Let’s Do Something about James Saks’ Service Dog!

It’s often said that rather than simply complaining about things online, one should do something. I try to take this advice and I want you to also. Let’s do something about Mr. Sak being forced (illegally) to give up his service dog.

Below is a widget from ChipIn. It will accept a donation of any amount and deposit in my PayPal account. On January 21st I will send all other money to Animal Farm Foundation, which is already trying to help the retired police office and war veteran keep his service dog. I have set a goal of $ 2000. That’s 100 people giving $ 20 each. I think we can do that, don’t you?

Why do I think you should donate some money to this cause? Well, not just because it’s a lot more effective than liking a Facebook status or resharing that awesome anti-Millan Esquire article from 2006 for the 20th time.

Aurelia IA’s government has shown themselves to be shining examples of the bullies that perpetuate BSL. Is there a better example of bullying than taking away a service dog from a retiree? This is one of the battles we need to win if BSL is ever to be eliminated in the U.S. Put down the like button, open your wallet, and put your money where your snarky comment would be.

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The cowardly bullies in Aurelia may have already ruined Mr. Saks’ Christmas, but we can do our best to fix his New Year!

Make a small donation and then spread the word: let’s help this man get his dog back and put a nail in the coffin of BSL.

Let’s Do Something about James Saks’ Service Dog! is a post from: Dog Spelled Forward

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Is Fipronil killing off the bee population?

Question by PrettyEskimo: Is Fipronil killing off the bee population?
I was out the other day and watched a couple pest control guys just spraying the stuff everywhere on bushes, shrubs, flowers. In that time I must have seen 200 bees land on the areas that where sprayed. Could these honeybees be bringing this stuff back to their hives?

Best answer:

Answer by James
Yes, it is toxic to bees and because it is a slow-acting poison, the bees that got it could bring it back to the hive and kill them as well.

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A golden St. John’s water dog

Golden retrievers, like all modern retriever breeds originating in the British Isles, descend from dogs that assisted cod fishermen who fished on Newfoundland’s Grand Banks.

This breed, called the St. John’s water dog, the lesser Newfoundland, the Labrador, the lesser Labrador, or (more accurately) “the true Newfoundland,” was used to haul nets, set lines, and even catch fish off of hooks.

It’s not every day that one reads of a descendant of one of these dogs doing something that its ancestors would have done on a routine basis.

But such is the case with Becky.

Becky is a golden retriever from Leiston, Suffolk, in East Anglia.

Her owner was walking her at Minsmere Sluice.

Like many golden retrievers, she enjoys swimming in the surf and fetching objects from the water.

Her owner has seen her retriever driftwood and even jellyfish from the sea, but he was quite shocked to see her haul out a five-pound cod.

Becky’s ancestors underwent intensive selective breeding once they arrived from Newfoundland.

For decades, they were selected for heightened biddability and docility.

They were largely meant to be retrievers of land-based game, such as pheasants and partridges and hares and rabbits.

But even after all that selection, there are still plenty of retrievers that would relish the chance to be fishing dogs once again.

Becky is one of these dogs.

Her breed may be “improved” and “refined,” but the truth is there are plenty of them that are still rough around the edges, still wild enough to charge into frigid water and dive among the breaking waves.

Retrievers are good dogs because they are nice and smart.

But they are still rugged animals.

In their ideal state, they are dogs without exaggeration or much evidence of artifice.

They are dogs with certain marine mammal adaptations and a penchant for carrying things in their mouths.

They must never become something else.

If they do, they will cease to be retrievers.

They might as well be stuffed animals.



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How to Train My Dog (never Worked with Her As a Puppy She is Almost 3 Now?)?

I never really worked with my dog on training and she is almost three. She knows the sit command and she is basically potty trained (she occasionally goes in the house if we are not home for a while or if we don't take her out really early in the morning, we use pee pads and she knows that she should go on those, although sometimes she goes other places) She is a maltese-poodle-schnauzer mix, she is a very quite dog generally, but we had a chihuahua first in the house who barks like crazy and has kind of taught her little sister to do the same. I think she would be good around other dogs if it weren't for the chihuahua who goes nuts when she sees another dog. When we put her in the kennel they have her play in a small dog play group and they say she does great. I think that is because she is in a controlled setting and feels safe, when she meets another dog on the street I think she is a little intimidated (plus the chihuahua going crazy doesn't help) But I notice when I take her for walks on her own she is pretty good around other dogs, she barks maybe twice and then is fine. As opposed to when she is with her sister she goes nuts. She also has very bad anxiety, she gets scared very easily. I once found her hiding in a dark bathroom because there was a big fly in the house. She was shaking and obviously very anxious. She also gets traumatized every time she gets groomed or goes to the vet.

So to get to my questions:
*What basic training should I do with my dog? (Basic commands she should know?)
*How to get her to be ok around other dogs?
*How to get her to be quiet (or only bark a few times) when someone comes to the door or she sees another dog.
*Any tips on how to help her with her anxiety?
*How to get her better potty trained? (Teach her to go to the door when she has to go. She pees and poops in the house occasionally and I would like that to stop completely)
*Any other tips or websites or tricks to help me with training?

