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.

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Dogs Dogs and More Dogs

March 24, 2010

So this week I decided to try something new, instead of reporting on one subject, I decided to include a brief-ish paragraph on a few different articles in the news. Some good and Some bad.

So did you know in China, all’s you have to do to look rich is own a Tibetan mastiff? Crazy right using dogs for fashion and to show off wealth? According to the article in America these dogs only cost seven hundred dollars, but in China they can sell for thousands upon thousands. It’s kind of disgusting how they use dogs as status cues. I get that celebrities here use dogs to show off like Paris Hilton’s chihuahua but seriously in China? That’s a laugh and a half considering how they treat dogs on the streets. Dogs and cats are food items….”Dogs bark and whine behind high chain-link fences, some of them gnawing the wire so hard they bleed at the mouths while cats packed into crowded cages cower in fear if anyone approaches.” On the plus side according to several news articles including the one linked it talks about how legislation might pass that will ban eating cats and dogs so kudos for finally figuring that one out. They are also the country that decided to kill 36,000 stray dogs to get rid of rabies because I’m sure every dog had rabies right? China is most well known for it’s political party affiliations, but what really needs to be looked at is how they treat their animals, good job killing thousands of innocent animals but paying thousands to get a type of breed just to “look” rich. Man I tell you what I’m loving China more and more every day bahahaha.

This picture was found at this site.

The Iditarod ended with no dog deaths this year, an 1100 mile race that has been around since 1973. Fun fact did you know that the Iditarod trail was what was used by gold rushers? Once they were dropped off in port they had to use dogs to get to their final destination. Oof but could you imagine 1100 miles to run in the freezing cold? According to the first article, 6 dogs died in 2009 alone during this race. Out of the 55 racers that finished this year no dog died, I’m amazed and quite pleased. That’s quite a feat for dogs, 2 weeks, 1100 miles. “Mushers attributed their teams overall health to the relatively good trail conditions, low temperatures and the lack of a major storm.” Kind of makes me want to watch Iron Will again! Happy thoughts though, maybe one day I’ll get to watch this historical race in action, and hope that this no dog dying thing becomes a trend instead of a one year fluke. Also check out the Iditarod official webpage, I hope I get to write from these press releases one day that’d be awesome!

This picture was taken from this site.

Maximum seven years in prison for a couple who let 5 “vicious” dogs run loose and attack 4 children who were with their mother walking. According to the article one dog was shot when trying to attack a police officer, which I understand that’s a thing with them. Can’t find the article now but a few months back there was an article about how police men shot a chihuahua puppy who was patiently waiting on it’s owners doorsteps to arrive home when it bit a policeman trying to pick it up. Owners returned to a bloody door, and a “he bit me” from the police. It was a puppy chihuahua so I’ve no doubt in my mind they’d kill a “vicious” dog. I put quotes because I don’t believe any dog is inherently vicious, I believe they have to be trained or raised to be vicious. The rest of the dogs were rounded up and caged until they could match the dogs to the bites. The ultimate plan for the dogs rounded up is to euthanize them. Considering the extent of the attack I suppose I’ll let that slip but when the dogs are killed and the owners who made them that way only get a max of 7 years prison which oh by the way hasn’t been decided if that’s what they are getting, that seems pretty messed up to me. They could easily get more dogs when they are free and do the same thing again, the owners are at fault not the dogs, lock them up for life, should be attempted murder via dog. Yeesh!

I sincerely hope you learned something from my blog today, I know the format is different and there are more topics covered, but the links provided give a lot of information I feel. I also think I covered each topic well enough. Let me know your thoughts on the new format and whether or not you feel you learned anything from it and what I can do to change it, or go back to the old format. Thank you for your feedback.

Euthanasia Stats Abused

March 16, 2010

First off let me give a definition of euthanasia for those of you who don’t know or don’t fully understand. Euthanasia is the act of putting to death painlessly or allowing to die, as by withholding extreme medical measures, a person or animal suffering from an incurable, esp. a painful, disease or condition. That’s according to dictionary.com which is pretty spot on to what it is. For an animal that is in pain and has no chance of survival or their medical bills can’t be paid by any means the owner can opt to have their animal put down so they can die peacefully instead of living out their last few months in extreme pain.

Now as you might imagine a shelter that has lower euthanasia stats are going to be more appealing to the public. This means that they are virtually a “no kill” shelter their animals survive and they keep them well fed and taken care of until they are adopted. It’s especially appealing to an owner who has to give up their pet for financial reasons or whatever.  It also means that the shelter will get more donations for not killing their animals. If you were to compare two shelters one that has 50% kill rate vs. 6% kill rate. Who are you more likely to give your money to? I personally would go to the shelter that isn’t going to kill the animals, although the one that does might be doing it because they are underfunded so maybe giving them money would help more in cutting their kills.

Regardless however, to what extent are some shelters willing to go to keep their numbers down? I was quite horrified when I came across an article on MSNBC’s site titled “Animal Shelter Turned into ‘House of Horrors‘” kinda gets you wondering what the heck it’s talking about right?

Turns out the Toronto Humane Society which for those of you who didn’t know because I know I didn’t know before reading this article, bragged about having a 6% euthanasia rate. That’s superb for big cities that generally have much larger euthanasia rates. The problem with this particular shelter is that it had that little problem of animal neglect and abuse. Gee but who cares about the animals when they aren’t being put down prematurely right?

The article states the shelter is “a place where infections ran rampant, animals lived in filthy conditions, food was scarce and a no-euthanasia policy led to sick animals suffering and dying without adequate medical care.”

Now I’m all for not putting animals down I think it’s aweful that innocent animals are put down in shelters every day however, I’m not for animals living in horrid conditions for it. Not living in sanitary conditions and being sick all the time is no way to live for these animals. Even if the shelter owner meant to do good by not putting the animals down, they were doing more harm than help. No person would adopt a dog from there after seeing the conditions the animal was living in. If they aren’t going to be adopted and they are going to live in pain and sickness than why keep them alive? I know it sound harsh but you understand right? There are plenty of no-kill shelters, rescues, and other animal places that are able to keep their euthanasia rates down without making their animals live in pain so why not reach out to them for help if it became that serious of a problem? Or go the unfortunate unfair route and put the animal down, it’s sad and certainly not right but it isn’t any more ethical forcing an animal to live in the conditions they were forced into while at this shelter.

