Funny dog pictures to make you smile…

I swear a  Big Doberman busted in and just tore the place  up….’

‘Ahhh, the  fresh, relaxing aroma of feet…….’

‘Uh, cat? What  cat?’

There’s no  explaining Love.


‘Hi! Will you  be my friends?!’

Mad Skills….

The good thing  about working here – If you need assistance smiling, there’s  always help!

Canola Oil In Pet Foods

Canola Oil In Pet Foods

Canola Oil In Pet Foods

As you faithful readers know, I don’t feed my own pets processed pet foods nor do I ever recommend it be fed to anyone’s pets. I
recently saw a couple of pet food companies bragging about thier food
containing “Healthy” Canola oil in thier foods. WHAT? I thought!   How
is Canola Oil healthy? How is it even species appropriate for our
carnivorous pets?

is actually a made up/coined word friends. It appeared out of nowhere
and is not listed in any but the most recent reference sources.It is a
name given to “rape” seed! Well, come on, you have to admit that canola
sounds far better than rape, right?. The name canola disguised the
introduction of rape oil to America.

Yes, Canola oil comes from the rape seed, which is part of the mustard family of plants. Rape is the most toxic
of all food-oil plants. Like soy, rape is a weed. Insects will not eat
it and it is deadly poisonous! The oil from the rape seed is a hundred
times more toxic than soy oil!

Canola (Rape) is a semi-drying oil that is used as lubricant, fuel,
soap and synthetic rubber base, and as an illuminant for the slick
color pages you see in magazines. It is an industrial oil and does not
belong in any body, ours or our pets!

Rape oil was the source of the infamous chemical-warfare agent ,
mustard gas, which was banned after blistering the lungs and skin of
hundreds of thousands of solders and civilians during WW1. Recent
French reports indicate that it was again used during the gulf.

Between 1950 and 1953, white mustard(rape) seed was irradiated in
Sweden to increase seed production and oil content. Irradiation is the
process the experts want use to make our food “safe” to eat.
Genetically engineered fruits and vegetables – which will soon have
innocent things like hepatitis-B spliced into their DNA – are another
example of man”s misuses of technology and abuse of public trust by
powerful interests and “head-in-the-sand” watchdog agencies.

Canola oil has some very interesting characteristics and effects on
living systems. For example, it forms a latex-like substances that
agglutinate the red blood corpuscles, as does soy, but much more
pronounced. Loss of vision is a known, characteristic side effect of
rape oil which antagonizes the central and peripheral nervous systems;
again, like soy oil, again, worse. The deterioration takes years,
however. Rape (canola) oil causes emphysema respiratory distress,
anemia, constipation, irritability and blindness in animals and humans
alike. Rape oil was widely used in animal feeds in England and Europe
between 1986 and 1991 when it was eventually thrown out. You may
remember reading about the cows, pigs and sheep that went blind, lost
their minds, attacked people and had to be shot.

Funny, the industry loves to talk about canola”s “qualities” that
make it “healthy”. They say “it has an unsaturated structure(Omega 3,
6, 12), its wonderful digestibility and its fatty acid makeup”. They
have been trying to turn us against naturally saturated oils and fats,
while they come to the rescue with canola oil. They even tell us how
Asia has warmly embraced canola due to its distinctive flavor. Isn’t it
wonderful how internationalists brokers “help” third-world peoples?
Reminds me of the introduction of the microwave oven (don’t even get me
started on that one!).

Rape’s new name provided the perfect cover for commercial interests
wanting to make billions in the United States. The euphemism is still
very much in use, but is no longer needed.

God forbid you are still feeding kibble in the first place. However,
if you are, check the ingredients, do a google or yahoo search on
canola oil in pet food and canola oil toxic…

Adopt A Therapy Dog and Save A Life

Adopt A Therapy Dog and Save A Life

Canine Hope Therapy Dogs has a diverse membership of dogs.  There are small dogs like Yorkies, Poms, and Maltese and large dogs like Great Danes and St Bernards.  Young dogs and young at heart dogs.   They are all special and unique, but there is one group that we are the most proud of and that is the group of dogs that were once rescues and now are Therapy Dogs changing lives just as their life was changed.

