Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Ex Richmond Sheriff's Deputy Sentence To Jail For Dog Fighting

An ex Richmond Sheriff's Deputy named David Robinson who was arrested back on April 16th 2009 on charges of animal cruelty and dog fighting. Well finally the Henrico County Circuit Courts have sentence Robinson to serve fourteen months in jail for his actions.

Back when Robinson was arrested the police found all kind of dog fighting equipment along with some twenty plus pit bulls. There were four dogs injured and one dog dead when the police arrived at his home.

Hopefully this will send out a message to others that are involved with these dog fights.

Read the article here.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Guide Dogs For The Blind Can Get Discount Prescriptions

VetCentric and Guide Dogs for the Blind Team Up to Provide Discounted Prescriptions and Added Convenience to Program Graduates
VetCentric, the leader in vet-sponsored home delivery of FDA and EPA-approved medications for pets, has entered into an agreement with Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) to provide their graduates (guide dog users) with special discount pricing for their pet medications.

VetCentric, the leader in vet-sponsored home delivery of FDA and EPA-approved medications for pets, has entered into an agreement with Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) to provide their graduates (guide dog users) with special discount pricing for their pet medications.

To take advantage of VetCentric’s special prescription discount plan, GDB graduates simply need to register online at, print the custom form and bring it to their local veterinary clinic.

“We’ve streamlined the process for both the veterinary clinic and the dog owners,” said Joe Gatto, Senior Director of Business Development at VetCentric. “We’re incredibly excited and proud to work with Guide Dogs for the Blind. The work they do has had such an incredible impact on so many lives,” added Gatto.

Established in 1942, Guide Dogs for the Blind provides enhanced mobility and quality of life to people who are blind through lifetime partnerships with Guide Dogs. This non-profit organization, headquartered in San Rafael, CA, is the largest school of its kind and has produced more than 11,000 partnerships across the United States and Canada.

“We look forward to our new partnership with VetCentric and the positive impact it will have on our graduates,” said Terry Barrett, Director of Training Operations for GDB.

GDB’s services are provided free-of-charge to those it serves, and the organization relies entirely on private donations. Please visit or toll free at 800.295.4050 for additional information.

About VetCentric
VetCentric, Inc., a privately-held company headquartered in the Baltimore-Washington area, is the only national veterinary-focused pharmacy offering home delivery of FDA- and EPA-approved pharmaceuticals, compounded medications, and therapeutic and wellness diets to pet owners on behalf of veterinary clinics. Its comprehensive suite of services help clinics improve clinic financial performance, provide a trusted alternative to Internet competition, expand treatment options without inventory cost, improve patient health and increase compliance, enhance customer service, and advocate the Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship.

In the past 10 years, VetCentric has partnered with more than 9,000 veterinary clinics to fill in excess of 2.5 million orders for nearly 500,000 pet owners. Its pharmacy complies with the licensing and inspection requirements of all states in which it does business. For more information, please visit

Sunday, June 27, 2010

A Young Girls Letter About Her Service Dog To Dear Abby


DEAR ABBY: I am 18, disabled, and work with a service dog. I would like to offer people a few tips on interacting with service dog owners. Perhaps it will lessen some of the daily frustrations all handlers deal with:

1. Not all service dogs are big dogs. I know several Chihuahuas who save their owners' lives every day with their medical alert tasks.

2. Not all disabilities are visible. Please don't ask, "What's wrong with you?" or, "What's your problem?"

3. There are many kinds of service dogs, not just guide dogs. Medical alert dogs help people with everything from epilepsy to diabetes to panic attacks. There are also autism service dogs, mobility dogs and hearing dogs.

4. Please do not pet my dog without asking me first. My dog wears a patch that says, "Do Not Pet." It's there for a reason. Abby, I can't count the number of people who read her patch out loud, then reach out to pet her anyway. Please do not take it personally if we say no.

5. If a dog's handler seems ill, it's OK -- even preferable -- to ask if we are all right. I once had an episode and no less than two dozen people walked right past me while I sat on the floor. Had I been diabetic, I could have died because no one stopped -- including two store managers. -- HOPING TO HELP IN PENNSYLVANIA

DEAR HOPING TO HELP: Thank you for an important letter. What many people fail to understand is that when an assistance dog is out in public, the animal is working and should not be distracted from its task -- which is ensuring the well-being of its owner.

Your last tip was the most important of all. Folks, I shouldn't have to tell you that if you see someone who appears to be in trouble, it takes only a moment to do the right thing and make sure the person gets the help he or she needs. And that includes calling 911 if it's merited.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Possible Dog Thief Caught With The Two Dogs Plus A Puppy Mill

What started out as someone stealing a man’s two Boston Terriers turned out to be more then the police thought, when they not only found the two missing dogs.
They also found more then forty dogs running though out the house which turned out to be a puppy mill in Bristol, VA.

Read the article by Claire Galofaro here.

The 22 Annual World's Ugliest Dog Is

Photo by Ben Margot / AP

This years world's ugliest dog is a bit of a surprise with the winner being a little Chihuahua that came from a rescue. The dogs name is Princess Abby Francis who is owned by Kathleen Francis.

Read the article here.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Homeless Dog Get Her Head Stuck In Plastic Container For Days

A homeless dog who was probably looking for some food for her and her three puppies had gotten her head stuck in a plastic container.

Who really knows how long this dog walked around with this on her head but thanks to the Sabah Wildlife Department's Wildlife Rescue Unit they were able to remove the container off the dogs head.

Read the article here.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Another Idiot Leaves His Dog Out In The Sun And Dies

This time it was in Arizona where it was just about one hundred and twelve degrees out there. The Maricopa County sheriff's deputies arrested Kenneth L. Tucker from Phoenix and he is facing animal cruelty along with animal neglect.

You would think that this guy would know that it hot out here, but apparently he didn’t care. The deputies found the dog in a cage with no water and in the sun but when they let the poor dog out he just died.

Sad that’s all I can say.

Read the article by Colin Lecher here.

With All The Money Mariah Carey Makes, You Would Think She’d Pay Her Vet

Mariah Carey’s Veterinarian Cindy Bressler has been trying to get her to pay her vet bill with no luck, so now Cindy took Mariah to court.

First off to see a bill for treating Mariah’s three dogs named Cha-Cha, Dolomite and JJ was thirty seven thousand and eight hundred dollars which seems crazy to me, but I guess when you have money you don’t care. I think I should get a job like that because I love dogs and to get paid that much there would be enough to help the homeless dogs too.

Read the article by Jennifer Peltz here.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Summers Here, Please Don’t Do What These People Did

Down in Hillsboro, MO you have a guy who would leave his dog tied up outside all day but this time the poor dog couldn’t even reach his water and had been left out in the sun all day which unfortunately caused the dog to die.

I still don’t understand why people do this to their dogs knowing that it gets hot out there. It’s shows a real lack of caring to me when I read something like this.

Read the article by Chris Regnier here.