This isn’t to say that all shelters are scot free of horrors or full of horrors but there is a mix of them out there. As it says in this article while the Toronto shelter was being checked out by the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) the American SPCA were looking into allegations made at two shelters.

The allegations made were “At the Clarksdale-Coahoma County Animal Shelter in Mississippi, a facility built to hold 60 dogs was discovered in January to be crammed with 400 animals. At the city-run Memphis Animal Shelter, dogs were discovered starving and three supervisors were indicted in February on animal cruelty charges connected to the deaths of three terriers.”

It is a big deal in the way that when you go to a shelter you expect them to tell the truth and be humane. Their stats are most likely the truth but how humane they are, now that’s questionable. It’s sad to say that these establishments that we trust to take care of animals in need of help are betraying our trust. Yes they are horrible places for putting dogs down but can we fault them for not having the funding or space for their animals, no not really. It’s a sad horrible truth but sometimes what is best for the dog is putting them down. I really hate saying that I do. I would love nothing more than to save every animal from being put down but then I would be no better than a neglectful shelter or puppy mill, I wouldn’t breed the animals but they’d live in horrid conditions because of my lack of money and space. That’s where you really need to draw the line is, whats best for the dog. Clearly finding them a home is best but if the economy isn’t in the right place or he isn’t the cutest most snuggly dog in the shelter and doesn’t get chosen for so many months what is there really to do? I’d say send him to a rescue but they don’t work like that.

Heck there are still shelters with gas chambers, throw back to WWII right? It’s not humane it’s not fair and it’s not cool that innocent healthy cute lovable animals are put down every day but there just isn’t room for them. Ugh I’m kinda getting disgusted at myself for writing this but the truth hurts sometimes I suppose.

I don’t want to fault the animal shelter owner for trying to not kill all their animals especially if it was simply just trying to save their lives and for the love of the animal however it was inhumane and wrong in a lot of ways. If it was for money or for appeal, or just because the owner is sadistic and wanted to see the animals suffer it’s not cool to “save” an animal by making it live in just aweful conditions. That’s not saving it that’s cruel and unusual punishment. To top off no one wanting to love it or save it, it then has to live in bad conditions. Shelters like that make me sick, not that shelters that kill make me feel any better but I’d rather see what’s best for the dog done than have it live in a state like that.

Ok well I can’t talk about that anymore I am completely torn between saying don’t kill innocent dogs just because they can’t get love and saying that shelter owner should go to jail and never be allowed animals again. I don’t want to advocate for kill shelters nor advocate abuse in shelters. So on with the good story of the day.

The 3rd annual Dogs of Valor Winner was announced March 10th. This years winner was Kenai, a dog that is 14 years old and saved 7 adults, 2 kids, and 4 dogs from carbon monoxide poisoning in a vacation home they were all staying at. This Bernese Mountain Dog certainly is a dog of valor. I encourage you to click on the link and read his story.

Don’t just stop at his story though follow this link to read about all the other runner up dogs and their stories of valor. From dogs that saved owners to neighbors, to sons and more.  The human and animal bond truly is strong and I feel that by reading these stories it will more than make up for all the sad stories I write about.

Poisoned in Their Own Yards

March 9, 2010

Ever joked about poisoning your neighbors dog just because you find them to be annoying? I personally never have but a lady that works in the same building as me did…don’t worry she was just kidding and venting but still pissed me off. So much so that I went home that night and looked up the effects of rat poison on dogs. This lady said her neighbors dog is never bounded and always goes in her yard to take a dump, the neighbors never pick it up. Fine talk to the neighbors or find a safe way to get the dog to stop, her way of venting was thinking up ways to just make the dog sick so they wouldn’t want to come back. That’s the part that got me curious, would rat poison simply make the dog sick or would it do more damage. Apparently it’s the latter of the two. Rat poison attacks the blood stream, goes for the different organs and makes them shut down, if it’s taken in a high enough dose.

The problem with this is, you don’t always know if your dog was in fact poisoned on purpose or if they simply caught the wrong rat. Rat poison within their prey. That can just make them sick. Dogs can survive being rat poisoned or being given anti-freeze but only if it’s caught in time and has plenty of medical attention.

There are two recent stories in the news about dogs dying of rat poison, one in Hawaii where a mans dog died and was only found to have rat poison in it’s stomach after a post-mortem autopsy. And a news broadcast about two dogs that were rat poisoned, one of the dogs died. In both cases the poisoners were not caught, and that’s the problem with dogs being rat poisoned on purpose, if a dog is allowed to wander around a neighborhood it could be they themselves got into the stuff on their own or they were given it on purpose but there is no way to prove who did it. If it is done in someones yard, it might be a little easier to find who did it especially if a certain neighbor has been complaining of the dog recently but if there is no hard evidence there isn’t much the police can do.

As highlighted in this site it is important to know what type of poison it is and how much your pet ingested. Without that information a vet can’t treat properly. If you think your pet has been poisoned in any way don’t wait go in immediately!

The unfortunate thing is symptoms can go unnoticed as highlighted in this story written by an owner who’s dog came extremely close to dying but survived because it was caught just in time.

In a blog “written” by a dog there are many different poisons and other household dangers described.

Summer is almost upon us which means more people will be outside, as well as their dogs. There are many poisons and dangers to dog’s that need to be looked out for but can’t be avoided such as spider and snake bites, fish hooks, and bugs. Clearly being outside is a danger to dogs and it’s not to say keep your dog inside and leash him whenever he’s outside but watch out for symptoms and call your vet as soon as you think something is wrong. Better safe than sorry right?

