterinary Specialists are available 24/7 to interpret X-ray, Ultrasound, CT and MRI exams. PetRays guarantees STAT radiology reports in 30 minutes or less, and routine radiology reports are delivered within 3 hours.

PetRays also offers specialty consults in Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Anesthesiology, Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Oncology, and Neurology. PetRays is an efficient, trusted resource; enabling important, lifesaving, clinical decisions to be made in a timely manner. PetRays offers a free service trial. Learn more about PetRays at

New clients can sign-up for PetRays service on line at

About The Stevie Awards:
Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, The Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and The Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about The Stevie Awards at

Sponsors of the 6th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business (as of October 9) include the Business TalkRadio Network, Covario, Inc., and KeyBank. Localization partner of the 2009 Stevie Awards is Lionbridge.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Another Dog Fighting Ring Bust, This Time In Laurens County, Georgia

The Laurens County Sheriffs have busted a dog fighting ring today at Monty Lloyd at 627 Robert Webb Road, East Dublin where they found ninety eight dogs. One of the dogs was missing a leg while another had lost an eye.

How cruel can you get to allow this to happen to a dog. I hope that the Laurens County prosecutor charge these people with so many charges that they rot in jail.

Thanks to the Norred & Associates for telling the Sheriff’s department about these people.

The Dublin-Laurens County Humane Society director Irene Sumner said: There was a skull that was found, and a dead puppy in a food sack. And another puppy, we don't know what is going on with it at this point; it was found in another building and was half-dead.

Read the article by Bernard O’Donnell, Karen Buckindail and Vanessa Ruffes here.

Michael Vick : Screw Seeing The Dogs, I’m Making Money Now

Well that's what it seems like when the Bad Rap Group from Oakland, CA reported that after they tried to see if Michael Vick would like to stop by and see his dogs that he used for fighting.

The public affairs director of the Philadelphia Eagles Pamela Browner-Crawley said: Michael is not allowed to be around dogs by a court order, so logistically and legally, your plan can't work.

What a lame excuses not to see the dogs, you think any Judge would have a hard time with Vick seeing the dogs he used for fighting. It just goes to show you that he is making money now and doesn’t care about the dogs.

Read the article @ Badrap Blog

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

A Special Thanks To A Little Girl

A little girl named Kayleigh Crimmins who has been raising money on her own to help buy bulletproof vest for the Newport K-9 unit and has just presented her fifth vest.

Now if Honors should go out to anyone this little girl should be at the front of the line. Her mother Lee is one proud mom to have a daughter who cares enough to sell her toys to help protect the K-9 dogs.

Well a Big Thanks from the Dogman2 to you Kayleigh for the love you have for the dogs.

Read the article here.

Ashley Furniture Lends A Hand To Animal Shelters

Ashley Furniture Program Comforts Sheltered Pets

Dog bedding donated by Ashley Furniture

Sheltered dogs awaiting adoption in local humane societies will now rest easier because of a local Ashley Furniture HomeStore program. Under this program extra sofa, loveseat, and chair cushions will be donated to area humane societies, allowing the dogs a much more comfortable sleeping alternative to concrete floors covered with towels.

"Humane societies are non-profit organizations that depend primarily on private and public donations," said Ben Monnin, co-owner of three Ohio Ashley Furniture HomeStores. "They provide shelter and facilitate adoption of homeless dogs, educate the public about responsible pet ownership, and assist in prosecuting cases of animal abuse. We wanted to help."

Animals awaiting adoption are temporarily housed in shelters; however, the floors are hard and uncomfortable. Shelters provide towels for some comfort, but a plush cushion provides even more coziness and warmth.

The Monnin owned Ashley Furniture HomeStores are currently working with three area humane societies in the communities where they have retail stores: Bellefontaine, Marion, and Mansfield, OH.

"Like humans, dogs also have personalities," said Missy Houghton, shelter supervisor for the Richland County Humane Society. "One Chihuahua thought her cushion was dinner. We're learning fast which of our residents are most receptive to Ashley's gift."