I think a training class is out of the question, at least right now until she is not so fearful around other dogs. (I can't really afford private training right now either)

Thank you!


Here are some great tips for training your dog. http://www.online-dog-training.net

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Finding Boston Terrier Dogs for Sale

People think that finding Boston terrier dogs for sale would be a very easy task. However, people need to know that there’s more to finding Boston terrier dogs for sale than looking in the phone book or in the classified ads. For one thing, the breeder often reflects the quality of the pet.

Today, many of the Boston terrier dogs for sale are bred by “puppy farms” which exist solely to breed and sell pet dogs. These “puppy farms” are profit-oriented and are therefore natural breeding grounds for animal cruelty. It is often the case that the puppies born in these farms are taken away from their mothers as soon as they are big enough to sell. They are often malnourished as a result of the cost-cutting methods of these farms.

When you are trying to find Boston terrier dogs for sale, you need to look for a breeder who genuinely cares for the animals. This will assure you that the animal is well taken care of and will survive more than a few weeks in your care.

Another reason to look for this type of Boston terrier dogs for sale is genetics. When you buy from a puppy farm, all the owner cares about is the profits. As long as a puppy looks good enough to be sold, it is sold. A great dog breeder, however, knows that breeding goes far beyond determining the appearance of a dog. When you are looking for Boston terrier dogs for sale, you need to look for a breeder who knows that breeding also determines the temperament of a dog.

When you go looking for Boston terrier dogs for sale, you need to find a pet that would suit your temperament. While a low-class breeder would tell you to buy a dog because the puppy looks cute, a great dog breeder would tell you to buy a specific dog because it fits your personality.

When looking for Boston terrier dogs for sale, you need to find a seller who does not ask you how much you are willing to pay but asks you what your qualifications are. When you are looking for Boston terrier dogs for sale, you need to find a breeder who will not push the dog towards you but will truly take the time to know if you are fit to own a dog.

When you are looking for Boston terrier dogs for sale, you need to look for a seller who would be willing to take back the dog if you somehow neglect it. Do not go for sellers who will exchange the puppy for cash and then walk away. A great breeder will leave you with a way to contact him or her in case you change your mind.

Another way to find the best kinds of Boston terrier dogs for sale is to look for the proper documentation. Often, true breeders will be able to provide pedigrees that can trace back the lineage of a puppy. Through this, you know that you are buying the best.

Looking for Boston terrier dogs for sale may seem like a daunting task at first, but with the right attitude and information, you should be able to get the best puppy for you. By following the tips in this article, you can make hunting for Boston terrier dogs for sale the best thing you have ever done.

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You can call me AL

A few nice Chewing Lice images I found:

You can call me AL
Chewing Lice

Image by Sids1
Attributes of Alpacas

Having survived the Spanish conquest and adapting to the inhospitable conditions of the Altiplano the alpaca has evolved to one of the hardiest domesticated animals on earth.

Alpacas are:

Easily farmed on a small block, with stocking rates of about 5 to the acre.

Low impact stock. With soft, padded feet, the alpaca has an extremely low impact on fragile landforms.

Low level carriers of internal parasites.

Stimulated ovulators, thus they can be mated at any time of the year.

Accustomed to using a communal dung site.

Parasite infestation is therefore low.

Alpaca dung is a rich fertilizer perfect for growing fruits and vegetables. Alpaca droppings are almost odourless, and are low in nitrogen.

Grazers and chew their cud. They have a split upper lip which prevents them from damaging the vegetation’s roots

Consistently trouble free when birthing. The birth of a new cria usually occurs during daylight hours, on a fine day.

Long-lived — approximately 20 years.

Naturally docile and are typically "mustered" by calling them. Dogs are not required.

Modified ruminant with a three-compartment stomach. They convert grass and hay to energy very efficiently, eating less than other farm animals.

Small and easy to handle.

Intelligent, which makes them pleasant to be around and easy to train.

Adaptable to varied habitat, successfully being raised around the world from 15,000 feet to sea level.

Not slaughtered outside of their native South America, thus allowing us to profit from them without killing them.

Not susceptible to footrot.

Not subject to lice infestations

Not prone to blowfly strike.

Not in need of tail docking.

www.alpacas.co.nz/Alpaca Information.htm

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Next medal event: Freestyle Dogvertising and the ASPCA 100K Challenge

When the Escondido Humane Society asked me if I would pick a pet to champion in support of their running in the ASPCA $ 100K challenge, of course I said, “Yes!” This week, I took a drive up to the shelter to get a special tour, and decide who of all the deserving pets there I was going to mentor.

When I got there, touring this wonderful facility that is bursting with about 700 animals (it was built to house maybe 3-400), I talked with their PR Director Katie Woolsey about lots of things. I found out I used to work with their head veterinarian. I was overwhelmed at the number of rabbits they are taking care of. We commiserated over the reluctance so many people have to go to a shelter because they think it will be depressing, while watching a local YMCA camp unload a busful of chattering kids for a glimpse inside the sunlit facility.

