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Dog Urban Mushing Becoming More Popular

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

Dog Mushing

Southern California. Known for its warm beaches, tan people, palm trees, and mushing. Yes, urban mushing, that is. It is also called dog scootering. Basically, it’s mushing minus the snow.

Dogs are strapped into harnesses and leashes are tethered to a non-motorized scooter just below the handlebars. The owner stands on a platform. The scooters, which cost $200 to $700, are equipped with brakes and knobby tires that ride over the trail’s rocks and potholes more like a mountain bike than a sled over snow.

For owners, they say scootering is a chance to bond with their dogs. For some dogs, it is quite an adjustment from sleeping on the couch to urban mushing.

Members of Dogs Across America, a national scootering group founded in 2005, say their membership rolls have increased particularly in Texas, Washington and California.


California’s Spay And Neuter Bill Has Been Shelved

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

The controversy over Assembly Bill 1634 has been put on hold, for now. The statewide mandatory spay and neuter bill has been shelved after receiving a not so welcome reception from the Senate Committee.

Assemblyman Lloyd Levine decided to not pursue the vote on his bill after it was clear that the Senate would not accept his last ditch effort to amend the bill. He tried to amend the bill last minute by saying that he would be willing to remove the statewide mandate from the amendment. Members of the Senate Committee agreed that his amendments on the fly were not acceptable.

Levine said that he would revive the bill next year.

“I think we can get to a solution,” Levine said. “But the first thing opponents must do is to acknowledge that there’s a problem and work with me to solve it.”

Source: Sacramento Bee

Archie The Newfoundland Spreads His Love To Abused And Neglected Children

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007


Archie works hard at his job. This 165-pound Newfoundland has worked at Casa Pacifica, a Venutra County oasis for abused, neglected and emotionally disturbed children, for the past two years.

The idea of Archie started with Vicki Murphy, Casa Pacifica’s Director of operations and development. She had seen how much a dog could influence children in positive ways. She thought that dogs could perhaps help children whose human role models had failed them or hurt them.

Murphy chose a Newfoundland because of their gentle and playful nature. At first, some children are afraid by Archie’s big size. But since Archie is such a lovable dog, the children know that he is warm and friendly. They feel a sense of security with him.

Children of all ages look to Archie for support and encouragement. They read to Archie, tell him of their frustrations, and just sit by him when they need a friend.

A toddler who arrived at Casa Pacifica when she was 11 months old spoke her first word there: Archie.

A study presented at an American Heart Association conference has even shown that the value of a therapy animal. In the group visited by a dog, anxiety levels dropped 24%, compared with a 10% drop in patients visited by a human volunteer and no drop in those with no visitor.

The children at Casa Pacifica do not need studies to know that Archie has been a positive influence on their lives.


Cats And Dogs Living In The Lap Of Luxury

Thursday, July 5th, 2007

Blueberry Facial Dog

Orange County. It’s thought of a place where beautiful and rich people thrive that can get anything that their hearts desire. Now, some of the pets of Orange County are joining in this luxurious life. Anything that a pet could want, his owner hands it to him on a silver platter.

During the last 18 months, at least 15 pet spas, shops and hotels have opened or introduced new products or services in Orange County. The demand of pet services is in response to the increase of pet parents in the area.

A pampered pet must start at the doggy day spa. Meet Montana, an Australian Shepherd (pictured here). No, he did not paint his face to show his support for his favorite football team. He is in the middle of a blueberry facial. This facial is supposed to make a dog’s white fur even whiter.

When you must leave your furry friend at home while you vacation, one overnight boarding facility in Orange County goes above and beyond for its pet parents. They sell a 20-page custom book filled with narrated photos of your dog’s activities during his stay for $250. So, now you can find out what Fido really does when you’re gone.

One Yorkshire terrier, Lady Daphne of Laguna Beach, has a closet, chest drawers and jewelry box. She has 10 pet carriers including a $325 Juicy Couture bag and a $400 Puchi satchel. She owns cable-knit sweaters, kimonos, suede jackets, and PJs. Lady Daphne must have her own jewelry which includes sapphire and opal necklaces and a triple strand of (real) pearls. No fake jewelry for this pup.