Basic symptoms of rat poisoning are:

The following symptoms are often observed in a dog who eats rat poison:

  • Pale Gums
  • Weakness
  • Bloody Nose
  • Blood in the Urine
  • Blood in the Feces
  • Coughing Up Blood
  • Internal Bleeding
  • Distended, Firm Abdomen (due to internal bleeding)
Not in the U.S but according to the site I pulled this picture from, poisoning dogs is like a sport to people in peru.
It’s a short post but I just couldn’t believe that anyone I know would ever threaten a dogs life even if they hate dogs. Especially when their intent would be to just make a dog sick when rat poison attacks more than just the digestion system of a dog. It’s something that happens everyday either by accident or on purpose but rat poison is no laughing matter and it really irked me that she was making light of the issue.
At the school I go to, there was a guy in a wheel chair his dog was named skittles, I can’t remember exactly what skittles did for him I think maybe retrieved items for him maybe? But whatever the case was his last semester at the school skittles was poisoned on purpose. This was a disabled persons helper dog that was poisoned. The reason I know it was on purpose is because the poison was in food that was left outside this guys dorm room. A place that Skittles could easily get to. If it can happen at a small university in the middle of nowhere to a disabled man’s dog, what stops it from happening anywhere else. Skittles survived after a lot of vet bills and meds, but it was still sad because for a few months he wasn’t on campus to help out and make people happy.
It’s a problem, for the most part intentional..no but it’s something that happens and people need to be aware of it especially as the summer months come upon us and more rodents appear. Maybe the next time you hear someone making light of giving rat poison to a dog maybe inform them that it isn’t just a matter of making them sick it’s a matter of killing the dog if the dosage is too much for the dog. It’s a serious problem and it isn’t anything to make fun of.  Isn’t my longest or most imformative entry but I hope by checking out the other sites you have been made aware of the issue and are a little bit more informed.
To end on a light note, a dog was rescued from falling in a ice frozen river. By the time authorities got to the river the dog was hypothermic. Officials were however able to warm the dog up and save it.

Misplaced Anger and Household Pets

March 2, 2010

So I’m just a little shocked by the news I read this week. A women’s boyfriend, tormented her dog with a broomstick as well as threw a space heater at it and then stabbed the dog several times after the dog tried to bite the man….This boyfriend has a history of tormenting the dog with a broomstick. Now if I were her I would have told him not to do that in fact I would have gotten very pissed off if someone I was dating felt the need to torment my dog. I mean that doesn’t show much for his character or for how he treats others. I personally would have dumped him if he kept nagging the dog like that because it isn’t right. On top of that though he stabbed the dog in front of her and her 15 year old son. Ya that guys a winner, I’d love to bring him home to the parents. You can check out the story by following this link. Granted it is a small article and it doesn’t say anything from the girlfriends point of view but I’d like to know if she ever told him to stop. Otherwise I would have started poking him with the broomstick and been like how do you like it? Oh what you don’t, ok well I’m betting the dog isn’t very appreciative either and sooner or later he’s going to attack and it’s going to be your fault. What an idiot, who honestly thinks a dog won’t attack if he’s being abused or mistreated in some way. Dog’s might not be the smartest animals out there but they are smart enough to know when they aren’t being treated right and will attack. So here’s a hint, don’t terrorize a dog and if you do, don’t be surprised when he tries to fight back…what an idiot!

This story actually leads into the 2nd story of abuse I wanted to talk about. Only this time it isn’t about a boyfriend but about the owner of a chocolate lab called coco who was strangled and later died from her injuries. These might not seem connected at first but this article also talks about how men with spousal or child abuse are more likely to abuse pets and animals.

Read more about this by following either this link from a newspaper or to this link which is where I originally found the info and picture.

“He told us that he pinned the dog down by the neck and throat for 20 seconds while the puppy defecated and urinated on itself in panic or because it started to lose consciousness, we don’t know,” said Lt. Dan DeSousa with SD County Animal Services.

That was the beginning to the article I linked previously. Could you imagine though what set this man off to just go at his dog like that? Since he has a history of violence it literally could have been nothing. And yet it doesn’t matter that this man has a history of spousal abuse he can still buy a dog and go at it whenever he feels.

The worst that can happen as stated in the article “If convicted, Warner may be punished with up to three years in a state prison, one year in a county prison or fined $20,000.” Doesn’t seem like a lot for killing an animal.  What’s to stop him when he gets out from getting another pet and killing that or getting out and finding a person and beating up on them.

This is just stupid, abuse is a clear sign of bad character, and yes I realize that Coco didn’t have much of a chance, it was her owner. I know that saying she didn’t have much of a chance sounds mean, but I feel for her, I do. I really hope the bill discussed in the article will  help to protect animals like Coco from being abused like that in the future.

But for the 1 year old pitbull that was stabbed by her owners boyfriend. I think that would tip off anyone that maybe he’s not so nice. I realize people end up with spouses that abuse them all the time. But if there are signs of abuse before you’re put into a permanent situation, why would you do it? Why would you let that continue?

I don’t know I guess all this is more or less about who to let into your life permanently. If you don’t want your dog to be abused outside the house then why allow it in the house? What these 2 men did was out of line and wrong in so many ways. Not to mention that it will lead to something more, for dogs everywhere I hope that the man who killed Coco never gets another dog and for that women who watched her pitbull get stabbed I hope she doesn’t bring that man back into her home because chances are she or her child will be next.  How a man treats his dog can be an indicator of how he’ll treat people.

In other news though getting away from abusive men and animals, “Beagle Pups doing well after being abandoned in the snow. ” The article starts off with “The beagle mix dumped in the snow last month to give birth to her seven “pupsicles” has made an impressive recovery, said Meg Stephenson, executive director of Animal Friends Humane Society.”

The owner has turned himself in and will appear in court March 3rd. At least he knows he has done wrong, minus 2 pups the mother and her remaining 5 pups are doing just fine. Not all men are evil he knew enough to turn himself in despite abandoning his dog in the snow to give birth.

Also My sister is running her first Half Marathon and is collecting donations for PAWS Chicago. All the runners are raising money to donate to this cause. “In September 2007, PAWS Chicago celebrated a milestone by opening the Midwest’s first No Kill, cageless, state-of-the-art Adoption Center for dogs and cats in Lincoln Park.” This information and the chance to donate to the cause can all be done by going to TEAM PAWS CHICAGO 2010. It’s for a good cause and what better way to help animals then to find them forever homes through a no-kill shelter!

Heat Strokes and Dogs

February 23, 2010

Is it a problem just yet? No at least not if you’re living on the East coast of the US, in case you haven’t checked it’s quite cold outside…so why talk about heat strokes and dogs? Because in the UK a police officer killed his dogs by forgetting them in his car…he forgot about his dogs! This sadly isn’t just a problem in the UK, have you ever watched or read the news in the summer time, there’s a different story everyday about a dog left in the car who died. Hundreds of dogs every summer end up in veterinarians office just for showing signs of heat stroke. The summer isn’t here yet but it will be, better to learn early about heat strokes than when it’s too late.

