Saturday, June 30, 2012

Groups Fight for Tougher Animal Cruelty Laws in North Dakota

Groups Fight for Tougher Animal Cruelty Laws in North Dakota

North Dakota is one of the only two states left with no felony cruelty laws in place and has been consistently ranked as one of the worst five states in the nation for animal protection by the Animal Legal Defense Fund.
No matter how horrific the cruelty is, abusers only face misdemeanor charges. Now, two groups are fighting to change the laws in the state with competing proposals – one with a ballot initiative and the other with plans that will go before legislators next year.

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Friday, June 29, 2012

5 Cool Anti Litter Ads from Around the World (Videos)

5 Cool Anti Litter Ads from Around the World (Videos)

Here are 5 Anti Litter commercials, I sure most of us remember, especially the crying Indian.
That was a POWERFUL Statement back then and it SHOULD be Now!
Despite decades of work to stop it, littering is still a pollution problem in the U.S. and around the world.
While litter cleanups are important, the best way to reduce litter is to change the behavior of litterers. This often involves showing litter, and those who create it, as uncool, unclean and just plain gross. Through the years, many public service announcements – some funny, some sad, some terrifying – have been created around that messaging. Here are just five from the U.S. and around the world.
The granddaddy of all anti-littering ads is the famous Crying Indian. The ad was first broadcast on Earth Day in 1971, when environmental awareness was coming to the fore. Though there has been much controversy around the actor (it is believed that Iron Eyes Cody was actually Italian American, not Native American), the ad remains powerful and moving today and has been widely credited with raising awareness and action for the environment

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Thursday, June 28, 2012


My dear dear friends Peggy and Jay have lost their sweet little puppy Harriett.

She managed to slip out of the yard sometime Sunday morning (June 24th) and they have scoured the area but can not locate her

They have inquired at all of the local pet stores and animal hospitals including Selmers, where they got her (her chip is registered there)

They have checked with the highway department and fortunately there have been no reports of a dog matching her description found on the road

But that means there's a good chance someone has her

She is adorable and loveable and could be very tempting for someone to want to keep

But please please please if ANYONE knows ANYTHING of her whereabouts please call

She and her brother Ozzie are Jay and Peggy's heart

And they are devastated.

Please send this to everyone you know

Especially those in the Huntington NY Area that may have a chance of seeing her

She was lost in the area of the FOREST PORK STORE on Jericho Turnpike

Hopefully we can reach enough people and bring her home

She was wearing a pink collar on but no tag

There is a reward - but more importantly - there is a family in heartbreak

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Canine Wobbler's Syndrome

Wobbler's syndrome is a disease of the cervical spine in the area of the neck, in which the spinal cord and spinal cord nerve roots are compressed. This compression leads to neck pain and neurological problems like the wobbly walk that dogs with the syndrome exhibit.
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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

15-Year-Old Dog “Dumped” on Ultimate Doorstep

15-Year-Old Dog “Dumped” on Ultimate Doorstep

Written by Brenda Yannuzzi of Delaware
My husband and I have been involved in pet therapy for some time and when my therapy partner (an adorable little Sheltie) passed away suddenly, we were stunned and greatly saddened. After several weeks of grieving, I got a call from a local shelter I volunteered at. A single father who was commuting out of state for his job needed a place for his elderly Border collie mix to stay during the week. The owner would take the dog home on weekends to visit with his 13-year-old son and expected to stop commuting in 4-5 months. He would gladly provide food, vet care and cover all expenses for the dog.
Hansel arrived at our house with NO training beyond letting us know that he needed to go outside. He couldn’t walk on a leash, he couldn’t ride peacefully in the car, he had never been socialized; he was not neutered so he had lots and lots of energy that he didn’t know what to do with (and neither did we). He was basically a 12-year-old, 75 pound incorrigible dog with no manners but a sweet disposition who got along well with our epileptic Basset mix and the cats.