Rescue dogs sometimes actually make the very best Therapy Dogs.  They’ve often overcome hardships, just like many of the people you will visit.  They often have special needs, just like the people you will visit.  They have stories, just like the people you will visit.  They had hope, just like those you will meet have hope.  They have love to give , just like the people you will visit.

A great example of a rescue that is now a Therapy Dog is “Promise”.  Promise was saved by animal control from a dog fighting raid near Memphis.  He was going to be used as a “bait” dog and was only 6 months old.  He had been mutilated by his captors.  They cut his ears completely off at the base of his head so the fighting dogs would not grab his ears, but rather his throat.  I actually took in Promise when the shelter called me.  I didn’t even ask to see a picture, I just said “Yes, I’ll take him” and didn’t know what condition he would be in.  I drove over 4 hours to meet someone that was bringing him to me.  As soon as I saw him, I dropped to my knees beside him, wrapped my arms around him and said “I promise no one will ever hurt you again, baby.”  I wanted to make sure that would always be true and so I named him “Promise”.  Promise goes into children’s classrooms and teaches things that other dogs could never do as well.  Promise, the dog with no ears, teaches children that being different makes you beautiful, that because you are different it often leads you to special paths.  He teaches empathy, he makes children laugh with his tricks, he warms your heart just by petting him, he fills you with love and compassion when you hear his story.  He fills his owner’s heart, the one that gave him a forever home, with experiences and blessings he could never have imagined.


There are other dogs like Promise, dogs that have much to give and are ready to start their lives as Therapy Dogs.  Canine Hope, Inc. also services Canine Hope All Breed Rescue as well as Canine Hope Therapy Dogs.  We recognized the ones that were exceptional, special, loving, and that had a desire to give love and understanding to humans.  We have taken those dogs and trained them.  They have their CGC and are ready to enter Therapy Training with their new forever family.  Their adoption fee comes with a scholarship for their new family to attend a “Therapy Training Weekend” at which time the team will become a certified Therapy Team in both AAA and AAT.  These dogs are spayed or neutered, up to date on shots, heartworm free on preventive, microchipped, housetrained, cratetrained, obedience trained, socialized, and ready for their new family.

In the days ahead we will be featuring some of these special dogs.  If you are interested in adopting one of these dogs, please send us an email at caninehope@comcast.netand we will happily send you an application for adoption.  If you would like more information on our “Therapy Training Weekend” for rescues, please contact us for more information and as always if we can help you with information about our Therapy Program or Pet Theapy in general, contact us and we will be happy to give you any information.

Our first featured dog is “Smooch”.  Follow this link to find out more about her:

Adopt A Therapy Dog: Smooch


We look forward to hearing from you and hope that you will consider adopting a rescue, or a shelter dog for your Therapy Dog.  They make wonderful pets, and very special Therapy Dogs.

Welcoming dogs to church service

Welcoming dogs to church service Boston Globe At the Pilgrim Congregational Church in North Weymouth, worshipers come in all ages, walks of life, and breeds. Johanna Seltz October 5, 2008

Welcoming dogs to church service

Weymouth church welcoming dogs, and their owners, to services

The Rev. Rachel Bickford, with 16-week-old cockapoo Indy, is starting a ''woof 'n' worship'' service at the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Weymouth. The Rev. Rachel Bickford, with 16-week-old cockapoo Indy, is starting a ”woof ‘n’ worship” service at the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Weymouth. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff)
By Johanna Seltz Globe Correspondent / October 5, 2008

At the Pilgrim Congregational Church in North Weymouth, worshipers come in all ages, walks of life, and breeds.

This afternoon at 5, the church will hold the first of its weekly “woof ‘n’ worship” services, which will be open to dogs and their owners.

“The idea came to me as I was sitting reading the Bible with my two dogs at my feet,” said the Rev. Rachel Bickford. “Psalm 150 says, ‘Praise the Lord, let everything that breathes, praise the Lord.’ And Psalm 148 reads, ‘Let all wild animals, creeping things and flying birds give God praise.’

“So I thought wouldn’t it be a wonderful thing to let all things praise God together and have families bring their dogs to church.”

The idea, while novel, isn’t unique. The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Chicago, for example, had weekly “dog walker” services this past summer. Aside from the occasional tussle between a Pomeranian and a poodle, the popular sessions went smoothly, according to church member Barbara Winters.

