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A neighbor, Rose, who recalled Jayelin being a "real sweet little kid," said the dogs were kept in a cage.
"When you cage an animal and let it out, what do you think it will do? An animal goes wild," Rose said.
premonitions of doom became reality after 'monster dog' rips apart
God, they're big, what do you feed them?' " she recalled asking.
She would recall eying the biggest of them, the one that would be classified as a mastiff, but was like no other dog she had ever seen. "That thing always has white foam from the mouth, even when it's laying down," she remembered. "I told him, 'You're right, you got monster dogs.'"
With size came ferocity that Dread insured with beatings and kicks. He gave Parkinson an unneeded warning. "He told me, 'I don't like anybody touching my dogs,' she recalled. "You couldn't pay me."
did not want anybody even trying to show his dogs the slightest
give his dogs monster
practice, Dread hung things on the schoolyard fence
for them to tear apart.
Dread seemed delighted when the dogs killed cats, even a pet rabbit.
dogs would kill anything," Parkinson said. "The whole
block was afraid of those dogs."
"First time, he came up and punched her," Parkinson recalled. "I told him no. He said, 'My daddy take the dog and go bam!' I said, 'You can't go bam on my dogs. You make nice to the dogs.'"
then on, Jayelin would gently pet the dogs and show them love. Parkinson
understood that those other monster dogs were a tragedy waiting
to happen, but she still had no premonition of doom as she watched
little loving Jayelin playing outside early Friday evening.
"It's not the dog," Parkinson said, "It's the owner."
was trained to kill,"
Jubeark, a mother of four, was sobbing and hysterical when she returned to the gore-covered apartment after hours of questioning at a Brooklyn police precinct.
Later, she absolved her fiancé of any blame.
who was working when the fatal attack occurred, brought the Italian-bred
dog home two months ago. The dogs are large, muscular animals
traditionally used to hunt wild boars. The couple was preparing
for both Jubeark's 24th birthday and their June 10 wedding - two
events now linked forever to the horrific killing.
Risher and other neighbors said Jones would wear a protective arm guard while training the fierce dogs outside the family's Brownsville apartment.
looked mean," Risher said. "Nobody would want to go near
them. They were trained to fight."
was a violent dog," said neighbor Anthony Brown, 35, of Machete.
"Dangerous. A big dog. The whole block is scared of that dog."
Great-grandfather Jamaal-Uddin said Machete was typically laid-back. "I guess it's just like humans," he said. "It's the quiet ones you have to watch."
mauled to death by pooch was often alone with killer dog, neighbors
say Jones, 29, trained his dogs to be killers.
Jones has a rap sheet with busts for weapons possession, kidnapping, endangering the welfare of a child and reckless endangerment, records show.
Ramos said investigators from the Administration for Children's Services often visited the apartment when the family first moved in two years ago, but the visits tapered off. A spokeswoman for the ACS declined to comment pending the outcome of an investigation.
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Among the service’s tips for dog owners, besides obedience training and neutering, are these:
Take precautions when accepting mail in the presence of your pet, which might interpret the carrier’s actions as a threat. When a carrier comes to your home, keep your dog inside, away from the door, in another room. Dogs that get little attention or handling, or that are tied up for a long time, are especially prone to bite, according to the service.
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This has real consequences for their well-being. Bradshaw suggests that many of the behavior problems that result in dogs being abandoned or euthanized can be laid at the door of inept training, especially training based on force.
matters, he says, is how dogs actually learn. Bradshaw provides
a wellgrounded overview of the Canis family’s evolutionary journey.
He also considers dogs’ brainpower, emotional states, sensory
capacities and problems that come with breeding for looks rather than
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Bradshaw says dogs naturally want to please and play with people, especially the people who love them.
a puppy's eyes open it has] a very strong ability to learn about people
and ... this behavior persists throughout life," he says. "And
surprisingly, most dogs, given the choice, will actually prefer human
company to other dog company."
says humans also expect dogs to be companionable when they're needed
and unobtrusive when they're not. City dogs, he says, are expected
to be better-behaved than the average human child and as self-reliant
as adults. But these expectations, he says, create problems for modern
Ellison was deployed three times to Iraq and Afghanistan with war dogs between 2004 and 2009.
favorite perky companion, a German shepherd named Riki, detected
mountains of illegal drugs, including marijuana, hashish and opium,
while on the job.
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“Suddenly I’m not at peace anymore,” Rhona Levy of the Bronx said Friday. “You want to be with the people you are closest with, your true loved ones. The only loved ones I have in my life right now are my pets, which I consider my children.”
61, said she has no backup plan and is hoping the state order will
However, Martin says the pet cemetery is a private, for-profit business. And the Division of Cemeteries’ own website says private cemeteries do not fall under its jurisdiction.
seems ridiculous we can’t do it,” Martin said Friday.
“As of now, we’ve suspended the human part of it, but
it’s our position that they don’t have the authority to
do this.” He said the service was an accommodation for customers
and never raised significant revenue.
“The law is clear,” she said. “There’s no authority for this board to just arbitrarily impose nonprofit corporation law on a privately incorporated for-profit business. … If I have to file a lawsuit, then I’ll file a lawsuit.”
uncle wants to be buried beside his wife and what he considered to
be his children and I’m not letting anyone
stand in the way,” she added. “His love for those dogs
was just as real and just as strong as any parent’s for any
The state position could disrupt Martin’s own plans. He said earlier this year he hoped his ashes would be added to a family plot, including a dog, at Hartsdale.
Baby, a 1-year-old pit bull-terrier mix, got the worst of it, taking 10 paintball hits, including three to her face. Birdie (below right), a 3-year-old pit bull-mastiff mix, took five shots.
Wojcik, 32, said he was in the shower when he heard a "tat-tat-tat-tat"
noise. "Then, I heard Baby squeal like a pig and scream,"
he said. "I come out in a towel, and my dogs are covered in paint."
When Wojcik complained about the dogs' injuries, he said, Lacin replied, "Your dog is not dead. What are you worried about?"
Lacin was arraigned yesterday on charges of reckless endangerment,
criminal mischief, weapon possession and injuring and torturing animals.
