Thursday, September 30, 2010


Operation SPOT (Stop Pet Overpopulation Today),
invites you to learn more about Prop B at a free public forum.


The fate of puppy mill dogs in Missouri will be decided by the voters on
November 2nd. Over 190,000 signatures were collected to get the issue on
the November ballot. This forum is a collaboration between Operation SPOT
and Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation to educate those who need more
information in order to vote wisely, and to energize those who are committed
to saving the lives of hundreds of thousands of dogs who live in misery in Missouri.

WHEN:
Tuesday, October 5th, 7:00 pm

WHERE:
Creve Coeur Community Center
300 North New Ballas Road
St. Louis, Mo.

RSVP:
Reservations are required.
Call 314-995-8678
leave your name and the
names of those who will attend in your party.



MORE INFORMATION:
For more information about the forum,
go to www.opspot.org or www.maal.org.
For additional information about Prop B,
go to www.yesonPropB.com or call 573-263-9226

A Friend Need Some Support.......

My name is Tracy P. and I am currently taking over the Petland protest for Heather. I am protesting every Saturday from 1-3 pm. We started at noon last Saturday and the traffic was dead but really picked up at 1pm. If anyone wants to protest and noon is better for you let me know, I will stand for 3 hours and be their voice. If I get no replies about noon I will be there at 1pm. If you could make it for just one hour between those times that would be awesome!

I have 16 signs to use, if you have any yourself feel free to bring them. I just ask for my signs back at end of protest so I can have them for the next week so I don't run short. Running short would be a good thing though, means alot of people.

Last Saturday was the first protest for me and 7 people showed, Thank you! I was so excited. I would love to have huge numbers to make a huge statement!! Nobody in the store came out to talk to us last week, but if they do, boy do I have something to say! I will be nice, but I would rather throw them in a cage and come back in a week to feed and water them.

Hope to see you there. I also started a Facebook page if you want to be a friend, you can find it at...No Puppies Petland....or the e-mail, puppymillsblow@yahoo.com.
My personal e-mail is harleyrdngirl@yahoo.com . If you do not want me to e-mail you in the future please let me know, I don't want to bother anyone.
Thank you, Tracy

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Spotlighting Animal Protective Association of Missouri

This organization is located at 1705 S. Hanley Road, St. Louis, Missouri 63144. Their website is APAMO.org and email is info@apamo.org or phone is (314) 645-4610. They are a fabulous open admission animal shelter. They are not affliated with any other animal shelter and do not receive government funding. They take in mainly dogs and cats but they will take any animal brought to them. They care for around 4000 animals a year regardless of breed, age, size etc... Some days they receive as many as 20 animals.They feel it can be challenging to make space in the shelter but they always make room. They've been around since 1922 and have so many wonderful success stories. They still celebrate every single adoption and are so grateful for people who choose to adopt a pet through them. If you are interested in volunteering with them call Stephan at (314) 645-4610 ext. 122 or email volunteer@apamo.org Please go to their website which is updated every hour to see what pets are available for adoption. Hope you'll adopt your next pet through this amazing organization in St. Louis !!!

Introducing A New Pet Into The Family.....

* Pets are NOT TOYS and should not be treated like one.
* Teach children the appropriate way to handle pets respectfully.
* Never let small children carry around pets without adult supervision.
*Always monitor interactions.
* Put away all kid's toys so they don't get chewed on !!!
* Children should never hit or discipline pets.
* Pets need their rest and shouldn't be interrupted.
* Don't approach a pet while they are eating.
* Get books or google about training your pet.
* Walk your dog everyday as they love to take walks with you.
* As much time as you invest in them in the beginning your rewards will pay off.

Celebrate Spot In St. Louis.....

Hi everyone,
We have 11 days until Celebrate Spot- all registrants get a t-shirt, free breakfast, and free lunch! Not to mention enjoying a morning in Forest Park with your favorite 4legged friend(s). The more the merrier so invite anyone you think would enjoy this event to join by forwarding this email.
Hope to see you there,
Kirsten

Who: You and your dog (bring the whole family!)

What: Celebrate Spot- a walk for dogs and their people

When: 10/10/10 8am- Free Breakfast/Check In, 9am- Walk, 10:30 am- Pet Contests, Prizes, Awards, 11:30 am- Free lunch

Where: Upper Muny parking lot in Forest Park

Cost: $30 in Advance/ $35 day of

Why: Because young women (44 or younger) with breast cancer have higher recurrence rates and the lowest 5-year and overall survival rates. Little funding goes toward research in this demographic but the Young Women's Breast Cancer Program is changing that! All proceeds from the walk go directly to the YWBCP at Siteman Cancer Center right in here in St. Louis .

If you have any questions just call me 636-279-0600 or email me
kirstenecole@yahoo.com

Monday, September 27, 2010

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Leanne Says It Like It Is About Puppy Millers......


Unlike pig, chicken and cattle farmers, dog farmers are hypocrites who treat parent dogs as livestock and sell their offspring as "cherished family pets." Are dogs livestock or pets? They can't have it both ways.

Shelter Alliance in St. Louis, Missouri

Shelter Alliance was started by a group of animal lovers and trainers to get supplies donated for small rescues and shelters free of charge. We have treats and chew bones ,shampoos and cleaners ,and soon if we get to build our new warehouse food ! We are asking area rescues to join us on September 9 for Petstock (like Woodstock ) for pet adoptions s, contest and to raise awareness of pets in need . There is no cost for booths and you can sell t-shirts or have adoptable pets . The flyer is enclosed and on Sunday October 10 join us for a blessing of the animals at 11:00a.m. by Georgy Rock . If you are interested in more information or supplies from Shelter Alliance call 636-274-3385 Hope to see you all there !!!!!!

10 Things You Can DO For Your Pet......

1. Pet proof your home
One of the most common reasons for a visit to a veterinary emergency clinic is ingestion of a toxic substance. Knowing which things are toxic to your pet and keeping them out of reach can save you money. Easter and Asiatic lilies can cause acute kidney failure in cats -- even a small bit of pollen is enough to cause damage.

Grapes and raisins can also cause kidney failure in some dogs. Chocolate and xylitol are harmless to humans but can be deadly in pets. Slug bait (containing metaldehyde), compost, and some mushrooms that grow wild can cause severe tremors and even seizures in dogs. The National Animal Poison Center website is a good resource for toxicity information. (http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/poison-control)

2. Get the complete series of puppy and kitten shots
Puppies and kittens need a SERIES of vaccines given 3-4 weeks apart to be fully protected against infectious diseases such as parvovirus and panleukopenia. If only one vaccine is given, or if the vaccines are not given at the right length apart, the animal will not make enough antibodies to be fully protected.

The illnesses that these vaccines prevent can be expensive and life-threatening. As fun as it is to take your puppy to the dog park, wait until they are 16 weeks and have received the full series of vaccines including rabies.

3. Spay or neuter your pet
Uterine infections (pyometra) that require emergency surgery are common in older unspayed female dogs. Unexpected pregnancies can also end in C-section, even if there is only one puppy or kitten.