Those services were held outside, however; Bickford plans her “woof ‘n’ worships” for inside the church sanctuary every Sunday at 5 p.m.

“We’re going to have doggy clean-up stations, but I’m not worried,” she said. “Dog owners are very responsible folks. I fully expect it will be wonderful and that there will be a lot of giggles and all sorts of fun.”

In fact, bringing joy into the church is one of Bickford’s goals.

“Things are so tough on everyone right now that we forget to thank God for the good things and find the miracles of everyday life. Our animals always bring that. If you can’t pay the oil bill or had a bad day at work, your dog doesn’t care. He just thinks you’re wonderful. Dogs listen, they don’t talk back, and they give unconditional love. . . .

“I really see that as part of God’s blessing here on earth – to remind us what to be thankful for, and to find joy.”

Bickford also hopes the dog-friendly services – and future puppy play groups – will attract more people to her church, which has a congregation of about 80 people.

And she hopes the community of dog lovers will respond to the prayer “Dear Lord, please make me the person my dog thinks I am” and become involved with Pilgrim Congregation Church’s outreach work – helping at Father Bills soup kitchen or building a house in Hingham with Habitat for Humanity next month.

Bickford, who is married with an 8-year-old daughter, Emma Faith, plans to bring her two cockapoos – 16-week-old Indy and 12-year-old Tugger – to the canine services. She’ll leave the rest of her family’s menagerie (which includes a cat, cockatiel, fish, guinea pig, and a hermit crab named Sparkle) at home.

She’s pleased to report that all kinds of dogs will be welcome at the church, though they will have to be on leashes. When she first broached the idea, the church’s insurance company said pit bulls could not attend. But the church was able to pay a little more and win a dispensation for the breed, she said.

“This was something I had prayed about and thought about,” Bickford said of opening services to dogs. “Dogs bring such hope in a world where we’re surrounded by such hopelessness. As I’ve gone through my ministry, I’ve noticed how dogs change people’s lives. Studies show they can lower blood pressure. . . . And I thought it would be just so much fun.”

For today’s service, at 24 Athens St. in North Weymouth, all kinds of creatures are invited for a blessing of the animals, which will be preceded by a “pet expo” starting at noon. Activities include a dog agility demonstration, children’s game, and pet vendors. The church will continue to hold its traditional services at 10 a.m. on Sundays.

No dogs – Presidential Campaigns

Tapping the Inner Dog

A notable curiosity in the current presidential campaign is an absence of dogs, who have often appeared as supporting cast in previous American elections and sometimes, tails wagging, even helped shift a campaign’s momentum.

The most familiar of these political dogs are Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Fala and Richard Nixon’s Checkers. Both of these dogs rescued embattled candidates eight years apart to the day.

Nixon and CheckersNixon playing with Checkers in the backyard of his Washington home in 1952.

On September 23, 1952, facing charges of financial impropriety, Nixon sought to preserve his place as Eisenhower’s running mate by trotting in front of television cameras his family and his little cocker spaniel, Checkers, the one gift he admitted taking from political supporters. “And you know,” he said, “the kids, like all kids, love the dog, and I just want to say this, right now, that regardless of what they say about it, we’re gonna keep it.” Checkers showed that playing the poor-picked-on-dog card might buy you enough sympathy to get what you want.

Nixon never learned to deliver a speech or to master the new medium of television. But a consummate political animal, he doubtless knew he was invoking memories of FDR’s Fala speech. Roosevelt was ailing, trailing, and failing — party leaders felt — to respond vigorously to personal attacks, when he spoke on September 23, 1944, to the Teamsters Union meeting in Washington, and to a national radio audience.

The President recognized the reality of aging, then proceeded to lambaste the Republicans for all their policy mistakes, their falsehoods and hypocrisies.

But worse: “These Republicans have not been content with attacks on me, my wife, my sons,” he said. “No, not content with that, they now include my little dog, Fala. Well, of course, I don’t resent attacks, and my family doesn’t resent attacks, but Fala does resent them. You know Fala is Scotch, and being a Scottie, as soon as he learned that the Republican fiction writers in Congress and out had concocted a story that I had left him behind on the Aleutian Islands and sent a destroyer back to find him — at a cost to taxpayers of two or three, or eight or twenty million dollars — his Scotch soul was furious. He has not been the same dog since. I am accustomed to hearing malicious falsehoods about myself… But I think I have a right to resent, to object to libelous statements about my dog.”

