Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Dog News For 11-15-2011

Hunters Shot Two Therapy Dogs In Minnesota

The main question is why these two hunters would shoot two German Shepherds named Devaki and Makita. These two dogs happened to run into the woods looking for something they heard and then the dog's owner Shannon Hautala gun shots on which she came across the two hunters who said that they didn't see the dogs.

But the next day Shannon Hautala said: We asked them if they shot them, and one of the hunters admitted it and said they have a right to shoot anything that came on their property. And after finding her dogs Shannon Hautala said: My dogs crawled through the woods with wounds and lay in the woods all night long and suffered, and they didn't even have the decency to either tell me that she was there, or to go in the woods and finish it themselves.

Now how cruel is that to just let the dogs die like that after they shot them for no reason.

Read the article by Jessica Miles here.

Just a side note: Old PETA is at it again but this time there line is : If you wouldn't eat your dog, why eat a turkey? So now they are trying to ruin Thanksgiving for kids in Utah with billboards being placed by schools.

Things like this is why I removed their banner from my blog. Sorry if I offended any one my I'm allowed my option.

Read the article by Stephanie Grimes here.

The Co President of the San Francisco SPCA named Dr. Jennifer Scarlett has said that three puppies were being treated for parvovirus from the Occupy SF protest area. And there might be even more dogs running around with the virus.

A spokesperson for the SF SPCA named Krista Maloney said: There were also dogs at the camp that showed symptoms of two other diseases: kennel cough and giardia.

So what are they going to do now whit all these dogs running around though out the protest area passing on all these virus and disease's.

Read the article here.

I was reading an article done by the I Team in CT that did an article about bulletproof vest for dogs and their story was about a company called Connecticut Vest a Dog which is being questioned on where all the money went that was suppose to buy these vest for dogs.

The article was good but after reading the comments from people from the company past and present it seems to be getting heated up on who did what. I will say that it's a must read if you have ever donated any money to help buy one of these vest for a dog.

Read the article here.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Dog News For 11-14-2011

The Memphis, TN Police have arrested two animal abusers named Charles Cross and Lindell Tanner for animal fighting when they received a call and found the two holding a dog fight.

One of the three dogs was found with injuries from being involved in fighting and now these two will be charged with animal fighting.

Read the article by Josh Roberts here.

Then you have a sick o named Kenneth I. Milosavich from Pueblo, NM who has been arrested for sexually assaulting a dog. This sick o will be having a lot of different charges being filed against him when he was arrested by the Pueblo police.

Read the article by Nick Bonham here.

Up in New Jersey a guy named Gyula Szatmari has been arrested and charged for riding his motorcycle with his dog Bosco on it.

Over the years I have seen so many people riding with their dogs on their bikes and you can see that the dogs just love it.

So now Gyula will be finding another way to get his buddy on the bike for a ride that is more safer.

Read the article here.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Woof - Did You Say It's Time To Eat - Woof

A video called Spaghetti night

Friends sharing...

Video by Dogwork.com

A New Diagnostic Kit For Lymphoma Diagnosis

New Kit Takes the Uncertainty Out of Lymphoma Diagnosis

A new diagnostic kit which takes the uncertainty out of lymphoma diagnosis, has been launched at the Veterinary Cancer Society's annual conference this month.

Developed by PetScreen (http://www.pet-screen.com) in the UK, the announcement is a significant breakthrough in the diagnosis of canine lymphoma with the major benefit being that it is able to differentiate between patients with lymphadenopathy due to lymphoma and lymphadenopathy due to other ailments such as lymphoid hyperplasia.

The announcement also signals a partnership and commercial venture between PetScreen Ltd and Tridelta Development Ltd to jointly develop manufacture and market a unique range of veterinary cancer diagnostic kits under the banner of 'Tri-Screen' (http://www.tri-screen.net). PetScreen has established the first reference laboratory offering the Advanced Lymphoma Blood Test (ALBT) utilising the Tri-Screen Canine Lymphoma assay kit. The kit is available now to enable laboratories worldwide to offer veterinarians this advanced testing system.

