Monthly Archives: May 2012

news for Lennox UPDATE

‎#HowlingforLennox  RIP LENNOX


Lennox is scheduled to DIE on Monday or Tuesday, July 9 or 10, 2012.

WORLDWIDE protests…

Victoria Stilwell, Jeff Coltenback, Cesar Millan and even the Italian ministers have offered HOMES for Lennox… at their OWN Expense… NO response yet… Awaiting Victoria Stilwell’s message since she is in Belfast meeting with the family and the Belfast City Council.

turns out what I had written was prophetic, sadly…

The latest on Lennox:

The info I had posted before was INCORRECT… I AM SO SORRY… The link I originally posted was from a year ago…

this is the latest info… Please continue to pray for Lennox and his family !!!

Lennox has NOW been sentenced to die.

I think I found a loophole, because it seems that Belfast, Ireland has been targeting and discriminating against disabled people and taking their dogs away from them. Ms Barnes is disabled and there is even an anti-discrimination law in Ireland.


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Pit bull fallacies refuted

Strolling through the Internet last night, actually did a Google search on my name, and I found this gem… Someone wrote about me and “pit bulls” regarding a letter/comment I posted last year in a Vail, Colorado newspaper. Apparently, the person who wrote this did NOT do her research so I am here to refute her statements that she has confused with facts.  Just to be clear, when someone says something and even quotes others, does not make the statements fact. A fact is a credible statement backed up by research.

for more info about pit bull myths, go here…

Here is the original article in the Vail paper

here is my response to that article

and below is a letter after what I wrote…

Before I begin, this study is pertinent…

Three MOST aggressive breeds

The number one aggressive breed out of the 33 dogs surveyed? The Dachshund. Yes – the wiener dog. The study found that “one in five dachshunds have bitten or tried to bite strangers, and a similar number have attacked other dogs; one in 12 have snapped at their owners.”

“Number two on the list is an even more diminutive breed – the Chihuahua, while Jack Russells came in third.

“The researchers say that the bite statistics that have been released in recent years are skewed because most dog bites are not reported. Big dog bites are more likely to require medical attention, but this does not mean that those breeds are doing the majority of the biting.”

What she says is highlighted by underlining… my comments are generally below her statements.

Dogged agenda

Who is Celia Sue Hecht? Do you know her? Is she your neighbor? I doubt it. 

She does not live in Eagle County or even Colorado. She lives in California. 

She is a writer and pit bull apologist who trolls the Internet looking for articles, such as the commentary from the Sunday, Dec. 4 Vail Daily by Melanie Pfeiffer about pit bulls. 

I do not apologize for pit bulls nor do I troll the Internet looking for articles. At times, people post articles to my Facebook page and if and when I HAVE TIME and ENERGY to respond to inaccuracies, I do so. And if I were a troll, apparently am not a very good one since it is now five months later. If I were trolling I would have come across her response months ago.

I am not disputing that Hecht has a right to her opinion. Furthermore, I think that the Vail Daily does have an obligation to present both sides to a story. But I do think it is pertinent to note that she is not a member of our community and that she is not unbiased.

Clearly she is a member of the community and is biased based on what she says…

She writes authoritatively in the Vail Daily that, “pit bull is not a breed: American Staffordshire terrier, American pit bull terrier and other breeds are all lumped together and called pit bulls.” 

Yet on her own website she writes that her own dog is a Dalmatian and pit bull mix — lumping together her own pet.

Ridiculous… for the sake of brevity on my blog I do not have a long dialogue about how I have not done a DNA test on my dog to determine whether she has American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, bulldog, mastiff, or any of the other 30 breeds routinely lumped together and labeled pit bull dogs in her… so I say she is a Dalmatian/pit bull mix …

Many dog breeds “can” fall under the blanket “pit bull” category.

These include:

•Alano Espanol
•American Pit Bull Terrier
•American Staffordshire Terrier
•Cane Corso
•Cordoba Fighting Dog
•Dogue de Bordeaux
•Japanese Tosa
•Perro de Presa Canario
•Staffordshire Bull Terrier

I challenge Ms. Edwards  to Find the Pit

and I would ask Ms. Edwards 1. how many “pit bulls” she has personally met up close and personal and 2. how many millions of INNOCENT dogs killed would make her feel safe?  as it is, millions of INNOCENT “pit bull” type dogs are slaughtered every year in shelters across the country just because of discrimination against these dogs, stereotypes, ignorance and profiling.

