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Greyhound racing is officially over in Colorado. The state’s last live dog racing track in Commerce City closed at the end of June.

This is really mixed news, both good and bad. I’m no fan of greyhound racing. There are so many horror stories associated with it and like most anything, you have wonderful caring people who love their dogs and then you have others. All in all, I won’t shed a tear to see this over, so that’s the good news.

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Left-pawed or Right-pawed?? VIDEO

Not a dog video but on a Monday I figure we can all use something to laugh and smile about and this should definitely give you a tickle!! 😀

Boxing Match

TN Puppy MIll Raid150 Dogs and Puppies Prepare to Start Their New Life!

In the largest puppy mill raid in TN history, a total of 682 dogs, 25 cats, 23 horses, four parrots and 13 chickens were seized from Pine Bluff Kennels on Ed Lyell Road in Hickman County. Twelve animals were found dead on the property.

The mostly small purebred dogs lived their entire lives stuffed into small cages, many crammed together, no exercise and often very little to eat or drink. Some were found sharing their cages with dead dogs or puppies. The first piece of good news about them since their rescue is that most of them are adoptable!

But that’s all changing now! The dogs have been removed from this life of cruelty and neglect, a life or breeding over and over again until their little bodies are completely used up.

Yesterday, for 150 of the dogs, breeds including poodles sharpies, miniature dobermans and other small dogs, their new life began at the Atlanta Humane Society.

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Puppy Mill raid in TNYesterday’s raid on Pine Bluff Kennels on Ed Lyell Road in Hickman County, TN, is believed to be “largest puppy mill rescue ever conducted in Tennessee” according the the HSUS. A variety of breeds of dogs were rescued from conditions described as “extremely poor,” typical of a ‘puppy mill’.

Many dogs were suffering from obvious illness and injuries such as skin conditions, eye injuries and broken bones. It’s believed that many dogs were never let out of their cages. Many were without waters and there was a build-up of feces. Dead dogs as well as dogs very close to death were found.

“We are looking at about 700 animals right now, maybe more will be added to that count,” said Stephanie Shain, director of the Humane Society’s Stop Puppy Mills campaign. “The conditions are extremely poor. They are typical of a breeding operation like this, what we call a puppy mill.”

Officials and volunteers found about 200 puppies. The rest of the dogs were used for breeding.

Shain said puppy mill dogs typically are sold at prices from $150 to $1,000.

“It is likely that no one who ever purchased a puppy from this operation saw these conditions,” Shain said.

Selling puppies on the Internet allows breeding operations to remain out of sight from potential buyers, Shain said. She estimated that there are more than 10,000 “puppy mills” operating in the U.S.

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PLEASE SEE IMPORTANT UPDATE – 6/27/08 BELOW!! Great News!!

Update – 7/8/08 – Uh Oh…. She’s back at it Again!! Read About It!!

UPDATE – 7/29/08 – Now Selling Puppies Through a Classified Ad – See Below!

I received this just this morning and thought it was important to help get the word out on this individual. With so many reputable and hard working rescuers out there, people like this give them a bad name! Don’t let them get away with it!

Thanks for bringing this information to us Mary (Mary Shaver-O’Conner of BanOhioAuction.com)

Please crosspost and get the word out!!

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Alert – NJ Puppy Broker Posing as a Rescue on PetFinder.com

Complaints about sick puppies received from Ohio, New York and New Jersey

Be Aware of This Individual:

Vicki/Victoria Patterson, NJ Collie Rescue and Referral, Whitehouse, NJ 08889

http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/NJ315.html

This so-called rescue is operating like your run-of-the-mill pet store. It was confirmed in a conversation with the commercial kennel owner on June 23, 2008 that all or most of the purebred puppies listed on NJ Collie Rescue’s PetFinder website (http://tinyurl.com/4mo37g) were purchased from the MO breeder whose kennel name was superimposed on some of the pictures. In fact, the breeder stated she was under the impression that Vicki Patterson was a pet shop owner when she purchased the 12-14 week old puppies at prices “far less than the usual advertised prices” of $200 found on the website.

Patterson, advertising as NJ Collie Rescue and Referral, demands cash only for her ‘special rescue rates’ of $500 to $745! It’s also deceptive to state the puppies were ‘saved from auction’ when the MO breeder confirmed what we’ve known for years: that young puppies are rarely, if ever, sold at auctions – that most of the dogs found at puppy mill auctions are older, retired breeders. Reputable rescues attend auctions to buy these poor “used up” breeders to rescue, rehabilitate them and adopt them into approved, qualified homes. Plus, their adoption fees are much less than these pet-store prices.

And most importantly, Patterson/NJ Collie Rescue do not guarantee the health of the puppies once they are adopted. We all know that puppies born in commercial kennels, i.e. puppy mills, are highly prone to contagious, congenital and /or hereditary diseases and defects that can run into the thousands of dollars to treat or cure.

