Tuesday, November 30, 2010

OK Who Stole The Show Dogs In Bellflower, CA

That what the owner would like to know when someone stole their white Chevy cargo van with a CA license plate number- 8D50252 that had four show dogs in it.

These weren’t just any kind of dogs, these show dog were supposed to be worth five hundred G’s.
If anyone has seen these dogs please call David @ 530.917.6846 or call Tamara @ 661.860.3147.

Read the article here.

Two of the dogs were recovered.

New Update:
The last two dogs have been returned to their owners

Monday, November 29, 2010

Missing, Stolen, Ransomed and Reunited Dogs

Two Dog nappers named Rickey Butler and Andrew Cole from California tried to extort five hundred dollars for a dog owner from Van Nuys for his missing dog Pongo.

Well now these two lowlifes are being charged with felony count of attempted extortion instead of being honest and returning the lost dog to its owner.

Read the article by Veronica Rocha here.

Photo by newsfirst5

The San Luis Animal Welfare group is looking for your help in finding these little ten week old Husky- Pit bull that was taken during a pet adoption at the North Academy Petsmart in Colorado Springs.

Yes this little dog is so beautiful, but to just steal the dog is wrong and I hope they find the person that did this.

The Colorado Springs Police Department and the San Luis Animal Welfare ask if you see this dog please call 719-587-WOOF.

Read the article by Elaine Sheridan here.

A little eight week old Jack Russell–Pug that was stolen from a pet store in Delran, PA by two women that fled away in a van must have gotten a conscience because they had someone bring the puppy into the local Police.

I wonder why they just didn’t go to the local animal shelter and rescue a dog there first. Hopefully this little pooch is fine from the ordeal of the dog napping.

Read the article by George Mast here.

I had to add this article in here after all these dog napping.
The Golden Retriever-Collie Darry that went missing in Colorado a week or so ago after the owner got in an accident and was unable to find her.

After news spread in the local area people from all over were out looking for Monica Shields dog and finally one of the locals named Zach Kramer said the dog just jumped in his truck.

I love reading an article like this with a happy ending.

Read the article here.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Surfin Santa Paws Toy Drive


Surf dog Ricochet, the SURFice dog who wins surf dog contests, but more notably raised over $55,000 for charity this past year, is now leading a holiday toy drive to benefit children, and animals in San Diego. She traded her life jacket for a Santa jacket, and will be arriving at Del Mar dog beach via surfboard on December 1st at 10am.

Ricochet is very excited about this second annual project, as it combines her love of helping both children and animals. The beneficiaries of her toy drive are Rady Children's Hospital, and Helen Woodward Animal Center where she was the top fundraiser at this past summer's surf dog surf-a-thon. Last year, her toy drive generated donations from all over the world in connection with her inspirational video "From Service dog to SURFice dog", that went viral on YouTube. As a result, over $3550 in donations were raised, and 638 children received toys for the holidays. She is hoping to raise even more this year!

Each year, thousands of children visit Rady Children's Hospital facilities and a donation of a toy, game, or arts and crafts supplies can go a long way towards brightening a child's stay in the hospital or a visit to a clinic.

Helen Woodward Animal Center is a dynamic, evolving institution that is an agent of change for the animal welfare world. They use toys for their animals as a way to offer enrichment while they journey to find their forever homes.

Donors can choose if they'd like to make a donation for a kid toy, or a kritter toy... or both!

Ricochet is accepting tax deductible online donations toward toys through December 17th. She will then go shopping to purchase toys for the kids and kritters! In addition, local drop boxes will be provided by her sponsor, SanDiegoSunCoast.com. Toys can also be mailed to: SanDiegoSunCoast.com, Surfin' Santa Paws Toy Drive, PO Box 6765, San Diego, CA 92166. Visit Ricochet's website for complete information on donations, beneficiaries, drop box locations, and more. There is also a video of Ricochet AKA Surfin' Santa paws surfin to town! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKWf0_M34EU

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

About Surf Dog Ricochet, the SURFice dog
Ricochet is an internationally renowned champion surf dog who was slated to be a service dog for a person with a disability, but, due to her interest in chasing prey, she had to be released from that role. An inspirational video of her journey, "From Service dog to SURFice dog" went viral on YouTube, and has almost 3 million views. She immediately turned the video's attention into a platform of helping others by pawing it forward while raising funds and awareness for human/animal causes. She's become an inspirational phenomenon, motivational role model, internet sensation, fundraising marvel, goodwill ambassador, and a muse to millions! She promotes kindness, charity, philanthropy, and social responsibility, such as her video about anti-bullying "It gets better: You're amazing just the way you are!" For more information, visit: http://www.SurfDogRicochet.com or on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/SurfDogRicochet

About SanDiegoSunCoast.com
SanDiegoSunCoast.com is fast becoming the #1 online destination by both locals and visitors when it comes to San Diego County coastal cities, beaches and bay! Visually gorgeous, the SanDiegoSunCoast.com website offers 100's of things to do along and around our 77 mile coastline, as well as an Event Calendar featuring events both big and small. Visitors love our unbiased reviews and recommendations, and in-depth coverage of every beach in the county! SanDiegoSunCoast.com is on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SanDiegoBeach, and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/SanDiegoBeach. Follow us for fabulous contest giveaways provided by some of the best businesses along our shores!

Rady Children's Hospital http://www.rchsd.org/

Helen Woodward Animal Center http://www.animalcenter.org/

Friday, November 26, 2010

The HSPCA & Austin County Sheriff’s Rescued Thirty Seven Animals

Over and over we read about these animal breeders that have gone bad. This time it was a so called breeder from Bellville, TX that was raided by the Austin County Sheriff’s and the HSPCA.

After looking at the video you can see how bad this place was for these poor dogs to live in. How could anybody even live like this and make these dogs live like this too.

Read the article here.

