Tag Archives: rescue

staffies.

just unearthed this lovely little campaign from a shelter across the pond focusing on staffies (staffordshire bull terriers, but also bully breed dogs in general). agree with them on every point – but also wanted to add that staffies/bullies are a stubborn, strong-willed breed; while they do make amazing and loving family pets, they require commitment to consistent training and discipline. consider rescuing before purchasing if you’re considering adding any pet to your family!

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this post is jenga approved.

*all images property of gloria c. and imunlisted.wordpress.com

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puppies for breakfast.

jenga and i attended Puppies for Breakfast last weekend and had a blast!

i was surprised and impressed at how many breeds were represented… from dachshunds to german shepherds to cocker spaniels to large breed poodles and even some pointers, and i think i saw a finnish spitz! here are some of the belated pictures we (jenga gets credit for being my sometimes tripod quadripod) snapped, as promised – see the whole set on Flickr.

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Hello…

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bulldog puppy!

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pit bull guffaw. ❤

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(schnauzer?) pup in a cool T…

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tangled in balloon.

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sunday-best chihuahua.

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while both cute, this gray pupster got my vote for cutest face…

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jenga mama having a grand ‘ole time.

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catahoula mix puppy? (mini-sophie!)

*images property of g. cheng & imunlisted.wordpress.com.

Texas Dog Owners: Fight HB 988!

**NOTE: this post reads like a news article/PR blog post because i used it for a COMM 3369 assignment, and am reposting it in this form to save time. however, this situation is VERY REAL and just as URGENT.

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All Texas dog owners, including rescue groups and pet businesses, should be on HIGH ALERT!

Two days ago, I received an e-mail from Zandra Anderson, Houston-based dog lawyer and founder of the Texas Dog Commission.

She warns all dog owners, pet rescue groups and pet businesses to write, fax, or phone in their objection to House Bill 988 (<<this link will take you to the full bill), also known as the “Texas Dog Insurance Bill“. The bill, introduced by state Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon, D-Texas, “…would require owners of unleashed, un-neutered male dogs over 20 pounds to carry a liability insurance policy of at least $100,000. Violations would be classified as a misdemeanor, and punishable by a fine up to $500.”

Anderson warns,

“Here’s the kicker–in the Health and Safety Code, “owner” is defined as anyone who has custody or control of the dog. That means that rescue organizations and pet businesses, such as dog sitters, kennels, doggy daycare, pet stores, dog walkers and veterinarians will have to buy the insurance. This law applies to puppies as long as they weigh 20 pounds so for some giant breeds, they will be very young at that weight. Rescue groups will have to purchase the insurance even though they might only have the intact puppies or dogs pulled from kill shelters briefly before they are altered or placed, but it doesn’t matter. These groups will still have to have the insurance to be in compliance with this proposed law. This will be devastating because rescue groups will tend to overlook the boy dogs because saving the girls is less expensive. As with all errant dog laws, the dogs always pay the ultimate price and the kill rate will increase.”

Fox News also posted an article about this issue, titled “Some Texas Dog Owners Barking Mad Over Proposal to Mandate Dog Insurance”, in February. According to the article, Rep. McClendon’s action was prompted when, “a member of her district who was seriously attacked by a dog whose owner was not willing to help pay for the resulting medical bills. ‘Situations like this would be remedied under this bill, as insurance would help cover medical expenses incurred as a result of a dog attack,’ she said.”

Anderson asks, “Doggy insurance for male dogs today? Who will be next? Kitty insurance? The $100,000.00 policy is over 3 times what auto insurance costs, yet dog bite related fatalities are very rare, only 31 in 2009 for the entire U.S..”

The bill was filed on January 28, 2011, and was read and referred to to Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence on February 28, 2011 – it is currently waiting to be heard by a committee.

You can keep track of the status of the bill HERE. Please answer Zandra Anderson’s call to arms and write, fax or call your corresponding House Committee member and voice your opposition!

“…and this film is about my dog.”

adorable video about a family pet from a child’s perspective!

puppies.

*UPDATE*

these puppies were all successfully re-homed!