He was freed without bail. His lawyer, Elizabeth Latimer,
said the charges should be dismissed.
But then Mr. Prather switched to a more lucrative market.
He and others in the high-end dog training business say prices have
shot up thanks to the growing number of wealthy people around the
world who like the security — and status — provided by
a dog with the right credentials. Moguls and celebrities now
routinely pay $40,000 to $60,000 for a well-bred German shepherd that
is certified as an expert in the sport of Schutzhund,
which means “protection dog.” The price
can go much higher if a dog does well at an international championship,
as Julia did.
a lot of money,” he said matter-of-factly. “It’s
the speed, the smartness, the quickness — and you would not
believe the roughness that she has inside. She’s like a little
pit bull when she bites. She has that model face, and then opens the
gums up and lets you have it.”
Julia’s was a controlled ferocity, which trainers distinguish from the anger manifested by ordinary dogs. When two dogs try to intimidate each other, they stiffen, growl, bare their teeth and stare intently.
Protection dogs are trained to continue looking around and protecting their owners, not establish their own dominance. And, when commanded, they are supposed to switch instantly from attack mode to pet mode.
dog has to get along with children,” Mr. Prather said.
“The client is often a guy on his second family. He travels
a lot, leaves his wife alone with the kids in a large house —
maybe 30,000 square feet, so big you don’t even know what’s
going on at the other side of the house. He wants peace of mind and
a dog that his wife can handle. We don’t sell tank-stoppers.”
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If these people need a status security system, they could spend a fraction of that on a well-trained protection dog and have money left over to donate to one of the many worthy rescue groups trying to save abandoned and stray animals from the dire fates that await them on the streets or in kill shelters.
The black Lab puppy named Phoenix suffered third-degree burns over 40% of his body and lost his ears in the horrific attack, according to Fox 8 News in Kansas City.
An adult relative of the teen is also being charged with animal neglect for failing to get the dog medical care. Maria Alarcon (right) waited a day before taking Phoenix to a vet, police said. The 43-year-old claimed she did not get the dog help sooner because she couldn't afford it.
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The Health Department estimates there are 500,000 dogs in the city.
those she introduces are “Lenny, the world traveler; Scheki,
the three-legged beauty rescued from Israel; Charley, the certified
Delta Dog; Daisy, whose eyes inspired Roberta Flack to stop and sing
to her; Gertrude, a pit bull mix who was rescued
by Bernadette Peters.”
“Let Maine have its moose and Florida its manatees! In the heart of Manhattan, it takes a dog to understand the beauty of autumn leaves, the thrill of new-fallen snow and the promise of flowers on a rainy spring day.”
Even as the economy for us humans bogs down again, the pet economy has proved remarkably resilient to a weak housing market, high unemployment and those diminished 401(k)’s. The industry has continued to grow through the recession, albeit at a slower pace, and last year, Americans spent a record $55 billion on their pets, according to the market research firm Packaged Facts, more than the gross domestic product of Belarus.
Wherever the stock market goes — and lately, it has been going
down — this nation seems to be in the thrall of a great bull
market for pets. And high-priced, “human grade” pet food
is only the beginning.
“What you can do is make some pies out of it, and leave the cans on the counter after everyone has eaten to freak people out,” Mr. Stockton says.
Canine Caviar Foods says it makes “the
only alkaline-based dog food in America that was specifically designed
to prevent cancer.” The ingredients include canned
beaver, duck and venison tripe for dogs and cats, as well as a variety
of “free-range, grass fed buffalo” treats for dogs.
Mr. Terry, however, isn’t about to pop a Snausage into his mouth.
idea of eating your dog food to prove its wholesomeness didn’t
originate at the Global Pet Expo. Paul Newman sampled his organic
dog food on “The Tonight Show” in 2006. The audience howled.
gimmick generated a huge spike in sales but came at a price: relentless
ribbing from friends.
Global Pet Expo photos: Gary Bogdon for The New York Times
But his neighbor across the hall in Crown Heights said the dog has its own issues with stress. "You know how dogs suffer from separation anxiety?" said Troy Benning, 32. "The dog is always in the apartment barking. He's not with the dog all the time.
special equipment needed
"Dogs really are nature's personal trainers," Marcus told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "They model fitness behaviors, and behaviors for eating and socializing, too."
are always eager to go for walks, she said. "Unlike your
human exercise buddies, dogs are not going to beg off"
if the weather is bad.Following our dogs' example
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Down the block came a major tug. Some large Labrador, whose parents obviously neglected his lunch, was eating through her ham and cheese with tomato and mayo and already barking for seconds on the sponge cake.
Only in New York, kids, only in New York.
Now scientists have gotten an important clue, finding a close relative in an unexpected host: dogs.
discovery, published in Proceedings of the National Academy
of Sciences, “represents a major step forward,”
said Dr. Holmes, who was not involved in the research. The finding
came as a surprise to all the scientists involved. Researchers at
Pfizer were investigating virus outbreaks in dogs
in shelters across the United States. They swabbed the noses of dogs
sick with respiratory diseases and searched for viruses. In some cases
they could not isolate a known virus, so they sent samples to the
Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University,
where researchers specialize in finding new viruses.
A third possibility — one favored by Dr. Kapoor — is that the virus started in dogs, and then evolved into a liver-infecting disease in humans.
evidence we have favors an origin in dogs,” Dr. Kapoor said.
A miracle dog who was sucked away in a deadly Alabama tornado crawled back to the ruins of his owners' home with two badly broken legs nearly three weeks later, wagging his tail with joy at the sight of his shocked family.
The owners, who lost nearly everything in the twister that devastated
North Smithfield on April 27, burst into tears upon seeing
their dog, Mason, perched on what was left of their
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Both animals reach into liquids with the tips of their tongues,
pulling up a long column. Before the liquid drops back down, they
open their mouths and pull it in.
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Of course, I didn’t, and I wouldn’t.