Symptoms that both dogs and people are subjected to while having a heat stroke include but aren’t limited to shortness of breath, vomiting, weakness, thirst, or even shivering. I don’t know about you but I’ve been out in the sun, thirsty, tired, shivering, feeling like being sick would be my savior. It’s horrible. I don’t like it why would a dog? The difference between a dog and me; I have opposable thumbs and the means to take care of myself.

Dogs, not so much. If it’s hell for a human to have that onset of shivering and nauseousness then imagine what it must be for a dog waiting for its owner to return and save it from this living hell. Unfortunately in Nottingham two dogs were forgotten about by their police handler. For Jet and Jay-Jay their savior from heat stroke was organ failure. Sound fun? I think not. If you want to read more exact details of the incident I am talking about you can check out the article here.

The man started out with three dogs in his car, took one out, and forgot about the other two. Several hours they were left unattended and forgotten about. Unintentional as it was, abuse and death like this happens all the time during the summer months. People who either don’t know dogs can get heat stroke or don’t know what to look for. Did you know that a car can heat up from 85 degrees to 102 in ten minutes and reach 120 degrees in twenty minutes. My source for that particular information came from this site.

Even if that site isn’t accurate there are stories out there of dogs dying after being left in a car for two hours, even four hours when it wasn’t terribly hot out and the dog was rescued from the car alive but died later that night…

What gets me is that ok, yes some people will naturally forget that their dog is in the car, and it can be an honest mistake. But the animal dies! It suffers alone at the expense of its owner or handlers forgetfulness. I don’t think I would ever take my dog in the car if I was just going out to the store or somewhere where the dog would be left in the car for hours at a time. The police officer running late or not should have taken care of the dogs before even thinking about going to his meeting. At the very least he could have gotten somebody else to do it for him, it’s a police station for goodness sakes, you telling me there isn’t one other dog handler that could have borrowed the man’s keys for half an hour to get the dogs to safety?

I just can’t believe it, it’s really sad certainly not as horrible as previous things I’ve posted but it’s a problem in every country that people own dogs. They either get left in the car or left outside for entirely too long. I just wanted to take the time now before it got hot to bring up the issue of heat strokes.

Symptoms of heat stroke in dogs are: “outside on a warm day with or without exercise, usually without access to shade or water, body temperature above 104 degrees, red gums and tongue, thick and sticky saliva, rapid panting, bloody vomiting and diarrhea, bloody nose, collapse, coma, and death. (If your pet goes into shock, which can happen if the body temperature rises above 106 degrees, the gums will be pale).” I just copied this from the site but it can’t hurt to have it printed in several places. The more you read it the more it will stick to memory. To read this and other information refer back to this site please.

If it’s too late for the animal and the symptoms are there,get them to a cool area immediately. Same thing goes for people get cool quick, don’t put yourself into shock but get a fan get somewhere air conditioned. If you’d do it for yourself do it for the dog too. You’ll be able to tell if the dog is in shock or passing out, in that case call the vet let them know and get the dog in.
This blog was more relaxed than my previous blogs have been, not because there isn’t abuse out there but the truth of the matter is this is a problem everywhere and I really did just want to take the time to point out the problem. It happened to a police officer, to an animal rights activist. Just goes to show anybody can forget about their dog, it only takes a few seconds to forget, but an hour or so later the dog is dead and a life is gone for a simple lapse in judgement.  I’m hoping people will read this and take the problem seriously, if not than at least now you’ve been informed that dogs can in fact have heat stroke and now that you know the symptoms you will look for it in dogs that are tied up or locked up in a car with or without the windows cracked because although it might help a little it won’t keep the car from heating up enough to kill the forgotten pet.
I’ve never understood why somebody would take their dog with them while they do five hours of errands perhaps somebody can explain that to me, but leaving your pet in a car is not smart. There’s just no need for a pet to go on errands too. Keep an eye out for the signs of heat stroke as the summer gets closer and progresses.

West Hollywood Takes a Swing at Puppy Mills

February 17, 2010

Before I get to the good news of West Hollywood, let me inform you of what exactly a puppy mill is. Some of you may or may not have heard the term before, if you have it might be that you aren’t sure what it is.

Puppy Mills by definition are places where puppies are bred for profit. That doesn’t really tell much now does it? For all anyone knows a puppy mill could be nice cages where dogs give birth once a year and are cared for in the best conditions. Unfortunately that idea of a utopian dog breeding facility does not exist, at least not when connected to the term ‘puppy mill.’

What the definition should say is, puppies are harvested for profit. As that would give a better picture of what they truly are. A place where “dogs are kept in small wire cages for their entire lives. They are almost never allowed out. They never touch solid ground or grass to run and play.” You can find this information and more by following this link.

Using the same link as before, to give a quick rundown of what goes on at a puppy mill, these dogs are bred to death. Could you imagine being killed as soon as you are deemed worthless? Bred with your own puppies and siblings so there is massive in-breeding of dogs and illness?

The people running the puppy mills are all in it for the money, would they tell a potential buyer that their dog is diseased? Heck no, as long as a dog can be passed off as healthy long enough to fool the buyer, it’ll be sold. If it can’t be passed off as being healthy it’ll either be used to breed or killed. They have no use for worthless animals.

The animals live in small cramped cages, hardly ever cleaned out, covered in feces and urine. The dogs live in absolutely horrid conditions. Literally bred to death, these animals have no chance of happiness. The unfortunate truth is, is that puppy mills will never go away as long as people buy from them. That will never stop because pet stores, not all, but a lot buy from these puppy mills and with that money they are able to thrive and continue business.

Really what is there to do though, on one hand you say ‘screw you puppy mills’ and then all those dogs don’t get bought which means they are killed if a rescue doesn’t find them in time, and they will be killed if they become useless or aren’t selling. Or you say ‘I can’t let this dog die, regardless of where he comes from’ and which case you’re saving a dog but possibly sentencing dozens of other dogs to death.

