The Golden Poodle award goes to Sasa Pejčić, a man who runs a dog sanctuary in Serbia where over 450 happy dogs run free. He edged out the crazy dog lady who lives with only 41 dogs.
The Lizard Brain award goes to the actor who played McGruff the Crime Dog in TV ads. After being stopped for speeding he was ratted out by a sniffer dog for drug possession and other bad stuff and was sent to the pokey.
The Neanderthal award goes to Vickie Halstead, a Minnesota breeder of champion Bichon Frises. After a puppy she sold to a couple became a breed champion, she had the dog neutered for no logical reason other than petty vengeance.
This is Hank the Tank, a 165-pound Mastiff who belongs to Kari Whitman, a Los Angeles interior designer.
Hank is a service dog who detects her seizures. Unfortunately 3-year-old Hank can’t walk for reasons that might be apparent.
Because he is a service dog, by law he can ride in any cabin on the airplane, no matter how large he is. If the dog can’t fit under the seat or on the passenger’s lap, both may be moved to the bulkhead row. The passenger also has the option of purchasing a ticket.
In this case the passenger purchased a second first-class seat for Hank.
Buddy is a 13-year-old Chihuahua who lost his sight like a lot of older dogs because of cataracts.
The cost of surgically removing cataracts from a dog, depending on where you live, ranges from $1800 to $3500. Many older dogs have heart, kidney or liver issues that make surgery risky in their final years.
As Buddy lost more and more sight, he kept running into things. He became frightened and lost his confidence. His owners had to carry him from room to room and outside to take care of business.
Buddy was lucky. His owners Jordan Berg and her fiancé Jesse Foy, not only loved him very much but had the ingenuity to invent a device to help him.
Products on the market were too large for the 5-pound Buddy to handle. So a trip to the hardware store, some bolts, washers, wing nuts and a roll of plastic hanger strip and voilà...a final harness.
Now Buddy is back to his old ways, enjoying life with his humans without fear. He still runs into things, but the bumper collar gives him warning and he doesn’t hit head-on into anything.
The bumper collar functions like giant whiskers allowing him to move through the house and to eat and drink.
The use of therapy dogs in a courtroom to comfort children as they testify in cases such as sexual abuse is not a new practice.
But as long as sleazy perverts prisoners have enough money to hire a shyster lawyer, there will be appeals that it was unfair to use a dog because the dog influenced the jury to convict.
An Ohio appeals court has rejected an appeal by Michael Jacobs. Jacobs was convicted in 2014 and is serving a 4-year prison sentence for having sex with a minor and corrupting another with drugs.
Jacobs appealed to the 9th District Court of Appeals that the dog, Avery II, was a distraction in the Akron courtroom, causing prejudice by the jury against him.
Prosecutors countered that Avery II was out of the line of sight of jurors during the testimony, sitting quietly at the child’s feet throughout.
The ruling in favor of Avery II is considered historic in Ohio because it is the first time a state appeals court has heard a case challenging the use of therapy dogs.
The court ruled that a judge could “allow a variety of special allowances for child victims of sexual abuse” who have to testify at trial and could include a friendly dog. Court can be frightening for anyone, but especially for a child who is forced to relive a horrific experience in front of a full courtroom and the person accused of the acts against them.
Avery II, a Golden Retriever /Labrador mix, is a courthouse veteran at just 4 years of age. He has had his hand…er, paw in 77 cases, helping to get the truth out and the bad guys put away. Akron Beacon Journal
You have probably heard that the World Health Organization (a group that has misled on more than one occasion) has declared war on bacon, hot dogs, ham, sausage, pepperoni and other processed meats that they say cause colon cancer. And “probably” red meat does too, they claim. Source
But before you contemplate Life without Bacon, here is the best part of the post
The world’s oldest living person at 116 years of age, Susannah Mushatt Jones, not only has a morning breakfast of bacon and eggs, but according to her niece “she’ll eat bacon all day long.”
She has fruit for lunch and then a classic meat, potatoes and veggie dinner though she always eats the meat first, according to her niece. Source
This is one of the best ideas I've heard for a long time. I'm a city kid. I didn't know this was even possible.
Organizers used a herd of hungry goats to clear the land for a new dog park in Rhode Island.
Eating around the clock, 17 land-clearing goats cleared an area about the size of two football fields. They were able to clear two acres in two weeks.
They ate everything from weeds and poison ivy to thorns and thick brush. They’re cheaper than a bulldozer and don’t belong to a union. They demand no coffee breaks, never want a raise, and they are environmentally friendly. A bi-product is organic fertilizer.
They even dug up a buried fire hydrant, the perfect touch for a dog park.
Does anyone know why this isn't done more often?
I wonder how they would do clearing teenagers' bedrooms.
The video below of hundreds of happy faces and wagging tails comes from a dog sanctuary in Serbia started by Sasa Pejčić.
Over 450 formerly homeless dogs spend their days running and playing bitey face while giving their rescuer lots of love and kisses. They live in an entirely cage-free setting with plenty of food and exercise.
The video says Sasa is the “happiest man in Serbia” and it is easy to see why.
The video raises several questions, but just enjoy...
McGruff is a well known staple of law enforcement, visiting schools, fairs and other places to urge vigilance and responsibility to children in helping to prevent crime.
McGruff was developed by an ad agency for the National Crime Prevention Council. While some children (and adults) might fear a policeman in uniform, McGruff is warm and fuzzy. His message to children is that crime prevention is everyone's job, not just the police.
Not just anyone can be McGruff. The requirements to make personal appearances are strict.
The wearer must be in law enforcement or a crime prevention agency approved by the NCPC. Those not authorized to wear the costume could face criminal charges. This seems logical. We don’t want pervs dressing up as a trusted figure.
Wearers must be between 5-foot-7 and 6-foot-3, which includes most of the male population.
Wearers must not divulge their identity and must follow a strict code of ethics even in their off-time. This seems logical too. McGruff would never survive a Pee-Wee Herman scandal.
Unfortunately they were not as vigilant in casting an actor to play McGruff on television PSA's a few years ago. A drug sniffing dog (oh, the irony) detected pot when the actor who once played McGruff was pulled over for speeding and he is now serving a prison sentence.