Did you know that the MOST DECORATED dog in military history was a “pit bull” type dog Sergeant Stubby?

and remember, Petey the Little Rascals dog… guess what his breed was?

The substance of her commentary was a Christmas-letter catch-up on how Michael Vick’s dogs are doing.

absurd… the former V dogs are exemplary examples of how “pit bulls” actually are… these DOGS who were abused and traumatized and made to fight for their lives, to some people, are considered to be the meanest, most vicious “pit bull” type dogs and what I pointed out is that “pit bulls” are NOT inherently mean nor vicious by virtue of the FACT that eight of the former V dogs have become therapy dogs and many are living with other dogs, cats and children as family pets.


That they have not have killed another dog or child somehow is proof that we all have it wrong when it comes to pit bulls.

there are no incidents to date of a spayed/neutered indoor family pit bull EVER having killed anyone.

…[S]ince 1975, dogs belonging to more than 30 breeds have been responsible for fatal attacks on people, including Dachshunds, a Yorkshire Terrier, and a Labrador Retriever.” (It’s also key to point out that you are more likely to be killed by lightening than a dog, and dog bites are at historic lows.)

Yes, Ms. Hecht is entitled to her opinions, but that does not mean that they have any merit, as she lacks any credentials giving her one iota of credibility. 

She is a dog owner. I mean, pit bull owner.

My credentials:

30 years as a Journalist who knows how and DOES research

5-1/2 years as a dog owner makes me an expert… when I first rescued my dog I was told she was a Dalmatian mix… I knew NOTHING about “pit bulls.”   After many people asked me if she was a “pit bull” I spent HOURS doing research. And found that my dog does indeed have numerous characteristics of the American Pit Bull Terrier… blocky head, extremely friendly towards people and children, silly and goofy personality, slobberpuss and more.

Observing my dog’s 1,000+ interactions with more than 600 dogs of all breeds (including her play with our neighbor’s dogs, Australian Shepherds, chi mix and mini poodle next door, Siberian Husky and her new doggie pal Harley, a 10 pound Havanese) and farms animals including cows, horses, chickens, sheep, llamas and even Himalayan yaks and elk, and seeing her response to six attacks from other dogs mostly at dog parks (she generally goes into submission, showing off her belly), PLUS intimately living with this dog day and night, sleeping with her, playing with her, putting my fingers in her mouth, watching her with other people, I have NOT seen any signs of aggression… not when a dog had her by the throat, another dog made her eye bleed, and another dog chewed a piece out of her head. On another occasion, for four days, a dog growled and snapped at her continuously and she IGNORED the other dog’s aggression preferring to play with the other dog on the property. One dog trainer told me that she wished HER dog acted so gently and cautiously when meeting a new doggie friend.

So what exactly are YOUR credentials, Ms Edwards, besides living in Vail, being a mother and cat owner?  You don’t say. Hysteria is not a credential, nor is relying on FAULTY  “facts” and fake science that have been disproved time and time again by EXPERTS.

and you also deny 150 years of HISTORY

One dog breed achieved such a rock solid reputation with children that for 150 years it was known as America’s “Nanny Dog”.

temperament testing reveals that pit bulls score gentler than 121 other breeds

Temperament evaluations by the American Temperament Test Society have given pit bull terriers a very high passing rate of 90.6 percent. The average passing rate for the other 121 breeds of dogs in the tests was only a low 77 percent.

The American Temperament Test Society determined that pit bulls were less aggressive in confrontational situations than many stereotypically friendly breeds, scoring 86% in overall ability to interact appropriately in public — versus the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (83%), the Miniature Poodle (78%) and the Old English Sheepdog (77%).

