Archive for April, 2010

Crazy Weird Dog Stories/ Puppy Mill busted Dogs sent to Chicago!

April 29, 2010

Several strange and crazy stories this week: First a man gets run over by a train while walking the dog? Yup very sad news, dog was ok but the owner was killed. It was apparently a coaster commuter train in California. Who would even think that would happen? I’m sure he wasn’t intentionally walking in the way of the train. I feel bad for his family hope they are doing alright. For those of you with dogs, be careful of where you walk the dog. Getting run over by a train is a bit out there but there are a lot of bad things that can happen while walking the dog, in a previous post someone got shot outside their own home because someone was threatened by the owners dog…craziness. Be careful and watch out for crazies.

Bad wind frees dogs! So animal control in Nevada where as it states in the article “Gusts reached 131 mph over the top of the Sierra Nevada and 97 mph in parts of southwest Reno on Tuesday.” 131 MPH!!! And the dogs were outside? I’m sorry but who’s irresponsible enough to leave their dog outside? Crazy people, the dogs could have been killed by flying debris, I mean seriously fences were broken, lawn chairs blown all over the place. Those 47 dogs are lucky to be alive! How stupid do you have to be to allow your dog to be outside in 131 MPH winds. I don’t care if the owner never lets their dog inside, with winds that high I think they could break the rules a little bit even if it’s just to save the animal.  Debris all over the place and these people just let their dogs loose, like what’d they think was going to happen? Did they not believe the weatherman, you’d think the high winds would work up to being that fast, there was warning and yet…they did nothing. Bravo…

The place where high winds don't scare the owners out of letting their dogs out...

Two pit-bulls found dead, the cause of death is believed to be severe neglect…In the article it states “”They basically starved to death,” said Suffolk County SPCA chief Roy Gross. “They suffered for quite a while.”” It’s bad enough that it’s pit-bulls a breed that is given way too much media, more often than not bad media. A breed that is hated on so much and so often gets a short blurb on how 2 were found starved in a trash bin. Oh goody glad they care enough to post more information, most articles will try to find someone who might have seen something or someone who lives/works in the area to comment. Seriously where’s the love? A blurb for 2 dogs found dead, I feel the pit-bulls are highly under appreciated. Are they intimidating, yes, are they stronger than a lot of dogs, yes. Are they uncontrollable and bad by nature, no. They are a breed that needs training and special care. Neglect and hate towards them and really any dog will make them mean. The problem is a lot of people get them for dog training and thus give them a bad rep. I personally wouldn’t own one because I don’t feel as though I could train it correctly and I wouldn’t feel comfortable, but despite that I don’t feel they deserve the bad media they get. No one ever focuses on the owner except in the Michael Vick case because he an effin celebrity. OMG a celebrity fucked up again, let’s highlight why and then skip to how that’ll screw with his career. Never mind focusing on why pit-bulls are why they are, and why they get the bad rep. This is lame, they need to get a lot more information out on this case and not a short blurb that simply states 2 pit-bulls found in trash bin apparently starved to death…effin lame.

Just a regular ol' pitbull wanting some love and care. This dog isn't a killer no way!

Chicago get’s rescued puppy mill doggies! That’s right people in Chicago get ready to start lookin for potential new family members. From Tennessee to the windy city, 100 puppies and full grown dogs are being brought in, saved from a puppy mill! If you don’t know what that is please refer to my previous post on it. In short it’s a mass breeding facility with horrid conditions for the dogs. In the article it states that “the city has more than 300 dogs in its shelters, about 65 of which have had their shots, have been spayed or neutered, and are ready to go.” Yay for saving dogs from puppy mills, that’s a win for puppy advocates everywhere. It’s always nice to hear when a puppy mill has been busted. Hope those SOB’s get what they deserve for running a puppy mill. For more information on adopting the dogs as it states in the article “Dogs, cats and other animals up for adoption by the city can be viewed at the city animal shelter, 2741 s. Western Av., Wednesday through Friday 4-7 p.m., and weekends from 12 noon until 3 p.m. and 4-7 p.m.”

How can you say no to these faces!!! Click on the picture to see more they are sooo adorable!!

The link to this photo and more can be found here! Check them out they are so adorable and all these pups and dogs are deserving of loving,caring forever homes or at the very least foster homes to show them what real love is all about.