National Candlelight Memorial For Pet Food Recall Victims

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

CutestShane and Sia Barbi, The Barbi Twins, founders of the Kitty Liberation Front, have been long involved with animal rights. After their cat Cutest died from eating tainted pet food, the Barbi Twins are fighting for pet rights and a safe pet food bill and have joined a class action lawsuit.

In conjunction with other groups dedicated to the same cause, the Barbi Twins, Jennifer Pryor, Amy Nelson, and other celebrities will be joining together in Los Angeles to participate in a nationwide candlelight vigil for pet food recall victims on July 13.

Some events will include picketing against poor pet food safety regulations, marches to gain support for the cause, music dedications and memorial events. These celebrities will be participating in a memorial event to recognize the many beloved companion animals who lost their lives in the recent tragedy, including those animals that lost their lives due to the needless testing of the suspected tainted food products on them.

More information on the candlelight vigil after the jump.


California Cities Can Ban Declawing

Monday, June 25th, 2007

Cat’s Paws

A state appeals court has ruled that cities in California can ban cat declawing as long as it doesn’t prohibit procedures that state law expressly allows.

On Friday, the court reinstated the West Hollywood ordinance, passed in 2003, which states that the “mere convenience (of declawing) to the pet’s guardian does not justify the unnecessary pain, anguish and permanent disability caused (to) the animal.”

This measure makes it a crime to perform declawing surgery within city limits, except for therapeutic purposes such as removal of infected tissues. Declawed cats that are brought into the city are allowed under the measure.

More on the cat declawing ban after the jump.


Los Angeles Shelters Limit Hours To Drop Off Unwanted Pets

Monday, June 18th, 2007

LA Animal Shelter

To decrease the number of animals euthanized at shelters around the city, Los Angeles Animal Services is implementing a new policy that will limit the hours that people can drop off unwanted pets.

Their plan is: “If they don’t have them, they can’t kill them.” Starting this week, owners will only be able to drop off on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 2-5 p.m. or Thursdays from 2-7 p.m. Before, owners were able to drop off pets on weekends. Owners will still be able to bring in sick or injured pets at any time.

More on this strategy after the jump.


Spay And Neuter Law In Santa Cruz

Friday, June 15th, 2007

Santa Cruz shelter

Debates over the California Healthy Pets Act continue as the act has moved on to the Senate. One city in California has had a mandatory spay/neuter law for the past 12 years and is “being touted as a model” in these debates. In 1995, Santa Cruz County became one of the first in California to mandate the spaying/neutering of pets. Officials for Santa Cruz animal organizations say that they see improvements in shelters after the spay/neuter law came into effect.

“There was a time when we would euthanize for space — we’d pick five or six animals that had to be killed to make room for incoming strays,” said Tricia Geisreiter, the county’s animal services coordinator.

Before 1995, the shelter warehoused 14,000 animals a year. Today, it takes in about 5,500. Euthanasia has dropped from 30 percent to 17 percent of sheltered dogs and from 60 to 50 percent of sheltered cats.

In Santa Cruz today, more of the sheltered animals get adopted because they can stay longer in their cages. They can stay longer because there’s more room — spaying and neutering laws have resulted in fewer unwanted litters and fewer strays roaming the beaches and streets, officials say.

Mandatory spay-neuter in Santa Cruz “changed morale in the shelters,” said Jody Cramer, the Santa Cruz SPCA director from 1991 to 1998.

Missing Dog Found 430 Miles Away From Home

Monday, June 11th, 2007

Fred, a basset hound, had been missing from his California home since December. He was finally found last week by an animal shelter employee in their parking lot in Flagstaff, Arizona. The employees were able to find Fred’s microchip and contact his owner in California. His owner is shocked over how Fred got to Arizona from California which are 430 miles apart. A vet at the animal shelter who is also a pilot has offered to fly Fred home. Maybe Fred just really wanted to see the Grand Canyon.