Beyond a dog’s breed, factors that affect a dog’s tendency toward aggression include reproductive status, sex, early experience and socialization/training. According to the Centers for Disease Control, these concerns are well-founded, given that:

  • More than 70 percent of all dog bite cases involve unneutered male dogs.
  • An unneutered male dog is 2.6 times more likely to bite than is a neutered dog.
  • A chained or tethered dog is 2.8 times more likely to bite than a dog not chained or tethered.
  • 97 percent of dogs involved in fatal attacks on people in 2006 (the most recent year statistics are available) were not spayed/neutered.

What does the science say? (NOTE:  THIS IS NOT NOT NOT SCIENCE)

 “The pit bull’s massive canine jaws can crush a victim with up to 2,000 pounds of pressure per square inch — three times that of a German shepherd or Doberman pinscher” ( “The pit bull is quicker to anger than most dogs. … Pit bulls are frighteningly tenacious; their attacks frequently last for 15 minutes or longer, and nothing — hoses, violent blows or kicks — can easily stop them. That’s because of the third behavioral anomaly: the breed’s remarkable insensitivity to pain” (

Dr. Lehr Brisbin of the University of Georgia wrote:

“The few studies which have been conducted of the structure of the skulls, mandibles and teeth of pit bulls show that, in proportion to their size, their jaw structure and thus its inferred functional morphology, is no different than that of any breed of dog. There is absolutely no evidence for the existence of any kind of “locking mechanism” unique to the structure of the jaw and/or teeth of the American Pit Bull Terrier.”

A German Shepherd Dog, American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT), and Rottweiler were tested using a bite sleeve equipped with a specialized computer instrument to measure bite pressure. The APBT had the least amount of pressure of the 3 dogs tested. (Source: Dr. Brady Barr of National Geographic)

“There is no scientific evidence that one kind of dog is more likely than another to injure a human being than any other kind of dog.[i][ii] In fact, there is affirmative evidence to the contrary.[iii]

[i] (Accessed April 27, 2011).

[ii] (Accessed April 27, 2011).

[iii] S. Ott, et al, “Is There a Difference? Comparison of Golden Retrievers and Dogs Affected by Breed-Specific Legislation Regarding Aggressive Behavior,” Jrnl of Vet. Beh., 2008, 3, 134-140.

What does an animal behavior expert say? Temple Grandin (from Colorado), writing in her book “Animals in Translation,” notes, “On average, rottweiler’s and pit bulls are so much more aggressive than other breeds that it’s extremely unlikely bad owners alone could account for the higher rate of biting. … Aggression isn’t always the owner’s fault. … Don’t let people tell you that rottweiler or pit bull aggression is a myth. It’s not.”

What do the Centers for Disease Control say? “At least 25 breeds of dogs have been involved in 238 human dog-bite-related fatalities during the past 20 years. Pit bull-type dogs and rottweilers were involved in more than half of these deaths.” 

Lisa Peterson, spokeswoman for the American Kennel Club, the AKC is opposed to BSL, which Peterson compares to racial profiling. She says, “When there is an incident in a local area, the reaction is to create a dangerous dog law, and sometimes lawmakers react with breed bans because that breed of dog that was involved in an incident. A law that targets a breed because a single dog was involved in an incident is not a good law.”

a study by the University of Colorado School of Medicine conducted between 2003 and 2008 determined that unsupervised children ages five and younger are at the greatest risk for dog bites, and that family pets, including a high percentage of breeds considered “good” with children such as Labrador retrievers, are the most frequent offenders.

“My kids are around pit bulls every day. In the ’70s they blamed Dobermans, in the ’80s they blamed German shepherds, in the ’90s they blamed the Rottweiler. Now they blame the pit bull.”    Cesar Millan.  “Pit bulls get a bad rap because of irresponsible owners….”

Victoria Stilwell, dog trainer, It’s Me or the Dog

“It’s a Witch Hunt”

Victoria Stilwell on Breed Specific Legislation, “I am a mother. I am also a dog owner and dog trainer who has committed my life to helping people find the most effective, humane and responsible way to live in harmony with their dogs while also affording them the respect they deserve.

…The general concept underpinning BSL is that the most effective way to determine whether or not a certain dog could potentially pose a threat to humans is by classifying and generalizing entire breeds of dogs as ‘dangerous’, regardless of the individual dog’s temperament, behavioral history or owner’s actions.

