Michael Vick- Update -Thanks YMSWWC

Wow!! I am feeling Special Today….The coolest blog ‘ever’ shot me an e-mail last night. When I saw their site name in my inbox I thought I was getting a cease and desist letter. I have frequented their blog the last few days leaving little comments and silly opinions. ‘Whats wrong with that?’ you may wonder…well their blog is a ‘sports’ based blog and I know absolutely nothing about sports…. I mean ZILCH!!! So what is it I find so enthralling, have I developed a taste for football or worse? H-E – double hockey sticks- NO!!

They are funny….and I mean hilarious!! Somewhat brutal (when needed) and oh-so -honest!! ( here’s hoping I never get on their bad side)

Check out the picture they had on their blog a few days back, this was what originally captured my interest….

http://ymswwc.com/ ‘Your Mother Slept With Wilt Chamberlain’ is their blog title.

If you do not have a sense of humor, plan on getting offended!!

If you have a sense of humor and can laugh at yourself and at life, then this blog is a ‘MUST READ’ !! …oh yeah…and if you like sports it’s cool too (silly grin..insert here > 🙂 )

‘Thomas The Terrible’ the blogmaster/writer

(there are several writers actually-all from completely differing walks of life)

sent me a link to this article. He wasn’t telling me to ‘bugger off’ after all. Hang on…maybe he was giving me something to write about on ‘my own’ blog…so I would leave them alone?? hmmmmm…I wonder.

I suppose if I took the article he sent and rewrote it it would keep me busy….GOTTA LOVE COPY & PASTE!!! LOL

Thanks Thomas your not so bad…even if you are a ‘jock’ type 🙂

And…. you are not getting rid of me!!!!


Michael Vick’s pit bulls get a second chance

Rehabilitated fighting dogs may alter breed stereotype


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Published on: 07/08/08
When former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick pleaded guilty last year to conspiring to run a dogfighting operation, he had kept about 50 pit bulls on his 15-acre property in rural Surry County, Va. Headlines described the dogs as “menacing.” Some animal rights groups called for the “ticking time bombs” to be euthanized as soon as Vick’s case was closed.Instead, the court gave Vick’s dogs a second chance. U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson ordered each dog to be evaluated individually. And he ordered Vick to pony up close to $1 million to pay for the lifelong care of those that could be saved.

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Leo, a certified therapy dog, visits client Tanya Olsen, left, at the Oncology and Hematology Infusion Therapy Center clinic in Mountain View, Calif. Marthina McClay, Leo’s foster guardian, is at right.
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Living in foster care means that Leo, left, may one day get a forever home. Until then, he enjoys being fostered by Marthina McClay, founder of Our Pack, an Oakland, Calif.-based pit bull rescue organization. Leo also has friends in her pets, Hailey, right, and Dexter, in McClay’s Los Gatos home.
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Of the 49 pit bulls animal behavior experts evaluated, only one was deemed too vicious to warrant saving and was euthanized.

More than a year after being confiscated from Vick’s property, Leo, a tan, muscular pit bull, visits cancer patients as a certified therapy dog in California. Hector, who bears deep scars on his chest and legs, recently was adopted and is about to start training for national flying disc competitions in Minnesota. Gracie is a couch potato in Richmond, Va., who lives with cats and sleeps with four other dogs.

Of the 47 surviving dogs, 25 were placed directly in foster homes, and a handful have been or are being adopted. Twenty-two were deemed potentially aggressive toward other dogs and were sent to an animal sanctuary in Utah. Some, after intensive retraining, are expected to move on to foster care and eventual adoption.

How is it that some of these abused and reputedly vicious dogs can find new lives as pets? Frank McMillan, a veterinarian who is studying the recovery of some of the Vick dogs, said too little is known about pit bulls to say for sure.

“We’ve assumed all pits are the same, and we’ve never let this many fighting dogs live long enough to find out. There are hardly ever studies, because these animals don’t survive,” he said.

Aggression vs. isolation

Evaluators said that when they walked into the kennels where the Vick dogs were being held, they weren’t sure what to expect.

“I thought, if we see four or five dogs that we can save, I’ll be happy,” said Randy Lockwood, an animal behaviorist with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. “If we had to euthanize the majority, then we could at least say we’d tried.”

Instead, they found dogs with behaviors that ran the gamut. Some “actually seemed happier around other dogs,” said Rebecca Huss, a law professor and animal law expert who was appointed by the court to oversee the evaluations and determine the dogs’ fates.

Once it became clear that the dogs might be allowed to live, evaluators gave them names: Iggy, Zippy, Cherry Garcia, Hazel, Little Red, Uba, Squeaker, Big Fella, Handsome Dan, Ginger, Ernie, Alf.

“One of the things that struck us immediately was that these dogs were more like the dogs we see rescued from animal hoarding situations,” Lockwood said. “Their main problem was not aggressiveness but isolation.”

