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Friday, September 12, 2008

Please take the time to see “Earthlings”.

As we contemplate our future while discussing the merits of differing fuel sources, let’s also discuss how we treat the least among us, the animals we live with.  This is a very disturbing, but extremely important documentary.

I watched this 80 minute documentary last night and had difficulty going to sleep.  The images were too striking for me to dismiss as isolated events.  Understand that what is presented here is just the trailer.  I’ve read that the video is on Google Videos.  I haven’t checked so I don’t know for sure.

If you are strong enough to watch this video in its entirety, take the time to talk about it to the people in your life that you care about.

“OF ALL THE FILMS I HAVE EVER MADE, THIS IS THE ONETHAT GETS PEOPLE TALKING
THE MOST. FOR EVERY ONE PERSON WHO SEES EARTHLINGS,THEY WILL TELL THREE.”
-Joaquin Phoenix, actor/narrator

“IF I COULD MAKE EVERYONE IN THE WORLD SEE ONE FILM,I’D MAKE THEM SEE EARTHLINGS.”
-Peter Singer, author Animal Liberation

“EARTHLINGS IS THE DEFINITIVE FILM OF ALL TIME THATAMERICANS DON’T WANT TO SEE.”
-Gretchen Wyler, The Humane
Society of the United States

“EARTHLINGS IS THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST OF ANIMALRIGHTS FILMS.”
-Aint It Cool News

“FOR THOSE WHO WATCH EARTHLINGS, THE WORLD WILLNEVER BE THE SAME.”
-Tom Regan, author A Case
for Animal Rights

“EARTHLINGS MAY BE THE MOST POWERFUL FILMEXPERIENCE I HAVE EVER KNOWN!”
-Brent Emery, Senior VP, Maverick Films
“EARTHLINGS IS NOTHING SHORT OF A MASTERPIECE!”
-Lionel Friedberg, producer Animal Planet

“PROVOCATIVE AND DEFIANT. THIS IS A DEFINITIVE MILESTONE!”
-Edmund Stone, In Defense of Animals

“WATCHING EARTHLINGS IS THE GREATEST GIFTI HAVE EVER RECEIVED.
I CANNOT BELIEVE HOW IGNORANT I HAVE BEEN IN THE PAST.”
-Bryce Dallas Howard, actress

“IT IS A RARE EXPERIENCE TO BE CHANGED BY A FILM.  EARTHLINGS HAS THAT POWER.”
-Persia White, actress/activist

“THE MOST POWERFUL MOVIE I HAVE EVER KNOWN."-Robert Cohen, NotMilk.com

“THE CITIZEN KANE OF DOCUMENTARY FILMS.”
-Linda Blair, actress/activist

“A REAL TESTAMENT TO THE QUALITY OF A FILM.EARTHLINGS IS AMAZING!”
-Professor Cristina Gibson, UC Irvine

“ONE OF THE MOST PERSUASIVE MOTION PICTURES EVER MADE!”
-Ron Lipshultz, director
Green Reel Film Festival

“VIEWERS WILL NEVER BE THE SAME."-Carly Harrill, 944 Magazine

“BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM OF THE YEAR!”
-Progressive Awards, PETA

“ABSOLUTELY EPIC!”
-John Feldmann, musician Goldfinger

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Friday, August 24, 2007

The jury has been selected if Michael Vick goes to trial.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

My Life as a Dog By JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER

Interesting article on dog ownership

FOR the last 20 years, New York City parks without designated dog runs have permitted dogs to be off-leash from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. Because of recent complaints from the Juniper Park Civic Association in Queens, the issue has been revisited. On Dec. 5, the Board of Health will vote on the future of off-leash hours.
Retrievers in elevators, Pomeranians on No. 6 trains, bull mastiffs crossing the Brooklyn Bridge ... it is easy to forget just how strange it is that dogs live in New York in the first place. It is about as unlikely a place for dogs as one could imagine, and yet 1.4 million of them are among us. Why do we keep them in our apartments and houses, always at some expense and inconvenience? Is it even possible, in a city, to provide a good life for a dog, and what is a “good life?” Does the health board’s vote matter in ways other than the most obvious?