Mammary cancers are much more common in dogs that were not spayed. Male dogs can be prone to severe prostate infections and testicular tumors.

4. Plan for the unexpected
Pet insurance is more readily available than in the past. For most people, the need for emergency care on even one occasion will make the premiums worthwhile.

However, pet insurance does not pay the veterinary bills directly so it is important to have an emergency fund set up to cover unexpected pet care while waiting for the insurance reimbursement. If you are considering breeding your pet, make sure you have enough money saved if an emergency C-section is needed.

5. Do not give your pet any medication without consulting a vet
Many pain medications that we commonly take can be extremely dangerous to our pets. When a pet is painful, it is tempting to try to give them something at home. However, a single Tylenol can cause a life-threatening blood disorder in cats. Ibuprofen (Advil) and Naproxen (Aleve) can cause severe stomach ulcers and even kidney damage in both dogs and cats.

Some herbal supplements can interfere with medications your pet is taking and should not be added without talking with your vet. Most animal hospitals, and especially emergency clinics, have a staff member available to answer questions so CALL first before giving any medication or supplement to your pet.

6. Seek medical treatment early
If you think your pet might be very ill or might have gotten into something, it is best to have them seen as soon as possible. Toxicities such as rat bait exposure are readily treatable when addressed when discovered but are life-threatening and expensive if treatment is delayed.

If your pet becomes very ill on a weekend, treatment at an emergency clinic may be most cost effective even if the initial fee is more expensive. A delay of even 12 hours in a pet with an intestinal blockage may be the difference between a simple surgery to remove the object and a complicated surgery with bowel removal.

Emergency veterinary clinics that are open at night and on the weekends are now present in most parts of the country.

7. Provide your vet with an accurate history
When your pet is sick, your veterinarian will be most likely to get to a diagnosis quickly if you can provide them with a detailed and accurate history. It is important that your vet know any medications you have given your pet, any supplements or herbs they are taking, or anything that they might have gotten into.

Let your vet know when the problem started, anything that might have been associated with the start of the problem, and all the symptoms your pet is having. Let your vet know if your pet travels with you as some diseases are only present in certain parts of the country.

It is important to communicate your major reason for your visit, your goals for pet care, and any previous or current but not active health problems your pet may have.

8. Ask questions
If diagnostic tests are suggested, ask what they will tell your veterinarian and how that will change the treatment plan. When medications are sent home, ASK if you aren't sure how to give them to your pet.

Compliance with medication instructions is one of the best things you can do to make sure your pet gets better and doesn't need further care. If your pet seems to be worse after starting a medication, call and ask whether the signs you are seeing could be a medication side-effect.

9. Skipping diagnostics in the short term may cost you more in the long term
X-rays can give a lot of information and can help lead to a diagnosis for your pet..
A cat with severe jaundice was once referred to our hospital for ultrasound for liver disease. The ultrasound confirmed the cat had liver disease but we didn't know the underlying cause. We started treatment but it wasn't until 2 days later when radiographs were taken and a penny was seen in the stomach that we knew that the cat had copper toxicity.

Pennies are metal so they are easy to see on radiographs but very hard to see within the stomach on ultrasound. By originally skipping this step, the true diagnosis and thus targeted treatment was delayed for several days.
10. Ask your veterinarian about medical credit plans
Many veterinarians now offer payment plans through organizations such as Care Credit or Citihealth. These are credit cards that are specifically for medical, dental, and veterinary expenses. Some payment options will provide no interest credit for 6 months.
Information about these programs can be found online but it is important to check with your veterinarian to see which specific plans they offer.

To read more blogs by Dr. Davidow and her colleagues, please visit http://blog.seattlepi.com/accesforpethealth/
Dog Advocates Ask State Officials to Investigate Potential Tax Fraud by Missouri Puppy Mills
Missouri puppy mills may owe millions in unpaid sales taxes

(Sept. 23, 2010) – A coalition of dog protection advocates has presented the Missouri Department of Revenue with evidence of potential tax fraud in Missouri’s puppy mill industry, and requested an industry-wide investigation into a possible tax-evasion scheme that could be costing the people of Missouri several million dollars a year in lost revenue.

An investigation of Missouri puppy mills revealed that many of the facilities – some of which have more than 100 adult dogs on site – were not collecting sales tax on retail dog purchases, a clear violation of the Missouri tax code. The 11 large-scale puppy mills identified in the investigation may owe the state Department of Revenue more than $70,000 between them in sales tax annually. When this level of non-compliance is multiplied by the number of sales made by the 1,568 state-licensed commercial breeders and dealers in the state, it appears the state could be losing several million dollars a year to unscrupulous puppy dealers.

Proposition B, on Missouri’s statewide ballot for the November election, will stop puppy mill abuses by establishing common-sense standards for the care of dogs in Missouri.

“The puppy mill industry has repeatedly shown a shocking level of disregard for the laws of this state,” said Barbara Schmitz, manager of the YES! on Prop B campaign. “It seems animals are not the only victims of this industry’s greed – Missouri taxpayers are being fleeced as well. It’s time to pass Prop B to hold the large-scale puppy mills accountable.”

All 11 of the commercial puppy mills sampled also have long histories of violating current animal welfare standards, as documented in both federal and state inspection reports. Several of these facilities have been cited for allowing their dogs to live in their own waste without access to clean food and water, as well as for egregious veterinary care violations. Thus, not only are they depriving the animals in their care of the humane treatment they deserve, but these commercial breeders are also depriving the citizens of Missouri of much-needed funds during this tough economy.

The problem of tax evasion by puppy mills is not unique to Missouri. Last year, an investigation by the Indiana attorney general’s revenue division resulted in law enforcement raids on two puppy mills, and the seizure of hundreds of dogs. The operators of these puppy mills have since pleaded guilty to various tax charges, and face civil tax suits for thousands of dollars in back taxes.

At puppy mills in Missouri, dogs are crammed into small and filthy cages, denied veterinary care, exposed to extremes of heat and cold, and given no exercise or human affection. These puppy mills are cruel and the way these dogs are treated is wrong. Prop B will stop puppy mill abuses by establishing common sense standards for the proper care of dogs.

Prop B is supported by Missouri veterinarians and veterinary clinics; animal welfare charities and organizations, including the Humane Society of Missouri, the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation, Central Missouri Humane Society, Humane Society of Southwest Missouri, Wayside Waifs, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF), Best Friends Animal Society, and The Humane Society of the United States; prominent Missouri citizens such as Tony La Russa and Linda Bond; as well as responsible dog breeders, elected officials, religious leaders, and Missouri businesses.

Media Contact: Barbara Schmitz, 573-263-9226,
director@missourifordogs.com

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The top ten reasons to adopt your next pet were just killed in the local shelter. Please adopt & save a life!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Heffie......