New Summary of Responses to the Consultation on Dangerous Dogs

Overwhelming Support For Deed Not Breed In Dangerous Dogs Consultation, UK

The government has published the results of the Defra consultation on dangerous dogs revealing overwhelming support for an overhaul of the failed Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.

The consultation closed in June and the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) submitted a joint response based on sound scientific evidence and expert veterinary opinion. The response called for an end to breed-specific legislation that targets dogs based on the way they look rather than their actions.

The BVA and BSAVA are delighted with the summary of the 4,250 responses published today that reveals:

- 88% of respondents do not believe that current legislation is effective in protecting the public;
- 71% believe that breed-specific legislation should be repealed;
- 84% are in favour of all dogs being microchipped.

Commenting, Harvey Locke, President of the BVA, said:

"There is enormous support amongst experts in dog health and welfare for an end to the failed breed-specific legislation.

"The Coalition Government's programme promised to take action on dangerous dogs and Ministers must now take on board the strong views from this consultation to implement changes.

"The problems caused by dangerous dogs impact on public safety and animal welfare and maintaining the status quo is not an option."

Grant Petrie, President of BSAVA, added:

"The problem of dangerous dogs will not be solved until the government accepts that the Dangerous Dogs Act has failed. This view is supported by the thousands of responses to the consultation.

"The support for repeal of the Act and for compulsory microchipping of dogs are clear and we look forward to hearing Defra's plans in the New Year."


1. The summary of responses to the consultation is available on the Defra website.

British Veterinary Association

The consultation sought views on seven possible options:
An extension of the criminal law (ie section 3 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991) to all places, including private property;
Additions or amendments to (including possible repeal of) section 1 of 1991 Act (breed specific legislation);
Repeal of the Dangerous Dogs (Amendment) Act 1997 to prevent any more dogs being added to the Index and introducing a mandatory destruction order;
The introduction of Dog Control Notices;
A requirement that all dogs are covered by third-party insurance;
A requirement that all dogs, or puppies, are microchipped; and
More effective enforcement of the existing law, including a consolidation of existing statutes into one new updated Act.

To facilitate comments, the consultation asked forty questions about the seven options.

List of organisations that responded

Animal Concern Advice Helpline
Association of British Insurers
Association of Chief Police Officers of England, Wales and Northern Ireland
Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors
Association of Residential Managing Agents Limited
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
Blue Cross
Bradford Metropolitan District Council
British Association for Shooting & Conservation
British Horse Society
British Veterinary Association/British Small Animal Veterinary Society
Camden Borough Council
Camden Community & Police Consultative Group
Canine Care & Control UK
Cats Protection
Chester Cat Care
Communication Workers Union
Countryside Alliance
Dangerous Dogs Act Study Group
Dogs Trust
East Hampshire District Council
Greater London Authority
Guide Dogs for the Blind
Haringey Borough Council
Lambeth Borough Council
Local Authorities Co-ordinating Regulatory Services
League Against Cruel Sports
Leicestershire & Rutland Bridleways Association
Lewisham Borough Council
Manchester City Council
Metropolitan Police Service
National Animal Welfare Trust
National Dog Tattoo Register
National Dog Warden Association
National Farmers Union
National Gamekeepers Organisation
NHS National Counter Fraud & Security Management Service
National Working Terrier Federation
Northamptonshire Animal Welfare Liaison Group
Pet Care Trust
Pet Detect
Pet Education, Behaviour & Training Council
RBS Insurance
Rochford District Council
Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
Royal College of Nursing
Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
Royal Mail
Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Self Help Group
South Coast Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue
Tenant Farmers Association
Tendring District Council
The Kennel Club
Tonbridge & Malling District Council
Universities Federation for Animal Welfare
University of Bristol Companion Animal Group
Wakefield Council
Wandsworth Borough Council
West Midlands Police
Wokingham Borough Council
Wood Green Animal Shelters
World Society for the Protection of Animals
Wyre (Lancs) Agility Club

Thursday, November 25, 2010

New Kennel Club Breeding Rules

Vets Asked To Report Caesarean Operations

Veterinary associations are asking vets to start reporting caesarean operations to the Kennel Club in the new year as part of the profession's commitment to improving dog health and welfare.

The Kennel Club (KC) has announced that from January 2012 it will no longer register any puppies born by caesarean section from a bitch that has had two previous caesarean operations. The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) are now calling on vets in practice to engage with the new reporting system that will be put in place next year ahead of the rule change.

The change has come about following discussions between the Kennel Club, RCVS, BVA and BSAVA. Vets are being asked to report caesarean operations in the same way as the current reporting system for procedures altering the natural conformation of a dog.

In addition, the Kennel Club is amending its rules to make it a condition of registration, or continued registration, that the owner consents to the reporting, to the Kennel Club, of any caesarean operation carried out on their bitch (subject to approval by the KC General Committee on 4th January 2011).

Although the move is welcome the BVA and BSAVA are very disappointed that the KC has not gone further. Both organisations lobbied strongly for KC to stop registering puppies from a bitch that has undergone one caesarean operation, with no exceptions, and will continue to push for this rule change.

The BVA and BSAVA are also concerned about the get-out clause in the KC rules which will allow exceptions for "scientifically proven welfare reasons". The organisations believe that this is an ill-defined term that could be open to abuse and that there should be no exceptions.

In addition the BVA and BSAVA are also calling for the compulsory microchipping of the sire, dam and puppies to confirm the identity of any animal subject to a reporting form as well as improving traceability, which will assist with research into hereditary diseases.

Commenting on the changes, Harvey Locke, President of the BVA, said:

"We are pleased to report that the BVA, BSAVA, Kennel Club and RCVS have come together to tackle the worrying problem of breeding bitches undergoing several caesarean operations and we hope that these measures will start to deter breeders from mating animals where the breeding is likely to rely on caesareans.

"But this will only work if vets engage with the new system. We are urging all vets in practice to make use of the new reporting procedures that will be put in place next year to help safeguard dog health and welfare in the future.

