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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Run For Rescue.

On May 2nd, Little Victories will hold its 5k Run For Rescue. It starts with registration at Ritter Park at 7:30 am and race time beginning at 8:30am. The first 200 people are guaranteed a t-shirt. If you registered by 4/20/09, you were guaranteed a shirt in your size. The course starts at Ritter Park, through the park, along North Blvd, turning at Veterans Memorial Arch, and returning to the finish line at Ritter Park. For safety reasons, the course will close at 9:30am. If you are still going to participate, you will be asked to use the sidewalks.

Sorry that I didn't know about this before the 4/20/09 date. I found a brochure at my doctors office. I hadn't heard anything about this until then. They have different age groups, and they are: 14-under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 and up. The fee for late registration, after 4/20/09 and at race time is $20.00. You can make checks payable to: Little Victories. You can mail your fee to: Little Victories, POB 247, Barboursville, WV 25504. Fee is non-refundable.

May 2nd, 2009 is National Adoption Day and the month of May is Be Kind to Animals month. Please support your local shelter and rescue groups.


Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Join To Ban Tethering Of Dogs.

City Council will meet on April 27 at City Hall to vote on an ordinance to ban the tethering of dogs. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. This is so important for many reason. First and foremost, chaining a dog could lead to aggressive behavior. The reason I say this is dogs are pack animals and need to have human contact. When they are sequestered from humans, they become frustrated and the frustration usually turns into aggression. Many people, mainly children have been attacked by a chained dog.

There is a great organization called Dogs Deserve Better. The sole purpose of this non-profit organization is to get all dogs off the end of chains and out of pens and into the home where they belong. I am so glad that the council will meet to debate and hopefully pass the resolution into law. If you can't attend, them contact your local councilperson and let them know how you feel about chaining. Imagine the life on the end of a rope or chain and never getting the love and touch you crave and need so much. Eating and sleeping where you use the bathroom. A miserable existence, not a life.

Go to to learn more about tethering and what it can do to a dog's mental state.

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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Take Your Dog To Work Day.

source: Dog Fancy Magazine
Survey Source: APPMA in Dog Fancy Magazine.

There is a great day coming up in June for pet lovers that work. It is a day set aside on June 26Th to take your dog to work with you, that is, if your job allows it. But, there are several things you need to do before just bringing your pet to your job. First, check with management and co-workers to see if anyone in your office is allergic to dogs, afraid of them, or is just opposed to the idea.

Next, just like you did your home, puppy-proof your office. Make sure all cords are hid and things like correction fluid (white-out, ink, etc.) are put up out of reach. Bathing your best friend is the next step. Who wants a stinky, dirty dog around them all day? No-one! Also, a shy or aggressive dog is a no-no at an office. For the shy dog, it can be an excruciating time. Can you imagine being scared for 8-10 hours, I can't. Also, if your dog appears to be ill. Just bring a pretty picture instead.

Prepare a bag for your pet. Just like you would prepare a diaper bag for a baby. Things like clean-up bags, bowls, leash, toys, paper towels, and disinfectant. (in case of a potty accident) If you move around alot, consider bringing a crate for your dogs security and your peace of mind. A really important one is planning feeding times. Make sure the spot you chose to let your pet potty is appropriate.

I think this one is the most important! Don't force your pet on co-workers. Let them come to you and your pet. Curtail treat giving, as this could cause a very messy potty accident. Your pet might not like it, but, trust me, minimal treats are a must. No people food!! Lastly, remember that not all pets are office goers. If your pet becomes overly playful, aggressive or withdrawn, make sure you have permission to leave and take them home. Of course, I have to say this; never, ever leave your pet in your car while you are at work!

While it is sometime away, have a safe and fun day in June. Most offices allow you to bring you best friend to work, as they know it helps with office morale.

In a survey conducted by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Assoc. (APPMA) here are some very interesting results.

55 million Americans believe that pets in the workplace leads to more creativity.
53 million Americans believe that pets in the workplace decreases absenteeism.
50 million Americans believe that pets in the workplace helps co-workers get along better.
38 million Americans believe that pets in the workplace creates a more productive work place.
32 million Americans believe that pets in the workplace decreases smoking in the work place.
37 million Americans believe that pets in the workplace helps improve management/employee relationships.
46 million Americans believe that pets in the workplace improves hours worked by each employee,


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

None Survived.

The heading says it all. A horrific abuse case in Salyersville KY, came to light Tuesday, April 14th. 46 dogs, of many different breeds, were found in a house, living 3-4 to a cage, in their own filth, or outside, in homemade wire cages. Some were running loose. All were riddled with disease and starving. Some of the breeds were Boxers, Pomeranians, Shih Tzu's and Chihuahua's.