It continues to confound me that there are still proponents of BSL given both the behavioral science which is now available and the abysmal track record of municipalities that have attempted to curb dog attacks by instituting BSL. We know so much more than we did even 20 years ago about how dogs think, what they feel, how their brains are wired (very similarly to ours, as it turns out), and what could potentially cause them to aggress. Ironically, one of the most commonly found attributes among aggressive dogs is not their breed, but rather a lack of confidence and insecurity. Think of the typical schoolyard bully – is he generally a self-confident kid or one who actually suffers from significant insecurity issues? The same general concept can be applied to dogs.

“Regardless, counties, cities and entire countries around the world continue to turn to BSL policies in a desperate attempt to protect their public from the rising number of serious (and sometimes fatal) dog bites. I share this desire to reduce the number of dog attacks. As a doting mother of a beautiful 7 year old girl, my heart literally breaks every time I hear about another child who has been mauled by the family dog, which is why I have set up a Dog Bite Prevention Task Force to help educate the public about responsible dog handling and safety. The vast majority of fatal dog attacks share one glaring yet often-overlooked characteristic: usually at least one component of the scene is not in its usual environment. Either the dog is staying with the uncle, the grandparents are babysitting for the child, or someone outside their normal circumstance is placed as the primary guardian. The key to avoiding these tragedies is not to make owning certain breeds illegal, but rather to ensure that everyone in charge of dogs and/or children is educated about safe practices and never leaves any dog alone with any child.

“Pit bulls can make great family pets in the hands of a responsible owner

Simply put, any breed of dog can bite, and any breed of dog can make a perfect family pet. Yes, the bigger and stronger the dog, the more damage it is capable of inflicting, although I have seen horrific footage of bite wounds from small dogs such as Jack Russell Terriers and Chihuahuas as well. Which breed of dog was named ‘most aggressive’ in recent scientific studies?  The family Dachshund.

“…Statistics have shown that throughout the world, wherever BSL has been initiated, the number of dog bites has actually increased since the legislation has passed. This is the case in Scotland, England, parts of Canada, certain cities in the US, the Netherlands and beyond. In every single case, dog bites have become more of a problem since governments began banning breeds. What more evidence do we need as a society to realize that BSL is ultimately ineffective, if not also unfair?”

Those breeds do not, however, make up half the dogs owned in America.

Ms. Pfeiffer writes, “I can honestly say that in three out of four cases (dog fights), an American pit bull terrier is involved.”

So what’s my agenda? I live in this community, Arrowhead. I have small children. And I’m, ahem, a cat owner.

Deirdre Noble Edwards


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kisha curtis fails to show up in court

it was a miscommunication, she showed up in court today, Wed. May 30, 2012

she had a waiver last time and thought she did not have to show up on Tues. Next hearing is July 9. A trial date may be set or a final plea offer extended at that time.

“Curtis is applying for a pretrial intervention program, which if accepted, would eventually wipe the criminal charge from her record. She has previously rejected the state’s plea offer that calls for up to 18 months in prison, a $5,000 fine and 30 days’ community service.”

maybe she will end up in jail after all?

“Curtis, who is free on bail, was supposed to appear in Superior Court in Newark this morning for a status hearing but never showed. By 11:30 a.m., her attorney, Andrew Rojas, told the judge he hadn’t heard from her in a week.”

Judge Cassini is giving Curtis 24 hours to appear or an Arrest Warrant will be issued. at 4pm Wed. May 30th a warrant will be issued for the arrest of Kisha Curtis for not showing up for her court date …

where is DOG the bounty hunter when you need him ??? (LOL… he’s in Hawaii not New Jersey)…

what I learned from Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum series is when someone fails to appear (FTA) in court, a warrant gets posted for their arrest and a bounty hunter and police can bring them back to court where they face possible arrest and more fines…

what is a status hearing?

The Status Hearing is an informal discussion between the Judge, the prosecution and the defendant about the case. After considering the case against you, you can decide whether to change your plea or to continue with your not guilty plea.

At a Status Hearing you:

* have the chance to discuss the charges against you, with the Police Prosecutor and the Judge,including anything you may disagree with.
* learn what the Police say has happened and why they think you are guilty.
* can ask questions about anything you don’t understand.