Then over in Memphis, TN you have a dumb yes dumb couple named Gregory Fisher and Amanda Lillard who decided to leave their poor dog in the car for four hours while they did what they needed to do. But when they finally came out to the car the poor dog was so ill you would think they would have called for some help or something. No they decided to drive off with the dog in the back, but good thing they were pulled over by the police who seen the dog in despair and brought the dog to the vet.

Hopefully the poor dog will survive at this point from being baked in the car.

Read the article here.

So Please don’t let this happen to your dog and if you see your neighbor who just leaves their dog out all day, say something to them. And if that don’t work contact the authorities because you just might be the one who saves the animals life.

Another Recall This Time By United Pet Group

United Pet Group Voluntarily Recalls Pro-Pet Adult Daily Vitamin Supplement for Dogs Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk

United Pet Group, Cincinnati, Ohio is voluntarily recalling all unexpired lots of its PRO-PET ADULT DAILY VITAMIN Supplement tablets for Dogs due to possible Salmonella contamination. The Food and Drug Administration is aware of this recall.

The product was sold nationally at various retailers. The product comes in 100-count white plastic bottles with a light blue label, and UPC code 26851-01800. These products are being removed from retail stores and consumers should immediately stop feeding these supplements to their pets. The affected products are those with expiration dates on or before "06/13". The expiration date can be found imprinted vertically on the right side of the product label.

Laboratory testing has revealed that one Lot of this vitamin product was contaminated with Salmonella. The company is recalling all unexpired Lots of the product out of an abundance of caution.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

People who handle dry pet food and/or treats can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the chews or any surfaces exposed to these products. Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Consumers who have purchased the product are urged to contact United Pet Group or the place of purchase for further direction. Consumers may contact United Pet Group at 1-800-645-5154 ext. 3, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm EST.

Monday, June 21, 2010

You’re Telling Me That I can’t Rent Here Because Of My Service Dog

Yes it another sad story for a woman named Jackie Smart who tried to rent an apartment in Secaucus, NJ. It’s bad enough that she went though cancer and has her service dog to help her live her life, but to be told you can’t rent here is crazy.

There are laws on the books that help her win this case against Landlord Ray Saoud. How low can you get when people won’t even help you out seeing that you have a disability and your dog is there to help.

I guess here don't like dogs.

Read the article by Ron Zeitlinger here.

Eccles Institute Needs Homes For Dogs That Survived Their Testing?

When I read this article about dogs and cats being used for testing at the Eccles Institute in Utah it made me sick. Now they are looking for people to take these poor animals in now that they are finished doing whatever they did to these guys.

They will be holding a adoption fair at the University of Utah in the Eccles Institute of Human Genetics building. I personally think that everyone one that did anything to these animals should be held liable to take care of these pets for life.

This reminds me of the people that just abandon their pets when they move, they are no better. Even though I don’t know what they did to these guys during their lab test.

Read the article here.

Yes I'm waiting for some replies to hear about what you people did to my buddies....

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Natural Balance Dog Food Recall

Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc. announces a voluntary recall of Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Chicken Dry Dog Food Due to a Possible Health Risk
Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc., of Pacoima, CA, announces a voluntary recall of Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Chicken Dry Dog Food with the "Best By" date of June 17, 2011, in 5-lb. and 28-lb. bags because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

No illnesses have been reported to date. The recall notification is being issued out of an abundance of caution based on an isolated instance in which a product sample with a "Best By" date of June 17, 2011, had a positive result for Salmonella in a random sample test conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This product was originally manufactured on December 17, 2009, and is the only Natural Balance product being recalled.

Salmonella can affect animals and there is a risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products. People handling dry pet food can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product. This product was manufactured on December 17, 2009.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

Recalled products were only distributed in pet specialty stores in the states of Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

The only product affected by the recall is the Sweet Potato & Chicken Dry Dog Food with the "Best By" date of June 17, 2011, product information as follows:

Product Bag Size Bag UPC Code Bale UPC Code Best By Dates
Sweet Potato & Chicken Dry Dog Formula 5 lb 7-23633-9000-4 7-23633-99003-5 June 17, 2011
Sweet Potato & Chicken Dry Dog Formula 28 lb 7-23633-99002-8
June 17, 2011

Consumers who have purchased Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Chicken Dry Dog formula with the "Best By" date of June 17, 2011, are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. A separate letter and instructions will be forwarded to all relevant Natural Balance customers. For additional information, please contact Natural Balance Pet Foods Customer Service at (800) 829-4493 (8am – 5pm, PDT) or by visiting

Friday, June 18, 2010

What... A Dog Swallowed A Cat

You really didn't think that a dog swallowed a real cat, did you.

A little West Highland Terrier did swallow a cat, but it was a toy cat and by looking at the photo it didn't even get damaged. The owner Samantha Reed got pretty upset when little Snowy who actually eat five little toys.

I thought that this was pretty funny ( no punt intended) but to see the cat in there was funny.

Read the article by Virginia Wheeler here.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Magic Of A Dogs Voice

How Much Sugar In That Dog Treat

Kibble Crack – Vet Exposes Sugary Secret of Pet Treats

Sugar is being added to many pet treats contributing to the growing pet obesity epidemic.

Today’s pet treats aren’t the dog bones of your childhood. Over the past decade, a surprising ingredient has begun to appear on pet treat ingredient lists: sugar.

Following the trend of sugar-laden children’s snacks, pet treat manufacturers are tapping into a dog’s sweet tooth to boost sales. “One of the key reasons I became involved with fighting pet obesity was when I began seeing sugar added to pet treats. I think if more pet owners were aware of this, they may choose their treats more carefully.” says veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward, founder of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) and author of “Chow Hounds: Why Our Dogs Are Getting Fatter – A Vet’s Plan to Save Their Lives” (2010 HCI). “When you have popular treats such as Snausages SnawSomes that list sugars as three of the first four ingredients, you know there’s a problem.”

And the problem is huge. APOP estimates that 45% of US dogs and 58% of cats are too heavy. That equals an estimated 89 million pets that are at high risk for developing conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure and more.

Ward says the problem is linked to money – lots of it. With US pet treat sales estimated to be nearly $2 billion in 2010, the treat bowl has turned golden. “Sugar is incredibly attractive to dogs. If a dog gobbles a treat quickly, an owner is more likely to give another – and another. This adds up to more sales – and profits. In the race for pet treat profits, our pets’ health is being bankrupted.”

Ward also contends that added sugar has behavioral consequences. “Numerous studies in rats demonstrate that overfeeding sugar can create symptoms similar to drug addiction. A dog’s daily sweet treat may be contributing to overeating and other undesirable behaviors. This is why I call today’s high-sugar treats ‘kibble crack.’”

Of course, pet treat manufacturers are quick to blame pet owners for the problem. After all, dogs and cats don’t buy or give these products themselves. Ward agrees – to a point. “Pet owners definitely have a feeding disorder when it comes to their pets. Ultimately it’s up to each owner to control how much they feed their pets. What I want to bring attention to is what ingredients are in pet treats – and why. Pet owners must begin to question why there is sugar in a treat that claims to help teeth.”

