– A New Puppy for the Holidays-


It seems like only yesterday that we were packing up our pumpkins and other Halloween décor (actually it was last weekend) and now mid November is almost here and we are trying to decide on turkey or ham for our Thanksgiving festivities.

Christmas, Hanuka, and Kwanzaa are just around the corner and many of us are scratching our heads in bewilderment as we ponder the quest for the perfect gifts.

Those of us with children look forward to the excitement that is contagious as presents are opened by our youngest ones bright eyed and full of expectation.

An age old gift parents like to surprise their little ones with is a bright,shiny, living and breathing, you guessed it, brand new puppy.

This particular article in essence is to address the perils of rash decision making, such as the purchase of an animal.

If you are thinking about introducing a puppy into your family circle, make sure you are fully aware of the responsibility you are taking on and all that it entails.

Puppies are cute and adorable, but for most of us that cuteness can wear off in the span of 24 hours. Usually beginning after your newest family addition has kept you up half the night howling from loneliness and self pity, caused by being separated from it’s mother and litter mates.

After a few more days of constantly cleaning up puppy droppings and puddles the sudden realization of what we have gotten ourselves into hits home, and hits home hard.

The newest addition to our family is similar to acquiring another toddler, extremely needy and of the diaperless variety.

But that is not by far the least of it, a chewing monster with a taste for anything and everything has been unleashed, upon your leather couches and designer Italian shoes.

Shelters and rescue organizations everywhere are full of unwanted animals that people were unprepared for. So before making a commitment you may regret make sure you are prepared.

Below is a check list which can help assist you when purchasing a new family member.

  • Your wallet will be affected.

    Pets cost money, they need shots, worming and may have health issues just as humans do.

    They need nutritious diets and supplementation to help keep them healthy and live long lives.

  • Educate yourself in what breed may best compliment your family and lifestyle.

    For example certain breeds are better suited with children, other breeds are extremely people oriented and when left alone for long periods of time (IE: when you are at work) become very destructive. And then there are those that are extraordinarily ‘high’ maintenance and therefore expensive (such as English Bulldogs due chronic to skin problems, allergy issues and so on that is associated with the breed itself.) Some breeds need a lot of exercise and room to run, while others need specialized grooming and maintenance.

  • Buy a crate -familiarize yourself with crate training.

    There are differing opinions on crating an animal, but dogs are den animals and in my opinion it is the most humane way to ensure your sanity and teach your pet.

  • Research the proper food and nutrition – be very aware of the vast pet food recall and the companies that are involved. Avoid using these brands like the plague. Always remember ‘anywhere’ that sells pet food including Vets and pet stores make profit off their sales. Trust no one’s word, do your own investigation. All of this information is available to anyone who takes the time to look , via the internet.

    NOTE: Always remember the most expensive food is not necessarily the best food.

    Hopefully these tips have given you a good guideline to start you off.


Palin is the pits

I have a year and a half old female blue nose pit bull. I sit in fear every day that one more ignorant owner is going to bring the BSL down on my county. I already have to hide her to get home owners insurance!!!

Thanks Sarah for putting one more nail in our dogs coffins!!!

In light of all the ruckus over Sarah Palin and her ‘pitbull’ comments it’s no wonder she’s not doing interviews. I can see it now Palin showing up on Opera wearing a wolf fur trimmed outfit. (And that is another insidious story.)

This move by Mcain to bring her on still bewilders me his publisist had to know this was bound to happen.

Here’s my conspiracy theory for the night it’s all a ploy to get votes for the ‘anti-Christ’  Obama.:)

This dude is way too smooth for my radar.

Pitbull Owners Blast Palin

Pitbull Owners Blast Palin

Comparison ‘Offensive,’ Dog Fanciers Complain

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who famously compared herself to a pitbull in her vice-presidential acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, appears to have antagonized a key voting bloc in the upcoming election, the nation’s pitbull owners.

While Gov. Palin’s assertion that the only difference between a hockey mom and a pitbull was “lipstick” drew a loud ovation from the Republican faithful in St. Paul, it raised the ire of the Pitbull Anti-Defamation League, a powerful association of pitbull fanciers who monitor the portrayal of pitbulls in the media.

“As someone who has owned pitbulls for the past twenty years, my jaw dropped,” said Carol Foyler, the group’s executive director.  “Most of us are thinking the same thing: enough is enough.”

