Tuesday, June 30, 2009

News Reel - Dog Park to Reduce Crime?

Here's an interesting one ...

Dog park plan has bark, and bite

Dog park advocates are trying to encourage support for the dog park by suggesting that it will reduce crime. Basically, they are looking for the dog park people to be like CrimeStoppers. Check out the below snippets from the article below:

City police, who have long urged dog owners to keep a lookout for crime on their daily walks, like the idea of more positive presence on the streets.

“It’s an effective tool,’’ said Boston police Superintendent William B. Evans, who heads the department’s bureau of field services. “People with dogs who are out in the neighborhood - that’s more eyes and ears for us.’’

“Certainly one of the most appealing aspects of a dog park’’ is the anticrime component, he said. “It’s going to help clean up the neighborhood, and you might not have a lot of people loitering or late night cruising.’’

It would be interesting to see if the dog park actually did help deter crime. I doubt it somewhat and personally, I wouldn't want to go to a dog park where people are routinely stabbed to death BUT that's just my opinion.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Training Rant - Guarantees

You know, it never ceases to amaze me that people would get sucked in to a trainer because the trainer gives them a "guarantee". I laughed when I read this ad ... it has a lot of words but says nothing.

100% satisfaction guarantee ... every time I see this I laugh.

Why do trainers feel the need to advertise that they have a guarantee?? Shouldn't the results of your training speak volumes for you? Why aren't previous clients coming forward to proclaim their satisfaction with your training?

I have met many people who have received training from a dog trainer with 'lifetime guarantee' on their training and you know what?? The training doesn't work. Unfortunately, they have to sign a big contract before training can begin and they find out later that they aren't able to get their money back because some small stipulation in the contract breaks the guarantee.

Have you ever been to a trainer with a guarantee? How long ago was it? Are you still satisfied with the training?

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Featured Rescue - Sam the Chow

I will try this weekend to catch up on all the comments that have been left in the last few weeks. Quite frankly, I'm swamped right now. We're still cleaning up this darn virus ... this is the end of week two now.

This is Sam. He's a chow, 5 years young. Although he is currently listed under Mature Dog Adoptions, he is actually a crosspost from a shelter. It doesn't list which one - I do wish they would post that ...

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Rant - Carrying your dog

Have you ever been somewhere with your dog(s) and noticed someone walking their little dog towards you? Your dogs could be perfect angels, but the person takes one look at them and stoops to pick up the dog so they don't have to walk by your guys. Then proceeds to walk by without even looking at you.

I feel so sorry for that poor dog. Not only are you preventing your dog from a potentially fulfilling socialization, you may be causing more damage than good.

Why do I keep reading crap teaching new puppy owners how to carry their puppy?? I did a quick google search on this and found that there are actually entire articles teaching you the "Proper" way to carry your dog. Then they tell you to carry your new puppy to stores, parks and playgrounds for socialization. NEWSFLASH!!! Your dog will not be socializing while it's draped in your arms.

Why are you carrying your dog? Is it physically impaired? Does it have four legs? Did you know that even if it only has 3 legs it is still more capable than you of walking places. Why are people encouraged to carry their dog?

If anyone can answer these questions with VALID answers, I would love to hear them. I have been spending time in the city lately and am appalled at what I have been seeing.

I know many people who will turn around and say "well, your dogs are quite large and could cause a lot of damage to my poopsie-poo so I err on the side of caution." WHAT?!

Do you have a voice? What is preventing you from addressing me "Hello/Good Morning/Afternoon! Are your dogs friendly? Can we walk by safely?" Are you mute?

Monday, June 22, 2009


Thanks to a problem with our internet connection plus virus problems at work, I have been forced to neglect my blog for the last few days. For everyone who stops by - I apologize.

I will hopefully be back on track tomorrow ... I've been keeping it all bottled up for days now!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Featured Rescue - Winston the Boston Terrier

I haven't had a Boston Terrier featured yet on this blog so I thought today was the day! Meet Winston. He seems to have a lot going for him ... unfortunately the rescue is limiting the adoption area to a radius of 65 miles of Sharpsville, PA. This eliminates so many potential adopters ... Don't they want to find him the right home? What if that home is 70 miles away??