Ultimately both the pet food industry and Ward have pet’s best interest at heart. “Today we have some of the best pet foods and treats we’ve ever had. For that, I am grateful. At the same time, we’re seeing some of the unhealthiest products masquerading as wholesome and nutritious. It’s time we reveal the sugary secret that is contributing to obesity in pets.”

Dr. Ward’s Dirty Dozen – Popular Sugary Pet Treats

- Canine CarryOuts Chew-lotta - Dextrose first ingredient
- Snausages SnawSomes! Beef and Chicken Flavor - Sugars 3 of first 4 ingredients
- Pedigree Jumbone Mini Snack Food for Small Dogs - Sugars 2 of 3 first ingredient
- Petrodex Dental Treats for Cats - Dextrose second ingredient
- Pedigree Jumbone - Sugar third ingredient
- Bil-Jac Gooberlicious Dog Treats - High fructose corn syrup third ingredient
- Pup-Peroni Lean Beef Recipe- Sugar third ingredient
- Science Diet Simple Essentials Treats Training Adult Treats with Real Beef - Sugar third ingredient
- Cesar Softies Dog Treats - Sugar third ingredient
- Milk-Bone Chewy Chicken Drumsticks - Sugar third ingredient
- Meow Mix Moist Cat Treats - Corn syrup fourth ingredient
- Pedigree Marrobone - Sugar third ingredient

Other common sugar-containing treats according to Dr. Ernie Ward:

* Pedigree Jumbone – Sugar third ingredient
* Milk Bone Essentials Plus Oral Care – Sugar third ingredient
* Beneful Snackin’ Slices – Sugar fourth ingredient
* Pit'r Pat Fresh Breath Mint Flavored Cat Treats – Maltodextrin first ingredient
* Three Dog Bakery Lick ‘n Crunch – Dextrose third ingredient
* Beneful Snackin Slices – Sugar fourth ingredient
* Busy Chewnola – Maltodextrin second ingredient
* Exclusively Dog Vanilla Flavor Sandwich Creme Dog Cookies – Sugars first two ingredients
* Canine Carryouts Dog Treats – Corn syrup second ingredient

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Dog Fighting DNA Gets One Step Closer To Cracking Down On Animal Cruelty

Dog-Fighting DNA Database Breaks New Ground in Crackdown on Animal Cruelty

The nation’s first criminal dog-fighting DNA database has been established by the American Society for the “Canine CODIS” Technology Unveiled by ASPCA, Humane Society of Missouri, Louisiana SPCA & University of California, Davis

The nation’s first criminal dog-fighting DNA database has been established by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), The Humane Society of Missouri (HSMO) and the Louisiana SPCA (LA/SPCA), and will be maintained at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) Veterinary Genetics Laboratory. Known as the Canine CODIS (Combined DNA Index System), the database is designed to help the criminal justice system investigate and prosecute dog fighting cases and address the growing problem of dog fighting using 21st century technology.

“Dog fighting is a multi-million dollar criminal enterprise that leads to the cruel treatment and deaths of thousands of dogs nationwide every year,” said Tim Rickey, the ASPCA’s Senior Director of Field Investigation and Response. “This database is an unprecedented and vital component in the fight against animal cruelty and will allow us to strengthen cases against animal abusers and seek justice for their victims.”

Rickey, the former Animal Cruelty Task Force Director at HSMO, Kathryn Destreza, the ASPCA’s Southeast Regional Director, Field Investigation and Response and formerly Director of Humane Law Enforcement for the Louisiana SPCA, and Dr. Melinda Merck, the ASPCA’s Senior Director of Veterinary Forensic Sciences and the nation's premier forensic veterinarian, collaborated to create the database, working with Dr. Randall Lockwood, the ASPCA’s Senior Vice President of Anti-Cruelty Initiatives and Training.

“This database will connect investigations across the country and internationally, creating multi-jurisdictional collaboration,” said Ms. Destreza, who presented on the Canine CODIS at the recent Veterinary Forensics Conference in Orlando, Fla. "It’s another tool we can use toward the elimination of dog fighting.”

Dr. Merck, who testifies as a forensic veterinary expert for animal cruelty cases around the country, added, “Juries expect forensic science to support the evidence that’s presented to them, and animal cruelty cases are no exception. This database breaks new ground in supplying that evidence for dog fighting investigations.”

The Canine CODIS contains individual DNA profiles from dogs that have been seized during dog-fighting investigations and from unidentified samples collected at suspected dog-fighting venues. The HSMO provided the 400 original and initial samples of dog DNA collected from dogs that were seized last July during the nation’s largest dog-fighting seizure ever, a multi-state raid led by Mr. Rickey that followed an 18-month investigation by federal and state agencies.

The database is similar to the FBI’s human CODIS, a computerized archive that stores DNA profiles from criminal offenders and crime scenes and is used in criminal and missing person investigations. DNA analysis and matching through the database will help law enforcement agencies to identify relationships between dogs, enabling investigators to establish connections between breeders, trainers, and dog-fight operators. Blood collected from dog fighting sites will also be searched against the Canine CODIS database to identify the source.

“The Veterinary Genetics Laboratory has one of the largest sample databases in the world,” said Beth Wictum, Director of the Forensics Unit of the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory in UC Davis’ School of Veterinary Medicine. “This is important for estimating the rarity of a DNA profile. The Canine CODIS database is unique because it includes many more DNA markers than are normally tested, and that provides greater power when calculating match probability or assigning parentage.”

“When these cases come to trial, it’s important to make your strongest case,” she adds. “DNA evidence not only establishes links between owners, breeders, and dog fighting sites, it tells a story. We can tie blood spatter on pit walls and clothing, or blood trails found outside of the pit, to a specific dog and tell his story for him. We become the voice for those victims.”

How the Canine CODIS Database Works
DNA samples from animals have been used in forensics investigations for over 15 years to help solve criminal investigations. In some cases, the animal may be related to the suspect, the victim or the crime scene. In other cases, the animal itself is the victim or perpetrator.

In dog-fighting investigations, the dogs’ inner cheeks are swabbed to collect DNA in their saliva at the time they are seized. These swab samples are then submitted to UC Davis Veterinary Genetics Laboratory for DNA testing. Law enforcement agencies also collect DNA at suspected dog-fighting venues in samples of blood, saliva, tissue, bones, teeth, feces and urine. These unidentified DNA samples can be submitted to the laboratory at UC Davis for analysis and archiving in the database.

When an agency submits a sample to the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory, the DNA is analyzed and the Canine CODIS database is then searched for corresponding DNA profiles. In the event the database search locates a match for the submitted DNA, the lab will notify both the agency that submitted the new sample and the agency that submitted the existing sample. The Canine CODIS database is only available to law enforcement agencies; analysis is part of the cost of testing.