A scene all too familiar. Puppy mill. This is what I call a backyard mill. The woman, get this, works for the state road in KY. One of the officers that went to the scene of this horrible tragedy, knew her. The people that went out on this call were absolutely shocked by what they found. There was a dead puppy on top of one of the crates!

The reason they were called to the house was because a neighbor said that a Rottweiler had died on the property and the other dogs were eating the carcass. Also, there were supposed to be children in the house, that was later proved not true. The owner didn't even live in the house, she live down the road. This is just another case of greed! The woman, Manda “Mandy” Fletcher, 51, of Magoffin County, is expected to be charged with 46 counts of cruelty to animals, as she should be!

This scene is played over and over, everyday, throughout the country. Countless dogs are subjected to endless breeding and whelping, until they are no longer viable breeders, and then they are killed, usually very inhumanely. They said they found one female Basset that was broken down from being bred over and over and over.

Every single one of the dogs was euthanized-EVERY ONE!!!!!! This is the product of the puppy mills. Sick and genetically defected animals. The owners of these mills should be placed in jail and pay restitution to the shelters that have to deal with the dogs that are saved from them.

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Where Are They Now?

I was reading my new Dog World magazine and was amazed to find out about where some of the Michael Vick dogs ended up and how they were adapting to a normal life. A life of love, not fear and gentleness instead of violence. The magazine focused on 5 of those 44 dogs. Gentle Jonny, Red, Gracie, Leo and Hector.

Believe it or not, Jonny is a dog that has gotten his CGC (Canine Good Citizen) certificate and his Therapy dog title from Therapy Dog International. He is involved in a program called Paws for Tales, a reading program for children at a local San Fransisco library, listening to young people read out loud to him. He is a non-judgemental audience for these children, who are having trouble reading. It seems that children do better reading to a dog than a person. They know a dog won't judge them.

Grace or Gracie, does public relation work. Her job is to let people know that Pit Bulls are not all monsters. She travels to rally's and fundraisers to help promote her breed as loving, gentle dogs. Which they are if raised and bred right, they are one of the more people-friendly dog breeds. Leo, is another therapy dog. He works with at risk teen boys in San Jose CA.

Red is just a mellow fellow. He is used to teach dog safety in local schools sponsored by the Monterey County SPCA. He also has his CGC certificate. His foster handler said that stay was the hardest for him because he likes to follow people around and get love and pats.

Now Hector is a cuddle bug. It said that he just becomes a rag doll when he is picked up or a rub on his stomach. He works with domestic abuse victims. If a dog can come through the violence these dogs did, and survive, people can too. It said he thrives on getting petted

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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Groomer Has It.

I am watching the new season of a great reality show called "Groomer Has It." It is on Sat. at 9pm. My old teacher, and founder of Nash Academy of Animal Arts of Lexington KY and New Jersey, John Nash, created this show. I was one of the first to know this, and I felt very privileged. John and Vivian, his wife, are the who's who of the grooming world.

The title of "groomer of the year" is a very, very prestigious title. At least, to us of the grooming world. It is like being picked for Groom Team USA, which is our Olympics. Yes, groomers have Olympic teams. It might seem silly to some, but to us, it is a great honor and such a great time. There are many, many talented groomers out there. It is such a shame that our area has only a handful.

Back to the show, as I regress sometimes. The challenges that they put them through, are great, and really put them, the groomers, to the test. The one challenge I liked, was the one where they had to take a Standard Poodle and do a creative groom, using color. One team, the blue team, actually brush burned the leg of their dog. I was so shocked! So were the judges. And, the one responsible was Michael. I personally thought they were wrong, but that is just me. Check out the show on Sat. at 9pm on Animal Planet.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Cell Dogs.

I am watching a fabulous show called "Cell Dogs." This is such a great show! I was just surfing channels and found it. Prison inmates take dogs on death row at a shelter and train them to become active members of society and get adopted.

They have these programs all over the nation from OH to OR. Since 1981, 65 prisons in 25 states have adopted this program. Dogs seem to relieve tensions and prison violence. The people that are working in these programs are guilty of some pretty violent things and pretty tough men and women, too. But, they have changed, due to the dogs, and their unconditional love and loyalty. These men and women haven't had this type of love and commitment in their lives, or the responsibility, of taking care of a helpless animal.

The interviews they did with the inmates were great, too. One, in particular, struck me. This man was in for being a drunk and a drug addict. The dogs, all 12 that he has trained and that have been adopted, taught him responsibility. He said that taking care of the dogs and their love, stopped him from wanting to drink and do drugs. He has been sober and clean for 12 yrs. That is the power of dogs. Check out the show on Animal Planet on Tues. at 7pm.

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Petland Faces Class Action Suit For Selling Unhealthy Puppies.