Please join us in remembering



HEFFIE

a true ambassador of love
Celebration of Life
Saturday, Sept. 25, from 4-6 p.m.
Baue Pet Services, 4175 Shady Springs Lane, St. Peters, MO 63301
(Cave Springs exit on the 70, off West Clay, around the corner from Baue Funeral Home)
Please come and feel free to share how Heffie, or any animal, has touched your life.
There is an Irish wake following at R.T. Weiler's, 201 North Main St., St. Charles, MO, where his photograph will hang in honor.
We can all toast the awesome Hef, and carry on the fight for chained dogs in his name.

Donations to Dogs Deserve Better in his memory are gratefully accepted. http://www.dogsdeservebetter.com/inmemory.html


Thank you all for your support and love for Heffie.
Joan McKenna

St. Louis Area Representative
Dogs Deserve Better
www.dogsdeservebetter.org
unchainyourdog@gmail.com
In loving memory of Heffie,
2008-2010







Best Friends Rock !!!!

You absolutely must go to this fabulous site that shows you actual footage of some of Missouri's Breeders. If this doesn't convince you to VOTE YES FOR PROP B in November to help so many SUFFERING dogs in horrible conditions in Missouri. Get out there and make a difference folks !!!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

ST. LOUIS REGION: A lady contacted me month ago for help rehoming her two husky mix puppy siblings, Dasher (male) and Diamond (female).

She adopted them from a shelter and loves them, but they are proving to be too difficult for her to care for and she is not able to train them. They are now outside all day on a tether and she does not want them to live like that and is reaching out for help. They ran away once and the neighbor threatened to do something to them and does target practice in the area, so she is scared they'll get hurt. They are pretty small, but they are too strong for her to walk now and are full of puppy exuberance and jump on her special-needs grandson. They are sweet, good dogs. They are up to date on shots and are chipped; both are spayed/neutered. Fencing the yard is not an option.

They are ADORABLE, about 10 months old, about 45 pounds each, and will need a fenced yard. If you can help, or if you know if a good home looking for sweet puppies, please let me know!! Call 760-490-4800 or e-mail unchainyourdog@gmail.com .

Dharma (Petraits attached) is a delightfully sweet, happy, friendly, active and fun, three-year-old, 47-pound, female Border Collie-mix looking for a loving home.

Dharma loves people, is very huggable, and gets along with other dogs – big and small. She seems okay with dog-friendly cats, but if a cat growls and hisses at her … she barks right back.

She is housetrained, knows the commands sit and down and will do anything for a treat. She loves to go for walks, is great in the car, and enjoys playing with toys and balls.

Dharma is healthy, spayed, up-to-date on rabies, distemper and bordatella vaccines, treated with flea preventative, de-wormed, heartworm-tested, and micro-chipped. To meet and possibly adopt this lovely dog, please contact me directly. Her adoption fee of $250 - includes her collar, leash, and favorite food - and benefits rescued pets.

To see other pets for adoption, please visit http://www.petraits.petfinder.com

Sheri
Petraits Pet Photography
photography: http://www.petraits.com
adoptions: http://www.petraits.petfinder.com
773-777-2891
sheri@petraits.com

Monday, September 20, 2010

I LOVE PINK !!!!

Pink Urges Fans To Boycott Pet Stores
Pink attended the Puppy Mill Awareness Day event on Saturday at La Brea Tar Pits in El Lay, which helped raised awareness on the horrors of puppy mills and encouraged potential pet owners to "Adopt, Don't Shop."

The singer used her Twitter to deliver some powerful messages.

She Tweeted:

Its "puppymill awareness day"and I just got back from the incredible event at La Brea Tar Pits. Chris DeRose is amazing.No more puppy mills!!

And I finally met Cesar! The dog whisperer! He has really nice teeth. I fell in love with a puppy mill rescue bulldog! I ate her face

Puppy mills are awful, filthy, cruel places where dogs never see daylight, sleep in their own feces, and r bred over n over for pet stores.

Boycott pet stores people!!!!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The National Puppy Mill Project Conference
Print Invitation

Host: Iowa Voters for Companion Animals and The Puppy Mill Project of Illinois
Location: Hyatt Regency O'Hare
9300 Bryn Mawr
Rosemont, IL 60018 US
When: Friday, November 5, 7:00PM Add to my Outlook Calendar
Phone: 773-663-1102
Iowa Voters for Companion Animals and The Puppy Mill Project of Illinois, invite you to join us at "The National Puppy Mill Project" conference. This will be a first time event devoted soley to the subject of puppy mills. You will have a chance to talk with leaders in this field from around the country as well as listen to speakers Jana Kohl, Mary LaHay, Kim Townsend, Debra Howard and others who are in the trenches daily and have learned what works, what doesn't, and what we need to do. Our goal is to try and find that one common denominator we can all use to eliminate the puppy mill problem on a national level. Please join us on Friday night, November 5th, for a meet and greet, Saturday, November 6th, for a day of incredible speakers and Sunday morning, November 7th, for a chance to network with fellow advocates.
Room rate is $129 with a buffet breakfast included. For room reservations contact: Diane@worldwisetravel.net.
Please indicate if you will be attending this exciting event by October 7th.
Detailed schedule to follow.
Direct questions to:
Mary Lahay mlahay@iowavca.org
Cari Meyers info@thepuppymillproject.org

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Please Join Hudson At This Fabulous Event.....

Second annual Trivia Nite
November 13, 2010
Washington VFW Hall
813 Jefferson St
Washington Mo. 63090
7pm=11 pm
doors open at 6pm
soda and snacks provided
cash bar
$15 per seat, tables of 8
games, silent auction and raffles

All proceeds benefit the Franklin County Humane Society questions or reservations call Kathy Breese 314 406-2963 or e mail
kathybreese@hotmail.com

Please Join Hudson At This Fabulous Event.....

Second annual Trivia Nite
November 13, 2010
Washington VFW Hall
813 Jefferson St
Washington Mo. 63090
7pm=11 pm
doors open at 6pm
soda and snacks provided
cash bar
$15 per seat, tables of 8
games, silent auction and raffles

All proceeds benefit the Franklin County Humane Society questions or reservations call Kathy Breese 314 406-2963 or e mail
kathybreese@hotmail.com

Vote YES on Proposition B in November for all the dogs suffering in Puppy mills across our state....

Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, speaks to Proposition B supporters Monday inside Café Berlin. The Humane Society is pushing the ballot measure, which would add regulations on large-scale dog breeders.
By T.J. Greaney

Tuesday, September 14, 2010
The battle lines over so-called puppy mills are being drawn.
Keriann Friedrich, center, a University of Missouri junior in agriculture education, stands Monday with other opponents of Proposition B across the street from Café Berlin. The measure’s opponents say it will cost jobs and is an assault on agriculture.
Last night, supporters of Proposition B, an initiative that would create added regulations for large-scale dog breeding operations in Missouri, rallied at Café Berlin.

“We cannot squander this opportunity,” Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States told a group of about 90 supporters. “Look outside,” he said, referencing protesters across the street. “To me, that is just validating what we’re doing. If we weren’t achieving anything, those people wouldn’t be here.”