For more information on the program, contact Ben Monnin at (937) 539-1964. For more information on Ashley Furniture HomeStore locations, contacts and products, visit

Ashley Furniture HomeStore, a top furniture retailer in the United States, delivers quality, affordable furniture to customers at more than 395 independently owned and operated locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Japan. Ashley Furniture HomeStore is an exclusive provider of furniture from Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc., the largest furniture manufacturer in the United States. Customers can locate a local Ashley Furniture HomeStore licensee by visiting

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Philadelphia Eagles Feel Guilty So They Pay Up With A Grant

Yes we all know that the Philadelphia Eagles was the only team to hire the dog killer Michael Vicks so I guess after being called many names they felt like they should at least donate some money. So now they came out with a program called TAWK : Treating Animals With Kindness and they are giving Fifty Thousand each to the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society, the Humane Society of Berks County and the Humane Society of the United States.

Well I personally think this is a payoff to quite us down, but what the paid Vick to play and this little donation means nothing. Yes these groups can use the money but that’s not the point. They should have never hired the dog killer in the first place.

Read the article here.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Who Would Ever Do This To Their Dog

The article was first posted on craigslist and then North Richmond news picked it up.

Found blind and deaf dog Ginter Park

Found deaf and blind buff colored small dog in the middle of Laburnum Ave......Near Hermitage Road and Laburnum Ave. Male, no collar. One would think there would be someone looking for this dog.....No posters are up looking for him. We checked with Animal Control and no one has reported him missing...Does anyone know of a neighbor missing their old blind/deaf dog??????? He is buff in color.......Please help this dog get home.

I couldn’t believe this when I read the article, then I went to craigslist and there it was. What type a person would just abandon a blind and deaf dog to fend for himself. I hope they find the owner and make them pay for this cruel act they committed.

If someone is from the area would they please rescue the poor dog.

Photo by WRGB

They Moved And Left The Dogs

Two lowlifes named Brnady H. & John J. Dobert from Pittstown, NY had moved out and left their two poor dogs behind without food or water two weeks ago.

The State Police have charged them with three counts of abandonment of an animal and three counts of animal cruelty, failure to provide sustenance. Hopefully the Judge will send these two lowlifes to jail.

Read the article by Steve Flamisch here.

Not All Dog Stories Are Good News

When Animal Control Officer Theresa Foss from the Plainfield, Conn. area went to respond to a report of a loose pit bull Theresa suffered severe head trauma back on September 29th when the dog jumped on her.

Due to the injuries Theresa Foss has died and is being viewed at the Gagne-Piechowski Funeral Home on Voluntown Road in Lisbon.

Our Prayers go out to Theresa and Her Family.

Read the article here.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

2 More Pet Food Recalls

Here are two pet food recalls that have been posted in the last week.

First the Dog Food:

For Immediate Release:
Nutro Products Voluntary Retrieval of Select Puppy Foods

Q: I heard that there may be plastic in some NUTRO® products. Is this true?
A: Small pieces of melted plastic were recently found in the production line of select varieties of NUTRO® dry dog and cat food products. We immediately retrieved the affected pet food from our distributors, and only three sku’s reached retail stores. These were delivered to a small number of PetSmart and Petco stores. The specific products are listed below.

Upon discovery of the melted plastic, we immediately halted manufacturing and performed a thorough search of all equipment. We identified the source as a worker’s “bump cap,” similar to a hard hat, which inadvertently made its way into our manufacturing process.

Based on our extensive review, it is highly unlikely that any pieces of plastic made it into finished product. However, upon learning of the incident, we voluntarily retrieved all potentially affected products.

We strive to produce pet food of the highest quality and safety standards. Consumers who believe they have purchased potentially affected product should return it to their retailer for a full refund or exchange for another NUTRO® product, or contact the Nutro Products Consumer Care team at 1-800-833-5330.

Thank you for your continued loyalty and support for Nutro Products.