"We remain disappointed that the rule changes do not yet go far enough and that they are not being brought in earlier. The sooner we can start to tackle these major health and welfare problems, the better."

Grant Petrie, President of BSAVA, added:

"No bitch should be expected to go through the trauma of a caesarean operation more than once. These rule changes are not perfect but they are a step in the right direction and we will continue to lobby the Kennel Club to tighten up its registration rules further.

"Responsible breeders do understand the need to look after the health and welfare of both the puppies and their parents. As veterinary surgeons we must encourage the responsible breeders and deter the irresponsible."


1. The rule changes are the result of meetings between the BVA, BSAVA, Kennel Club and RCVS.

2. The agreed new form 'veterinary report of a caesarean operation on a bitch and/or a procedure altering the natural conformation of a dog' will be made available on the BVA website and the Kennel Club website.

3. The RCVS is amending Advice Note 29 under the Guide to Professional Conduct on Reporting to the Kennel Club to account for these changes.

4. Kennel Club members will be informed of the change to registration rules. The rule on limiting the number of caesareans will come into force in January 2012. The changes that give consent to veterinary surgeons to report will be discussed at a meeting of the Kennel Club General Committee on January 4th 2011.

British Veterinary Association

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Dog Beating And Dog Rescue’s

Photo by WGHP-TV

Can you imagine someone hitting your dog with a pipe, well an animal abuser named Jeremy Scott Hawkins from Greensboro, NC did that to a woman’s German Shepherd.

Hawkins has been charged with felony animal cruelty for what he did to this dog. I hope he gets what’s coming to him.

Read the article here.

The Troy, NY police are looking for the owners of nine pit bulls that were found in the basement of an apartment building that was on fire.

Troy Police Cpt. John Cooney said: Detectives are trying to locate the tenant of the basement apartment at 2275 Fifth Ave., where they found the caged pit bulls with injuries consistent with fighting, as well as neck weights and a spiked collar.

I hope they find this animal abuser and hit him with the book.

Read the article by Dave Canfield here.

With two different raids taken place in Berrien and Cook counties in Georgia the authorities were able to rescue one hundred and ten pit bulls that were used for fighting.

I would say that, that was a great day for all of those involved in rescuing these dogs.

Read the article by Gary Franklin here.

Over in Pope County, AR a animal shelter had to have one hundred and twenty dogs removed by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Best Friends Animal Society. Apparently the shelter that was run by volunteer’s had become overcrowded and the place was unsanitary.

Read the article here.

Thirty four pit bulls that were up for adoption down in Texas had to be put down because no one would adopt these dog that were given up by Kevin Muckleroy following the death of a child by a pit bull.

I would first like to know why this guy had so many pit bulls to begin with, because now these poor dogs have lost their life.

Read the article by Jimmy Alford here.

Photo by WLS-TV

Remember the dog abuser named Phillip Rinn from Illinois who made headlines for dragging his dog then running the poor dog over. Well this dog abuser is at it again and this time he beat his dog so bad that he broke the dog’s teeth.

These are one of those lowlifes who should not only never own a pet, he should be barred from even going near one.

Read the article here.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Dog Struck By A Train Makes A Comeback

Photo by Geoff Robinson

Could you only imagine your dog being hit by a train going eighty miles an hour and surviving? Well this one lucky dog named Tyler has made a comeback after a long journey from having his pelvis broken, a leg and many other injuries.

The owners Leanne and Andy Hill didn’t give up on their love for their dog and after many surgeries and rehabilitation Tyler is back up and being a dog again.

Read the article by Andrea Levy here.

Therapy Dogs Makes A Child Smile

I'll let the video do the talking....But a Big Thanks goes out to all those who work with Therapy Dogs.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Dead Soldiers Dog And Dog Fighting Raid

You’re serving your county while deployed in Afghanistan thinking that your wife is taking care of your dogs. Well that’s not what happened to this soldier whose wife Britney Davis is now facing three charges of cruelty to animals for neglecting their dogs.

By the time the police and the Lawton Animal Control Officers were finally able to get into the Davis’s house they found one of the dogs had died and one of them so undernourished from having no food.

Lawton, Oklahoma Police Capt. Craig Akard said: It didn't appear that anybody had been in the house in awhile, apparently the dogs were just running through the house, it was dirty, there were feces everywhere, it was very filthy.

How cruel is that to finally come home and find out that your wife has killed your dog.

Read the article here.

The Police in Claiborne County had made a raid on a large scale dog fighting ring and they were able to save fourteen dogs while arresting more than two dozen of these animal abusers.

The home was owned by Brian Eggleston who was one of many arrested and more to be added to the list as per the Sheriff Frank Davis. Hopefully they will be able to find all those who were involved for what they did to these poor dogs.

Read the article by Gary Pettus here.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Caught With Video Showing His Dog Fighting

It’s bad enough to let your dog fight but this dog abuser named Carl Frederick Wilson Florida was arrested for having a video showing his dog fighting with another dog.

Carl Frederick Wilson has been charged with baiting and using animals for purpose of fighting along with other charges. This abuser seems proud about having his dog fighting other dogs.

 What a sick person this is to allow his dog to fight to the death and be harmed is such away. I hope the judge looks at this video before his sentences this animal abuser.

  Read the article by Monica Landeros here.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Rachael Ray Does It Again For The Dogs

Photo by Diane Cohen

This year Rachael Ray will be donating one hundred percent of the sales of her Nutrish and Just 6 lines of pet food with a total of Seven Hundred and Seventy Five Thousand Dollars to animal shelter worldwide.

Rachael Ray tells PEOPLEPets.com. People are choosing whether or not they can feed an animal and their family. And every shelter coast to coast is stuffed. My husband and I can sleep at night knowing that our small space is probably wrong for a lot of animals, but we can maybe inspire people who have space to bring a lot of animals home, It's us trying to problem solve that very discussion, Why can't we do more?

Read the article by Kate Hogan here.