Of Vick’s dogs, 22 showed enough aggression that they could be held only at the tightly controlled sanctuary Best Friends Animal Society’s 3,700-acre Dogtown sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. There, McMillan, the veterinarian, has developed a “personalized emotional rehabilitation plan” for each.

All but two are now on “green collar,” meaning they are open and friendly to human visitors. About nine have begun to have supervised play dates with other Vick dogs.

The remaining Vick dogs were given to seven animal rescue organizations across the country, which placed them in experienced foster homes. Many are in the process of being adopted.

Changing the stereotype

Sharon Cornett, a member of the Richmond, Va., Animal League’s board, agreed to foster Gracie and is now adopting her. “I adore this dog. She is just a love bucket,” Cornett said.

Still, Cornett and other pit bull rescuers say that they never leave the dogs unsupervised with other animals.

John Goodwin, a dogfighting expert with the Humane Society and a proponent of euthanizing fight dogs, is skeptical of the emerging reports of the Vick dog recoveries.

“The behavior is bred into them,” he said. “… These pit bulls should never be left alone with other dogs, because you never know when that instinct to fight another dog is going to surface.”

Tim Racer, who took in 10 Vick dogs, disagrees.

“You have 150 years of man trying to produce an aggressive dog. But you have tens of thousands of years of Mother Nature preceding that,” he said. “Dogs are pack animals. They survived because of their pack. … It’s hard-wired into their genes that they do no harm to each other.”

Indeed, long before a glowering pit bull came to symbolize tough guy vogue, pit bulls were the all-American dog. In the Civil War era, they were known as nurse dogs because they were so good with children. Pit bulls sold war bonds, earned medals in World War I and starred in such TV shows as “The Little Rascals.”

All the more reason, Racer and other rescuers say, to look at each dog individually.

“Every thoroughbred is not a great racehorse. Every pit bull, even if it’s of fighting stock, is not an aggressive dogfighter,” said Steve Zawistowski, an animal behaviorist with the ASPCA who helped assess the Vick dogs. “There are no simple answers.”

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After The Recall: Have You Read Your Dog Food Labels Lately???

Hopefully you have read my post on homemade dog food where we have delved into ‘reading and understanding’ labels if you have not here is a link for you, you may need to go back and refer to this post if you are confused. https://fidosplace.wordpress.com/2008/07/08/how-to-make-your-own-dog-food/

Here is another post for you to check out and refer to, this as well contains crucial information

https://fidosplace.wordpress.com/2008/07/08/dog-food-analysis-grading/

Okey Dokey, you should be well prepared if you have completed your assigned reading.

We shall now go on to the next step. Grab your bag/can of dog/cat food (I am not discriminating at this point, cats are victims too) lets read the label….If you see any of these items below listed (and I bet you do!!!)

meat meal, meat by-products, poultry meal, poultry by-products, fishmeal, fish oil, yellow grease, tallow, beef fat and chicken fat.

Keep reading because what you read below is what you are feeding your animals….I do not care what brand you are feeding, how much you paid for it, or where you got it (including your Vet).

‘THIS’ is what you are feeding your best friend!!!

This not from China this is not the tainted food from the recalls of a year ago….this is what has ALWAYS been in your pets food!!!!!! Read On…..

Rendering Plant

Author; Pravin K. Shah:


Recycling of Dead Animals and Slaughterhouse Waste
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Huge mass killing in modern slaughterhouses create a big pile of carcasses. Rendering plants are developed to get rid of them and other stuff from various sources. Let’s take a peak at them…

Rendering Plants:

Rendering plants perform one of the most complementing functions for modern slaughterhouses. They recycle dead animals, slaughterhouse wastes, and supermarket rejects into various products known as recycled meat, bone meal, and animal fat. These products are sold as a source of protein and other nutrients in the diets of dairy animals, poultry, swine, pet foods, cattle feed, and sheep feed. Animal fat is also used in animal feeds as an energy source.

Besides, without running rendering plants nearby each modern slaughterhouse, our cities would run the risk of becoming filled with diseased and rotting carcasses. Fatal viruses and bacteria would spread uncontrolled through the population.

One estimate states that some 40 billion pounds of slaughterhouse wastes like blood, bone, and viscera, as well as the remains of millions of euthanised cats and dogs passed along by veterinarians and animal shelters, are rendered annually into livestock feed. This way they turn dairy cows, other cattle and hogs, which are natural herbivores (vegetarians), into unwitting carnivores (non-vegetarians).

This is a multibillion-dollar industry, and these facilities operate 24 hours a day just about everywhere in America, Europe and other parts of the world. They have been in operation for years. Yet so few of us have ever heard of them.

Raw Material:

The dead animals and slaughterhouses waste which rendering plants recycle includes:

  • Slaughterhouses waste such as heads and hooves from cattle, sheep, pigs and horses, blood, bones, etc.

