Cursed cruise control
A mind-numbing way to drive
Much less live your life
(To see the entire collection of “Highway Haiku,” click here)
Posted by John Woestendiek January 4th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
Tags: america, control, cruise, cruise control, dog's country, dogscountry, driving, haiku, highway, highway haiku, interstate, poetry, road, road trip, travel, traveling with dogs, travels with ace
According to the old saying — at least as old as Shakespeare — every dog has his day.
In California they just got an extra one.
Interpreting a regulation that sets the “holding period” for a stray dog impounded in a public or private animal shelter at “six business days” (or, if certain exceptions apply, “four business days”), a state appeals court in San Francisco has ruled that Saturdays don’t count as business days.
The ruling was the first to interpret a 1998 California law that increased the holding periods for public and private shelters, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
The ruling will affect Contra Costa County Animal Services and all other counties and cities with similar policies.
The case goes back to 2006, when a miniature pinscher named Duke, was impounded at a county shelter in Pinole on a Thursday. The shelter held the dog until the following Wednesday, when another person took him. Duke’s owner, Veena Purifoy, went to the shelter the next day the following to find him gone.
She sued both the county and the new owner, who relinquished Duke in a settlement, Evans said. The suit against the county challenged its claim that the shelter had held the dog for the required four business days.
Overturning a judge’s ruling in the county’s favor, the appeals court said the state law did not define business days but was intended to increase holding periods from the pre-1998 law, which required a 72-hour hold.
Excluding Saturday as a business day serves “the legislative goal of access, because longer holding periods will often provide more opportunities for redemption and adoption,” Justice Martin Jenkins said in the 3-0 ruling.
(Photo from Cafepress.com)
Posted by John Woestendiek March 31st, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animal, california, contra costa, control, days, duke, euthanasia, every dog has its day, holding period, impound, impounded, judge, law, lawsuit, limits, rescue, ruling, services, shakespeare, shelters, state appeals court, strays, time, tom hayden, veena purifoy
Amid an increasing number of reports of deaths and seizures, the Environmental Protection Agency is requiring beefed up labeling for flea and tick products used on dogs and cats.
The EPA wants companies to make instructions on the products’ labels more clear so people don’t give their pets too much of the pesticides, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The announcement affects most flea and tick products that are applied directly to a pets’ skin.
The products include those made by Merck & Co., Bayer AG and Pfizer Inc. under the names Frontline Top Spot for Dogs, Promeris Canine Flea Control and Enforcer Flea Drops for Cats.
The EPA said the number of reports of pets suffering from these products continues to rise. In 2008, the EPA received 44,000 reports of adverse events from these products, a 53% increase from the year before.
Steve Owens, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances, said the labels are to blame, not consumers. “I don’t know how you would blame the victim in this case when the label isn’t clear,” he said.
Owens said in some instances, people don’t realize they need to regulate the dose based on their pet’s weight. He said the EPA will require more precise dosing on the product labels.
Companies that don’t voluntarily update the labels will be forced to, Owens said.
Posted by John Woestendiek March 19th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: alert, animals, bayer AG, cats, consumer, control, deaths, dogs, enforcer, environmental protection agency, epa, flea, fleast, frontline, labels, merck & co., merial, news, overdoses, pesticides, pets, pfizer Inc., products, promeris, seizures, tick, ticks, topical, treatment, warning
It’s not just Los Angeles, and not just California whose shelters are awash in Chihuahuas.
That’s 230 more than during the same period last year.
As of yesterday, there were 84 Chihuahuas awaiting adoption.
The shelter is offering a special deal this weekend with a Chihuahua adoption fee of only $36.
Posted by John Woestendiek December 18th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: abundance, animal, arizona, bevery hills chihuahua, breed, breeders, california, care, chihuahuas, control, dogs, glut, los angeles, maricopa county, media, movie, pets, phoenix, pop culture, population, surplus
Oscar, the dog who purchased 5,000 Microsoft points while chewing on his owner’s Xbox 360 controller, has been given an official Microsoft membership, and his owner will receive a refund.
Microsoft, proving even a software giant has a soft side when it comes to dogs — or at least knows a good public relations opportunity when it sees one — will be refunding the points, setting Oscar up with his own gamertag and Xbox live subscription, and sending his owner Greg Strope a new controller and some extra points.
The move makes Oscar the service’s first canine member.
A Lab mix, Oscar went after the remote control while his owner slept, somehow managing to turn on the console and purchase 5,000 Microsoft Points for the account of Strope, who had stored his credit card number in the remote.
Strope became aware of the $62.50 transaction whn he received an email confirmation of the purchase from Microsoft.
Yesterday, in an email to ohmidog!, a spokesman for Microsoft said the company is refunding Strope his LIVE points “and providing extra for good measure.
“Plus he will get an extra controller and a LIVE subscription for his dog, Oscar. We also created a gamertag for Oscar so that he doesn’t feel left out anymore.”
Posted by John Woestendiek November 3rd, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: accident, accidental, chewing, control, controller, dog, gamertag, gnawing, greg stroke, greg strope, live, membership, orders, oscar, points, public relations, refund, remote, software, subscription, xbox, xbox 360
This little fella seems to love the feel of water splashing on his head — at least when he’s in control of it.
When you’re not in control of it, it’s an entirely different matter — torture even.
Take my house. (Please.) Recently a new leak developed. After a downpour, water pours in through a tiny slit in the ceiling, directly above the toilet. That’s very convenient — for I can just open the toilet lid and, except for some splashage, all the water goes right in.
It’s convenient up until the time one needs to use said toilet, in a sitting down manner. Then the options are: get very wet, hold a pot over your head (which is harder than it sounds), or postpone the bodily function until the weather clears up.
The landlord is on the case (it’s a complex roofing issue), but until a solution is reached, I’m faced with choosing between letting water that has collected who-knows-what on its trip across and through the roof pour on my head, holding a pot atop my head while on the pot, or gastrointestinal distress.
To be clear, this is not a drip, but a steady flow, and both letting it land on your head, and trying to catch it in a pot, while in the highly vulnerable squatting position, are more demeaning than you might imagine.
So I went to Home Depot and bought a 10-foot length of plastic gutter, which, if I angle one end against the wall under the hole, allows me to direct the incoming flow into the bathtub.
My bathroom now has a water feature. And I’m back in control. How do I spell relief? V-I-A-D-U-C-T.
Posted by John Woestendiek September 20th, 2009 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: animals, bath, bathroom, bathtub, behavior, cat, ceiling, control, drip, faucet, funny, gutter, home depot, home repairs, kitchen, leak, leaky, pets, roof, shower, sink, toilet, torture, viaduct, video, water, weird, wet
B-More Dog is sponsoring a free hour-long workshop this weekend on dog-handling techniques and learning to read your dog’s body language.
It’s for humans only, and starts at noon on Sunday at BARCS (Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter) 301 Stockholm St. in Baltimore.
Posted by John Woestendiek July 21st, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: b-more dog, baltimore, baltimore animal rescue & care shelter, barcs, behavior, body language, control, dog, dog training, free, maryland, techniques, training, workshop