California Healthy Pets Act Update

Friday, June 8th, 2007

Sleeping Cat and Dog

AB 1634, the California Healthy Pets Act has passed the Assembly Floor and is now moving on to the Senate to be voted on. The California Healthy Pets Act would require the spaying and neutering of most cats and dogs by the time the pet is four months old. The act is being proposed as a solution to pet overpopulation.

On the other side, there are many opponents of this bill. They say that the bill does not really solve the problem of pet overpopulation, will affect reputable breeders, and many pet owners are concerned about the safety and health of their pet being spayed or neutered at a young age.

Woman Found Living With 120 Pet Rats

Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

RatAnimal control officers found a Los Angeles woman living with 120 pet rats (most were in cages but some were running around), 25 rabbits, a dog, 6 parakeets, a quail and a cockatiel. (Quail?) The woman was taken to the hospital to be treated for animal bites on her arms.

The woman said that it just started with two rats and she was surprised over how quickly they reproduced. (Someone needs to have the birds-and-the-bees talk with her.) Most of the animals are healthy and will be available for adoption.

LA Times Profiles Us And Other Pet Bloggers

Monday, May 21st, 2007

LA Times profiles us, other wonderful pet bloggers and a few of our readers. (Reg. req.) Yes, this is an issue that involves democrats and republicans alike.

Unlike many other news stories uncovered or driven by bloggers and Web denizens, this one doesn’t have an easy red state-blue state divide. The pet food issue is nonpartisan — or as nonpartisan as anything on the unfettered Internet can be.

The FDA’s count of calls related to the recall has grown to 21,000.

We’re not letting it get to our heads. We promise.

Service Dog Banned at School

Monday, May 21st, 2007

Jacob and Thor12-year-old Jacob is not going to school because his dog isn’t allowed to go to school with him. But Jacob and his dog, Thor, are in a special situation. Jacob has autism and Asperger syndrome, and Thor is Jacob’s service dog. Thor is trained in brain-wave detection and has helped Jacob stay calm and focused in school and Jacob was even recognized as a most improved student.

In mid-April, the Bakersfield City School District refused to allow Thor to be at school even though he is a service dog and according to federal law, service dogs are allowed in any public place, including schools. Jacob has been out of school since then because Jacob’s parents don’t want him to be at school without Thor.

The school district says that they are concerned for the safety of the students. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is investigating the complaint against the district.

Foxtails: Enemy Of The State (Of Dogs)

Sunday, May 20th, 2007

foxtail3Pet Connection warns dog parents of the dangers of the little plants known of foxtails:

They plot and plan how best to drive themselves into our dogs’ tender flesh, to slip between the toe and the nail, to be snorted into the vulnerable nasal passages, to work their way into the ear canal.

…take this warning seriously: watch out for foxtails. Eradicate them from your property, and watch for them when walking them in parks, wildlands, pasture, or field.

California’s foxtail season lasts until fall. Signs of foxtail attack include sudden “licking at a toe, pawing at their ears, or has a lump or swelling anywhere.” Pet Connection advises you to check your dogs frequently for foxtails.

Learn more about the foxtail hazard and how to spot them.

A serious hazard for field dogs, or any dogs in the field, are the hard seed-bearing structures of some kinds of grasses, often called “foxtails”. These structures have sharp points at one end, and microscopic barbs, so that they easily move in the direction of the point, but not the other way. They “work in”, but they don’t “work out”. They can become imbedded (sic) in the hair, especially the paws and ears, and in nostrils and even eyes. As they work their way in, they cause infection, and if not treated can sometimes be fatal.

LA Times: Bring Food Safety Up-To-Date

Sunday, May 20th, 2007

This LA Times editorial (reg. req.) favors the creation of one agency to oversee food safety — down from the current 15. It also shed light on why Sen. Durbin (D-IL) and Rep. DeLauro (D-CT) have been leading the charge to pass food safety legislations. If you are cynical about politicians, we hope this will surprise you.

(Thanks mike)

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