  • Thousands of euthanised cats and dogs from veterinarians and animal shelters

  • Dead animals such as skunks, rats, and raccoons

  • Carcasses of pets, livestock, poultry waste

  • Supermarket rejects

Along with the above material, the rendering plants unavoidably process toxic wastes as indicated below.

Toxic Waste:

The following menu of unwanted ingredients often accompany with dead animals and other raw material:

  • Pesticides via poisoned livestock

  • Euthanasia drugs that were given to pets

  • Some dead animals have flea collars containing organophosphate insecticides

  • Fish oil laced with bootleg DDT

  • Insecticide Dursban in the form of cattle insecticide patch

  • Other chemicals leaked from antibiotics in livestock

  • Heavy metals from pet ID tag, surgical pins and needles

  • Plastic from:

    • Styrofoam trays from packed unsold supermarket meats, chicken and fish

    • Cattle ID tags

    • Plastic insecticide patches

    • Green plastic bags containing dead pets from veterinarians

Skyrocketing labor costs are one of the economic factors forcing the corporate flesh-peddlers to cheat. It is far too costly for plant personnel to cut off flea collars or unwrap spoiled T-bone steaks. Every week, millions of packages of plastic-wrapped meat go through the rendering process and become one of the unwanted ingredients in animal feed.

Recycling Process:

The rendering plant floor is piled high with ‘raw product’ all waiting to be processed. In the 90-degree heat, the piles of dead animals seem to have a life of their own as millions of maggots swarm over the carcasses.

First the raw material is cut into small pieces and then transported to another auger for fine shredding. It is then cooked at 280 degrees for one hour. This process melts the meat away from bones in the hot ‘soup.’ This continuous batch cooking process goes on non-stop for 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

During this cooking process, the soup produces fat of yellow grease or tallow (animal fat) that rises to the top and is skimmed off. The cooked meat and bone are sent to a hammermill press, which squeezes out the remaining moisture and pulverizes the product into a gritty powder. Shaker screens remove excess hair and large bone chips. Now the following three products are produced:

  • Recycled meat

  • Yellow grease (animal fat)

  • Bone meal

Since these foods are exclusively used to feed animals, most state agency spot check and test for truth in labeling such as: does the percentage of protein, phosphorous and calcium match the rendering plant’s claims; do the percentages meet state requirements? However, testing for pesticides and other toxins in animal feeds is not done or is done incomplete.

Recycled Products and Usage:

Every day, hundreds of rendering plants across the United States truck millions of tons of this ‘food enhancer’ to dairy industry, poultry ranches, cattle feed-lots, hog farms, fish-feed plants, and pet-food manufacturers. This food enhancer is mixed with other ingredients to feed the billions of animals.

Rendering plants have different specialties. Some product-label names are: meat meal, meat by-products, poultry meal, poultry by-products, fishmeal, fish oil, yellow grease, tallow, beef fat and chicken fat.

A 1991 USDA report states that approximately 7.9 billion pounds of meat, bone meal, blood meal, and feather meal was produced by rendering plants in 1983. Of that amount:

  • 12 percent was used in dairy and beef cattle feed

  • 34 percent was used in pet food

  • 34 percent was used in poultry feed

  • 20 percent was used in pig food

Scientific American cites a dramatic rise in the use of animal protein in commercial dairy feed since 1987.

The Story of North Carolina

In an article entitled “Greene County Animal Mortality Collection Ramp”, states that: “With North Carolina ranking in the top seven states in the U.S. in the production of turkeys, hogs, broilers and layers, it has been recently estimated that over 85,000 tons of farm poultry and swine mortality must be disposed of annually.

To meet this disposal need, in 1989 the Green County Livestock Producers Association began using an animal carcass collection site. Livestock producers bring the dead animal and bird carcasses to the ramp and drop them into a water-tight truck with separate compartments for poultry and other livestock parked behind the retaining wall.

A local farmer, contracted by the Livestock Association, hauls the animal and bird mortality to the rendering plant each day and maintains the collection site. The rendering plant pays the Livestock Association each week based on the current prices of meat, bone, feather meal, and fat.

During the first 16 weeks of operation in 1989, over 1 million pounds or a weekly average of 65,000 pounds of dead animals and birds (mortality) were collected and sent to the rendering plant.

The end result of this very successful project is that Greene County livestock and poultry producers have a convenient, safe, and economical alternative to disposal of animal and bird mortality.

Now it must be very evident that the dairy cows are no longer vegetarian animals. The dairy industry feeds them recycled meat products, which is derived by recycling slaughterhouses waste and other dead animals such as millions of euthanised cats and dogs from veterinarians and animal shelters. Hence the milk produced by cows contains non-vegetarian elements.

Please send your feedback to author, Pravin K. Shah:
pkshah1@attglobal.net