About two dozen picketers, many involved in the dog breeding industry, stood across Tenth Street passing out literature condemning Proposition B. Opponents say the measure would end professional breeding in the state and cost thousands of jobs.

“The government should not be telling us how many animals we can and can’t own,” said Mindy Patterson of the Alliance for Truth, a group that is critical of Proposition B. “There are 22 pages of regulations already on the books that require the humane treatment of animals. Start by enforcing those.”

Animal rights groups say Missouri has become a haven for the worst breeding practices in the nation. The state has been dubbed the “puppy mill capital of America,” and, according to the Humane Society, 40 percent of the puppies sold — or about 1 million dogs annually — originate here. The Missouri Department of Agriculture sets that figure at about 30 percent, according to a report last year from the Better Business Bureau.

Many of those dogs, Humane Society leaders say, are born in squalid conditions. In worst-case scenarios, breeding females live in metal cages caked with feces. They are given barely enough room to turn around and are bred to exhaustion for five or six years and then killed or discarded. Their offspring tend to be sickly and unable to socialize.

“I’ve seen dogs with broken legs — compound fractures — and they’re just lying there, languishing,” said Bob Baker, director of Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation.

Proposition B would cap the number of intact dogs that a breeder can own at 50. It also would require breeders to give dogs greater indoor space — 12 square feet for each small dog and 30 square feet for each large dog — regular exercise and more rest between breeding cycles. The law would prevent the use of wire cages that can harm a dog’s paws and are sometimes stacked on top of one another. Violation of these restrictions would become a misdemeanor offense.

Breeders say the restrictions are punitive and are being driven by people who want to end dog breeding.

“This is a great deception,” said Joe Overlease, a cocker spaniel breeder from Miller. “It’s designed to put people out of business.”

Overlease owns about 300 intact cocker spaniels and would have to get rid of most of his dogs.

“How many dogs across the state are going to have to be exterminated because of this law?” he asked. Overlease also said the space restrictions would be cost-prohibitive for large operations.

Breeders say the state should enforce the laws already on the books. A report earlier this year by the Better Business Bureau said Missouri’s 13 Department of Agriculture inspectors are overstretched and unable to enforce regulations. Proposition B would add no money to the budget of the Department of Agriculture.

Pacelle and others say it is the right and moral thing to do. Pacelle said his organization believes this would be the most important dog treatment law in recent history and supporters are prepared to spend $1 million in television advertising in the month leading up to the election.

“We should not have to fight this fight. This is a battle that should have been settled a long time ago,” Pacelle said, “because these standards of care — if you can call them that — are inconsistent with the values of the people of the state of Missouri.”

Amish Have Tons of Puppy Mills.....

ROMULUS, NY - AMISH PUPPY MILLER GASSES 93 DOGS TO DEATH!
ONE MORE REASON TO SHUT THEM ALL DOWN !

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/pets/NY_kennel_owner_admits_gassing_93_dogs_with_farm_engine.html

Monday, September 13, 2010
NY kennel owner admits gassing 93 dogs with farm engine

A commercial kennel owner in New York destroyed 93 dogs using a hose connected to a farm engine and pumping carbon monoxide into a makeshift "gas chamber."

David Yoder, owner of Black Diamond Acres kennel in Romulus, told a U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector during a July 15 inspection that he killed the dogs to "depopulate" the kennel.

Yoder said he created an airtight chamber out of a wood whelping box (where nursing puppies are typically housed with their mothers) by fitting the opening with a metal door with a small hole for an exhaust pipe which was attached to a 3 horsepower farm engine.

Then he gassed "approximately" 78 adult dogs and 15 puppies in groups of five or six. Yoder said he left the barn during the gassing because he had a headache from the fumes. He also said he used a stethoscope to make sure the dogs had stopped breathing before burying them, according to the inspection report.

It is against federal law for a licensed kennel owner to perform their own euthanasia. The inspector, Andrea D'Ambrosio, also noted that dogs not immediately gassed likely suffered from inhaling the excess fumes.

"The manner of mass euthanasia caused potentially high levels of behavioral stress and unnecessary discomfort to all the dogs in the kennel," the report said.

Mary Anne Kowalski, a board member of the Seneca County SPCA, said she was not aware of anyone from the USDA reporting what she believes is a clear case of animal cruelty to local authorities.

The dogs were killed sometime after a June 29 inspection where Yoder had been ordered to get his dogs tested and treated for Brucellosis (after earlier tests indicated some of his dogs had the contagious disease) and before the inspector returned on July 15.

The case bears an eerie resemblance to the 2008 mass shooting at a Berks County, Pa., kennel after the owner was told to treat his dogs for flea infestation. That incident helped propel the passage of the new state dog law and the immediate prohibition of euthanasia by any means other than by a licensed veterinarian.

Romulus, located 60 miles southeast of Rochester in Seneca County, may have been the first municipality in the nation to ban puppy mills when it passed an ordinance last year outlawing commercial kennels.

Seneca County has a sizeable Amish population, and many are involved in dog breeding, Kowalski said. Yoder, who is Amish, bred Poodles, Bichons, Maltese and Boston Terriers. He was allowed to continue operating his kennel in Romulus despite the ban because it was grandfathered under the new ordinance.

Kowalski, who discovered the report of the gassing on the USDA website while updating her files today, said she was stunned at what she read. "I just lost it," she said.

Kowalski said she reported the incident to the sheriff and district attorney in the hope that cruelty charges will be brought against Yoder.

"I hope these dogs did not die in vain," she said.

Top Ten Reasons To Adopt A Dog....

The top ten reasons to adopt your next pet were just killed in the local shelter. Please adopt & save a life!

Monday, September 13, 2010

I am looking for help in placing this gorgeous husky named Murray. Mr. and Mrs. Hawkins, his current mom and dad are being forced to give him up due to their own health issues. They are both elderly and both have recently had major surgeries which affects their ability to lift and walk. They asked St. Louis Senior Dog Project for help. Unfortunately, SDP is overflowing at this point with dogs (75+, relying only on foster homes only) and so I am stepping in to see if I can help find a place for Murray.
Murray is an older dog and diabetic. He currently receives insulin 2x a day at (30 units every 12 hours, generally). He is also blind – whether that is due to diabetic cataracts or just age, is unknown. Murray came to his current family around three years ago when they were looking at purchasing property. As they were leaving the property with the realtor, Murray came crawling out from under the trailer home – hungry, filthy and covered with ticks. He had been left to fend for himself after the prior owners went into a nursing home and their family was not at all concerned about what would happen to Murray. Mr. and Mrs. Hawkins couldn't leave him behind and took Murray in and, although they are on a limited budget, receiving only Social Security disability, have managed to get Murray back into shape healthwise and on an even keel with his diabetes. As you can see from the pictures, he is a no long hungry or filthy :>

He lives now with a Chihuahua and cats and gets along well with all of them, including spending time “grooming” them. Mr. Hawkins says that Murray loves people, loves attention, loves to go for walks and has a lot of life left in him and a lot of love left to give. Although they probably would be justified if they made the decision to put Murray down due to his age and health needs, Mr. Hawkins strongly feels that Murray is a wonderful dog who deserves another chance at a great home.
Contact Lisa at if you can help: Lisa.Cepluch@huschblackwell.com

