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Happy Dog Box Review

March 6, 2014

I recently came across a Happy Dog Box deal thanks to Woof Woof Mama, this deal was 50% off the first box. The way Happy Dog Box does there subscriptions is a little different than most boxes. Instead of you buying your subscription and waiting for the next shipment they immediately send you a box and then every month after for the remainder of your subscription the box is sent out towards the end of the month. 

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Looking on the Happy Dog Box they have had some really good boxes. The box I received has quality items in it as they advertise but I admit I was a little disappointed in it. As I have said before a subscription should not be based on one month which is why i still feel Happy Dog Box is worth a try especially after looking at previous months boxes. However I feel they rely heavily on treats. I do not mind treats in boxes but as it is Theodore has 7 open and 7 unopened bags of treats. 

In my box I received all treats and one toy. There were 2 barkworthies individually wrapped lamb rib chews (couldn’t find price), and a bag of pork jerky ($5.25). Barkworthies treats are all-natural treats that are free range and 100% digestible. Great for dogs as a snack and is a product of Australia. Theodore has had Barkworthies before and absolutely loves these chews! Theodore ate his chew too quickly, had a minor scare – silly pup, he started whining, clenched his mouth and stood stock still. He is OK but will definitely be giving him the chews in small bits so he doesn’t do it again!

Next up we received a PetSafe Lickety Stik ($5.99). I had bought Theodore one of these back when we were in an obedience class at Petsmart. It is a convenient treat, no crumbs in the bottom of my purse when carrying this around, problem is like most treats Theodore loses interest. He is much better distracted and interested in squeaky toys. If your dog is big on treats and you would like a no mess treat to carry around, this would be a great item to buy.

We also received Wildcatch Salmon Sticks ($6.99) which look like they will be easy to cut up and put in his treat balls. These are 100% human grade premium ingredients made in the USA, all natural treats with 30% protein from naturally dried/smoked salmon bits. Have not opened them yet but I’m sure Theodore will like the treats.

The last treats we received are Barley Labs ($6.49). The treats I had in the box were a small bag that split open in the box. Not very good packaging but I believe it was a small test bag instead of an actual bag you’d purchase online or in stores. Theodore loves the peanut butter treats. These treats come from a small business in North Carolina, they are made from recycled barley from beer-brewing process, peanut butter, eggs, flour and no preservatives, corn, or soy. 

The last item in the box was a Jolly Pets monster ball ($7.87) – I am interested in trying this out in the next few days. Leave treats in it when I go to work. Think Theodore will be pleased with it. He has already shown interest in the ball, now we just need treats in it! 

Overall this was a treat heavy box – not my cup of tea but I know from looking at previous months boxes that they have some really good themed boxes. I wish I had bought their tailgating box back when football season started! With contents adding up to $32.59 plus the two chews of unknown price the box is definitely worth the money. I paid $12.50 for one box at 50% off, definitely got my moneys worth. The boxes cost $25 for one month, $25 per month for 3 month subscription (paid up front), and $21 per month for 6 month subscription (paid up front). 

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Puppy Gift Package for the Holidays

December 14, 2011

Pets-any domesticated or tamed animal that is kept as a companion and cared for affectionately (dictionary.com)

Kept as a companion, my my that is a very big responsibility. I have two family dogs of my own, Scout (13) and Leo (9) and I love them dearly. And albeit I love all animals, all dogs. So if someone were to get me a dog chances are I would love them. Sadly, that isn’t the case for all.

Buying a pet for someone isn’t ideal. I understand not everyone sees animals the way I do, living breathing, soul bearing creatures. (Others might argue they have no soul) but I simply can’t imagine that looking into their eyes.

Back to the point, they are living, breathing creatures and that’s a fact. So why subject them to a home that may not want them, which ultimately ends up with them being left on the street or put in a kill shelter. That cute little adorable puppy or kitten looking up at you with curious loving eyes, putting all their faith and ultimately their life in your hands doesn’t know what is coming at it.

Sure it could end up in a loving home that will keep it until death do us part but the sad fact of the matter is, it doesn’t end up that way in a lot of cases.

