Hooray! Sanity Wins! Nevada Bans Breed Specific Legislation

Obviously, we don’t like breed specific legislation, or BSL, which lets government bodies regulate, ban, seize, and even destroy dogs solely because they belong to a specific breed — or just look like they do. And it’s not just Pit Bulls who are affected — many breed specific laws include such breeds as Bulldogs, Chow Chows, and even Dalmatians. They’re breed-discriminatory laws, to use a more accurate term. And too often, cities adopt them as a knee-jerk reaction, based on little more than a few vocal proponents. 

But undoing those laws is a hard process, involving local heroes who take up the cause on behalf of their pets and refuse to back down. 

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Thankfully, there are people such as Jessica Clemens, founder of Incred-A-Bull, and groups such as Best Friends Animal Society. They led the effort to outlaw BSL in Nevada. And they succeeded. 

Last week, Gov. Brian Sandoval signed Assembly Bill 110, which "prevents local governments from adopting or enforcing an ordinance or regulation that deems a dog dangerous or vicious based solely on the breed of the dog," according to a Best Friends' press release. 

Nevada is the 14th state to pass a law preventing breed discrimination.

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The group worked with bill sponsor Assemblyman James Ohrenschall. 

"It has always been bad public policy to enact ordinances that target a certain breed of dog without considering that individual dog's actions," he said. "I'm proud of sponsoring this legislation because it will help keep our innocent friends from being killed needlessly and senselessly. This bill will help strengthen the bond between humans and our beloved dogs.”

Best Friends brought some popular figures into the campaign. Richard Hunter, owner of Mel, one of the “Victory” dogs rescued and brought to Best Friends from Michael Vick’s 2007 dog fighting bust, testified before the Nevada Senate to show support, according to the release.  

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Good work, people. The ban on BSL takes effect Oct. 1. Let's hope more states follow Nevada's lead. For those looking to get involved, a good place to start is by creating a Change.org petition. Here's Incred-A-Bull's petition for the Nevada campaign, to give you a guide. 

Via Huffington Post; photos via Best Friends Animal Society

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What is the Best Method To Use In Order to Remove A Tick From a Dog?

Question by : What is the Best Method To Use In Order to Remove A Tick From a Dog?
When the tick is imbedded in the skin and the lump under the skin is stationary. After removal what is the best way to clean the area?

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shampoo is the best way to remove ticks and fleas from dogs or cats hair. you can buy this shampoo at your local petshop. make shur its flea or tick shampoo becasue regular shapoo dose nothing

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Does Animal Abuse Lead to Domestic Violence

A strong connection linking animal abuse and domestic violence has been discovered through recent studies of women in domestic abuse shelters and substantiated reports on animal abuse.

Seventy percent of the women in these shelters reported either threats or actual harm to their pets. The study further revealed that 54% of these women stated that their pets suffered physical injury. The study also included a control group of non-shelter women where more than sixteen percent reported threats to their pets, but only three and a half percent reported actual harm to their pets. Surprisingly, a significant number of the women in shelters reported that fear for their pets’ safety kept them from leaving the abusive partner at an earlier time to seek help.

Social workers in domestic abuse shelters are keenly aware that women who are being abused may postpone leaving an abusive partner because of concerns about their pet. Many abused people report that the mental anguish of seeing a dearly loved pet abused is often worse than the physical punishment they had themselves received.

These studies have identified at least three ways that animal abuse and human violence are linked:

1) Abusers use animals to influence or hurt people. By abusing an animal that a person cares for, the abuser shows that they have dominance and control over their partner. When an adult or child witnesses what an abusive person does to their pet, they realize they are helpless against similar abuse. Abusers sometimes injure pets to punish their partners for leaving or attempting to leave them. Abuse of pets is also used as punishment to get back at the pet owner for something the abuser disapproved of. An abuser will threaten to harm a pet to stop an abused person from telling others about their own abuse.

2) Animal abuse by a child may be a predictor of adult violence. Children who abuse pets are more likely to commit violent crimes, including murder, when they become adults. One of the most consistent predictors of domestic abuse is engaging in animal abuse when the abuser was a child.