He Slowly Slipped Out of Hansel’s Life
Weekend visits with the owner went well for about a month. In the second month, he called less frequently. By the third month (holiday season) he called to ask if he could take Hansel for a visit and we arranged the day and time. He never showed up. During the holidays, I tried reaching him; unanswered voice and e-mail messages and letters confirmed what I suspected: that Hansel was being dumped on us.
I continued to try reaching the owner after the holidays and three months after our last contact, I had to admit that we were stuck with this dog, and were not going to recover the vet bills or money for food as promised.
Once we established that Hansel was indeed abandoned and were free to do what we wanted with him, we decided to keep him. We immediately got him neutered, which calmed him down to a manageable level. A few months later, I bumped into a friend who does dog training and happened to have some free time and she offered to evaluate him. After just 20 minutes, she assured me that Hansel was extremely intelligent and eager to learn and to please. We spent a year training Hansel, who is a dream to work with. He quickly mastered all the basic commands plus a few extras, walks well on a leash and is calm in crowds of people. He sits politely when strangers want to pet him and is quite the gentleman now.
Hansel took and passed the exam to become a therapy dog and we now visit at a local senior center. He hasn’t fully grasped the concept that letting people admire and pet him and give him treats is his new “job,” but he’s a smart dog and I predict that soon he will be even better at making people smile. Until then, he trusts that this is what I want him to do and he gives it his best.
I don’t know how many more years we will have with Hansel. At nearly 15, he sometimes shows signs of arthritis and other health concerns, but he is young at heart and enjoys being a member of our little family as much as we enjoy having him. We do not appreciate the way in which Hansel came to be ours. It was cowardly and inconsiderate of the former owner to just walk away without a backward glance like that, but typical of the lack of loyalty many people have for their pets.
Luckily, this beautiful dog was dumped on people who had the time and desire to help make his golden years more meaningful. He is living proof that you can teach an old dog new tricks. Brought to you by The Great Animal Rescue Chase

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Diamond Pet Foods Hit with Class Action Suit over Salmonella Outbreak

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Pit Bull Chained to a Wall Stops a Murder and Now Needs a Home

Today I have 2 stories for you!!!
The first is about a Pitbull named Legion who is in desperate need of a home.
The Second is an UPDATE in "Blue", the Dog from New Mexico.

Pit Bull Chained to a Wall Stops a Murder and Now Needs a Home

Written by Tammara Rosenleaf of Montana
I’ve been rescuing pit bulls for about five years. When I was in Texas, it was an every week occurrence, and in two and a half years, I rescued 62 of them. Since moving home to Montana in 2009, I have only had to rescue three of them. The first two were easy. Young females, already spayed, I found homes in a few days. My latest rescue has not been so easy.p
I was at my desk at the social service agency I work for, when one of my employees came in and asked if I could help with a rescue that had to happen right now. I changed a few things on my schedule, because she looked so desperate, and we went off to get this dog. On the way, she told me his history. I was determined to save him.
His name is Legion, and he had to get out of his house in the next hour. His owner, a woman, had been ordered to get rid of him, by CPS, because he was “dangerous” and she had not complied. CPS was on the way, and if he was there, they would call the police. The owner had been involved in domestic violence with her long term partner, and both had been arrested at some point for assault on the other party.
The Way Legion Had Been Living Was Unspeakable
Legion had been kept chained to a bedroom wall for around 18 hours a day on most days. He was not supposed to be in the apartment, and so if he barked or made any noise, he was beaten. He had to potty right in the same place he laid, and the house reeked of urine and feces. He had never been vaccinated, and was not neutered. He was just over two. Recently, during a domestic dispute, the man had tried to smother the woman in her bed, with their newborn baby in the cradle beside the bed, and Legion ripped the chain from the wall and bit the man.

