For reasons that I won't get into right now, in order to reproduce, modern Bulldogs must be artificially inseminated and the puppies delivered by C-section. Recently a breeder brought in a pregnant American Bulldog in to a California veterinarian for a C-section.
But when the breeder saw one of the puppies, he asked the veterinarian to kill her. Since she had a visible birth defect, a cleft lip and cleft palate, she was not show quality and had no value for him.
When she was just 3 hours old, the puppy now known as Princess Fiona, was turned over to the Sonoma Humane Society, a no kill shelter where she could get the care and protection she needs to survive.
The cleft palate made it impossible for her to feed normally so for the first six weeks she had to be fed through a rubber tube that went directly into her stomach while she sucked on the finger of one of the volunteers. Recently the medical team placed a port in her neck which makes it easier to feed her.
So far she is gaining weight and doing well. The condition is treatable according to Kiska Icard, executive director of the Sonoma Humane Society. As long as she continues to thrive and doesn’t develop a respiratory infection, when she is about 3 months old, she’ll be able to have surgery to correct the defect.
“The thought of euthanizing an animal like this wasn’t even a consideration,” Icard said. Source
The Golden Poodle award goes to Negrita, the incredibly smart doggie mother of 9 pups who buried them under a metal structure to protect them from a raging forest fire.
All the pups were safely rescued by firefighters.
A second Golden Poodle award goes to Cindy Abbott, 56, who succeeded in finishing the Iditarod on her third try after climbing Mt. Everest on her first try.
She won the Red Lantern award.
The Lizard Brain award goes to an unnamed man in China who taught his Poodle to walk on his hind legs and then cross-dressed him as a school girl.
The Neanderthal award goes to PETA which finally had to admit when confronted with video surveillance that they had stolen a healthy family pet from her front porch and killed her before her family had a chance to reclaim her.
PETA's pet killing record inspired the Virginia legislature to pass and the governor to sign a law requiring shelters to attempt to find homes instead of being slaughter houses for pets.
The Pants-on-Fire award goes to Margery Glickman who has spent her adult life making unfounded, false and vicious attacks on people she has never come in contact with.
Congratulations, M.G., you have earned 0 credibility on the internet.
He once had a girl, or should I say, she once had him, She showed him her room, isn’t it good, Norw…
Oops, sorry. I lost my train of thought.
Matt Hein worked in finance in London for nearly five years when he decided he had enough. Although the pay was good, he felt he was competing with a lot of others who were sitting at their desks pretty much wasting their lives.
“Portrait of a Dog Walker” is a documentary by 21-year-old film maker, Fredrik Harper. The film chronicles Hein’s decision to leave his old life in London and find happiness as a dog walker in Norway.
He went first to the French Alps where he dated a Norwegian woman and followed her back to Oslo. Watching dog walkers in the park, he realized that he had two great passions in life, being outside and being with dogs.
As he says in the documentary:
I thought, wow, there’s an opportunity here. I’d love to be out there five days a week. I basically get paid to be an adventurer and hang out with dogs.
Now he loads a pack of dogs into his van five days a week, drives to woods outside of Oslo and hikes with them. Life is good.
So having left a lucrative but soul sucking job, how does he support himself?
The amount dog walkers make depends on many variables, but you might be surprised.
Depending on location and experience, dog walkers typically charge $15-$25 a visit in the U.S. Walking multiple dogs at once could earn several hundred dollars a week.
In Orange County, California, which has a high standard of living, a dog walker/pet sitter with 45 canine clients can make $120,000 a year. Source
From her apartment in Miami, Margery Glickman has for many years tried to shut down the Iditarod. It seems to be her purpose in life.
She trolls the internet for stories about the race and leaves a link to her website. Going to her website for facts is like going to a clothing store to get ice cream.
There is a big difference between using facts to support a position and making up things that can be fact checked, hoping people won’t know you’re lying. I’ve been on three juries and three judges have made the point that if someone lies about one thing, they will probably lie about more.
This year Glickman has reached a serious new low even for her.
This is a picture that she has run for a long time on her site. She tells us dogs are dragging a dead or unconscious dog while the musher lounges in the sled.
Couldn’t it be a picture of dogs taking turns riding a cookie sheet while the musher is playing with his iPad. Or maybe guitar. This low resolution picture could be a metaphor for her knowledge of racing, her integrity, and her logic.
She criticizes the lack of veterinary care, but my veterinarian, whom my dogs and I love and respect, has been chosen as one of the many volunteer veterinarians who come from all over the world to care for the dogs, following strict protocols.
She quotes people who claim to be former handlers for Iditarod mushers, but on the internet nobody knows if you’re a dog, or a former handler or just Margery making stuff up.
Although much of her information is outdated, she gives the impression that she is presenting current practices and recent incidents.