3) Abused children may in time become animal abusers. Several studies have shown that children who grow up in an environment of animal abuse are more likely to commit animal abuse and human violence when they are adults. Children who grow up in a household where animal abuse is common may become desensitized to the brutality and consider it normal. Children growing up in households where emotional or physical abuse between partners is a common occurrence also learn that one way to demonstrate your power and control is to abuse a defenseless animal.

The American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Medical Association, and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence have joined with many local governments and districts in the fight against domestic violence and animal abuse. Many city animal shelters are also recognizing that abuse of pets is growing at an unacceptable rate and are working to find new ways to increase awareness of the problem. Some veterinary schools have added abuse recognition training to their core curriculum. Extensive information is now available to help veterinarians recognize the warning signs of animal abuse and how to distinguish between injuries caused by abuse versus ones attributable to other injuries.

Animal cruelty needs to be taken seriously. It’s not only a horrible and disgusting crime, but is a harbinger of future abusive behavior or other violent actions by a person. It’s important to report any acts of animal cruelty you witness. Abusive treatment of an innocent animal should never be tolerated. Please help our furry friends and report any abuse to your local animal shelter or call your local Animal Control.

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Could I have some assistance making a topical outline for Narnia 2?

Question by John: Could I have some assistance making a topical outline for Narnia 2?
I am writing an oral book report on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe for school. Instead of writing the body we are doing a topical outline of the book. The outline only needs to have at most 3 main ideas. Our textbook has examples of biography outlines (which looks much easier) but Narnia is a fiction book. If I could have any assistance at all; that would be great :) Thanks!

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I Don’t Understand What A Topical Outline Is….. 3 Main Ideas??

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Got my shipment today – 12/22

I order about $ 300 worth of product a week ago Monday, on 12/15. Normally, a Monday order would be delivered to my house by Thursday or Friday, but with the holiday slowdown at UPS, it didn’t make it until Monday.

Naturally, I ran out of canned food, dry food, and treats! I try to always keep enough on hand but just didn’t this time.

I had bought some holistic food in the interim — there are a few that are affordable and that I trust. And they’re fine, the kitties eat them without digestive upsets for the most part. These are not my favorite foods, by the way. HealthyPetNet is the only food I am loyal to… I hope they stay in business forever because I absolutely do not know what we would do if we had to shift.

But let me tell you, when I brought in those two heavy cardboard boxes and turned my back to hang up my coat and put my laptop away, the kitties tore into the box with the dry food in it and had the corner chewed off by the time I got back to it!

That stuff must smell amazingly good!
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Therapy Dogs Providing Comfort in the UK and US

Here in the United Kingdom last month was National Pet Month, an annual celebration of the joys of companionship that pets give devoted owners across the country. It’s been estimated that 48% of households in the UK have a pet and in the spirit of Pet Month a poll was taken by a social networking site which questioned pet owners across the country. According to the poll, over half of those questioned would rather hug their pets than a close relative when they are feeling down! This reflects the fact that pets can be a great source of comfort to those in discomfort and distress. This effect has been harnessed by the use of ‘therapy dogs’, which have been active in the UK for a long time in an effort to help ease the physical and mental discomfort of the ill and infirm.

Therapy dogs are becoming more widely used across the UK and the US, with many charities becoming aware of the benefits they can bring. In fact, courtesy of a number of Lutheran Church Charities in America, ten dogs were sent to help comfort victims of the recent tornado which struck Oklahoma. The ferocious tornado carved a 17-mile path of destruction through neighbourhoods, damaging up to 13,000 homes, doing $ 2bn (£1.33bn) in damage, and tragically claiming at least 24 lives. Tim Hetzen, the man in charge of the Lutheran Church’s efforts to comfort the victims’ families, explained how therapy dogs could help:

“Our dogs stay out as long as possible to be with families to help them process their loss. A big part of processing loss is talking about it,” Hetzen said. “The dogs are great for that, because they’re great listeners, they show unconditional love, they don’t take notes and they’re confidential, so they’re great tools for people to pet. When you pet a dog, you relax. When you relax, you’re more likely to share.”

Interestingly it’s not only moods that have been shown to improve by interaction with friendly canines. In addition to providing a psychological boost, physical interaction with therapy dogs has been shown to reduce stress by lowering blood pressure and heart rate. Contact with affectionate dogs has been found to promote the body’s release of beneficial neurochemicals including oxytocin, dopamine, phenethylamine and various endorphins which are known to reduce stress and harmful chemicals, supporting the recovery of the human body.