The weeks following the holidays is a busy time of year for the shelters and rescues. Those who wanted to see a child’s face light up with love for a new pet or a significant other giving their loved one a special present are giving more than just a present. They are giving a creature that needs love, care, and time.

Do some digging before buying a pet for a gift if that’s your ultimate goal, make sure that a) the  person wants a pet, b) can afford a pet, c) can have a pet in current living situation and will be able to maintain living condition for years to come and d) is 100% ready for the responsibility.

For example I tell my boyfriend on a daily basis I want a dog, but add I can’t afford one. I under no circumstances would want a dog now mainly because I would go broke and hungry before even considering giving up a pet. Know your limitations and the limitations of the person the pet is for.

A pet costs a lot in time and money. It’s a lifetime commitment. If you can’t make that decision for yourself why would you for someone else especially a child who will also wind up heartbroken if the pet doesn’t stick around. Granted the child won’t be killed in a shelter once the pet is gone but they will miss the pet they almost had.

The San Francisco Bay Westie Club did a write up entitled “No Holiday Puppies!”

In it they suggest a Puppy Gift Package complete with a stuffed animal dog, a red bow, a crate and a gift certificate for your choice of dog. Granted this could be for any pet be it bird, bunny, or cat. Just change up the toy, cage and accessories.

Read more at http://www.sfbaywestieclub.com/holidaypup.htm

Or this website gives a complete list of reasons why not to buy a pet for someone: http://www.paw-rescue.org/PAW/PETTIPS/DogTip_giftpet.php

Ways to Find a Loving New Pet

July 11, 2010

Recently I was approached by my boyfriends sister-in-law with the question, how do we find a dog to buy like where do we look. Apparently her husband agreed to get a small dog for their daughter for christmas if  she could find one for a suitable price. I’ve done some online searches but on my most recent visit to Facebook I found this link posted by a friend, a friend that helps out animals whenever she can. Cross-posting messages and stories of animals in dire need of adoption and help.

Read the story? I did, and it’s the most depressing thing ever. As a pet owner it’s hard to even think of one day giving up your pet, in today’s society with the economy as it is, it’s becoming more common place. So when an owner in need of a new home for it’s pet finds one I can only imagine the comfort they feel knowing that although their most beloved family member won’t be with them anymore at least they will be in a good home. Not even a year later this man received the call saying his dog had been put in the pound, a dog that he believed was in safe caring hands and now is in yet another desperate attempt to find his pet a home.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) estimates that approximately 6-8 million dogs and cats are put into the shelter each year, with half being euthanized and half being adopted. Not bad odds but these are just estimates that were posted November 23, 2009. I estimate that at the end of this year that number will have gone up substantially. In previous posts I talked about how there are many shelters having to turn away animals due to lack of space and funds.

This is a problem across the nation, and these animals need help!

Sad thing is litters are still being produced by both safe breeders and puppy mill owners, why? Because they want money, they expect people to want a purebred over a mangy ol’ shelter dog.

Here’s the thing though, purebreds can be found in shelters, but it’s the stereotype that goes with shelter dogs, we as a nation need to change that stereotype and think differently about our lost, our abandoned, and our unwanted pets in the US. Because they are just as loving and sweet as any other.

Dogs get scared, they get confused, and they get hurt by the ones they thought they could rely on. Then they die alone, thinking they are unloved and unwanted. When there are people out there, myself included that were I in a situation to adopt them and care for them I would, I love every dog I meet and I want them all, and it’s a heartbreak to know that these dogs…and cats…are dying without love when the people are out there. I know there isn’t much we can do but if you know someone looking for a pet refer them to the shelter or the classifieds or as this man did craigslist.

The Washington post has classifieds online for: dogs, cats, and adoption.

There are ways to help without getting a pet you aren’t ready for either:

Get the word out to friends and family, have them spread the word on a dog in need maybe you can’t help but someone you know or a friends friend can help.

$1 can make a difference, does it seem like much, no, but any amount of money is more than they had before.

Join facebook groups, my Undergrad Thesis was based on a facebook application called SaveADog, join that and post dogs on your wall, keep them known.

