One Person CAN Change the World…

….for at least one dog. Your dog. Your future dog and maybe even someone else’s dog. You know how?

Simple.

When you decide to pick up that gorgeous, irresistible, furry bundle of fur, remember that it is a long term commitment. Through the good, the bad, and the ugly.

YOU are the center of your dogs life. His life revolves within the four walls in which you live. Your world is so more than that. You are his source of food, exercise and happiness. Your dog is a huge responsibility.

That responsibility also includes to society.

This is two-fold, of course. As the owner, a part of your overall responsibilities is to ensure your dog is well socialized, and not just as a pup or young dog. With socialization is also manners and general obedience. We all dislike those owners that let their dogs off leash so they can run amok. Funny how screaming their names never seems to work on bringing them back and making them listen, isn’t it?

So yes, training is a significant part of the overall responsibilities that are required as an owner. With training comes reliability. Now please keep in mind that reliability is not perfection. They are animals first and our pets second.

So now that you have a socialized and well mannered canine family member that is welcome everywhere you go. Whether you recognize it or not, you have become a fantastic ambassador for all dogs, not just your breed.

With every ambassador comes good news. First, your dog stands a much lower chance of ever being at the mercy of a shelter or rescue facility. Second, you both inspire the same in other owners to create more canine ambassadors. Third, the dog world can do with all the positivity it can get, both locally and internationally.

With every ambassador in the canine world, we stand united against idiotic laws such as BSL.

 

 

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Ontario Anti-BSL Peaceful Protest

To be held at Downtown Toronto, the exact location is not yet confirmed, but the date is set for Saturday, July 13, 2013. I am sharing their Facebook Event link, please come and join us.

https://www.facebook.com/events/358207757611790/

It is fairly common knowledge that Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) does not work. The proof is in the pudding for any and all areas that have implemented this asinine example of our governments, local and provincial, at their best.

A couple of U.S. states have not only over turned their BSL policies, but have made it so that decisions based on breed alone is not allowed. Case by case, regardless of whether it involves a Yorkshire terrier or a Malinois. Kudos to them!! 🙂
About time some politicians removed their heads from their asses and stood up against stupidity. We need more folks to stand up and say enough!! Dog owners far exceed non-dog owners but yet, as the majority, we aren’t getting our point across and are having our lives dictated by those that simply don’t care, nor understand.
Let’s show all dog owners that we support each other, regardless of the breeds or mixes we may have.

I will be there and hope to see a massive turn out. 🙂

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Something Has to Give

Today we saw the sentencing trial of Robert Fawcett of the Whistler sled dog massacre.  What a dispicable display of so-called courtroom justice.  What does one say to such a deplorable display?  The Crown has put forth a sentence of  three years probation, no jail time, $5000.00 fine and a lifetime ban of owning animals.  WTF??  Did he not pay attention to the trial?  Did he not read the transcripts?  They were not his dogs!  A lifetime ban is absolutely ridiculous!

The slaughter…massacre is a good word for it since from the description of the scene of events, it was not dealt with humanely in any regard…of 56 healthy animals gets only 3 years probation, no jail time, and a measly $5,000.00 fine???

When he can get a maximum of five years in prison and up to $75,000.00 in fines for the nine dogs he did admit to causing unnecessary pain and suffering to.  With that information….why is the Crown putting forth such a lousy sentence?  What gives?

Animal Cruelty laws have got to change in this country!!  We have people massacring dozens of dogs and they could possibly only face a slap on the wrist, yet we are pulling non-threatening, non-dangerous dogs out of family homes and keeping them isolated and in prison for months at a time because of how they look?  How warped is that?  WTH is wrong with our society, government?  WTH is wrong with ALL of us?  Why are we not ALL standing up as a united front and screaming, demanding this change…and now as we won’t stand for it anymore?  The government is supposed to work for us, not us work for the government.  It’s about damn time we took that power back.  Standing united, we can make this change.

Let’s not start boycotting all sled dog operations all because of one company or one man!  Let’s be the intelligent beings we keep saying we are.  You don’t destroy the forest for the sake of ridding it on one blight.  Let’s stop with the all or nothing attitude and think outside the box.  Boycott Outdoor Adventures if you must, but don’t spread hate.  Protect what we love, the animals.  These animals love what they do…recognize that and rejoice in that.  What needs changing is how they are then retired and rehomed.  Stop looking at the whole as a bad thing.  Negativity only breeds negativity.  If you want to change something for the better, than change the way you approach the problem.  We, as in dog lovers, are a massive percentage of the population…by sheer numbers alone, we could demand change.  Why are we not standing united?

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2012/11/22/bc-sled-dogs-slaughter-robert-fawcett.html

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The Time is Now

The time has come that ALL dog owners need to remove their heads from their posterior and realize that they too may become victim to how thier beloved pet is perceived.  I don’t understand why we are not able to produce more positive results when dog owners make up so much of the population?  Why we ALL not standing up and fighting against the government?  They say they are making decisions to keep the general public safe.  BULLSHIT!!  WE ARE THE GENERAL PUBLIC!!  We are greater than the small percentage of NON-dog owners.  Why in the hell are we not standing up and screaming about the injustice of the BSL laws that are either in place or proposed?