Second Cat Food:


Diamond Pet Foods has withdrawn from distribution the following date codes of Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat and Premium Edge Hairball cat: RAF0501A22X 18lb., RAF0501A2X 6 lb., RAH0501A22X 18 lb., RAH0501A2X 6lb. The calls from pet owners or veterinarians regarding this issue have been centered in the Rochester, NY area. All retail outlets shipped the above lots were contacted, asking them to pull the product from the store shelves. The retailers were also asked to contact their customers via email or telephone requesting them to check the date code of the food. However, if you or anyone you know has these date codes of Premium Edge cat food, please return them to your retailer.

Symptoms displayed by an affected cat will be neurological in nature. Any cats fed these date codes that display these symptoms should be immediately taken to a veterinarian.

Product testing proved no contaminants were discovered in the cat food; however the cat foods were deficient in thiamine. Diamond tracked the vitamin premix lot number that was utilized in these particular cat foods and have performed testing on another lot of Premium Edge cat food that used the same vitamin premix, and it was not deficient in thiamine. No other neurological signs have been reported on any other product manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods.

National Pet Obesity Awareness Day Oct. 14

National Pet Obesity Awareness Day Oct. 14, 2009 - Over Half Nation's Pets Now Overweight

"Pudgy pooches and fat cats are now the norm." states Dr. Ernie Ward, founder and President of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP). "This is the first generation of pets that will not live as long as their parents. Even worse, the majority of today's overweight pets will endure painful and expensive medical conditions - all of which can be avoided."

"Pudgy pooches and fat cats are now the norm," states Dr. Ernie Ward, founder and President of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP). "This is the first generation of pets that will not live as long as their parents. Even worse, the majority of today's overweight pets will endure painful and expensive medical conditions - all of which can be avoided."

To raise awareness about the dangers of pet obesity, APOP ( will hold its third annual National Pet Obesity Awareness Day Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009. On this day, hundreds of veterinarians will gather data on the waistlines of our nation's pets. Pet owners may log onto the group's website and answer questions and report their pet's size and weight.

"This year APOP has partnered with the Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) to heighten the discussion of pet obesity at the nation's veterinary medical schools. Too often veterinarians aren't taught how to prevent obesity - only to treat the consequences," comments Ward.

"We're very excited to be working with APOP on this year's SAVMA's One Health Challenge of Obesity Awareness - both for pets and people. Obesity is a serious issue and veterinary and human medical students are eager to get involved in educating our communities about the risks for both humans and our pets." states Ryan Colburn of Michigan State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Student AVMA Global and Public Health Officer, ad hoc.

Currently APOP estimates 50% of dogs and cats in the United States are overweight or obese (84 million). 44% of our canine companions are overweight or obese (33 million) and a staggering 57% of our cats are too heavy (51 million).

"This epidemic is needlessly costing pet owners tens of millions of dollars in unnecessary medical bills, not to mention the crippling arthritis, challenges of diabetes, and increased risk of cancer these pets endure." says Ward. "We're loving our pets to an early - and painful - death."

The biggest cause of the pet obesity epidemic? "Carbs. Today's pets consume high carbohydrate and sugar treats and foods that create changes in their brain chemistry, causing them to crave these foods even more. I call it 'kibble crack' because we're literally creating an addiction to these high-calorie carbohydrate foods," replies Ward.

What's the cure? "Everyone wants a magic pill for losing weight when the safest, cheapest and easiest cure already exists: eat less, eat healthier and exercise. Put down the biscuit and pick up a carrot; instead of feeding your cat a carbohydrate-based diet, look for a high-protein alternative. Take your dog for a walk each day. Small steps go a long way toward big weight losses."

Ward, who is also a certified personal trainer, USA Triathlon-accredited coach and Ironman athlete, offers this weight loss advice for pet owners. "Your best workout buddy is your dog. They never give excuses; any chance to get outside is a good one for a dog. Dogs and people are a perfect match in terms of aerobic abilities, dietary needs and emotions. If you're having a bad day, take your dog for a walk or jog. I may feel lousy at the beginning of a run with my dog, but I've never ended a run that way."