Raise money, collect donations like blankets, towels, paper towels, old leashes/collars/toys for animals at the shelter. Getting rid of an old blanket or towel…donate it to the shelter. Anything helps.

Looking for a pet, check the classifieds, craigslist, and your local shelter, most shelters now have working sites online that allow you to view the animals in need of help, its the best way for the shelters to get their information out and to save their animals.

Just food for thought, anyways hope I didn’t depress anyone too much, and I realize there’s no ‘news’ aspect to it but I hope you learned something all the same.

Reunions, Shootings, and Research

June 3, 2010

Sorry it’s been a few weeks, was on an Alaskan Cruise, but now I’m back and I’m going to try to include more happy stories about dogs than sad ones but news dictates what I put in here, but I shall try my best not to be too depressing in my posts!

Turns out putting a chip in your dog can be good news. A pug that had been dog-napped from it’s yard was reunited with it’s owner on tuesday. According to the article, “Someone brought Roxy to Miami-Dade Animal Services after the pug was found dumped in Hialeah.” If it hadn’t been for the micro-chip in the dog they would never have been able to get a hold of the owner. The owners name is Zadesky Vega and in the article it said he had given up hope of seeing his dog again after 6 months had passed.  Lucky man getting his dog back when so many are not retrieved.

Roxy found at last

In sad news and I promise the only negative story this week police shot a dog that threatened a 12 year old boy. At least this time the dog was doing something legitimate. There are too many stories where police shoot a dog out of prejudice or for lame ass reasons that it’s just so uncommon to read a story where the dog was actually doing something that may have warranted shooting the dog. However I still don’t feel that shooting a dog should be the first line of defense, I feel they should have subdued the dog in some other way before pulling out their guns as soon as they saw the situation and shooting it. Dogs can be controlled so this is an unfortunate circumstance, but not as bad as other incidences I’ve written about where police or neighbors shoot a dog. It’s just sad that society has deemed it ok that the first line of defense in controlling a “raging” dog is shooting it…

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Pennsylvania to open new dog park on my birthday! June 12th and June 13th are the opening days to a new dog park in Morrisville. In the article it states, ““It will be open from dawn until dusk every day,” Stieve said. “This exciting initiative began two years ago by a committed group of volunteers who formed ‘Friends of Morrisville Dog Park.’” Exciting times, there really aren’t enough dog parks, I don’t even know of one in my area, not that I’d trust my dogs to not run away, but great news for those people in Morrisville. Their hard work finally paid off.  For those of you who don’t know what a dog park is, Wikipedia’s definition is “A dog park is a facility set aside for the dogs to exercise and play off-leash in a controlled environment under the supervision of their owners.” Sounds fun right, I’m sure the dogs love, it great way to meet new friends! Or play with old ones in a safe environment. For those wanting to find a dog park in their area or find out how to start one I found this link to be helpful.

Not to say dog parks don’t have their drawbacks, common sense says that there will be dogs not fully vaccinated so the chance of your dog getting sick is slightly higher than if it never goes to a dog park. People are careless and think their dogs are the sweetest babies in the world, whether they are or not. So your dog could be attacked. Regardless dogs need to be able to play with other dogs and it’s a good way but be careful and watch out for signs of diseased dogs or harmful dogs so that you can take yours away before anything bad happens. Anyone can get into a dog park, so rat poison could easily be placed in their without anyone knowing. Take your dog to a dog park if you can, it’ll be a fun experience but be aware, some people are stupid and some people live to harm animals. Shocking I know. But as long as you are aware then nothing bad should happen, not that it can’t but it’s less likely to happen if you’re paying attention.

Dog Park Link 1

Dog Park Link 2

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Finally study shows “French researchers have tapped man’s best friend to detect those at risk of developing prostate cancer, and it turns out that dogs might do a better job than a much-maligned blood test devised by modern medicine.” Another reason to love dogs. Researchers don’t know what the dogs are sniffing, just that they can correctly identify those that have prostate cancer. Once they figure out what is being sniffed they can use that to find it in urine and make it easier and quicker to identify people who have cancer. It’s amazing what modern science can do. See there is a reason God gave us dogs, so we could be saved from cancer and know true love at it’s best. Happy thoughts, dogs finding illnesses that could kill us. Dog’s officially save people every day…yet people kill dogs more often. Sad isn’t it, with all the good they do, we can’t stop doing harm to them? Seems a tad unfair….