I care about my career and I have no idea what other stressors Betty
faces in her life. But gosh, it does look good from here. Those dog
walkers really have it made. Their clients are generally sweet and
entirely nonverbal, the best ones only walk a couple of dogs at a
time, and there will never be a shortage of 9-5ers who can’t
take care of their dogs’ daytime needs
around here. Often, mine just brings Gus to the dog run so he can
get more exercise, which means she doesn’t even have to walk
much if she doesn’t want to. She’s a pro-walker! None
of them work a very wide radius, so it’s not like they even
have to contend with schlepping around the city. Plus, they have almost
no overhead outside of durable footwear and sunblock.
Top left: Gus with Nina
right: Our walker Janine with manfriend Seiko, pooches Gizmo (floor)
and Poochie (lap)and Daddy Bob (avec moi on the apron) at one of our
many summer BarK-b-Q pawties
heard of on-set romances where the stars fall madly in love …
well, such was the case with McGregor and Cosmo. Though
Cosmo was destined to return to his companion, animal trainer
and guardian Mathilde De Cagny (below left), this story
has a happy ending: McGregor finds his own canine soul mate.
Watch for Beginners, in theaters June 3.
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the beast Man, for he is the Devil's pawn. Alone among god's primates,
he kills for sport or lust or greed. Yea, he will murder his brother
to possess his brother's land. Let him not breed in great numbers,
for he will make a desert of his home and yours. Shun him; drive
him back into his jungle lair, for he is the harbinger of death."
One is called Post-Rapture pet care, co-anchor Rebecca Jarvis pointed out.
we've actually seen a number of pet services pop up,"
Kurtz said. "I guess we could call this 'the Rapture stimulus!'
We see this a lot of times with big news events like this."
"I think, you know, if you really are worried about this and it helps you sleep at night, at least for the last night ... then taking care of the family dog is priority number one!"
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is a very sweet dog,” said University of Maryland
Medical Center spokeswoman Karen Warmkessel. “When
I saw him today, he looked great. He was really active, and now
he’s raising money for cancer research.”
Dozer even has his own bib number — K9.
Fort Campbell, one of the nation's largest military
bases, Obama met privately yesterday with members of the assault force
that carried out the mission to get bin Laden, thanking each one individually
for their "heroic and selfless service" to the country.
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The bonds that grow in battle between the Labs and their Marine handlers are already the stuff of heart-tugging war stories. But few have had the emotional impact of that of Pfc. Colton W. Rusk, a 20-year-old Marine machine gunner and dog handler who was killed in December by sniper fire in Sangin, one of the most deadly areas in Helmand. During his deployment, Private Rusk sent his parents a steady flow of pictures and news about his beloved bomb dog, Eli, a black Lab. When Private Rusk was shot, Marine officers told his parents, Eli crawled on top of their son to try to protect him.
The 3-year-old Eli, the first name of the survivors listed in Private Rusk’s obituary, was retired early from the military and adopted in February by Private Rusk’s parents, Darrell and Kathy Rusk. “He’s a big comfort to us,” Kathy Rusk said in a telephone interview from her home in Orange Grove, Tex. After the dog’s retirement ceremony in February at Lackland Air Force Base, an event that generated enormous news coverage in Texas, the Rusks brought Eli for the first time into their home (right: Eli with Colton's 12-year-old brother Brady Rusk).
first place he went was Colton’s room,” Mrs. Rusk said.
“He sniffed around and jumped up on his bed.”
“I think people go weak at the knees for these dogs,” Ms. Frankel said in an interview. “I do, too. But their contribution is significant.
"These are serious dogs.”
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Rights Activists Rally As Newark Woman Accused Of Starving, Dumping
Patrick The Pit Bull, Appears In Court
She’s calling for a stiff sentence.
Above left - Patrick on April 8, 2011 (credit: The Patrick Miracle/Facebook)
Under current state law, shelters are only allowed to adopt
dogs and cats out to individuals. Rescue groups are typically turned
away and denied access to the shelters. “How we get
around this is we adopt it to the person coming from the rescue group
and this allows shelters to have a great amount of power,” Kellner
“There are tens of thousands animals in New York State shelters waiting to be adopted and most are healthy, well-behaved, and just in need of a loving home,” Kellner said. “When a humane organization volunteers to take these animals, they should not be denied.”
passed a similar law in 1998 which allowed animal rescue
and adoption organizations request possession of an animal prior to
its killing. Last year, Delaware passed a law that seeks to
find sheltered animals homes rather than euthanize them.
The bill would not only guarantee rescue groups access to shelters but it would also ensure that the animals receive proper care – including fresh food and water on a daily basis, clean living environments, exercise and veterinary care.
Routine inspections would be mandated under the bill.
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a shelter on Kongning Road in Zhabei district, confiscated dogs
must be adopted within 30 days or
face "group handling," the new regulation said. The police
have never clarified the meaning of "group
handling," but local animal welfare groups claim
the authorities kill any dogs that have not found new homes in 30
People who already own more than one dog and registered them before the new law came into effect are allowed to keep their dogs.
"For many dog owners who have more than one dog, it is too hard to make the decision to keep one but abandon another," Lai Xiaoyu, the head of the China Small Animal Protection Association Shanghai Branch, told the Global Times.
The regulation also includes a code of conduct for dog owners.
are not allowed to bring dogs, except seeing eye dogs,
into public venues including office buildings, schools, hospitals,
museums, libraries, restaurants, shopping malls, hotels and public
And as a bonus, leashed dogs and cats are welcome, so that four-legged friends can join in the fun.
To add to the glamour of the occasion, the NYC Pet Show will welcome such pet-lebrities as Victoria Stilwell, from Animal Planet's hit television series "It's Me or the Dog!" and the heroes of animal rights organization Rescue Ink.
The NYC Pet Show
will take place on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22, 2011 from
12:00pm -- 5:00pm at the Metropolitan Pavilion, located at 125 W.
Evacuation Planning for Pets: Are You Prepared?
you live in an area that is prone to natural catastrophes, such
as tornadoes, earthquakes or floods?