Dog Fighting Statistics
Although there are no official statistics, the ASPCA estimates that there are tens of thousands of people involved in dog fighting in the United States. Dog fighting is a federal crime, as well as a felony offense in all 50 U.S. states. For more information, visit

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 UC, Davis Veterinary Genetics Laboratory
The Veterinary Genetics Laboratory is part of the UC Davis’ School of Veterinary Medicine. Internationally recognized for its pioneering work in DNA-based animal testing, the lab offers an extensive animal-forensics service program; diagnostic testing for genetic diseases; parentage verification for breed registries; and support for genetic research in domestic animals, primates and wildlife.

About the Humane Society of Missouri
Since 1870, the Humane Society of Missouri has been dedicated to second chances, providing a safe and caring haven to all animals in need - large and small - that have been abused, neglected or abandoned. Its mission is to end the cycle of abuse and pet overpopulation through rescue and investigation efforts, spay/neuter programs and educational classes. HSMO is committed to creating lasting relationships between people and animals through our adoption programs and further supports that bond by making available world-class veterinary care, and outstanding pet obedience and behavior programs.

About the Louisiana SPCA
The Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (LA/SPCA) is a private non-profit organization dedicated to the elimination of animal suffering. Chartered in 1888, it is the oldest and most comprehensive animal welfare organization in the state, providing care and basic medical services for thousands of homeless and unwanted animals each year. Its mission is to advocate for the animals of Louisiana by advancing their welfare, promoting their interests, and fostering the human/animal bond through innovative programs, education, and service.

Give A Dog A Ball

Footie fever isn’t only for The World Cup -- charity asks for football donations. Homeless hounds love to chase a ball about too

London animal rescue charity asks for donations of unwanted footballs for dogs to play with in their kennels.

The Mayhew Animal Home is asking those footie fans who have World Cup fever to think of others who like the beautiful game –homeless hounds.

The rescue centre in Kensal Green is asking for donations of footballs for the dogs waiting in kennels to be adopted by a new owner. As well as the regular walks that each dog goes on every day at the Home, there are two large exercise areas at the centre where dogs can go and play –ideal for a bit of a kick about with the staff and volunteers working on the kennels.

Mayhew CEO, Caroline Yates, said: “We make sure that every dog in our kennels gets at least four walks a day and time to play in our exercise runs. Pretty much all of the dogs here are footie mad and just love to chase a ball up and down the run. However, due to the enthusiasm for the beautiful game, these footballs often don’t last too long and we need to replenish our supplies!”

“We are asking World cup fans to spare a thought for our football loving dogs and have a rummage to find any balls they could donate to the Home and make a homeless hound very happy.”

Anyone can leave donations at The Mayhew’s reception at The Mayhew Animal Home, Trenmar Gardens, Kensal Green, London NW10 6BJ.

The Mayhew Animal Home was established in 1886 for the benefit of “the lost and starving dogs and cats of London so that they should have sanctuary from the cold inhumanity they are being dealt outside”. Today, The Mayhew is one of the busiest animal sanctuaries in London, rescuing thousands of animals from cruelty and neglect each year. We provide shelter and care for cats, dogs, rabbits and when the need arises, for a wide variety of other animals.

The Mayhew Animal Home strives to tackle the companion animal welfare crisis from every possible angle. The organisation is pro-active, innovative and continually works to assist animals and their carers. The Mayhew offers a wide variety of community services providing advice, care and assistance to animals and their carers whatever their circumstances.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

So You Think Your Dog Has A Unusual Name, Read This List

Leading Pet Health Insurer Reveals 2010's Top 10 Most Unusual Pet Names

Move Over Fido and Felix, Make Room for Dog Vader and Chairman Meow

Shakespeare once famously asked "What's in a name?" When it comes to pet names, the answer is puns, pop culture references, and a little bit of poop. For the third year running, Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI), the nation's oldest and largest provider of pet health insurance, is saluting those four-legged friends with names of a truly unforgettable nature. VPI employees selected 50 unusual dog and cat names from the company's database of more than 485,000 insured pets and narrowed them down by voting for the 10 most unusual names for each species. Following are the 10 Most Unusual Dog and Cat Names for 2010:



1. Pickle Von Corndog

1. Purr Diem

2. Lord Chubby Pruneface

2. Bing Clawsby

3. Badonkadonk

3. Cleocatra

4. Ninjastar Dangerrock

4. Admiral Pancake

5. Molly Mcboozehound

5. Optimus Pants

6. Dog Vader

6. Chairman Meow

7. Flopsy Squeakerton

7. Boo Manchu

8. Bettie Poops

8. Watts in a Name

9. Geez Louise

9. Chenoa Azure Marshmellow-Puff

10. Barnaby Bones

10. Senor Nachos

"One of our favorite parts of putting these lists together is talking to the pets' owners and finding out how they came up with such imaginative names," said Curtis Steinhoff, director of corporate communications for VPI. "Strangely enough, a lot of them tell us they ruled out names they'd be too embarrassed to shout in public when calling their pets back to them. When you think about the names these owners finally decided on – like 'Lord Chubby Pruneface' and 'Optimus Pants,' – it really makes you wonder what didn't make their cut."

For the full lists of 50 unusual dog and cat names, pictures of pets who made the Top 10, and the stories behind the unusual names, visit

About Veterinary Pet Insurance

With more than 485,000 pets insured nationwide, Veterinary Pet Insurance Co./DVM Insurance Agency is the No. 1 veterinarian-recommended pet health insurance company and is a member of the Nationwide Insurance family of companies. Providing pet owners with peace of mind since 1982, the company is committed to being the trusted choice of America's pet lovers and an advocate of pet health education. VPI Pet Insurance plans cover dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets for multiple medical problems and conditions relating to accidents, illnesses and injuries. Optional Pet CareGuard® for routine care is also available.

Medical plans are available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. More than 2,000 companies nationwide offer VPI Pet Insurance as an employee benefit. Policies are underwritten by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company in California and in all other states by National Casualty Company, an A+15 rated company in Madison, Wisconsin. Pet owners can find VPI Pet Insurance on Facebook or follow @VPI on Twitter. For more information about VPI Pet Insurance, call 800-USA-PETS (800-872-7387) or visit

Monday, June 14, 2010

Mariah Carey And Kelly Osbourne New Puppy’s

Photo by Johns PkI/Splash

I guess the world knows now about Mariah Carey’s new addition to the family when her Jack Russell ChaCha gave birth to a puppy the other day. And Kelly Osbourne got a little Pomeranian puppy earlier this month.

I really would have loved to see these two with new dogs from a shelter which really would have made a statement to adopt first and help save a dog today.

Photo by Johns PkI/Splash

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Sometimes There Are No Words To Explain

I thought that I'd share an e-mail I received that tells the whole story just by looking at these photo's. So how was your day.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Why Would You Rob A Pet Store When There’s So Many Dogs Just Waiting In Shelters

Well it looked like two guys from Stafford, Texas area risked being caught when they took three dogs during a break in at the local Pets R Us store.

Hopefully the police catch these two and get the miniature pinscher and two Shih Tzu puppies back.

Read the article here.

On a sad note our Prayers go out to Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Eddie Wotipka and his family when he died trying to rescue his dog in a canal and drowned with the dog.