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Loss, Killing, and More Anger…

May 13, 2010

So ya sorry about not writing last week, it was senior week I was gearing up for graduation, and next week I’ll be getting ready for a cruise so I shall try my best to update but we shall see how that goes, otherwise it’ll be 3 weeks until I update…egads that’s a long time, I’ll definitely work on updating next week!

So lot’s of news this week to start off with…Delta airlines loses pup. That’s right a “Canadian couple who rescued a homeless dog from a beach in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, only to have him lost by Delta Airlines, has come to the Care2 website for help in finding their pet – Paco.” And to top it all off according to the article Delta is offering the couple a care package worth around 700 dollars in flight vouchers and the money that was originally paid to fly Paco to Detroit. All that to make up for the lost dog….right ok, haha this really ticks me off it’s a living breathing being! And they are going to stop looking for it? The fact that this couple had to start an online petition to get an airline to keep looking for their dog is outrageous. There’s a million and one bad things that could have happened to the dog and the company doesn’t care?!?!? “After many confusing hours Allen was finally told that Paco had escaped from his carrier on the tarmac and had run away.  Delta offered Allen a cash settlement for the fees he had paid to fly Paco to the U.S. and a credit toward a future flight.  ” OMG I don’t even know this dog but I’m worried about him, where could he be and what kind of idiot workers do they have that the dog got loose? They had to have opened the carrier at some point, otherwise I doubt the carrier was loose enough to pop open so the dog could run out onto the tarmac?!?!?! Are you freaking kidding me, that’s someones dog, that’s a part of the family and they don’t even care! Agh!

God this pisses me off I hope to Goodness gracious that pup is ok, or Delta is in big effin trouble!

To sign the petition go to this website: Find Paco

Paco the cute lil doggy that's lost all thanks to Delta

found this picture here.

Another man and his dog were killed by one or both passing Amtrak trains…remember my last post where a man was killed by a train…this is just awful, this time both died. What are the chances, they need to really make those tracks unavailable to people, according to the article this is the 3rd death in 3 months. They need to get that fixed, of course I suppose people could be smart enough to stay off the tracks….but hey I could see how it’d be a nice walk I love train tracks same as the next person but then I tend to stick to abandoned tracks…just me though. This is terrible but thought I’d throw it in there since I had a similar story last time. Very unfortunate, so if you own a dog and live by train tracks, maybe stay away from them, as cool as they are, trains are very deadly and they can sometimes come out of nowhere.

Fox Terrier urinates on Retired Marines lawn in Chicago, Marine pulled out pistol got in argument with the dogs owner and shoots him in the abdomen. The bond is set for 3 million bucks for killing a man that was simply walking his dog.  According to the article “23-year-old Joshua Funches was walking his fox terrier in the Chicago suburb of University Park on Sunday when the dog urinated on 69-year-old Charles J. Clements’ front lawn.” In the article they quote neighbors as saying that Clements is very protective of his lawn. I get that some people don’t appreciate dogs going in their yard, I got a neighbor who doesn’t want my dogs going on her grass so now I avoid her lawn but it’s insane! Where else are the dogs going to go? Either way this man is nuts, if this was their first altercation he could have just said hey don’t let your dog urinate in my yard! And been all tough about it there was no need to pull out a gun. Definitely no need for the victim to taunt the man and say “”Next time you pull out a pistol, why don’t you use it?”” Alas very sad, more misplaced anger when it comes to dogs. Be courteous to your neighbors, and if they don’t want your dog on their yard, accept that and move on, no need to get in an argument over it. The killer definitely took things way too far! Very stupid, one dog peeing on the yard won’t do anything bad to the grass, and I’m sure there are plenty of dogs that go on the yard that he doesn’t see. Stupid people shouldn’t be allowed to own guns. Retired military or not! No offense to my military friends of course so please forgive me for that, the fact isn’t that he is a retired Marine but that he used his gun on an innocent man simply because the mans dog urinated on his grass.