I have three pits at home, and one is an alpha male. I knew they would never get along, and so I called the Humane Society and arranged to take Legion there. When we arrived at the apartment, although the owner had agreed to surrender him to me, she locked herself in the apartment and refused to come out. The manager was present, and was willing to unlock the door for me, but the woman was screaming on the other side, and Legion was barking and snarling. The woman’s mother and stepfather were there, and the stepfather was threatening to kill the dog. The police were on their way, and this couldn’t be good for Legion.
I persuaded everyone to calm down, and assured the woman (bi-polar and off meds) to let me take the dog. Through the door I assured her that I have never let a pit bull be put down once I get them into rescue, and I wouldn’t do so with Legion either. She opened the door a crack, and agreed to let me take him. Before I could get in though, the stepfather rushed the door, and set Legion into barking and snarling again, and he was chained to the wall, just inches from the baby. The owner slammed and locked the door, and I had to start over. The police were pulling into the parking lot when I got the situation calmed again, and she opened the door. I asked the police for just a few more minutes, and they allowed me to slip in and get Legion.
As soon as I had him off the chain, muzzled and on a leash, the stepfather came in again, and took the baby from the carrier, and ran to his car with him. The woman followed screaming, and I fought Legion all the way to my van, as he tried to go to her assistance again. The loyalty of the pit bull is a constant amazement to me. He was defending the woman who chained him to a wall, allowed her partner to beat him, and who never took any sort of care of him.
Once in the car, he was a perfect gentleman. He went easily into the shelter while I registered him and made sure the shelter understood that I would sponser his adoption, pay for his shots and his neuter, and that he was under no circumstances to be put down. Rather, they should call me to come and get him if this should be a possibility.

At the Shelter

The shelter was too loud for Legion. He needs a
responsible home and an experienced caregiver.
Legion stayed in the shelter for nearly two months. The trainer loved him, but the environment was not good for him. We have an old shelter, and it was loud, and too busy. Legion is barrier aggressive, so sprang at the kennel gate whenever anyone looked at him, and snarled viciously. He failed his temperament test, showing aggression to barriers and did not do well with the mechanical dog they tried with him. They loved him, but were afraid to put him up for adoption, because “if he hurts someone, the public will crucify us and none of our pits could be adopted after that.” I understood.
On May 6, Legion was scheduled to be euthanized, and the trainer called me. I went immediately to get him. I took him home, despite the problems with now having two alpha male pits in my house. The woman who originally brought him to my attention moved into the little cabin at the back of my house.
My husband and I spent $350 to buy fencing materials and we fenced the yard around the cabin for Legion alone. We developed a communication method so that we can let each other know which dog is in the yard, and we yard all the pits alone for now. We got a trainer to donate time and started working with him immediately.
Legion has made amazing strides since coming into my home. He has worked with a trainer every day. He sits, goes down and stays. He walks nicely on a leash. He sleeps every night with the woman who brought him to me, and is a wonderful cuddler. He still snarls if someone approaches his fence and if he is on a leash, but he is working on learning not to do that.
He loves to be brushed with the furminator, and rolls onto his back to allow a good belly rub. He plays with some toys now. The cabin is small, and the yard is as well, but it is his first real home or yard, and he loves it. He doesn’t know what to do when in the yard alone, because he has never been free in a yard. With his old owner, he got out once a day to potty and that was on a leash, jumping a small fence into a parking lot late at night. He was hussled right back into the apartment because he wasn’t supposed to be there.
Seeking the Right Home for Legion
Legion needs to work on socialization, and on understanding he is not a small lap dog. He needs to realize how big and strong he is, and that he needs to be gentle. He is getting closer every day. Legion needs a good home, a forever place, and someone who understands how good he can be, and is becoming.
His rescue is a miracle, just like he is. He is sponsered by Pit Bulls 4 Peace, and will go to his home with free training and support from us. We can be contacted at if anyone has a good home for this very special boy. Legion is a great example of the resilient nature of the pit bull. He was abused and neglected every day for more than two years, but he still loves people and he still wants a good home. More photos of Legion here
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Here is the UPDATE on Blue:

UPDATE: New Mexico Dog, Blue, Being Harassed

Some disturbing and disappointing news comes from Elephant Butte, New Mexico where Blue, an Australian cattle dog lives. It is sad to report after all the well-meaning efforts of residents from this small town trying to help 11-year-old Blue maintain the free-range lifestyle he has always known, that Blue is being harassed and there is fear for his safety.
In a conversation with Janice Connor, there are now reports a small minority of town folk – merely 3 or 4 out of a total population of 1,431 – are so dissatisfied with the compromise stemming from the City Council meeting of June 13 that they are actually harassing the poor animal. Janice reports for the past several days she and her husband, Bob Owen, have found Blue in a state of trembling anxiety when, at 6 a.m., they go to open their business at the Butte General Store and Marine.
Janice tells me Blue is a gentle and loving dog who has always responded well to all people. He has lived the nomad life for so long now; he refuses to live inside any building. He is content to spend his days inside the store but only if he has access to a partially opened door so he can come and go as he pleases. At night time, he enjoys the wide open outdoors and as I’ve previously written, Blue has a heated and air conditioned dog house that town members have donated to him for shelter.
During store hours Blue regularly greets customers and plays the role of town ambassador. He walks one of the store employees home every evening for safety and then returns to the store on his own. He even protected a little girl from her father a couple years ago by putting himself in between them. Blue didn’t bark or bite, but the dad knew he meant to help the girl; so the dad left her alone.
The outpouring of support for Blue was clearly evident at the June 13 City Council meeting when over 150 town folk attended and many testified for Blue. Janice told me she was dismayed by the attitude from one of the city council members saying Blue is “just a dog, just one dog…” and couldn’t understand it. But even more disconcerting was the hearsay Janice got second hand about one of Blue’s non-supporters telling another person “if I get a pellet gun no one would even know if or when I shoot that dog.”
Work on the invisible fence is moving forward, with the trenching beginning this weekend. Monday it will start to be installed and training will take place with Blue when it is completed, which is expected one day next week. Janice reports a regular fence won’t work because Blue jumps over it or digs underneath to get out.
In the meantime, Janice and Bob are asking people to just leave Blue alone. Let him be the dog he has always been and have the run of the acre or so on their property that will have invisible fencing come next week. One of them will be staying at the store all night with Blue until the fencing is finished. But, the sad thing is someone has to do this to keep Blue safe…
If you have some constructive suggestions for Janice and Bob about Blue, please submit them in a comment.
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Friday, June 22, 2012

Tell Congress Military Working Dogs are Not Equipment

Tell Congress Military Working Dogs are Not Equipment

They go above and beyond to demonstrate their intelligence, loyalty and bravery. They refuse to leave the sides of their fallen soldiers and are repeatedly asked to risk their lives. Yet, when all is said and done, our military working dogs (MWDs) are classified as nothing more than equipment by the Department of Defense
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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Help your dog avoid heatstroke this summer

kiddie pools help keep dogs cool

Every year, veterinarians treat dogs who needlessly develop heat stroke. And just like people, dogs that become severely overheated can become very ill and even die. It’s important to remember that your dog cannot remove himself from a dangerous situation. It’s up to you, as your dog’s guardian, to ensure he is not left in a place where he may become overheated.
Here are a few tips to help prevent your dog from ever having to experience a heatstroke:
  • Never leave your dog unattended in direct sunlight or in a closed vehicle, even if it’s only for a few minutes.
  • Ensure your dog always has access to cool water and shade in hot temperatures.
  • The pads of some dogs can be sensitive to hot pavement, so walk in the shade or grass whenever possible.
  • Limit strenuous activity during the middle of the day, when temperatures are the hottest. Exercise your dog during cooler parts of the day; in the morning and evening, not mid-day.
  • If you enjoy taking your dog to the dog-beach, make sure he does not drink the salt water. This may lead to vomiting, and dehydration. Bring lots of fresh water not just for yourself, but for your dog as well.
Invest in products and treats to help keep your best friend Fido cool:
  • Kiddie pools are a great way to keep your dog cool if they love water.
  • There are cooling packs that you can place in the freezer and place around the dogs neck to help keep cool.
  • Ice-cubes are a favorite treat for dogs.
  • Spraying the dog with cool water is helpful.
The following is a list of the major signs that may indicate heatstroke in your dog:
  • Breathing rapidly
  • Panting excessively
  • Difficulty standing
  • Restlessness
  • Bright red gums and tongue
  • Your dog lies down and is unable to get up, or doesn’t want to get up when typically he would want to get up
  • Uncontrollable defalcation or urination
  • Erratic breathing
  • Whining as if anxious
If you note any of the symptoms of heatstroke, it’s important to take action immediately. The longer you wait, the more your dog’s life is in danger. He may go into shock or even die. Get your dog out of the heat as soon as possible. If you have access to cool (not cold) water, pour it on him starting with the neck and the pads of the feet. It’s okay to give your dog very small amounts of water to drink, but do not let him gulp the water down. Contact your vet or emergency vet right away.
The onset of heatstroke can be very rapid. Planning for summer outings with your dog will ensure he never experiences any of the above symptoms. A little bit of caution means you and your dog will have a fun, safe and cool summer!