Check out rachaelsrescue.org

So What Are The Animal Cruelty Laws Anyway

I was always wondering what the punishment was for animal cruelty in different states. Well there are four states that don’t even recognize animal cruelty as a felony and they are Idaho, Mississippi, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Mississippi has the least amount of jail time of six months while Alabama and Louisiana having the maximum time of ten years for those who are convicted. Colorado has the highest fines of five hundred thousand dollars while Tennessee has no fines.

While only fourteen states can ban you from owning another animal and seven states given personal protection order.
These statutes are as of November second two thousand and ten.

To see more on these statics check out Pet-Abuse.com

Dog Euthanized Due To Owner Starving His Dog

How neglect is this for a dog owner to not feed his dog and now the poor dog had to be put to sleep. The dog owner named Torrey T Lymes from Joliet, IL has now been charged with Cruelty and neglect to animals for allowing his dog to starve in his backyard.

After receiving a report about the dog Joliet Police Capt. Rich Demick said: Officers went and found a starving and emaciated pit bull named Cognac who was turned over to Joliet Township Animal Control officers. There was also a pug-beagle mix named Scooby who was taken.

Another sad day for our dog buddies.

Read the article here.

Friday, November 19, 2010

European Antibiotic Awareness Day

Stark Message To Vets On Antibiotic Awareness Day, UK

To mark European Antibiotic Awareness Day 2010 the British Veterinary Association (BVA) is warning veterinary surgeons in the UK that failure to use antimicrobials responsibly could result in their use being restricted.

The BVA actively promotes the responsible use of antimicrobials and last year published a poster and guidance for vets: 'Responsible use of antimicrobials in veterinary practice: the 8-point plan'. The poster has received very positive feedback from across the UK and from the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE).

Concerns regarding resistance to antimicrobials and antibiotics span both the human and animal medicine fields and in 2008 the Chief Medical Officer called for a ban on the use of certain types of antibiotics in animals in order to protect their activity in humans.

Furthermore some EU Member States already restrict the availability of antimicrobials to veterinarians and adopt a strict formulary approach to the medicines that they can prescribe. The BVA is concerned that this trend will reach the UK and the freedom of vets to prescribe according to their clinical judgement will be restricted.

Commenting, Harvey Locke, President of the BVA, said:

"Antimicrobial resistance is an enormous problem for both human and animal health. As veterinary surgeons we have a duty to use these medicines responsibly for the good of animal health and welfare as well as public health.

"The BVA's poster on responsible use should be displayed in veterinary practices across the UK as a constant reminder, and I would urge all vets to refer to it.

"Failure to heed the message of responsible use could result in vets losing the right to prescribe certain medicines, which could have a significant impact on animal health and welfare.

"On Antibiotic Awareness Day our message to vets is clear: use them responsibly or lose them."


1. The BVA poster 'Responsible use of antimicrobials in veterinary practice: the 8-point plan' is available on the BVA website.

The BVA has also produced more detailed guidance to accompany the poster see here.

2. The BVA is a member of the RUMA Alliance (Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture) which promotes a co-ordinated and integrated approach to best practice in the use of medicines: see here.

British Veterinary Association

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Vladimir Putin Needs A Name For His Bulgarian Shepherd Puppy

After getting a new Bulgarian shepherd puppy from the Prime Minister from Bulgarian Boyko Borisov, Vladimir Putin is asking the public for help in naming his dog.

What a beautiful looking dog, so what name would your chose for this dog be?

Read the article here.

Kroger, Milk Bone and the Canine Assistance Come Together To Help With A Service Dog

What an inspiring article about these three companies coming together to help this little child from Texas who has Muscular Dystrophy to be able to receive a service dog of his own.

Just watching the video you can see the little child name Joel Poysky’s eyes light up when he gets near one of these service dogs.

James Poysky said: Joel’s path in life is going to be different than we originally planned. It really makes us feel good to know that he will have a dog, a canine helper, to walk along that path with him.

A Big Thanks go out to all those who helped make this special dream come true for this little guy.

Read the article here.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Don’t Think Of Dying Your Dog In Florida

There is a law in Florida saying that you cannot dye you dog for any reason and a women named Christine Hill found out the hard way.

Christine dyed her dog for Halloween and was seen by a Animal Control officer in Jacksonville who gave her a ticket that will cost her two hundred and fifty five dollars. Who made up this law that makes it a crime to dye your pet, when if it’s done right it looks nice?

Read the article here.

Monday, November 15, 2010

I Might Not Have Eyes, But I'm Still A Dog

These Two Dog Abusers Should Never Be Allowed To Own A Dog Again

Photo by weareaustin.com

Can you imagine these two named Edgar Edjulian and Rafael Ortiz were caught beating their pit bull right in front of the police. I feel sorry for this poor dog for the abuse it got from these two lowlifes.

I still haven’t figured out why anybody would even sell a pit bull to kids in the first place, because we all know what most of them are going to do to their dog. Just like these two who began punching the dog in the head because it wouldn’t listen.

So now the two are charged with cruelty to animals which in Texas is a felony. I hope the judge not only hits them with the book, but denies them of ever own another pet.

Read the article here.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

So You Own A Certian Breed Of Dogs, Then You May Not Be Able To Get Home Insurance

Quicksimpleinsurance Weighs In On Recent Pitbull Killing of Newborn Baby: Homeowners Insurance More Difficult to Obtain for Some Dog Owners

Quicksimpleinsurance warns that dog owners of certain aggressive breeds are running in to further complications obtaining homeowners insurance coverage.

Quicksimpleinsurance warns that dog owners of certain aggressive breeds are running in to further complications obtaining homeowners insurance coverage.

Dogs are fun and even healthy for family relationships. However certain breeds can be unpredictable. Recently a 7-day-old newborn was attacked and killed by a pit bull in New Port Richey, Florida. The baby's parents explained to police their dog had never showed any aggression before. Baby Justin was only left alone on his bed for few seconds while the pit bull suddenly turned violent. The dog was later euthanized in response to the incident.