FDR and FalaFala with Roosevelt.

After 64 years, you can still hear the Dewey campaign implode as the Teamsters erupt in laughter.

A month later 3 million people turned out for the President’s visit to New York, with Fala and Eleanor beside him in an open car. Fala had become an icon, a dignitary, wrote John Crider in The New York Times. Roosevelt showed that a well-timed bark, framed with withering humor, can completely alter the tenor of a campaign.

In this campaign, we’ve seen the dog’s progenitor, the wolf, used to invoke fear and revulsion. A recent McCain ad had Barack Obama morphing into a big bad wolf pack to threaten little Miss Riding Hood, a k a Sarah Palin. Meanwhile, the Defenders of Wildlife ran a graphic ad attacking Palin for the aerial hunting of wolves.

Wolves belong in the woods, running free. We need our our old interlocutor, the dog, who understands us better than we do ourselves, but they are not to be found. John McCain has four dogs, we’re told, but we never see them.

Reportedly, the Obamas have promised their children a dog, should he win, which led the American Kennel Club to conduct an online poll to identify the best breed for the family. The French poodle won. Granted, the French helped the rebellious American colonies secure independence, and Washington and Jefferson were enamored of French dogs, but a poodle is, perhaps unconsciously, an odd pick. Banned from military service early in World War II as too frivolous for work and from the Iditarod International Sled Dog Race, headquartered in Wasilla, Alaska, as not rugged enough for the cold North, the poodle has long been deemed both one of the least serious and most intelligent of dogs.

Whatever the case, without a flesh-and-blood dog or two on the trail to remind the candidates of their better selves and bring some humor to the proceedings, I fear this campaign may be doomed to devolve from name-calling into a knockdown, eye-gouging, brass-knuckle street brawl of the sort only humans can wage.

Mark Derr is the author of “A Dog’s History of America: How Our Best Friend Helped Explore, Conquer and Settle a Continent” (2004) and “Dog’s Best Friend: Annals of the Dog-Human Relationship” (1997, 2004), among other books

Animal rights activists are seeking to drastically change the way the world eats, dresses, farms, and works, all to suit their own personal views. They are against the breeding and all other uses of animals and animal products by humans.

They manipulate the media by constantly referring to the national animal rights organizations (primarily the Humne Society of the United States – HSUS) as the final authority on issues having to do with animals. Newspapers and other media outlets routinely use press releases from these organizations as news reports without ever investigating whether the information they provide is true or false.

The article below is a response to a Roanoke Times piece by Dan Radmacher, editorial page editor, lamenting the lack of trust in the media.

Media mistrust based on experience

Walt Hutchens
Sunday, July 20, 2008

Editorial page editor Dan Radmacher complains that many people close their minds to anything appearing in the media (“Don’t discount all news sources,” June 29 column). He misses the point: Our distrust comes from our experience.

Most of us are experts on something. And most of us have seen such soft-headed coverage of the area we know about that we don’t trust any of what we see or read.

Laws about the keeping and breeding of pets — my area — are an example. Not only do the media generally get these stories wrong, but they show an utter lack of curiosity about the truth.

Remember the “Virginia is for puppy mills” campaign last year by the Humane Society of the U.S.? The Roanoke Times’ lead story was taken almost entirely from the Humane Society’s press release and an interview with a society staff member. Would you publish a story about black America based mainly on a KKK press release and quoting the Imperial Wizard?

If the KKK were politically correct, you bet you would.

Here’s the first sentence of your editorial, “Protect puppies and people”:

“The Humane Society of the United States suspects that more than 900 commercial puppy dealers are operating in Virginia, yet fewer than 20 are licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.”

That leaves the impression that most breeders are violating the law, doesn’t it? That incorrect impression was the Humane Society’s intent. Are we unreasonable to expect that you’d get and print the facts?

There are probably about 900 breeder Web sites indicating a Virginia location. Many, however, are hobbyists who only occasionally have puppies available and who lose money on most litters. Most of the rest sell only directly to the public.

Neither of these groups is required to be federally licensed and, since USDA regulations are written for breeding farms (for example they don’t allow puppies in your home), complying with them in order to become licensed would require a lowering of standards for most.