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Pictured: Frankie the chihauhua — the abused animal was rescued in a raid in Yaphank in June and is now awaitng adoption at a rescue shelter in Farmingville (Photo/Mona Rivera)
It is up to the Border collies to keep their focus off Prospect Park.
a recent afternoon, Mr. Graziano, vice president of operations
for Goose Busters, and another dog, Samantha,
patrolled the lakeshore. Cleo, who is younger and lighter
than Samantha, will take over in the coming days, Mr. Graziano said.
But when the geese leave Prospect Park, where do they go? “Someplace else,” Ms. Lloyd said.
They often head to the nearby Green-Wood Cemetery. Ken Taylor, a cemetery official, said two kites that look like eagles were used there to chase the geese away — and back to Prospect Park.
remains to be seen whether Cleo, named for her resemblance to Cleopatra,
proves scarier than the kites, but Mr. Graziano appeared confident.
“They’ll leave the park,” he said.
But Cleo will be the linchpin in the goose fight. “They see the dog,” Mr. Graziano said. “They don’t want to be anywhere near it.”
I WANNA BE A BIRD-DOG TOO!
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Unable to find anyone to take her, workers decided euthanasia was the only option, until a call from Irwin saved Lady Bug’s life.
believe that all things happen for a reason,” Hadley said.
“Fate brings animal people together to make a difference.
Lady Bug is one lucky girl.” Algonquin resident and
Animal House Shelter volunteer Lynn Nowinski recently made
a donation to help the dog’s cause.
Saving dogs like
Lady Bug gives animals that have been abused their entire lives
a chance to be loved, Irwin said.
To help with Lady Bug’s rehabilitation or inquire about adoption, go to www.animalhouseshelter.com or call 847-961-5541.
identities of all 80 members of the American commando team who thundered
Pakistan, and killed Osama bin Laden are the subject of intense speculation,
but perhaps none more so
than the only member with 4
A Silver Star, one of the Navy’s highest awards, was awarded posthumously in 2009 to a dog named Remco after he charged an insurgent’s hide-out in Afghanistan.
training of dogs in Navy Seal teams and other Special Operations units
is shrouded in secrecy. Maj. Wes Ticer, a spokesman
for United States Special Operations Command, said the dogs’
primary functions “are finding explosives and conducting searches
and patrols.”“Dogs are relied upon,” he
continued, “to provide early warning for potential hazards,
many times, saving the lives of the Special Operations Forces with
whom they operate.”
Suzanne Belger, president of the American Belgian Malinois Club, said she was hoping the dog was one of her breed “and that it did its job and came home safe.” But Laura Gilbert, corresponding secretary for the German Shepherd Dog Club of America, said she was sure the dog was her breed “because we’re the best!”
Happy Mother's Day!
This Mother’s Day, while honoring our own moms, let’s take a moment to remember dogs like Binah, who are forced to spend their entire lives confined in puppy mills.
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If the PMCPA is gutted in Missouri, your state’s puppy mill law might be next.
The fate of millions of dogs now hangs on the decision of one man. The ASPCA implores all of our supporters to contact everyone you know in Missouri; ask them to call Governor Nixon to urge him to veto SB 113 (please do not call the governor if you live outside Missouri). You can also help by spreading the word about this injustice—please share this article via Facebook and twitter.
“The ASPCA was not part of the negotiations and does not support the agreement,” says Cori Menkin (right), ASPCA Senior Director of Legislative Initiatives. “The language crafted by the participating groups is far from an actual compromise—instead, it guts many of the core provisions to protect dogs in commercial breeding facilities passed by voters last November.”
agreement, which will nullify Prop B, allows the stacking of cages,
leaves temperature, exercise and veterinary care requirements unenforceable,
allows female dogs to be bred at every heat cycle with no rest between
litters, and places no limit on the number of dogs a breeder may keep.
Most significantly, it does not set specific standards, but defers
to those set by the Missouri Department of Agriculture—which
is free to change or lower these standards at will.
Yet if some state legislators have their way, horrific but valuable videos like that one will never be made.
But, first, the
The root problem is not Espenson or his company, any more than the root problem at Abu Ghraib was Lynndie England.
The problem is the system that enables cruelty and a lack not just of law enforcement but actual laws. Because the only federal laws governing animal cruelty apply to slaughterhouses, where animals may spend only minutes before being dispatched. None apply to farms, where animals are protected only by state laws.
these may be moving in the wrong direction. In their infinite
wisdom the legislatures of Iowa, Minnesota, Florida and others are
considering measures that would punish heroic videographers like the
one who spent two weeks as an E6 employee, who was clearly traumatized
by the experience. (I spoke to him on the phone Saturday,
with a guarantee of anonymity.)
The way most animals are handled in the United States right now has to have all of us omnivores wondering the same thing.
law’s purpose is to base protections on science. Now that
politics has been allowed to trump science when it comes to the
gray wolf, which species will be next?
wolf has been a subject of litigation ever since it was
reintroduced in the mid-1990s. One of Mr. Salazar’s
acts as secretary was to de-list the animal in Idaho and Montana,
arguing that populations had recovered and that the states could
now manage them. A federal judge [Donald W. Molloy (left)]
overturned his ruling, as well as a compromise plan that Mr. Salazar
worked out with environmental groups.
For the sake of his own reputation as a conservationist, Mr. Salazar has to hope that Congress’s meddling stops with the wolves.
$150 for a Wolf's leg
“Probably the dog,” she said.
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dog owner Chen waited nervously.
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"The kennels will stay as they are in the black sheds.People can come and visit and it should bring some education to the area and a voice for the dogs," said Monica.
Beware of any site that sells medications without requiring a veterinarian’s prescription.
F.D.A. also recommends that consumers look for sites accredited as
a Veterinary-Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Site, part
of a voluntary accreditation program.
Murray suggested putting away a little each week until savings reach
$2,000 to $3,000.
story represents a larger, grim reality that has developed in recent
outside of the city, and it really changes,” said Calla
Felicity, who works at Rocket Dog Rescue,
a Bay Area animal rescue service.
But it is not the city’s love of pets, but rather its breeding control that some credit for the vivid difference in animal welfare.
