Update on Jim Sak and Snickers

Clearly a deadly creature

Last week I posted twice about Jim Sak and Snickers, his service dog that happens to be pit-bull-shaped.

Aurelia IA has a breed ban and ordered Snickers out of town, literally under pain of death. This is, of course, in direct conflict with federal law with regards to service animals and despite the fact that Mr. Sak has had Snicker for more than 5 trouble-free years. Snickers is pit-bull shaped, and no amount of common sense, evidence or facts is going to get in the way of Aurelia Iowa’s city government.

For example, here’s a very revealing quote from a story on MSNBC.

City Council member Jeff Bowen refused to answer questions about whether he thought the City was in violation of the Americans with Disabilities act. “Well I guess the attorneys will have to figure that out” Bowen told us, “I don’t have any comment.”

Wow. Nothing like standing up for yourself and your opinion. (Really. It’s nothing like it at all.)

See an update here:

Tomorrow there will be a hearing in Sioux City (which also has a failed breed ban of its own, BTW.) It’s possible that this hearing will result in Mr. Sak having his service dog returned immediately. It’s also possible that it will result in more delays or just a temporary decision.

Aurelia’s city government has refused to respond to request for comment, so there’s no reason to believe that they will go down without a fight.

Until this is resolved I am going to continue my fundraiser. While Mr. Sak’s legal representation is being supplied pro bono, Animal Farm Foundation has already provided housing and care for Snickers for over a week, and they still are a worthy beneficiary of our donations anyway.

Please chip in!

Update on Jim Sak and Snickers is a post from: Dog Spelled Forward

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Cool Flea images

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Flea Market & RV Park at Menge

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Flea Market & RV Park at Menge, Pass Christian, Mississippi

Flea Market & RV Park at Menge

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Flea Market & RV Park at Menge, Pass Christian, Mississippi

Flea Market & RV Park at Menge

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Flea Market & RV Park at Menge, Pass Christian, Mississippi

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Jambo Bwana: Meet the World Vets Arusha Tribe

First and foremost, thank you all for keeping the blog alive while I was off gallivanting around the globe. It’s amazing how many memories I’ve crammed into the past two weeks, and I want to do the World Vets experience justice so forgive me while I take a bit to collect my thoughts, my notes, and the 1200 pictures I took while I was there.

If you follow pawcurious on Facebook, you might have noticed there was a wee bit of travel drama coming home (read: it took 60 hours), then I came home to a husband on a business trip so I dropped straight into I HAVE A BIRTHDAY PARTY TODAY AND I NEED CLEAN SOCKS and it’s a little discordant when you just spent a week with people who took a three hour bus ride just to claim someone’s used running shoes. I am collecting my thoughts. But to sum up, here’s a preview of the things I am going to write about when I am coherent:

1. I made it to the summit of Mt. Meru

It was kind of a side note to do this trek before the World Vets portion of the trip, and there was a part of me that questioned the wisdom of clambering up the side of a volcano right before the work commenced, but it was a good thing. It was insane for someone who’s camped, like, once, and whose experience with hiking was limited to 6 mile trail runs at sea level to make their inaugural overnight camping experience a four day trek to a point higher than anywhere in the contiguous United States with a group of strangers, but I basically decided not to think about that and just go for it.

It was insane, of course. But it proved to me two things:

  • sanity is overrated
  • Boundaries are there to be pushed

Plus I got to see some of the most surreal and beautiful landscapes in the world. Bonus: did not fall off the volcano.

2. It’s good to be with like minded people

Most people I know don’t understand why any person, especially a mom with young kids, would want to take off and go to to Africa and volunteer in the bush for a week or so. The desire to do this is something you either get, or you don’t.

The first couple of days we spent getting to know each other, and one of the first things I learned was that three out of the six women on the trip were moms with young kids. In fact, of those moms, my kids were the oldest. So really, I’m on the conservative side when it comes to the adventuring spirit. It’s like a secret sorority I just found out existed, and I could tell you the secret handshake but then I’d have to kill you.

I can’t wait to tell you more about the people I was on this trip with, but suffice it to say it takes a certain personality type to say, “a week of work in unknown conditions in Africa with the potential for malaria and no running water? Where do I sign up?”

