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Wordless Wednesday #202 – From the dog park (Summer)

August 26, 2014 7 comments

Walking with the dogs. #dogpark

Miss Molly#dogpark

Miss Molly

One wants to drink water, the other wants to play in it.

Bernadette and Annie (?)

German Wirehair

Prince and his mom, Marsha. A Prince has to survey his domain sometimes.  #weimaraner #dogpark

Marsha and her dog Prince

She makes me giggle. Well actually, both of them do. She's reading him the riot act.

Jasper and Cupcake

Lucy demand some attention from Kym.

Baby Lucas, his mom Kym and Lucy

Charlotte #dogpark

The always fun, and funny, Charlotte

Daisy and Grrr

Daisy and Gir

Willow #dogpark

Little Miss Willow

Nika (post water dish swirl) and Cupcake

Nika

The chase #dogpark

I'm not going home and you can't make me. Compton and Tom. #labs

Tom and his dog, Compton (who does not want to leave)

Treat time!

Jill and the whole crew

Murphy #dogpark #saintbernard

Murphy

Clover takes a break from the heat.

Clover

Dante#dogpark

Dante

Cupcake greets a new friend. #dogpark

Cupcake and a new friend

Millie crashes. Big dog waits for her to get up again.

Millie (on the ground) and a friend

Ellie #supermodel #dogpark #norwegianelkhound

Supermodel Ellie

A lot of thirsty pups.

Waiting for mom to come back in.

Bella looks on #dogpark

The ever beautiful Miss Bella (Gir’s sister)

Are some in the pet industry running scared?

August 25, 2014 5 comments

IMG_8860It appears that some in the pet industry may be running scared. Why? Because they just hired a big gun to lead their national lobby group.

Yesterday, the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC), a lobby group for pet stores, puppy millers and pet product makers, announced  they had hired the former head of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), Ed Sayres to lead their group.

Shocking? Yes, but maybe not as much as we would like to think. After all, Ed left the ASPCA under less than positive circumstances. He and the board were in disagreement over several things, among them Ed’s half a million dollar salary and which legislative battles to pursue. And if one close to the situation is to be believed, there was also a battle going on over focusing more on animal welfare than fundraising. I’ll let you guess where Ed fell on this disagreement.

Practicing "Watch me"

Former puppy mill breeding dog, Maggie, is learning that life outside of a cage can be good.

The decision to hire an industry insider who may have the ASPCA playbook is no accident. The puppy mill industry is running scared. They know that the tide has been turning, and not in their favor.  Cities, towns and counties are taking action where national and state legislators have failed. They are banning the sale of cats and dogs and requiring pet stores to follow the rules, move or close down. If the puppy mill industry hopes to have any chance of turning things around they have to act now. Their hope is that Ed Sayres will be their savior.

The question is… can they turn back the tide?  Can they stop social media from continuing to educate the average consumer about pet stores and puppy mills? Can they stop local grassroots organizations from working with their city, county and other local officials to stop the sale of puppy mill dogs in their towns and cities?  Can they ever encourage the average consumer to buy a puppy mill dog once they have seen what a puppy mill parent goes through? Can they get people to un-see what they have already seen or forget what they already know?

Original Daisy 2

Former puppy mill breeder dog, Daisy, now lives a life filled with love and kindness.

It will be some time before we know if Ed will be the savior PIJAC hopes he will be, but my bet is on you, the average consumers and pet lover.

You and I, we care about our pets. We care where they came from and the conditions they were raised in. We want to make a difference. We believe in fighting for those who have no voice. We also believe puppy mills need to go.  We may not win every legislative battle, but if we change people’s minds, and their spending habits, then we still win.  Ed or no Ed. 

 

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Black and White Sunday #94 – Sheltie Close-ups

August 24, 2014 14 comments

Happy boy #sheltie in B&W

My sweet girl Cupcake in B&W

My thanks to our hosts for this blog hop Dachshund Nola and Sugar The Golden Retriever.

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Favorite Video Friday – A fairy dancing with a dog

August 21, 2014 7 comments

Sometimes you just want to get your inner fairy on, ya know?

It might be the fact that I’ve been listening to a little Smokey Robinson and Jason Mraz this week, but for some reason the thought of dressing up like a fairy and dancing with my dog sounds like fun. Maybe it’s time for a little R and R.

What do you think? Is it strange to want to dance with your dog in a fairy costume (or a butterfly one)? I would bet you’d be hard-pressed to say so after watching these two.

Happy Friday everyone!

Wordless Wednesday #201 – Daisy, Puppy Mill Dog #201

August 19, 2014 11 comments

It seemed appropriate to recognize Daisy on this 201st Wordless Wednesday. She was dog #201 in the mill. Still has the tattoo as a souvenir. She is my Boo.

This makes it all worthwhile. Save a dog. Experience pure joy. #petadoption #adopt

My Boo. Such a happy girl.

Original Daisy 2

Snoozing in he grass

My co-pilot.

My baby girl #Daisy

Daisy is all pooped out too.

One@of the many items Daisy carries around on a daily basis. :)

Sleepy Daisy

Watching dog play behaviors

August 17, 2014 4 comments
Wrestling

Dozer (top) and Boone (bottom) playing

This past weekend, I had the chance to watch my brother’s two dogs, Boone and Dozer, play and chase and wrestle with one another. These two boys okay hard and they have fun. They take turns so that no one dog is always on top or in charge. There is a lot of give and take.

Watching them play off and on over several hours made me realize how little I see that kind of play at my house. Daisy never really learned how to play until Jasper joined our household (hard to believe, but puppy mills don’t exactly create an environment that allows dogs to play). Jasper and Daisy have occasionally played tug of war with a pull toy, but not often. Cupcake and Jasper are probably the most likely to play, but it only happens infrequently and usually for only short periods of time. When it does happen, it usually involves a lot of chasing and barking and air snapping. It is hilarious to watch them together.

Most of my observations of dogs playing together has happened at the dog park or when I boarded a dog and its sibling, or two young unrelated dogs, in my home (back in my pet sitting days).  There is nothing more fun than watching two dogs interact with each other in play. So many dogs play in so many different ways. Some wrestle, some chase, some tease with a stick or play tug of war. The one thing that is required is an even give and take. It keeps things light and fun for both dogs. Any time one dog starts to dominate or two or more dogs gang up on one dog, it is no longer fun and can be a form of bullying.

Here is a great video demonstrating some play behaviors. What are some play behaviors you see in your own dogs?

Black and White Sunday #93 – The funny and gorgeous Gir

August 17, 2014 19 comments

Gir with his foot in the water dish

Daisy and Gir at the dog park - August 2014

Looking up. Gir at the dog park.

My thanks to our hosts for this blog hop Dachshund Nola and Sugar The Golden Retriever.

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