I adopted George (a Great Dane/Lab/pit/greyhound/ridgeback/whatever mix — a k a Brooklyn shorthair) because I thought it would be fun. As it turns out, she is a major pain an awful lot of the time.

She mounts guests, eats my son’s toys (and occasionally tries to eat my son), is obsessed with squirrels, lunges at skateboarders and Hasids, has the savant-like ability to find her way between the camera lens and subject of every photo taken in her vicinity, backs her tush into the least interested person in the room, digs up the freshly planted, scratches the newly bought, licks the about-to-be served and occasionally relieves herself on the wrong side of the front door. Her head is resting on my foot as I type this. I love her.

Our various struggles — to communicate, to recognize and accommodate each other’s desires, simply to coexist — force me to interact with something, or rather someone, entirely “other.” George can respond to a handful of words, but our relationship takes place almost entirely outside of language. She seems to have thoughts and emotions, desires and fears. Sometimes I think I understand them; often I don’t. She is a mystery to me. And I must be one to her.

Of course our relationship is not always a struggle. My morning walk with George is very often the highlight of my day — when I have my best thoughts, when I most appreciate both nature and the city, and in a deeper sense, life itself. Our hour together is a bit of compensation for the burdens of civilization: business attire, e-mail, money, etiquette, walls and artificial lighting. It is even a kind of compensation for language. Why does watching a dog be a dog fill one with happiness? And why does it make one feel, in the best sense of the word, human?

It is children, very often, who want dogs. In a recent study, when asked to name the 10 most important “individuals” in their lives, 7- and 10-year-olds included two pets on average. In another study, 42 percent of 5-year-olds spontaneously mentioned their pets when asked, “Whom do you turn to when you are feeling, sad, angry, happy or wanting to share a secret?” Just about every children’s book in my local bookstore has an animal for its hero. But then, only a few feet away in the cookbook section, just about every cookbook includes recipes for cooking animals. Is there a more illuminating illustration of our paradoxical relationship with the nonhuman world?

In the course of our lives, we move from a warm and benevolent relationship with animals (learning responsibility through caring for our pets, stroking and confiding in them), to a cruel one (virtually all animals raised for meat in this country are factory farmed — they spend their lives in confinement, dosed with antibiotics and other drugs).

How do you explain this? Is our kindness replaced with cruelty? I don’t think so. I think in part it’s because the older we get, the less exposure we have to animals. And nothing facilitates indifference or forgetfulness so much as distance. In this sense, dogs and cats have been very lucky: they are the only animals we are intimately exposed to daily.

Folk parental wisdom and behavioral studies alike generally view the relationships children have with companion animals as beneficial. But one does not have to be a child to learn from a pet. It is precisely my frustrations with George, and the inconveniences she creates, that reinforce in me how much compromise is necessary to share space with other beings.
The practical arguments against off-leash hours are easily refuted. One doesn’t have to be an animal scientist to know that the more a dog is able to exercise its “dogness”— to run and play, to socialize with other dogs — the happier it will be. Happy dogs, like happy people, tend not to be aggressive. In the years that dogs have been allowed to run free in city parks, dog bites have decreased 90 percent. But there is another argument that is not so easy to respond to: some people just don’t want to be inconvenienced by dogs. Giving dogs space necessarily takes away space from humans.

We have been having this latter debate, in different forms, for ages. Again and again we are confronted with the reality — some might say the problem — of sharing our space with other living things, be they dogs, trees, fish or penguins. Dogs in the park are a present example of something that is often too abstracted or far away to gain our consideration.

The very existence of parks is a response to this debate: earlier New Yorkers had the foresight to recognize that if we did not carve out places for nature in our cities, there would be no nature. It was recently estimated that Central Park’s real estate would be worth more than $500 billion. Which is to say we are half a trillion dollars inconvenienced by trees and grass. But we do not think of it as an inconvenience. We think of it as balance.

Living on a planet of fixed size requires compromise, and while we are the only party capable of negotiating, we are not the only party at the table. We’ve never claimed more, and we’ve never had less. There has never been less clean air or water, fewer fish or mature trees. If we are not simply ignoring the situation, we keep hoping for (and expecting) a technological solution that will erase our destruction, while allowing us to continue to live without compromise. Maybe zoos will be an adequate replacement for wild animals in natural habitats. Maybe we will be able to recreate the Amazon somewhere else. Maybe one day we will be able to genetically engineer dogs that do not wish to run free. Maybe. But will those futures make us feel, in the best sense of the word, human?