Now, you might on occasion get unlucky and find that one of the people on a trip such as this is in over their heads and utterly miserable. But if you’re lucky, if you hit the traveling companion jackpot, every single person there is possessed of the right temperament to make this sort of experience work. We mused a lot about what those personality traits might be, but I think it can best be summed up as follows:

  • flexibility in uncertain circumstances, up to and including the ever present threat of GI distress
  • OK with getting dirty
  • a fan of practical jokes and/or improv dance routines
  • hard time saying no to anything that sounds interesting
  • a genuine interest in doing good work, whatever form that might take

World Vets team members along with Livingstone Masija of the ASPA and members of the Donkey Sanctuary, Kenya

You’ll get to learn more about them when I write about the trip, but for introductions, here are the people who became my World Vets family for the week:

Mpuzi (silly): Kyle Baird, Washington

Kyle, a World Vets veteran, and his wife Rachel have been all over the world with veterinary projects. Despite protesting that he doesn’t have the experience of the other team members, there wasn’t a moment he wasn’t doing one of three extremely valuable things: lugging vast quantities of supplies around his tall frame as our very own beast of burden; using his long reach to spray the donkeys with fly spray, Vetericyn, or paint to mark them as treated (the long reach is a godsend when you have a skittish animal); and thirdly, entertaining gaggles of screeching, giggling children who couldn’t get enough of his amiable antics. We can treat hundred of donkeys with dewormer, but when it comes to building trust in a community, that game of frisbee can be just as vital.

Aziza (powerful): Rachel Baird, LVT, Washington

Every morning at seven, when the rest of us were just coming to in our PJs looking for coffee, Kyle and Rachel would go for a run. You might think, looking at the two of them, that Kyle is the stronger of the two, but Rachel is the one who had to carry Kyle’s pack to the summit of Mt. Meru- a trek I did in four days, they did in two. On the third afternoon of our trip, as the village councilman was attempting to help Rachel wrestle a bucking donkey, he looked down at her slight frame and said in awe, “You are a powerful woman,” and let go.

Batuuli (young maiden): Dr. Janet Beagley, Washington

Despite being a mom to two adorable little kids and busy wife to a professor, Dr. Beagley has made plenty of time for international travel and volunteering. As you’ll learn, she is an ace tooth floater, can climb trees like nobody’s business, and according to multiple disappointed Tanzanians, commands the highest offering price of any of the World Vets team from men in search of wives.

Damisi (gregarious): Toccoa Graves, Florida

The only bad thing about having Toccoa for a roommate this trip was that I spent more time laughing than I did sleeping. She’s a combination Hawkeye Pierce meets Amelia Earhart, someone who gets right down to business but can still bust out the running man when work’s over. It takes a certain type to go on a Navy ship as a vet student, fulfill her two month assignment, then ask for a three month extension, but that is just what she did. If you ever get to meet her in person, and I hope you do, you have to have her show you the Toothy video. I can say no more.

Zuri (pretty): Dr. Rudy Kirkhope, Arizona

Dr. Kirkhope arrived a day late to the party due to the joys of long haul international flights, leaving us to wonder after our first day of bonding whether this last guy was going to be a dud or fit right into the group. We needn’t have worried. And it’s a good thing, because he had the most equine experience out of anyone on the trip so even if he had been a pain, we’d have no choice but to put up with him. In addition to his valuable veterinary experience, Dr. Kirkhope is a big fan of hitting the gym, a fact that did not go unnoticed by throngs of young women murmuring appreciatively in Swahili as they meandered back and forth through the marketplace. (And he’s single, ladies- as long as you’re cool with British accents, horses, and dancing.)

Furaha (joyful): Alana Tagliabue, Perth, Australia

Alana is one of those ‘still waters run deep’ types, quiet at first but once you open the floodgates- watch out. A veterinary nursing student, she jumped right in on the first day and by the third day, she was heading up her own unit of donkey treatment. Like Mary Poppins, she kept procuring increasingly valuable items as the week went on. She brought a huge stack of halters, which according to our local contact Livingstone Masija of the Arusha Society for the Protection of Animals, was of huge benefit in getting the local villagers to bring the donkeys to us for treatment. She then produced stacks of hair ties, paper, and best of all, pens- which meant at the end of every day one could find her being happily mauled by excited children scrambling for her goodies.

