Monday, February 27, 2012

Adopting the "FAMOUS" dogs



People LINED up on Sunday for a chance to get one of the many puppies rescued in a HSUS raid last month. The great news is many of these people had never been to the shelter before. I am hopeful they will adopt one of hundreds of dogs who have been there for a while. 


Everyone wants the "famous" dogs - and they have no clue what they are going to get. These animals were not bred with good health in mind - just their appearance when they are puppies. Most of them will have health issues as they get older. Many of these are Bulldogs who require a lot more grooming and daily "maintenance" than most dogs - and these people have no clue about it.











 All they know is they look cute in the TV stories . In many ways, this is very disturbing to me - I know that many will be returned or just abandoned when they are not cute little puppies anymore and they have not been house trained. These humans need to get trained before they get a dog who needs special care. There are SO many good, healthy dogs there to adopt........
http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2012/02/hundreds-line-up-to-adopt-rescued-puppies/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LifeWithDogs+%28Life+With+Dogs%29


http://myfox8.com/2012/02/25/dogs-from-suspected-puppy-mill-almost-ready-for-adoption/

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Telling people what to think and what to do ????? Nnaahhh.....

  • This question  below just came tonight  on FB from Rick.  I am going to answer him because I think he was really serious when he asked it. 

    Ever consider that what you really want is to tell people what to think and do, and folks don't listen because they resent the presumption?


     My reply: 


    • It has been considered...... and rejected, Rick.

      I, personally, would never tell someone HOW to think

      They is entirely up to them. I respect their right to make an informed
      decision , even if it is opposite mine. But, I do think that they have to
      be informed before they can make a good decision, don't you ?
      Wouldn't you read about the car before you bought it ? We want them
      to read about the politicians they vote for, We want the truth to be
      told about the broken shelter system and 8 million dead animals last
      year. We want someone to say "ENOUGH KILLING" and stop the
      madness. But that will not happen if they keep sticking their heads ,
      well, where they do not allow them access to pertinent information.

    • I do not want anyone telling me what to do and I would not tell'someone else what to do, as long as they were not harming
      anything. ( If I could make that Bold, I would)
      They are harming a lot of things now by remaining silent. As you well know, silence is consent and compliance.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Socializing your dog

Does your dog play nice with others ?
Everyone would like their dogs to get along well with all others but that is often not the case.
Here are some tips to help get your new dog socialized and to keep your older dog as friendly as they can be.

  • Obedience classes provide an environment where all the dogs are kept under control. This can be very helpful if your pet seems wary around other dogs. Organized classes give him the opportunity to be around other pups, but from a slight distance.
  • If you have friends with dogs, arrange play dates with one (carefully selected) dog at a time. Put your dog and his doggy friend in a safe, enclosed area and let them get to know each other. This is another low pressure social situation in which your pup can hone his skills without being overwhelmed by too many dogs, or an overly dominant dog. 
  • Get involved in dog agility competitions. These events provide a great opportunity for your dog to be around other dogs and people while getting lots of exercise and mental stimulation.
  • If agility isn’t appealing, there are lots of other activities that might be, including flying disc, dock jumping/dock diving, flyball, herding, hunt and field trials and musical freestyle. Dogplay.com is a good resource for exploring organized exercise and socialization possibilities.
  • A really fabulous socialization activity you can share with your pet, depending on his temperament and personality, is training to be a therapeutic visitation dog.
  • Another possible option for socialization and exercise is to enroll your pet in a doggy daycare program one or two days a week. The facility you choose should have a knowledgeable staff, separate play areas for dogs of different sizes, and supervised playgroups. Extensive temperament tests should be performed on all dogs to evaluate their behavior in the daycare environment. Introduction to the pack should be gradual for all new dogs.  A word of caution about doggy daycare facilities … most require at least yearly re-vaccinations for rabies, distemper, parvo and bordetella. Ask your vet if that is OK with them.  
  • Last but not least, never underestimate the socialization value of regular daily walks with your dog. You both get fresh air, stress-relieving and perhaps even heart-thumping exercise, and opportunities to encounter old and new two- and four-legged friends.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Why be Active ?