For the most part dogs are loving and fun. However there are certain scenarios such as the occurrence in Florida where they can turn extremely dangerous.

These risks should be taken into careful consideration. Homeowners need to make sound judgment when they bring home new dogs…especially certain breeds (dobermans, rottweilers, pit bulls, etc). It is advised to contact their insurance before making these decisions.

Home Insurance Companies Getting Jittery

The insurance coverage liability related to dog related injuries is something everY dog owner needs to take into consideration. Given the recent publicized incidents of what happened above, owners of certain breeds may have trouble finding home insurance companies that even offer coverage.

Some Homeowners Insurance companies are starting to

1. Deny coverage on certain types of dog breeds
2. Choose not to offer insurance coverage for dog related injuries/damage
3. Limit the number of people in the household covered (may not cover younger people)
4. Limit coverage extending to certain dog breeds with a reputation of aggression
5. Opt not renew the home insurance policies to homeowners who purchase certain types of dog breeds

Why are home insurance companies doing this? happening? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and DogBiteLaw.com presented these facts:

* A third of all homeowners insurance claims involve dog attacks.
* Nearly five million Americans every year are bitten by dogs
* Most serious dog attack victims are children
* Off all dog bite incidents, one in five require medical attention. Sometimes these incidents requires reconstructive surgery
* Dog attacks cost approximately $1 billion in insurance and medical losses every year.

Given these statistics dog owners often run a much higher risk than non owners. Home insurance companies are becoming increasing selective about insuring household pets.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Who Risks The Most Dog Bites

Young, Unsupervised Children Most At Risk For Dog Bites

As dog bites become an increasingly major public health concern, a new study shows that unsupervised children are most at risk for bites, that the culprits are usually family pets and if they bite once, they will bite again with the second attack often more brutal than the first.

The study, the largest of its kind, was done by Vikram Durairaj, MD, of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, who found that dogs usually target a child's face and eyes and most often it's a breed considered `good' with children, like a Labrador retriever.

"People tend to think the family dog is harmless, but it's not," said Durairaj, associate professor of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, who presented his study last month at the American Academy of Ophthalmology's annual meeting. "We have seen facial fractures around the eye, eye lids torn off, injury to the tear drainage system and the eyeball itself."

Some wounds are so severe that patients require multiple reconstructive surgeries.

Durairaj said dog bites are especially devastating to children because they are smaller and their faces are within easy reach of the animal's mouth. The likelihood of a child getting bitten in their lifetime is around 50 percent with 80 percent of those bites involving the head and neck.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year and 885,000 require medical attention. The total cost is estimated at up to $250 million.

The study looked at 537 children treated for facial dog bites at The Children's Hospital on the University of Colorado's Anschutz Medical Campus between 2003 and 2008. Durairaj found that 68 percent of bites occurred in children 5-years-old or younger with the highest incidence in 3-year-olds. In the majority of cases, the child knew the dog through the family, a friend or a neighbor. And more than half the time, the dog was provoked when the child petted it too aggressively, startled or stepped on it.

The dogs were not breeds usually associated with attacks. Durairaj found that mixed breeds were responsible for 23 percent of bites followed by Labrador retrievers at 13.7 percent. Rottweilers launched attacks in 4.9 percent of cases, German shepherds 4.4 percent of the time and Golden retrievers 3 percent. The study was done in the Denver area where pit bulls are banned.

"What is clear from our data is that virtually any breed of dog can bite," Durairaj said. "The tendency of a dog to bite is related to heredity, early experience, later socialization and training, health and victim behavior."

He stressed that familiarity with a dog is no guard against attack and if a dog bites once, it will likely bite again with the second attack often more vicious that the first. The first time a dog bites, he said, it should be removed from the home.

"I was called in to see a dog bite. A girl had a puncture wound to her lip. Two days later I saw the same girl, but this time her eyelids were torn off and she had severe scalp and ear lacerations," Durairaj said. "The onus is on parents to recognize aggressive breeds as well as behaviors and never allow their young children to be left unsupervised around any dog."

David Kelly
University of Colorado Denver

Thursday, November 11, 2010

For Those We Have Lost

For those we have lost and those who have served.

We say Thanks .... And we miss you...

Brandy Gardes & JoJo To Be Honored At The National Dog Show Presented By Purina

Dog's Remarkable Story of Survival, Helping Others Earns Top Honors in Pet Rescue Contest  


Pro Plan Doing More™ for Pets Contest Rewards Rescue Dog for Her Inspiring Story With a Trip to the National Dog Show Presented by Purina®

From roadside to bedside, a courageous dog named JoJo uses her own journey through life to inspire humans recovering from orthopedic injuries. JoJo's remarkable tale could not have been possible without the help of a dedicated animal rescue organization. From the Heart Rescue, which saved this spirited pup, and JoJo have been named the grand-prize winners in the Pro Plan® Rally to Rescue® Doing More™ for Pets Rescue Stories Contest.

JoJo's journey began, and nearly ended, as she lay by the side of the road in the west Texas desert. JoJo, a pit bull terrier, belongs to a sometimes feared and misunderstood breed, so the hours and cars drifted by with no help. Finally, someone stopped and took her to a shelter in rural Texas. An examination revealed a severely broken leg in need of specialized surgical repair. JoJo's journey resumed when an orthopedic vet 225 miles away in El Paso, Texas, agreed to do the surgery and From the Heart Rescue agreed to step in as her rescue for foster and rehabilitative care.

The journey of JoJo continued when her foster mom, occupational therapist Ann Marie Giron, began to take JoJo to work so she could inspire humans recovering from orthopedic injuries. With a shaved hind leg, large rows of staples on her incisions and an external fixator sticking out of the top of her hip, JoJo went into service as a therapy dog to those in need.