For the past two years, PetScreen's research team have been busy characterising and identifying the biomarkers used in their earlier lymphoma blood test. They found that two of the markers are Acute Phase Proteins (APP's). Although APP's have been investigated in veterinary medicine for some time PetScreen has developed a unique multi-marker approach which led to the development of patented and copyrighted analytical algorithms which combine the relative values of both Haptoglobin and C-Reactive Protein (CRP) in serum.

By enlisting the support of vets in the UK and USA the assay has been rigorously tested with 194 canine patients with lymphoma, benign lymphoid hyperplasia and other diseases with similar presentation to lymphoma as well as healthy dogs.

By testing the acute phase proteins using immunoassay, PetScreen achieved excellent levels of high performance, reproducibility and objectivity. The combination of the three diagnostic elements enables differentiation with a very high degree of sensitivity and specificity … ensuring an appropriate treatment regimen can begin at a critical early stage of disease identification and development.

In order to make this available to a global reference laboratory market, a partner with a unique understanding of APP diagnostic kit manufacture and marketing was required … it quickly became apparent that Tridelta's reputation and experience with the international pharmaceutical industry in this niche sector qualified their preferred partner status. Each company brings its own strengths to the Tri-Screen brand of diagnostic kits. For Tridelta it is an important step into the companion animal marketplace; for PetScreen, the opportunity to globalise and advance their veterinary diagnostics expertise in this important and rapidly emerging sector.

Source: PetScreen

AAVMC Salutes The Canine Heroes Who Served Our Country

The AAVMC Salutes the Canine Heroes Who Served the Country at Home and at War - and the Veterinarians Who Continue To Keep Them Healthy

Dr. Bess Pierce at VMRCVM is one such veterinarian

On Veteran's Day, Nov. 11, it's timely to consider that it's not only humans who serve in our nation's military. There are also more than 2,500 military working dogs (MWDs) on duty worldwide and Colonel Bess Pierce, DVM, DABVP, DACVIM, associate professor at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM), is one of the veterinarians responsible for their care. MWDs train alongside soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines; they also might parachute out of planes and accompany Special Forces soldiers on dangerous and secret missions.

Photo by the PR Newswire

It's a career that aligns well with Dr. Pierce's long-held interest in canine sports medicine and conditioning for all working dogs, either as a part of their intense physical conditioning or for rehabilitation of injuries.

Pierce explains that, in addition to fulfilling their roles as military service dogs, canines work closely with law enforcement agencies and the Transportation Safety Administration to detect drugs or explosives. Almost all working dogs receive scent training and assignments might include everything from a presidential detail to search and rescue or border patrol, with most dogs involved in explosives detection. Pierce says that working dogs are capable of tracking target odors for either an object or a person, and that the lowest known level of a scent tag detected by a dog is 500 parts per trillion.

After graduating with a doctor of veterinary medicine degree (DVM) from Auburn University in 1992, Pierce joined the Army Veterinary Corp, which is responsible for military dogs' veterinary medical care and conditioning across all branches of the military. During the 15 years she spent on active duty, Pierce worked with MWDs in many parts of the world and, from 2003 to 2006, served as chief of internal medicine at the Department of Defense Military Working Dog Veterinary Service (DODMWDVS) at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Since then, the veterinary facilities have expanded into an area known as "Dog Center" at Lackland, where Veterinary Corp officers (VCOs) work closely with a U.S. Air Force unit that is primarily responsible for the dogs' training. Now a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, Pierce works with military canines as the reserve director of the DODMWDVS at the Holland Military Dog Working Hospital, a "state-of-the-art facility that offers every possible treatment," where she also helps establish and maintain policy related to U.S. military working dogs worldwide. At the same time, in her civilian job as a VMRCVM faculty member, Pierce and the community practice team provide care for a variety of working and service dogs.

Dr. Pierce explains that the military screens and chooses working dogs in a manner akin to how it chooses elite soldiers, selecting those with suitable temperaments and physical characteristics. They're looking for healthy, athletic dogs that are not fearful or easily startled. The dogs also need to have a particularly acute sense of smell and demonstrate that they have the heart and the drive to work hard. "These dogs love to work and they're miserable when they don't have a job to do," she says.