I have been taking George to Prospect Park twice a day for more than three years, but her running is still a revelation to me. Effortlessly, joyfully, she runs quite a bit faster than the fastest human on the planet. And faster, I’ve come to realize, than the other dogs in the park. George might well be the fastest land animal in Brooklyn. Once or twice every morning, for no obvious reason, she’ll tear into a full sprint. Other dog owners can’t help but watch her. Every now and then someone will cheer her on. It is something to behold.

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Saturday, August 05, 2006

At least the government got one thing right! PETS Act passes

With Hurricane Season Upon Us, Congress Passes Landmark Bill To Leave No Pet Behind

August 4, 2006

WASHINGTON – The Humane Society of the United States praised the U.S. Senate for unanimously approving a Senate substitute to H.R. 3858, the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act, just before adjourning for the August recess. H.R. 3858, as originally introduced in the House, was approved by that chamber in May by an overwhelming vote of 349 to 24.
The PETS Act, introduced in the House by U.S. Reps. Tom Lantos (D-CA) and Chris Shays (R-CT) and in the Senate by U.S. Senators Ted Stevens (R-AK) and Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), will require local and state disaster plans to include provisions for household pets and service animals in the event of a major disaster or emergency. As this year’s hurricane season approached, The HSUS had lobbied Congress and mounted a national advertising campaign to pass this legislation quickly to keep people and pets together next time disaster strikes.
“The House and Senate have taken an important step in ensuring that Americans will never again be forced to make an impossibly difficult choice: leave their animal behind while they flee a disaster or take their chances by staying in a disaster-stricken area with their pet,” said Wayne Pacelle, HSUS president and CEO. “We are grateful to Senators Stevens and Lautenberg and Representatives Lantos and Shays for championing this important legislation. We hope it will soon be on its way to President Bush, who said during Hurricane Katrina that he would be sure to take his dog, Barney, if he was forced to evacuate.”

When Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, many citizens put themselves in danger when they refused to evacuate their flooded and destroyed homes because they didn’t want to abandon their pets. Many people were forced to leave without their pets, adding tremendous anguish for these hurricane victims who had already lost everything.  According to a Zogby International Poll conducted in the aftermath of Katrina, 61 percent of pet owners would refuse to evacuate ahead of a disaster if they could not take their pets with them.
The bill that passed the House in May calls for emergency preparedness plans to include consideration of people with pets and service animals before a disaster strikes. The Senate substituted its bill for the House measure, and that measure grants FEMA the authority to assist in developing these plans, authorizes financial help to states to create emergency shelters for people with their animals, and allows the provision of essential assistance for individuals with household pets and service animals, and the animals themselves, following a major disaster.  While The HSUS supports both bills, it favors the Senate version because it is more comprehensive
Currently, there are more than 358 million pets in the United States residing in 63 percent of American households. Some states and localities have done extensive planning to coordinate plans with local animal care and control agencies. When Texas called for evacuations in advance of Hurricane Rita, and Florida called for evacuations in advance of Hurricane Wilma, Gov. Rick Perry and Gov. Jeb Bush were clear in stating that evacuees should bring their pets along. Maine, New Mexico, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, New Hampshire and Vermont have passed state legislation, and California, Illinois, New Jersey and New York are now considering bills dealing with animal disaster planning and response.
“Saving animals from the effects of a disaster requires planning by individuals and by government agencies,” said Pacelle. “It’s important to have pets included in government disaster and evacuation planning, but responsibility still lies primarily with individual families to plan ahead and be prepared. If it’s not safe for you, it’s not safe for your pets.”
The House can either take up the Senate version and pass it in that form or a conference committee can work to reconcile differences between the bills.
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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization with more than 9.5 million members and constituents. The HSUS is a mainstream voice for animals, with active programs in companion animals, disaster preparedness and response, wildlife and habitat protection, marine mammals, animals in research, equine protection, and farm animal welfare. The HSUS protects all animals through education, investigation, litigation, legislation, advocacy and field work. The nonprofit organization is based in Washington and has field representatives and offices across the country. On the web at http://www.hsus.org.