I normally wouldn't post the dog if there are restrictions like that but I wanted to bring up this topic. If you are looking to find a home for the animals in your care, why would you put forth a stipulation like that? What is the benefit? If he's adopted, wouldn't that mean that you could take another dog into your organization?

What do you think?


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

News Reel - Rabies Outbreak in China

This is an interesting one ... again I haven't heard anything of this so feel like I am living in a bubble here!

NW China campaign against dogs highlights legal loophole in animal welfare

Turns out that there has been a big rabies outbreak in China and "city government ordered that all dogs in rabies-infected villages be killed. More than 34,000 dogs were killed as of June 11, according to the local government"

"As of June 12, about 8,600 people had been bitten or scratched by dogs and 12 had died of rabies"

Take some time to read the article. It's really interesting. I have found that sometimes governments look at the most controlled way to keep the people safe. They have to take into account the asshats out there (similar to what causes a need for BSL ... but that's another day's post!) and they have to ensure they are able to keep the innocent people safe.

Once you have read the article, post your comments and thoughts ... how would you resolve this issue to keep the population safe?

Monday, June 15, 2009

Featured Rescue Followups May

Well, here's the Featured Rescue Followups for April and all those who weren't adopted from previous months. I'm not posting the pictures again this month. Check out the original post if you're interested in seeing the pics.

Kobe Swims the "Rottweiler" mix
Status: NOT adopted
Featured on December 5, 2008
Follow link here to see blog entry

Tahne the Cocker Spaniel
Status: Adopted - WooHoo!
Featured on December 13, 2008
Follow link here to see blog entry.

Rafe and Redman the Rhodesian Ridgebacks
Status: NOT Adopted
Featured on January 12, 2009
Follow link here to see blog entry

Bella the Catahoula Leopard Dog
Status: NOT Adopted
Featured on January 21, 2009
Follow link here to see blog entry

Cody the Akita
Status: Not Adopted
Featured on March 29, 2009
Follow link here to see blog entry

Sebastian the Shetland Sheepdog
Status: Adopted
Featured on April 2, 2009
Follow link here to see blog entry

Sweeney the Schnauzer
Status: Adopted
Featured on April 19, 2009
Follow link here to see blog entry

FiFi the Great Pyrenees
Status: Not Adopted
Featured on April 26, 2009
Follow link here to see blog entry

Gala the Chinese Crested
Status: Not Adopted
Featured on April 30, 2009
Follow link here to see blog entry

China the Weimeraner
Status: Adopted
Featured on May 6, 2009
Follow link here to see blog entry

Codi the Welsh Corgi
Status: Not Adopted
Featured on May 10, 2009
Follow link here to see blog entry

Eubie the Border Collie
Status: Not Adopted
Featured on May 13, 2009
Follow link here to see blog entry

Priscilla the Shih Tzu
Status: Not Adopted - On Hold
Featured on May 19, 2009
Follow link here to see blog entry

Washington the Beagle
Status: Adopted
Featured on May 24, 2009
Follow link here to see blog entry

Jack A Roo the Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler
Status: Not Adopted
Featured on May 30, 2009
Follow link here to see blog entry

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Training Rant - House"breaking"

This has been driving me crazy for a while. Why do people use the term house- "Breaking"?? I always make sure I use the term "Housetraining" and I correct anyone I hear who uses "Housebreaking".

Do you Potty-Break your child? No. You Potty Train them.

It is the same. You House TRAIN your dog. You are not breaking him (at least, I would hope your methods aren't such that you could use the word "break" with it).

HouseTraining is supposed to be fun. Most dogs I have come through pick this up within a week. Some take as much as three weeks. Why do people make it a big angry scary thing?

There was one dog I know who "couldn't be housebroken" (I have many stories like this, but you only get one per rant!!). One of the big time training facilities (PetSmart) told the owners that she couldn't be housebroken and recommended that she be euthanized. She was a shih tzu ... a puppy mill dog. I agreed; she couldn't be housebroken ... but that didn't mean she couldn't be housetrained. This was the dog that took three weeks to housetrain. Yes, she took longer than most I work with, but that doesn't mean she couldn't be trained! All dogs learn at different speeds.

Sometimes I am amazed that the one side of my head isn't flat from banging my head on the desk so often ...

Training your dog is fun. So are you making it into a chore??

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Featured Rescue - Deuce the Boxer

Today there are 6,229 Boxers listed on Petfinder.com. I find many people don't understand this playful breed and again I would recommend to anyone getting a dog to PLEASE research the breed before bringing one home!