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

New Mexico Dog, Blue, Exempt from Leash Law

New Mexico Dog, Blue, Exempt from Leash Law

The story of Blue the dog, who hails from Elephant Butte, New Mexico, has ended in a compromise. Blue is an 11-year-old blue-eyed Australian cattle dog who was abandoned as a puppy at Casa Taco, years before Elephant Butte even became a town.
The restaurant’s owner cared for Blue until his death four years ago. Having always lived a free-range lifestyle, at that point Blue found his way to the Butte General Store and Marine, where he likes to spend his time. Several attempts had been made for adoption but Blue prefers the lifestyle he has always known and did not do well in the adoptive homes.
Store owners Janice Connor and Bob Owen took over the unofficial guardianship role for Blue. Blue even has a bank account with a balance of about $1,800, his own Facebook page and a pro-bono attorney from Albuquerque, Hilary Noskin. Townspeople have been generous with donations and have built Blue a heated and air conditioned dog house that he enjoys. “Everybody just loves this dog,” Conner said. “People who can’t afford a dog bring their kids here to play with Blue. … He is the only dog I know who got four plates of Thanksgiving dinner at his dog house,” quotes the Albuquerque Journal.
About two years ago, a local woman made a complaint about Blue, saying he was threatening her when she walked her dogs. Elephant Butte has leash laws and Connor and Owen were told if they had Blue neutered, they would have no further problems about Blue.
That sufficed for about 18 months when Elephant Butte enacted stricter requirements for dogs considered vicious, including a $100,000 liability insurance policy. This was in response to an event in the nearby town of Truth and Consequences where a woman had been mauled by pit bulls.
In February of this year, Owen received a fine for not keeping Blue on a leash. He contested the fine and was given seven months to come up with a resolution. A hearing was set for August 9. Owen applied for a variance to the leash law which resulted in the City Council meeting that took place on June 13, 2012.
Many of the 1,431 town members attended the city council meeting to advocate for Blue. The chambers were filled and people overflowed into the nearby court room. Some even listened to the proceedings on the parking lot loudspeaker. Testimony lasted about an hour and included suggestions such as making Blue the town mascot, giving him special protections from town laws.
Mayor Eunice Kent ended the meeting when she announced the compromise. Owen and Conner agreed to install an electric fence around the General Store property — which includes a gas station and boat repair shop — so Blue can continue to live a leash-free existence within those confines.
No news on whether Blue’s bank account will be tapped for the fence expense or if a fundraiser will be set. People from Elephant Butte have generously donated change at the General Store for Blue’s food and healthcare expenses. Donations also come from other sources.
View a slideshow of Blue and his domain at Butte General Store and Marine from The New York Times. The photos tell their own story, don’t they?
What do you think? Is this the best outcome for Blue?

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Coca-Cola Security Camera Ad Encourages Viewers To 'Look At The World A Little Differently' (VIDEO)

I Know...I Know, this has NOTHING to do with Dogs or Pets for that Matter, but I enjoyed watching this video!

Security cameras capture more than just burglaries, brawls and automobile accidents. They also capture sweet, everyday moments of people just being, well, people.
It's those feel good moments Coca-Cola highlights in a new video advertisement that urges viewers to "look at the world a little differently."
Set to the song "Give A Little Bit," the clip features security camera footage from around the world showing people kissing, dancing, helping the homeless, saving others and, yes, sharing a Coke.
A representative from Coca-Cola Latin America explained the spot is meant to elicit those warm, fuzzy feelings.
“We want to remind people that acts of kindness and bravery are taking place around them all the time,” Guido Rosales told Media Bistro's Agency Spy.
And though some viral ads get a bit corny, CBS' William Goodman admits the clip was a "total feel-good video that actually had this blogger smiling."
Still, while the ad has received more than 830,000 views on YouTube, not everyone is a fan of the marketing tactic.
"I thought this video was about how good the world is ... until I realize [it's] just Coca Cola using viral videos to market their company and make more money," YouTube user eriky326 notes in the comments section.
What do you think of the clip? Leave your thoughts in the section below.