Health Risks associated with Obesity in Pets
1. Osteoarthritis
2. High blood pressure
3. Type 2 diabetes (cats)
4. Insulin resistance (dogs)
5. Kidney disease
6. Cancer
7. High cholesterol
8. Respiratory disease
9. Skin disease
10. Increased surgical complications

About APOP and Dr. Ward
The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention is an independent organization not associated with any veterinary pharmaceutical, pet food, or other veterinary industry organization. Dr. Ernie Ward is a licensed veterinarian, certified personal trainer, and USA Triathlon accredited coach. He and APOP help people and pets lose weight and sustain a healthy lifestyle by creating parallel weight loss and lifestyle programs.

Dr. Ernie Ward

Student American Veterinary Medical Association
Ryan Colburn
Michigan State University
College of Veterinary Medicine
Class of 2010 Vice President
Student AVMA Global and Public Health Officer, ad hoc

Friday, October 9, 2009

Part Of The News Is Better Than No News

It’s been reported that there is an outbreak of a deadly virus going around in the Oakland, California area. The article said that the virus was highly contagious with symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea and a lack of energy.

The article also said that the virus might be coming from the soil in the area and is preventable with a vaccination. I just wish there was more to pass on but this article has left you to wonder if there really is more behind this story. So if you live in the area Please take caution when walking your dog.

Read the article here.

10 Essential Dog Blogs You Ought to Read

If you’ve got a love of dogs, and want to share it with others, then you ought to read these 10 essential dog blogs. Learn about your pet and how to give him the best care possible. Share about your pets crazy antics, and read about other pets and their owners. : This blog has a lot to offer. That’s obvious when you consider the amazing success it has had since it launched in January of 2004. It’s become the fastest growing pet destination on the internet, and is a top-five overall pet destination. You can make your dog a webpage, get info on dog breeds, and get in on the dog forums. There’s also a dog adoption center, and lots of answers and advice about dogs. : Find out what celebrities are doing with their canine pals. Who’s shopping on Rodeo Drive with their dog? Which celebs own which type of dog? If there’s anything you want to know about celebrities and their pooches, this is the place to find it. : This is a product oriented blog. Keri and her 8-year-old keeshond, Bliss, have an ever growing collection of dog toys that are different and innovative. Bliss will even test out any toys you want to send to him, and let you know what he thinks. Of course, they only feature doggie products that are available on-line. : This blog is diverse in what it offers. You can find out about the latest dog products, learn about doggie illnesses, proper doggie care, and of course, share the love of your dog with the world. : Post videos and photos, share your thoughts on the forum, and blog, blog, blog. There’s also a Wiki article section you can contribute to, and members can create their own profiles. : There are too many things this site has to offer to list them all. Here are just a few. Dog breeds, dog adoption, dog contests, dog book reviews, dog products, dog events, dog clothing, dog facts, dog food, and so much more. : Find out all you want and need to know about specific dog breeds. Get tips on nutrition and the overall wellbeing of your dog. Check out the pet photos and read about the heroic efforts of dogs. : This blog is full of valuable information about dogs. Learn all you need to know about doggie diets, doggie toys, dog breeding, dog behavior and much more. See beautiful pictures of dogs, and find out how you can help to change the plight of many of them. : This blog covers an array of topics. Dog products, dog services, current affairs, and dog events to name just a few. You can contribute your own personal dog stories, and share with the community why your dog is so special to you. : Learn about dog medicines, read heart-touching dog stories, compare dog products, and get to know other dogs and their owners.

J-A Amos blogs about how to get a vet tech degree online.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

So Why Did 25 Dogs Die In A Fire

It’s bad enough to have your house catch on fire, but a women from Riverside, Ca. had her twenty five dogs die in her cluttered home when it caught fire. The article talks about how the poor dogs were neglected while a neighbor said she ran a puppy mill in her house.

It just goes to show that a puppy mill in a home is not the right place even though the town of Riverside doesn’t have any laws from stopping you. So who is really at fault for these types of puppy mills, I would say the consumer is for buying a puppy from one of these places. There are so many poor dogs in shelters that could use a good place to call home. If we all stop buying from them then hopefully we can put a stop to the puppy mills.