For the past 20 years, the city has had an aggressive policy of spaying and neutering dogs and cats. Surgery is often underwritten to be free or low cost, and most rescue services and shelters require the procedure before a pet can be adopted.
rural and poorer areas it could be a matter of means,” said
Jennifer Scarlett, a veterinarian and co-president of the San Francisco
S.P.C.A., noting that spaying and neutering costs about $300 per animal.
“Some people simply don’t have access and resources.”
We had all just started to get to know her, and then she was gone.
No one has been
held accountable for what happened to Thisbe and her family, and most
likely never will be.
from Fresno. The euthanasia rate there is
47.4, one of the worst in the state.
If you have a cat, keep him indoors. This will provide nearly complete
protection against the vegetative pests.
“Organized dog fighting is a brutal form of animal abuse where dogs are exploited and forced to fight as their owners profit from their torture,” says ASPCA Animal Fighting Specialist Terry Mills (right). “We are determined to protect our nation’s animals from this form of cruelty.”
All 41 dogs have been taken to an undisclosed location, where veterinarians
will examine their medical conditions and temperaments.
Experts warn people not to run away if a coyote is sighted, but to make noise and make it leave. Running, they said, makes a human look like prey.
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A Google representative said the application was "removed based
on a trademark infringement complaint" but did not immediately
say whether the app would be sold again if those issues were resolved.
But Weber urged Page to ensure that Dog Wars was permanently
muzzled, particularly at a time of increasing violence nationally
against police officers.
"We are in fact animal lovers ourselves," the email said. "This is our groundbreaking way to raise money/awareness to aid REAL dogs in need, execute freedom of expression, and serve as a demonstration to the competing platform that will not allow us as developers to release software without prejudgment."
Although the application has already been taken down, Kage Games has told some media outlets that it removed Dog Wars to work on updates, which may indicate that the game will be rereleased soon.
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“Dogs are dogs,” she added.
That may be, but that doesn’t mean they’re allowed to
show it, especially not in the oh-so-carefully controlled
and scrutinized upper echelons of society.
matters worse, he said, is the fact that owners don’t discipline
the dogs themselves. Instead, they throw money at them, expecting
a specialist to fix the problem.
It’s a good thing Mr. Kihn wasn’t asked to bring Hola to his Riverside Drive co-op board before moving in. “We just lied and told them she was medium-size and mellow,” he said.
Others should have it so easy. To get past highly selective co-op
boards, the desperate turn to Elena Gretch, founder of It’s
a Dog’s Life, an upmarket training service. She usually
requires six sessions (at about $175 a session) to
prep dogs for interviews.
But all of it that, she added, is nothing compared with the scrutiny of a high-strung co-op board. “When you have to charm so many people, it’s really intimidating,” she said.
It’s a good thing dogs don’t have to apply to private schools.
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said Ava nipped her son last year.”
Dog attacks TWO kids from the same family? Any others? Has the Dog
attacked any children in the neighborhood OTHER than the Gernhardts’?
react aggressively to signals of fear and, according to NorthJersey•com,
little Isabella Gernhardt was hiding behind her mother. Isabelle,
who is allergic to canines, stays away from the dog, Isabelle’s
mother Elizabeth Gernhardt, said, adding that her daughter was not
playing with Ava. “She has never played with that dog, she won’t
even pet the dog.”
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decision spared Ava’s life, but cost Molly
her beloved companion.
didn’t want the dog put down. We wanted it to go somewhere it
could be of use. We just didn’t want it back in the neighborhood,”
said Mike Gernhardt, the injured girl’s father.
The Rienels believe the same person who robbed their house the first time is also the person who stole Pookie.
Pookie weighs about 14 pounds. She’s missing two or three of her front teeth. The Rienel family said they won’t press charges against anyone who brings Pookie forward. They just want their dog back.
The politicians said their proposal could help promote the adoption and care of over 12,000 dogs currently in City shelters.
reason why it’s the rescue dog is because the rescue dog fits
with New York so perfectly,” Kellner said. “New Yorkers
are scrappy just like rescue dogs, we often both have a bone to pick
and a lot of us are mutts. So, this is a perfect fit.”
“It’s time that we throw these dogs a bone.”
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Teaching dogs to respect plants is not impossible, even for the most manipulated owners — like those who tell me their pet is the one holding the leash. Oh really? I am quite positive that Miffy, given the option, would actually prefer to pee in the apartment rather than outside of it, yet you have persuaded her not to.
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your dog hydrated
If your dog is not socialized, try enrolling in a dog training class.
Minor League teams often have Dog Day Games as well so check for those too.
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Woman Accused Of Starving, Dumping Pit Bull Pleads Not Guilty
New Jersey woman accused of starving a dog that was found at the bottom
of a trash chute pleaded not guilty Thursday to animal abuse
charges, as letters and donations poured in from the around the world
in support of the 1-year-old pit bull nicknamed Patrick.
Authorities say Curtis tied the dog to a railing in her Newark apartment building and left the state for more than a week. A janitor later found the emaciated dog in a trash bin.
mother was in court Thursday and said her daughter was in Albany,
N.Y., when the dog was believed to have been abused.
“He’s walking, which is a big symbol of hope, because he couldn’t walk in the beginning,” Assisstant Prosecutor Cheryl Cucinello said.
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While the language on the Rocky Mountain wolves was a tiny item in budgetary terms, environmental groups said it set an unnerving precedent by letting Congress, rather than a science-based federal agency, remove endangered species protections.
The rider is the first known instance of Congress’ directly
intervening in the list. While Congress overrode the protections
extended to a tiny Tennessee fish called the snail darter about two
decades ago, it did so by authorizing the construction of a dam that
had originally been tabled to protect the fish. In that case, Congress
did not overturn scientists’ findings about the fish’s
The rider also precluded judicial review of this provision.
wolf issue has great political resonance among the ranchers and hunters
of Montana. The first group is concerned about livestock;
the second about declines in elk and moose herds. Senator
Tester is up for re-election in 2012.
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Sheriff's office K-9 Kane killed in the line of duty
Fleeing suspect allegedly stabbed veteran police dog
By Bob Albrecht
from The Columbian
Clark County WA
April 2, 2011
Just one year from retirement, a Clark County Sheriff’s Office canine was fatally stabbed shortly after midnight Saturday. Kane, who worked as a police dog for six years, was transported to and then pronounced dead at St. Francis Animal Hospital.