PHOENIX (March 17, 2009) — Members of The Humane Society of the United States and other consumers filed a class action lawsuit alleging that Petland, Inc. and the Hunte Corporation are conspiring to sell unhealthy puppy mill puppies to unsuspecting consumers in numerous states. Petland is the nation’s largest chain of pet stores that sells puppy mill dogs and Hunte is one of the country’s largest distributors of factory-produced puppies.

The lawsuit, filed in federal district court in Phoenix late Monday, alleges that Petland and Hunte violated federal law and numerous state consumer protection laws by misleading thousands of consumers across the country into believing that the puppies sold in Petland stores are healthy and come from high-quality breeders. Many of the puppies sold by Petland come either directly from puppy mills or puppy brokers such as Hunte, which operates as a middleman between the mills and Petland’s retail stores.

“Unscrupulous dog dealers like Petland and Hunte reap massive profits by pushing unhealthy puppies on well-intentioned dog-lovers who would never knowingly buy a puppy mill dog,” said Jonathan Lovvorn, vice president & chief counsel for Animal Protection Litigation at The HSUS. “Families often bear the great expense of veterinary treatment for sick and unhealthy dogs, or the terrible anguish of losing a beloved family pet. This industry has been systematically lying to consumers for years about the source of the dogs they sell, and it’s long past time for a reckoning.”

The class action lawsuit is the result of many months of investigative and legal research, and comes after an eight-month investigation into Petland stores by The HSUS that demonstrated a direct link between multiple Petland stores and unscrupulous puppy mills. Numerous other reports have also surfaced of Petland’s allegedly deceptive sales practices, including the marketing and sale of puppies with life-threatening genetic defects and highly contagious parasitic and viral infections.

The 34-page complaint includes numerous examples of sick or dying puppies that Petland sold, including:

• Mainerd, a Boston terrier, was diagnosed with a congenital spinal condition. Some of her vertebrae have not formed completely while others have fused together causing tissue to grow underneath along with possible nerve damage. Mainerd is now receiving steroid treatments for her ailments and may require expensive surgery.
• Minchy, a miniature pinscher, was sold by Petland at 10 weeks old. He was immediately diagnosed with coccidian, an intestinal parasite that causes diarrhea and weight loss. Minchy was also diagnosed with an inherited disorder, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, which will ultimately lead to permanent blindness.
• Tucker was sold at four months old. The bloodhound puppy experienced severe separation anxiety and various health problems before developing orbital cancer at only 7 months of age.
• Patrick, a Pomeranian puppy, was sold at three months old. He suffered from diarrhea and vomiting shortly after arriving at his new home. At 11 months old, Patrick was diagnosed with a genetic disorder, dual luxating patellas, which will require expensive surgery on both of his knees to correct.

Puppy mills are mass breeding operations where the health of dogs is disregarded in order to maintain a low overhead and maximize profits. The dogs are often kept in wire cages, stacked on top of each other, with no exercise, socialization, veterinary care, or loving human interaction. They are treated not like family pets, but like a cash crop. Petland denies it supports these substandard breeding facilities, and claims to follow “Humane Care Guidelines” developed in conjunction with the USDA. However, USDA recently informed HSUS in writing that it has no record of any such guidelines.

The class plaintiffs are being represented in the case by Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky, PC; Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro, LLC; Garen Meguerian, Esq. and lawyers in The HSUS’s Animal Protection Litigation section. The suit requests a jury trial on behalf of the consumer class plaintiffs, and seeks reimbursement of the puppies’ purchase price along with compensation for all related monetary damages for the class members.

To learn more about puppy mills, visit A multi-media release is also available.

Media Contacts:
Loraine Miscavage: 301-258-1483;
Heather Sullivan: 301-548-7778;


Wednesday, April 1, 2009

A Boarding Kennel I Recommend.

Today, while at work at Just Dogs! Gourmet, I met a really great lady that owns a boarding kennel in Hurricane WV called Kim's Canine Camp. I really love that name, by the way. As we talked, I liked her more and more. She has a rescued Australian Shepherd mix named Frank that is the official greeter of the camp.

Kim talked of her love of the animals and how she only takes 8-15 dogs at a time because she believes that any more than that and she can't give the proper attention to dogs. Every 2 or 3 hours the dogs get play time throughout the day, which I think is totally fabulous! If you need to kennel your dog, and want someone that will give your dog the attention they deserve while you are away, call Kim at 304-586-3806 (h) or 304-419-5116 (c). She has to meet the dog before she will accept them, though.

She will set up a time to meet you and your best bud to get to know the both of you. I must say, she really is a dog person and I can personally recommend her. So, the next time you have to go away and can't take your dog, call her.