Read the article by Rob McMillan here.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Best Friends Four Legged Pet Food Drive Scores Big

National 'Four Legged Pet Food Drive' Tops 77,000 Pounds

Volunteers across U.S. collect dog, cat food to help those hit by tough economy.

Just how much is 77,242 pounds of pet food? Weightwise, it's the kibble equivalent of the space shuttle's external fuel tank, a semi truck, or the biggest stone in the world's largest man-made waterfall in Alabama.

For the past three months, Best Friends Animal Society volunteers across the country have been working their tails off to gather tons and tons of bags and cans of pet food to help families who are struggling financially to continue feeding their furry friends.

Volunteers from Seattle, Washington, to Orlando, Florida, spent the summer organizing and executing community food drives to bring in donations of bags and cans of unopened and unexpired pet food. In most cities the collected food was turned over to food pantries for distribution to families.

Although the official Best Friends' Four Legged Food Drive is completed for this year, volunteers seeking to organize a food drive to help pets and people in their community can download a Best Friends Animal Society action kit here:

For most people, pets are part of the family, and when money is tight, a free bag of food might make the difference between keeping the pet and turning it in to an already overcrowded shelter. People struggling to make ends meet have been quoted as saying they feed their pets before they feed themselves. The Four Legged Food Drive makes it so fewer people have to make that choice.

Interestingly, the states hit the hardest by the recession have in some cases donated the most food. Nevada, Arizona and Florida, ravaged by the economic downturn, brought in three of the top four largest food totals out of the 15 participating locations. Only Salt Lake City, Utah, brought in more.

Ellen Gilmore, campaign specialist for Best Friends' national First Home Forever Home campaign, explains the urgency of the food drive:

"With or without the downturn in the economy, every community has a homeless pet problem," she says. "In the past year however, the number of homeless pets because of abandonment and relinquishment to animal shelters has increased due to the economy, foreclosures and unemployment. Our goal was to collect as much pet food as possible to stock local food pantries so local families can keep the pets they love."

Best Friends Animal Society's First Home Forever Home campaign focuses on all aspects of helping people make and honor a lifetime commitment to their pets. Millions of companion animals die every year in crowded shelters because their families decided to let them go for some reason. Through education, intervention and action, First Home Forever Home provides guidance and resources to help people care for their pets and keep them as loved members of their families.

About Best Friends Animal Society:

Best Friends Animal Society is a nonprofit, membership organization building no-kill programs and partnerships that will bring about a day when there are No More Homeless Pets. The society's leading initiatives in animal care and community programs are coordinated from its Kanab, Utah, headquarters, the country's largest no-kill sanctuary. This work is made possible by the support of a grassroots network of members and community partners across the nation. In 2009, Best Friends celebrates its 25th anniversary.

For more information contact:

Temma Martin
Best Friends Animal Society

Barbara Williamson
Best Friends Animal Society
Office: 435-644-2001 ext. 4408
Cell: 435-689-0200

Monday, October 5, 2009

Today's Guest Post Is Brought To You By Electric Dog Fence DIY's Staff Veterinarian Dr. Susan Wright

Homeopathy is a therapy that is very popular amongst dog owners. It's non invasive, ccompletely natural and there are no side effects.

This particular therapy has been used in people since 1796, when it was discovered by the German scientist, Samuel Hahnemann. At around the same time, Hahnemann was also using homeopathy in animals so it has been an option for our dogs for as long as it has been an option for people.

How does homeopathy work in our dogs? Those who practice homeopathy believe that illness is caused by any disturbance in the life force of the body. This means that a disease firstly affects the energy levels, then appears as a symptom. So, if you're going to treat a disease, you can't just treat the symptoms, you have to resolve the problems at the body's energy level.