In other brief news Firefighters rescue dog from…wait for it…an electrical recliner! That’s right folks an old dog at a retirement home got saved from a chair no less. All whilst giving the ladies the chance to check out the young firefighters. You almost have to wonder if they did it on purpose. Haha just kidding but I’m sure it was a very thrilling day for that retirement home.

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) pays to put advertisements on dying comedians urn? 200 bucks to put advertisements such as “One of the PETA ads will say: “I’ve Kicked the Bucket — Have you? Boycott KFC.” The other reads: “People who Buy Purebred Dogs Really Burn Me Up. Always Adopt.”” on Aaron Jamison’s urn. A comedian from Oregon. Although admittedly I’m a bit offended by the second ad. My parents bought purebred, I love my dogs, I see no problem with buying purebred, those dogs need homes. Are their cases as urgent as the none purebred dogs, certainly not. There are purebreds in the shelters but I see no problem with not adopting. I personally feel as though I’ll adopt from a shelter but that’s me. I think PETA is wayyy too one-minded. Paid octo-mom a couple grand to put a sign in her yard about not letting pets be like her. Ok that’s great, but people can have a choice, I agree with the spaying and neutering sign but to say always adopt, way to take the choice out all dogs need home not just shelter dogs. I will however say seeing shelter dog pics is heartbreaking and if you have the choice, consider it before you blow it off. My parents have their reasons for only getting purebreds and that’s fine by me. I’ll adopt when/if I can ever afford to have a dog. Although with this economy and how much I’ll be paying in taxes after recent laws being passed…well anyways if I can get a dog I will adopt.

Another crazy/wacky story, in Australia blind man’s dog gets booted from restaurant for being “gay.” Wow really? Even if it was a gay dog why the heck does it matter????? It’s a dog people!  Article states, “The tribunal on Friday ordered the restaurant to pay Jolly 1,500 dollars (1,400 US) and offer him a written apology for discriminating against him on the grounds of disability.” Well that’s what the restaurant gets for being just plain stupid. Apparently you can put a price on stupidity…

Pit-bull running loose on roads slows morning commute. Dog did nothing wrong but get away from its owner during a walk. Man doesn’t know if it’s his dog but he believes it is. If someone has a picture or even a video of this dog I would hope he’d be able to identify it as his for sure or not but oh well whatever. Article states, ”
The dog’s weaving in and out of traffic appeared to slow down drivers and bring others to a complete stop. At times the dog looked like it was running the Arlington Million, at others it resembled a hurried jaywalker. And whoever said dogs aren’t smart didn’t see this one. Appearing to have enough of the traffic, the pit bull exited the expressway at the 1st Avenue ramp in Maywood and headed south for the woods.” Smart dog hope he get’s home alright. Hopefully he’s found by authorities before some jackass with a vendetta against pit-bulls gets at him. The dog can be as sweet as can be but if it trusts human’s too much because of its breed and human preconception about the breed that trust could land the dog in a whole lot of trouble…eek hope he gets home safely!

Danger, Court Losses and Human-Canine Connections

April 21, 2010

Sharon L. Peters writes what I believe to be a blog called “Pet Talk” updated earlier today her latest post is about a ride she took with a rescue group in St. Louis to pick up some strays. It really brings out some of the truths of rescues, they can’t save them all. The group she rode along with is “Stray Rescue of Saint Louis.” A rescue that according to the article/blog that, “Spends about $70,000 a month on vet care, has rehabbed and found homes for all but 10 of the 20,000 dogs they’ve rescued in 12 years.” Pretty impressive. On the day Sharon rode along with the rescue they were able to save three dogs, only two were on the list of saving that day. One dog that earned the name Seward was found unexpectedly in a storm drain that the founder of the rescue parked by. Another was a puppy that was in a very small cage being ill-treated, the rescue had to pay some money to the owner to get the pup out of there. The final dog was a formerly pregnant pit bull mix that had external health issues and had been hanging out by a school. With the exception of the puppy the other two had been abandoned by their owners. Randy Grim the rescue worker that Sharon had rode around with said the pit bull mix had probably just stayed where she had been abandoned waiting for her owners to come back. The point of all this is rescues can’t save them all. It even says in the article they have to get the most urgent cases off the streets first. Can you imagine making that decision, who gets saved who has to wait a day. Hundreds of stray animals, 1 rescue, 2 small buildings, another building on the way, but ultimately no way to provide for them all. Now the rescue leaves food for some packs they know are out there but that’s food, that’s not love or shelter. Life’s rough for these dogs, even if their situation is made aware to other people there still isn’t an absolute chance they will be saved. It’s amazing she got to ride along for a day and I’m glad those three dogs got saved but could you imagine not being able to save them all. That’s got to be heartbreaking.