We have ourselves to blame.  Each and every one of us.  Next time you go for a walk and talk to a stranger about your dog/their dog, ask if they sent in any email/letter/call/signed petition regarding any BSL movement or case?  I’ll bet most say no.

Lennox has been killed.  We can no longer do anything to save him.  But for goodness sakes let’s not let this happen again.  It breaks my heart that WE allowed this to happen.  Sure, we didn’t have the final vote, but not enough of us made enough noise to make a difference.  Every single dog owner/lover needs to step up in one giant movement and put an end to this crap for once and for all.

Australia:

Concluded:  euthanised

http://www.dogheirs.com/dogheirs/posts/1377-veterinarians-slam-breed-specific-legislation-killing-two-innocent-dogs-in-australia

Canada:

Shadow: Alaskan Malamute (ongoing)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JdSZIUX2KA

http://www.regionaldistrict.com/boards_committees/board_regional_board.aspx

petition to have Shadow released:

http://www.change.org/petitions/bc-provincial-court-rule-against-euthanizing-innocent-alaskan-malamute-shadow-madsen-kelowna-bc

How you can help Shadow:

https://www.facebook.com/notes/operation-sled-dogs/how-you-can-help-shadow-madsen/325303700894530

 

UPDATE:

SHADOW HAS BEEN RELEASED AND IS BACK WITH HIS FAMILY!!  That is more than just good news!!  Also have news of another in the U.S.A. that has been released from custody, and on his way to his forever home!!  THIS is progress!!

 
We can ALL do our part in showing our support!!  Do anything is better than doing nothing!  Please sign the petition and spread the word if nothing else.  Support and strength in numbers!!

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Canine Aggression at Home

In the dog world, it is unusual to encounter hostility between opposing sex dogs.  I will not say that it doesn’t happen but most fights are either between two males, or two females.  Rarely are they between a male and a female.  I only mention this as it has been a bone of contention for one particular family.  They only have the two dogs (will not mention any breed or family details) and things have become so hostile that they have literally split the house in two.  The male lives on one side and the female on the other.  They have two baby gates stacked on top of the other to separate them.

 

I am looking at my three asleep on the floor in front of me and I shake my head.  Age has no bearing on this behaviour I might add.  Mine range from 13 years(neutered), 7 years(spayed), to almost 2 years(intact).  Three different breeds with three different personalities.  They are all fed in the same room at the same time, they are given treats together and I always end training sessions with all three doing the same command at the same time.  They are all over 60lbs, the smallest just over and the biggest just under 100 lbs.  There is zero tolerance for resource guarding in this house and any signs are nipped in the bud the moment the first sign appears and are never seen again. 

 

I have to wonder how things can get to this point.  Did it just happen overnight?  Were there signs that these two animals detested each other?  Why was nothing seemingly done about it before it reached these proportions?  Which of the two are the problem or are they both the aggressor depending on circumstance?  Are they aggressive with any other dogs or, heaven forbid, any people?  Have they hurt anyone?  These are the first few questions that are going through my head.

 

The biggest question that is going through my head is “what did you do about it?”.  When there was the first sign of animosity, what did you do about it?  When the level of animosity escalated, what did you do about it?  When you realized you were in over your head with these two (yes, splitting your house in two is being in over your head), what did you do about it?

 

Yes, we all hate to admit defeat or admit that something is bigger than we are and help is needed, but to have your house split in two because your dogs will not, and do not get along, is no way to live.   At what point should we say to be damned with pride and seek help from those with the experience and know-how to so?  For me, that would have been the moment one or both stopped listening to me when I corrected the slightest hint of resource guarding or aggression VERY early on.

 

Would your opinion change if one of these dogs assaulted an adult in the face that was completely unprovoked?  By unprovoked, I really do mean unprovoked.  The two adults were standing, talking for about 10-15 minutes before the bitch decided that she wanted to help rearrange the woman’s face.  Would you have admitted defeat then?  Or would you have said she (the bitch) must be coming into heat and is a little grumpy?  Would you have stuck around after that incident happened or made your sincere apologies and got the hell out of there? 

 

If that had been me, and I will state clearly that never would be, I would have been absolutely mortified.  I have to say that without a doubt, this bitch would have been corrected equal to her actions, and that correction would have been immediate and to the point.  And I honestly wouldn’t be able to apologize enough to the woman.  Now I will state right now that the bitch “tagged” the woman’s face so injuries were only very minor.  I only say this to clarify that it was not a mauling, no stitches were required etc.  Regardless, it was a bite and is still very serious in nature.  Continuing on, I would have ensured she was indeed alright, still apologizing and I would have left.  You couldn’t have paid me to stay.  What I would then have done was get on the phone and start making inquiries into getting some help with her.  And I would make damn sure that she gets the training, socialization, discipline that she needed before I ever took her into the public again.  Even if that meant she must wear a muzzle.  That is what I would do before ever letting something like that happen again.