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Diamond Pet Foods: Outing an Outbreak

Establishing the source of a foodborne disease outbreak takes a combination of teamwork and technology. And a healthy dose of luck.
All of these elements were indispensable to the detection and definition of the Salmonella Infantis outbreak that is linked to contaminated dry pet food manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods in Gaston, South Carolina.

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Washington Man Saves Bald Eagle (Video)

Normally I would post an article on dogs, but I thought this was important to share.
Especially since this is a Bald Eagle (Our National Bird) and should be treated with respect.
Washington Man Saves Bald Eagle (Video)

Robert Hutton from North Spokane, Washington has admired bald eagles his entire life, collecting figurines of the majestic bird since he was a kid. So when he spotted an injured eagle in the middle of the road, he knew he had to help.
Hutton was driving home from work when he spotted a bald eagle hopping in the road. He pulled over and got the bird into his car, taking it to Mount Spokane Veterinary Hospital. It seemed to be ill with an unknown ailment and may also have been hit by a car. But, thanks to Robert, it is now on the mend, and hopes are that it will be able to fly again.
Veterinarian Luther McConnell told ABC News:
The report was that someone saw him get hit by a car, so that was the initial thought. But whether he was sick before he got hit by a car, or whether he did get hit, we don’t know for sure.
We’re treating him for all of the above. He has no fractures and he’s physically ill, so we’re treating him for the shock, fluid loss and infection.
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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Lennox and the Lessons of BSL

This is a update on Lennox ( a pitbull mix).
This post comes from another blog called "Rumpydog"
In case you aren’t familiar with Lennox, he is a mixed breed dog that was seized by Belfast, Ireland, officials because he looks like a pit bull, and breed specific legislation (BSL) there makes it illegal to own a pit bull or pit bull mix.
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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

River Otter and Dog Become Fast Friends (Video)

River Otter and Dog Become Fast Friends (Video)

You can find many examples of inter-species friendships. Remember Tarra the elephant and Bella the dog?
Here is another sweet odd couple right out of nature. In Jacksonville, Florida, a young dog named Rio plays whole-heartedly with a wild river otter. Otters enjoy playing — as do dogs — so I suppose this should be no surprise.
Watch them enjoy each other’s company! Apparently, the friendship lasted for several months and then the otter got bored because he never returned.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

We Only Hurt the Ones We Love the Most!

Today I have 2 Stories for you from a blog called Yes Biscuit!
The first is about how shelters seem to get away with killing animals and
the Second is the story about Lennox and the 2 yearss his family tried to save him from the courts!
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Monday, June 11, 2012

Just One Day - For Cats and Dogs

Today is a no kill day for animals in open admission shelters and rescue organizations all over the United States. Roughly 700 groups have taken the pledge on the Just One Day site to kill no healthy/treatable animals for at least today. Here in South Carolina, more than a dozen groups took the pledge, including my own county facility – the Walter Crowe Animal Shelter. I am featuring some of their animals, found on Petango, below. The shelter is closed to the public today but will be open tomorrow at 10am.

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

$1000 Fine for Pets Without Seat Belts & More!

Today I have 2 Stories for you!!!
The First is NJ wants seatbelts on dog....Unbelieveable!
The Second is the southern states feel is OK to kill the pets in shelters when they are overpopulated!
Again Un-Freakin-Believeable!

$1000 Fine for Pets Without Seat Belts

As part of New Jersey’s Click It or or Ticket campaign, driver’s are getting a reminder about the potentially hefty fines they’ll face if they’re caught driving with an unrestrained pet.
Under New Jersey Statute 4:22-18, having an unrestrained pet in a vehicle is considered animal cruelty, and drivers who don’t have them restrained will be subject to fines that range from $250 to $1,000 and as much as six months in jail.