Deuce is our Featured Rescue for today. He's a young'un at 8 months. He's neutered and up to date with vaccinations. Apparently he already knows some basic commands.

Friday, June 12, 2009

CL Rant - Farm dog

Ok, here's a good one. Sorry to do two CL Rants in a row but I couldn't resist. I'm going to copy and paste the ad below and then insert my comments in RED.
beautiful dog looking for farm or big backyard
hi there (Greetings, Asshat)

we are looking to adopt out our beautiful dog (I'm sorry to hear that you have decided you don't want him any more ... I'm sure your dog is heartbroken ... I'm sure you're putting on a brave face)

he is part german sheppard and part husky ("sheppard" ... ARGH! Husky is a general term and doesn't specify a breed ... did you know that? It's like calling a dog a Spaniel - it's very vague)

he is about a medium size dog (Actually, both "breeds" mentioned above are considered large breeds and judging by the picture below, I would agree ... he looks to be a large breed)

he has never been good on walking on a leash (So why didn't you train him? Too lazy?) so we feel he needs to be on a farm (Great idea - if he isn't able to be trained, dump him on a farm ... WHY do people keep trying to do this?? Do you not understand that farm dogs require MORE training than city dogs?) or with someone that has a big backyard and he can just run and run (Because we wouldn't want to exercise him ourselves)

also the other reason is we are going to be evicted soon because we have both lost jobs recently (Woah - hold your horses. Didn't you keep 10% of your paycheck in the bank for a rainy day just in case you were laid off? We had warning that layoffs were coming from last fall - why weren't you prepared now? What would you do if this was a child?) and have fallen way behind in rent (How can you be "way behind" if you just "recently" lost your jobs?) we are looking for a small adoption fee of $50 but is negotiable as the most important thing is he is goes to a great home (Newsflash - you aren't going to know if he is going to a great home; you are selling your dog ... er ... right "rehoming")

he is fixed and microchipped (Well at least you did something right)

we do not know the shot history because we got him from a friend (Haven't you taken him in for any boosters? I retract my last statement so I might rephrase it - at least your friend did something right)

you would have to come and pick him up and bring your own leash (You don't have a leash? If you are giving him away why would you need to keep the leash? Are you getting another dog?)

will try posting a pic but doesn't always work on here (That was the best pic you had? You couldn't have found one that at least made him look friendly??)

please email me with any questions and please tell me a bit about yourself and where you live (I have some questions ... Why don't you use punctuation? Is your keyboard broken? Do you have a "." key?)

his name is legend and he is approximately 5 years old (How many homes has Legend had in the last 5 years? Poor old guy.)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

CL Rant - Beware the Creepers

I clicked on this ad on CraigsList and shuddered. I would hope it's someone's idea of a practical joke and not really an actual ad. I don't put much past people these days though.

How creepy is this? Reminds me of Pet Cemetary ... wouldn't you just like to take this guy home?

I would like to add one more thing to that Pet Posting Guidelines list:

* If you want someone to take your dog, make sure the picture you put up of him is flattering. Your dog could be the cutest thing in the world, but if the picture you post makes him look like FUGLIEST thing on Earth than no one will want him (except maybe the lab suppliers or the collectors).

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

News Reel - Dog alerts family about intruder sitting in daughter's bedroom

Let's chalk one up for rescues today! How awesome is this ... Check out the following news story:

Dog alerts family about intruder sitting in daughter's bedroom

Apparently the dog was adopted only a few months earlier from Aussie Rescue of Minnesota. In my opinion, it is great when stories like this are printed in the paper. My hope is that it would encourage people to get rescue dogs (especially those people who think rescues are vicious creatures - trust me, there are many out there who believe this).

What great news for Aussie Rescue of Minnesota (as well as all other rescues out there!). Three cheers for Izzy!

Post Exchange - Sport Company

Many people out there are sports people. Me? I'm not really one for sitting and watching a game that will take a few hours when I could just watch a few highlights or read the results in the paper. For those who are looking for summarized sport news, this blog may be the right choice for you. This blog contains summaries of all kind of sports in the world. The last entry is about Formula One Racing, then comes one of IndyCar Racing. There seems to be all sorts of posts there and if you care for sports, it is worth dropping in to check it out. Here's the description of the blog:
News extratected from best news websites and summaried. Don't have time to read big texts? Be informed about sports here, at Sport Company.