The win would be to get rid of puppy mills altogether but it’s a lose-lose situation trying to stop them. With over 3000 puppy mills nationwide not every mill will be busted before the dogs can be saved.

I personally am taking a stand and when I can get a dog will only buy from a shelter or private seller where I meet the parents and see their living conditions. Both my dogs came from private sellers, we didn’t see Scout’s parents or living conditions, it’s feasible he came from a puppy mill but not likely. Leo on the other hand came from a farm where my parents saw the parents and the living condition.

Clearly there’s an ethical choice to be made, to boycott or not to boycott. You can ignore the blatant signs that a dog is from a puppy mill and hope they don’t die within days of being bought, or you can do the research and make sure what you’re buying isn’t from a puppy mill.

It’s a situation where you have to decide if you support raising dogs in cramped dirty conditions, and the dogs physical/emotional/and mental well being doesn’t matter. Or if you choose to take a stand. They are fed generic mass produced food that has no health value to it, thus rotting out there teeth so even after the teeth and jaw are beyond repair they are still forced to eat dry food…if they can. Where broken legs and ripped paws from a wire bottom cage doesn’t matter if they can still breed, in-breeding and illness is the norm and where cleanliness and love doesn’t exist. Thousands of dogs each year die without ever knowing love or freedom, not even the feel of honest ground, and grass under their paws.

The freedom that most dogs take for granted, a ball being thrown once or twice a day and still not being happy with it when there are hundreds or thousands of dogs that wish it could be thrown for them just once in their lifetime. Clean water and food just once in their life but instead forced to drink urine/feces/and dirt filled water whereas domesticated dogs beg for human food everyday and get it even though they aren’t supposed to. Being out of their cage once before death would be like heaven for them but instead they leave the cage only when their breath is gone and when the flame of life is snuffed out of them. If living and life even exists in them, for all we know they die months even years before their physical form gives out. When most dogs in a shelter wait to be adopted instead of euthanized, these dogs wish they had the play room that those dogs have at least then they would have a chance to be saved. If it was you, wouldn’t you want that chance to feel earth, love, and good food.

Love, a simple request but impossible to fulfill, at least for the thousands of dogs that die each year without even the tiniest taste of freedom.

There are petitions and legislation galore out there advocating for puppy mills to be shut down. To find out more about puppy mills in your area and in general follow these links:

http://www.prisonersofgreed.org/Commercial-kennel-facts.html

http://www.sheltersurvivors.com/Puppy-Mill-Facts.htm

http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/puppy_mills/

http://awarenessday.org/

If you would like to read articles where puppy mills were busted follow these links:

http://www.seattlehumane.org/adopt/in-news/puppymill

http://www.examiner.com/x-22179-Elgin-Dogs-Examiner~y2010m2d12-Rescue-Alert-Over-50-dogs-seized-from-alleged-puppy-mill

http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/mornings/pet-project-a-forever-home-rescue-021510

On a seperate note, not to change the subject but in West Hollywood, there is a new ordinance being passed where dog and cat sales are banned. You can read the whole article in the San Francisco Chronicle. The ordinance allows shelters and private owners to sell their dogs and cats, however it bans pet stores from getting their animals from puppy mills. Not a big deal in West LA because as it states in the article, there aren’t really any stores that sell animals. This ordinance was more to get other cities where it is a problem to adopt the idea and create the law. Would that stop puppy mills entirely, no, but it would decrease their income and hurt them financially.

If you read the article you’ll note that other municipalities have already asked about the ordinance so they too can copy it. It’s not going to stop the problem entirely but it is a hit on puppy mills. It’s a start in the way that there really isn’t a lot of laws out there that really hurt puppy mills. There are a lot of petitions being sent around to stop them, and there are rules and regulations to breeding however with the few inspectors there are, puppy mills can get away for years without being caught, meeting the absolute bare requirements if that, they can’t be stopped until real evidence of abuse surfaces.

Not the biggest hit on puppy mills but like everything it has to start somewhere, if enough municipalities pick up this same ordinance maybe it will turn into something bigger and eventually stem the flow of money to puppy mills enough that it’s not worth it for the owners to continue doing their inhumane activities.

Finally as a last little shout-out I’d like to give props to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show that was on Feb. 16 and 17. I’d like to give props to them for saying “Just because it looks good on screen doesn’t mean it will be good in the home.” They are also advertising for dogs in the shelter, saying that most of them are pure bred and they need homes too. Not only saying be careful about the dog you get but do research and just because it can live in an apartment doesn’t mean it won’t need exercise. To check out there site go here. Just thought it was nice that although most of their dogs are pure bred and very high class they are pushing for adoption from shelters as well as trying to deter people from buying a dog just because it looks good.

Dog in High Speed Chase and Puppies in the Puppy Bowl

February 7, 2010

Not exactly dog abuse in the way that I’ve been talking about it, but still pretty sad. So this owner unnamed in the video went for a high speed chase with her 1 year old terrier in the front passenger seat. A sweet dog according to the policeman in the video and one that is now up for adoption. The owner had 5 days to get the dog and didn’t. Check out this video the dog is absolutely adorable!

http://www.comcast.net/video/dog-homeless-after-riding-shotgun/1406084507/Comcast/1405765602/

I mean really who does this, it may not be beating the living daylights out of the dog or leaving the dog on the side of the road. But they endangered the dogs life by bringing it on a high speed chase not to mention now the dog is without home. On the plus side being so young and absolutely adorable also nice, this dog has a good chance of survival and adoption. Which is great but dogs should never have to end up in this situation.

My family has two dogs, their picture is actually the header picture at the top of my blog, and from experience with them and any dog I’ve ever met, they just want love. It isn’t hard to care for a dog if you want one and are willing to put in the time, love, care, food, an occasional visit to the vets and haircuts every few months. When I say easy I don’t mean it won’t be time consuming or terribly hard. They are a lot of responsibility but when it comes to the basics it isn’t much. They do require a lot of work but not a lot of stuff.

This isn’t abuse in the sense that  I’ve been talking about it but it’s the general lack of care and respect for the pet that bothers me. It isn’t just driving in high speeds that gets a dog put into a pound, it’s doing other illegal activities while you own a pet and it’s deciding that you’ve stopped loving the dog.

