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Just wondering if you have this emag in hard copy for
sale? I would much prefer kicking back on a lawn chair
or bubble bath. It would be a treat be able to read when
I am not at my computer, like down time at shows. If you
ever do have that option pleas sign me up for a lifetime
Eva Marie Coe, Siberian Husky Pet Forum www.siberianoutpost.com
I want to say I enjoyed reading your article about umbilical cords, but
I have to say that you were incorrect in assuming that dams ignore the
cord/placenta for any particular time after birth. My oldest bitch has
had three litters, and I have never had to mess with the umbilical cords
of her puppies, or really assist in any way during her births, because
she has the cord chewed off and placenta consumed before it ever makes
it completely out of the birth canal!
news. Not the cold. Was 19 degrees here, way too cold for me at that,
sure didn't take long feeding horses in that weather. Supposed to be 50
today, a lot better. I am definitely not a cold weather person.
Otherwise I am doing good. Thanks for the card. Frank McCartha
200,000 interested readers know what's on your mind and what we need to
Note Life Span!
Regarding the veterinarian who has noticed the increase in cancer
and connects that to the use of vaccines. While it is true that some
vaccines are not necessary for the location and we know that the
frequency can be adjusted, I would suggest that many dogs who were dying
of distemper, hep and parvo and other avoidable diseases are now living
long enough to get cancer. Also, in those "good old days" dogs died and
were buried, without diagnostics or analysis as to cause of death.
What an astute observation! Thanks
for calling it to our attention.
I Use thinning shears to cut the umbilical cord – shreds and crushes it
just like mom does. I’ve used them for years with much better results
than using straight edged scissors!
passed this along to Pat Hastings who knows all the tips
& tricks and wrote for reprint permission.
think this is another ploy for AKC to get exhibitors to fork over more
money; to which many of us are doing. <smile> I also think it's a shame
to see that the judges appear to have been told they have to award the
points. I have yet to see a judge withhold the select award in my
breed, when there have been many times they should have. There are
several dogs in my breed who are nearing their GCH that never should
have finished in the first place. And they wouldn't have, save for the
professional handler that showed it. SHAME ON YOU AKC!
I just read your article on Umbilical Cord. It was wonderful. I've
done it that way for years and people thought I was crazy waiting to cut
the cord. Thank you for you insight.
Open forum, any subject,
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Grapes are a concentrated form of Raisins. One or
two grapes is a small amount & generally not harm full. But 1/4 cup of
Raisins can contain at least 50 raisins. Who would feed 50 grapes to
their dog as a treat? Poison Control did have a reported case where a
Lab ate the discarded pressing at a Winery. The research is ongoing to
fine the toxins, but it is believed to be in the skins, not the meat of
the grape. That would explain the higher toxicity of raisins. If you
are interested the basic timeline for Raisin Poisoning is as follows. 2
hours after ingesting raisins all the toxins have been absorbed into the
system - 24 hours vomiting &/ diarrhea starts - 48 hours full blown
Renal Failure - Most die within 6 days of ingestion.
My point is WHY
take the chance & feed a dog anything that could be potential fatal to
your dog. If I had known about Raisins being even slightly harmful to
my dogs, I would NEVER have had them in my home. I also feel everyone
has the right to have this same knowledge & be able to protect their
Becky & the Ninjas
PA Puppy Mills:
a ride along the back roads of the Chester/Lancaster County border and
see for yourself the so called propaganda. Your site is self serving
and endangers the animals that truly need help. The Amish do not
follow the rules because they are exempt from laws we "English" obey.
They are notorious for treating animals inhumanely, including their own
plow horse they work until they drop dead in the field. I have no
problem with responsible breeders that truly breed for the love of the
animal and not only profit. This is not the case with puppy mills, they
are a disgrace to our state and need to be abolished. Don't accuse
shelters that take these poor creatures and provide care, and thinking
they have an ulterior motive is insane.