Post Exchange - Outdoor Gear

I know I already did a post exchange with this site, but this one was too fun to not post. Check out these 5.11 Tactical Pants!

Now, at first glance, these pants look just like normal dress pants but keep in mind that these are the sorts of pants that APS officers would have to wear (as well as Canine Control). These people are meeting dogs that may not be very friendly. They need some tough pants, no? Following is a descriptive quote from the website about these pants:

"Made of tough, polyester/cotton ripstop, the 5.11 Taclite TDU Pants stands up to the rigors of patrol and special operations."

One of those things you never think of when considering our friendly, neighbourhood SPCA agent, eh? We often don't stop to consider that many of these people do this because they love animals and not necessarily because they will make money at it. This is another one of those things that they often have to purchase for themselves.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Featured Rescue - Buster the Beagle

Today there are 7,700 Beagles listed on Petfinder.com.

The beagle I chose to feature today is named Buster and is located in Alpena, MI. There isn't much info listed about him other than that his is house-trained and friendly. He is currently living with a foster home.


Post Exchange - Pest Control

It's the time of year that people start working outside in their gardens and on their lawns. At my house, the apricot tree started blooming just this morning! The days are getting warmer and longer and the gardens are starting to flower.

I begin to wonder at this time of year what people do with their pests? How do you deal with them? Do you use resolutions like a pest control company that sprays? Or do you have other methods that you use?
Being in a rural location, we have constant problems with rodents. To resolve this, we ensure that the barn always has a barn cat or two (and we TNR them) and sometimes we have to put pest traps out in the house as well. Nothing worse than sharing your house with rodents. Unless you're sharing it with termites - yep, that would be worse.
San Antonio Pest Control is a company that deals with pest control. They help you get rid of pests.

This year when you are looking for ways to fix your pest problems, please keep in mind your pet's health. If you are poisoning the ants, termites and rodents ... what do you think it would do to your dog or cat?

Monday, June 8, 2009

Blogroll CleanUp June

After some deliberation I have decided to change my blogroll somewhat. I will only be keeping blogs on there that have a link to this blog on their own blogroll.

Sounds fair, right?

I will be popping by each of the blogs I'm removing in the next few days and leaving a message to let them know what is going on.

Sorry for not spending time with a full post for today but I want to do some cleaning up of this place! I have been finding that the page is loading more and more slowly and it's really bothering me.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

News Reel - Dog Lit On Fire

Ok, if you don't feel comfortable reading this article, I don't blame you. I choked when I got about half way through and honestly didn't make it to the end.

The 2 year old pitbull nicknamed both Phoenix and Miss Mercy was found by a police officer in Southern Baltimore engulfed in flames. She had been set on fire while people stood around and watched but did nothing to help her. She was euthanized when her kidneys started to shut down last Sunday. There is a reward for any info given to police leading to the arrest and conviction of the asshat who did this so if you know something - pick up the phone!

$23,500 Reward For Info On Dog Set On Fire

If you know anything about this incident, please contact police so we can set this asshat on fire ... ahem ... erm ... I mean so we can send the guy to jail.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Best of CL - Pet Posting Guidelines

Well folks, someone has finally managed to get their "Pet Posting Guidelines" up on the Best of CraigsList. Check it out here or below.

I thought I would repost it here. Please note I did NOT write this, but I think the message is important, so I am copying and pasting it here for your enjoyment.


Pet Posting Guidelines

Some of your posts are painful to read. Do us all a favor and memorize this list.

*Unless he ate a loaf of bread, your dog is NOT a PUREBREAD, he is a PUREBRED
*Horses are ‘Thoroughbred’; dogs are not.
*AKC is NOT proof of breed quality. Two horribly bred dogs can have AKC puppies
*Rehoming to ENSURE good home, not INSURE good home

*It is spelled:
Neuter not Nueter or Newter
Chihuahua not Chiguagua, or Chiuauauaua, or Ciuauaua or Cheewawa
Rottweiler not Rottwhiler
Shih Tzu not Shitzoo
Cocker Spaniel not Cockerspaniol (and they do NOT come in 'miniture')
Jack Russell Terrier not Jack Rustle Terryor
There is no such thing as a ‘Golden Lab’
German Shepherd not Shepard
Puppy not Puppie
Very not Verry
Adoption not adaption

