Seems pretty elementary, but apparently it wouldn’t hurt to warn people that, when you must tie your dog’s leash to something, you should make sure that something is secure.
Otherwise you may end up like this woman on the banks of the Thames in London.
The video posted on YouTube notes she tied her dog to a chair outside a cafe on Feb. 16 so she could go in and order coffee.
The dog took off, with the chair following close behind.
The dog dragged the chair to a nearby park — how nearby the video doesn’t make clear — where the owner was able to grab the dog’s leash.
The caption under the YouTube video notes, “The dog clearly loved every second of it!”
But I doubt that was the case.
A dog who may have spent three days with his head stuck in a jar is recovering at Fort Worth Animal Control.
The 1-year old terrier mix was found wandering the streets of Fort Worth’s Meadowbrook neighborhood last week.
Because the call came in as a dog with his head stuck in a pickle jar, he was nicknamed Pickle by animal control staff.
Which might explain what led to said head getting stuck in said jar.
Animal control officer Randall Mize was the first to respond, and said he discovered the dog laying down, and likely suffering from oxygen deprivation and dehydration.
He estimated that the dog’s head had been stuck for three days, according to CBS in Dallas-Fort Worth.
They were able to pull the jar off his head, and Pickles, or Cheese Puff, will soon be available for adoption.
To see when he shows up as available, watch this page.
Posted by John Woestendiek April 19th, 2017 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: adopt, adoption, animal control, animals, cheese, cheese puffs, cheese snacks, dog, dogs, fort worth, freed, head, jar, news, pets, pickle, plastic, recovering, stuck, video
A little peace, and quiet, and love, and attention — they’re all any of us really want in life.
And maybe even more so when death is on the way.
For humans, hospice care is now big business, but the opportunity for sick and elderly dogs to die in peace and dignity isn’t always there.
And often, their last days are less than peaceful — especially for those whose owners, hoping to avoid the expense of veterinary care, abandon them to shelters or worse.
Seeing that happening too often — seeing them get abandoned at the time they need someone the most — a northern Michigan woman started the Silver Muzzle Cottage, a rescue and hospice for homeless old dogs.
The Detroit Free Press on Sunday took an in-depth look at the organization and the woman behind it, Kim Skarritt.
Silver Muzzle Cottage takes in dogs left behind either by owner choice, or by circumstances, as when a dog’s owner suddenly dies and no one else can care for it.
In two years, she has cared for more than 70 of them. It remains the only such hospice in the state, and one of the few in the country.
“They don’t ask for much when they’re really old,” said the 56-year-old former auto engineer. “They want to be loved and cared for, they want food and they just need a warm place to lay their head at night.”
Five years ago, Skarritt opened a dog boarding and fitness center called Bowsers by the Bay. Through that work, she noticed the pattern of elderly dogs being abandoned in their final days. After calling animal shelters throughout the state, she estimated there were about 900 senior dogs within 500 miles of Elk Rapids needing a home.
Skarritt researched the issue, finding many area shelters were taking in old dogs whose owners had surrendered them, sometimes just leaving them tied outside the shelters at night.
“I kept seeing these 14-year-old dogs and 13-year-old dogs in shelters and needing homes, and I’m going, ‘What is that? Who does that?'”
So she bought an empty storage building next door to her business and opened Silver Muzzle Cottage as a nonprofit rescue just for elderly dogs, which she defines as age 10 or older, or terminally ill but not suffering so much they need to be euthanized.
The Free Press described the inside of the rescue as a “big living room with couches, throw pillows, a fake fireplace with decorations atop the mantle, end tables with vases and a coffee table with a thick photo book about dogs atop it. It looks like a normal house, except there’s a bunch of dogs lounging on the couches like they own the place.”
The dogs aren’t caged at night, which means someone has to be there at all times. Skarritt moved into a small bare bones room adjacent to the living room and sleeps there at night.
About 100 rotating volunteers visit the dogs, take them for walks and car rides and pet and play with them.
Despite their old age, many get adopted — both by volunteers and by those among whom Skarritt works to spread the word about both the plight old dogs face, and the joys of having them around.
If you ask me, the world could use more places like this — for dogs and humans; places that aren’t about being poked, and prodded and prolonged but about being treated with some love, dignity and compassion when the end is near.
Silver Muzzle Cottage is at 201 Industrial Park, Elk Rapids, Mich., 49629. For information, call 231-264-8408, or visit the Silver Muzzle Cottage Facebook page.
(Photo from Silver Muzzle’s Facebook page)
Posted by John Woestendiek April 18th, 2017 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: abandoned, adopt, adoption, animals, compassion, death, dignity, dog, dogs, dying, elderly, elderly dogs, elk rapids, hospice, kim skarritt, michigan, old, old dogs, pets, rescue, sanctuary, shelters, silver muzzle cottage, surrendered
Last week’s ohmidog! post on the tightly bonded dog, cat and rat who managed to get adopted together from a Wisconsin shelter reminded me of another dog, cat and rat team.
These three — Booger the dog, Kitty the cat, and Mousey the rat — belonged to Greg Pike, who, eight years ago, was showing them off for crowds on State Street in Santa Barbara.
He’d come up with the act years earlier in Colorado when Booger, just a pup, was given to him. Not long after that he took in Kitty — part of a litter found under a house. (Mousey’s role was played by several different rats over the years, but not because anything bad happened.)