 

I don’t care what kind of excuses you want to come up with.  There are NO excuses for a dog putting their teeth on a person, especially unprovoked.  WE are the ones that are responsible for the rearing, training and socialization of our dogs.  WE are the ones that need to ensure the safety of the public AND of our fur-babies.  To not take both into consideration is irresponsible and you bring down all dog owners by doing so. 

 

And quite frankly, to those that choose to continue with the excuses, I ask this:  Is your arrogance/ignorance over your own dog’s behaviour, worth the life of an innocent bystander, family member or even the death of your dog?

 

 

 

 

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The Future of Dog Shows

E. Katie Gammill, AKC Judge/Exhibition Editor,TheDogPlace.org

Do breeders and owner handlers no longer understand the sport of dogs? “Show and go” doesn’t get the job done. You are either in, or you are out.

Examples: People bump a dog up to Specials class without first asking the competitors if they would prefer that the dog stay in the classes and hold the major. People double-enter and don’t show up. Owner handlers drive miles to get to that major only to find someone else “slept in” or didn’t go. Time and again, we hear “the major broke” but sometimes exhibitors come to ringside to get a number and they see a few numbers aren’t picked up and so, assume there is no major. Then due to late pick ups, find it is THEIR FAULT the major didn’t hold because they didn’t compete and the rest of the armbands were picked up at the last minute.

Do breeders still count the “Specials”, especially now with “Awards of Merit” entries, when it comes to possibly winning over the Specials and picking up a major? Sure Groups are tough but a judge gave you the honor of representing your breed and you skip Group competition? And did you know when if ANY breed in the Group has a major, and your dog wins the Group, it counts as a major for your entry?

Breeders Discourage Future Breeders
Breeders are, and will always be, the backbone of the sport and the future of dog shows. When I read we must do things to attract newcomers to our sport, and then hear the complaints from buyers who speak of contracts, breeding restrictions, exorbitant prices, and in some cases rudeness, is it any wonder buyers run to the nearest shelter for their pet? Between our actions, the lack of breeding litters, and restrictions, we don’t have to worry about Animal Activists. We are shooting ourselves in our own proverbial foot!

I have attempted to teach new breeders or owner handlers only to have them disregard my effort. The future of the sport depends on them but I suppose it is the times. I can say “What was” worked a lot better that “What is”. If we refuse to honor the sport of dogs and play by the rules, we defeat our purpose. If we all breed what we like and disregard the standard, we will join the ranks of the “doodle dogs”.

Breeding To The Breed Standard
Another example: Why won’t the breeders and handlers stand up for the Standards? I love breed type, the look of eagles, the virtues that separate one breed from another. I love “cropped ears and docked tails”. A big, substantial Great Dane one can “look in the eye” represents the Apollo of the breed. Nobility is a look; I love the keen presence of each individual breed, be it large or small. I grieve the loss of these attributes, but they can be preserved IF breeders take breeding to standard seriously and evaluate their dogs honestly.

When evaluating dogs, does one keep a dog for a single attribute, or does one choose the overall dog? It starts there. IF you breed for eye improvement and it shows up on the worst puppy in the litter, and you choose to keep that “eye”, the next generation will take you backwards. IF you choose the best overall puppy, keeping your positive virtues intact, your reward comes when you later breed that dog. In the next litter will be a choice of an overall puppy that incorporates the desired eye. This requires patience, but “socks in” your virtues and moves your program forward.

There are breeders, and then there are BREEDERS! True breeders know how to incorporate a virtue into their program without losing their own “look”. Meeting a breeder with four generations of “OFA excellent” hips in her dogs, she asked me how it could be that all puppies in the last litter were dysplastic? I’m no expert in genetics, but I am an expert regarding “You plan, Nature laughs”, keeping us on our toes. It’s always been that way. But the sport and a good breeding program will survive if we just carry on.

Present and Future Breeder Tools
With frozen semen, opportunities are abound. Hesitant at first regarding Award of Merits, I look at it now as an opportunity for newcomers to view many “greats” of many breeds. Frozen semen and Award of Merits allow access to studs long forgotten affords a fresh approach to possibly getting “back on track”.

Many dogs age well and are still breathtaking. Even those who don’t age as well have a certain dignity and presence that is undeniable. It’s regrettable only one dog and one bitch can be recognized when so many are so deserving. Take advantage of this opportunity to improve your breeding program.

The future of dog shows and that of your breed is in your hands. It’s a worthwhile responsibility. Don’t sit back and think others are fighting the battle to preserve either one just for you. Get involved before it’s too late and the privilege of owning a dog is taken from us all. BREEDERS ARE THE FUTURE OF THE SPORT.

http://www.thedogplace.org/SHOWDOG/Future-of-dog-shows_Gammill-1203.asp

 

 

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Being an Ambassador

Regardless of what breed or mix you may own, when in public, you represent all of those with that breed.  Good training is essential for a well socialized and calm member of society.  It is not a dog friendly world out there, what with all the BSL and bad press.  We should all take a conscious stand and represent ourselves and our breed in the best possible light, especially while out  in public.
 
Good training not  only makes the dog easier to handle, but also makes your life with your dog much more enjoyable too.  🙂
 
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