About 26 percent of working dogs are Belgian Malinois, about 46 percent are German shepherds, and the remaining are Labrador Retrievers, German short-haired pointers or other breeds. Malinois are particularly favored for military missions that require high maneuverability and heat tolerance. Malinois have a "legendary work capacity and drive," says Pierce, and their lean body mass makes them light and portable. "They're long and lean, like marathon runners."

In the past, working dogs were primarily assigned to teams or units with rotating handlers, but today's trend is to pair dogs with single handlers and deploy as a team, she says, depending on the dog's function. "We try to match personalities. Like with any relationship sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. When it does work, the dogs and their handlers often form a very intense bond."

With so much time and training invested in the dogs, it makes sense to keep working dogs as healthy as possible. Consequently, in her role, Dr. Pierce practices some of the most advanced veterinary medical care available. "We owe it to (the dogs) for their service," she says, "and they receive a very high level of preventive and rehabilitative care."

Those who aspire to have a veterinary medical career that involves working with military dogs can consider joining the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps and can apply for the Health Professions Scholarship Program, which offers a competitive scholarship for students who are willing to commit to military service. At the time Pierce attended veterinary medical school, the scholarship program was not available to veterinary students but a fellow Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)-scholarship recipient introduced her to the Veterinary Corps. After being commissioned as a VCO, Pierce specialized in small animal internal medicine through the Long Term Health Education and Training (LTHET) Program, the Army's competitive advanced training program that often includes clinical residencies, pathology residency, doctorates or Masters of Public Health (MPH).

"Vet Corps officers work with military working dogs from day one of their careers, and I had MWDs at every assignment," Pierce says. But she points out that Vet Corp service is about more than animal care and health, with officers also involved in public health and food safety and inspection.

According to Pierce, the best preparation for a student interested in serving the working dog population is to gain a solid foundation in a range of disciplines, including surgery, medicine, radiology, emergency medicine, and dentistry. "While my veterinary college did not have specific training in working and service dog medicine and care, Auburn did provide an excellent foundation in both theory and practical hands-on training that enabled me to successfully apply these skills to working dogs once on duty," she says. Pierce gained the remainder of her training through on-the -job experience, mentoring, and continuing educational opportunities in sports medicine and rehabilitation.

Other opportunities exist in a variety of settings to care for law enforcement and service dogs such as guide dogs or search and rescue dogs; interested students may want to augment their education with education in canine behavior and sports medicine, as well as with on-the-job training through internships or externships.

Dr. Pierce relishes the rewards of her profession. In an essay titled, "In Praise of the Working Dog," she wrote, "I would encourage anyone to embrace the opportunity to become involved whenever possible. There are those who are concerned that dogs are 'forced' into service and unduly stressed. Worry not. When properly trained, managed, and appreciated, the happiest creature in the world is a dog with a job."

A working dog's career usually lasts seven or eight years. In the past, attack-trained military dogs were euthanized at the end of their useful working life if they could not be placed with a state or municipal law enforcement agency. Non-attack trained dogs were routinely adopted. Today, by law, all military working dogs are evaluated for potential adoption and any MWD found suitable for adoption is adopted. Go to www.lackland.af.mil/units/341stmwd/index.asp to learn more about the MWD program and how to adopt a former military working dog.

Note: To view this story online with photos, go to: www.aavmc.org/militarydogveterinarian

The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) is a non-profit membership organization working to protect and improve the health and welfare of animals, people and the environment by advancing academic veterinary medicine. Its members include all 33 veterinary medical colleges in the United States and Canada, nine departments of veterinary science, eight departments of comparative medicine, three veterinary medical education institutions, nine international colleges of veterinary medicine, and five affiliate international colleges of veterinary medicine. On the Web: http://www.aavmc.org

SOURCE Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Teens & Dogs Help Homeless Pups Thru Music Video


Coronado, CA – Two San Diego teen singing stars are rising fast on the YouTube charts with a new music video/public service announcement reminding people to adopt their next dog from a local animal rescue or shelter.

San Diego residents, LIA MARIE JOHNSON, age 14 and ROXY KING, age 15 wrote the song,
SAN DIEGO DOGS to the tune of Katy Perry's, CALIFORNIA GURLS. But unlike most music
video parodies, SAN DIEGO DOGS is a tribute to the song and includes a public service message reminding viewers to help out homeless dogs within their communities.