Brandy Gardes, founder of From the Heart Rescue based in El Paso, Texas, and JoJo will be honored at the National Dog Show Presented by Purina at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa., on Nov. 20. As part of the grand prize, From the Heart Rescue will receive $5,000 worth of Pro Plan® brand pet food coupons for the organization.

"It took a village to mend JoJo back to health," said Gardes. "After countless hours in rehabilitation and therapy, JoJo heeled extremely well restoring her body and growing her spirit."

JoJo has since had her fixator removed and is progressing wonderfully with her own therapy. She continues to help the patients at the orthopedic hospital, demonstrating the loyalty and intelligence of her breed. But even more, JoJo enjoys offering inspiration and love to people who are in pain.

"We are very proud to recognize JoJo's tremendous strength and the committed team of From the Heart Rescue," said Robert Tochterman, brand manager for Purina® Pro Plan®. "It is with their remarkable compassion, together with JoJo's foster family, who have welcomed JoJo into their home permanently, that has allowed JoJo's journey of love to continue for her lifetime."

The Purina® Pro Plan® brand launched the fourth annual Rally to Rescue® Doing More™ for Pets Rescue Stories Contest to chronicle the amazing but often untold stories of pet rescue and to increase awareness of small pet rescue organizations' tireless efforts. Nearly 100 rescue stories were submitted and a judging panel selected 10 that stood above the rest. These stories demonstrated that by doing more and going the extra mile, these dedicated pet rescue workers changed the lives of 10 exceptional animals. From July through October, more than 44,000 votes were cast by pet lovers across the country for the story that most touched their hearts to help select the grand-prize winner.

As unique as JoJo's story is, there are countless other unbelievable tales like hers from pet rescue groups across the country. These stories reaffirm the purpose, effort and devotion of pet rescue groups across the country. To read more of these incredible stories, visit www.rallytorescue.org or http://www.facebook.com/rallytorescue.

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 specialty retailers across the country.

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 330,000 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, every little bit helps to make a difference in a pet's life.

To find a pet rescue event near you, or to apply to become a Rally to Rescue® Ambassador, visit www.rallytorescue.org or www.facebook.com/rallytorescue.

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

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

This Years Tenth Annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship

Record-Breaking Entry of 3,233 Top Competitors Will Participate at Tenth Annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship

Dogs from 49 States and More Than 40 Countries Compete for Over $225,000 in Prize Money and Prestigious Wins

Event Broadcast on ABC Network Television on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011

Nearly 2,500 dogs will compete for more than $225,000 in cash prizes at the Tenth Annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship (AENC) on Dec. 4 and 5, 2010 in Long Beach, Calif. The two-day event is held in conjunction with the AKC Agility Invitational and the AKC National Obedience Invitational (entries of 473 and 117 respectively), the Junior Showmanship competition (134 competitors) and the Eukanuba World Challenge (43 participants), making for a combined entry of 3,233 dogs competing in all events.

"We're proud to welcome the country's best conformation, agility and obedience competitors to the 10th edition of our show," said Ron Menaker, show chairman. "With more than 3,000 total entries, and nearly 40% of the entry from our AKC breeders, the backbone of the sport, the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship is one of the largest AKC dog shows in 2010 and a great way to cap off a year of exciting competition."

"Alongside the American Kennel Club, we're thrilled to host one of the most unique experiences for any dog lover, with thousands of dogs in competition, dozens of vendors, and numerous demonstrations," said Jason Taylor, external relations manager, Procter & Gamble Pet Care. "We're pleased to provide a showcase that brings together the best breeders, handlers and champions and that allows the world to truly appreciate 'man's best friend.'"


* Best in Show Competition – Best in Show judge Mrs. Jean Fournier of Calhoun, Georgia will choose one ultimate winner from the country's top show dogs from each of the 167 AKC recognized breeds. The owner(s) of the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Best in Show winner will receive more than $50,000, and the breeder(s) of the Best in Show winner will be awarded $15,000.

* AKC Agility Invitational – The agility competition demonstrates the versatility and speed of canines as they race against the clock and overcome a challenging obstacle course of tunnels, weave poles, jumps and seesaws. It is a sport of physical skill, control, patience and most importantly, teamwork between handler and dog. The AKC Agility Invitational is run with the support of J & J Dog Supplies.

* AKC National Obedience Invitational – Obedience trials demonstrate how useful a dog is as a valued companion. Accuracy and precision are essential, but the natural movement of the handler and the willingness and enjoyment of the dog also are important. The AKC National Obedience Invitational is run with the support of Lubrisyn.

* Eukanuba World Challenge – The international challenge will feature top dogs from 43 countries. Rare breeds such as the Cane de Pastore Maremmano-Abruzzese and the Eurasier will compete against more traditional favorites for the title of "Eukanuba World Challenge Champion" and a total of $15,000 in prize money.

* Junior Handlers – Top-ranking preteen and teen handlers (ages 9-18), who have met high academic standards and qualification criteria based on year-round competition will compete for prestigious wins and scholarship money.

* AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE) – Each year dogs are recognized for their outstanding contributions to their respective communities. There are five categories the ACE Award recognizes: Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, Therapy, Service and Exemplary Companion. These honorees and their owners will be on-hand in Long Beach to receive their awards and be recognized in front of the AENC audience.

* AKC Meet the Breeds® – Showcasing more than 140 breeds, with dogs of all ages, AKC Meet the Breeds® is designed to teach responsible dog ownership while providing an interactive and fun experience for show attendees. Debuting at the event are some of the newest breeds recognized by the AKC – the Bluetick Coonhound, Cane Corso, Leonberger and Redbone Coonhound.

* Dock Diving Demos – The "long jump" for dogs! Watch a variety of breeds leap off a dock and splash into a pool as they strive to jump the farthest in this exciting event.

* California Narcotics Canine Association Demos – Learn how dogs work to keep us safe as these law enforcement K9s demonstrate narcotics detection and police canine apprehension.


* All 167 AKC registered breeds are entered to compete.