Homeopathy involves giving a patient a very small dose of the substance responsible for causing a disease, which then cures the symptoms. You'll have heard of the expression "like cures like". Creation of a homeopathic remedy takes into account all aspects of a dog's health, including their emotional state of mind. Because each dog is different, even if they have the same symptoms, each remedy is specific to that dog.

Homeopathic remedies are created by diluting plant and animal substances, and even synthetic materials, many times in water or alcohol. They are shaken vigorously between dilutions. By the time the dilutions are finished, the shaking has activated the energy of the ingredients. This energy helps your dog's body to heal itself.

Dogs are often treated with homeopathy for bruises, difficulty birthing pups, and bites and stings. It's also been found to be very helpful in the case of emotional distress such as fear of storms or separation anxiety. This is because the remedy works on your dog's energy levels.

Some people don't believe that homeopathy works. However, many veterinarians are now studying homeopathy, and can offer it to you either as an alternative, or in conjunction with conventional treatments. Vets can complete a continuing education course in homeopathy, and can then be recognized as a Certified Veterinary Homeopathist.

If you'd like to try this treatment on your dog, ask your vet for a referral to another vet who can treat your dog with homeopathy. If he doesn't know anyone who can help, check the website for the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy at and you should find a veterinarian who can help.

Homeopathy is safe, non toxic and you can use it to treat your dog and have no concerns about any adverse side effects. It is an option you may wish to include in your pet health toolbox.

This guest post is brought to you by Electric Dog Fence DIY's staff
veterinarian Dr. Susan Wright.

Dog Fence DIY takes you through all the steps of using an electric fence for dogs including installation, training, and how to find the best systems. We offer a wide range of pet containment systems at the best available prices.

Wow $330 Thousand Dollars Raised In One Dog Walk

I was amazed when I read that in just one dog walk in Detroit, Michigan which was their 4th Annual Mega March for Animals has raised three hundred and thirty thousand dollars to help support the Michigan Humane Society.

It just goes to show that there are a lot of animal lovers in Detroit that care enough to help support their local animal shelters in a time of real need due to the overwhelming overflow in the shelters these days.

Now only if all the shelters around the world could pull in that kind of money it might help save a lot of animals from being kill. So help out your local animal shelter and know that you helped to save a pets life too.

Read the article by Catherine Jun here.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Animals Taiwan Held Its First World Animal Day

Photo by CNA

Taiwan held their first World Animal Day Parade with the help of Animals Taiwan at the Taipei City Hall.

The Secretary – general for the Animals Taiwan Rosa Huang said: This time, we want to use the opportunity of World Animal Day to tell the people of Taiwan and the world that adoption saves, abandonment kills. We hope to create an environment where animals can be free of suffering and promote the use of humane methods to resolve the problem of stray animals.

Read the article by Shelley Huang here.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

New Zealand Picks The Worst Case Of Animal Cruelty For The Year

Photo by Otago Daily Times

Unfortunately he is not really a winner but Jeffrey Hurring has been pick to be the worst case of animal cruelty in New Zealand for the past year.

The article said that Jeffrey Hurring tried to strangle the dog using a chain and poured gas down the dogs throat then tried to smother the dog with a pillow which still didn’t kill the dog and went on to hit the dog with a spade.

Now how sick is that for a teenage kid to do that to a dog. The list of fifty two other cases of animal cruelty is just as bad when you start reading them. There are people that were charged with running over their animal to dragging them with their car and starving their pet.

This is upsetting to read about how cruel someone can be to an animal, so hopefully their owners visited some pet insurance comparison sites to get them covered.

Read the article by Rachel Grunwell here.

Friday, October 2, 2009

If You’re In NY On Oct. 13th Don’t Forget To Get Your Dog’s Heart Check For Free

Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour Stopping in Central Park to Provide Free Heart Examinations

New York dog owners can learn more about canine heart disease

And have their pets' hearts checked in mobile exam room October 13

This fall, dog owners in New York City will find that getting their pets' hearts checked is a walk in the park. Veterinarians on the Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour will stop in Central Park on October 13 with a soundproof medical unit to perform free heart examinations for area dogs and to answer questions about canine heart disease.