Lia and Roxy teamed‐up with several world‐famous San Diego dogs including Surf Dog
RICOCHET, the SURFice Dog and SoCal Surf Dog, NANI when they created the video last
month on location on Coronado.

Within hours of it's YouTube debut yesterday, SAN DIEGO DOGS achieved more than 1700
“likes” and 20,000 views ‐ putting it on track to possibly go viral and help many homeless animals find a new life and a new home with a loving family. Here is the SAN DIEGO DOGS YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFLNiLVVTY4

The music video and song single were also released on iTunes yesterday ‐ where all net proceeds go to the HELEN WOODWARD ANIMAL CENTER and the AMERICAN HUMANE ASSOCIATION.

Lia and Roxy performed together twice earlier this year when they sang the National
Anthem at LA COSTA RESORT for a national tennis tournament and when they joined in
with the SAN DIEGO CHILDREN'S CHOIR at the JAPANESE FRIENDSHIP GARDENS in BALBOA PARK to raise money for the JAPANESE RED CROSS during the Tsunami disaster.

Ricochet will make appearances on ACCESS HOLLYWOOD this Wednesday to promote the
American Humane Association's Hero Dog Awards that will be broadcast this Friday on the Hallmark channel, where she'll be receiving an award in the "Emerging Hero" category. She'll also be receiving a "dog of the year" award from the ASPCA in New York next

SAN DIEGO DOGS was produced and directed by former WALT DISNEY COMPANY and
KPIX‐TV producer, director and broadcast journalist, TONY PERRI of SURF'S UP STUDIOS,Coronado, CA.

Monday, November 7, 2011

NC State’s College Researchers Find Canine Chromosomes Breakpoints

Canine Cancer-Chromosomal "Breakpoints" Link

North Carolina State University researchers have uncovered evidence that evolutionary "breakpoints" on canine chromosomes are also associated with canine cancer. Mapping these "fragile" regions in dogs may also have implications for the discovery and treatment of human cancers.

When new species evolve, they leave genetic evidence behind in the form of "breakpoint regions." These regions are sites on the genome where chromosomes broke during speciation (when new species of dogs developed). Dr. Matthew Breen, professor of genomics at NC State, and graduate student Shannon Becker looked at the breakpoint regions that occurred when the canid (dog) species differentiated during evolution. They compared the genomes of several wild canine species with those of the domestic dog. By overlaying the genomes, they found shared breakpoints among 11 different canid species - the so-called evolutionary breakpoints.

"The interesting thing about the breakpoint areas in the canid chromosome is that they are the same regions that we have shown to be associated with chromosome breaks in spontaneously occurring cancers," Breen says. "It is possible that the re-arrangement of chromosomes that occurred when these species diverged from one another created unstable regions on the chromosome, and that is why these regions are associated with cancer."

The researchers' results appear in Chromosome Research.

"As species evolve, genetic information encoded on chromosomes can be restructured - resulting in closely related species having differently organized genomes," says Becker. "In some cases, species acquire extra chromosomes, called B chromosomes. We looked at these extra B chromosomes in three canid species and found that they harbor several cancer-associated genes. Our work adds to the growing evidence that there is an association between cancer-associated genomic instability and genomic rearrangement during speciation."

"The presence of clusters of cancer- associated genes on canid B chromosomes suggests that while previously though to be inert, these chromosomes may have played a role in sequestering excess copies of such genes that were generated during speciation," adds Breen. "We now need to determine whether these stored genes are active or inert - that information could give us new tools in cancer detection and treatment."