It happens in every kind of relationship but it shouldn’t with a dog, you make a choice when you buy a dog and you make a promise to that dog to love and care for it until the end of its days. A home, food, and somebody to snuggle with when the day is done. So why get a dog when you’re going to pull some stupid stunt for no reason, a stunt I might add that could have ended a lot worse than it did, when your dog is in the car? And then on top of that be given the option to go and get said pet from the shelter and just not. You know where your pet is, it’s not that hard to get out of the shelter. He’s the cutest darn dog I’ve ever seen and he looks as sweet as can be.

How can an owner just give their dog up like that? People do that kind of thing every day. The sad part is when it’s a owner giving up their pet they have less time in the shelter than most. No one is coming to claim them. There is no certainty that they will be adopted. With enough dogs in the country for each person to own several dogs there’s a big possibility that they won’t be saved. A lot of people either don’t like dogs or they aren’t in a living situation where they can have one. Although I’m sure the shelter this dog is at doesn’t have a gas chamber, there are still shelters that do. Could you imagine giving your dog up, fooling yourself into believing he will be ok, and then ultimately have it killed via gas?!?

It’s not physical abuse but it’s emotional and mental abuse to the dog. They might not be the smartest creatures in the world but you go to any shelter in the US and you can tell they are scared and hurt. They cry out, they bark, they know what’s going on not directly but they know they aren’t where they are supposed to be. It’s people like that, that anger me. This dog lives, yes, this dog is young and cute and nice, will it get adopted…probably.

What about that 12 year old hunting dog, is he going to get adopted…not likely. Is that pitbull going to get adopted, not in general. Not with it’s reputation. So why do it? Why sentence a dog to an uncertain death. Because an owner is sick of their pet, new living situation, economy? Their lives aren’t nearly as important as ours? Yet in studies it’s been proven that dogs can emotionally help people. Pets can help people emotionally and mentally.

Two sites to read about this interaction between animals and humans are:

http://advance.uconn.edu/1999/991101/11019911.htm

And

http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/display/article/10168/54671?verify=0

It’s interesting and it’s aggravating that anyone would just give up their pet like that. Just because the animal hasn’t been physically abused doesn’t mean that it hasn’t been abused in some other way. It doesn’t even have to be giving the dog up to the shelter that causes this. Dog’s can be emotionally/mentally abused in the home life. If you’ve ever watched animal cops: http://animal.discovery.com/tv/animal-cops/

It shows how the home life can be bad for a dog. Being tied up outside for days without being fed, or even being left in their home when the owners move. There are a lot of situations that are abuse to a dog without any physical signs. Not a lot of people look out for it. Keep an eye out in your neighborhood, if something doesn’t seem right with someone’s pet or you see a dog very emaciated call the local animal control asap. Even if nothing is going on, it’s better to have them check on a complaint than to do nothing and let the dog suffer in silence. Watch out for the signs, and don’t put yourself in danger but do something! As a parting word and link, the ASPCA has a page on how to recognize animal abuse if you want to help here it is: http://www.aspca.org/fight-animal-cruelty/top-10-ways-to-prevent-animal.html

In other news dog saved from flooded river and was returned to owner: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/unleashed/2010/02/spikey-dog-rescued-from-flooded-la-river-during-rainstorm-is-reunited-with-owner.html

Spikey Saved from Flooding River

Spikey PhotoGallery

Ok sorry more to add, I’ve just finished watching Puppy Bowl VI. In honor of the Super Bowl I didn’t think I could pass up talking about it and adding a link so that next year if you want to watch something really cute animal planet is the place to be! Puppies galore! With toys toys toys!!! So it starts out with the puppies being checked out behind scenes, followed by their names and picture being put up on screen. Afterward mayhem ensues! It’s a big puppy playpen, where the dogs “play” football. With lots of footballs to bring to the end zones you’d think they’d make some touchdowns. You can check out the lineup here. Puppies and toys everywhere, running playing, pouncing, pushing, fighting. However! Biting is not allowed, nor is napping at the end zone that becomes more of a problem at the end when all the puppies are pooped…They certainly know how to make the game interesting giving what play by plays can be made, interceptions, passes, and tackles. Not to mention the bunny cheerleaders and “rogue hamsters” flying the blimp.

I did have to say I loved the camera angles, they have a water-cam that looks up so when a dog drinks from the water dish you are looking right into their faces which is cute, a new aerial view from the blimp, as well as ground shots which are extremely cute. They also show “tailgaters” which are just dogs watching the puppy bowl on TV behind scenes.

Of course with any bowl there has to be a halftime show. This one beat all, a kitty halftime show. The whole show was crazy music and thee most INSANE kitty playground I’ve ever seen. As my roommate said “torture for college students.” Animals we can’t have behaving in the most adorable fashion ever. There was one particular long haired black and white kitten that I would gladly take home. He was just looking around like every other cat was insane! And to be fair they kind of were…haha but very cute. You can watch highlights of said halftime show by following this link.

All this was very cute and I must say a lot more entertaining than the Super Bowl which I surprisingly watched and as intense as it was, cute and fuzzy beats all in my book. Especially when it’s a bunch of pups “straight from the shelter.” Jake the chihuahua pug mix, who you’ll find in the line-up link from earlier was the MVP.  I’ll be honest I don’t know football terms or anything like that, not that they apply to the puppy-bowl but watch it, it’s cute at least the highlights because these dogs are too cute! Two hours of pure puppy play with the occasional ‘touchdown’ and amazing narration by Jeff Bordner who’s been in the business of voice acting for 25 years. Wonderful play by play re-caps.

Well that’s all folks, I just thought I’d add in something about the puppy bowl since it’s cute and fun and I know my other posts were quite depressing. I hope you got to watch at least part of the Puppy Bowl, if not maybe next year. It does tie in though, the animals dogs, kittens, and bunnies did come from shelters and you can go to their rescues by following this link! As previously mentioned in my blog, before adopting do research and plenty of it! Hope this entry is a bit more fun than my last ones.

Puppy Bowl

Uncontrolled Anger and Innocent Bystanders

January 28, 2010

So I was looking for new ideas for my next blog idea I came across several articles that just made me want to cry. Most of them dealing with angry people but two stood out the most, the first was a spat between neighbors where 33 dogs were slaughtered…slaughtered!!!!! The second was a LA assistant fire chief that beat the dog he was returning to it’s family, all because it bit his thumb and wouldn’t let go. Now I understand taking procedures to get the dog to let go but beating it to the point that it needed to be euthanized?!?

