Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Excellent Idea

Old dog haven relies on donations to help save elderly dogs.

Send donations to:

Old Dog Haven
621 SR9 NE
Lake Stevens WA 98258-9400

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Have a Puppy?

If you have a pup that is approaching 4 months old... don't wait. Enroll your dog in obedience classes now. Doing it early will save you a lot of headaches, money and frustration later. By now, your dog should be mostly house trained, most of your socialization completed, and your dog's nipping and chewing should have been addressed.
Dog First Aid

A black Labrador retriever is expected to fully recover following surgery to escape a sticky situation, swallowing a quarter of a bottle of Gorilla Glue.

If you have owned enough dogs, you'll eventually have an emergency where your dog has swallowed something dangerous. This is why you should always have a dog first aid book on hand, which you have already read from cover to cover. In addition, you need to always have the phone number, name and address of your nearest pet emergency hospital.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

I Just Don't Understand Animal Cruelty

A man who placed a dog in a washing machine and turned it on was sentenced Tuesday to a year in prison. Chad Edward Ellis, 32, of Euless, had pleaded guilty to a charge of animal cruelty and faced a maximum sentence of two years in prison. The dog was scalded by the hot water before managing to escape after the incident about a year ago, but she was caught and locked in a closet for several days. Eventually, a friend of Ellis' found the year-old female black Labrador retriever mix and took her to a Grapevine animal shelter, where she was euthanized after antibiotics failed to stop the swelling from the burns.

You have to figure someone who did this kind of thing is really messed up inside. Yes, people should pay for the crimes they commit, but such a case should also require mandatory counseling, don't you think? I am guessing, and I really have no facts to back this up, that if you looked into the life story of this person, you'd find drugs and/ or childhood abuse. Let's hope this person enrolls in some serious counseling, and spiritual help from clergy, while incarcerated. We aren't going to stop this kind of thing without addressing how people like this are motivated.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

An Unfortunate Accident, Indeed

A 10-year-old San Antonio girl has died after being attacked by her neighbor's dog. Amber Jones was attacked while trying to help the animal after it had gotten its collar caught on a chain link fence.

The shame of all of this is that not only was the child killed, the dog will be killed, too. The dog did what animals do when terrified, they protect themselves. This dog should not be put down. It was an accident. This was not an indication of a vicious dog.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Scary Legal Interpretation

"Surely if the dog’s unregistered it has no legal owner. At that point you have an unlicensed dog with no legal owner, and who has committed an attack on an individual. You don’t require consent of somebody who doesn’t own the dog legally. “I will definitely be taking this up with the chief executive (David Warburton) on his return to work next week,” Mr Laws said.

I haven't seen this logic before. So, if your dog is unlicensed, the law will deem the dog has NO owner, you lose your rights to due process, they can pick your dog up without your consent or notice, and put it to death. This is a completely unreasonable and dangerous legal theory. What if they are wrong? What if they get the wrong dog? What if the owner is falsely accused? What if the bite was provoked by the actions of the person who was bitten?

Stupid Advice?

Usually most articles on managing dogs are OK... for the most part. But, here is another sensational article about dangerous dogs. The article describes things that define what a responsible dog owner should do. Most are fine... but this one, if you take the article literally, is patently absurd. I wonder if this is just a typo or if the author really meant this:

As a responsible dog owner, it is important you take steps to avoid having a dog you cannot control that may be classed as dangerous, even on your own property...

Keep your dog away from visitors, preferably in a separate room


IF your dog is dangerous, then this good advice. But, if you have a friendly dog, like most people, this is just ignorance gone to seed. No point isolating friendly dogs! I wonder if this was intentional, or another overreaction by someone who knows nothing about dogs. AND how about advice like: HIRE A PROFESSIONAL DOG TRAINER, MOST OF THESE PROBLEMS ARE FIXABLE OR MANAGEABLE.


Friday, January 05, 2007

Ah, Just What I Suspected...

Detectives investigating the fatal mauling of a five-year-old girl have seized cash from the scene of the tragedy, police confirmed today. The force today confirmed that the officers also seized cash and unspecified "items" from the house.

So, they suspect the dog was used as a professional fighting dog. Isn't that the real issue here? If you make a dog vicious the way they do for pit fighting, then the dog, or even the breed, isn't the issue. The issue is illegal dog fighting and gang related activity in most cases. Go after the crime issues and these types of dogs will not be made by people. If this is the way this turns out, the dog and the kid were both victims. No point making more dogs into victims by killing them just based on the breed.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Five-year-old Ellie Law-renson - described by her parents as a "little angel" - was mauled to death at her grandmother's home in the early hours of New Year's Day.

The animal, which was shot dead at the scene, has been confirmed as a type banned under the 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act.

The basis for prosecuting someone for an attack should NOT be based upon the breed of dog. It should, instead, be based upon the behavior of the people involved. Yes, these people might have violated this law, and you should obey the law, but it is a bad law and should be repealed. There seems to have been plenty of reason for the law to get involved here without the breed being an issue. If the same circumstances had happened with a different breed, the child would still be dead.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Dog Nazi's On The March

The Seattle Animal Shelter, determined to crack down on people who don't license their pets, is considering sending plainclothes officers to patrol city parks.

Tell me why this is necessary? Does this make the community safer? Does Animal Control need that much more money? What good does it do?