Together they traveled the country giving street performances, and spreading the message “if these three can get along so peacefully, why not humans?”
Booger, a Rottweiler-Lab mix, died in 2012 at age 13 from kidney and liver failure — but not before becoming, along with his co-stars, some of the most often viewed animals on YouTube.
Posted by John Woestendiek April 17th, 2017 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: animals, bolder, booger, busker, cat, colorado, dog, dog cat rat, dogs, friends, greg pike, interspecies, kitty, mousey, ohmidog!, pets, rat, santa barbara, species, video
A dog, cat and rat who were surrendered together to a Wisconsin shelter have been adopted — as a team.
The threesome was brought to the Oshkosh Area Humane Society by a family who said it was no longer able to care for the pets.
They pointed out at the time that Sasha the dog, Jack the cat and Tweaks the rat were very bonded to each other and, ideally, should be adopted together.
Shelter staff found that out for themselves when the three were separated for their first night at the shelter, pending evaluations.
“It was immediately obvious to us that Jack was extremely unhappy. A staff member had the idea of putting the dog back with Jack to see if it’d have a positive impact,” said admissions manager Cari Tetzlaff.
“As soon as Sasha was in the room, Jack perked up. We were able to touch him for the first time. He instantly felt more comfortable,” she added.
Jack became even more comfortable when Tweaks (the rat) was placed in the room.
From that point on, the group — known as the Rat Pack — was allowed to stay together as they waited for adoption.
“We’re very grateful to their new family for adopting them so they can start a new chapter in their lives – together!” the Oshkosh Humane Society said in a Facebook post. “Congratulations to this special trio and their family!”
The adoptive owner was initially hesitant to adopt the rat, but quickly changed her mind after seeing the bond they shared.
(Photos: Oshkosh Area Humane Society Facebook page)
Posted by John Woestendiek April 13th, 2017 under Muttsblog.
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In a landmark piece of legislation, Taiwan has outlawed the consumption of dog and cat meat.
The island’s legislature yesterday passed an amendment to its animal protection laws, imposing longer prison sentences and stiffer fines for harming animals, and explicitly banning the slaughter, sale and consumption of dogs.
The island’s official Central News Agency (CNA) said the new law reflects the transition of Taiwan “from a society in which dog meat was regularly consumed” to one where “many people treat pet cats and dogs as valued members of their families.”
The amendment also bans “walking” pets on leashes pulled by cars and motorcycles.
The amendment comes after a series of animal abuse cases, and a strong push by animal lovers and the animal welfare movement.
Last year, a group of military personnel beat and strangled a dog and tossed its body into the ocean, an assault that was captured on video.
The amended act calls for fines between $1,640 to $8,200 for people who eat or sell dog meat, and up to $65,000 for deliberately harming an animal.
Violators of the new law may also see their names, photos and crimes publicized, Taiwan’s Central News Agency said.
Previously, the Animal Protection Act, passed in 2001, only covered the slaughter and sale of dog and cat meat, and not individual consumption.
The new law makes Taiwan the first Asian state to impose a full ban on both the marketing of dog meat and its consumption.
The amendment’s sponsor, Kuomintang Legislator Wang Yu-min, said that while some localities already had measures banning dog and cat meat consumption, national legislation was needed, according to the China Post.
China has long been criticized for its annual dog meat festival in Yulin, where as many as 10,000 dogs are slaughtered and served as meals.
Opposition to the consumption of dog is growing in China, and in South Korea, where some are pushing the government to impose restrictions on the dog meat trade before the 2018 Winter Olympics in Seoul.
Posted by John Woestendiek April 12th, 2017 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animal cruelty, animal welfare, animals, asia, asian, ban, banned, china, consumption, dog, dog meat, dogs, eat, eating, korea, legislature, markets, pets, sale, slaughter, taiwan
A toy that’s supposed to help kids learn the alphabet may be teaching them a dirty word.
At least that’s how a couple in the UK is hearing it.
Stuart and Diane Gravenell from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, bought the Leap Frog AlphaPup toy for their 18-month-old granddaughter, Iris.
The singing dog helps teach young children the alphabet and phonics, and features three educational songs, one of which the Gravenells say, includes a word that sounds a whole lot like something a dog would never say. It sounds a whole lot like f***.
(F*** is generally how us old-fashioned types write “fuck,” but if a baby toy is saying it now, why should we hold back?)
The Gravenells told the Daily Mail their daughter, Jessica Sollars, took the toy out of the box for her granddaughter and turned it on, playing some of the songs.
In one, the dog sang, “One, two, chew on a shoe, three, four, bark at the door.” But instead of “bark,” it sounded like f*** to the parents and grandparents.
“When Jessica heard it she phoned us up and asked, ‘Is this some kind of joke?'” Gravenell said. “And then when she played it to us we both heard it and I just thought, ‘oh my God!’… These things are supposed to teach children to speak properly, so you’d think they would over-enunciate correctly.”
The toy is widely available in the UK and the U.S., where retailers including Walmart, Amazon and Toys R’Us offer it.
In the American version of the toy, the dog has no British accent, so “bark” doesn’t sound like f***.
The couple said their daughter has taken the toy away from Iris.
Said Gravenell, “It has been a naughty dog, so Jessica has put it into quarantine.”
(Photos and video from the Daily Mail)
Posted by John Woestendiek April 11th, 2017 under Muttsblog, videos.
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