So in the first story one neighbor a Mr. Russell Mendoza claimed one of his neighbors 39 dogs had killed his fox terrier. He then with another person went over and just shot for 20 minutes straight all the dogs that he could. “She [I’m assuming this is inspector vicki] said the dogs were screaming, but the men ignored a witness’s pleas to do the killings more humanely. One of the injured dogs went to bite the rifle and the shooter blew its head off.”

The man just claimed that one of the dogs killed his, claimed, it’s not even confirmed yet he felt the need to go and kill 33 dogs in one of the most inhumane ways ever. The article talks of screams and odd sounds, blood being everywhere. From the way it sounds it was a dog massacre!!!! In the article it quotes the SPCA as saying “the incident was a frightening example of animal abuse and the dogs would have cowered in fear as others around them died.”

I couldn’t even imagine walking into that scene could you? This is horrible, in so many ways. That makes me fear and feel for the dogs as I read this article. Now thankfully the article is about how the three year maximum jail sentence isn’t long enough for these SOB’s and from my point of view and anyone else who reads that article, damn straight it isn’t. These two men went over to that yard with the intent of massacring these animals. They showed no emotion when they killed these animals, after killing and hearing pleas and whines from ones that hadn’t been shot. They did not care! They should be put in jail for life, I mean had they went and massacred people they would get the death penalty or life. I’m not saying that humans and dogs lives should be put on the same level because that’s just not how society works but for something of this scale I believe it should in some respect be treated that way. This is an act greater than harming one dog this was 33 dogs killed, 1 life for 33. It’s downright depressing and these people understood what they were doing, why should they get off so easy. If they can’t get life in prison then how about 25 years or something to that equivalent or hey how about a year for every dog they murdered mercilessly on that one fateful day. Oh and police are taking away the firearms that’s great now that all those dogs are dead and these men are going to prison most likely I can see how taking those guns is just so very effective…but hey at least the police are doing something! Stupid people with guns and uncontrolled anger…

What happened to the good ol’ days when a man would sue the crapt out of their neighbors for their animal killing theirs and then making them pay ten times what they paid for their lost pet. No the money doesn’t bring the pet back but it’s humane it’s what normal people should do or go to authorities and have them confiscate this mans 39 dogs. But shoot them?!?!? I can’t even fathom this I mean really read the article it’s heart wrenching and it just   makes you really realize what cruel injustices are being done to our four legged friends on a daily basis. Maybe not on that scale but on a daily basis somewhere, someone is murdering a pet, either their own or somebody’s animal and doing it in just an absolutely inhumane way! I mean this article is from New Zealand! It’s a completely different country and yet you know that this “stuff” happens in every country. Neighbors even pleaded with them as they performed the act and yet they ignored their pleas and the pleas of the dogs they were murdering. This was an act of uncontrolled anger and a very poorly thought out plan, I would be rather pissed it my dog was killed by a neighbors dog but I certainly wouldn’t kill them.  The article was done by stuff.co.nz.

So I pose this question to you: If your beloved pet be it cat, dog, hamster, rabbit, whatever, was killed by a neighbor’s pet what would you do? Would you even fathom being able to go over and shoot the place up, devise some way to kill their animal? Think about it.

As I mentioned I had found a second article this one by Examiner.com which involved an LA assistant fire chief that beat the living daylights out of a dog. A dog which was probably scared and confused about what was happening. Another neighbor dispute that led to a very unfair act upon the neighbors pet.

This assistant fire chief was neighbors with the Tooles, neither of them getting along with each other. These neighbors had issues, if the man is putting dog feces into the Tooles mailbox and heck the man is on record as beating his own daughter once! Clearly he has anger issues.

It doesn’t say straight out but being neighbors I’m gonna go ahead and say the dog got out as dogs do on occasion and this man happened to catch Karley in his yard. Picked the dog up which is not the best idea especially if you’re rough with it which he may or may not have been. Either way not very smart, so the dog bit his thumb and wouldn’t let go. Which any dog owner knows a) it happens and b) there are several humane ways of making the dog let go, one being just pry the dogs mouth open, or some other improvised way, I mean it’s a dog he can be overtaken without harming him seriously…

Did this man try, doesn’t say but he said the dog would not let go…ok maybe he tried one or two ways, dogs can be quite obstinate, but neighbors say they saw Officer Johnson “punch the dog repeatedly, rip his jaw open, and take a large 10-12-pound rock to beat the dog over the head.”

Awful right? After Johnson was done with Karley the dog then “managed to crawl to a ravine where his family found him and took him to a hospital. Karley was diagnosed with a broken jaw, three skull fractures, collapsed ear canal, and one of his eye had popped out of its orbit. Due to the severity of Karley’s injuries, he was euthanized.”

Angry neighbors tsk tsk. I wish there was something we could do to prevent these acts of cruelty. Such as if a neighbor is showing signs of brutality and you are afraid for your pets safety that you can put a doggy restraining order on him or just do something. It could also be said that neighbors should be more careful about their pets, which is very true however I know from experience it isn’t always possible to keep a dog inside they have the bad habit of getting loose every now and then. No one’s fault but it happens and it’s a shame this happened to Karley.

On the plus side Karley’s owners are trying to pass a law that will make it worse for animal abusers, and Johnsons fellow firemen showed up to his court date wearing Firemen against animal abuse shirts. So at least we know that his fellow firemen understand that he did something horrible and were willing to show it. But this law started when Karley’s owners found out that animals are treated as property, such as a chair or couch. Which they aren’t they live, they breathe and they have hearts. This is a good bill and you can read about it more in the article. I hope it passes.

As a final word because this is getting to be a bit long haha. There isn’t anything you can do about bad neighbors, all’s you can do is recognize the signs, and control your own animal. It’s not much but even if the neighbor doesn’t attack your pet, they can call in authorities if yours killed their animal or bit them and then the law will be on their side in most cases. I mean a chihuahua got killed for being on it’s own porch and then biting an officer that went up to it. Family came home to find blood on their door. Did anything come of that, no. The dog bit authorities. So if you leave the house, lock it up all windows and doors and make sure your animal is inside. And hopefully one day laws will be more strict on animal abusers and maybe one day neighbors who show signs of anger and possible abuse can be stopped before they harm any animal. All this just makes me sick, maybe send them to anger management classes, there is too much uncontrolled anger out in the world these days.