Broadway Barks

This adorable children's book written by Bernadette Peters is one you don't want to pass up. You can pick one up at any bookstore and they are a MUST HAVE for all dog lovers. The book takes place in Central Park in New York City where a lonely dog is waiting to be found. The dog remembers being taken for walks, given dinner, and told he was a good dog. Once he was called a name as a matter of fact a wonderful name. Douglas was his name and his family adored him but now nobody knows his name.
Everything changes the day Douglas meets someone who sees his potential. Soon he's meeting stars and even going onstage himself...but will anyone in the audience want to adopt him and be his friend?
The illustrations are just adorable and the story line is precious!!! I didn't realize Bernadette Peters devotes her spare time to rescuing homeless dogs and cats. By the way Broadway Barks is a pet adopt-a-thon that has been held every year in New York City since 1998, when it was founded by Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore. Each summer, members of the Broadway acting community gather in the heart of New York's theater district to offer for adoption dogs and cats from local shelters. The event raises funds to help animal shelters and fosters awareness of the importance of caring for all the animals we keep as pets. The super cool thing about this book is all royalties from the sale of it are donated to "Broadway Barks".

Nick Guccione Gets My Vote.....

Proposed pet sale ban in Wentzville generating buzz
Next city meeting might have to move to bigger venue
By Raymond Castile
Friday, September 3, 2010

A Wentzville alderman is pushing for a vote on anti-puppy mill legislation. Alderman Nick Guccione, Ward 3, has proposed a ban on the retail sale of dogs and cats in Wentzville. The board is scheduled to discuss the ban during its meeting Wednesday.

Guccione said he has received so much public feedback about the proposed ban that the board might have to move the meeting out of City Hall to a bigger venue. If that becomes necessary, the board would probably table the discussion until its Sept. 22 meeting. Guccione said he would then request that the board actually vote on the proposal that night.

"We've had enough discussion," Guccione said Thursday. "I've been pushing this bill for several months. There has been enough time for stakeholders to give their input. It's been kicked around. It's time to make a decision."

Guccione's proposal would prohibit pet stores from selling dogs and cats, his rationale being that many stores sell animals bred by puppy mills. There are no pet stores selling dogs or cats in Wentzville. The ban would exempt people and businesses that breed and sell animals on the premises. Pet stores would still be allowed to offer dogs and cats for adoption, if they partner with nonprofit and rescue organizations.

"Several municipalities are waiting for this to pass so they can get on board with it," Guccione said.

Guccione said he would take the proposal to the St. Charles County Municipal League and ask its members to adopt a resolution supporting a county-wide ban.

"I'm passionate about this puppy mill thing," he said. "It has really touched my heart."

A statewide ballot issue is also designed to fight puppy mills. Proposition B on the Nov. 2 ballot would force breeders throughout Missouri to abide by new restrictions on the number of animals they can use and how those animals are treated.

Guccione said Prop B and his proposed retail ban deal with separate issues.

"I'm trying to kill the distribution center so they don't have a place to take these puppies," Guccione said. "If there are no pet stores to sell them in St. Charles County, then maybe they won't breed them so fast. It also protects consumers from getting a diseased puppy and getting ripped off."

Wentzville resident Ola Martin spoke in support of Guccione's proposal during the Aug. 25 Board of Aldermen meeting.

"This is a big step toward closing down puppy mills," she said. "I'm an animal lover and I want to make sure puppies raised in puppy mills are not sold in Wentzville. Every time we shut down a puppy mill, we save the lives of many dogs in shelters."

Guccione said at least 200 people have e-mailed him expressing support. But some people in the veterinary field have expressed reservations.

Veterinarian Mark Lucas, owner of Animal Talk Medical Center in Wentzville, said the proposed ban would not stop puppy mills.

"The legislation just penalizes brick-and-mortar businesses who have business licenses and are operating under city control anyway," Lucas said. "It doesn't stop people from selling puppies and kittens at home without a business license. It does not regulate adoption groups. To be an adoption group, all you have to do is say you are one. There is no credentialing or licensing."

Lucas said he was not in favor of selling puppies in pet stores, and he does not recommend that his clients buy animals from pet stores.

"Pet stores buy their puppies from puppy mills," he said. "But pet stores are out in the open, paying sales tax, and they need a business license."

Lucas said the city was "opening a can of worms."

"I don't think it is an area the city needs to get into," he said. "It starts with something benign like this, something warm and fuzzy, but it is a key in the lock to open the door to pass more restrictive legislation that would affect you and I drastically."

Bruce Whittle, president of Missouri Veterinary Medical Association, expressed his opinion at the city's request.

"I think their idea is noble as far as minimizing puppies coming from a bad situation," he said. "But as a small businessman, it is hard for me to understand how a municipality can ban a business that is meeting all the legal requirements."

Whittle, who operates the Honey Creek Veterinary Hospital in Trenton, said people should be careful not to label all dog breeders as "puppy mills."

"There are dog breeders out there who do a very poor job," he said. "They don't care. The dogs are filthy. But hopefully that is a minority. The majority of breeders do a really good job. It is too easy to take a broad brush and paint a lot of people into the same category."

Whittle said breeders are regulated by both the Missouri and U.S. agriculture departments. Both agencies are supposed to inspect breeders annually. Whittle said budget cuts have made it difficult for inspectors to do their jobs. The problem could be more effectively addressed by increasing funding to the agriculture departments so they could hire more inspectors, he said.

Guccione said he believed veterinarians had a stake in maintaining the status quo.

"Vets make their living off of sick animals," he said. "Dogs from puppy mills are inbred, so they get sick. As for inspectors, if they were doing their jobs, we wouldn't be in this mess to begin with."

Alderman Rick Stokes, Ward 3, said he was "dead set against puppy mills," but wanted more public input before voting on the ban.

"I want to make sure we don't harm legitimate breeders or retail businesses, that we don't hurt people who have responsibly bred dogs and played by the rules, but now they can't sell them because of this ordinance," Stokes said. "We've never had a meeting where people proposing this and people opposing it were together in the same room. I'm sure it is going to pass, but at least we'll have the stakeholders there and hear both sides of this."

Aldermen Peggy Meyer and Vann Sample, both of Ward 2, said they oppose puppy mills, but before voting on Guccione's proposal, they want more information on how it compares to the state's Proposition B. Sample said he also wants to make sure the bill's wording matches its intent.

"I can't say that I'm not for it," Sample said. "I just want to make sure we do diligent research."

Sean Needs Your Help....

We're having another Cover the Corners event next weekend. If you could pass along the following:PROTESTERS OF PAMPERED PETS ARE COVERING THE CORNERS TO STAND UP AGAINST THE SALE OF PET STORE PUPPIES

Every week, dedicated folks from the Metro East gather in Fairview Heights to protest the Pampered Pets store in St. Clair Square -- the last Pampered Pets store still operating in St. Louis. These protests take place on Saturdays from 11 AM to Noon at the busiest intersection in the entire Metro East -- the cross of Illinois St. (Hwy 159) and Lincoln Trail (Hwy 50). Hundreds of cars drive by during this hour, often honking in support of the protesters.