One of the earliest examples of therapy dogs is the case of Smokey the Yorkshire Terrier, a therapy dog active during World War 2. Smokey, who had been abandoned on a battlefield in Papua New Guinea, was rescued by a Corporal William Wynne. When Wynne was hospitalized with a jungle disease, his pals decided to take the little dog to the hospital to cheer him up. Smokey was welcomed with open arms by the hospital staff when it became clear that she provided great comfort to wounded soldiers, who were recovering from their injuries.

Therapy dogs really began to be used in a more systematic way in the 1970s. Elaine Smith, an American nurse working in England, noticed the positive effect on patients when the hospital chaplain had his golden retriever accompany him around the hospital on rounds. The dog had a great effect on the wellbeing of the patients, with the canine’s visit sometimes the highlight of their day. Smith moved back to the U.S. in 1976 with her new insights and founded Therapy Dogs International, the first national registry of therapy dogs in the country.

Therapy Dogs International has sparked a trend in the use of therapy dogs and just seven years after it was founded, a similar organisation called ‘Pets as Therapy’ was established here in the UK. They are the leading UK charity providing animals for therapy sessions in hospitals, nursing homes, hospices and care homes. Over its 30 year existence it has had the help of over 22,000 dogs, with around 4500 dogs currently helping more than 130,000 people every week.

If you would like to help, and have a dog which you think has a suitable temperament, you too could offer your pet as a therapy dog and begin providing priceless comfort to the unwell and infirm. Simply contact your local therapy dog organization to see whether they accept new pets, and they will tell you what to do next.

About the author: Brit Peacock is an animal lover currently blogging about how dogs can be used to help comfort those suffering from illness and personal injury.

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I Didn’t Know That – Secret Life of Dust Mites

Richard Ambrose and Jonny Phillips use a camera with an ultrapowerful lens to get up close and personal with bedbugs — dust mites that live on dead human ski…
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Who’s Jimmy Moses? And other dog show musings

This winter marked my third trip to the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, and while I’ve learned a great deal more about dog shows over that time (mostly due to the instruction of my friend Susi Szeremy over at DogKnobit), I think it’s fair to say that I’m still mostly clueless about that world.

Which is fine, since I’ll never show a dog; I just need enough knowledge to be able to watch. I know a bit about the point system and the actual play by play of showing a dog, like how you’re supposed to run around and not let the dog bite anyone, but other mysteries still eluded me.

1. Why do female handlers preferentially flock to what I can only describe as mother of the bride suits? And if the idea is to minimize the floofiness of a puffy skirt by sticking with a straight skirt, are power sheaths an acceptable substitute? (Please say yes. Claire Underwood’s wardrobe on House of Cards is straight up amazing.)


Don’t even get me started on the sequins.

2. Are flats REALLY necessary? (Yes, they are.)

3. At which point do you stop brushing your dog and figure this is as good as it gets? (Never, in some breeds.)

4. Is the world as cutthroat and intense as the depiction in Best in Show? (There were a few busy bees around, yes.)

So with all the infinite wisdom that comes after drinking a little too much cabernet in the hotel bar, Susi and I decided, “Hey! Wouldn’t it be great if we made a video of us at the show with all these world class handlers? And Susi (who is an experienced handler of Pulik) goes in there and messes up all the other breeds? And I go in there and don’t know anything at ALL?” I wonder, we thought, how these rockstars of the show dog world would react.

I don’t know enough about the dog show world to know that the scene I did with Jimmy Moses- a world class handler of German Shepherds- was the equivalent of a kamikaze mission, like sending in pizza delivery guy into the cockpit with Captain Sullenberger and saying, “Lemme have the control, just for a second, it’s cool.” The results were pretty equivocal, I’d say.

His choicest critiques didn’t make it on camera, by the way. I enjoyed the benefits of a thorough wardrobe commentary, which I was expecting having deliberately gone way off course, but he was very, um, thorough.

But in all seriousness, all of the handlers in the shot were such incredibly great sports, and I can’t tell you how gracious they were in taking time out of their packed schedules to indulge us in this. It was a ton of fun. And of all the scenes, Susi with the bloodhound takes the cake.

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It’s not what you think it is, but if you listen carefully you will note the word “testicles” does come into play.

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