Anisun (friendly): Dr. Teri Weronko, Washington

The leader can make or break a team in a situation like this. How lucky were we to have the gregarious, beautiful and just all around amazing Teri Weronko as our leader. Some people are dog whisperers, others are horse whisperers, but Dr. Weronko- she is a people whisperer, with the ability to put anyone from a jaded porter to a dubious Maasai at ease within about ten seconds with a joke, a hug, or a song she just learned in Swahili. For a project such as this, where the work is as much about building trust in a new community as it is about the medicine, we couldn’t have asked for a more effective person for the job.


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Dog Poop Bags: Multi-Purpose Carriers!

When dog waste is left on the sidewalk, it not only disgruntles a variety of people because of its unpleasant smell it also poses a health risk. Dog poop is a carrier of a large number of bacteria, parasites and worms that can affect other dogs, as well as us. The simplest way to help reduce the spread of such bacteria, parasites and worms is to make sure you place your dog’s poop into specially designed dog poop bags before sealing it and throwing it away.


All dogs have to stop and do their business several times a day, regrettably for us, it is usually when we least want them to. Carrying dog poop bags when you take a dog out for a walk is one of the greatest things you can do, to avoid a lot of hassle. It avoids the fuss of needing to buy a new set of dog poop bags while you’re out, trying to find someone that will give you some for free or leaving it where it is.


Dog poop bags are cheap products that you can use for a variety of purposes. Most commonly, they’re used for scooping up poop – which they were originally designed for. They are also invariably used for a variety of other tasks. Poop bags are not products that need to be exclusively used for dog waste, they’re also good for disposing of diapers (and avoids the need for you to buy two separate poop bag products!). Picking up dog poop is obviously the task that they’re best at, but you can also use them to dispose of lunch and/or general waste or carrying light belongings.


Poop bags are a surprisingly diverse range of products; various styles, sizes and colors are available and, as previously mentioned, they are suitable for a range of tasks. Dog poop bags are not just a product used to pick up and store dog waste, they’re now often regarded as fashionable accessories.


Poop bags aren’t just a product used to pick up and store dog waste, they’re now often regarded as fashionable accessories. Pink, purple, green, yellow, orange, blue, black – whatever color you like, its almost guaranteed that you’ll find bags to suit your fashion sense. Dog poop bags are also frequently adorned in patterns such as hearts, stripes and stars. The introduction of a wide range of colors and styles has made a typically unpleasant task look pretty cool!

To find a great selection of dog poop bags, please visit http://www.dogstore.us

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Golden Poodle Awards for June

The Golden Poodle award goes to the world’s most famous Corgi lover, Queen Elizabeth, who has reigned with intelligence, style and dignity for 60 years. And spared the world the rule of her idiot son. The Lizard Brain award goes to Chyna. Once a gifted athlete, professional wrestler/entertainer and cover girl on Playboy, she is now a porn star who has appeared on Celebrity Rehab. Claiming that a friend had stolen her Poodle,…
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Does tea tree oil kill demodectic mange mites?

Question by Go Rangers and Saints!!: Does tea tree oil kill demodectic mange mites?
Does tea tree oil kill demodectic mange mites? Or is there is any other natural thing that helps?

Best answer:

Answer by CGC Pit Bull
NO! It does NOT kill the mites.

The ONLY treatment you should give your dog for Mange is what your Vet has prescribed to you.

There is NO natural cure.

Give your answer to this question below!

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All Natural Dog Food

Pets are member of our family moreover; they need special attention in the matters of food. There are many advantages of feeding natural foods to dogs. All natural dog food is very rich in vitamin E and C, which is very important for their body. Vitamin E keeps their coat glowing and vitamin C is good for their bones. All these vitamins affect in the same manner as in a human body. Vitamin such as, beta-carotene is helpful in removing toxins from the body commonly known as free radicals.

Animals normally eat meat thus, their body gain lots of toxic material in their body and if toxic material is not removed from their body then, there are lots of chances of them getting infected with diseases of lungs and heart. It is good to give supplements of all natural food daily to keep their metabolic system free from infection and diseases.