"Anchoring the dog to its relatives reveals new evolutionary breakpoints across 11 species of the Canidae and provides new clues for the role of B chromosomes"

The emergence of genome-integrated molecular cytogenetic resources allows for comprehensive comparative analysis of gross karyotype architecture across related species. The identification of evolutionarily conserved chromosome segment (ECCS) boundaries provides deeper insight into the process of chromosome evolution associated with speciation. We evaluated the genome-wide distribution and relative orientation of ECCSs in three wild canid species with diverse karyotypes (red fox,Chinese raccoon dog, and gray fox). Chromosomespecific panels of dog genome-integrated bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC) clones spaced at ∼10-Mb intervals were used in fluorescence in situ hybridization analysis to construct integrated physical genome maps of these three species. Conserved evolutionary breakpoint regions (EBRs) shared between their karyotypes were refined across these and eight additional wild canid species using targeted BAC panels spaced at ∼1-Mb intervals. Our findings suggest that the EBRs associated with speciation in the Canidae are compatible with recent phylogenetic groupings and provide evidence that these breakpoints are also recurrently associated with spontaneous canine cancers. We identified several regions of domestic dog sequence that share homology with canid B chromosomes, including additional cancer-associated genes, suggesting that these supernumerary elements may represent more than inert passengers within the cell. We propose that the complex karyotype rearrangements associated with speciation of the Canidae reflect unstable chromosome regions described by the fragile breakage model.

The research was funded by the Morris Animal Foundation. The Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences is part of NC State’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
Authors: Matthew Breen, Shannon E. Duke Becker, Rachael Thomas, North Carolina State University; and Robert K. Wayne, University of California Los Angeles; Vladimir A. Trifonov and Alexander S. Graphodatsky, Institute of Chemical Biology and Fundamental Medicine, SB RAS, Russia
North Carolina State University

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Monty Sloan Playing With Wolves

I thought that this video was great to watch as Monty Sloan plays with these wolves who seem to be having a great time.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

34 Dogs Rescued While 30 Dogs Are Euthanized

The Friends of Animals shelter in Cloquet, NM has taken in some thirty four dogs from a home in the local area after the police reported the issue about the amount of dogs living in a home.

The Chairwoman from Friends of Animals Linda Towne said: There was a small tool shed type structure no bigger than a bathroom that was filled with cages piled up on top of each other up to the ceiling, that must be where the dogs were kept at night.

.The medical coordinator for the shelter Beth Wendroth said: They were all very matted and dirty, and it was a big job. We can't thank Kennelz and Bitz from Pet Boarding and Grooming of Moose Lake enough for offering their assistance in helping to clean up and groom the dogs.

Read the article by Wendy Johnson here.

Down in Weatherford, TX where thirty plus dogs were rescued from Michele Colleen Sweet's property along with other dead animals last month has finally been arrested for animal cruelty.

The sad part is that thirty of these poor dogs have been killed. And Michele Colleen Sweet said that see didn't have the money to care for the animals but why did they all have to be killed is my question.

Read the article by Susan McFarland here.

A warning is be reported at the Los Altos Dog Park in Northeast Albuquerque for a Parvo virus outbreak. So if you live in the area be careful with your pets in the park area.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Illegal Puppy Mill Dogs Die In A Fire

What is being called as an illegal dog breeder ( really another puppy mill ) which was being ran out of a home in Greenburgh, NY had burned down and killed around twenty dogs which was being housed in a twenty by twenty shed.

The owner Ross Taylor who was once caught running a puppy mill back in two thousand and six had once again went into the puppy breeding business and this time it cost the lives of these poor dogs.

Greenburgh Building Inspector John Lucido said: If it was found that they had all these dogs we would have given them violation notices to remove the dogs down to the number permitted, which is three. It was an illegal business where a person was breeding dogs in a residential neighborhood, which is not permitted. We will have an investigation. Whatever violations are found will have to be written up and they will be taken to court.

It's just sad to see the photo's of the burned out shed where these dogs had to live and to think that there were no complaints prior to this fire.

Read the article by Shawn Cohen and Leah Rae here.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Who Did This To A Dog In Delaware County

Just looking at this dog that is being called Curious George is so heart breaking it make you wonder why someone would do this to their dog.

Delaware County SPCA Dayna Villa said: He would have found things to eat and, yes, he would have been very skinny, but to me this is very apparent that it was probably purposeful that he was denied access to food.

Veterinarian Dr. Kimberly Boudwin said: His condition is guarded. Any dog like this you worry about organ failure and things like that.

The Delaware County SPCA is looking for donations and asking for your help in finding the animal abuser who did this. @ 610-566-1370

Read the article here.