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Friday, August 04, 2006

Pet humor ….oldie but goodie

A newly discovered chapter in the Book of Genesis has provided the answer to “Where do pets come from?”

Adam and Eve said, “Lord, when we were in the garden, you walked with us every day. Now we do not see you any more. We are lonesome here, and it is difficult for us to remember how much you love us.”

And God said, I will create a companion for you that will be with you and who will be a reflection of my love for you, so that you will love me even when you cannot see me. Regardless of how selfish or childish or unlovable you may be, this new companion will accept you as you are and will love you as I do, in spite of yourselves”

And God created a new animal to be a companion for Adam and Eve.

And it was a good animal.

And God was pleased.

And the new animal was pleased to be with Adam and Eve and he wagged his tail.
And Adam said, “Lord, I have ?already named all the animals in the Kingdom and I cannot think of a name for this new animal.”

And God said, “ I have created this new animal to be a reflection of my love for you, his name will be a reflection of my own name, and you will call him
DOG.”

And Dog lived with Adam and Eve and was a companion to them and loved them.

And they were comforted.

And God was pleased.

And Dog was content and wagged his tail.

After a while, it came to pass that an angel came to the Lord and said, “Lord, Adam and Eve have become filled with pride. They strut and preen like peacocks and they believe they are worthy of adoration. Dog has indeed taught them that they are loved, but perhaps too well.”

And God said, I will create for them a companion who will be with them and who will see them as they are. The companion will remind them of their limitations, so they will know that they are not always worthy of adoration.”

And God created CAT to be a companion to Adam and Eve.

And Cat would not obey them. And when Adam and Eve gazed into Cat’s eyes, they were reminded that they were not the supreme beings.

And Adam and Eve learned humility.

And they were greatly improved.

And God was pleased

And Dog was happy.

And Cat didn’t give a damn one way or the other.

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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Chinese county massacres 50,000 dogs

Disgraceful and Uncivilized

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER

SHANGHAI, China—A county in southwestern China has killed as many as 50,000 dogs in a government campaign ordered after three people died from rabies, official media reported Tuesday.

The five-day massacre in Yunnan province’s Mouding county spared only military guard dogs and police canine units, the Shanghai Daily reported, citing local media.

Dogs being walked were taken from their owners and beaten on the spot, the newspaper said. Other killing teams entered villages at night, creating noise to get dogs barking, then honing in and beating them to death.

Owners were offered 63 cents per animal to kill their dogs before the teams were sent in, the report said.

The massacre was widely discussed on the Internet, with both legal scholars and animal rights activists criticizing it as crude and cold-blooded. The World Health Organization said more emphasis needed to be placed on prevention.

Wiping out the dogs shows these government officials didn’t do their jobs right in protecting people from rabies in the first place,” Legal Daily, a newspaper run by the central government’s Politics and Law Committee, said in an editorial in its online edition.

Dr. Francette Dusan, a WHO expert on diseases passed from animals to people, said effective rabies control required coordinated efforts between human and animal health agencies and authorities.

“This has not been pursued adequately to date in China with most control efforts consisting of purely reactive dog culls,” Dusan said.

The Shanghai Daily said 360 of Mouding county’s 200,000 residents suffered dog bites this year. The three rabies victims included a 4-year-old girl, the report said.

“With the aim to keep this horrible disease from people, we decided to kill the dogs,” Li Haibo, a spokesman for the county government was quoted as saying by the official Xinhua News Agency.

Calls to county government offices rang unanswered on Tuesday.

China has seen a major rise in the number of rabies cases in recent years, with 2,651 reported deaths from the disease in 2004, the last year for which data was available, according to the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Experts have tied the rise in part to an increase in dog ownership, particularly in rural areas where about 70 percent of households keep dogs. Only about 3 percent of Chinese dogs are vaccinated against rabies, according to the center. Access to appropriate treatment is highly limited, especially in the countryside.

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Monday, July 31, 2006

Saddam Dog Looking For New Home

A Great Dane thought to belong to the son of former Iraq dictator, Saddam Hussien has arrived in England and is now looking for a new home. Rocky, who is believed to have been one of Uday’s dogs.

Willem van der Waal, who is a former soldier and prison officer, rescued the dog, who was being tormented and stoned by local children outside of one of Saddam Hussein’s palaces. The dog has since been dubbed ‘Scooby’.