           

I am active as a my way of paying rent to the Earth & it's inhabitants               
                             Join " The Shelter Revolution"   www.ShelterRevolution.Org


                                          Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ih7BM01wQO0

Westminster Dog Show Stops "Shelter" Ads

I was asked to comment on this article. The link is below . Your thoughts are MOST welcome !!!
My thanks to Amy for her blog post. She did a good job explaining the situation. I do not think the AKC does a good job at all. I have a lot of resentment for their lack of support behind puppy mill bills. Those barbaric puppy mills are making $$$ for the AKC . Those overbred and abused dogs get their "papers" when they send in their membership fee, even though they are are likely to be sickly and probably live a much shorter life. 
I write more about the AKC  another time.

PHILLY DAWG: “HAPPY DOGS” REPLACE SAD-EYED POUND PUPPIES AT WESTMINSTER DOG SHOW


From The Philadelphia Inquirer, Amy Worden’s blog, Philly Dawg
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2012
The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show has dumped its lead sponsor Pedigree after 24 years.The reason? The American Kennel Club didn’t like those tear-jerker commercials of sad-eyed shelter dogs peering out from behind lonely cage bars.
So this year’s Westminster show, which starts tomorrow at Madison Square Garden in New York, will be sponsored by Nestle Purina Petcare whose messages will feature “happy dogs.” “The feedback we got from our primary audience was that they were seeing commercials that made them want to turn the channel,” said Westminster spokesman and longtime TV host David Frei.
The Pedigree commercials, seen by 3.4 million dog show viewers, helped raise some $7 million for the Pedigree Foundation , which supports shelters across the country (click on link for happy adoption stories).
Some 25 percent of shelter dogs are purebred, some percentage of those enter with AKC registration papers. We know that all too well in Pennsylvania where dogs from cruelty seizures, among them kennels owned by recognized AKC breeders, flow – and sometimes flood – into shelters every year.
Frei said the show didn’t like the idea that Pedigree was trying “shame” viewers.
http://atailtotell.com/newwebsite/2012/02/13/philly-dawg-happy-dogs-replace-sad-eyed-pound-puppies-at-westminster-dog-show/


I read about this earlier this week.  At first I thought, like many will, ' That's too damn bad if they don't like to see those commercials !" 
But, after thinking about it, I realized that there are many ways to deliver that message and they really should find a way to share the story of the homeless pet population without using the same sad commercials. Some imagination would have done a lot more good than losing the contract to someone who will not really try to do more than sell their product. We can not force people to learn or to care. We can only provide them information is a way to make it easy to understand and "interesting", especially to the "target audience".  This is one example when being stubborn about the method, not the message, was  a bad move. I am sorry it worked out this way. People need to hear the truth. We need to figure out how to tell them without having them turn off their TV sets. We need to be smarter ! 

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Jasmine - Just how smart is she ?


Why is it that every time I start to think that my girl Jasmine is the most intelligent dog on earth, she goes into my yard and rolls in the most disgusting stuff I have ever smelled?? I mean, just how smart can Jazz be when she rolls in that crap ??? But, I do have to say, she was smart enough that when I saw her covered in "slime" , she went right upstairs and got into the bathtub : )) 
TRUE STORY ! It isn't boring

Friday, February 10, 2012

National Dog Week Blog

Lisa K has done a good job of reporting her experiences with a puppy store in her NY county.
Please check it out.

http://nationaldogweekbook.wordpress.com/

Where did your cute puppy come from ??



below are some of the comments I got minutes after posting this photo: 


  • Claudia Mahan How sad and disgusting. Puppy Mills need and have to be outlawed by every state. This is no Life for those poor Dogs.

  • so sad wot can we all do to stop this

  • Michelle Arostegui Grimm Absolutely horrible!!!!! Wish everyone knew where their puppy came from when buying from a pet store (not saying all pet stores work with puppy mills but the ones that do).

  • Brenda Yohman Frick Thank you Willie for posting this. This is where that cute, little puppy you buy at the flea market, yard sale, etc., etc., comes from. One may think that they are "saving" a puppy.....one is NOT, one is perpetuating the problem. Get your companions from a reputable shelter or rescue. Then AND only then will one be saving an animal.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Justice for LBD ( Little Brown Dog )




2 1/2 years ago, Oct..2009, a man named Jimmy Lovell tied a Little Brown Dog , who belonged briefly to his girlfriend, to his truck bumper and dragged her down the street intending to skin her alive. The good citizens of Knoxville, Tn. stopped him . Lovell got out, cursing at them, threw the dog in his truck and drove away . A few blocks later, he threw her out the window and she landed on the side of the road. A passerby picked her up and took her to the hospital.
That Little Brown Dog, or "LBD" as she was known nationally,  lived and flourished with the love and skilled care she had the entire time she was at UT Vet School.  They were the only place with the ability to save her! In spite of the reality  of a $5000 cost, they did everything they could to ease her pain and help her heal. Athena, Ginger and I started a Facebook group to make him famous and send him to prison,  We also wanted to raise $$ to compensate UT Vet School for their expenses.In a little over 4 weeks, the Vet School said they had "plenty of $$ now and people should donate it to their local shelters for their LBD's."