In addition to performing free heart health screenings in Central Park, veterinarians and veterinary cardiologists will provide information at the Canine Heart Health booth at the "Meet the Breeds" event on October 17 and 18.

Heart disease in dogs is almost as common as it is in humans. About 11 percent of the nearly 75 million dogs in the United States have heart disease, and that figure increases to as many as 60 percent among dogs over age 5 and certain predisposed breeds. Yet, a national survey shows that more than half of dog owners are unaware that their dog may be at risk of heart failure.

"Early diagnosis and treatment of heart failure can significantly prolong and improve the quality of a dog's life," says Nigel Swift, board-certified veterinarian with Boehringer Ingelheim, sponsor of the Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour. "We look forward to reaching out to local dog owners to educate them about heart disease in dogs and their treatment options. By emphasizing the importance of annual veterinary examinations and early diagnosis of heart disease, we hope to help more dogs live longer and better lives."

From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on October 13 at Central Park's Naumburg Bandshell, a local veterinary cardiologist will perform free dog heart screenings from inside a special soundproof mobile exam room. He will use a stethoscope to listen for heart murmurs and other irregular sounds as well as generally assess whether the dog shows any signs of heart disease.

The veterinarians on tour will also make sure that dog owners are aware of some of the common symptoms seen with heart disease: reduced willingness to walk, play or exercise; difficulty breathing; coughing; and loss of appetite. Dog owners can learn even more at or by visiting the Canine Heart Health Booth at Meet the Breeds, being held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. October 17 and 18. Heart health screenings will not be conducted at this event, but veterinarians will be on hand to answer questions.

About Meet the Breeds

Hosted by the American Kennel Club and the Cat Fanciers' Association, this event is the world's largest showcase of dogs and cats, featuring 160 dog breeds and 41 cat breeds, demonstrations, shopping and children's events. Attendees may literally "meet the breeds" by petting the dogs, cats, puppies and kittens and learning about them directly from the experts.

Meet the Breeds will be held October 17 and 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, 655 W. 34th Street in New York. To purchase discounted, pre-event tickets, visit Tickets purchased online before Saturday, October 17, are $10 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under. As of October 17, tickets may be purchased online or at the door, when prices are $12 for adults and $8 for children.

About Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs

The Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour was organized to teach people about congestive heart failure (CHF) in dogs. CHF leads to excessive water and salt retention, causing fluid buildup in the lungs. Heart disease affects more than 60 percent of aged dogs, and while there is no cure for CHF, clinical study results have shown that dogs with the condition can live longer, better quality lives with early diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

About BI

Boehringer Ingelheim is the exclusive U.S. manufacturer of Vetmedin. Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (St. Joseph, Mo.), is a subsidiary of Boehringer Ingelheim Corporation based in Ridgefield, Conn., and a member of the Boehringer Ingelheim group of companies.

The Boehringer Ingelheim group is one of the world's 20 leading pharmaceutical companies. Headquartered in Ingelheim, Germany, it operates globally with 135 affiliates in 47 countries and approximately 39,800 employees. Since it was founded in 1885, the family-owned company has been committed to researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing novel products of high therapeutic value for human and veterinary medicine.

In 2007, Boehringer Ingelheim posted net sales of US $15.0 billion (10.9 billion euro) while spending approximately one-fifth of net sales from its largest business segment, prescription medicines, on research and development.

For more information, please visit

Thursday, October 1, 2009

2009 Holiday Pet Adoption Campaign Has Started

Iams Home 4 the Holidays Launches 2009 Pet Adoption Campaign to Help Find Homes for 1.5 Million Homeless Animals

Campaign Ambassador Hilary Swank Teams with Global Adoption Drive to Drastically Reduce Pet Homelessness

With its most aggressive pet adoption goal to-date - finding homes for 1.5 million orphaned pets this holiday season - Iams Home 4 the Holidays (IH4TH) kicked off its 2009 program today. Between Oct. 1 and Jan. 4, 2010, IH4TH will work side-by-side with its campaign ambassador, two-time Academy Award®-winning actress Hilary Swank, along with founding partner Helen Woodward Animal Center and nearly 3,500 animal organizations from around the world to raise widespread awareness for homeless animals.