But unfortunately, there are usually only enough protesters to cover one corner of this busy intersection. And so Sean Jordan, the protest organizer, is inviting those who are concerned about Pampered Pets to join in the protest on Saturday, September 18th for an event called COVER THE CORNERS.

"We tried this back in March, and we had incredible success at spreading our message across the entire intersection," said Sean Jordan. "We want to see even more people out there for this event. Our goal is to make a strong stand against this pet store.. and encourage people in the community to consider pet adoption instead of buying a puppy from a pet store during the coming holiday season."

"We would love for local rescue groups and animal welfare organizations to send one or two people out to join us for this month's event."

The protest is peaceful in nature, said Jordan, and consists of protesters holding up signs that offer one of the following messages:

Don't Buy Pets From Pampered Pets
Pet Adoption's The Best Option
Honk If You Adopted Your Pets
"With these simple messages, we've been able to make a clear statement to the community about what we stand for and what we want to accomplish," said Jordan. "And, judging by all the honking we hear as we conduct these peaceful protests, there are many people in the community who feel the same way that we do."

Participation in these protests is easy, says Jordan -- just show up at 11:00 AM and stand with the protesters until noon.

"We'll provide some signs, or you can make your own and bring them," he said. "It's a fun and easy way to spend a Saturday morning, and when you hear all the honking and support, you'll be glad you took the time to come out and join us!"

The group meets on the sidewalk in front of Red Robin and Barnes & Noble at 11 AM. Participants are asked to park in a manner that will not disrupt businesses.

For more information, potential participants can visit the group's Facebook page or download a flier with all of the details:

"It's Time To Shut Down Pampered Pets at St. Clair Square" Facebook Page
"Cover the Corners" Flier
"Cover the Corners" Event Page

WHY THESE PROTESTS ARE HAPPENING

Sean Jordan provided the following information on why these protests are being conducted by local community members:

1. Pampered Pets operates 1 retail location (though there were three until May, 2010) in the St. Louis area. In past years, they specialized in selling about 3,000 purebred dogs and "designer dogs" per year. This leads us to believe that, in the past, they have sold around 1,000 dogs per store, per year. (SOURCE: Ovella Lange in the Riverfront Times, employee reports)

2. Pampered Pets is owned by a commercial breeder (Ovella Lange) whose breeding facility has at least 130 - 250 dogs at any given time. Lange's facility has been cited by the USDA and the Missouri Department of Agriculture Inspection for repeat offenses pertaining to the improper care of breeding animals, including excessively matted fur, 5 or 6 dogs being crammed into a single dog house, gravel inside pens reaching temperatures of up to 110 degrees, outdated medications, and water bowls chewed up to the point of being unusable for the animals. (SOURCE: USDA inspection reports and Missouri Department of Agriculture Inspection reports)

3. Pampered Pets also procures animals from other large scale commercial breeders in Missouri, including Mary Foster, Cathy Griesbauer, Leah Green, Sandra Blake, Beverly Hargis and Bill Walker. (View recent USDA inspection reports for all these folks at http://acissearch.aphis.usda.gov/LPASearch/faces/Detail.jspx) (SOURCE: Information obtained from a store's directory of breeders, mystery shops of stores)

4. Pampered Pets has had for sale at least one animal that was "accidentally" mutilated by a breeder (in or around August 2009). Specifically, it was a Scottish Terrier that had her tail accidentally cropped off by the daughter of breeder Mary Foster. ("She grabbed the wrong dog" an employee told Sean Jordan when he inquired about details.) The dog was being offered at "half price" for $450 at the now-closed Mid Rivers Mall store. (SOURCE: Sean Jordan)

5. Pampered Pets does not require that its animals be fixed upon sale. (SOURCE: Mystery shop of store)

6. Every year, 4 million dogs and cats are put down in shelters and animal control facilities in the United States. (SOURCE: Humane Society of the United States)

7. We believe that adopting pets from a humane society or animal shelter is a superior alternative to purchasing pets at stores. Adoption costs only a fraction of what one would pay at a pet store, prevents an animal from being euthanized, and forces owners to spay or neuter their pet rather than breed their pet (intentionally or accidentally) and contribute to overpopulation.

8. Until Pampered Pets shuts down or stops engaging in the sale of dogs and cats and follows the lead of national pet stores like PetSmart and PetCo by only adopting out dogs and cats, we will continue to peacefully protest.

We protest every Saturday from 11 AM to Noon at St. Clair Square in Fairview Heights, IL at the intersection of Illinois St. (Highway 159) and Lincoln Trail (Highway 50), right on the sidewalk in front of Barnes & Noble and Red Robin. Come join us! Signs are provided.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Wentzville Residents They Need You.....

Pet sale ban off the table in Wentzville
Alderman says he’s not giving up on bill that would thwart puppy mills

By Raymond Castile
Friday, September 10, 2010

Proposed legislation to ban the retail sale of dogs and cats in Wentzville will not move forward.
Breaking a tied 3-3 vote by the Board of Aldermen, Wentzville Mayor Paul Lambi on Wednesday voted against giving the bill a first reading. Lambi said he felt neutral toward the ban, proposed by Alderman Nick Guccione, Ward 3, but did not want to proceed with a divided board.

“Because this is such a passionate issue and the board has not reached a consensus, I’m going to vote no,” Lambi said. “On something that has this much impact, it would be nice to see some board solidarity.”

Lambi said he would not be opposed to revisiting the issue if the board reached a consensus.
Guccione said he was “really disappointed.” “I thought I had more aldermen on board with me,” he said after the meeting. Guccione said he would take the proposal to other St. Charles County municipalities, where elected officials have indicated support. I’m not giving up on this,” Guccione said. “I’m going to keep this subject alive. When I get involved in something, I get emotional and passionate about it.”

Guccione’s proposal would have prohibited pet stores from selling dogs and cats. Guccione said most pet stores are supplied by puppy mills. Cutting off their distribution outlets would be a first step toward reducing the number of puppy mills in Missouri, he said.

The ban would have exempted people and businesses that bred and sold animals on the same premises. Pet stores would have been allowed to offer dogs and cats for adoption, if they partnered with nonprofit and rescue organizations.

The board heard public comment from nearly 20 people during the meeting Wednesday, then discussed whether to give the proposed bill its first reading during the Sept. 22 meeting. Ordinarily, bills in Wentzville receive three readings before coming to a vote.

Aldermen Rick Stokes, Ward 3; Vann Sample, Ward 2; and Cheryl Kross, Ward 1, voted against proceeding with the bill. Aldermen Guccione; Peggy Meyer, Ward 2; and Leon Tow, Ward 1, voted to move forward. When the Wentzville board is split 3-3, the mayor casts a tie-breaking vote.

Supporters of Guccione’s proposed ban packed the meeting room. The board spent an hour listening to their concerns.