On Feb 21st, Lovell is finally going to trial , after postponements &delays. We presented a petition signed by over 5,000 people in a couple weeks  I printed the whole thing and  a good facebook friend, Angela Jordan, personally handed it to the DA's office for our group, on TV.  Last year a judge said there as enough evidence to hold this trial for one count of  Felony Animal Cruelty. This crime can be punished by prison time.
Read abut this on the group wall, share it with your friends. LBD is living the life of a princess now !! She was the Mardi Growl Queen in this years parade. You can see many photo's at the group. We are asking for any donations to go directly to the UT Vet School,  marked "LBD" fund.  These Dr.s work miracles every single day for many LBD's and all the rest brought into those doors.  Let's give them the "discretionary" funds they deserve to have.   Donation instructions on the UT Vet school web site and links at our group.
Rally Details:      https://www.facebook.com/events/386294704719458/
                            
http://www.vet.utk.edu/temp/video/LittleBrownDogVideo01.html
                                      RALLY ON FEB 21  - AM (  across from the courthouse ) 
                                         https://www.facebook.com/events/386294704719458/


Join us NOW ! 
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Justice-For-LBD/173306326115008

How can we make people understand ?

What can we do to make them understand that Killing Millions of animals every years in not accomplishing anything but branding us mass murders .It does not work. This system is broken !!! Throw it away ! 
www.ShelterRevolution.Org


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

NO NEW Puppy Mill - Thanks to public outrage !!!

I suggest that every one of you write a short clear message. Stating that allowing this large scale breeding operation and the inevitable large scale torture and suffering is inhumane and not the actions of responsible, considerate lawmakers.
www.lifewithdogs.tv
The Ontario County, NY County Planning Board has approved plans for a new wholesale dog breeding facility owned by breeders previously cited for USDA violations.
 ·  · Yesterday at 5:03pm

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Super Bowl Snacks - not for your pet !

Sunday’s big game now trails only Thanksgiving in terms of US food consumption. This enormous engorgement not only threatens many weight loss resolutions, it also may add unhealthy pounds and dangers to our dogs and cats. Sharing a few nibbles of healthy snacks such as celery or carrots is fine, pizza and wings are not.
“When we look at weight gain in humans and pets, big single-day caloric consumption can have life-long consequences,” notes Dr. Ernie Ward, founder and president of APOP. “A pet can be fed a healthy, low-calorie diet and have their efforts erased with a huge feast.”
Ward points out several foods to avoid feeding your pet on Super Sunday. “Don’t feed your pet anything fried or battered, covered in creamy sauces and steer clear of salty snacks.” In fact, Ward recommends limiting any super snacks to “crunchy vegetables such as broccoli, baby carrots, celery and asparagus.” According to Ward, each chicken wing has about 55 calories. A 20-pound dog fed a single chicken wing is similar to an average adult eating almost seven wings. Feed a 40-pound dog one-half slice of pepperoni pizza and that’s the same as an adult consuming two slices of pepperoni pizza and a 12-ounce cola.
It’s not just the calories that worry Ward. “Americans will eat about 1.25 billion chicken wings during the game. That equals 1.25 billion chances for a dog or cat to ingest a bone that can cause serious complications.” APOP warns pet owners not to feed their pets chicken wings due to the risk of intestinal obstruction or worse.
“An often overlooked risk of chicken wings is salt,” states Ward. “One buffalo wing has almost about 160 to 200 mg of sodium. That’s about the amount of sodium recommended for a 20-pound dog in a day. Feeding a dog too much salt can cause high blood pressure and can contribute to kidney and heart disease.” Other foods high in salt that should not be fed to pets include pizza, hamburgers and cheeseburgers, fries, pretzels, potato chips, canned beef stew, potato salad and many sauces.
                                                      No BONES - No FAT- No SALT       
                                                         They will love you anyway !