Mr van der Waal, was working in Iraq as a security consultant, had to trade one of his gun’s with a market stall holder to ensure he could take the dog with him.

Mr van der Waal told local press in his native Devon: “The dog was already called Rocky, but people also referred to him as Scooby Doo, as he looks like the cartoon series character.”

Scooby is now being quarantined and it is hoped that a new home can be found for him soon.

Great Danes require an experienced owner and are not dogs to be taken in without ensuring that they are the breed for you.

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Friday, June 02, 2006

A quote that I like…….

“We patronize them for thier incompleteness, for thier trajic fate of having taken form so below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.”
Henry Beston 1925

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Sunday, April 30, 2006

Dogs becoming thugs’ ‘weapon of choice’

This is so sad....This what causes the stupidity known as BSL (Breed specific legislation) Thousands of innocent “pit bull type dogs” have already been murdered because people are too stupid to treat animals correctly. I wonder what breed will be next.... 

Publisher:  Jon Land
Published: 28/04/2006 - 09:12:17 AM Printable version

Dogs have become a “weapon of choice” for a rising number of young thugs, senior police officers have been told.

Deputy chairman of the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) Cindy Butts claimed she believed there had been a significant increase in youngsters using the animals as weapons or to instil fear.

Her move follows an incident earlier this month in which a 39-year-old was attacked after he asked two dog walkers to control their animals in a well-to-do west London suburb.

Speaking at the MPA’s meeting in London, she said: “I am aware, anecdotally, that increasingly dogs are being used by young people, young men in particular, as either weapons of choice or to instil fear and intimidation.

“I wondered whether any analysis had been done across London to the use of dogs by young people either to commit crime or to instil fear.

“I have certainly noticed a significant increase, particularly of young people carrying some quite potentially dangerous dogs.”

The Metropolitan Police commissioner said it was a “very important issue” for public and officer safety which would be investigated.

One man was arrested and bailed in the wake of the attack on the 39-year-old in west London. The victim was walking home when he saw the men and their dogs, which began biting his ankles.

He shouted at the men to put the Great Dane and a Staffordshire terrier on the lead, and they then followed him into nearby Kinnear Road, where they set the animals on him.

One also produced a meat cleaver and began hacking at him with it, inflicting deep head wounds.

Copyright Press Association 2006.

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Thursday, April 13, 2006

New Maine Law Expands to Protect Pets

Hopefully all states will follow in Maine’s footsteps....

By Associated Press
JERRY HARKAVY
Updated: 04/11/06

PORTLAND, Maine

Spurred by growing evidence of a link between domestic violence and animal abuse, Maine has enacted a first-in-the-nation law that allows judges to include pets in protection orders for spouses and partners leaving abusive relationships.

In helping pets, advocates hope to help battered women and others who aren’t willing to abandon their animals to be saved themselves.

“This is a very innovative, new approach, and it makes perfect sense because the protection order is a critical stage for women and others seeking protection,” said Nancy Perry of the Washington, D.C.-based Humane Society of the United States.

Gov. John Baldacci says the law, which provides for civil penalties such as fines or jail time for those who violate a protection order, should give pause to abusers who might resort to violence or threats against pets as a means of keeping their victims from leaving a relationship.

Law enforcement officials, animal welfare agents and advocates for domestic violence victims say it’s not unusual to hear of abusers who vent their rage against a partner’s pet.

“It’s just another tactic to keep power and control over the victim,” said Cindy Peoples of Caring Unlimited, a shelter in York County.

Susan Walsh, whose dog and sheep were killed by her husband, said many victims stand to benefit from including pets in protection orders.

“I’ve heard so many horror stories from other women that I knew I was not alone,” she said.

When the bill came up for consideration at a public hearing in January, Walsh recounted how she remained in an abusive marriage in part out of fear for what might happen to her pets and farm animals if she left.

Walsh said her husband shot two of her sheep inside their Ellsworth barn. Another time, when she was visiting her parents in Pennsylvania, he deliberately ran his truck over her deaf and blind border collie in their driveway, she said.

Walsh, who stayed in the marriage for more than 12 years before her divorce in 2001, said she would have left sooner had it not been for her responsibilities to the animals.