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re-posting for a friend:

A friend’s friend found some dumped puppies in the woods. Appear to be a hound mix, maybe even a rhodie mix. If you know anyone or you are interested please get them in contact with me and I will get you to the right people. Thanks and please repost!…Free to good home! I’m pretty sure. They’re just dumped puppies so I’m sure the guy just wants them to go to a good home.

if interested, please contact my friend at kay.finley@yahoo.com.

photo courtesy of k. finley.

save a dog.

470.

that’s how many pit bulls/pit bull mixes are now in bettiepagestyled‘s Flickr set “pit bull death row“, and these are only the ones that looked pit-related – there were many others that were not bully breeds that she didn’t get photos of. can you even imagine 470 dead dogs?! this is an epidemic, and a tragedy. each of these dogs get 3 days, then they are put down killed. i’m not mincing words here. if you live in houston, and you are looking for a canine companion, research the breed and see if it fits your lifestyle and personality – if it does, PLEASE SWING BY THE HSPCA or YOUR LOCAL CITY SHELTER and CONSIDER ADOPTION. sure, puppies are cute, but there are many benefits to rescuing an older dog. please, do your due diligence, and consider saving a dog.

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"Red Fawn Masked Pit Bull Puppy", by bettiepagestyled.

"white male"

"White Cropped Bully Male Pit Bull", by bettiepagestyled.

"Blue Male Pup *Saved! It's Badger." by bettiepagestyled.

"Blue Male Pup *Saved! It's Badger.", by bettiepagestyled.

*for tips on spotting a bad breeder/seller, please refer to “two-wheeled icarus“.
**for additional information on pit bulls, click under “pick your poison” near the top of the column on the right, and select the category “pit bull” from the drop down menu.

“you don’t say…again…” (update)

the discussion continues…

…and ends. after almost 2000 comments, youtube, in all it’s (little) wisdom, has disabled comments on the video. so here is the rest of (and the end) of my civilities with Mr. Conflict (who i discovered is in his 40’s). whoa.

Mr. Conflict: I think you missed my point. If a child or a woman is battered, we as a society stand up and fight for them. In the animal kingdom if one animal is getting beaten the other animals eat him. Animals have zero respect for the “rights” of one another and when we try to claim they have rights it is ridiculous. We would not prosecute a wolf for eating a rabbit so how can we claim the rabbit had a right to not be eaten? I appreciate your civil dialogue. The ones tossing obscenities look ridiculous.

Mr. Conflict: none of that has anything to do with the actual fighting of the dogs. Using your logic any sporting even should be banned due to drugs and gambling which really have nothing to do with the sport. Also the illegality of the dog fighting attracts people prone to illegal activities. legalize it and watch it get cleaned up over night.

Me: i think everyone who opposes dog fighting IS the embodiment of “society standing up and fighting for them”. i think your points are too general – i’ve already established that “eating” is an acceptable purpose for killing; it is only if we are killing that it matters how it is done and why. if a baby squeezes a hamster too hard and kills it, that’s just sad. if a healthy 15 year old does the same thing, it’s different, and wrong. animal actions would be in the same category as a human baby.

Me: once again, i feel your gambling rebuttal is too general. there’s 2 types of sports: parallel competition & direct competition. dog weight pulling & jumping competitions are acceptable & these are parallel competition. dog fights are direct, like boxing. the difference: boxers employ the manager. compared to horse racing which like dog fights has animals & gambling, is parallel competition. horses are treated much better, and i believe it’s due to visibility and money.

Me: dog fights have no visibility and many bad owners get the dogs for free = no incentive to treat the dogs like an investment. horses cost thousands to buy and care for. i know you posted before that you believe “there should be laws to prevent certain things”. let’s just agree on that. i’m focusing my rescue efforts at the heart of the issue: illegal breeding and sale, lack of registration, instating an adoption fee of $50-100 to help ensure good intentions, & at least 3-4 check up visits.

a rescued pit bull, used as a bait dog in dog fights. "bertie" - by marjieww

a rescued pit bull who was used as a bait dog in dog fights; chicago canine rescue. "bertie" - by marjieww