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NewsNips: DOG SPORT, PRIONS, POSTAL WARNING

Digestible Delectable Dog News Tidbits - April 2018

 

Infectious prions disease, postal service warning to dog owners, plus dog sports and service options.

 

TheDogPress NewsNips Mail DogUSPS WARNING TO DOG OWNERS

The Postal Service grew from the Pony Express into a 20th century Money Eating Monster. One of the highest paid non-skilled U.S. Government jobs, it also ranks among the highest in customer complaints.

Perhaps there is a reason your family pet sees the mail “person” as a threat to your usable income. You know, the part that’s left of your paycheck after income taxes, gasoline taxes, federal, state and local sales tax, property taxes, license plate and toll road taxes, etc. etc. Your dog can’t bite IRS but he can try to keep the “mail person” from bringing you all that advertising junk that fills your box – at a fraction of the cost you pay to mail a one-page letter.

Adding irony to insult, the United States Postal System spent $millions more to develop this notice so we want to be sure our dog owning subscribers know…

 

• If a carrier delivers mail or packages to your front door, place your dog in a separate room and close that door before opening the front door. Some dogs burst through screen doors or plate-glass windows to attack visitors. Dog owners should keep the family pet secured.

 

• Parents should remind their children and other family members not to take mail directly from carriers in the presence of the family pet, as the dog may view the person handing mail to a family member as a threatening gesture.

 

• The Postal Service places the safety of its employees as a top priority. If a carrier feels threatened by a dog, or if a dog is loose or unleashed, the owner may be asked to pick up mail at a Post Office until the carrier is assured the pet has been restrained. If a dog is roaming the neighborhood, the pet owner’s neighbors also may be asked to pick up their mail at the area’s Post Office. ~ Courtesy of USPS National Release 2018

 

INFECTIOUS PRIONS???

Prions are an infectious protein type of disease found in meat which may cause normal human prion protein to develop abnormally. This type of the disease usually affects younger people (and animals) and can cause fatal neurodegenerative diseases such as mad cow and variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

 

Prions are almost indestructible. They can survive being boiled, covered with alcohol or acid, even autoclaving may fail to kill Prions! University Of Utah reports that infected brains which have been “sitting in formaldehyde for decades” can still transmit spongiform disease. Simply (?) put, cooking your steak or beef burger all the way through won't destroy the prions so be careful where you buy table meat and dog meat.

 

DOG SPORTS AND SERVICE

Some people golf or dance for exercise, others fish or go to theater for entertainment, many enjoy church or social clubs, but the dog fancy shows dogs!

 

Dog shows are a lot of exercise. Getting from ring to ring takes stamina and gaiting your dog requires coordination and perfect timing. Dog events are among the largest and most all-encompassing social events in the world.

 

People from all walks of life, opposing politics, religious backgrounds, every creed, color, and personality come together to share a common love. Amazing when you think about it…

 

What about therapy dog work and how vital that is, especially to our wounded veterans?

 

Then there's search and rescue, saving lives every day.  OK, sometimes the dog goes on strike (like this bloodhound) but seriously, those search and rescue dogs work day or night, rain or shine, no matter the terrain.

 

The sport of dogs offers something for everyone. Obedience competition for perfectionists, for the athletic owner, Agility, dock-diving, field work that brings home the game, barn hunt and carting for practical purpose.

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