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Cookie monster

Cici is a cookie monster… and she sure did enjoy her homemade cookies package, from her Pawpals Baron, Henny and Suzanne…

first, she wanted to demolish a few pizza biscuits…made  with oat flour, organic brown rice flour, tomato paste, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, egg and water… YUM…

next, she ate a bunch of the chicken and sweet potato cookies, made with chicken, sweet potatoes, organic brown rice flour, oat flour, honey and cinnamon

These cookies smelled soooooo good, I wanted to try some…

but had my twilight delight Ghiraredelli chocolate instead.

Thanks Doggie Dessert Chef… want to join in the fun and become a Paw Pal?

Have a safe and fun Memorial Day holiday weekend. Check out our free travel tips page.

Blog Hop time…  thanks to Life with Dogs,Two Little Cavaliers and Confessions of the Plume…  grab the blog hop code…


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Getting a hot doggone date

With summer coming up, more and more singles will be taking their dogs for walks at the local park (an especially good place to find a date).   Klooff just conducted an extensive survey of men and women to get their attitudes on what you can learn about a person from their choice of pet.

The result is the world’s top five dog breeds for attracting the girl or guy of your dreams:


(in reverse order, with “1” being the best):

5. Beagles
4. Poodles
3. Chihuahuas
2. Labrador Retrievers
1. Golden Retrievers


5. French Bulldogs
4. Siberian Huskies
3. Labrador Retrievers
2. Golden Retrievers
1. German Shepherds

Men are overwhelmingly more likely to see a woman who owns a Golden Retriever as girlfriend material than a woman who owns a Chihuahua.
The vast majority of men think that a woman who owns a Chihuahua is more likely to be dumb.

and if you want to be seen around town with the richest dog (oh no, he’s married now)… here’s Beast, Mark Zuckerberg’s dog…

More details about Klooff can be found at:
check out the hot polka dot princess…

Klooff is the new iPhone app for pet lovers.

About Klooff

Klooff is the premier app for Pet Lovers, where users can express themselves and show off their pets in a fun and stylish way. With Klooff, users can create profiles for their pets, post pics of them to Facebook and create cool custom products featuring their lovable pooches and kitties.

The app is also super fun to use, since Klooff users can earn points and badges, according to how active they are with their pets.  Badges are earned when other users vote on Klooff pet photos. Pets can be voted as “Cute” “Posh”, “Tuff” or “Funny.” For example, Fluffie, who has 5 pics that score more than 10 “Cute” votes, will earn the “Cute” badge.

Users can also advance through several different “Pet Lover” levels to prove just how much of an animal lover they really are.

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Frenchie Winery goes to the dogs

Napa Valley’s First Dog Tasting Room & a New Breed of Wines

The Frenchie Winery is the only tasting room designed exclusively for dogs.  In addition, the first two wines in a series bearing the Frenchie label are available for purchase at  the winery  and  Each wine label depicts Frenchie as a unique historical figure, including Louis XIV and Napoleon and, soon, Marie Antoinette.

Frenchie, a Dog like No Other

The Frenchie Winery is named for a leader and a revolutionary in his own right, Boisset’s French Bulldog.

“Frenchie was a gift to my beloved wife,” says Vineyards Proprietor Jean-Charles Boisset, “to ensure that she would always be in the company of a French gentleman.  In fact, Frenchie is the PERFECT French gentleman: he’s loyal, charming, always up for an adventure, and he never talks back!  His playful, debonair and aristocratic style is reflected in the winery and the wines.”

Frenchie wanted to ensure that his fellow canines would be well taken care of when their people chose to visit Raymond Vineyards.  Inside, the winery includes five individual kennel spaces featuring specially designed wine barrel dog beds. Above the beds, in the “Gallery of Frenchie”, hang canvas portraits depicting Frenchie as historical icons such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Julius Caesar and Marie Antoinette. Overhead, a gorgeous “Barkarrat” chandelier lights up a very special dog friendly tasting bar dispensing water for its guests. An outdoor play area offers canines a special view of Frenchie’s bioDOGnamic vineyard, planted to Bordeaux varieties.

The Frenchie Winery is located at Raymond Vineyards in the Rutherford District of California’s famed Napa Valley wine region.