“It’s kind of hard to pack up a whole barn full of animals,” she said. “And I knew that any animal I left behind would be dead in 24 hours.”

The law was an outgrowth of a seminar by the Maine State Bar Association in June on the connection between animal abuse and domestic violence, said Anne Jordan, a Portland lawyer who serves on the Animal Welfare Advisory Council.

During an informal discussion after the presentation, a judge raised the idea of expanding the scope of protection orders, Jordan recalled.

Legislative support was overwhelming, said the bill’s sponsor, Rep. John Piotti, a Democrat. He and others cited a study that found that 71 percent of pet-owning women in a Utah shelter said their abusers had either harmed, killed or threatened their pets.

Although Maine’s law is unique, other states have statutes that reflect the link between domestic violence and animal abuse. Laws in California, Connecticut, Louisiana, Nebraska, Ohio and Tennessee encourage cross-reporting among agencies involved in law enforcement, domestic violence, child protection and animal control, Perry said.

Animal welfare agents already have been looking at ways to help potentially endangered pets whose owners are in abusive situations.

“A growing trend is called safe havens. These are cooperative agreements between shelters for women and shelters for animals,” Perry said.

Several agencies in Maine participate in a program called PAWS _ Pets and Women to Safety _ that arranges confidential placement of animals in foster care so their owners can move into a shelter knowing that their pets will be safe.

The Animal Welfare Society in Kennebunk has a PAWS program that works with Caring Unlimited. “They’ve worked with all kinds of pets and farm animals,” Peoples said, “from cats and dogs to horses and exotic birds.”

On the Net:

PAWS: http://www.animalwelfaresociety.org/prg_paws.html

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Monday, March 06, 2006

Faith the walking dog.

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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Just a Dog

From time to time, people tell me, “lighten up, it’s just a dog,” or,
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> “that’s a lot of money for just a dog.”
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> They don’t understand the distance traveled,
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> the time spent, or the costs involved for “just a dog.”
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> Some of my proudest moments have come about with “just a dog.”
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> Many hours have passed and my only company was “just a dog,”
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> but I did not once feel slighted.
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Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by “just a dog,”
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> and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of “just a dog”
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> gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day.
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> If you, too, think it’s “just a dog,”
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> Then you will probably understand phases like
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> “just a friend,”
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> “just a sunrise,” or
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> “just a promise.”
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> “Just a dog”, brings into my life the very essence of friendship,
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> trust and pure unbridled joy.
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> “Just a dog”, brings out the compassion and patience that make
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> me a better person.
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> Because of “just a dog”, I will rise early, take long walks and look
> longingly to the future.
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> So for me and folks like me, it’s not “just a dog,”
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> but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future,
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> the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment..
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> “Just a dog” brings out what’s good in me,
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> and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day.
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> I hope that someday they can understand that it’s not “just a dog” ,
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> But the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being “just a man.”
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> So the next time you hear the phrase “just a dog.” just smile, because
> they…
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> “just don’t understand.”

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> Roca (C) 2006

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Thursday, February 02, 2006

Narcs nab drug-smuggling puppies

I would have never done this.  I would have used humans instead.  This is proof that the statment, “Drugs don’t hurt anyone.” is false.

A two-year investigation into a Colombian heroin ring netted more than 65 pounds of drugs, resulted in the arrests of more than 20 people and saved the lives of some drug-smuggling Labrador retrievers, the Drug Enforcement Agency said Wednesday.

Ten wayward pups were found during a raid on a Colombian farm in 2005, and six of them were carrying more than 3 kilograms (6.6 pounds) of liquid heroin in their stomachs, said DEA spokesman Rusty Payne.

http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/americas/02/01/drug.pups/index.html

Puppy smugglers are another take on the human “mule,” or “swallower” in DEA parlance—someone who ingests packets of drugs and transports them in their stomachs.

In the case of the puppies found during the 2005 raid, the dogs’ bellies had been cut open, and heroin packets were stitched into their stomachs, Payne said. The pups, mostly purebred Labrador retrievers, were sewn back up and prepared for shipment to the United States, he added. (Watch how the dogs became mules—1:18)

“The organization’s outrageous and heinous smuggling method of implanting heroin inside puppies is a true indication of the extent that drug dealers go to make their profit,” said Special Agent in Charge John Gilbride in a written statement.