You had your dog dewormed, not wormed. No one gives dogs worms on purpose

*It is 'a lot' not 'alot'. *Multiple dogs 'are'; one dog 'is'
*YOU didn’t provide a ‘loving forever home’ and you can’t ‘GARENTEA’ that someone else will either…oh and it's GUARANTEE
*Your dog is 'housebroken' not 'housebroked'
*Your dog was 'spayed' not 'spade'
*Your dog was born, not borned.
*Commas and periods are your friends. USE THEM.
*Every sentence! Doesn’t need! An exclamation! Point!
*There are a few exceptions, but to keep things simple, follow this general rule: 'a' comes before a consonant, 'an' comes before a vowel. 'A cat', 'An apple'.

*Just say ’50.00 adoption fee’. ‘Rehoming fee does apply’ is stupid, evasive, wordy and unnecessary.
*It is not "please only call if your interested", it is "please call if YOU'RE interested". You're is 'you are'. Your is possessive (your hat is nice).
*You don't need to clarify that you will only give your dog to a 'good loving home'. It is assumed that decent people are not going to give their dog to a random scumbag. If you are concerned about the quality of the adopter, do a HOME CHECK (you should anyway).
*Stop threatening to take the dog to the pound if someone doesn't 'save it'. YOUR lack of responsibility is not other people's problem. Also, before threatening us with the pound, take a few minutes to view this video: http://www.hbo.com/docs/programs/dealingdogs/ so that you know what exactly you’re doing to your pet.
*You interview a PERSON; you do a HOME CHECK. You do NOT interview a house 'Rehoming fees' are NOT $400.00, nice try, but NO.
*PLEASE stop saying you have to 'get rid of' your dog. You 'get rid of' an STD; you hopefully find your dog a better home than you choose to provide. It is heartbreaking to see you care so little for a dog who probably loves you more than life.
*Some of you play the cute little game of saying "No rehoming fee, Adoption fees apply" HUH?! CUT THE ****,JUST TELL US HOW MUCH MONEY YOU WANT FOR YOUR BELOVED. You are starting to sound like a used car salesman.

*STOP blaming your landlord. It is YOUR responsibility, as an adult, to find out what the pet restrictions are BEFORE you bring a dog home.
*Stop blaming flaggers for interfering with your dog finding a home. Your refusal to honestly post the rehoming fee is the reason the dog isn't finding a new home.

*Please Please Please stop giving your pets away for free. People who collect pets for medical research or dog fight bait aren't going to tell you that is why they want your animal. They will seem sincere when they tell you they desperately want to add a new member to their family. A $50.00 adoption fee will protect your pet from many untold horrors.

*One last thing. If you have an 'accidental litter', and you are asking $250 obo, YOU ARE A BYB. Don't pretend to be a victim of circumstance, or innocent. If it were your teen daughter who got pregnant, we would all understand; you can't spay your human child (although that might not be a bad idea in some cases). You CAN be responsible for your pets though, so it is not an accident if they get pregnant.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Training Rant - Special Needs

I was out walking my troublemaker this week (the one posted in my picture) working on a bit of socialization and environment changes. While we were out, we ran across a situation that I think most owners don't think to train for. I wanted to post about it because I think it's something we should all prepare for. It takes less than a second for your dog to bite someone and it is your responsibility to do everything you can to prevent this.

In my area, we have a lot of special needs group homes. While we were walking, we came upon an individual who is frequently out in the community. Doesn't seem like a big deal, right? Well, for us it may not have been, but for other dogs it is often a preable for disaster.

One of the things I've been teaching my guy is how to properly meet and greet people (and dogs too). Sounds so simple, eh? If it's so simple, then why do so many dogs bite?

Now, for a little clarification, "meet and greet" doesn't just mean a person standing and we can walk up to them. This means we can allow people of various shapes, sizes and styles to walk up to us and we can walk up to them (without negative reactions). I want my guy to be able to deal with any situation that arises ...