The “Frenchie” Revolution MMXII

Our interview with Frenchie:

how did  you get your name?

Since I am obviously a French Bulldog and my dad’s memory isn’t so good sometimes, he thought Frenchie would be suitable and easy to remember.

what kind of wine do discerning dogs like to drink?  what kind of cheese do you like to eat? 

I have learned to love nearly every varietal out there, but I am definitely more prone to reds. I feel the color of red brings out the passion in me. Also, although I am a purebred which may lead you to believe that I would like a wine that is 100% of this or 100% of that, I actually enjoy a really good blend.  Some of my best friends are blends themselves that unfortunately get referred to as mutts, but I look at them as the finest selections from many different breeds, similar to that of my delicious Napoleon Red Wine.

As far as cheese is concerned… I won’t lie, I love them all!

do you get to stomp on the grapes like Lucy (I Love Lucy)?

We tried that route and yes it is quite a treat to feel those juicy grapes squish between my little toes.  But for the sake of time, we decided it made more sense to crush the grapes via our state of the art crusher. We use the best equipment you could imagine so I know that each grape is being cared for exactly as I would want them to be, to ensure the freshest wine possible. My dad is real nice though and always makes sure that at every harvest I get my own little bin that I can squish with my feet for the fun of it.

what do you enjoy about living in the Napa Valley?

Everything!  I get to run in the vineyards, go to fancy restaurants and meet famous chefs (who sometimes give me scraps, woof), plus my winery is located in such a beautiful area.  I’d say that I have it pretty dog gone good.

cici has a number of doggie pals, mostly boy dogs, milo, pablo, gizmo, teddy and harley.  how about you, do you have any doggie gal pals?  if so, what do you like to do together?

I have a lot of friends actually and since I opened my winery a couple weeks ago, I seem to be getting more and more every day.  Let’s see, there’s Hopper, Rosie, Lillie, Pita, Jordan, Brutus and so many more I can’t keep track of them all. Hopper, Rosie, Lillie and Pita are all ladies, but I look at each of them as my little sister.  They’re so much fun to hang out with and now that I have this new venture on my hands, I really don’t have time for a relationship, so I think it’s probably best if we keep our relationship strictly platonic.  Brutus, Jordan and I like to hang out and do guy things.  Sometimes we’ll watch some football or baseball, but mostly we just lay around and nap.

favorite treat?

Where do I begin?

favorite toy?

My dad’s Maserati.  I love driving that thing with my sunglasses on and people always think I’m a movie star. I think they get me mixed up with George Clooney sometimes, but I don’t mind.

favorite color?


do you travel much?  if so, where have you been and what did you enjoy there?

I realize that my life is a bit different from your average dog’s, so yes, I have traveled quite a bit.  However I must say that although I’ve been to a lot of places, my favorite place to be is right here in the Napa Valley.  I have my mom, my dad, my sisters  and of course my friends and my winery.  What more do I need?

ever gone camping?

Not that I can recall.  I hear it’s fun though.  I just want to go so I can try a S’mores.  I hear those are awesome.

do you like to swim? go to the beach?

Not as much as I used to.  The past couple years I have been enjoying my cheese a little too much so I’m not exactly ready for my swim trunks just yet.  I’m working on my physique, so I think by summer I’ll be ready to hit the beach again.

are there other animals you like to meet or play with?  cats, fish, cows, horses, sheep, goats?

I’ve always wanted to meet a Platypus.  I mean, what is it really, a duck, a beaver?  I’m confused.

anything you’d like to share?

Just want everyone to know that I would love to have you come visit me at my winery.  I think I have something really special here and I would love to show it to you!


if you are traveling and need a super dog friendly place to stay right in Rutherford, tell our friend Matt Smith at Rancho Caymus that Cici and I sent you…


Woof!   Woof!  Woof!

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dog bite prevention

Nationwide last year, 5,577 postal employees were attacked in more than 1,400 cities. Los Angeles topped the list with 83 postal employees attacked in 2011. Beyond the needless pain and suffering, medical expenses from dog attacks cost the Postal Service nearly $1.2 million last year. 