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The Biggest Animal Welfare Myth in the South

Ever since relocating to South Carolina many years ago, and particularly since becoming an advocate for shelter pets throughout the south, I have heard the same myth repeated ad nauseum by shelter staff, volunteers and advocates in general: The reason our shelters kill so many pets is because we don’t have strong mandatory spay-neuter (MSN) laws like they do in the north where pet overpopulation is no longer a problem. This is false. It is not true. It is false and untrue and wrong on so many levels, I want to scream every time I hear it.

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Our Girl Penny - The Spoiled Hungarian Vizsla)

This is our girl Penny, she is a Hungarian Vizsla and currently she is 8 1/2 years old.
She is the Best and Most Spoiled Dog we have ever had.

I took this photo just yesturday in our backyard, she was watching a bird on the fence.
It was a very nice sunny day and Penny wanted to hang out and get some sun...:-)
She Loves the Sun, sometimes we call her the Sun Dog.

Most people run their lives around their jobs and family, well we run our lives around Penny.
We include her with EVERYTHING we do. This includes shopping and going to the bank, yes there are dog friendly banks. At Dinner time, Penny sits at the table with us and we use a fork and knife to feed her....Yes shw prefers to be fork fed...LOL. We usually give her what we have for dinner, weather its chicken, beef or pasta....she has what we have At the table.

At Bed time,of course she sleeps in the bed with us, no other way would do...not for Penny.
She HAS to be as close to us as possible ALL the time. The Vizsla is also known as the Velcro Dog and Penny sure has lived up to that name.

Pennt is also extremely smart and you can tell when we speak to her, she tries so hard to understand what we tell her and she DOES listen and SHE DOES Understand!

She gives us so much Love and Joy and we feel she is the Best dog in the world!
Our Girl Penny!

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Venezuelan Rescue Team Helps Thousands of Dogs and Cats

Venezuelan Rescue Team Helps Thousands of Dogs and Cats

For every place of darkness, there are also points of light and we at the Harmony Fund take great pleasure in introducing you to rescuers who illuminate this great big planet of ours. Today we’re talking with Sol Martínez, Founder of Red de Apoyo Canino, a Venezuelan charity that is quilting together the compassion of neighbors, veterinarians and community groups in a united effort to soften the lives of dogs and cats among them

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

A Beautiful Sheltie Gets Rescued!

Here is a wonderful story about a Sheltie who was rescued with the help of eveyone in the community, including a PRIVATE PLANE, A very generous donation if you ask me.
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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Brain scans may soon tell us what our dogs are thinking

What does your dog see when he gazes at you adoringly? A best friend? A pack leader? A can opener? While many of us draw countless inferences regarding what our dog may be thinking about us, no one has actually captured images of the canine thought process - until now.

Researchers at Emory University in Atlanta have developed a new methodology for scanning the brains of alert dogs. The Public Library of Science will soon publish their results, which will show how the brains of dogs reacted to hand signals given by their owners

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Once again: Dog + Hot Car = Dead… Get It?

Today I have (2) stories to share with you!!!!
The First is about How you should NEVER Leave your Pet in your CAR Especially in the Summer!
The Second Story is about How a PitBull Save the Life of its Owner (3 cheers for the PitBull!!)

This is a Blog from "No Dog About it Blog" and the writer is Mel.

I know. We dog people say it over and over again…Dogs do not belong in hot cars. Dogs do not belong in cars on hot days. Dogs do not belong in a car while you go shopping or out to eat, especially on hot days.