Too bad Mr. Fisher is out his $50,000 yearly extra income, perhaps he
should stick to planting crops, at least they get to see sunlight. Just
for the record I adopted a puppy mill dog. Nothing would make me happier
if we did not ever have to have rescue "ACTIVISTS" and shelters in this
country, however, as long as there are people that care only for profit
and greed it's going continue to be a necessity. You are barking up the
Jacqueline Shanley Chester County, PA
Jacqueline was referring to something in
Breeder Bill Of Rights Articles.
I wish she had explored TheDogPlace more before forming an opinion about
our opinions but we surely respect hers!
I detest (all) probiotics on the market. I feed my dogs a
totally raw diet, with great variation in meats/ veggies, a couple
supplements and yes, even leftovers of our own foods. With years of
research, seminars, books, online info & a few Animal Nutritionists
friends, I have not once used a commercial probiotic. I know dogs (on
kibble) who have the worse intestinal problems until their owners are
convinced to stop and clean up the dogs diet.
The problem with the
so called digestion aids, #1 another Gimmick #2 not used properly, too
long, too much & some do not even contain proper ingredients to do any
good anyway. #3 whose system is being helped here? The dogs or the
Manufacturer’s? #4 Why is the commercial kibble industry now dumping
them in the bottom of the ingredient list? At what point does it
look more like they are subjecting your dogs to diseases to assist &
Vets are another anal-minded segment. Along with the public thinking
their vets are Kibble Gods, how does a never opened 3" thick
canine nutrition manual (from the dog food company) give them any right
to tell people what to feed their dogs? Vets are needed, as are
doctors, but not for nutritional information & definitely not from some
commercial kibble representative unless that company is willing to
answer 100% of your inquiries & has nothing to hide. (write some- you'll
never get a response). This is getting out of control & guess who
pays? The dog you love. In this day & age there is no call for such
ignorance, except that the almighty dollar & advertising gurus jump on a
bandwagon to brainwash “John Q public" into thinking a dead,
re-cooked thing, coated & sprayed with vitamins, minerals, some
“natural” flavor, fermentation products, and re-used fry fat is
healthy for their dogs? No human would do this to themselves, so why the
animals? (We) allow chemical companies to buy up kibble companies, pay
off veterinarians, program anal sales reps and advertise lies to
consumers, more problems will arise than a tummy ache, IBD or falling
out hair, infected ears, infected eyes, bladder infections, kidney
stones, kidney failure, or pancreatitis. That (what about) the
actual breeding population, or what will happen to the next generation
of dogs. Lets just hope the national testing facility does not do their
testing on any more dogs or cats.
Doggone well said! Nel Liquorman will be smiling, thanks Tina.
Judging Consistency: I was just
reading your Article on
Judging may be consistent but not credible. Very well written.
My comment goes another step. Judges may know the standards of the
breeds they judge. They may "know" that in this particular breed
(Basenjis in this case) the dogs 'ideally' should be 17" and 24 lbs,
and the bitches 16" and 22 lbs. But either they don't know it, or
they are incapable of understanding what the words actually it look
like. If you walk in the ring with a dog who is even 23 lbs, the
judges say they are "too much dog". I was showing a bitch a few
years ago who was 16" and 20-1/2 lbs. My competition was more on
the order of 17" and 18 lbs. Judges were calling my bitch "fat".
Ironically she was built just like her great grandmother who was the
No. 1 Basenji bitch in the US for 2 years. Oh what a difference 15
years made! Same height, same weight, same body shape. One was #1
- one was called fat.
Taking it another step further -
judges need to not only judge the dogs, but when it comes down to
faulting a dog - and let's face it, no dog is perfect - maybe they
need to look at not just the faults but how they effect the
performance of the dog, and just how hard is it to breed the fault
out. Structural problems (i.e. bad toplines, straight shoulders,
narrow fronts, high rears) take a number of generations to breed
out. AND are totally obvious to anyone watching the dogs go around
the ring. A slight underbite can be bred out in one generation,
isn't visible to observers and in the grand scheme of things, should
not be faulted as severely as the structural problems.
Thanks for the many great articles and
for staying on top of so many things. Many of us appreciate the
information we get from your articles.