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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Say No! To Dogfighting.

I have been surfing the web looking for game dog websites. A gamedog is a fighter. Someone will disagree with that statement, I am so sure. It is also used as a term for bird dogs. I am not using it for that purpose. I found websites that are fighting sites. Even though fighting is illegal, it is not illegal, evidently, to have a website.

The site I found called http://www.gamedogs.org/, was the most detailed. It has profiles of the "big wigs" in the bloodsport. A man called Don Mayfield, is held up to be almost a "god." There are others, but this man seems to be the one. It is amazing to me that this crap is allowed on the net. But, freedom of speech. As long as they have a disclaimer, it is alright. Such as, "we don't condone the sport." Such nonsense.

"Mr. Mayfield once was one of the country's most successful breeders and handlers of pit bulls for dogfights. The Internet is full of tributes to him. A man identified as Norman Kemmer wrote that Mr. Mayfield was " the greatest conditioner of all times" for fighting dogs." He is dead now, which doesn't hurt my feelings at all. But, he just passed his knowledge down to some other vicious cretin.

I am glad to see that Youtube is putting videos on to stop the bloodsport. There are some really cute vids on there showing Pits playing with their owners or other dogs. The fighting has to stop! But, unfortunately, I don't think it will ever stop. It is too entrenched in society's underworld. As long as people will watch dogs rip each other to pieces, people will continue to fight them for profit.


If you know of someone that is involved in this horrid bloodsport, or watches fights, you can go to http://www.hsus.org/ and report them anonymously. And, the best part, if they are convicted, you get $5000.00. Please do your part, as I am, to end the suffering of these animals that know no better, except to do what their cruel masters intend for them to do....fight to the death or till they get a bullet to the brain, which is the most humane way. But, humane is not in a fighters vocabulary.

Here is the disclaimer I was talking about. From http://www.gamedogs.com/.

Disclaimer
>>>(CLICK HERE)>>>Complete Disclaimer Must Read
NOTICE: The publisher of this website will endeavor to comply with any and all federal, state and local laws pertaining to depictions of cruelty to animals, promotion of dog fighting and/or any other activities deemed illegal by the Dept. of Justice.If any person or agency is aware of any violation of any laws or ordinances contained in or by the information on this web site or any of Gamedogs.Coms other products we urge you to notify the editor/publisher for immediate resolution.

Otherwise we will assume the 1st Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America is still in effect and this publication will excerise its right to freedom of the press and freedom of speech.

God protect us against those enemies, foreign and DOMESTIC who would steal our Constitutional rights and our liberty! FREEDOM!



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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Vick Returns Home.

Well, I was watching the news and it seems that Michael Vick has returned home to serve the remaining 2 mo. of his sentence on home arrest. I don't think he should have the luxury of being in his home. He is a monster, just like the rest of the dog fighters in the world. Notice I used "world," not nation. Dogfighting is a world-wide problem. And, in some countries, it is looked upon as tradition, not legal, just like cock fighting is in Somalia and Puerto Rico and Mexico.

Send me your comments about the Vick home confinement. Also, I would love to hear about your thoughts on him returning to the NFL. My personal opinion is Roger Goodell should not allow him back. He will only taint the game more than it already is with the Pac Man Jones and Plexico Burress, and the many more that have been caught using drugs or being somewhere they shouldn't. Thanks.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Testing Before Breeding.

Breeding a dog is not something to take lightly. But, it seems that breeders in our area don't care about getting their dogs certified for hips, eyes, elbows, heart and other necessary tests to make sure that their breeding dogs are genetically sound.


Most people just throw two dogs together and sell the pups to first come, first serve. Not caring about where their pups go. Most of the people breeding in this area use the "AKC" logo as their selling point. I have been looking for a female for my male lab for over 3 yrs., and haven't found one in our area. I am in a forum called "retrievertraining.net" and have learned a lot. There are many tests that need to be done before breeding should occur.


The certification for hips is to make sure that the parents are not dysplatic or carrying the displatia gene. The same for elbows. Eye certification is for "cherry eye." This is a hereditary eye disease seen in Cockers, Maltese and other breeds that have long eyelashes.


In the lab breed, there is a test for EIC, which is Exercise Induced Collapse. This is where a dog will eat and then is exercised heavily and just collapses and dies. The stomach twists. If caught, surgery can sometimes, notice the wording, sometimes, correct it ans save the dog's life.

Brucellosis is caused by bacteria known as Brucella canis. The disease spreads from one dog to another during breeding or oral contact with vaginal discharges, aborted fetuses and placentas, semen or urine. It occurs most frequently in breeding kennels, though family pets may become infected also. This test should be done on both breeding dogs.

Pregnant females with brucellosis abort their puppies, while nonpregnant bitches may fail to conceive when bred. Males develop swelling of the testicles and usually become sterile. Some dogs appear to be in excellent health yet are infected and capable of spreading the disease.
Diagnosis is by blood culture and/or blood testing. More than one blood sample is usually required.