* The largest entries include:
o 43 French Bulldogs

o 34 Samoyeds

o 34 Border Collies

o 33 Siberian Huskies

o 32 Australian Shepherds

o 31 Basset Hounds

o 30 Golden Retrievers

o 28 Rhodesian Ridgebacks

o 28 Boston Terriers

o 27 German Shorthaired Pointers

o 27 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

o 26 Vizslas

o 26 Pugs

* The newest breeds to compete include:
o 3 Bluetick Coonhounds

o 14 Boykin Spaniels

o 18 Cane Corso

o 15 Icelandic Sheepdogs

o 5 Leonberger

o 10 Redbone Coonhounds

o AKC Miscellaneous Breeds:
+ 1 Cesky Terrier

+ 3 Entlebucher Mountain Dogs

+ 1 Finnish Lapphund

+ 2 Norwegian Lundehunds

+ 1 Rat Terrier

+ 12 Russell Terriers

+ 4 Treeing Walker Coonhounds

+ 7 Xoloitzcuintli

* By group, entry totals are: Sporting – 393; Hound – 340; Working – 434; Terrier – 345; Toy – 306; Non-Sporting – 290, Herding – 327 and Miscellaneous – 31

* Dogs from 43 international countries will compete in the Eukanuba World Challenge including Australia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

* More than $225,000 in cash and prizes are offered by Eukanuba.

* The owner/s of the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Best in Show winner will receive more than $50,000 while the breeder/s of the Best in Show winner is awarded $15,000.

* Judge Mrs. Polly Smith will chose a Best Bred-By-Exhibitor in Show from the 953 dogs entered in the Bred-by-Exhibitor (the dog's handler is both breeder and owner) competition, making up 39% of the entry who will be eligible to win the $15,000 cash prize. Same-day video coverage of the Bred-by-Exhibitor Groups will be provided on akc.org.

* Nearly 350,000 square feet of event space will be utilized.


* Agility - 473 total; 130 breeds from 40 states (plus Japan).

* Obedience - 117 total; 46 breeds from 30 states and Canada.

To purchase tickets and get more information about the show visit www.akc.org/aenc. To receive daily updates and show results via Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/aenc and www.facebook.com/americankennelclub.

The American Kennel Club (AKC), founded in 1884, maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world. Its rules and regulations govern more than 20,000 canine competitions each year.

Eukanuba offers the most complete food lineup, delivering nutrition that is customized by breed and breed size as well as health and performance requirements. Eukanuba is a division of Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG), and you can visit us on the Web at http://www.eukanuba.com or visit Iams at http://www.Iams.com.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Iams 4 The Holidays Still Needs Your Support

Iams 4 the Holidays is looking for your support to help break the record of 1.3 million pet adoptions from last year with only 288,184 so far this year as of October 1st.

So will they break the 1.5 million adoptions this year with your help?

With the help of thirty five hundred animal organizations that are partnering together for the cause there might be a good chance to break their goal come January fourth. There also have been 439,746 meals donated so far with a goal of five million bowls of food to help the shelters that are in need.

Information on how you can get involved or how to find a participating shelter in your area and other important tips for new pet parents can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/iams or IamsHome4theHolidays.com

Monday, November 8, 2010

Two Great Funds Help Save Cancerous Dog In Texas

Luckily for a dog owner named Walter Huzarevich from Fort Worth, TX his dog Chloe will be getting some real help from two fund sponsors called Canine Cancer Awareness and The Magic Bullet Fund to help save his dog who has cancer.

Walter Huzarevich said: We got her when she was a baby. One look at that face, and we couldn’t give her up. To replace someone you love and she is family, totally and unconditional love given by her that is just something I couldn’t live with.

Without these types of groups that help support the dog owners needs we wouldn’t be reading stories like this that offers hope for ones love for their dog. Hopefully old Chloe will be around for a while longer to enjoy life with his owner.

Read the article by Arezow Doost here.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Amazing Video Of A Dog and A Dolphin

This amazing video is called: Dolphin and Dog - Song of the Seas by Vangelis.wmv

Saturday, November 6, 2010

A Dying Woman’s Only Wish Is To Find Her Missing Dog

The love of one’s dog goes well beyond anything one can explain, especially for a woman named Jenise Duff who now lives in Montana and is dying from lung disease with less than a year to live who only wants her missing pinscher back.

As Jenise was moving from Colorado she was in an accident in Cascade, Colorado and that’s when her dog Sammie got loose and ran away. So now the dog is still missing somewhere along Hwy 24 and has not been seen for the last three weeks.

This is so sad to read about the journey that Jenise Duff and her dog Sammie have gone through to only loose each other during these last few months that she has left. Hopefully someone in Colorado will find her dog and allow her wish to come true.

Jenise Duff has posted her phone number if anyone finds her missing dog @ 970-388-2167

Read the article by Cris Ornelas here.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Another Dog Breeder Gives Up Their Dogs, This Time In Oregon

Photo by Idaho Humane Society

Thankfully for a women named Lisa Winters who able to talk a dog breeder in La Grande to give up their dogs after seeing how bad it got for the breeder. So the Idaho Humane Society stepped in and removed the dogs from the breeder which were undernourished and unassertive.

Luckily this women happened to go to the breeder or these dogs could have been another story of neglect with an even worst outcome. Hopefully they will get some good help and be back on their feet again with the help of the vet and staff.

Read the article here .

Contact info:
Idaho Humane Society
4775 Dorman St.
Boise, Idaho
Chris Pierson

Thursday, November 4, 2010

My Pit-Bulls Aren’t For Fighting


That was the words from Demetri Franklin from S. St. Louis who had his five pit-bulls taken from him when the police raided his house.

So after watching the video you really have to wonder and when you look into the dogs eyes you can see the sadness in these dogs. So why would all that dog fighting stuff be laying around in that garage.

So are the authorities going to charge Demetri or not is the question. Hopefully the vets will be looking over the five dogs to see how healthy they are.

Read the article by Michelle Anselmo here.