All this is a bit depressing, so to make you feel a bit better if you’re feeling a little down right now, in other news a dog was rescued from an ice flow in the baltic sea. See so there are happy endings for many dogs out there.

Dog Buried Alive?!?

January 27, 2010

Yes you read the title right, while browsing Facebook the other day I came across a note titled “Lincolnton, NC Puppy Buried Alive and Now in Gassing Shelter, Please Save this Baby. Miracle Puppy.” A female worker at an animal shelter posted pictures and story of a dog in desperate need of help and saving. The Facebook users name is Forthebullies her site is open and she posts dogs that need saving quite often.

This pup, and I do mean pup, is only 6 months old, had written for him, “I am 1-80 and determined to live..I was buried in a box in my families yard…they were crazy and it almost killed me. I am only six months old and a miracle boy. They have been so nice here at AC to me . I lived through being buried in the box..the only way I was saved was because my neighbors heard me crying and gasping for air…Our AC is so nice they saved my life and now I need to get out of there…there are so many of us pups here that they may have no choice but to put in a another box to die in a gas chamber…Please Help me!!! I am still not stable from being buried…I need to get out of here! Please help me…don’t let me go in another box to die!” (I think AC means Animal Control at least it fits if you replace all the AC’s with Animal Control)

I don’t know if, it’s because the story is meant to be written from the dogs point of view or just the fact he was buried, I’m assuming the latter because this is an outrageous act of violence against an innocent dog, but I am shocked! I immediately wanted to help this dog until I remembered…oh ya! I am in an apartment that doesn’t allow pets and my parents wouldn’t help, not to mention I don’t have the funding to care for a dog.

All’s I have to say is Thank goodness this neighbor heard the dog, and thank goodness for lazy people. If the neighbors were able to hear the dog, he couldn’t have been buried very deep, unless the neighbors are in a habit of putting their ears down on the ground to listen to other people’s yards. It’s like ‘Oh hey I’m bored, you bored?’ ‘Yeah man what do you want to do?’ *Looks over at dog* ‘Let’s bury the dog alive in a box! See how long he can last!’ ‘Sure that sounds fun!’

Seriously what leads to people doing such acts of cruelty, do you know? Because I sure don’t, I can’t even wrap my mind around the idea. I’m the kind of person who is just now accepting the fact that her families dog is turning 12 this year and cries every time she thinks about the fact he only has a few years left, if that. So to bury a dog, or do other bodily harm to a dog is beyond me. I understand owning a dog, getting mad at them, but also instantly regretting ever being mean because all’s they want to do is love and be loved!

Can I also throw a shout out to Facebook, because without that nifty networking site, these animals might not get saved. Every day I see posts asking people to save a dog that is about to die. Every day I see that within hours of that post going up that dog is saved. Why? Why do people do that? Because dogs are amazing, and that communication restores my faith in people. For every person out there willing to harm a pet in some horrible way there are several people willing to save that animal. Of course is doesn’t always work out but people try, and although the thought doesn’t save an animals life, it does show that people care. So thank you Facebook for giving people that opportunity, and thereby restoring my faith in mankind. By the way the dog mentioned above was saved and these are his pictures.

On a side note, more people should think about what it means to buy a pet before they actually do. I’m not just talking about people who don’t have the money and buy dog’s prematurely; I’m talking about people who go out and get a dog without thinking about their future. Yes lets go get a dog three months before we have to move so we can enjoy the love and care of a pet just to throw him out on the streets when we move. WTF?!? I don’t know what was going through the minds of this dogs owner when they buried him, and I pray to God they didn’t buy the dog with the intention of doing this; but it all goes back to think before you buy. It doesn’t matter who you are, or if you even like dog’s, what these owners did was atrocious and people like this should not be allowed to buy pets or animals. They’ve done it once already what’s going to stop them from doing it again?

People who buy dogs then don’t care for them or give them up just a few months after getting them clearly haven’t thought out all that goes with, oh I don’t know buying an animal. It’s not like a pen, you use it until you no longer want/need it and then throw it out. It’s a living breathing animal! And nothing bugs me more than people who clearly can’t take care of an animal and have no right owning one. I might be young, heck I’m not even graduated from college yet, but at least I know that I can’t get a dog until I am financially stable and in a living situation that not only allows dogs, but also is a place that I’ll be at for a while. No way would I ever get a dog without knowing where I’d be for the next 3-4 years. I just couldn’t do it, it’s irresponsible and wreckless. As much as I want a dog and comment to my boyfriend, “I want a dog,” I really don’t. He wants a husky or retriever, that’s nice but as far as I know he’s planning on living in an apartment first then earning the money to live in a house. Last I checked huskies and retrievers need exercise and big yards. He says he can make it work, I hope he’s kidding, in fact I know he is, but even just kidding about it puts me on edge. I personally would not be so irresponsible as to bring a medium to large dog into an apartment unless I was able to commit to exercising it. I couldn’t that is why I’m saying this, if it was too hot or too cold outside I’d cave and be like no haha, but that’s me if you can commit to exercising a bigger dog while living in an apartment then all the more power to you. I’m just saying that I could not commit, but it is possible to own a bigger dog and live in an apartment, there are just other things you have to consider before you do so.  It’s cruelty on some level  even if the dog does get fed, watered, and loved. Bigger dogs need the exercise, consider that before buying them.

Outrageous acts of cruelty on animals aren’t the only form of abuse in my mind. In my opinion bringing an animal into a living situation that isn’t fit for the type of animal it is, is cruelty. Buying an animal before you’re financially set, and having a living/work situation that is unstable, poor judgement and can end in an outrageous act of cruelty. Please before you buy a pet, research, think, plan, be smart about it. Millions of animals are put down every year due to over population, and the lack of funding to shelters. I’m not saying all dog owners are stupid, far from it, but what I am saying is: be smart, because otherwise, whether you plan to or not you might end up sentencing a new pet to an early demise.