He should be ok with children walking up to him
He should be ok with them running screaming by him
Or the person pushing a stroller (screaming child or no)
Or the person with a grocery cart (maybe the local bag-lady?)
Or the smelly guy who lives at the corner
Or the super neat freak lady who lives across from the laundry mat and always smells like detergent
And yes, he should also be able to deal with the special needs individual who comes lumbering up to meet him saying, in a squeaky voice that sounds somewhat like a chipmunk, "Hello Dog! Hello! Hello Dog! My name is Tony! Hello! Hello Dog!"

It is up to me as the handler to give my dog the tools that he can use to deal with these situations. I have been teaching him how to deal with different scenarios and different people. He was so very well behaved when meeting Tony earlier in the week.

While we were chatting, Tony told me about the last time he was bitten by a dog (he's been bitten many times but doesn't understand why). Last time, the dog barked at him while he was walking along the street. Perhaps many of us are saying to ourselves that he should have stopped walking, but he didn't know to do that. The important thing that you must keep in mind is ... *He didn't know* He told me that he thought that the dog's barking was ok and that the dog wouldn't bother him. Unfortunately, the owner (who was on the other end of the leash) didn't realize the potential danger of what was going on and didn't control her dogs very well. Tony continued walking along the sidewalk and the dogs nailed him on both legs. There were puncture wounds on both legs and much bruising.

Tony was bitten. It could have been a child. Was the dog quarantined? No. The owner disappeared quietly. Will this happen again? Probably.

I want everyone out there to be aware of the potential danger that a situation like this may present. It could happen at any time. When Tony lumbered up in his swinging and staggering walk, my dog sat down and waited just as I asked. If my guy had lunged or barked ... I don't know what the reaction would have been from Tony. Who knows. I couldn't have controlled Tony or his reaction. All I can control is my dog and myself.

My point is ...

You can't expect every person to know how to properly interact with your dog so therefore it is your job as a dog owner to teach your dog how to properly interact with people - ANY people.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Featured Rescue - Ingrid the Chihuahua

It's been so long since I posted a Chihuahua as the Featured Rescue, so I thought today was as good a time as any. Anyone want to stab a guess as to why there are so many listed on Petfinder.com? (Currently 7,842 listed) The amount of Chihuahuas listed on Petfinder has not changed much since I first started checking numbers last year but the next 12 months or so will tell.

I was really worried when the Disney movie Beverly Hills Chihuahua came out in October last year. As I've mentioned before, when animals are featured in movies, tv shows, dog shows, newspapers (or are breeds chosen by "famous" people ... a good example would be the presidential dog!) there is an influx of people wanting to get them ... the sad reality is that about a year (or two) after this happens, you start seeing a drastic increase of that breed in rescues and shelters.

Today's featured rescue is a cute gal from Buffalo, NY named Ingrid. She is 6 years old, has had some dental work completed, and is spayed. Ingrid will soon be considered a senior dog but still has many years ahead of her. I hope her age doesn't deter people from adopting her.

Post Exchange - West Falen Horses, Trailers and More

I received this opportunity for a post exchange today and thought I'd post about it right away. I was so pleased to get an opportunity that was animal related! West Falen Horses, Trailers and More is, as I'm sure you've guessed by the title ... a blog about Horses, Trailers and News.

If you take a look at the following two posts about animal welfare and horses, you will note that there are separate sections for the "News Story" and the "Commentary" ... I really like the way that is done as it's easy to read (something I always look for!) and shows a different way of organizing your thoughts. (Much better than my somewhat scatterbrained "organizational skills").

California lawmakers pass bills on animal welfare
Online horse betting legislation before Illinois Governor

The writing style is quite different from mine; it's more detached. This can be a good thing at times because you don't get all the messy emotions involved (like I so often do!) so it is easier to look at the facts and make an opinion. Many people prefer this style. If you're looking for a blog that will provide you with this sort of info, then this may be one you should check out.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

OSPCA investigates THS

I don't know how many people know what is going on with this but I thought I'd blog about it real quick today. It's politics and I wasn't going to publish anything about it, but when I realized that the Toronto Humane Society has been suspended as an affiliate ... well, I just had to post! There have been many rumours about THS in recent years and I'm glad that the OSPCA is going to investigate the situation. It's important to spread the word about things like this.

Check out the following Media Releases. It is a disgusting situation and if allegations are true ... well, it's despicable. (Are you quietly saying this word to yourself in the Daffy Duck slur?) In my experience, many rescues are filled with asshats ... but that's just what I've seen.