Visit this PetFinder forum link to read about previous problems associated with Patterson and NJ Collie Rescue: http://tinyurl.com/5f45b4

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Now You Can Show Your Love and Support!

For the Love of the Dog T-ShirtsThat’s right! You can show your love and support for your canine companion and dogs everywhere with one of our wonderful new “For the Love of the Dog” tees!

The great shirts are custom printed on Hanes® tagless 100% cotton heavy weight t-shirts and come in white, ash, natural and sand Available in sizes from Small to 3XL.

It’s a great way for you to show your support and they make wonderful gifts for any dog love you know.

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For the Love of the Dog Custom Tees!

What makes dogs so different? Dogs; from a pound or two to 200 pound or more, white to brown to black and all shade between, never has there been more diversity in the way any animal looks. You have meek and mild, outgoing and friendly, hunters and pointers and retrievers, herders and laps dogs and again, everything in between.

What makes dogs so different? Up until now the incredible difference and diversity has only led to question with no answers. Now, a recent study is giving us some answers to the questions.

Scientists have developed a method to identify the genetic basis for this diversity that may have far-reaching benefits for dogs and their owners.

In the cover story of tomorrow’s edition of the science journal Genetics, research reveals locations in a dog’s DNA that contain genes that scientists believe contribute to differences in body and skull shape, weight, fur color and length — and possibly even behavior, trainability and longevity.

“This exciting breakthrough, made possible by working with leaders in canine genetics, is helping us piece together the canine genome puzzle which will ultimately translate into potential benefit for dogs and their owners,” said study co-author Paul G. Jones, PhD, a Mars Veterinary™ genetics researcher at the Waltham® Centre for Pet Nutrition — part of Mars® Incorporated, a world leader in pet care that has been studying canine genetic science for the past eight years. “By applying this research approach, we may be able to decipher how genes contribute to physical or behavioral traits that affect many breeds.”

Dogs originally derived from the wolf more than 15,000 years ago — a blink of the eye in evolutionary terms. Selective breeding produced dogs with physical and behavioral traits that were well suited to the needs or desires of their human owners, such as herding or hunting ability, coat color and body and skull shape and size. This resulted in the massive variance seen among the more than 350 distinct breeds that make up today’s dog population. Until now, the genetic drivers of this diversity have intrigued scientists who have been trying to explain how and why the difference in physical and behavioral traits in dogs changed so rapidly from its wolf origins.

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World’s Ugliest Dog – Gus!

Gus, World's Ugliest Dog - 2008A Chinese Crested took the top, or bottom, prize again this year for World’s Ugliest Dog. Gus, 3 legs, one eye, skin cancer and tuft of hair on the top of his head, was crowned this year’s winner Saturday at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Northern California.

Owner, Jeanenne Teed, brought Gus all the way from St. Petersburg, Fl to compete for the honor. He competed against 11 other dogs from all over the U.S., winning in the pedigree-class category and then going on to triumph in the overall competition.

He took home two trophies and $1,600 in prize money, which his owners are going to put toward his radiation treatments. Gus has skin cancer, which ledGus, World's Ugliest Dig to the amputation of one leg. He will be flown to New York to appear on “CBS This Morning.” The contest will be shown on the Animal Planet network in October.

After all the excitement and the prospect of stardom with an appearance on CBS, the top dog was exhausted.

“Well, I think right now he’s ready for a nap,” said Jeanenne.

Most of the dogs who enter the competition, which has been running for 20 years, are rescue animals, according to a spokeswoman. Suffering at the hands of neglectful owners or the claws of other four-legged friends goes a long way to explain their unusual appearance.

May and JuchkaMay, the first Siberian tiger cub to be born in the Russia’s Omsk region in 20 years was rejected by her mother so now she has a new family and mother. A female dog named Juchka, who had just had puppies, was brought to the village zoo to look after May and the little cub has taken well to her new family.

She loves to play with the puppies and enjoys being nuzzled over by Juchka. The little cat is already showing a few dog-like behaviors including growling at other cats. She’s also is being fed goats milk mixed with cream to make up for tiger’s milk, which has five to six times more fat.

May will outgrow her surrogate mom and family in about three weeks but by then she will be doing just fine.

Watch May playing with her surrogate family.

Siberian Tiger mothered by dog

5 Ways Pets Can Improve Your Health

Owning a pet can ward off depression, lower blood pressure, and boost immunity. It may even improve your social life.

A pet is certainly a great friend. After a difficult day, pet owners quite literally feel the love.

In fact, for nearly 25 years, research has shown that living with pets provides certain health benefits. Pets help lower blood pressure and lessen anxiety. They boost our immunity. They can even help you get dates.

Allergy Fighters

“The old thinking was that if your family had a pet, the children were more likely to become allergic to the pet. And if you came from an allergy-prone family, pets should be avoided,” says researcher James E. Gern, M.D., a pediatrician at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

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