Deputies spotted two people driving in a vehicle with stolen license plates in a cul-de-sac near Heritage High School, said Sgt. Scott Schanaker, a sheriff’s spokesman. They followed the vehicle south to the intersection of Northeast 76th Street and 117th Avenue. At one point, the driver allegedly tried to ram a patrol car before both people got out of the stolen vehicle and fled on foot. As the pair ran, Kane tried to detain one of them and was stabbed, according to a news release.
A commenter on The Columbian’s website claiming to have heard the incident over a police scanner wrote that Kane had caught somebody and was stabbed. He then grabbed the person a second time and was stabbed again. Another commenter wrote that Kane was stabbed near her house. “(Kane’s) cries will haunt me for a long time,” wrote someone using the username “tj.”
Deputies said the suspects in the incident were taken into custody after the Southwest Washington Regional SWAT Team was called to assist deputies, Vancouver police and Washington State Patrol. There were no other injuries reported.
Keegan H. Graves, 31, of La Center (left) was arrested on suspicion of harming a police dog, auto theft and attempting to elude a police officer. Natasa M. Cresap, 22, of Yacolt was arrested on an outstanding Department of Corrections warrant.
Harming a police dog is a Class C felony, according to state statutes. A Class C felony is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
investigation by the regional crimes unit is ongoing.
"We are going to get a motorcycle with a side car. He's expressed interested that he wants to travel around the neighborhood, so I guess that is what we're going to do," said Grandberg.
The new law means people could be sentenced to up to two years in prison and pay fines of up to $5,000 if they intentionally injure or kill a police dog.
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About the book’s accuracy he said: “I have always assumed that to some degree it’s a work of fiction. Steinbeck was a fiction writer, and here he’s shaping events, massaging them. He probably wasn’t using a tape recorder. But I still feel there’s an authenticity there.”
He added, talking about Mr. Steigerwald’s discoveries: “Does this shake my faith in the book? Quite the opposite. I would say hooray for Steinbeck. If you want to get at the spirit of something, sometimes it’s important to use the techniques of a fiction writer. Why has this book stayed in the American imagination, unlike, for example, Michael Harrington’s ‘The Other America,’ which came out at the same time?”
2010, Bill Barich (below) published “Long
Way Home: On the Trail of Steinbeck’s America,”
an account of his own Steigerwald-like
journey, in which he came to some more upbeat conclusions than Steinbeck
had. “I’m fairly certain that Steinbeck made up
most of the book,” he said recently. “The dialogue is
In some ways, Mr. Barich went on, Steinbeck’s view of America was much darker than he let on in the book. “The die was probably cast long before he hit the road,” he said, “and a lot of what he wrote was colored by the fact that he was so ill. But I still take seriously a lot of what he said about the country.
His perceptions were right on the money about the death of localism, the growing homogeneity of America, the trashing of the environment. He was prescient about all that.”
The confusion stems from a variety of sources, one of which no doubt is the perception that there are minimum standards that must be met for dog food to qualify as "senior."
professional organizations do stipulate requirements for pups and
adult dog food, the Association of American Feed Control Officials
and the National Research Council have no such requirements
for food marketed for aging or "mature" canines (beyond
what's required for adult dog food).
The study authors also advised talking with a veterinarian, noting that every "senior diet" for dogs is different and may or may not be appropriate for a particular dog, depending upon his overall condition and health.
The two remaining dogs, Boss and Buster, are certainly adoptable, she said in a telephone interview.
accused Animal Care of using the Bronx dogs as draws for fund-raising
— noting the plea on its Web home page for donations to help
“recent victims of the apartment fires in the Bronx”
— without trying fully to save the remaining dogs.
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In 2008, Mietje Germonpre, a paleontologist at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, and her team identified what they believe is the world's first known dog. Found in a Belgian cave, the remains for this possible dog suggest that it lived around 32,000 years ago and resembled a Siberian Husky. But it was about the size of a large shepherd dog.
Germonpre told Discovery
News that it's unclear
now whether these much smaller French dogs descended from the European
Paleolithic stock of large dogs, were introduced from elsewhere,
or resulted through selection for a smaller body size. Germonpre
pointed out that larger dogs, more contemporaneous with the earliest
known French dogs, are known from sites in Russia and the Ukraine.
"This suggests that different types of dogs occurred in Europe
at the end of the last Ice Age," she said.
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“I’ve always found library books to be therapeutic. But maybe that’s just me.”
“It’s important to secure garbage which is a primary food for them. Bird feeders not only provide a source of food, but they draw off the kind of animals, rodents, and birds and things like that, that the coyotes will feed on. And leaving pet food outdoors is also a bad thing,” Connors said.
Police will use pepper pellet guns to scare off coyotes. If that doesn’t work, Connors said they’ll turn to traps.
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Something is rotten in Hempstead, NY. And now, it's only getting worse.
a draconian move, the shelter will no longer accept telephone inquiries
on shelter animals. You read that right. If your dog is lost
and you want to know if someone turned her in? You'll have to send
your request via email, or through the U.S. Postal Service, and wait
for one of the shelter fat cats to get back to you while your dog
barks until she's hoarse in a packed kennel area as her time runs
A group of local activists has started a Facebook campaign called Hope for Hempstead Shelter to do exactly that.
But meanwhile, the issue of Ms. Horan needs to be resolved in a way that demonstrates that the town of Hempstead takes animal cruelty seriously.
For the animals' sake, let Town Supervisor Kate Murray know that you stand with them.
animals activists brought along their pets as they waved banners demanding
changes in practices and policies at the shelter. The rally, organized
by the group Hope for Hempstead Shelter, was in part
sparked by a Youtube
video released earlier this week. The video, said to be several years
old, shows a shelter official, Patricia
Horan, saying “kill the kitty, kill the kitty,”
before a kitten was euthanized.
protesters said they wanted to see reform at the shelter, where they
contend many animals were being euthanized and people were being prevented
from rescuing them.