When I first read about this a few days ago the words that came out of my mouth weren't pretty. Something along the lines of ... "Are you fycking shyting me?" I heard about it when I dropped in to visit my vet on the weekend with the pack. They wanted to know if I had heard anything through the grapevines ...


Globe and Mail Articles
Killing Them With Kindness
May 30, 2009 - Part 1 of 3

Leader with a Passion for Animals, Loyal Supporters ... and an Iron Grip
June 1, 2009 - Part 2 of 3


Ontario SPCA to launch investigation into alleged conduct at Toronto Humane Society

Newmarket, ON (June 1, 2009) – Prompted by a three part Globe and Mail investigative series that began Saturday, May 30, 2009, the Ontario SPCA will be investigating allegations of inappropriate conduct at the Toronto Humane Society. The article entitled "Killing Them with Kindness" alleges that the Toronto Humane Society is permitting the unnecessary suffering of animals with a restrictive euthanasia policy.

The Toronto Humane Society is one of nearly 50 community SPCA and Humane Societies in the province of Ontario. Though independently operated, the Toronto Humane Society is accountable to the Ontario SPCA through the Ontario SPCA Act. The Ontario SPCA is the province’s leading animal welfare organization. Representing its Branches and Affiliated Societies, the Ontario SPCA is accountable to the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

"The allegations raised in the Globe & Mail’s investigative report relate directly to the welfare of animals and as such require the Ontario SPCA to investigate through its mandate under the Ontario SPCA Act" said Hugh Coghill, Chief Inspector for the Ontario SPCA.

"We are extremely concerned to learn that an Affiliate is alleged to be conducting business in this manner. We will be consulting immediately with all stakeholders to ensure that conditions under which animals are kept at the Toronto Humane Society are in compliance with the policies and by-laws of the Ontario SPCA as is required by Affiliated Societies" added Kate MacDonald, CEO for the Ontario SPCA.

The Ontario SPCA intends to be thorough, fair and transparent in its investigation and will advise the public and media of its progress.


Ontario SPCA suspends Toronto Humane Society’s Affiliate status

Newmarket, ON (June 2, 2009) – After an emergency meeting of the Ontario SPCA Board of Directors, the Toronto Humane Society’s status as an Affiliate member has been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation launched as a result of allegations brought forth in a series of Globe and Mail articles. The investigation is ongoing.

The suspension means that Toronto Humane Society will not be able to conduct cruelty investigations and will not have authority or protection under the Ontario SPCA Act.

The allegations in the Globe and Mail articles suggest that Toronto Humane Society is permitting the unnecessary suffering of animals with a restrictive euthanasia policy and permitting animals to be in distress. Additional allegations include improper management of staff, volunteers, resources and finances.

“If the Ontario SPCA receives a credible allegation of animals in distress, we are required to investigate under the Ontario SPCA Act,” said Hugh Coghill, Chief Inspector for the Ontario SPCA.

“The Ontario SPCA may also review an affiliate’s status at any time to ensure that they are in good standing and that their conduct is in keeping with the organization’s mandate and by-laws,” said Kate MacDonald, CEO for the Ontario SPCA.


The Toronto Humane Society is one of nearly 50 community SPCA and Humane Societies in the province of Ontario. Though independently operated, the Toronto Humane Society is accountable to the Ontario SPCA through the Ontario SPCA Act. The Ontario SPCA is the province’s leading animal welfare organization. Representing its Branches and Affiliated Societies, the Ontario SPCA is accountable to the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

Ontario SPCA Euthanasia Policy:

The Ontario SPCA takes the issue of euthanasia very seriously. It is only done when there is no other humane option available. Reasons the Ontario SPCA euthanizes include: terminal illness or injury where there is no possibility of recovery, behavioural problems that pose a threat to other animals or humans, stray or feral overpopulation, disease transmission, and old age where the quality of life is impaired by major loss of functions. Sadly, in some cases animals may be euthanized due to shelter overcrowding. Overcrowding threatens the lives of all the animals in our care due to stress, weakened immune systems and increased risk of disease transmission. This requires the Society to make difficult decisions about euthanasia based on health, physical, emotional and psychological suffering, and the best interests of the hundreds of animals receiving lifesaving care in a single facility.

Post Exchange - Wireless Fence

There are many different "pet containment" systems out there. I have blogged in the past about teaching your pet to stay on property and while it does take time to teach them this lesson, it is worthwhile. This opportunity came up and I thought I'd take it; wireless fencing.