All natural dog foods are a good source of fiber and antioxidant. Some of the natural food contain manganese, phosphorous, calcium and potassium all these vitamins and minerals are very much necessary in their diet. There are many vegetable rich in antioxidant such as, dark green and bright orange. By feeding all natural dogs in their meal is just like getting a insurance policy for your loving pet.

There is lots of branded natural food available in market for your pet. However, it is better to consult with your Viet nary doctor before feeding canned natural food. Advice of a doctor is very essential before going for an experiment because some canned food is especially kind of breads.

Every pet owner feel his pet should good breath, brilliant coat sheen, clean teeth, bright clear eyes and be healthy any time. For this entire thing, the pet should good quality of all natural food because a complete diet can only bring this affect to your adorable pet. One should take care about the health of their so that, pet also live a longer life.

If the pets are properly feed by rich nutrition then it will be prevention against common veterinary disease. It is always suggested veterinary doctor to give holistic food to pet because home made food thus it keep pet away from artificial ingredients.

There are certain food should be avoided such as, food contain high amount of oil and low cost food supplement such as protein capsules. Thus, this type of food lead to digestive problem and similarly some pet face hair fall problem too.

All natural dog food has there own advantages and doctor also says it is better to give natural food to pet. Natural food also affects the behavior of pet, it makes them more active and playful similarly it makes some changes in their ferocious attitude.

So feed your dogs with all natural dog food to keep them healthier.

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The loyalty of Captain Hare’s pet Spanish wolf

The Iberan wolf (Canis lupus signatus) is often a lovely red color.

One of the most interesting stories about a pet wolf I’ve come across is the story of Captain Hare’s Spanish wolf. The story is a beautiful testament to the loyalty that wolves can exhibit toward those with whom they have bonded, and it is also a tragic tale of what happens when a misunderstood wild creature is brought into captivity.

Captain Hare was an officer in the British army during the Peninsular War, which was one of the Napoleonic Wars. It happened when Napoleon used a coup d’etat to get his brother seated on the Spanish throne and then invaded the Iberian Peninsula in hopes of conquering Portugal, which remained neutral and still traded with Britain.  When Napoleon’s troops invaded Spain, they were initially greeted as liberators, then a brutal guerrilla war ensued. Britain sent its own troops in to the Iberian Peninsula to assist the uprising.

Captain Hare managed to tame a wolf pup while in Spain, and it became his comrade- in-arms.

The account of this tame wolf comes from The Eclectic Magazine  (January 1864).

Early in the Peninsular War, Captain Hare, of a well-known Devonshire family, came home on absence or from wounds, bringing with him a tame Spanish wolf, caught young in the Sierra Morena, which, by constant familiarity, had become tame as a dog. During many a mountain bivouac, the soldier, his charger, and his pet wolf lay huddled together beneath a spreading cork-tree, or in the sheltered ravine, sharing between them the scanty supply of coarse biscuit, too often the whole of the military rations. During Captain Hare’s sojourn at Bristol, the beast followed him unmuzzled in his daily promenades, to the no small terror of Bristol citizens; and it was amusing to notice what a wide birth they gave him in passing, and how they turned, and at a respectful distance followed him the whole length of a street. But Paterfamilias presently began to murmur at the insatiate maw possessed by his son’s Spanish follower. After many a regretful struggle, the captain therefore transferred his old comrade to the keeping of Sir Hugh Smith, of Ashton Court. There, secured to a wooden dog-house in the kennel-yard, he spent nearly the whole summer’s day in pacing, to and fro at the full range of his tether, in a sort of ambling trot, plainly indicating his impatience of captivity, and sorrow at the abrupt disseverance of old associations. Gifted, like all his species, with a power of scent even beyond that possessed by the blood-hound, he winded a stranger’s presence the moment he got within the precincts of the park. Now the monotonous jog-trot is at once arrested; with ears erect, dilated, quivering nostrils, and flashing eyes, he stands motionless till the expected visitant comes in sight. Satisfied at length that it is not hia much-loved master, he hastily retires into bis lair, where, couchant at full length, with head between his paws, and closed eyelids, he feigns sleep. Rarely does this stratagem succeed, for the wary stranger stands gazing at a very respectful distance. Master Wolf now shakes off dull sleep, rises, shaking his hide and his ponderous chain, recommences his perambulations, but this time far within his limits, the chain lying in a zigzag coil beneath his feet. Still unsuccessful in deluding within his range his wished-for prey, the excited beast, with a hideous snarl, bounds sidelong to the full extent of his tether, and of course is dashed to earth by the recoil. Disappointed and humbled, he hastily retreats far into his dog-house, concealed from view. I noticed that the cunning animal never repeated this his favorite ruse a second time on the same person, but every fresh arrival induced him to repeat the assault (pg. 91).