  • “Children are three times more likely than adults to be bitten by a dog,” said PTB President Kathy Voigt, whose daughter Kelly, was mauled by a neighborhood dog. “Education is essential to keeping children safe from dog bites.” The attack prompted their creation of Prevent The Bite, a non-profit organization that promotes dog bite prevention to young children.
  • AAP President Dr. Robert Block added, “Parents, please don’t ever leave a young child unsupervised around any dog, even a dog well-known to your family. Even very young children should be taught not to tease or hurt animals. And with school almost over for the year, children will be spending more time in parks, at friends’ homes, and other places where they may encounter dogs. They need to know what to do to minimize the risk of being bitten.”
  • According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2011 alone more than 29,000 reconstructive procedures were performed as a result of injuries caused by dog bites.   Dr. Michael Neumeister, ASRM president said, “Even the friendliest dog may bite when startled or surprised. Be cautious, once a child is scarred they are scarred for life. We hear this line all the time ‘The dog has never bitten anyone before.’ A dog’s reaction to being surprised or angered is not predictable.”
  •  “Any dog can bite,” said Dr. René Carlson, AVMA president. “If it is physically or mentally unhealthy, is in pain, feels threatened, or is protecting its food or a favorite toy, it can bite. It is important to understand how dogs behave and how our behavior may be interpreted by a dog.”
  • “Dog attacks accounted for more than one-third of all homeowner insurance liability claims paid out in 2011,” said Dr. Robert Hartwig, III president and chief economist

The National Dog Bite Prevention Week partners offer the following tips:


Avoiding Attacks

·       Never leave a baby or small child alone with a dog.

·       Don’t run by a dog. The dog’s natural instinct is to chase and catch you.

·       If you feel threatened by a dog, don’t scream. Avoid eye contact. Try to remain motionless until the dog leaves, then back away slowly until the dog is out of sight.

·       Never approach a strange dog, especially one that’s tethered or confined.

·       Don’t disturb a dog that is sleeping, eating or caring for puppies.

·       Anyone wanting to pet a dog should first obtain permission from the owner.

·       Always let a dog see and sniff you before petting the animal.

·       If you believe a dog is about to attack you, try to place something between yourself and the dog, such as a backpack or a bicycle.

·       If you are knocked down by a dog, curl into a ball and protect your face with your hands.


Be a Responsible Dog Owner

·         Obedience training can teach a dog to behave properly and help owners control their dogs.

·         When letter carriers and others who are not familiar with your dog come to your home, keep your dog inside, in another room away from the door.

·         In protecting their territory, dogs may interpret people’s actions as a threat.

·         Spay or neuter your dog. Neutered dogs are less likely to roam.

·         Dogs that receive little attention or handling, or are left tied up for long periods of time, frequently turn into biters.

If Bitten

§         Rinse the bite area with soapy water.

§         Elevate limb(s) that have been bitten.

§         Apply antiseptic lotion or cream. Watch the area for signs of infection for several days after the incident.

§         For deeper bites or puncture wounds, apply pressure with a clean bandage or towel to stop the bleeding. Then wash the wound, dry it and cover with a sterile dressing. Don’t use tape or butterfly bandages to close the wound. 

§         It’s a good idea to call your child’s physician because a bite could require antibiotics or a tetanus shot.  The doctor also can help you to report the incident.

§         If your child is bitten severely, call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room.

§         When going to the emergency room, advise the personnel of:

         your tetanus vaccination status;

         vaccine status of the dog;

         who the dog owner is; and,

         if the dog has bitten before.