For many people who don't have the inclination (or don't understand how) to train their dogs to stay on property and around the house (the majority of the population, unfortunately!), they should start looking into "pet containment" systems. They could fence their yard (which is costly!), erect an outdoor dog run (which is usually pretty small) or they could look at other systems that have been coming out such as wireless fencing.

Petsafe wireless fence is one of your options if you chose to go with wireless fencing.

I haven't found many major complaints about most wireless fencing. The biggest concern I have heard is usually for the dog who just runs right through the "fence" (in other words, he receives the shock and keeps going). Once they are out of the designated area, many invisible fencing systems will shock the dog when he tries to go home - creating the opposite affect that you are looking for.

I haven't been able to find much out about the PetSafe Wireless Fence to tell me if this occurs - has anyone had any experience with this product?

Post Exchange - Termites

If you have ever had to deal with termites then you know how dreadful it is. Definitely not something you want to have to deal with ... ever!

For those of you who don't know what termites are, they are an insect that lives in colonies (like ants and bees). They can live in different places such as Nests or Mounds made using a combination of soil, mud, chewed wood/cellulose, saliva, and feces. Imagine a home made from spit and shyt ... actually it sounds rather humorous to me ...

Termites eat plant matter. Dead plant matter. For those of you who haven't heard, one of their favourite choices for cuisine is wood. Why should this matter to you, you ask? Well ... what are the majority of houses made of (I'm talking people houses now, not termite houses)? Yep. You got it. Wood.

True, we do have houses made from different materials such as concrete, brick and plastics ... but most houses have wood structures - the bones so to speak, of your house.

When termites eat your house, the damage can be extreme. First you have to get rid of the termites, then you have to do all the repairs.

So, what does this have to do with a blog about dogs? Well, if a termite can cause so much damage to your house, imagine what your dog house looks like! If you have a dog house, it is likely much smaller than your own house ... therefore the damage would be so much more! Protect your dog houses! Watch out for termites.

(See? I can swing most things to relate about dogs ... problem is when I start going to work on clients' computers and start relating their virus problem to dogs ... that's usually when they ask when my last vacation was ...)

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Rant - The Goode Family Dog

Ok so I actually had time last Wednesday night to watch a new tv program! (Shocker!) I was working late on a computer ... clicking "next" while removing viruses ... so I had some time to sit and watch the tube. Unfortunately, my dogs were bored by it all but they need down-time too some days (well, that's what I told them, anyway).

I watched a new show that I would like to share with you all. The TV Program is called "The Goode Family" and it is about a family obsessed with doing the "right" thing, whether it's environmentally, politically or socially.

If you're looking for a brief synopsis, here it is on YouTube ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4paOVdU5h8

Watch this clip and tell me what you think about their "Vegan" dog ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPP1SKizPys

What does that have to do with this blog? Did you watch the above clips? If you did, you will know about the family as well as their dog. The Goode Family dog is vegan and while I don't have an argument against feeding your dog vegan, it bothers me when people anthropomorphize animals.

Wikipedia states that Anthropomorphism is the attribution of uniquely human characteristics to non-human creatures and beings, natural and supernatural phenomena, material states and objects or abstract concepts ... Humans seem to have an innate capacity to project human characteristics in this way.

Why does this infuriate me so much? I don't know, but it does. I just want to shake the TV and tell Gerald that his dog is not "warning his little squirrel friend to be careful" ... he's trying to get a snack! Argh! *headdesk headdesk* I really do hope that this show wakes a few people up ... maybe that's too much to ask.

If you're looking for a good laugh, check it out. I know I will be! Who knows, you may really enjoy it. Laughter is, after all, the best medicine.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Montly Followup May

May followup
Happy June!



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Photo Contest
On May 8 I posted an entry called "Photo Contest - American Greetings". American Greetings held this pet photo contest and called it the Furry Faceoff Challenge.
Did anyone enter this? You could vote all the way up until yesterday (May 31st). If you did, let us know!

Make Mondays Matter
On May 18 I posted an entry called "Make Mondays Matter". This is a new idea where you blog about things that you have done to Make your Monday Matter. It is an idea that I read about on a blog by MrsZeee.
How are you Making Your Monday Matter?