Read the article by Lisa Chavarria here.

Pennsylvania AG Shuts Down Dog Kennel

Ag Department Cites Lehigh County Man for Operating Kennel Without License, Other Violations

The Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement this week cited M. J. Cohen, of Coopersburg, Lehigh County, for operating a kennel without a license and failing to license individual dogs.

State law requires anyone keeping or transferring more than 25 dogs in a year cumulatively to acquire a kennel license from the bureau. Individual dogs not part of a kennel must also be licensed each year. Licenses can be purchased through county treasurers.

"Evading the law only creates more problems for people when they are caught," Special Deputy Secretary for Dog Law Enforcement Jessie Smith said. "The law applies to everyone, regardless of their intention. It is best for those wishing to operate a kennel in Pennsylvania to apply for the appropriate license and continue to stay in compliance."

Cohen was issued a cease and desist order under the new Dog Law statute prohibiting him from euthanizing, buying or selling any dogs.

Smith said additional charges may be filed related to the conditions at Cohen's kennel.

"Pennsylvania's new Dog Law is clear about proper kennel conditions," said Bureau of Dog Law Director Susan West. "Act 119 of 2008 raised the bar for commercial kennels in Pennsylvania and signaled that operators of substandard kennels will not do business here."

For more information about the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement or to view kennel inspection reports, visit, click on "Bureaus, Commissions & Councils," and select "Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement."

Tips about unsatisfactory or illegal kennels can be reported confidentially by using the department's online complaint form, or calling 1-877-DOG-TIP1.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Procter & Gamble Recall For You Cat Lovers

P&G Recalls Specific Canned Cat Foods Due to Low Levels of Thiamine (Vitamin B1)
Jason Taylor

The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) (NYSE:PG) is voluntarily recalling specific lots of its Iams canned cat food in North America as a precautionary measure. Diagnostic testing indicated that the product may contain insufficient levels of thiamine (Vitamin B1), which is essential for cats. Cats that were fed these canned products as their only food are at greater risk for developing signs of thiamine deficiency.

The following Iams canned cat foods are included:

Product Name

Iams ProActive Health canned Cat and Kitten Food – all varieties of 3 oz & 5.5 oz cans

Date on Bottom of Can - 09/2011 to 06/2012

This recall is limited to only Iams canned cat food distributed in North America. No other Iams pet food is involved.

Early signs of thiamine deficiency may include loss of appetite, salivation, vomiting and weight loss. In advanced cases, signs may include ventroflexion (downward curving) of the neck, wobbly gait, falling, circling and seizures. Contact your veterinarian immediately if your cat is displaying any of these signs. If treated promptly, thiamine deficiency is typically reversible.

Consumers who have purchased canned cat food with these codes should discard it. For further information or a product refund call P&G toll-free at 877-340-8826 (Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM EST).

Did You Make Plans To Be At BlogPaws 2010 West

BlogPaws to Hold its Second Pet Blogging and Social Media Conference September 9-11, 2010

BlogPaws, the original pet blogging and social media community, will hold its second conference, BlogPaws 2010 West, in Denver September 9-11, 2010. The event will bring pet bloggers, pet brands and the online pet community together for networking, education and to create change for pets in need.

The event that has been dubbed “The Woodstock of the Pet Blogging Community” will be replicated this fall in Denver, CO. The founders of the first-ever pet blogging and social media conference, BlogPaws 2010, announce they are hosting BlogPaws 2010 West, a second event bringing pet bloggers, pet brands and the online pet community together for networking, education and to create change for pets in need. The event will take place September 9-11, 2010 in Denver, CO.

BlogPaws 2010 West comes on the heels of the much-acclaimed inaugural BlogPaws event, which took place April 9 & 10, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio. Nearly 250 pet bloggers, media, speakers and brands came together for a weekend full of learning and inspiration. Attendees lauded this first-ever pet blogging and social media conference as “a life changing experience,” and “a visionary and progressive-thinking, paw-forward group founded by pet bloggers.”

BlogPaws 2010 West will feature dynamic keynotes and interactive education sessions covering topics pet bloggers rely on for their craft: social media strategies, search engine optimization, content development, blog monetization, product reviews, pet photography techniques, tips and tricks for using popular blogging platforms and more. The event will also feature a specific track for veterinarians interested in social media and blogging as well as special sessions for animal rescue and shelter administrators and volunteers.

The April BlogPaws event prompted throngs of pet bloggers worldwide to participate in the event’s signature movement, “Be the Change for Pets in Need.” BlogPaws 2010 West will continue to build on this program, encouraging attendees to support and promote one another’s efforts. “Some terrific initiatives have emerged as a result of the last event,” said Caroline Golon, BlogPaws co-founder. “From speaking out against puppy mills to educating others about the negatives of shock collars to lobbying against breed specific legislation, conference attendees have used their blogs and this community to find remarkable ways to make a difference for pets.”

As part of its own mission to be the change for pets in need, BlogPaws donates a portion of event proceeds to animal rescues and shelters. “The April BlogPaws event raised more than $13,000 in cash and another $4,000 in food and product donations from our sponsors for three wonderful organizations,” said BlogPaws co-founder Yvonne Divita. “In April we supported Animal Haven in New York City, Pets without Parents in Columbus, Ohio and Animal Friends in Pittsburgh. We’re looking forward to selecting three more recipients from nominations made by BlogPaws 2010 West attendees.”

Registration is underway and BlogPaws founders expect a sold out event. “It's clear that BlogPaws has struck a chord with the online pet community,” said Tom Collins, co-founder. “When you bring together people with a common passion, add an Internet connection and invite a few cats, dogs and ferrets, you have a truly remarkable group with a collective voice making things happen. We can’t wait to see what’s next.”

Event Details
What: BlogPaws 2010 West, the only conference for pet bloggers and the online pet community
When: September 9-11, 2010
Where: The Grand Hyatt, Denver, CO
For More Information:

About BlogPaws
BlogPaws is an online resource to help pet bloggers and enthusiasts connect digitally, build their online presence, enhance their social networks and be the change for pets in need. The first-ever pet bloggers and social media conference, BlogPaws 2010, was held on April 9 & 10, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio. A second event, BlogPaws 2010 West, will take place on September 9-11, 2010 in Denver, Co. To learn more, please visit:

Connect with us on Twitter at: @blogpaws or find our Facebook fan page, http://www.facebook/BlogPaws.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Animals Rescued From An Animal Rescue?

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The Herding Dogs Rescue shelter in Yaphank, NY that is owned by Deb Miller had her place condemned by the Brookhaven officials due to the place being so bad.

It’s sad where you see a shelter being shut down because they are unable to take care of the animals. So now we will have to see if Deb Miller will be charged with Neglect and animal abuse. The worst part is that Deb was just trying to help save the animals but seemed to be way over her head with her rescue shelter.

Now the Suffolk SPCA is looking for your help in adopting or fostering one of these animals, if you want to help please call 631-382-7722.

Read the article by Greg Cergol here.