Supreme Court overturns it’s ruling on “Robert Stevens, a documentary filmmaker in rural Virginia who sold books, videos, and equipment related to raising pit bulls through the now-defunct Pitbulllife.com site.” When he was convicted it was for providing content to the public that dog fighters could be interested in. According to, the article Stevens said “he does not condone dog fighting in any way.” The ruling was overturned because the law is too broad, and at this point it could target hunting magazines/pictures/videos. The article states “The majority opinion did, however, leave open the possibility that a narrower law targeting only crush videos and depictions of “extreme animal cruelty” could be constitutional.” So apparently there are videos out there of people crushing animals, one example talked about was a lady crushing earthworms with her heel. If people are getting off to that kind of video I’m highly disturbed. I know people have weird fetishes but a fetish with harming animals that just seems sick and sadistic, those people should be put in a mental institute for observation or at the very least have a them marked out so they can never get a hold of a pet from a reputable seller. Clearly dirty sellers will sell to whoever but in general they wouldn’t be able to get to animals. So this man didn’t do anything wrong, he just created materials that would interest dog fighters, there should be a law however that makes it illegal to put really bad animal cruelty photos/videos up online. Anyone who videotapes/photographs dog fighting and then posts it online should be arrested.

The Link

PBS is doing a documentary narrated by Patrick Neil Harris and based on a book called “Through a Dog’s Eye.” A book written by Jennifer Arnold a lady who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. For those of you that aren’t familiar with this disease it is a degenerative disease of the Central Nervous System. There are various stages and types of MS, Arnold had a form that landed her in a wheelchair. When she couldn’t get a service dog due to being really low on the list for a dog, her dad decided to open his own school for training canine assistants. The article states however that her dad was killed by a drunk motorcyclist so she and her mother carried on the dream. “Canine Assistants breeds its own dogs, and trains rescue and shelter dogs. There are 150 dogs in training year-round.” They have given away 1,000 dogs, given away as in they pay the bills and the 22,000 to train each dog, at no cost to the person waiting in line for a pet to help them. That’s insane but absolutely amazing.  This documentary highlights the bond between animals and humans. Should be extraordinary considering the fact that studies have been done that show there is a very positive connection between pet owners and their pets. To show it from the point of view of someone with disability will show more than ever why pets should be bred, and how there are ways other than the usual way to save animals from shelters. All these free dogs come from shelters and rescues, that’s 1000 dogs saved for the use of good by this organization. Props to them that’s amazing, and it’s an outstanding cause.

Well that’s it for this week, I found this interesting video linked to the comments section of this last article pretty interesting. Cool Video.

Heroes, Haters, and Unfortunate Circumstances

April 12, 2010

Three Air Force Service dogs to retire. Jampy (German Shepherd served 10 years) , Roc (Malinois served 9 years), and Kisma (malinois served 11 years). The article states that “the dogs have deployed on a variety of missions with the Air Force, Army and Marines.” The article also states that the dogs were able to help greatly “by training in narcotics and patrol or explosives and patrol, according to Staff Sgt. John Pillarella, 56th SFS kennel master.” Their retirement ceremony was April 6th at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona.  As a happy ending to a long career, “All three of their handlers jumped at the chance to adopt Jampy, Roc and Kisma.”

In sadder news a 21 year old walking their pit bull got shot in November in front of their own home. Apparently the shooter felt “threatened” by this mans pit bull, even though the owner yelled out that his dog didn’t bite. I’m sure the dog wasn’t close to the shooter but apparently close enough the man felt threatened. One suspect according to, the article “was charged with first-degree murder and has a bail hearing scheduled for today (April 12, 2010).” When police arrived on the scene they found  Princess (the dog in question) circling her owners body. Has it gotten so bad in society that a dog merely at a difference can bring fear into peoples hearts? The BSL I mentioned in my last post isn’t helping it’s creating fear. Fear that a dog of a specific breed will up and attack no matter who owns it or where it comes from. Our politicians should change this, they should want to stop the fear and fix the situation, educating people is the only way to save them from “vicious” dogs. To understand when a dog is dangerous is much better than to think a type of breed is dangerous all the time. What kind of society are we that we allow fear to grow and fear to kill?