Clement the retired U.S Marine

You can find the picture here.

Man with known mental illness attacked pit bull after going into his neighbors gated backyard where the dog was outside. The yard this man entered was only 7 houses down from his own place. The man claimed the 2 year old dog was trying to bite his daughter so he took a machete to the pit bull splitting open it’s nasal passages and breaking the cheekbone. At least that’s what the article states. I’m sure they will look more into whether or not the dog was in fact going to attack the daughter but a machete really? Is that necessary? “Caroline Griffin, chairwoman of Baltimore’s Anti-Animal Abuse Task Force, said the pit bull named Okashia sustained extensive injuries. The female dog, not quite 50 pounds, was otherwise well taken care of.” The man went into the dogs yard, clearly it was not attacking his daughter. The owner only came out after hearing their dog yelp, only to find the bloody mess and their neighbor with a machete. The man has a history of mental illness, and definitely has issues if he’s just going to attack at random. Why that dog? Because it was a pitbull, to hell with that, it’s a young pup that was minding its own business in its own yard and this man goes ape shit? This man is seriously screwed up and should be locked away or moved someone where dogs don’t exist especially if he’s going to attack at random like that. He broke into his neighbors back yard and attacked their dog, that’s a few different charges, I say lock him up for 15-20 years if not more. At the very least put him in a psych ward for a while. If he’s this messed up, sad to say but maybe he shouldn’t have rights to raise his daughter living with him might be more dangerous for her than not, what’s going to stop him from attacking his own daughter? Seriously this should never have happened, if he has a record of mental illnesses why is he allowed out in the public like that. He’s obviously a threat to society at the very least neighboring dogs in which case the neighbors have a right to know so they can protect their dogs accordingly.

To donate to the pit bull in order to help it get the medical care needed follow this link. All the dog’s bills are being paid for through this group according to this article I found on the same dog.

Got the picture from this site. Poor Okashia, if you have money please donate, this should never have been allowed to happen and it’s a very unfortunate incident.

Last article, Off duty cop gets attacked by pit bull, cops dog has to be euthanized due to extent of injuries. Ok yes I know another pit bull story, I hate on the media for putting them in a bad light but the previous story was probably a pit bull that was minding it’s own business as it wandered into a neighbors yard. Here’s the thing though when the owner of the pitbull finally came to get the dog after a 2-3 minute attack according to the article. The owner was punching the dog to make him let go of the 17 month “11-pound Yorkshire terrier-poodle mix…” Little Stewie was his name, and the pit bull came out of nowhere. “According to Howard County police, It was the 38th incident this year in which Animal Control had to be called because of a bite, with 90 percent of them involving dogs. It is believed to be the first in the county this year involving a pit bull, a police spokeswoman said.” Horrible business this is owning dogs and not taking proper care, “the owner came in to Animal Control on Wednesday to surrender the animal. The pit bull will be euthanized once rabies tests are completed.” Dog bites are common in the area, if this is the first pit bull attack it can’t be all bad. But you gotta wonder where did this dog come from and was it abused before. If it wasn’t responding to punches maybe it’s become accustomed to it, or maybe the dog has a mean streak in it. Pit bulls are in my opinion finicky dogs to own. With how much bad rep they get, I blame the owners which in most cases it is their fault but you can’t ignore the fact that different breeds have different needs. Pit bulls are a special type of dog in my opinion and people really ought to read up on them before they decide to take one in. Plenty of people have pit bulls that there dog does nothing bad so they aren’t wholly bad but they aren’t wholly good and that can be said of any breed. It always goes back to know your breed and know your limitations. Take everything into account before you plan on buying a dog especially one that can be finicky.

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#

Dog saved, Dog’s unwanted, Dog Killed, and Dog’s found

March 30, 2010

A dog spent 16 days out at sea alone after owner supposedly fell overboard. The private yacht had been traveling from Tauranga, New Zealand to Gisborn, his ship never showed up. The search and rescue ended after only 3 days. According to the article “March 28, the drifting ghost yacht was spotted near the Chatham Islands, 110 km from land, by a New Zealand Air Force Orion plane.” A ship in the area was sent to check it out, seas were too rough, and they had to wait a day to board. Upon boarding they found Juanita the sailors dog, very shaken up I might add. None the less the dog is OK and saved. Although without an owner which is quite unfortunate. Happy end for the dog though, I’m glad they found the ship. Read more by following the link, and if you click on the picture it will take you to the article as well.