“We don’t need retail outlets owned by mercenaries whose sole goal is to sell puppy mill puppies at inflated prices, inbred and full of disease,” said Richard Camp, of Kirkwood.

Ron Lares, of Lake Saint Louis, was one of three people who spoke against the ban. He questioned the motives of the ban supporters.

“This is an organized group of people that has been known to go from city to city,” Lares said. “They are organized by the Humane Society of the U.S. The Humane Society of the U.S. does not like animals. Their agenda is to get rid of the animals in the U.S.”

Lares’ comments drew laughter from ban supporters. Several of them, like Leanne Fritsch of University City, said they had no affiliation with the Humane Society of the United States.

“I am not affiliated with anyone,” Fritsch said. “I help organize peaceful protests of pet stores to let people know these animals are treated like livestock. But when one closes, the owner moves to a different city and sets up shop there.”

Shelia Short, of Wright City, said the ban supporters did not differentiate between “licensed, respectable” breeders and unlicensed breeders.

“The majority of licensed breeders abide by regulations and genuinely care for their dogs,” she said. “Anyone who has a show dog they might want to breed someday, you better be concerned. Because someday the bottom line will drop down and affect you.”

Mary Jo Dazey, of St. Peters, said state regulations and inspections are so lax that even licensed breeding operations can be puppy mills.

“There are a lot of great breeders out there, but a good breeder will never sell you a dog without having you come to their facility and see their parent dogs,” Dazey said.

Dazey said she felt optimistic that 50 percent of the aldermen voted in favor of the ban.

“These bans are going on around the country and continue to generate great interest,” she said. “People are opening their eyes to these problems.”

Tow said he believed O’Fallon and St. Peters would pass similar ordinances, forcing puppy mill-supplied pet stores to move west to Wentzville. If the city already had a ban in place, it would head off that migration.

“It is our contribution to an overall effort to shut down puppy mills,” Tow said.

Aldermen Kross and Sample said they were “amazed” that the majority of people speaking in favor of the ban were not Wentzville residents.

“I feel we are being pressured by outside organizations,” Sample said.

Stokes said he “detested” puppy mills and wanted to shut them down, but was also concerned that the ban’s supporters seemed to come from outside the city. Stokes said the proposal seemed like “feel good legislation” and would have little impact on puppy mills or any other businesses.

“If this ordinance does nothing, then why not enact it?” Guccione said.

Guccione said he was going to lobby the community to draw more local residents to the next meeting at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at Wentzville City Hall.

“I am going to pack that room with Wentzville residents to tell the aldermen we want this passed,” he said. “The only way I can get through to these three aldermen is to get the people of Wentzville to come to the next meeting and tell them they support this ordinance.”

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Most Common Pet names For A Dog

1. Bella
2. Max
3. Bailey
4. Lucy
5. Molly
6. Buddy
7. Maggie
8. Daisy
9. Chloe
and last but not least Sophie

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Are you looking for an adorable Jack Russell ???



Leon is a 1-2 year old Jack Russell who is neutered, up to date on shots and microchipped. He is ready to meet his forever family. He is playful and so smart and is just patiently waiting for a loving family to call his own. If your interested in adopting this pure breed Jack Russell go to ACT NOW RESCUE site and fill out an adoption form. He is at a foster home in St. Louis, Missouri. He loves other dogs and everyone he meets. Hope you will consider adopting this adorable guy !!!
One Alderman Hopes A New Ordinance Will Help Stop "Puppy Mills"
By Chris Hayes FOX2now.com
8:38 PM CDT, September 6, 2010

WENTZVILLE, MO (KTVI-FOX2now.com) - Wentzville debates partial ban of dog and cat sales. One alderman hopes a new ordinance will help stop "puppy mills." The City of Wentzville, this week, will debate banning the sale of some dogs and cats. Alderman Nick Guccione said he watched our FOX Files investigation of a large breeder and its St. Peters pet store. He said it's not the first time he's seen the problem, but he hopes it's one of the last, "I'm just tired of seeing the puppies. No one will stand up for them."

In our July expose Alderman Guccione saw how breeders Herman and Bonnie Schindler were so concerned about us getting close to their Mexico, Missouri breeding ground they hit our camera. Guccione responded, "If they're not hiding nothing, you should have access."

USDA inspection records document repeat offenses of sick dogs and employees saddled with caring for as many as 100 animals apiece. Guccione added, "That's way too many. Some people can't even care for one or two dogs."


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The breeders' pet store Puppy Expo in St. Peters lost their lease after our report. Alderman Guccione doesn't want a similar store opening in Wentzville to begin with. "We just don't want a business opening up and bringing sick animals from puppy mills. We want to protect the animals and the consumers at the same time."

The Alderman said Wentzville doesn't currently have a pet store this would impact, but he says his proposed ordinance would not stop one from opening. He said if the store were to sell dogs, they'd just have to breed them on site. "Then people will be able to see how the process works and how the dog is being bred."

Guccione said most people don't know what's behind the scenes at some pet stores. He hopes his ordinance will force transparency. Our repeated attempts to get a comment from the Schindlers both by phone and in person have gone unanswered.

Wentzville recently banned all dog and cat sales at the local flea market to combat puppy mills. FOX 2 talked to the Humane Society of the United States to see what similar ordinances are out there. A spokeswoman said there's nothing in Missouri yet, but other cities are already watching Wentzville and considering their own laws.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Chicago Area Dog Needs Loving Home



Dear Friends of Petraits,

B & Rosebud (Petraits attached) are a gorgeous, well-trained, and extremely sweet, two-year-old, bother and sister Golden Retriever pair looking for a loving home together.

Rosebud, the female, is 60 pounds, and B, her big brother, is 70 pounds. They love attention, exercise and being adored.

They are housebroken, crate-trained, and the male was trained not to lift his leg when he urinates. They are great on leash, love car rides, know the commands sit and down, and take treats gently from your fingers. All you have to say is “load up” and they get in their crates, or in the car. They are wonderful with children - even little ones, good with other dogs, and very curious about cats.

These magnificent dogs have been trained not to go on furniture, and have great recall – so they come when called. They also love to go swimming.

These dogs are very healthy, neutered/spayed, heartworm-tested, de-wormed, micro-chipped, and up-to-date on rabies, bordatella, and distemper vaccines.

Their adoption fee of $400 as a pair benefits rescued pets. To meet and possibly adopt B and Rosebud please contact Tina at tina@barriersagainstrepeatedcruelty.com

To see other pets for adoption, please visit http://www.petraits.petfinder.com

Sheri
Petraits Pet Photography
photography: http://www.petraits.com
adoptions: http://www.petraits.petfinder.com
773-777-2891

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Luna in St. Louis, Missouri Needs A Forever Home...

We’re trying to find a dog a good home.
Her name is Luna and she’s a lab/collie mix.
Luna is a sweet two year old girl who is housebroken and walks well on a leash. She weighs around 40 pounds. She is current on her vaccinations and is Avid chipped. Luna is well mannered. She loves to play ball and Frisbee and gets along with cats and other dogs. She is great with children.

