Widget the Midget

Meet Widget.  He was originally purchased by a family in the Var for 2,500 euros but after a while they decided they didn’t want him – saying someone in the family was allergic to him.

He now has a wonderful forever home in the hill village of Sainte Agnes with a friend of mine, Anita.  Happily she didn’t have to pay anything like his original price.

I’m not always crazy about all Chihuahuas – so many I’ve met have been endlessly yappy and also aggressive. I suppose they are so small they feel they have to protect themselves. Little Widget isn’t like that at all, he doesn’t bark except when someone arrives and he’s sweet and gentle and loves everyone.

He won me over! Totally adorable.


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Little Chihuahua Outsmarts Big Brothers For Treats | Video

Little dog Elmo, a Chihuahua Staffy mix outsmarts his big brothers Jess and Buster by stealing their sausages before they know it! Too funny! Watch if you want a good laugh!

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Hilary Swank Receives Petco Foundation’s Hope Award

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Would “Candy’s Law” Solve the Problem of Cops Killing Dogs?

The deputy who shot Cole Middleton’s dog, Candy, no longer has a job, but that’s not enough for Middleton and his family. The Middleton family wants to change the system. Last week, they began advocating for what they call “Candy’s Law,” which would require all Texas law enforcement officers to take special training on how to deal with aggressive dogs without using lethal force. They would also be required to carry shock-weapons such as Tasers and pepper spray so that their first recourse isn’t a gun.

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Candy Middleton’s Grave.

Stories of police gunning down dogs for no discernible reason are always heartbreaking, but the case of Candy Middleton was especially grotesque and horrible. Deputy Jerred Dooley put a bullet through Candy's head when she barked at him, but his shot didn't kill her; Middleton had to drown her in a bucket of water to end her pain because the deputy left after refusing to deliver a second shot.

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Candy and Cole Middleton

To me, Candy's Law sound like a good start, but it's only a start. The fact that police departments across the country have regularly refused to avail themselves of free training programs by the Humane Society and the ASPCA is a definite problem, but the problem goes deeper than that, into the culture of policing itself. Over the past few decades, public policy has increasingly depicted police as soldiers on the front line of a war. When you're in a war, you don't think of violence as your last resort: It's often the first thing you do.

Dogs and humans are paying the price for that. In January, 18-year-old Keith Vidal, who suffered from schizophrenia, was shot and killed by detective Bryon Vassey in front of his own house after he had been shocked with a Taser and pinned by two other officers. According to the boy's stepfather, Vassey said, "We don't have time for this," before shooting the boy. Even though Vidal weighed only 90 pounds and was restrained by three officers, the North Carolina Police Benevolent Association defended the officer's actions.

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The problem of police shooting dogs without reason is becoming so prevalent that even the mainstream media can't ignore it any more. On April 29, Inside Edition broadcast a segment about dog shootings. The report claims that a dog is shot every 98 minutes by law enforcement. Despite the number of stories I've written on the subject, I'm inherently skeptical about media statistics without a source. The basic point remains, though: Far too many dogs are being killed by police just because the officers have a badge and a gun and they can get away with it. The Inside Edition report shows video, captured by a 12-year-old on his cell phone, of a police officer who shocked a dog twice with a Taser, then shot her five times. The dog, Chloe, had already been caught by animal control officers using a loop.

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Screen capture of a policeman shooting Chloe after animal control officers had already restrained her.

Candy and Chloe were not aberrations; neither was Keith Vidal. I could fill the page with similar accounts of humans and dogs. While the training that Candy's Law would give is essential, we also need to stop training police to see anyone who's not a cop as the enemy. We need to return to the idea that you use a gun or a Taser only when you've exhausted all other options.

The Middleton family has a fundraising page and a Facebook page for those who want to support Candy's Law. What do you think about such a law? Would it help? Would it be a start? Would it be useless?

Via Tyler Morning Telegraph, WECT, and Inside Edition.

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My cats get fleas, treatment, preventions, and collars?

Question by Anita Clemons: My cats get fleas, treatment, preventions, and collars?
I have 2 indoor cats and the are invested with fleas and so is my room. How can I premanetely get ride of them, prevent then, and will flea collars help prevent them?

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Fleas have a six week gestatiion. That means the adults have babies and babies have babies eggs. Adams has a good product. (walmart) you need to spray areas. Bathe animals three times in 6-8 weeks. No giving up at two weeks!

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Saturday Survey: National Pet Adoption Weekend

This weekend, PetSmart stores in the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico have a space for local shelters to set up adoption events in honor of National Pet Adoption weekend. Are you participating? Click here for further info. Until next time, Good day, and good dog!

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Xena – a new life in Monte Carlo

This is Xena the English bulldog.  Xena is six years old and now lives a life of luxury with her owner, Lorraine, in Monte Carlo, but her earlier life wasn’t so good. She was used as a brood bitch in a kennel at Aix-en-Provence. Although you can’t see it in this photo, her teats hang very low, evidence of too many litters.  Fortunately for her she got to the age when she was no more use to the breeder and now here she is on the terrace of the Cafe de Paris, receiving admiring glances from everyone. (see small photo)  Good for you, Lorraine. One happy dog now.


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