Last night my friend Kristin posted this story on Facebook:
What is wrong with people? I was walking Woodstock (a dog Kristin is caring for) earlier and saw two dogs inside a car in the direct sunlight. The driver’s side window was cracked open about 2 inches, and that was it. After I walked Woodstock back home, I got in the car and drove past. They were still there, panting away. It was just down the block from (name omitted) and Cafe Ena, so I knew the owners were most likely enjoying a nice, leisurely meal while their dogs were getting possible heat exhaustion. I talked to a server at (name omitted), who was kind enough to ask at the tables who owned a white Prius. When she told me that the family told her “oh, we have the window cracked,” I asked if I could talk to them. She wasn’t comfortable having me confront her customers, so I said loudly “Well, could you tell them that I’m going to call 311?” Suddenly a young woman sprang up and came to me, saying “I’m the owner and they have a window open.” I explained that they could die inside, because they were in the sun and the window was hardly opened and cars heat up FAST (up to 150 degrees within minutes). She said “We’re volunteers and we got our dogs from a rescue in Israel.” and I said “I’m sure you love them a lot, but this is still a dangerous situation.” She got in the car, opened all of the windows, and I left. I still wasn’t satisfied, but the sun was starting to go down and I’m hopeful that they learned something.
Yes. Volunteers caring for dogs rescued from Israel. I hate to think that a dog who had been rescued and brought here all the way from Israel would end up dying in a hot car because someone thought cracking one window would be sufficient for them. How sad.
Two years ago, I had my own sort of intervention with an owner who left her elderly Beagle in her car in the hot sun while she and her daughter went grocery shopping ay Byerly’s. Luckily, the dog was fine, but I was prepared to call police if she had stayed inside much longer.
That incident, and a few stories that appeared in the news around the same time, prompted me to consult a couple of awesome veterinarians before writing this piece – DOG + HOT CAR = DEAD… Get It?
At the time, I thought adding a little bit of shock value would be just the reality check some people needed to better understand the dangers of leaving a dog in a hot car. Maybe it’s time to pass it around again.
I hope you will read it and pass it on.
A side note to my friend Kristin: Kudos Kristin. As always, I am impressed with your tenacity. I am not surprised that you would go out of your way to help an animal in need or distress. You have always been an animal’s best advocate. I think that’s why so many of them have sought you out over the years. They know you care about them. You are my hero.

Here is the Second Story:

Pit Bull Leads Good Samaritan To Stricken Owner In Double Trouble State Park
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CENTRAL NJ -- Frank Delarosa thought it was strange to see a pit bull running down a sugar sand path near the cranberry bogs at Double Trouble State Park on Friday, her leash dragging behind her.
Delarosa coaxed the one-year-old pit bull mix over to him, picked her up and started to head up the path to the park office.
But "Lilly"was restless. Delarosa decided to put her down. She began pulling and tugging him down the path, back towards the cranberry bogs.
It was there he found Lilly's owner unconscious about 150 yards down on the path. Dona Timoney, 51, of Beachwood, had suffered some kind of "medical event" while on a walk with her dog, Berkeley Township Detective Sgt. James J. Smith said.
"She was unconscious, but breathing," he said.
Detective Will Cullen and Patrolman Jon Sperber responded to the scene. Timoney was first taken to Community Medical Center in Toms River by members of the Bayville First Aid Squad and MONOC paramedics. She was later airlifted to St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, Cullen said.
Her condition is unavailable at this time, Smith said.
Lilly is now with Timoney's daughter. Timoney had previously rescued the dog from a "drug house" in North Carolina, Cullen said.
"The back of her car was filled with treats and bones," Cullen said. "She's obviously an avid animal lover."

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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Bronksey, Therapy Dog, Hired By Staten Island DA's Office To Comfort Crime Victims (VIDEO)

A popular article in The New York Times earlier this year titled "Wonder Dog" told the story of a 13-year-old boy with autism whose life was changed after his family adopted a golden retriever, shedding light on the therapeutic benefits of canines.
With that idea in mind, the District Attorney's office in Staten Island, New York, has brought in a 2-year-old Labrador-golden retriever mix named Bronksey to comfort crime victims during legal proceedings, the Associated Press reports.
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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Do all dogs really need a home? The stories of two remarkable dogs


The Dog Named Blue
Blue, a blue-eyed Australian Cattle Dog, doesn’t have a home, but he has many friends; $1800 in savings; a heated, air-conditioned dog house; a Facebook page; and his own lawyer working to allow him to maintain the off-leash freedom he loves.
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Ghost dog

Ghost Dog
For several years people in Prospect Park in Brooklyn have reported an elusive dog living on his own. He never posed a problem or a threat so no all-out attempt was made to capture him. About 12 people were feeding him and he was friendly to other dogs in the park.
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