In a news release, The Town of Hempstead addressed the Youtube video along with the allegations of abuse and said town officials were “shocked” by it. They also called the video “appalling” and pointed out that the acting shelter director seen in the video was reassigned pending an investigation.
One woman at the rally said that the shelter was prohibiting animal
rescuers from entering and trying to help. “There’s people
in the community that are begging to go in there to help. Even if
it is to walk the dogs,” she said.
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The most common periodic fever among humans is known as familial Mediterranean fever. It tends to affect people of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern descent, and there is no cure.
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With any luck, Tasker is going off into the next world with a dear, devoted dog who didn’t want to give up his rightful place at his best friend’s side…
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Karl, who has since split from his wife, said: 'I can see the humour in death and burials, it doesn't bother me.
'I don't have any family now - my dog Charlie has been my only companion for 15 years - so I haven't got anyone else to do the funeral for me.'
Crematorium has more than 2,500 animals, ranging from small birds
and hamsters to horses, buried in its Crawshawbooth grounds. Manager
Russell Gray said: 'It's a very special and peaceful place, which
is why many people choose it for their pets. In many ways it's much
better kept and loved than a human cemetery.'
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big bone of contention was that my mom and my sister thought that
he was too smart to be treated like a dog; they thought he was a person
and should be treated as such — well, spoiled,” said
Danielle, a Florida woman who asked that her last name not
be published to avoid more family pet strife. “The dog remains
to this day, 10 years later, a source of contention and anger.”
Such differences often emerge only after a family has adopted a pet, and they can exacerbate the more mundane disagreements about pet care, like how much to spend on vet bills, how often to walk the dog, how the animal should interact with young children. The fallout from such conflicts isn’t hard to find: Most everyone knows of couples who have quarreled over pets, or even divorced, because her spaniel nipped at his Rottweiler.
there are countless single people out there all but married to some
hairy Frida or Diego — banishing any potential partner who doesn’t
fall quickly, and equally, in love.
“Families either figure it out and manage these differences,” Dr. Terrien said, “or they give up the pet — which happens far more often than people think.”
Dr. Fine describes one of his first and most inspiring cases, 5-year-old
Diane was brought to him because she recoiled in
fright from strangers, and though she spoke at home, she
refused to speak to anyone else, including her kindergarten teacher.
A trained therapy dog named Puppy eventually broke the back of her
selective mutism. Diane was petting Puppy, smiling and content,
when Dr. Fine gave the dog a signal to walk away. Diane was crestfallen,
and seeing the girl’s distress, Dr. Fine told her that all she
had to do to get the dog back was to say, “Puppy, come.”
Softly, the child said, “Puppy, come, please come, Puppy.”
That incident became the bridge Dr. Fine needed to help the child
overcome her socially disabling problem.
another case in which a child was told where — and where not
— to touch the therapy animal, the child opened up about being
inappropriately touched, sexually abused, by a family member.
Reeves, who owns two Labrador mixes named Cadbury and Bella, said
he was not surprised. “There is exercise that gets done in this
household that wouldn’t get done otherwise,” he said.
“Our dogs demand that you take them out at 10 o’clock
at night, when it’s the last thing you feel like doing. They’re
not going to leave you alone until they get their walk in.”
“There is still a lot more dog walking that could be done among dog owners,” Dr. Reeves said.
the question remains whether owning a dog encourages regular activity
or whether active, healthy people are simply more likely to acquire
dogs as walking companions. A 2008 study in Western Australia addressed
the question when it followed 773 adults who didn’t have dogs.
After a year, 92 people, or 12 percent of the group, had acquired
a dog. Getting a dog increased average walking by about 30 minutes
a week, compared with those who didn’t own dogs. But on closer
analysis, the new dog owners had been laggards before getting a dog,
walking about 24 percent less than other people without dogs.
“They help themselves by helping the dog,” said Dr. Johnson, co-author of the new book “Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound,” to be published in May by Purdue University Press. “If we’re committed to a dog, it enables us to commit to physical activity ourselves.”
“She draws the whole family together,” said Pamela Fields, 52, a government specialist in United States-Japan relations. “Even when we hate each other, we all agree that we love the dog.” Her husband, Michael Richards, also 52 and a media lawyer, explained that the name Bashert comes from the Yiddish word for soul mate or destiny. “We didn’t choose her,” he said. “She chose us.” Their 12-year-old daughter, Alana, said, “When I go to camp, I miss the dog a lot more than I miss my parents,” and their 14-year-old son, Aaron, said, “Life was so boring before we got Bashert.”
Yet Bashert wasn’t always adored. The Washington Animal Rescue League had retrieved her from a notoriously abusive puppy mill — the pet industry’s equivalent of a factory farm — where she had spent years encaged as a breeder, a nonstop poodle-making machine. By the time of her adoption, the dog was weak, malnourished, diseased, and caninically illiterate. “She didn’t know how to be a dog,” said Ms. Fields. “We had to teach her how to run, to play, even to bark.”
Stories like Bashert’s encapsulate the complexity and capriciousness
of our longstanding love affair with animals, now our best friends
and soul mates, now our laboratory Play-Doh and featured on our dinner
plates. We love animals, yet we euthanize five million abandoned cats
and dogs each year. We lavish some $48 billion annually on our pets
and another $2 billion on animal protection and conservation causes;
but that index of affection pales like so much well-cooked pork against
the $300 billion we spend on meat and hunting, and the tens of billions
devoted to removing or eradicating animals we
how our animal urges express themselves is a strongly cultural and
contingent affair. Many human groups have incorporated animals into
their religious ceremonies, through practices like animal sacrifice
or the donning of animal masks. Others have made extensive folkloric
and metaphoric use of animals, with the cast of characters tuned to
suit local reality and pedagogical need.
wild animals like wolves will avert their eyes when spotted,
dogs and cats readily return our gaze, and with an
apparent emotiveness that stimulates the wistful narrative in our
head. Dogs add to their soulful stare a distinctive mobility of facial
musculature. “Their facial features are flexible, and they can
raise their lips into a smile,” Dr. Horowitz said. “The
animals we seem to love the most are the ones that make expressions
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Regardless of whether you choose a dog or a cat, if you work a lot, Kasanoff has a piece of adoption advice. "Really, really old dogs," he says. "Seriously. Go to the pound and adopt a nine or 10-year-old dog no one else wants."