Over the past decade IH4TH has helped 3 million animals find homes, with more than 1.2 million pets adopted into new families last year alone. Inspired by this success, the program has partnered with pet parent Swank to help shine a massive spotlight on the need for pet adoption. Joining Swank in the cause are her dogs Karoo and Rumi. Karoo, a Corgi-mix was rescued a few years ago from the roadside in South Africa and just last October, Swank adopted Rumi, a golden retriever-blend from a participating IH4TH animal shelter in Los Angeles.

"It's so rewarding to look into an adopted animal's eyes and see how thankful they are that you saved their life," said Swank. "I am a true believer in pet adoption and have rescued many animals throughout my life. I hope everyone will join our mission this holiday season so more pets can experience the gift of love and family."

With as many as 8 million homeless animals in the U.S. there is a significant need to educate people about the importance of pet adoption. IH4TH provides resources and tips to help new or soon-to-be pet parents make thoughtful and informed decisions about adoption. Every family who adopts a pet through the program will receive an Iams adoption kit and DVD loaded with important information about nutrition, training and proper care to ensure that the relationship with the new animal starts off on the right paw.

"We couldn't be happier that IH4TH has grown to include nearly 3,500 participating animal organizations from around the world, all dedicated to helping promote pet adoption," said Mike Arms, founder of IH4TH and president of Helen Woodward Animal Center. "There are millions of beautiful, amazing animals waiting families to love them and we want to help them find their forever home. The more foot traffic we can get into these organizations through awareness and education, the better, so these orphaned animals will no longer be homeless."

Iams works with all of the partnering organizations to ensure they have the tools needed to promote themselves and their pets. One of primary tools Iams shares with participants is a detailed "how-to-guide" that includes template materials, guides for event planning, tips for working within their local communities, and more. Iams has also established a dedicated toll-free phone number for animal organizations to call seven days a week for help and guidance with adoption needs and questions.
"We're so proud to be a part of IH4TH and the difference this program has made in the lives of millions of pets over the past 10 years," said Dan Rajczak, senior vice president - Global Snacks and Pet Care. "IH4TH is close to our hearts, and we really feel like this year, along with the help of Hilary and all of our partner animal organizations, we'll help more homeless animals than ever before."

The 2009 program begins today Oct.1, and continues through Jan. 4, 2010. To learn more about how to make a difference in the life of an orphaned pet, including finding participating shelters, volunteering and making a donation to support animal organizations and pets awaiting new homes, visit

About Iams Home 4 the Holidays (IH4TH)
As one of the most successful pet adoption programs in the world, IH4TH partners with thousands of animal organizations dedicated to finding forever homes for orphaned pets. Founded by Helen Woodward Animal Center and supported by Iams, IH4TH began in 1999 with just 14 participating animal shelters in San Diego County. Since it began 11 years ago, IH4TH - along with nearly 3,500 pet adoption centers - has helped more than 3,278,143 families experience the joy of pet adoption, including 1.2 million pet adoptions last year alone. For more information, please visit or follow us at

About Helen Woodward Animal Center
Helen Woodward Animal Center is a private, non-profit organization where "people help animals and animals help people." Founded in 1972 in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., the Center provides services for more than 57,000 people and thousands of animals annually. Helen Woodward Animal Center is also the creator of the international Home 4 the Holidays pet adoption drive and the Animal Center Education Services program, teaching the business of saving lives to animal welfare leaders from around the world.

About P&G Pet Care
For more than 60 years, P&G Pet Care (NYSE:PG), the maker of Iams and Eukanuba, has enhanced the well-being of dogs and cats by providing world-class quality foods and pet care products. To learn more about Eukanuba® and Iams® Dog & Cat Foods or general pet care and nutrition information, call the Iams Consumer Care Center at (800) 446-3075. You can also visit us on the Web at or

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