Ms. Foyler said that for pitbull owners who have grown weary of their prized dogs being defamed and mistreated, Gov. Palin’s wisecrack was the last straw: “We’re all like, first the Michael Vick thing, and now this.”

Tracy Klugian, an irate pitbull owner from Buffalo, New York, echoed Ms. Foyler’s sentiments: “I can think of many differences between pitbulls and Gov. Palin – for starters, pitbulls don’t try to get their ex-brothers-in-law fired.”

With Sens. Barack Obama (D-Ill) and John McCain (R-Ariz) fighting for every last vote, a coveted voting bloc like pitbull owners could very well decide the 2008 election, political insiders believe.

While Gov. Palin was not available for comment on the pitbull controversy, a spokesperson for the McCain-Palin ticket offered this official statement: “Gov. Palin does in fact have one thing in common with a pitbull: neither is capable of answering questions from reporters.”

I had to pull the copy and paste deal on this article!!! I could not pass it up.


Toy Poodle Becomes Poster Dog for Puppy Mills

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Toy Poodle Becomes Poster Dog for Puppy Mills

Judith Davidoff for The Capital Times in WI, wrote a great story about how a rescued toy poodle became the posterdog for puppy mill dogs. Here’s the gist of it:

Shortly after losing her nearly 9-year-old standard poodle to cancer, Jana Kohl decided she wanted her next dog to be small and portable. Like many others, she turned to the Internet in search of a purebred toy poodle.

One especially cute puppy from a breeder in Texas caught her eye. Kohl called the breeder and mailed a deposit. A friend warned her of the horrors of puppy mills, but Kohl admits she only “half-listened.”

“What I discovered was a house of horrors,” says Kohl, who lives on the West Coast. “Barns and sheds filled with rows and rows of caged dogs who had never walked on grass, had never seen the sun, who were locked in cages their entire lives and used like breeding machines — treated as if they were inanimate objects.”

Kohl left without a dog but with a new mission in life: “I remember standing there that day, saying to myself, ‘You will never be the same.’ Because I knew I had to do something about it.”

A few months later Kohl adopted “Baby,” a 9-year-old toy poodle that had been rescued from a puppy mill, and the two have been inseparable ever since. Together they travel the country drumming up support to outlaw the inhumane practices and conditions found at thousands of puppy mills around the country.

A chronicle of their travels — with heart-melting photos of Baby and her conquests — is contained in “A Rare Breed of Love: The True Story of Baby and the Mission She Inspired to Help Dogs Everywhere,” a new book out from Simon and Schuster. Baby and Kohl will be in Madison on Monday, June 30, at Barnes & Noble as part of a 25-city tour to promote the book.

“We just don’t have laws on the books to protect these dogs from inhumane abuse,” says Kohl in a phone interview from her tour bus, which is wrapped with photos from the book and a plea to “Boycott pet stores and Internet breeders — adopt insteadI think the public is increasingly outraged and is demanding that we treat the animals in our midst with humanity and compassion.”

She was in college when she heard a speech by Rabbi Marvin Hier, who was in the process of founding what would become the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish human rights organization headquartered in Los Angeles.

“I went up to him that night and said, ‘I want to help you,’ ” recalls Kohl.

Looking back on the last several decades, Kohl says a common thread has run through her work.

Kohl dropped out of college and volunteered at the center for about six months before joining the staff. In the early 1980s she opened the organization’s Chicago office.

“For whatever reason, I’ve always been concerned about how society sanctions cruelty,” she says. “There’s probably no more hideous example of that than the Holocaust.”

Kohl eventually went back to school, earning a doctorate in psychology. Yet right after finishing her degree, she chose animal welfare work instead of a counseling practice.

She says she learned about inhumane factory farming practices by reading literature from the Humane Society. At the time, her standard poodle, Blue, was still alive.

“It was my relationship with that dog that really sensitized me to the sentient nature of animals,” she says.

Kohl says that is a common trajectory for people with family pets.

“The dog was the ambassador who opened their eyes,” she says.

The bigger question, says Kohl, is whether it is responsible for anyone at all to breed dogs when between 4 million and 5 million homeless pets are euthanized every year, according to Humane Society statistics.

“To me, it’s irresponsible,” says Kohl. “I say, ‘Find another hobby.’ “