Archive for April, 2011

Cute baby giggling while a dog pops bubbles

Posted in Uncategorized on April 22nd, 2011 by katie – Be the first to comment

This funny video is featured on Unleashed today:

http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/features/mutts/blog/2011/04/the_charm_of_a_bubblepopping_p.html

British soldiers hope to bring home a rescued puppy from Afghanistan

Posted in Uncategorized on April 22nd, 2011 by katie – Be the first to comment

Check out this story my husband sent me about a dog named Phos who was rescued as a puppy by British soldiers in Afghanistan. Phos was rescued at six weeks of age when his mother disappeared. Now that their unit is ready to leave Afghanistan, the soldiers are trying to raise funds to bring Phos home with them. He’s cute, too!

Great posts from the Lucky Dog Rescue Blog

Posted in Uncategorized on April 21st, 2011 by katie – Be the first to comment

Love this post from the Lucky Dog Rescue Blog.

Be sure to read this post as well if you haven’t already.

So cute!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 19th, 2011 by katie – Be the first to comment

Check out this Youtube video of a highly skilled dog! (and owner!) http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=P9Fyey4D5hg

A great article setting the record straight about pit bulls

Posted in Uncategorized on April 19th, 2011 by katie – Be the first to comment

http://www.moderndogmagazine.com/articles/what-it-about-pit-bulls/17294

Maryland legislature passes animal rights bills

Posted in Uncategorized on April 19th, 2011 by katie – Be the first to comment

This just in from Maryland Votes for Animals:

List of 2011 Animal Bills (that MVFA supported) that Passed

PASSED! Puppy Mills, H.B. 940/S.B. 839: Requiring a person to obtain a kennel license if the person owns or has custody of 15 or more unspayed female dogs over the age of 6 months kept for the purpose of breeding the dogs and selling their offspring and sells dogs from six or more litters in a year; requiring each county to collect and maintain specified information for each kennel license issued; requiring each county to report specified information to the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation on or before January 15 each year; etc.
House Votes (132 yeas, 7 nays cast by Afzali, Bates, Dwyer, McDermott, Miller, W., Parott, Smigiel)
Senate Votes (46 yeas, 0 nays)
PASSED! Animal Cruelty, H.B. 227/S.B. 115: Authorizing a court, as a condition of probation for specified violations concerning animal abuse, neglect, or cruelty, to prohibit the defendant from owning, possessing, or residing with an animal.
House Votes (138 yeas, 0 nays)
Senate Votes (47 yeas, 0 nays)
PASSED! Spay/Neuter Task Force, H.B. 339/S.B. 639: Establishing a Task Force on the Establishment of a Statewide Spay/Neuter Fund; specifying the membership, chair, and staff of the Task Force; requiring the Task Force to review specified spay/neuter programs, develop a specified spay/neuter program, and make recommendations regarding a spay/neuter fund; requiring the Task Force to report its findings and recommendations to the Governor and specified committees of the General Assembly on or before January 1, 2012; terminating the Act at the end of June 30, 2012; etc.
House Votes (129 yeas, 8 nays cast by Bates, Boteler, Dwyer, Frank, Hough, Impallaria, Miller, W., Ready)
Senate Votes (46 yeas, 0 nays)
PASSED! Pet Protective Orders, SB 747 & HB 407:  Authorizing a District Court Commissioner, in a specified interim protective order, and a judge, in a temporary protective order or final protective order, to award temporary possession of any pet of a person eligible for relief or a respondent.
House Votes (127 yeas, 10 nays cast by Bates, Dwyer, Fisher, Hough, Jacobs, Miller, W., Mitchell, Parott, Ready, Schulz)
Senate Votes (46 yeas, 0 nays)

 
Passed!Antifreeze Safety, HB 897,  Prohibiting a person, after January 1, 2012, from selling or offering for sale engine coolant or antifreeze that contains more than 10% ethylene glycol unless it contains not less than 30 parts per million nor more than 50 parts per million denatonium benzoate; granting immunity from liability to persons that manufacture, process, distribute, recycle, or sell engine coolant or antifreeze with denatonium benzoate in concentrations required by the Act, except under specified circumstances; etc.
 House Votes (135 yeas, 0 nays)
Passed!Dogs in Restaurants, HB 941,  Authorizing a restaurant with an outdoor dining area to allow a patron’s dog to accompany the patron in the outdoor dining area of the restaurant during specified hours; requiring specified restaurant owners to give notice to local health departments under specified circumstances; authorizing restaurant owners to make specified determinations and to limit the size and type of dog that may accompany a patron into the outdoor dining area; requiring specified restaurant owners to post a notice; etc.
House Votes (127 yeas, 10 nays cast by Bates, Dwyer, Fisher, Hough, Jacobs, Miller, W., Mitchell, Parott, Ready, Schulz)
 (46 yeas, 0 nays) 
2011 Animal Bills (that MVFA opposed) that Failed:

 
FAILED! Maryland Livestock and Poultry Care and Advisory Board, SB 254 & HB 676:  Establishing the Maryland Livestock and Poultry Care Advisory Board; establishing the membership and charge of the Board; requiring the Board to elect the chair of the Board; providing for the terms of the members and chair of the Board; etc.
House Environmental Matters Committee Votes
Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committe Votes
FAILED! Extended Sunday Hunting, SB 45 & HB 129:  Repealing specified provisions of law authorizing a person to hunt deer on private property in specified counties on specified Sundays under specified circumstances; authorizing the Department of Natural Resources to allow a person to hunt deer on private property in specified counties on specified Sundays under specified circumstances; etc.
House Environmental Matters Committee Votes (no committee vote on this bill)
Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committe Votes

Tsunami may have effected Japanese whaling industry

Posted in Uncategorized on April 18th, 2011 by katie – Be the first to comment

An interesting article posted yesterday discusses the fact that the tsunami in Japan may have crippled the headquarters of a prominent whaling company. This article also mentions the efforts of Sea Shepherd, a group of anti-whaling activists who strive to thwart the Japanese whaling ships’ efforts while at sea.

Also see this article from the New York Times.

Very interesting article about whale and dolphin intelligence

Posted in Uncategorized on April 15th, 2011 by katie – Be the first to comment

This is my favorite quote from the article:

“If an alien came down anytime prior to about 1.5 million years ago to communicate with the ‘brainiest’ animals on Earth, they would have tripped over our own ancestors and headed straight for the oceans to converse with the dolphins”

Click here for the rest of the article, titled: Whales Might Be as Much Like People as Apes Are

Breed Specific Legislation

Posted in Uncategorized on April 4th, 2011 by katie – Be the first to comment

Breed Specific Legislation, or BSL, makes it illegal for dogs to exist in certain areas based solely on the way they look. For example, “pit bull type dogs” are euthanized on the spot after being brought to a shelter, and even loving, happy, friendly dogs are torn from their families and killed… just because of how they look. It makes me  sick to think that my little Fred would fit into this category because he looks like a pit bull, and that his existance would be “illegal” if we lived elsewhere, such as Prince George’s County in Maryland. According to the ASPCA, Prince George’s County spends more than $250,000 anually to enforce it’s ban on pit bulls.

This is not an effective way to enforce anti-dog fighting laws or protect people from getting hurt by dangerous dogs. BSL encourages dog fighters to go even more underground with their activities and even further out of the reach of animal control. The public needs to recognize that aggressive dogs are a product of their owners and their treatment, not their breed, and the laws need to reflect that. Breed bans do nothing more than placate people who are ignorant enough to think that just  because a dog looks a certain way, it is dangerous. It’s just as bad as a racist person who thinks that everyone with a certain appearance is dangerous! Many members of the public are convinced that breeds such as pit bulls, German Shepherds, Dobermans, and Rottweilers are dangerous no matter what. Based on my experience, I can think of more pit bulls and pit bull mixes that are way friendlier than other breeds. Pit bulls are dogs that crave human interaction and make wonderful companions. They behave well on temperment tests, and excel as therapy dogs and in search and rescue. So why are people so short sighted as soon as there is a bad news story about a little girl being attacked by a pit bull? (And why are these stories always propagated when there are just as many stories about other breeds attacking people)

It is imperative that government officials focus on punishing the conduct of the owners of dangerous dogs, rather than the cop out legislation that is BSL. Click here for a comprehensive listing of BSL in the United States and encourage your local lawmakers to consider alternatives to these cruel and unnecessary laws.

Rainbow Bridge

Posted in Uncategorized on April 1st, 2011 by katie – Be the first to comment

In the past few months a number of acquaintances have lost beloved pets, and I am of course still missing my Cody. I wanted to share a poem that I think of often when contemplating the unfairness of our pets’ lifespans, which are so much shorter than our own.

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

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