Favorite Video Friday – A little pool time with Beagles

May 19, 2016 4 comments

For one short day this month, the weather was really hot.

Really hot.

91 degrees hot.

And on that day, we opened the pool.

It was beautiful. Hot weather, cool clean water, a pool, and two dogs looking to jump right in. Ahhh!!!

Daisy and Jasper were cute, but they had nothing on the two Beagles indulging in a little pool time in this week’s Favorite Friday video. I love my Shelties very much, but there’s just something about a Beagle face that makes my heart go pitter-patter. OMD! Irresistible!

Can you make it through without melting?:)

Happy Friday everyone!

Wordless Wednesday #290 – Double dipping pups with their pup cups

May 17, 2016 5 comments

Black and White Sunday #173 – Shake It Off

May 15, 2016 7 comments

Shake it off!

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

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Favorite Video Friday – Border Collie plays Futevolei

May 13, 2016 4 comments

Minnesota has been a somewhat gloomy and rainy place this week. I think I’ve seen the sun three times the whole week, and only for a few minutes at a time. It’s a rather depressing.

A person and her dogs has to have some sun! We’ve gots to have it.

So what do you do when the weather where you live is crap? Find a video that has the sun in it.

Fortunately, this week’s video features sun, a beach and an amazing Border Collie, named Scotch, who knows how to play Futevolei with his human and his friends. I can’t help but be impressed with this dog (okay, and by the amazing looking men with him). He is amazing.

Watch Scotch, take in the sun and sand, and enjoy.

Happy Friday everyone!

Wordless Wednesday #289 – Daisy’s Stuffie Stash

May 11, 2016 10 comments
The stash on Daisy's kennel

All the stuffies cohabitating with Daisy in her kennel

 

Minnesota puppy mill on List of Horrible Hundred – S G Kennels

May 10, 2016 11 comments

puppy mills 1Every year the Humane Society of the United States issues their list of Horrible Hundred puppy mill breeders. In past years, there have been at least 3-5 Minnesota breeders on their list. This year, there is just one. And wouldn’t you know it? It’s the worst of the lot, multiple violations over many years.

Here are just a few details on S G Kennels, owned by S Glance Vilken, in Roseau, Minnesota:

  • Has been found to be in violation of the Animal Welfare Act with every USDA inspection done between 2013 – 2016. (Isn’t it amazing that you can break the law year after year and still be in business?)
  • In the latest inspection, conducted in February 2016 (yes, this year), she was cited for not providing adequate care for two dogs, even though the inspector instructed her to do so in multiple citations.
  • One of the dogs she was ordered to get help for was first seen in June of last year. The puppy was 16 weeks of age back then and had an eye issue that caused drainage from the eye. The inspector thought the dog was experiencing pain.
  • The owner failed to get the dog looked at by a veterinarian, even after 3 more inspections indicated she should do so.
  • The second dog was a Pomeranian with advanced dental disease and had symptoms of a severe ear infection. The dog had discharge from both gums and from the infected ear. (Can you imagine being forced to breed and care for puppies while in extreme pain?)
  • The owner has been cited numerous times for filthy conditions, sharp rusty points in the kennel area that could hurt a dog and for not providing proper vet care.

Reading that would make any caring human being cringe. How callous does a human have to be to let a dog suffer through dental disease and a severe ear infection? Neither the breeder or the USDA seem capable of taking action to stop this dog’s suffering. (If you don’t know by now, the USDA is useless when it comes to shutting down mills like this.)

You might be asking me at this point… But, didn’t you guys just pass a puppy mill law? Why can’t this place be shut down through that law? Good question.

Yes, we did pass a puppy mill law in the state of Minnesota. Unfortunately, we decided to give responsibility for enforcing that law to a state organization that prefers to collect a paycheck while sitting on their asses, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health. They pretty much give carte blanch to Minnesota puppy mills.

Why do I say that? Look who is on the Minnesota Animal Board of Health‘s approved breeder’s list:

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The moral to the story? The titles “USDA certified” and “Minnesota Licensed Breeder” means nothing. If you are buying a dog from this place, you might as well set up a running account with your local vet because dogs that come from puppy mills like this are a genetic mess and you will be paying lots of money for their healthcare in the future.

Want to know if a breeder is a good one? Ask to stop by and meet the adult parents and puppies. If they take you to a barn to show you one dog, or they tell you they don’t like people to stop by, don’t buy from them. They are hiding atrocities like this. Never buy from a pet store or online. You are buying from a puppy mill if you do, and that makes YOU part of the problem.

Black and White Sunday #172 – A dip in the lake

May 8, 2016 7 comments

Bruno takes a dip

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

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