Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Goose Named Maria

This is a precious story about a goose named Maria who befriends a retired man in the park. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Violence on TV

Here is the proof!

Transform Vick's Bad Newz Kennels

Transform Vick's Bad Newz Kennels to the DDB Good Newz Rehab Center for Chained and Penned Dogs

What football star Michael Vick and friends did to Man's Best Friend at the Bad Newz Kennels in Smithfield, Virginia was beyond comprehension to most of dog-loving America.

The dogs all lived chained or penned, and then were forced to endure fighting and possible death in the name of entertainment for man.

Now Dogs Deserve Better, a nonprofit organization working for chained and penned dogs, wants to rehab this property and transform it to the Good Newz Rehab Center for Chained and Penned Dogs.

Every dollar that's given for DDB to buy this property sends dog abusers a message: We don't like what you do and now we as a nation will show you how animals DESERVE to be treated.

Every dollar that's donated for this project purchases one fenced square foot of the property. Can you help us today?

Stand with us to make this center a reality.

Take back power not only for the dogs who died there, not only for the fifty chained and penned dogs who called that place 'home', but for you, for me, for every dog still chained, still penned, still living outside and ostracized from the family in America.

Take back power for the pitbulls, for the labs, for the shepherds, for the mutts that pepper the landscape of this great nation.

Take back power for every single person with a conscience who resides on this planet and is able to judge for him or herself right from wrong.

For more information or to donate from the website, visit this link.


Let's raise $30,000 toward the center to give the Dogs Deserve Better foster dogs a place to call home, a place to be loved, housetrained, socialized, and vetted. And a caring, supportive environment to thrive, excel, and even find their own new, inside, home and family.

They deserve all the best this world has to offer.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Truth About Pit Bulls

This is another amazing article that describes the wonderful breed known as the American Pit Bull.

By Ed Boks

No dog breed in history has encountered more misunderstanding and vilification than the American pit bull. In fact, the pit bull is an all-American breed blessed with tenacious athletic ability, loyalty, intelligence, and high-energy.

Pit bulls are not lap dogs or a dog for the sedentary person. They are not fashion accessories or macho symbols. They are a breed apart from every other canine.

The pit bull was so respected in the early 1900s that the military chose the breed to represent the United States on World War I and World War II recruitment posters. Sergeant Stubby, a pit bull WWI war hero, served in 17 battles, was injured twice in battle, saved his entire platoon by warning them of a poison gas attack, and single-handedly captured a German spy. Stubby earned many medals for heroism, including one presented by General John Pershing, Commanding General of the U.S. Armies. Stubby's obituary from the New York Times may be viewed at the Connecticut State Military Department's website.

The American pit bull terrier is the only breed ever featured on the cover of Time magazine - and not just once but three times.

Famous people who owned pit bulls include Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, George Patton, Jack Dempsy, Helen Keller, Humphrey Bogart, Fred Astaire, Anne Bancroft and Thomas Edison.

A few celebrities who own pit bulls today include Jon Stewart, Alicia Silverstone, Jessica Biel, Jessica Alba, Michael J. Fox, Bernadette Peters, Brad Pitt, Madonna, and Rachael Ray.

Pit bulls are commonly used as therapy dogs. Whether they are visiting a senior care facility or helping someone recover from an emotional accident, pit bulls are exceptional therapy dogs.

Pit bulls are also used in Search and Rescue work and serve as narcotic- and bomb-sniffing dogs. One pit bull, Popsicle (so named because he was found in an abandoned freezer), lays claim to the largest recorded single drug bust in Texas history.

Pit bulls are great with kids too, as demonstrated by Petey, the beloved dog featured in "The Little Rascals." Pit bulls were actually referred to as the "nanny dog" in the early 20th century because of their gentle and loving disposition with kids.

Pits are known for their personality. Even as they age, most remain playful. They are affectionate dogs who appreciate their owner's attention and approval more than anything else.

While certain purebreds are prone to a long list of health problems, pit bulls are fairly healthy and hearty. They are strong and long-lived. They are low-maintenance because their short coats are easy to care for and you'll have no grooming bills.

Sadly, a lot of pit bulls never have a chance. Many shelters have a policy to euthanize all pit bulls, and do not adopt them out. Irresponsible individuals, bad breeders and biased media attention have given these wonderful dogs a bad rap. Breed-specific legislation has turned this beloved family pet into an outlaw in some communities. Fortunately, there are many people who are educating the public on the breed and dispelling the myths.

According to The American Temperament Test Society, a national nonprofit organization for the promotion of uniform temperament evaluation of purebred and spayed/neutered mixed-breed dogs, the pit bull scores an 83.4 percent passing rate. That's better than the popular Australian Shepherd (81.5 percent), Beagle (80.3 percent), Border Collie (79.6 percent), Boxer (84 percent), Chihuahua (71.1 percent), Cocker Spaniel (81.9 percent), German Shorthair (76 percent), Lhasa Apso (70.4 percent), and Miniature Poodle (77.9 percent) to name but a few.

The American Temperament Test Society found that pit bulls were generally less aggressive when faced with confrontational situations that produced negative reactions in many other stereotypically "friendly" dog breeds, such as beagles and poodles.

The National Canine Temperament Testing Association tested 122 breeds, and pit bulls placed the 4th highest with a 95 percent passing rate.

The fact is that in most communities pit bulls are so popular that they account for the largest percentage of dogs rescued, adopted - and, sadly, euthanized. If you are interested in adopting a super dog, consider a rescued pit bull. Most shelters have adoption counselors standing by to help you select the perfect one for you and your family.

Ed Boks is the executive director of the Yavapai Humane Society. He can be reached at ed [at ] edboks.com or by calling 445-2666, ext. 21.

Ed Boks is the former General Manager of LA Animal Services.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Michael Vick confronted by dog owner

My favorite "SLEAZE" Michael Vick is confronted by Richard Hunter, who adopted one of the dogs that was rescued from Vick's dog fighting ring.

So sad that this scum bag is back out on our streets, living the good life, making millions once again with his football career... and apparently ignoring his past bad deeds.

Now, some would argue that he paid his debt to society. However, for all those dogs that suffered and even died because of his cruel and inhumane, deliberate actions... a few months behind bars certainly doesn't seem to be a befitting punishment for such an ill-tempered, down right mean and dangerous person.

Nope, a few months in jail certainly doesn't excuse or exonerate his behavior. Nor does giving him back a multimillion dollar career with the NFL make much sense either. Just exactly where is the incentive to grow up and become a responsible human being?

People like Michael Vick have ruined the reputation of these dogs. What was once a noble and revered breed is now feared, banned, and killed daily by almost every city in our nation.

So for all you big sport fans and supporters of the NFL... is it worth the lives of an entire breed just so you can sit in front of a big screen TV watching Michael play football?

Perhaps, if the sport fans in this nation paid a little more attention to what's going on in our country instead of being glued to their televisions watching sports, we wouldn't be in such a sad state, nor would we be killing off an entire breed because of the "Michael Vicks" out there who continually exploit these dogs for their own greedy purpose.

Once again, it is not the breed but rather the idiot human that causes the problem. Punish the DEED and not the BREED.

As far as I'm concerned, it's a waste of time and taxpayers' money to give people like this a trial. He should have been shoved in the pit with the dogs. Now that's a much more befitting punishment than a few months in jail with the reward of another multimillion dollar NFL contract waiting for him. Somehow, I find it very difficult to believe much was learned by that experience.