Katie told me they were fortunate enough to get a good response from lots of local people in the media who are picking pets to champion during the challenge, newscasters and radio personalities and the like, vying with each other to see who will get the most pets adopted the fastest. And that is awesome.  In their first day of the challenge, they set a new one day adoption record- 62, up from the old record of 48. And you know, good numbers are amazing, but sometimes it’s about other things, too.

I’ve always gone for a different approach. So after getting to meet everyone, I said, “Who’s been here the longest?”

Since the Escondido Humane Society does not euthanize adoptable animals, some of them have been here quite some time. I followed Katie to a quiet kennel, expecting a dog who was either senior, spazzy, dealing with a chronic disease, or simply unphotogenic.

But this is who peered back at me:

Well, the fact that Estelle is a pit bull and is black are two of the random strikes that have no bearing on her adoptability but do statistically work against her. But she is young, only 2. Half of her life now has been spent in the shelter, a full year, where she calmly sits, watches DogTV, and waits for someone to take her for a walk. Or, maybe, home. She remains hopeful. You can see it in her eyes.

After a year in house, the volunteers know her very well. She is gentle, treat motivated, and runs a mean track after a frisbee. She likes other dogs, knows basic commands, and is smart and affectionate.

So what’s the deal? This dog isn’t even close to being a hard sell. Estelle rocks.

The guys can’t get enough of her, either. Her BFF Patches, above, her friend Aston, below- all charmed.

So what’s a social media person to do when they have a sweet, sassy, good to go girl in need of a lifelong companion? Start her a Twitter account, of course. I just learned Estelle is a Ryan Lochte fan. I know, I know. But can you blame her? Give her a follow- maybe this is just the ticket she needs to find the right home.

I will be doing some more posts and a giveaway with the ASPCA as this goes on in support of the 100K challenge, but for now, I’m working on a micro level. One year is way too long for a girl like this to be cooped up in a shelter, even one as lovely as the Escondido Humane Society.

Any ideas for busting her out ASAP, please pass em along. I would love to see her with the man (or woman, or family) of her dreams by August 26th- my own Olympic feat. :D Help me get the word out! Estelle the Great rocks!

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Recently there was a question that came into the HALO blog wondering if it was okay to cook pasta for your dog – because the person had seen spiral pasta in the Halo Spot’s Stew canned chicken dinner. Dr. Donna Spector, who answers medical and nutrition questions for the company, said that pasta was fine to give to dogs, although it did depend on how much pasta and “how much dog!” When considering pasta for pooches, you have to factor in that dog’s calorie needs, his body condition (slim, “just right” or chubby), and his exercise level and lifestyle – as well as what else is going into his bowl.

I just want to say that I have been a big fan of pasta for dogs for a long time and was thrilled to see it in the Halo food. I spent part of my childhood in Italy and lived there several times as an adult, and I was always fascinated by the big bags of pasta made especially for dogs, made from unbleached (whole wheat) flour. I spent quite a bit of time in Italy with my dogs (named, appropriately, Roma and Amalfi), and I loved cooking up batches of “dog pasta” for them and adding various vegetables and then meats in a can (which made for a more balanced meal, although I also gave vitamins to make sure there was a proper balance of nutrients). The dogs really loved the pasta – and it seemed to satisfy their hunger, even if I didn’t give much of it.

My Italian canine diet was the beginning of my understanding that a dog does well on a varied diet with ingredients from all the food groups – in moderation, and in balance. When I researched “The Dog Bible” I discovered that in the veterinary school textbooks discussing proper canine nutrition, there were recipes in the back for dogs that were both well and ill and they included very few ingredients, but always included a starch. In “The Dog Bible” and on my radio shows I refer to including and rotating a starch like rice, potatoes or pasta to balance out the meat and vegetables.

There is nothing inherently fattening about pasta (for people or dogs) if the portion is small. All in all, I say, Buon appetito! Dig right in.

You can also read “Halo’s Philosophy on Grains for Dogs and Cats”.

Tracie Hotchner, author of The Dog Bible and The Cat Bible, guest blogs here every Thursday on healthy, natural choices for pets.


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It’s two days til Tish gets here and this morning she sent me a text from the ‘Free CS Lewis Quotes’, a daily App she subscribes to I suppose. Here it is:

‘Now, today, this moment, is our chance to choose the right side.  God is holding back to give us that chance.  It will not last forever.  We must take it or leave it.’  
CS Lewis is significant in this our story in so, so many ways.   
Tish chose.  She chose to leave two sons, a job she has worked for 13 years and a town that she has lived in for 42 years for this cause.  
The Fuzzybutts and I were recently in Maine and we happened upon a architectural marvel pictured nearby somewhere between Cape Neddick and Ogunguit.
Stonecrop was built in the 1920s by the singular determination and vision of a woman named Grace Merrill, stone by stone, and beam by beam that she reclaimed from old barns and farms in the area.    
She’s an inspiration to us all.  

2 Dogs 2,000 Miles

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