In 2011 John Baker won the race. At one point he lost the trail. He anchored his team and set out on foot to find it. Because of this she claimed “Mushers abandon dogs during the Iditarod.”
She has left comments on my blog, but apparently I’m not important enough for her to remember because she always mentions that Poodles died during the Iditarod and I keep reminding her that this didn’t happen.
But this year she outdid herself.
Aliy Zirkle and her husband musher Allen Moore are two of the rock stars of the sled dog world. They own the prestigious SP Kennels. After three second place finishes, many fans, including me, wanted Aliy to win this year.
Several stories were written about her, and Margery crawled out from under her bridge to copy and paste a lengthy comment, accusing her of forcing sick dogs to run, racing an underweight dog, poisoning them by feeding them salmon and, worst of all, raffling off five of the dogs like they were “pieces of junk."
Even breeders trying to make money from selling a dog want it to go to a suitable home, not someone who for a 'lark' joins a raffle and ends up with a dog they may not actually want, thereby condemning the dog to the possibility of euthanasia in a kill shelter. Obviously, Zirkle and Moore care little for the dogs they breed...." source
Over the course of the Iditarod all of you wonderful SPKDogLog supporters and fans will have your chance to take home one of five toy "Iditarod Dogs": 'Willow', 'Anvik', 'Kaltag','Koyuk' or 'Quesadilla".
The winner gets a virtual dog, sort of like Fantasy Football players get a wide receiver. Colin Kaepernick is my FF quarterback but he doesn’t come to my house wanting to be fed.
She edited out the word “Toy” and went off on a personal attack of two highly respected people, hoping to convince anyone who didn’t know better.
The exemplary breeding program for SP Kennels is spelled out very clearly here.
You really need a fire extinguisher for your knickers, Margery. And you definitely need to get out more.
After reading warnings about how germy and disgusting our dogs can be, it’s nice to read what we all know—that being close to them could have health benefits.
Many studies have shown farm kids to be healthier than city kids in the first months that they start school and the logical answer is that farm kids are around animals from the beginning.
But let’s not pretend that dogs’ mouths are cleaner than our own. They are not. Their idea of oral hygiene is...well, nonexistent.
However, we have been assured by many experts that bacteria in a dog’s mouth is species specific and won’t harm humans, that staph and strep don’t transmit between dogs and humans, and pets of Ebola patients do not need to be killed.
Researchers at the University of Arizona (UA) believe that the "microbes contained in the gut of dogs could have a probiotic effect on humans, encouraging the growth of positive microorganisms.”
Sort of like yogurt does.
The theory is that while we can get sick from "bad" bacteria, modern medicine protects us from diseases caused by these bacteria. Unfortunately by eliminating bad bacteria we've started eliminating the "good" bacteria that we need for optimal health.
Good bacteria, or 'microbiota,' are increasingly recognized as playing an essential role in our mental and physical health, especially as we grow older.
According to Kim Kelly, an anthropology doctoral student and one of the primary investigators on the study:
We've co-evolved with dogs over the millennia, but nobody really understands what it is about this dog-human relationship that makes us feel good about being around dogs.
Is it just that they're fuzzy and we like to pet them, or is there something else going on under the skin? The question really is: Has the relationship between dogs and humans gotten under the skin? And we believe it has.
She will work with researchers from the UA Department of Psychiatry, the UA Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, the UA School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences, and the University of California, San Diego.
They hope to present evidence that living with furry companions improves physical and mental health in adults, particularly older adults.
But, no, I'm not going to contribute money to find out what we already know.
Passing under the burled arch finish line a few seconds before 9:20 pm Sunday was rookie Cindy Abbott, 56, a college professor from California. Her time was 13 days, 11 hours, 19 minutes and 51 seconds.
After having climbed Mt. Everest in 2010, this was her third attempt to be one of only three people who have climbed Everest and finished the Iditarod.
For the last two years she has had to scratch because of injuries. She has been diagnosed with a rare and seriouis disease (Wegener’s Granulomatosis) which affects vision and circulation.
Abbott, who was the 66th musher to finish this year’s race, wins the Red Lantern Award which stands for perseverence given to the last team to arrive. Seventy-eight teams started this year’s Iditarod; 66 teams finished.
Congratulations to Cindy and the 13 sled dogs who finished with her.
If it is still winter in your part of the country, you may be running out of activities to keep your pup from getting bored.
This is Newman, a dog adopted by the Grunhovd family in Minnesota. Newman’s owner decided to channel his energy into learning to paint. A lot of dogs can do paw painting, but she wanted him to paint with a brush.
Using positive reinforcement and lots of noms, she got him to hold the brush and finally let him paint on canvas. Puppy steps.
He even has his own Etsy page. Several of his originals have sold in the $10 to $35 range with all money going to animal rescue groups near his home in Minnesota. So far he has raised $100.