Guess Who's Hosting The 22nd Annual Worlds Ugliest Dog Contest

Actor Jon Reep Hosts the 22nd Annual World's Ugliest Dog ® Contest June 25 in Petaluma, CA

Actor Jon Reep will emcee and bring even more humor to the World's Ugliest Dog ® Contest at the 22nd annual event held in Petaluma, California during the Sonoma-Marin Fair on Friday, June 25. The contest is renowned worldwide and has launched many homely but beloved dogs into star status. Reep will channel his inner comic and love of dogs to entertain the audience.

In a competition where personality is important as having the right "ugly" credentials, World’s Ugliest Dog ® Contest organizers have invited Hollywood personality, actor and comedian Jon Reep, to emcee the 22nd annual contest set for Friday, June 25, 2010 in Petaluma, California.

"I'm hosting the World's Ugliest Dog ® Contest because Mario Lopez was too pretty," said Reep.

“We’re thrilled to have him,” said contest organizer Vicki DeArmon. “Jon brings a lot of personality to the stage and a love of dogs. We’re looking forward to his stage antics.”

As an actor he’s played the crazy farmer “Raymus” in the movie Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, and the dim-witted cop “Gerald Bob” from the ABC Sitcom Rodney. But most people probably know him as Dodge Truck's popular "Hemi guy"; who leans out of a beat-up car and utters the now famous line: "That thing gotta Hemi?”

Reep also won Season 5 of Last Comic Standing on NBC. He’s made appearances on Comedy Central's Premium Blend, Comedy Central Presents: Jon Reep, TBS's Pit Stop Comedy, NBC's Late Friday, CMT's Comedy Club & Comedy Stage, and CMT’s Bandits vs Smokies. His just released DVD, Metro Jethro, is out now. Fans can find out what a Metro Jethro is at

DeArmon said, “Occasionally, we’ve had folks who think the World’s Ugliest Dog ® Contest makes fun of ugly dogs and that the dogs’ feelings are hurt by being called ugly. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, these are some of the best-loved dogs in the world and many of them are ambassadors for dog-related causes. Jon’s a great reminder that the World’s Ugliest Dog ® Contest is for people who love dogs but also have a sense of humor. That’s why the contest has lasted so long and grown so popular. People need a reason to laugh. With Jon, they’ll have even more.”

The World’s Ugliest Dog ™ Contest is scheduled for Friday, June 25, 2010 at 6 p.m. during the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California. Entry forms can be downloaded at or requested by calling 707-283-3247 (FAIR). (Reep’s video can be viewed there as well.) The 2010 World Champion will take home a minimum of $1,000 in prize money and prizes, a trophy, and a $1,000 modeling contract with contest sponsor House Of Dog. The Sonoma-Marin Fair also issues a YouTube video of the contest highlights immediately following the contest. The winner of this internationally known competition is catapulted into the international limelight. Past winners have had their photos in newspapers across America and overseas and are featured guests on talk shows.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Hey That’s My Dog On Facebook

That was the words of a soldier named Joseph Lowe said when he seen his missing dog named Trixie on Facebook. Their dog has been missing since his wife got in an accident and the dog took off.

The best part is a women named Marie Lipton who owns a store called Pupcakes was smart enough to post the dogs photo on Facebook. In one of a million that’s where Joseph Lowe found his dog’s photo and just knew it was his dog.

What a great story this has turned out to be.

Read the article here.

Top Ten Dog Beaches

FIDO Friendly Magazine Announces its Top 10 Fido-friendly Beaches in the United States

FIDO Friendly magazine presents its Top 10 Sizzling Summertime FIDO-Friendly beaches. The list was compiled of those beaches that have little or no leash restrictions.

FIDO Friendly magazine ( presents its Top 10 Sizzling Summertime FIDO-Friendly beaches. The list was compiled of those beaches that have little or no leash restrictions.

Huntington Beach Dog Beach, Huntington Beach, California – There are beaches and then there are those with Dog in their name, imploring us to wag our tails in the direction of Huntington Beach Dog Beach. Aptly located about 10 miles from Disneyland, this beach is an amusement park of sorts for Fido. Leash-less and living large is how Fido will feel sinking his paws into the sand. Doggie alfresco diners abound in the area, so Fido and his guardian can cool down after a hot day of surf and sand.

Carmel City Beach, Carmel-by-the Sea, California - Wish we all could be California dogs might just ring true when visiting this very Fido-friendly beach. Leave preconceived notions and leashes in the car because Fido is free to frolic off lead under voice control. So Fido friendly is this beach area that they have their own newspaper, Doggie Gazette. Nearby Carmel Fountain is for dogs only and many stores along Ocean Avenue allow Fido to shop inside with his guardian. .

Cape San Blas beaches, Florida Panhandle/Gulf County: Some areas like Fido on their beaches, but the sandy coastline of Cape San Blas says they LOVE dogs on their beaches! Nearby pet-friendly rentals add to the convenience and hospitality extended to canine travelers. Fido is allowed to take in the ocean air ANY time, as there are no set “dog” hours. Several restaurants in the Apalachicola area welcome Fido, so hit the surf and refuel on the turf.

Fort DeSoto Dog Beach, Fort DeSoto, Florida: An entire section of this Fido-friendly beach is totally leash-free! In addition to having fun in the beach sun, Fido is welcome to visit Paw Playground and play to his heart’s content. Wash sandy paws and cool Fido off with a frolic in the water or borrow the hose available on site. “Fido’s dream beach come true,” “family and Fido-friendly to the max” and “clean and serene” are all comments beachgoers have shared about this tail-waggin’ find!

Dog Beach, Ocean Beach, California – Year round off lead: four words to delight any Fido-friendly beachgoers ears. This rings true at the popular Dog Beach in beautiful Ocean Beach. This section of beach is located at the north end for canines to let loose and lap it up. Ocean Beach is a small community located a few miles northwest of San Diego. Off-leash is a dog’s Disneyland, and with 38 acres to explore, this beach has been open to Fido since 1972. Keep the good karma swimming and please pick up after your pet.

Coronado Dog Beach – Coronado, California: Draw paw circles in the sand at this beachy find near the Naval Air Station. Fido is welcome to channel his inner surfer, as Coronado Dog Beach is leash-less. Restrooms for humans on premises and a water spigot at the entrance to wash sandy paws. The beach is far enough from the road to feel safe and close enough to the ocean to catch a wave. The Loews Coronado Bay Resort Surf Dog competition is held nearby as Fido takes to the water to surf. Check it out at:

Dog Beach, Bonita Beach Road – Lee County, Florida: Bring soda for your thirst and expect SOODA when you arrive. SOODA is Save Our Off-Leash Dog Area, and is a group of local volunteers who maintain this beach. Beach size varies according to tide and time. Located in the coastal tideland area of south Lee County, this leash-less beach is the perfect place to leave paw prints in the sand. The county’s honor system trusts that Fido will be under guardian command, and as always bring waste bags.