In Japan dogs are more likely to be put down than saved in shelters, not far off from China but much more humane about it. According to the article, dogs are held for up to 7 days in a shelter. Problem being, that people are encouraged to buy from pet shops rather than adopt. Again it’s a status thing, purebreds are soo much more fancier and better. Although if you think about it, dogs are being abandoned by the same people that gave into the whole ‘purebred’ status thing. So technically most of them should still hold their status image except for the fact you’re saying it came from a shelter hmm…that’s a tough one to crack. Not to mention as the article states people treat buying dogs lightly, “As there are people who treat dogs as part of their family, there are also those who buy them for simple reasons like celebrating a daughters birthday.” Statistics in the article say that in one shelter 88 percent of dogs were put down in 2008. As opposed to the 6-9 percent put down in Britain. A country I might add that pushes for adopting from shelters rather than pet shops. To each their own, but at least they are working on the problem. Very sad though, however I will give props, they are much more humane than China and that is something to be said.Follow the link at the beginning of the paragraph or click the picture to get to the original story.

A man was sentenced for roasting an ex-girlfriends dog to death. This article gives more detail as to what happened. This article tells what the jury found. So I don’t think I have to say I’m mortified and very upset and mad about what happened but what they hay I’ll state the obvious I’m pissed, WTH?!? Not to mention if you read the sentencing on this, it is beyond horrific. “Kleiman got one year for killing the five month old Pekinese and five years for burglary.” 1 year for roasting a puppy alive?!?!? Like really, really really?????? So burglary is worse, not the whole he broke in to her apartment and used her oven to kill the puppy? Right that makes sense. The dog roasted alive in an oven for God knows how long and out of this mans 6 year sentence only 1 year is for killing the dog? I’m pleased he got 6 years compared to the short amount of time other puppy killers get, it’s better than nothing or better than him just getting the 1 year sentence. When you break it down to what the years were given for, 1 flipping year are you kidding me? THE DOG WAS STUFFED INTO AN OVEN!!! Can I say that loud enough because I don’t think caps is doing it justice. I hope you’re feeling some of what I’m feeling because that’s ridonkulous. He broke into her home, took the dog, stuffed it in an oven, turned it on, and left. The dog can’t open the door, his paws were probably starting to burn by the time this man left, I don’t even want to imagine any whines or barking that escaped the dog before his voice was stifled by smoke and slowly layed down on the burning grill of the inside oven to give up on life, but his brains probably fried before any of that happened so maybe he didn’t feel the pain, but he died. This poor innocent puppy died because of a pissed off ex-boyfriend. I couldn’t imagine how that puppy felt but I can imagine about  100 different ways it could have burned in that oven and it’s depressing as hell and the boyfriend got 1 year? Bullshit Shenanigans. That man deserves so much more time in jail than he got. Like when does burglary become more of a crime than leaving a dog to roast and melt alive??? Great country we live in here, amazing, awesome, superb. Love our legal system. Bah Humbug!

In other news AT&T is having a dog collar designed that will allow owners to track their dogs. The wireless provider is trying to research new ways to bring in revenue. “One of those being a wireless dog collar that could text or email an owner based on a dog’s position.” GPS for dogs, should be available later this year according to the article. Hopefully this will cut down on lost pets, assuming the dogs don’t lose the collar or have it taken from them…but it’s a good idea over all. For those pet owners not especially supportive of having a chip put into a dog. So there you go, alternatives to having a computer chip placed into your dog for locating purposes. Next step chips in kids, we’ll never lose them again! The picture links to a site that sells dog collars, personally if I got a GPS tracker in a dog collar I’d want a spikey one, maybe that’s how they’ll hide the wires etc. More over if a wire gets loose could that shock the dog? I wonder how that’s going to work, dogs loving water and all, and wires in their collar….this could get interesting.