All Virginia commercial breeders are subject to inspection by animal control and the state veterinarian. All must comply with zoning regulations that may make additional requirements. Localities also have the power to license anyone who sells pets as a business. All breeders must comply with the laws that cover all animal owners and even hobbyists may be inspected if a warrant is obtained.

Where does the Humane Society — a charitable corporation with no official status — get the power to bust breeders as it did in the case of Horton’s Pups? How is it that nearly all dogs taken from what are claimed to be horribly abusive situations are in good enough condition to be sold days afterward?

Was it truly impossible for you to lay bare the real story — that many statements by the Humane Society (and other animal rights organizations) are not backed up by the facts? That these are people who make a great deal of money by leading Americans to believe that our donations help animals, rather than the truth: Almost all the money goes to campaigns to pass laws against accepted animal uses and husbandry practices?

Garbage in, garbage out: Your editorial led the society-organized chorus calling for more regulation. House Bill 538 — the claimed fix — barely passed.

I haven’t seen anything in The Times to the effect that the new law isn’t regulation, but an effective ban on breeding dogs at any more than a part-time scale. Neither has there been an impact piece: How will the 100 to 200 Virginia farmers who will shortly be out of business cope? What will happen to perhaps 10,000 breeding stock dogs that are no longer needed? Where will Virginians go for the puppies that won’t be legally bred here?

Eliminating pets is only one facet of the no-animal-use movement. Production of meat, milk and eggs, hunting and fishing, even circuses are all being made steadily more expensive and difficult.

Medical research that uses animals is slowing down as security precautions become tighter and more costly. The number of researchers willing to live with abuse and threats of violence against themselves and their families is falling. Is this really of so little significance that coverage based on society press releases is good enough?

The wounds of which editorial page editor Radmacher complains are self-inflicted. If you want us to trust you on subjects for which we lack direct knowledge, then you need to do competent work on those we know about.

Previously Owned Dogs

Previously Owned Dogs
By: Gerry Ronson

When you have looking to adopt a dog there are many considerations you must make. First you are going to look at the types of dog breeds and which one may be your favourite. Once you have determine the type of dog you want you have to consider the living arrangements, get the crate, bed, food bowls, and other dog care needs. You are also going to be choosing your dog based on the cost of the actual dog. There can be high costs related to adopting a dog, especially if you find the dog through a breeder. In these considerations you may want to look at pre- owned dogs. Most of us like to have a puppy so that it is raised with us and our family. We also like the ability to make sure the dog has been trained to our specifications and that bad behaviours no longer exist. When you are searching for a pre- owned dog there are many considerations in this area that you should look at.

First a pre owned dog should be trained. They should have gone through socialization and obedience training at the very least as a puppy. The owner should also continue this training as the dog ages. If the owner has done their job in the proper care and training you can be rather confident that the dog will have the best behaviour they are capable of.

You should also consider the behavioural changes a pre- owned dog can experience. You will find that most dogs have at least one person they fall in love with and consider their master. When a pre- owned dog is abandoned by this person you can have a resulting behaviour change. This means that the dog may have been wonderfully sweet, playful, and willing to accept your affections while in the care of their original master, but once they leave the nest, as it were, they may experience separation anxiety and develop bad behaviours. They may even try to run away. This means that you have to be very careful in your consideration. Take the time to get to know the dog. Take the dog to your home a couple of times, have the dog without the owner present, and make the dog feel at home. You can help the dog feel more comfortable before they leave their current home to avoid some behavioural issues.

Most often with a pre- owned dog you are getting the best behaviour, but you are also getting an older dog. This may be something that makes the choice for you. An older dog is not going to be as energetic, and they may even have issues regarding health. It will of course depend on the breed as well as the care they have had their entire life.

You may also want to think about the reason the dog is going to be sold. Has the dog developed a health problem the owner is not disclosing, or are they moving some where the dog is not allowed? There are many reasons for a dog owner to give up a dog. It is important to know those reasons before taking the dog home with you. You should take the dog to a vet for a complete checkup to make sure you have a healthy dog.

You also want to make sure you understand the care and feeding the dog will need. Some owners have their dogs on special diets. This means you need to follow those rules in order to make sure the dog stays healthy and will continue to be happy.