Daines Pit Bull

Father riding an ATV with daughter on the back, brakes for two loose dogs, kills one dog and daughter. The accident happened at 9:30 PM on April 11th. According to, the article “The ATV struck and killed one of the dogs and overturned. Hummel was partially ejected, while Mercedeze was thrown clear of the ATV.” The one time you hear about a child actually wearing their helmet and they die. Very unfortunate news. The whole accident is very tragic and sad, you try to do something good, avoid hitting an animal and then you lose your daughter and kill one of the dogs in the process. Props for trying, Drops to the unfortunate events that happened following it. What gets me though about this article are the postings from other people on it, “It may have been an accident that he hit a dog at night with an ATV on a county road but it was no accident that this moron had a 7 year old as a passenger.And no, I don’t have any sympathy for them. You just can’t fix stupid.” And “Very sad, I just hope the adult driver AND the owner(s) of the dogs are prosecuted.” Not to mention “The little girl would have been in her bed asleep and alive if the “parent(s)” had any sense of responsibility. Ever heard of a BEDTIME for a little child, especially on a school night? Not to mention all the other issues that resulted in the death of this little girl.”How rude, and ignorant do you have to be??? Now granted there are a lot of people defending the parents but these harsh statements stick out more than others, bad parenting? Can’t fix stupid? One person posted that she knew the family and the girl was simply visiting her dad for the weekend. If that’s true then heck ya he’s going to live up the weekend with his daughter, parents take their kids out on ATV’s all the time. I mean my uncle mentioned in a previous blog, borrows his friends ATV and lets his kids drive it around on the property. They have to wear helmets and stay within site but accidents happen. This was unfortunate but to be so rude and ignorant to a family that just lost their daughter. What inconsiderate assholes. Stuff like that makes me soooo mad, same thing happened after the farmville murders. People are so so judgemental and it really isn’t fair or right to be so mean to people that just lost an important part of their world.

ATV

Finally man shot roommates dog in the face with a BB gun. Three guesses as to what kind of dog this was, that’s right a pit bull. A pit bull I might add that simply chewed up this mans shoes. Now in the article it says, “Bennett told police he had been shooting at birds and had shot the dog accidentally, according to police.” Later on they found that it was intentional based on the point of entry. Seriously how stupid and mean do you have to be. Thank god the dog survived, but it’s not a vicious dog, just a hungry shoe loving dog. So get your roommate to buy you a new pair of shoes like the ones his dog chewed up. No need to shoot the dog in the face, had it gone in at a different angle he could easily have killed that dog…People really need to think before they shoot. The shot made a scratch an inch away from the dogs eyes…he could have easily blinded the dog if he had been one inch over. Stupid Stupid people. How materialistic do you have to be to shoot a dog with a BB gun over shoes??? Shoes can be replaced, dog’s vision or brains can’t be. Idiotic people, at least this pit bull accident wasn’t over it being vicious or a threat, no instead it’s over some stupid pair of shoes. Blechhh stupid roommates. People need to screen their roommates if they are going to bring a dog into the house, make sure the roomy won’t shoot it over a silly little mess…

Dogs…The Difference Between Caring Too Much and Not Caring Enough

April 6, 2010

In West Union, OH a puppy hoarder was outed. According to the article Joyce Nixon said she had planned, “to develop a safe shelter for homeless dogs, but her program had not received a nonprofit status and she was unable to get funding for the project.” She fell ill and lost her job….that’s when things got out of hand. 64+ dogs found at this ladies home, not to mention the puppies in a feces covered dog house. Now she says her intention was to open a non-profit dog rescue…so assuming she’s telling the truth, we can safely say she cares. However she fell ill and lost her job, so there were some serious setbacks and things got out of hand. If you care so much, I mean enough to open a non-profit shelter….why not call in for help. There are plenty of rescues and other shelters around. I get what she was trying to do, but her actions don’t add up to her words. It’s horrifying and disgusting. According to the article, there were deceased dogs in boxes. Why would anyone do that? It’s horrifying, she cared enough to care too much and therefore didn’t care enough. If that made any sense at all, but if you care about an animal whether you think you’re saving it or not, you have to be able to step back from the situation no matter if you’re out a job or ill or whatever, and assess the situation. It could be that you aren’t really helping at all and need to in turn get help yourself. Be wise, know when you’re in over your head. Puppy  hoarding is a big fat no-no. It’s not acceptable to hoard inanimate objects, it sure as heck isn’t acceptable to hoard living creatures.