Town of Duck Beaches, North Carolina – Beaches aren’t public access, so for those traveling with Fido, you’re in for unleashed luck in Duck! Dogs are permitted to play on the town’s beach under voice control of their watchful guardian. Fido is allowed off lead on Duck’s beach year-round. Due to their lack of public access, the beaches tend to be less crowded and more intimate. In fact, the Travel Channel’s annual America’s Best Beaches List ranks Duck’s beach amongst the highest. With its miles of clean beaches and surrounding shops and activities, not only is this a Fido-friendly beach town but a great vacation getaway.

Susan Kimmelman Off-Leash Dog Beach (Montrose Dog Beach) – Chicago, Illinois: Dogs are welcome to channel their inner puppy and head for sandy beaches from the waves of Montrose Dog Beach. Ensconced in shallow waters for the smaller Fido ‘guppies’ and rougher waters for the braver pooches, this beach has something for everyone in Fido’s family. Leave the leash at home (or at least in the car) and be sure to pay your $5 fee for a dog beach tag. If visiting Chicago, you’ll want to make a trip to this fun-in-the-sun getaway for the canine member of your entourage.

Del Mar Dog Beach, Del Mar, California – also known as North Beach. From 29th Street to the Solana Beach border, leashed dogs are permitted from June 15th through Labor Day. From Labor Day through June 14th, Fido is welcomed to explore the beach leash-free under guardian voice command. Looking to mingle with like-minded Fido folk and their furry friends? Del Mar Dog Beach is a very social and easygoing, clean beach where dogs can mingle together amidst the ocean’s surf. Pay attention to high tide periods so you can sink paws into sand and not rocks.

For more details visit FIDO Friendly magazine was founded in 2001 as the Travel & Lifestyle magazine for you and your dog. Each bimonthly issue can be found at Borders, Barnes & Noble, Hastings and Fido-friendly hotels nationwide. Now in its 10th year, each issue includes hotel and destination reviews, health and wellness topics, dog training advice and the latest fashion trends.

Press Contact:
Susan Sims
FIDO Friendly, Inc.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Vote For Your Winner In The Purina® Pro Plan® Doing More™ For Pets Rescue Stories Contest


Doing More™ for Pets Rescue Stories Contest Shines Spotlight on Pet Adoption and Goal of Finding Homes for 400,000 Deserving Pets by the End of 2010

Many pet rescue stories tug at our heart strings and show the unique bond between pets and their owners. Ten such stories represent some “paw”-inspiring tales of lovable canines that make up the finalists in the 2010 Purina® Pro Plan® Rally to Rescue® Doing More™ for Pets Rescue Stories Contest. Now, America has the chance to vote for the most remarkable story and help choose the winner.

The rescue organization Ambassador, rescue pet and owner featured in the winning story will be awarded with a trip to the National Dog Show presented by Purina® in Philadelphia in November. The winning pet rescue organization will also receive $5,000 in Purina® Pro Plan® brand pet food coupons.

This nationwide contest promotes the amazing but often untold stories of pet rescue and raises awareness about its importance. Doing More™ for Pets honors rescue 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. Nearly 100 stories were submitted, and a judging panel selected the 10 most inspiring success stories as finalists.

Through October 1, pet lovers across the country can visit to view the 10 finalist pet rescue stories and help make one canine the top dog with their vote.The contest winner will be determined by a combination of a popular vote and judges’ scores.

“These 10 stories are truly inspiring and pull on the heart strings of the pet lover in all of us,” said Heather Gettys, senior brand manager for Purina® Pro Plan®. “We’re proud to help shine the light on these special pets and the amazing people who rescued them.
Doing More for Pets Rescue Stories Contest Finalists

Pets honored as the 10 finalists in the Purina® Pro Plan® Doing More™ for Pets Rescue Stories Contest include:

* Asher, submitted by Tennessee Valley Golden Retriever Rescue (Knoxville, TN)

The transformation from sick and fragile to gorgeous and loving has made Asher the golden retriever’s life with his new family more meaningful then they could have ever imagined.

* Bubbles, submitted by Raining Cats N Dogs (Redding, CA)

After intensive surgery and endless care and attention, a sick six-week-old puppy, weighing only six pounds and starving, soon found health, happiness and a wonderful home to call her own.

* Buddy, submitted by Border Collies In Need, Inc. (Phelan, CA)

Found severely mauled when he was used as a bait dog for competitive dog fighting, Buddy is now thriving. In fact, the gratefulness of this once-mistreated Border Collie has inspired others to realize that no matter what life hands you, a good heart will always overcome the bad.

* JoJo, submitted by From the Heart Rescue (Canutillo, TX)

Once abandoned with a broken leg, this courageous dog now uses her own journey through life to inspire humans recovering from orthopedic injuries as a service dog.

* Kaylene, submitted by Husky Haven (Houston)

Within the first few months of her life, a petite Siberian husky puppy went from being abused and abandoned on the side of a road to finding a forever home with her new best friend through the help of a devoted pet rescue organization.

* Kobe, submitted by Dalmatian Rescue North Texas (Dallas)

Hit by a car, stranded, starving and left to fend for themselves on the side of the road, a Dalmatian mother and her pup are now strong on their road to recovery, and hopeful about finding a forever home.

* Leopold, submitted by Great Lakes Weimaraner Rescue (Gary, IN)

After being rescued from a cold, lonely shelter, an injured yet hopeful Weimaraner had to give a little in order to gain a lot. An injury forced veterinarians to amputate his leg but he now has a loving family and a future thanks to many strangers who helped along the way.

* Ollie, submitted by Animal Guardians of America (Plano, TX)

When it seemed that no one could keep up with the high-energy needs of a dog named Ollie and foster homes with other dogs weren’t working, fate brought in someone who was just his speed.

* Ten, submitted by Alabama Pug Rescue and Adoption, Inc. (Birmingham, AL)

Found starving and severely malnourished, a spirited pug’s life was threatened by an infection. But thanks to dedicated rescue workers, each day was a milestone and today he has exceeded all expectations and is a true perfect “Ten.”

* Wishbone, submitted by PupeLuv Rescue, Inc. (Waterford Township, MI)

When a kind soul was encountered by an abused, malnourished dog, his outreach to those who cared meant a new chance at a healthy life and a loving, forever home for this lucky dog.

About Pro Plan® Rally to Rescue®

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 are often overlooked by potential donors due to more limited fundraising and marketing resources.

The Purina® Pro Plan® Rally to Rescue® campaign is committed to Doing More™ to help pet rescue organizations nationwide raise funds and awareness via local adoption events. The program helps pet rescue organizations give rescue pets the nutrition and care they need and the loving homes they deserve. To help raise awareness and promote adoption, Rally to Rescue® Ambassadors host adoption and fundraising events at pet retailers across the country and sell Doing More™ for Pets T-shirts onsite, online at and at Rally Across America events this summer and fall.