What Happens When You Have 23 Dogs Living Across The Street From A School

Well the El Paso police and the local Animal Services thought that it would be safer to take the twenty three dogs away from Armando Lopez.

The police first arrived at Armando Lopez home as a report came in that two pit-bulls were fighting and when they arrived at the home they found that the dogs had no water and they were in an unsecure area that could possible cause a concern with the school being across the street.

Armando Lopez was also charged with twenty three violations for various city ordinances.

Read the article by Veronique Masterson here.

Some People Just Don’t Belong Owning A Dog

A poor Labrador sure didn’t deserve to be kick and stepped on by his so called owner because he went on the floor. First off if this animal abuser named Anthony Jones from Chicago wasn’t out getting drunk he would have been home to tend to his dog, but no you come home drunk and see the mess the dog did and you start kicking the dog and then try and step on his head.

Well one good thing came out of this when the dog bit Anthony’s hand, I only wish the dog did more for what he did to her. The police charged this dog abuser with cruelty to animals for the crime he did to this poor dog. Hopefully the judge is an animal lover when he goes to trial.

Read the article here.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Was She Really Trying To Save The 100 So Called Rescued Dogs In Her Home

You have to wonder were the dogs really being rescued or was this so called rescue out of hand for this home owner.

The home owner named Mary Stickney was running what was called Stickney's Toy Breed and Retirement out of her home in Gage County in Nebraska that was raided by the police and the local dog rescue shelter when they found around one hundred dogs inside her home.

I would like to know home you put one hundred dogs in a home and call it a safe place for the dogs.

The Gage County Chief Deputy Attorney Rick Schreiner said: The ammonia levels were high so you could hardly breath, there was fecal matter on the floor. You had 100 dogs in one home. It doesn't look like a situation where they are out to harm anything, it's difficult for her, she thought she was doing the best, but she was obviously wrong.

You really have to wonder the actions of Mary Stickney who seem to take on too many dogs that questioned the health of these dogs. After reading some of the comments there are a lot of upset people out there and I have to agree with them.

Again it all goes back to the puppy mills and those who but a pet dog and then dump them off when it becomes inconvenient to them to have their dog. It just so sad that we read all the time about the abuse these dogs go though when it all started out with the love for their dog. Am I missing something here or have the owners that abandon their pets become heartless?

Read the article by David Jespersen here.

Monday, November 1, 2010

How Do You Leave 52 Animals And Just Pack Up And Go

How could anyone do this to the poor animals they were just left with no food or water? Luckily a realtor happened to go to a foreclosed house in Odessa, Kansas and found the poor animals.

The Friends of the Friendless Animal Rescue had rescued nine dogs, forty one cats along with two horses. Why would you do this when there is so much help out there?

The president of Friends of the Friendless Animal Rescue Gina Duggan said: They just packed up and left, abandoned the property and left the animals. I'm real frustrated. It's easy to get frustrated in this business.

I don’t blame Gina for being frustrated by whoever did this cruel act to these animals. I only hope that they find the lowlifes and put them in jail for their actions.

Read the article here.

New Pet Food Line Made Of Organic Grass Fed Beef

First-Ever Pet Food Line Made From Organic, Grass-Fed Beef Provides a Host of Pet Health and Environmental Benefits

Original Pet Food Company Replaces Gravity As The Best Way For Dogs and Cats to Enjoy People-Quality Food

After decades of sitting, begging and playing dead; extensive lobbying efforts within the canine community have finally been rewarded – the quality meat people eat is finally available in a pet food. With the introduction of the Original Pet Food Company's complete line of dog and cat meals made from organic, grass-fed beef, the days of pets relying upon table scraps is over.

"With the sustainable, organic, grass-fed beef revolution well underway, we believe it's high time for the same quality meats to make their way from the dinner plate to the pet bowl," said Melissa McGinnis, the host of hit web series Greenopolis TV and founder of Original Pet Food Company. Melissa is on a mission to bring humane and sustainable agriculture practices to the $47 billion pet food industry(1). Pet food made from organic, grass-fed beef promotes better pet health, environmental responsibility and economic vitality.

Dogs and cats are no different from humans in the fact that their bodies were not designed to process all of the artificial hormones, preservatives and additives that entered the food supply in the past century. Organic, grass-fed beef is high in beneficial Omega-3 fatty acids and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), shown to reduce cardiovascular disease and the growth of cancerous tumors. By eating a diet low in saturated fat and free of additives, preservatives and fillers, pets will enjoy shinier coats, healthier skin and improved digestion.

Original Pet Food Company uses only the highest quality grass-fed beef from Uruguay. Their cattle graze on the Pampas, the fertile grasslands of Uruguay and are never confined to feedlots or factory farms. The cows are never given antibiotics or growth hormones. Slaughter is done with the highest humane standards. The meat is processed quickly and cooked only once for optimum flavor and nutrition. Synthetic colors or flavors are never added.

In addition to the numerous health benefits of grass-fed beef, there is also a positive environmental impact. More than 50% of all grain and corn grown in the U.S. is fed to livestock, adding to the buildup of pesticides and chemical fertilizers in the soil and water. This diet is harmful to the health of cows, whose stomachs are specially designed to break down the cellulose in grass, leading to disease and an epidemic of antibiotic use. Grazing cattle on Pampas grasses, by contrast, is a natural feeding method that causes none of the pollution problems associated with feedlots and factory farms (including that of waste management). By supporting farms in Uruguay, the local economy is boosted, the biodiversity of the Pampas is preserved, and sustainable farming is encouraged throughout the country.

About Original Pet Food Company

Based in Los Angeles, California, Original Pet Food Company offers complete lines of canned dog and cat foods, featuring organic, grass-fed beef. Other flavors include chicken and fish that are also free of artificial hormones and fillers. These products are currently available at independent pet supply retailers in California and Nevada, with more states to be added in early 2011. To find a store and learn more about the company, visit: http://www.originalpetfood.com/