Tragedy struck the tragedy that is “Teen Mom 2″ when Chelsea Houska’s French bulldog — left outside unsupervised — was attacked and killed by a neighbor’s Siberian husky.
Houska, one of several single teen mom’s featured on the MTV reality show, had let both of her dogs outside as she rushed to get ready to go take her GED test.
Only one came back.
When she went to look for Frankie, she saw her being attacked by the husky next door.
“It was like the worst thing I’ve ever seen,” she tells her father later. When she called police, she says, she was told they couldn’t do anything and that “if your dog was on a leash she’d still be alive.”
As Houska recounts to her father what happened, her daughter, Aubree, says, ”Mommy’s crying.”
“Yeah, she misses Frankie”
“Where’d Frankie go?”
“He went away for a little while,” says Houska’s dad.
Posted by jwoestendiek January 16th, 2013 under Muttsblog, videos.
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It’s not exactly a new problem, just one that has been given a sexier name, but indications are that “dog flipping” may be on the rise.
As with house flipping, it’s all about the profit — immoral sleazebags respond to ads placed by people looking to re-home a pet, pretend that they are going to give it a loving home, and then turn around and sell it.
“You might think you are giving your dog to a loving home, but it is going to be warehoused with up to eight to 10 other dogs in tiny apartments and sold to the highest bidder,” animal rescuer Sarah Clinton told WMC-TV.
Dog flippers usually target websites like Craigslist — both to procure dogs and to sell them.
Falling victim to it led one couple in Ohio to start a Facebook page after their dog was flipped.
Amy Cannon was trying to find homes for nine puppies. After she advertised her puppies, free to good homes, one family took two of them, including one named “Frankie.”
Not much later, she saw an ad on Craigslist that read, “My husband and I are selling our dog Frankie. We just moved and now don’t have enough yard for him to play.” Attached to the post was a picture of her dog Frankie.
Cannon confronted the person who had Frankie, who said he was selling the dog because he needed grocery money. Cannon bought Frankie back for $70.
Experts said charging a fee for your dog is one deterrent for dog flipping.
“It cuts down on their profit and maybe they will overlook that pet and look for some easy money some other way,” said Clinton.
Even more important might be building a relationship with the potential adopters, or even asking to visit their home.
“It’s beyond our realm of thinking that anybody would look at a companion animal and see it as a means to turn a quick buck,” said Clinton.
But they do. The practice isn’t illegal, just revolting.
Last year, Gene Baierschmidt, executive director of the Humane Society of Utah, denounced the practice, which he said appeared to be on the rise.
“Flipping a house for profit is one thing. Flipping an animal is inhumane,” he said. “Cats and dogs are not inanimate objects and should not be viewed as commodities. They are living creatures who feel fear and pain.”
In addition to being unethical, “flipping animals is stressful on pets, and could put them in danger because people can’t ensure that the pets will be placed in a safe environment. Shelters have protocols to ensure that animals are placed in a safe and loving home.”
Posted by jwoestendiek March 23rd, 2012 under Muttsblog, videos.
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For the boy band — Nick, Joe and Kevin Jonas, and their younger brother Frankie — it will be their first feature film.
Variety reports that the movie, based on the bestselling series of books by William Kotzwinkle and Glenn Murray, will begin shooting next spring.
While his brothers play music, Frankie and the gaseous hound get involved in a plot that involves liberating a koi fish and thwarting jewel thieves.
Posted by jwoestendiek October 29th, 2008 under Muttsblog.
Tags: bestelling, book, childrens book, flatulence, frankie, joe jonas, jonas brothers, kevin jonas, kotzwinkle, movie, nick jonas, variety, walter, walter the farting dog
Debbie Dalton’s Chihuahua is buzzing — and she has no idea why.
Frankie emits what sounds like high-pitched radio signals from his ears, the Associated Press reports.
Dalton’s home in Geneva, Ohio has eleven dogs, but Frankie, she says, stands out from the others, something she realized a couple of months ago.
“Frankie’s walking along the back of the sofa and I got closer and closer and I said ‘Oh my goodness …it’s the dog that’s buzzing.’”
Dalton says the noise doesn’t seem to bother Frankie, and it helps her when she loses track of Frankie outside. All she has to do is listen.
Her vet has no idea what the problem is, says Dalton, who’d like to see it solved.
“(When) he’s sleeping facing me, I have to move because i can hardly hear the TV.”
Posted by jwoestendiek October 17th, 2008 under Muttsblog.
Tags: buzzing, chihuahua, dog, dogs, ears, frankie, geneva, high-pitched sound, news, ohio, pets, radio signal, strange, unusual