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WOOFIPEDIA SPAM - BECAUSE THEY CAN
Here’s an email from AKC's “Woofipedia” last year. Okay so it is just spam but the message designed to hook you is patently false.
December 2016 | TheDogPress.com
Here’s what the AKC email said:
“Can dogs eats grapes? Absolutely not.
“Grapes (and raisins) are toxic to dogs, and they should never be allowed to eat them.
“Why, you ask? Well, veterinarians aren't quite sure. But it has been proven that the fruit can cause kidney failure in dogs—a very serious condition that can be fatal. As little as one grape per pound of body weight is enough to cause an issue in some dogs.”
Cagey eh? Woofipedia doesn’t actually say that eating grapes will send your dog to the vet with kidney failure but it got your attention. In the business, we call that spam because the first thing you see upon opening that unsubstantiated warning is a big advertisement for Trifexis.
You may remember that Lawsuits were filed against Trifexis, a heartworm prevention “medicine” which was released after a safety study using only 352 dogs, of which only 176 received Trifexis. USDA reported an average of one complaint per day filed. Over 700 beloved pets on that particular heartworm prevention product died in 2014. The suit failed so presumably the product is safe.
In the woofipedia message, AKC offers you information on “which foods are safe to feed your pets”. The page is colorful and interesting but the list seems based on which foods are safe to CHEW which shows how much the spam-writer knows about dogs. Carnivores swallow in chunks, which is why they don’t have grinding molars.
Most dog owners prefer science-based information such as ii Why Dogs Eat Grass and a list of the most sprayed and toxic in foods in Fruits & Veggies For Dogs. That information helps protect you, your family, and your pets.
So do we really need unsolicited “advice” from someone who probably doesn’t even own a dog? I’ve watched the internet go from a free information source in 1998 to just another never-ending commercial. You remember when we paid for commercial-free cable or satellite? Right, then we had to buy a DVR and record our favorite shows so we could fast-forward past the advertising…
So why worry about spam? Rarely does it inform you. Almost always it harvests (and sells) your information if you click it.
Even as network news was all a-twitter about U.S. government employee records being hacked, AKC was peddling your privacy instead of maintaining the integrity of the AKC Stud Book. Don’t expect Woofipedia to tell you about the wide-scale corruption in your breed’s genetic package.
TheDogPress.com strips AKC’s stud book problem down to bare bones. Sadly we covered the skeleton of integrity which was once the very foundation of purebred dogs.
Good news or not, HEADlines keeps you in the know about everything that affects you as a dog owner or breeder but did I mention, you have to ASK for a free subscription.
That’s because HEADlines never slams your inbox. It simply keeps you on top of ShowShots, Club News, and helpful information about dogs. And no NetPlaces site ever sells or shares your contact and personal information. Never.
AKC should forget spamming your inbox with advertising. The Great American Kennel Club should stick to registering dogs and maintaining a valid Stud Book. At one time, that was the AKC’s only Mission. AKC’s Mission Statement has been repeatedly changed. Observing those changes since 1998 leads one to believe the AKC Mission changed to accommodate its ever-increasing first interest, making money.
Before you ask, here is TheDogPress.com Mission Statement. Here is TheDogPlace.org Mission Statement, and here is the AKC Mission Statement, from 2005 – 2011. See #5 below for the latest AKC Mission Statement changes.