Tests for heart murmurs are a necessity in the breeds with deep chests, such as Boxers, Dachshunds and Dobermans. Rottweilers and Labradors are known for cancer. So, having them checked for the cancer gene is so important. But, these tests are somewhat expensive, but so worth it. If you take the time and expense to do them, you will be known as a reputable breeder and save litters of puppies from having to be put down due to genetic problems.

That is why all puppies sold in stores are sick. They come from puppy mills where the people don't care about anything except money. The parents are just cash crops and once they are not viable breeders, they are put down, usually very inhumanely. Always get health certification on any dog you buy. If the breeder doesn't have any medical certificates for you to look at, don't buy. In other words, no medical certificates, buyer beware!

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Monday, May 11, 2009

To Everyone That Has Lost A Beloved Pet.

I'm Still Here.

Friend, please don't mourn for me. I'm still here, though you don't see. I'm right by your side each night and day and within your heart I long to stay. My body is gone but I'm always near. I'm everything you feel, see or hear. My spirit is free, but I'll never depart as long as you keep me alive in your heart.

I'll never wander out of your sight-I'm the brightest star on a summer night. I'll never be beyond your reach-I'm the warm moist sand when you're at the beach. I'm the colorful leaves when fall comes around and the pure white snow that blankets the ground. I'm the beautiful flowers of which you're so fond. The clear cool water in a quiet pond. I'm the first bright blossom you'll see in the spring. The first warm raindrop that April will bring.

I'm the first ray of light when the sun starts to shine, and you'll see that the face in the moon is mine. When you start thinking there's no one to love you, you can talk to me through the Lord above you. I'll whisper my answer through the leaves on the trees, and you'll feel my presence in the soft summer breeze. I'm the hot salty tears that flow when you weep and the beautiful dreams that come while you sleep. I'm the smile you see on a baby's face. Just look for me, friend, I'm everyplace!

Author Unknown

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Shot Clinic

This Saturday, May 9th, 1-5pm, the low-cost spay and neuter clinic called Help For Animals on
Rt. 60 E, Barboursville, WV is having something great. They offer a shot clinic for people who can't afford to have their animals vaccinated otherwise. Dr. Kelly Pinkston is their vet, and I can say, personally, that I have found her to be a very caring person.

I have taken several dogs, of other people's, to be spayed, all were females, and was very, very impressed with the service and treatment of the animals. Also, Dr. Pinkston is very candid when it comes to the treatment of animals. One older Doberman that I took, after talking for several years to her owner, had litter after litter of pups, and finally was down to having just one in her litters, was one case that Dr. Pinkston was candid with the owner about. I really, really appreciated her candor with the owner. She got her message across.

So, if you have a dog that needs its vaccinations, or a new puppy and haven't found a vet yet, I suggest Help For Animals. Their phone number is 304-736-8555. And, if you know of someone that has a dog that needs spayed or neutered and they can't afford to have it done, suggest this vet clinic.

They are located right before you get to King Tobacco, at the Huntington Mall exit, on Rt. 60 in Barboursville, WV.

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Monday, May 4, 2009

In Response To The Tether Law Comment.

I got a reply to my post about the anti-tether law. It was really sad, too. A man owns a Shih Tzu that was attacked by a loose Pit Bull. The dog lost a leg from the attack. His reasoning was sound and logical, too.

I agree that tethered dogs can't roam and randomly attack people and other animals. But, tethered dogs can and sometimes do, and notice the wording I use, CAN and SOMETIMES, turn aggressive and attack animals or people, children, that come into their chain range. But, the people that are letting their animals run loose, are breaking the law, and should be punished to the full extent of that law.

There are so many people who just don't care about their dogs and let them run loose. Or, they say it is cruel to chain a dog, and that dog needs its freedom, as all animals do. I do not agree with them, at all.

If you have a dog tied up or penned up, you don't need it. If your dog can't stay in your house as a pack member, then don't get one. Now, for the people that have allergies, my personal opinion is, either take the shots and keep the animal in the house, or don't get a dog and chain it up or pen it up, alone and most of the time, forgotten. A dog is a pack animal and needs it pack, that is you, the human. So, if you are serious about your dog, get it off the chain, out of the pen, and in the home where it belongs!!

Also, there is a leash law. Obey it. And to law enforcement, I have a bone to pick with them, too. Enforce the darn laws!! That is part of the problem. You call animal control and they might or might not come out, same with law enforcement. But, in fairness to the Cabell County Sheriff's Dept., they have gone on every call I have told them about. So, I can't say anything about them. Especially Jim Scheidler. Kudos to Jimbo. He has done a lot for the animals in our area. And, not just dogs, horses, too.

So, again, spay and neuter your pets and don't chain them up and pen them up. Bring them into the house where they belong.

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