Though the 10 dogs were rescued before being shipped, it wasn’t enough to save all of their lives.

“Three of the six died of infection when the drugs were removed,” Payne said, adding that four other puppies “were going to be used and obviously were saved.”

Payne said the DEA did not announce its find after the raid because the investigation was still ongoing, but Wednesday, the two-year probe yielded 18 search warrants in six Colombian cities and landed the latest of 21 arrests, all Colombian nationals. Another arrest was made during the investigation in North Carolina, said DEA spokeswoman Erin Mulvey.

In addition to the arrests, the investigation led to 14 heroin seizures, totaling 24 kilograms (52.8 pounds), and a seizure of 6 kilograms (13.2 pounds) of cocaine.

The investigation began after agents learned of a cartel in Medellin, Colombia, that was smuggling drugs along the eastern seaboard from Miami, Florida, to New York City.

The cartel also used human couriers, the DEA said in a statement, and shipped the heroin in “body creams, aerosol cans, pressed into bead shapes, and sewn into the lining of purses and double-sided luggage.”

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Saturday, November 12, 2005

Mid-Atlantic-Great -Dane-Rescue “Ceasar” to be officially measured by guiness book of world records!

We will have an official measurement done on Caesar for entrance into
the Guiness Book of World Records on Nov 25. This will be an official
measurement done by their rules and guidelines at 1:30pm.

Westminster Petsmart
625 Baltimore Blvd.
Westminster, MD 21157

Caesar’s story:
Caesar was turned over to the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue early in
his life.  Originally he was purchased from a breeder in New Jersey. 
Shortly after Caesar was purchased he began to drag his hind left
leg.  After a few months of consultations with various veterinarians
it was determined that Caesar had injured his hip at an early age and
would require a total left hip replacement or he would have to be
destroyed before he turned 3 because the arthritis and pain would
only get much worse.  The original purchaing family called the
breeder and the breeder was willing to take him back but would
euthanize him. The family loved him and didnt want to see that happen
so they contacted the rescue.The rescue decided to give Caesar a
chance in life.  Even in all of this pain Caesar displayed the
typical friendly Dane personality.  After many fund raisers and
generous donations from the public Caesar underwent a hip replacement
and aqua therapy classes.  He was adopted by Regina Morgan & family
in February 2003 and certified as a Therapy Dog in December 2003. 
Caesar is a blood donor with the Eastern Veterinary Blood Bank in
Maryland and because of his size can donate 1 unit of blood per visit
for his fellow canines in need. Caesar especially loves his bi-
monthly visits with the patients and staff at The Walter Reed Army
Medical Center in Washington, DC.

Posted by rosevine69 on 11/12 at 08:47 AM
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Monday, October 10, 2005

Car Giant Unveils World’s First Vehicle Designed For Dogs

The Japanese car maker, Honda are set to unveil the W.O.W (wonderful openhearted wagon) concept car. Designed specifically for the comfort of dogs, the vehicle will be presented at a Tokyo exhibition later this month.

There is a specialised crate where the glove box would traditionally be, so that motorists are able to interact with their pets whilst driving. For larger dogs, another more spacious crate in the back has been adapted to raise up from the floor. For giant breeds such as St Bernards and Great Danes, there is a floor buckle which allows them to be secured safely and comfortably in the space behind the the two front seats.

The flooring in the car is removable and washable, offering dog owners the chance to keep the car as clean and hygienic as possible. The passenger doors slide to make this motor the ultimate dog friendly motor.

The concept car, which is not intended to be commercially available until it outlives its existence as a concept car, has been met with a luke warm reception. Celebrity dog owners Jodie Kidd and Alan Titchmarsh both stated that their dogs were catered for in their current cars and had no desire to rush out and buy the new Honda car when it becomes available.

Many car makers, such as Renault, Subaru and Land Rover already take the needs of dog owners into account when designing their larger models, and the Audi A3, one of the smallest models in the Audi range is regarded as being very pet friendly due to its comparatively large and accesible boot.

A Honda spokesman explained that the car was initially designed from a dog’s point of view, but has turned out to be a gentle, practical vehicle suitable for the elderly as well as families with young children.

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