About Pro Plan® Rally Across America

Encouraging pet lovers to Do More™ for rescue pets and the organizations that care for them – by adopting, volunteering and giving – is the focus of the fourth annual Purina® Pro Plan® Rally Across America national road tour. This year, the tour has set a goal of 400,000 pet adoptions by year end, building on the current total of more than 320,000 adoptions since the Rally to Rescue® program inception in 2005. The tour also encourages pet lovers to contact local organizations and offer to help rescue pets by volunteering a few hours or by giving pet care items or a monetary donation, both of which provide valuable help.

In addition, event goers can receive training tips from Purina® Pro Plan® trainer Melissa Heeter with her rescue dog Viola. Heeter provides training techniques customized to pets’ varied and unique personalities. Pet owners can use these techniques at home with their own pets or their newest four-legged friend.

“When looking for a furry addition to their family, some potential pet owners may feel reluctant about adopting rescue pets out of concern they were given up because of behavioral problems or because they may have been abused,” Heeter said. “But that’s not the case with many rescue pets and the truth is, just like any other pet, they can be a loving, wonderful, life-long companion. Often it just takes a little training and patience for rescue pets to feel more at ease with their new environment.”

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 or

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.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Surf Dog Ricochet, The SURFice Dog Raise Funds For The "Let's Move Together"


Surf dog Ricochet, the SURFice dog who raised almost $30,000 for charitable causes in the last eight months, teamed up with Leash Your Fitness to raise funds for the "Let's Move Together" arthritis walk this past Saturday. Together, they raised over $10,640 in donations, and increased awareness of the disease which affects both humans and canines. The walk was held at the NTC Promenade at Liberty Station.

Leash Your Fitness, the only workout class in San Diego where your dog is your workout partner, co-sponsored the 12 member "Leash Your Fitness with Kima" team. Ricochet joined the team because her guardian and Handler, Judy Fridono has been suffering with arthritis since she was a teenager, and because there are so many dogs affected by this debilitating disease. Ricochet fundraised in earnest during the week leading up to the walk, and many of the donations came from her 8100+ incredibly supportive Facebook fans who were touched by her inspirational video.

Due to the support of her donors, Ricochet was the 2nd top overall fundraiser of the 2010 eighth annual walk in San Diego, raising more than $5480 in donations. In fact, two of the top fundraisers for all of San Diego were dogs Ricochet and Kima! Kima, the arthritis walk honoree dog chair came in third place overall.

Ricochet was the top fundraiser on the "Leash Your Fitness With Kima" team. And, the team came in second place overall as the top fundraising team for this year's walk with all members making a significant impact.

Leash Your Fitness also had incentives to help motivate individuals to join their team... including six weeks of FREE training. The team met weekly at various parks throughout San Diego for one-hour "walk the circuit" classes, which incorporated upper body strength and core exercises, balance, yoga and dog obedience. The team training was designed to build endurance for the three-mile walk, all while preparing dogs to walk in a group setting. For more information on Leash Your Fitness ongoing classes, visit

Ricochet, and Leash Your Fitness are thrilled with the results of their fundraising, and sincerely thank all their supporters and donors. They will continue to raise awareness for both humans and canines who suffer from this disease.

For more information, contact Judy Fridono at 707-228-0679, or

Saturday, June 5, 2010

I Think There's A Dog In There Somewhere

Photo by SPAC

You would never know that this photo is a dog when you first look at it. The owner Paul Korneluk of Nanaimo, B.C. sure didn't care about this little lhasa apso/shih tzu mix looking at how matted this poor little dog is.

Now Paul Korneluk is being charged with cruelty to animals for his neglect to this dog. This poor dog had all kinds of sores and infections after the vet took of five pounds of fur.

Read the article by Judith Lavoie here.

Friday, June 4, 2010

If You’re Thinking Of Buying A Puppy You Might Want To Watch This Video About Parvo Virus

This video was taken in Victoria and I thought that it would be nice to share this because it could happen any way when you buy a puppy and you don't know all the info about their shots.

I Heard Of Horse Power In A Car, But Dog Power?

It wasn’t really dog power but there was a little eight week old Lab stuck in Darlene Broome’s car which was strange to find after hearing noise coming from her car.

Darlene Broome said: I kept hearing this whining like an animal noise coming from around my car and the puppy was wedged in the motor on top of the transmission. The puppy was actually stuck, about an eight week old lab that she found under the hood of her car. I've heard of cats doing this before getting up in motors of vehicles but never a puppy or dog.

It’s amazing that the little dog even survived the ordeal in the first place. And a Big Thanks goes out to Matt Baxley for helping this puppy out of a jam and taking the dog to a vet.

Read the article here.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

More Dogs Seized In Different Areas

Florida deputies down in Polk County have done it again, this time they rescued sixty two dogs in Haines City that were taken from James Odom. So far James has been charged with twenty counts of animal abuse with more charges coming his way.

Sheriff Grady Judd said: It was a clear message; we are not going to tolerate animal abuse. Our Animal Control staff is working around the clock to address this overwhelming influx of abused animals. We are asking the rescue groups who we have worked with before to come to our aid. We will be open around the clock to ensure that the rescue groups have the opportunity to respond to our plea for assistance.

They must really be over whelmed with all the dogs they have rescued in the past week.

Read the article here.

Down in Plant City the police arrested four people on charges for dog fighting named Antonio Ramirez, Bobby Bailey, Hector Rodriguez and Ricky Quiroz.

Great work and I hope these four get the book thrown at them.

Read the article here.

Up in Pierce County, Washington the animal control officers removed about fifty five dogs along with other animals from a home owner in Eatonville.
This is the same owner that had her animals taken from her a year ago and still she hasn’t learned her lesson.

Hopefully she will be charged this time by the prosecutor.

Read the article here.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

A Sad Loss For The 2009 World's Ugliest Dog Miss Ellie

The two thousand and nine Worlds Ugliest Dog winner Miss Ellie has passed on at the age of seventeen. She was just not any dog; Ellie was a hit though out the world as so many people showed the love for this Chinese Crested dog. It just goes to show that love has no sight when you look at the love this little dog has given us. She will forever be in our hearts.

Read the article by Lee Ann Bowman here.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

True Friends Among Animals

I couldn't pass up sharing this e-mail I received.

True Friends

After losing his parents, this 3 year old orangutan was so depressed he wouldn't eat and didn't respond to any medical treatments. The veterinarians thought he would surely die from sadness. The zoo keepers found an old sick dog on the grounds in the park at the zoo where the orangutan lived and took the dog to the animal treatment center. The dog arrived at the same time the orangutan was there being treated. The 2 lost souls met and have been inseparable ever since.

The orangutan found a new reason to live and each always tries his best to be a good companion to his new found friend. They are together 24 hours a day in all their activities.

They live in Northern California where swimming is their favorite past time, although Roscoe (the orangutan) is a little afraid of the water and needs his friend's help to swim.

Together they have discovered the joy and laughter in life and the value of friendship.

They have found more than a friendly shoulder to lean on.

Long Live Friendship!!!!!!!

I don't know......some say life is too short, others say it is too long, but I know that nothing that we do makes sense if we don't touch the hearts of others.......while it lasts!

Update: Here is the link to the video of these two having fun here.