Goldfarb backs him up.
The shelter is being investigated for alleged abuse by workers.
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As for Zoe, she became a celebrity in Austin, Thomas said. She even accompanied him to an award dinner, a black tie event. Waiters brought Zoe her own plate, he said. "Now, she's a little diva," he said.
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fits in well with his sea-loving owners — despite disliking
the water. Yes, he can swim. He’d just rather not. When the
couple assessed Ollie’s ability in their son’s pool, he
was able to paddle just fine, but swam right out.
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Kiko, the family dog, had suddenly become a surgeon.
wasn't an aggressive attack. He pretty much just ate the infection,
so he saved my life," Jerry Douthett said.
Jerry Douthett says Kiko, a white terrier with brown ears, is a hero. Now that he knows he is diabetic, he has given up drinking.
Animal Control “determined that the dog was acting true to its nature by removing the wound from the victim as it would in the wild” and the incident was not a violation.
The dog was described as non-threatening and will not be put down.
The Department of Children and Family Services was also notified to document the incident, but told sheriff’s police they did not plan to investigate.
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According to the ordinance, no pet store “shall display, sell, trade, deliver, barter, lease, rent, auction, give away, transfer, offer for sale or transfer, or otherwise dispose of dogs or cats.”
The ordinance does not apply to animal shelters or rescue organizations.
Pet stores may also still provide space for animals from such organizations
for the purpose of getting them adopted.
must also receive a "certificate of source" telling where
the dog or cat originated from and if the breeder is licensed by the
United States Department of Agriculture. Those found to have a falsified
certificate of source will pay $2,500 in damages for each instance.
More people adopting from shelters should, in turn, help lower the euthanasia rate. Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control, which serves Lake Worth, euthanized 3,686 dogs and 10,176 cats in the year that ended Sept. 30. Any euthanasia rate higher than zero is too high, says Don.
• Contact local officials. Explain why a retail pet sale ban should be approved in your area. Ordinances that prohibit the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores will benefit the local economy, shelter dogs and local breeders.
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Instead, I became Splash, the senator’s Portuguese Water Dog.
begged my way into an internship with the senator, I spent most of
my time making copies, keeping records and answering phones. But then
on a quiet winter afternoon when there was not much else going on,
my supervisor came to me with an apologetic look on her face.
Today would have been Senator Kennedy’s 79th birthday. In December, Splash died, a little more than a year after his master.
Reading that sad news, I remembered the “liberal lion” sitting at his desk while Splash slobbered away on a grimy tennis ball in the corner. It was an image that had soothed nervous interns and disarmed even Kennedy’s fiercest critics in Congress. Then I remembered the letters to Splash, and I realized those children felt the same way that I had as a kid in Boston, and still do — that we were all a small part of the Kennedy family.
Sen. Kennedy's dog Splash approaches Nicholas Davis, 9, right, while
Kennedy reads to children at the Knight Children's Center in Boston.
The "Pawscar" shines the spotlight on those films who have earned an important distinction: the "No Animals Were Harmed" disclaimer from the American Humane Association.
The nonprofit's Film & TV Unit started the award three years ago as an internal point of recognition. But the word got out and the Pawscar took on a life of its own.
A crucial part of the industry for over 70 years, the Film & TV Unit dispatches Certified Animal Safety Representatives to the sets of approximately 2,000 productions annually, ranging from student films to the biggest blockbusters that Hollywood offers.
So drumroll please, as we present some of this year's "Pawscar" winners:
Villain -- "Cats & Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore"
For the past 10 years, she has been committed to protecting all the animals in the "Harry Potter" series.
80 percent of the animal actors in one of this year's "Pawscar"
winners came from shelters.
Upon learning that the winner was a Deerhound, had Klimavicius considered serving his guest venison? “That’s a good question,” he said with a laugh. “A very good question. Well, you see the tradition is filet mignon on a silver platter.”
Best in Show at Westminster is a little like being named Miss America
— the victory kicks off a one-year reign in which the dog is
often whisked from one celebrity appearance to the next.
to be headed down a similar path. Lloyd and the dog’s owners,
who live in Flint Hill, Va., have said they plan to breed her this
year, and although Lloyd said they would like to participate in some
events, Hickory has what might be called a John Madden limitation:
she does not fly.
Want of Loving Home
silly to fret about rare dog breeds becoming extinct because of the
lack of popularity while tens of thousands of dogs — mutts and
purebreds alike — sit in animal shelters, waiting for homes.
Breeders’ attempts to save certain breeds doom homeless dogs
by producing puppies who fill homes that could have gone to dogs in
shelters. Dogs don’t care what they look like, what breed they
are, or what their papers say. They just want a loving home.
writer is a staff writer for the Foundation to Support Animal Protection,
known as the PETA Foundation.
Dogs on Parade?
Calm canines are helping kids with autism learn to communicate, soothing soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder, and acting as de-facto therapists for stressed-out New Yorkers who are coping with everything from grief to panic attacks.
clients who seek out Alldredge’s services already have their
dogs as pets. Once their therapists state, in writing, that their
dog is providing a service beyond simple companionship, Alldredge
assesses the dog’s temperament, then goes through rigorous obedience
training to ensure that the dog can stay serence in all circumstances.
The process can take months, and costs a minimum of $600.
“When I have tantrums around the dog, it affects him. And it hurts me to see it hurt him. It helps me see what I do. He’s brought something to my life that I never thought I could have. I’m not cured, but it helps!”
Alldredge says that she has one elderly client who has such severe agoraphobia, she’s only able to leave her house with her terrier in tow. Another suffered debilitating panic attacks while traveling, but with the company of her trusty pup, she’s all but cured.
To hear Alldredge explain it, the service she’s helping dogs perform is little more than a logical evolutionary step in a very long history. “Dogs have always been bred to be companions to humans,” she explains. “Our needs have changed now, and the roles they