During the war, the wolf and soldier were largely free.

War is not a beautiful thing, especially a nasty guerrilla war like the one that went on in Spain at this time.

The wolf likely gave Captain Hare a lot of comfort in a place where no one could really be trusted.

But while they were fighting in the war, they ran around in the mountains together, covering great distances as wolves like to do.

That’s why it is such a shame that this poor wolf wound up on a tether. Not only did he lose the person he loved, this poor wolf lost his mobility entirely.

A life on a tether isn’t a particularly good life for a dog, unless it’s given regular exercise and liberty from its bondage.

I can see this poor wolf running out to the end of his chain when a stranger approaches.

His nostrils would be flaring to catch the scent while his ears would perked forward to catch hint of the familiar voice.

And then that hope would be dashed when it became known that the person approaching wasn’t his beloved captain after all.

Pet wolves and dogs that happen to bond very intense with just a few people require owners that are willing to make a lifetime commitment to them.

They can never be truly satisfied living with someone else, and it is almost a great cruelty to expect them to do so.

Especially if they are forever exiled to the end of a chain.

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Cool Pet Itch images

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“The difference between an itch and an allergy is about one hundred bucks” ~ Happy FRISKY Friday ~
Pet Itch

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"Oh yeah baby… that feels SO good"….
goat at Gatorland taking care of an itch…… lol

Happy FRISKY Frday ~


A hardy domesticated ruminant (Capra hircus) of the cattle family that has backward curving horns and (in the male) a beard. Kept for its milk and meat, it is noted for its frisky behavior. It is part of the Bovidae Family.
Many goat breeders prefer the terms "buck" and "doe" to "billy" and "nanny".

Pet Itch

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Dog Flea: Detecting dog fleas

Dog Flea: Detecting dog fleas


Every time you give your dog his regular grooming session, it is very important that you carefully examine his coat and skin.  Aside from making sure that the coat and skin are clean and have a pleasant smell to them, you should also check to make sure that he is not playing host to any type of parasite that could trigger the start of various diseases and other several problems.


One very common parasite that causes serious irritation to your dog is the dog flea.  A dog flea causes severe irritation by sucking on your dog’s blood.  Some dogs develop an allergy to the dog flea’s saliva which causes them to scratch uncontrollably, resulting in sore and weeping skin.  The dog flea is also responsible for the spread of tapeworms if your dog happens to eat it.


The severity of a flea attack is rather unpredictable.  The slightest attack of the flea can cause mild itching and irritation even to a well groomed dog.  In fact, an extreme case of widespread infestation from a relative of the dog flea was known to cause an unprecedented crusade of death in Europe, during the time of the bubonic plagues.


These days, a dog flea attack is most likely due to a particular type of dog flea called Ctenocephalides canis.  This type of flea is a tiny, jumping organism that can be seen on your dog’s skin.  These dog fleas can easily hop on your dog while strolling around through bushes and grass.  The flea knows that your dog is an ample source of blood, which is the main requirement of the dog flea to be able to lay its eggs.


As soon as the dog flea is done satisfying its thirst, it will hop off your dog and find its new home on a surface inside your house.  The dog flea usually stays on one area of your carpet or your bed and will stay there to lay its eggs.


Dog fleas are not at all shy at having their presence detected.  If you notice your dog scratching, biting, and shaking as if it is trying to get rid of something that is irritating him, chances are he may have unwelcome guests of dog fleas feasting on him.


Dog fleas are like tiny brown bouncing dots.  Another sign of dog fleas are black and white particles similar to sand.  These are dog flea eggs and waste material.  When looking for dog fleas, start by pushing the fur back around the neck, along the back, and on the rear end and the belly.  You may also use a fine-toothed comb to search for dog fleas.  Run the fine-toothed comb over the dog’s coat and see if you can catch these culprits.

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