If you can believe it though, Joyce Nixon is not the worst in the news this week, one lady had 42 dead dogs in her freezer, some were wrapped in plastic in the freezer with foods such as veggies and meats. However 29 dogs were found alive, since then 3 dogs have died, according to one article the veterinarian thinks they got into rat poison in one of the outhouses. The same article states that 20 of the 26 living dogs are up for adoption. Lets hope they find a better home this time around.  The freezers in case you don’t read the articles were the big chest and up right freezers. Ugh it’s horrific! And you know what her reason was? Well according to the article she said “The Devil was at work.” Are you kidding me?!? She has to have mental issues, there’s no other way. People so, so need to be screened before being allowed to own pets. She was breeding them! According to another article she was waiting for a relative to help her bury the dogs but they hadn’t been by in two weeks. According to that same article the Sheriff’s department investigator Eric King told her “It’s hard to believe that 42 dogs died in a two-week period.” My thoughts are…even if they had, something went seriously wrong and she should be in even more trouble if they did all die in two-weeks. Enough ranting on this I will however add that it does say in the article she will be “held in jail Saturday  in lieu of $32,250 bail. She had dogs wrapped in plastic in her freezer…and many other emaciated and she gets off with bail?? Lame…below is her house…so unsuspecting isn’t it?

In Denver, a non-profit, no-kill shelter is closing down. Mariah’s Promise, is being foreclosed after the owners custom business was shut down due to the economy, the owner Toni Phillips is hoping to find a new building/home to open up a shelter for the dogs she has. The shelter has been open since 2003, and has saved 500+ dogs since 2005 when the state started banning pit bull terriers. Phillips said in the article that “”My only plan, the only thing I know for certain right now is I won’t abandon these dogs. I just won’t.”

Read more: http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_14820488#ixzz0kL7IOOBf

Now if any of that bothered you, get ready for this, BSL, or Breed Specific Legislation, where a law is not made based on case by case dog problems but rather bans a whole breed, simply because they are what they are. Pit Bulls get a lot of bad rep with these. I mean come on hasn’t anyone watched Homeward Bound. Chance is banned in several states, he would have been taken away from those owners were something like that to take place today.

In one article I found “According to the Humane Society of the United States, a dog’s tendency to bite depends on several factors, including socialization, genetic makeup, quality of care (such as whether it is chained outside for long periods of time), whether the dog has been spayed or neutered, and behavior of the victim.”

Not to say that it can’t be in the dog, clearly dogs not neutered can get to be really rough, just another reason to spay and neuter pets. My uncles dog bit, he was a cocker spaniel, maybe that breed should be on the list of banned dogs. But he did that because he wasn’t neutered. My uncle would always have at least 2 spaniels to breed them every now and then. The dog got very protective and mean. So neuter your pets or recognize the problem and put them down, my uncle did. He had Nick put down because he had bitten a few people and it wasn’t a problem that could or would go away. Not to say Nick was a bad dog, he just got more protective and “macho” as he got older, this comes from I guess testosterone or whatever male dogs have that makes them more aggressive, so to speak. Either way he got meaner as he got older and by that time spaying/neutering wouldn’t make a difference, my uncle recognized that and had him put down. Not an easy decision I assure you but it’s one that unfortunately could not be avoided.

There are 75 banned breeds, 75! What’s stopping that number from going up, all’s it takes is a few bad owners with the same breed to get people complaining and lobbying to have the dog put on the list. This won’t stop, until people stop blaming the breed. It’s unfortunate that people get attacked and I feel bad for the victims but when an entire breed is banned in states because of a few attacks, it doesn’t seem right. Ban the person, not the breed.

For a complete list of banned breeds in the US check this out, You’ll be surprised I guarantee it: http://www.dogpolitics.com/my_weblog/2007/05/list_of_banned_.html

or you can see it on this site

http://www.povn.com/urdog/banned%20breeds.html

Here’s a nifty youtube video on the issue I found it to be quite compelling:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcbnTUzLYiw&feature=player_embedded#