2011 U.S. Postal Service Top 25 Dog Attack Rankings

Ranking City/Location Attacks
1 Los Angeles, CA 83
2 San Diego, CA 68
3 Houston, TX 47
4 Cleveland, OH 44
6 Dallas, TX 41
6 San Antonio, TX 39
7 Phoenix, AZ 36
8 Denver, CO , and Sacramento , CA 35 each
9 Minneapolis, MN , and St. Louis , MO 32 each
10 Louisville, KY 31
11 Chicago, IL , and Philadelphia , PA 30 each
12 Seattle, WA 28
13 Brooklyn, NY , and Portland , OR 27 each
14 Baltimore, MD , and San Francisco , CA 26 each
15 Dayton, OH , and Detroit , MI 25 each
16 Cincinnati, OH ; Oakland and San Jose , CA 24 each
17 Ft. Worth, TX 23
18 Buffalo, NY and Miami , FL 22
19 Indianapolis, IN 21
20 El Paso, TX and Memphis , TN 20 each
21 Oklahoma City, OK 19
22 Kansas City, MO; Las Vegas, NV; Long Beach, CA; Pittsburgh, PA; Richmond, VA; and Tacoma, WA 18 each
23 Jamaica, NY; Milwaukee , WI , and Washington , DC 17 each
24 Charlotte, NC , and Orlando , FL 16 each
25 Baton Rouge, LA , and Rochester , NY 15 each
Blog Hop time…  thanks to Life with Dogs,Two Little Cavaliers and Confessions of the Plume…  grab the blog hop code…

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An Irish drinking dog ballad

2012 Grammy nominee Linda Chorney joins Venga and Seamus Romney to tell the true story of Seamus’s ride on the roof of Mitt’s car.

by the way,
“If conservatives could elect a corpse, they would, but because the Constitution requires a warm body, they’ll make do with Romney.

“…According to an analysis by the Urban Institute–Brookings Institution Tax Policy Center, Romney’s plan would add tremendously to the deficit. Extending the Bush cuts would cost the federal government $480 billion per year; Romney’s additional “tax relief” would cost another $420 billion. Under a Romney presidency, the federal government would lose $9 trillion in revenue over the next decade in order to lower taxes for the wealthiest Americans.”

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Eat healthy on the road for less

For you and pooch

1. Travel with your own stainless steel reusable water bottle and a cooler or two (soft kind). Pack the cooler with plastic forks and spoons, napkins, paper plates, bowls and a few glasses along with items listed below.

2. Carry a large plastic mug and pack some individual packages of oatmeal, hot chocolate and a small supply of 2-minute noodle soups (there are rice noodle versions and kelp noodles). It’s easy to get hot water almost anywhere you go.

3. there are times during the day when you really need a snack. Stopping for fast food or buying chocolate bars quickly eats up your cash and ultimately drains energy. Bring your own snacks of nuts, trail mix, dried fruit, popcorn, chips, granola and other bars for quick easy snacks. If you have leftovers from the breakfast buffet, muffins or fruit, take them along to eat later. Orange, apple, lemonade, cranberry juice and yogurt are good, too.

4.  Pack a picnic lunch or dinner, chips and cheese, tuna, salmon and / or chicken salad, wrap sandwiches, avocadoes, hard boiled eggs, hot dogs, tins of sardines and cold cuts (to share with pooch, of course). For dessert, bring along a supply of apples, pears and oranges for a day or two.  If you need mayo, ketchup or mustard, you can always pick up packets from fast food places and/or convenience stores.

5. Bring your own tea or coffee rather than spend a lot of money and time at coffee places (unless you want to logon into the Internet for free). You can also bring your favorite muffins, cookies (wheat free Paul Newman’s) or tea biscuits and crackers.

6. A nice meal at a good restaurant is part of the fun when you travel. Eating out is enjoyable and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Have lunch rather than dinner out. Guaranteed you’ll be eating the same dishes at a much more affordable price. And, hopefully you will find or know about pet friendly dining choices along the way. Google, ask your hotel concierge or local tourism visitor conference center / chamber of commerce.

7.  Buy discounted bakery goods and produce at the market. Are there farmers markets along your travel path? Perhaps a pet friendly farm that sells goat’s milk cheese with samples. Take a farm tour. Pick fruit from trees at a DIY orchard. Or visit a pet friendly winery where you can get out, stretch the legs and paws and taste some good wine without splurging. You drink the wine, pooch gets treats.

8. Is there a Panera’s bakery, Jamba Juice or Starbuck’s on your route. use their bathrooms (save on tipping) and log onto their free WIFI.  Have a bagel and/or a delicious smoothie while checking emails, Facebook and twitter.

9. Bring  your pet’s favorite food, bowls and treats with you. Put food in a plastic bin or sort into smaller bags for each day you’re away. Take bones and toys to munch on, too.

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sweet Patrick

this is such a great video on Patrick on News 12 NJ’s “The Pet Stop”

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