Please contact: David S.
Day: 314-656-4430
Cell: 314-283-1677
When a Dog Loses a Loved One — An Interview with Dr. Michael W. Fox
I recently read a letter in veterinarian Michael W. Fox’s newspaper column, Animal Doctor, from a woman whose dog was so bereft after her husband died that the dog pretty much stopped eating, and was clearly depressed for a long time. It wasn’t until she brought him to the grave of her husband that the dog started living life again. The man had died in the hospital, and their dog had never known exactly why he wasn’t coming home. The visit seemed to help the dog understand, and move on.

At the time I was putting together my story about dogs at cemeteries, and I had to focus on to more “brick and mortar” notions of pets running about graveyards. But the idea of an animal grieving the death of a loved one — human or other animal — stayed with me. So I contacted Dr. Fox, and he kindly consented to let me interview him on the topic. His insights and observations are fascinating, and will surely prove very helpful to some Dogsters as time marches on.

MG: So many people seem to forget about a dog when a loved one has died or is dying. But aren’t dogs sometimes deeply affected by the loss of a special person/owner? Is it safe to call it grief?

MWF: Some dogs grieve, but others, just like many people, show no evident grief when a loved one dies. While the people know of the death, the dog may not unless he/she sees the body; is present in the room where the person is dying; picks up on the emotions of the people seeing to the dying person either in-home or at the hospital. Some dogs actually know when the loved one has died at the hospital before those at home receive the phone call, because of evident sudden changes in behavior such as suddenly howling and becoming agitated, or giving up the waiting by-the-door or driveway vigil. Such “remote sensing” is behavioral evidence of the existence of what I call the “empathosphere,” which I document in my books The Boundless Circle and Dog Body, Dog Mind.

MG: How do they manifest this sense of loss?

MWF: Grief or mourning behavior in dogs has many similarities to separation-anxiety and associated depression and disinterest in food and life as seen in dogs who are boarded, and whose lives may be at risk without empathic attention and recognition of their condition.

Some dogs may search from room to room for the deceased, or become hyper-vigilant especially around the time when the deceased used to come home from work. The deceased may have been a source of security for the dog (including another companion dog whose death is being mourned), so the dog becomes more anxious and withdrawn, or may follow a family member from room to room and fear being left alone.

The period of mourning can last for weeks: Signs include lethargy, disinterest in play, toys, walks; bouts of whining, whimpering or howling even during sleep; loss of weight due to anorexia associated with depression. If not given full attention and encouragement to re-engage in normal activities, physical deterioration may set in and the dog could die from a “broken heart.”

MG: Is there a way to handle the dying or death of a dog’s beloved human so the dog can start healing?


MWF: Many people are so self-involved with their own grief and with the business of funeral arrangements, estate details etc that they do not engage with other family members, including dogs, who are not coping well with the death of the loved one. This is especially true when the loved one was another animal and people do not comprehend how much others may suffer from such loss, be it a child or spouse or surviving dog in the family.

It can help significantly for the dog(s) to see the dead body. This is also true for many cats. Allowing them this opportunity to “view the body” helps them come to terms with the reality of another’s demise. How and what they process cognitively in terms of death we can only guess. But we do know that many animals showing distress before they view the body become more settled afterwards.

I do not like the over-used term “closure,” like shutting a lid on emotions that will re-surface at any time unexpectedly in the future. Our dog Batman, for example, who mourned the death of his buddy-dog Xylo for close to a month, refused to go on a walk with me along one of Xylo’s favorite haunts when we returned for the first time some six months after her death.

MG: That’s really something. Is there anything else you’d like to add before we wrap it up?

MWF: It is also interesting how many dogs and cats react when a family member is confined to bed and how protective and attentive they can become: this is yet more evidence of their emotional intelligence and ability to empathize.

Not only do dogs and cats grieve the loss of a loved one, be it a companion animal or a human being, but also horses, geese, chimpanzees in the wild and bears in captivity, to mention but a few of the species who share this emotion with us. A wider recognition of the depths of emotion our fellow animals share with us should move us to respect their basic rights and entitlement to humane treatment. Animals were not created for man’s use. They are only “ours” in sacred trust.


Dr. Fox is a graduate of the Royal Veterinary College, London, and holds doctoral degrees in medicine and ethology/animal behavior from the University of London, England. He is author of more than 40 books, writes the nationally syndicated newspaper column, Animal Doctor, is a member of the British Veterinary Association, American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association and Honor Roll Member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. You can learn more about him at his website, Two Bit Dog.

St. Louis, Missouri

During the entire month of September Treats Unleashed of St. Louis will be selling their paw print treats for $1. ALL proceeds go to the pantry! Check out their five locations throughout St. Louis http://www.treats-unleashed.com/ and get your doggie some homemade goodness while keeping another pet's belly full. Please spread the word to all your friends and family!

Bi-State Pet Food Pantry
Keeping pets and people together
www.bistatepetfoodpantry.org

Some of you may have already heard about the story that ran on WGN news last night about Chicago Animal Care and Control.

Here is a link:
http://www.wgntv.com/news/wgntv-chicago-animal-control-conditions-aug30,0,3802658.story

How can we help? It’s time for all of us to step in and take action. If every one of us offers to foster just one dog or one cat, that will help the overcrowding and save lives. Please contact Kathleen at kbudrean@hotmail.com to foster a dog or cat. All medical care is provided through the Friends of CACC rescue group.

And, I realize not everyone is in a position to foster. So, you can donate. The biggest FCACC fundraiser of the year is coming up on Thursday, September 23rd from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. Tickets to the sixth annual "Big Night" celebrity chefs event are $85 and the funds raised will help the 25,000 animals that make their way through the city shelter each year. The event will be held at the Chicago Cultural Center. You can buy tickets in advance at: http://fcacc.eventbrite.com/

Please tell all your friends to about this event … I’ll look forward to seeing you all there.

To see pets for adoption, please visit http://www.petraits.petfinder.com/

Sheri
Petraits Pet Photography
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Adoptables: http://www.petraits.petfinder.com/
773-777-2891

West Chicago Boxer Needs Loving Home.....


Prince (Petraits attached) is a very handsome, fun, and extremely sweet, one-year-old, 50-pound, fawn and white Boxer-mix looking for a loving home.

Prince enjoys the company of other dogs, walks beautifully on leash, and knows the command “sit.” Prince is well-behaved with people of all ages and showers you with kisses.

He is very healthy, de-wormed, neutered, up-to-date on vaccines, heartworm-tested, and micro-chipped. His adoption fee of $200 benefits rescued dogs. To meet and possibly adopt him, please contact JJ at jojoann1c3@sbcglobal.net or 708-652-3475. He is being kenneled in West Chicago, Illinois.

To see other pets for adoption, please visit http://www.petraits.petfinder.com

Sheri
Petraits Pet Photography
photography: http://www.petraits.com
adoptions: http://www.petraits.petfinder.com
773-777-2891
sheri@petraits.com