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means, common sense on ASPCA,
and one reader's Pet Peeves are
jewels made out of words. Smaller
litter size in show dogs and
Castration are not related but... Be sure and heed the
sad warnings in three different letters on
Medications. If you can help win the battle against
micro chipping, folks in
Malta will be grateful. And we prance like a
when praised so thanks readers, we owe it all to you!
Excellent Articles - "Where has everybody gone?" and "Extremes in purebred dogs" both make excellent points.
Jacqueline Brellochs showed my 1st dog to CH in 1971)
Extreme Purebreds - I appreciated articles on extreme purebreds and on where have all of the people and dogs gone!! I think it will get worse if all of the new regulations get passed!! I hope more and more people are educated on the lies and untruths of the HSUS and ASPCA and do not get so taken in by their ads on TV. Thank you for this and I am glad to be on your subscription list.
One of the breeds I have seen a lot of extremes in is one of my breeds, Chinese Crested. I have asked people
"why are you breeding them so large and so hairy?" One person said, "I don't mind the grooming" so I said that wasn't the point, but why so large and so very hairy and she repeated her statement. I turned and walked away. They are supposed to be refined toy dogs, not draft horses!
I have tried to get into the articles, I would love to read the Puppy Evaluation.
... 2 pups I have right now about 9-10 weeks old are rather different, not only in color, but in personalities. My lil palomino girl is very outgoing, ran out the back door into the yard first time she saw it open. Usually the "big" dogs use a doggie door when I am home. The little blue pup climbed on the couch first and she is cautious when she wants down and will not just jump down! These are pretty smart pups and I want to channel that
- My experience was with previcox not rimadyl but I just thought I would let
you know my experience with NSAIDS. My 6 year old Golden Retriever pulled her
back leg and was only on 3/4 a tablets a day for 4 days when her kidneys failed.
She got fluid in her lungs. Long story short, she ended up at the vet hospital
at UGA and went into respiratory arrest. After a long week in the hospital and a
month recovery at home she is doing great and back to her wonderful self. We
were never given a patient insert and were not told any side effects by the vet.
Hopefully getting this info out to dog owners can save some lives! Thanks,
Info On Rimadyl - I lost my dear Collie Sammie to Rimadyl. She had just a sprained shoulder, no other problems. She was given a total of 8 ½ tablets of Rimadyl and she was killed. Have had BIG problems “talking” to Orion Pharma, that’s Pfizer’s representatives here in Norway. They are arrogant and don’t care.
I have written my dear Sammie’s horror story here :
Sincerely, Elisabeth Roysland
20,000 interested readers know what's on your mind and what we need to cover
Please Help Fight Micro Chipping!!! - Kindly can anyone help us in our fight against the introduction of the Micro-Chipping in Malta - Europe with more information as the Ministry in Malta are stating that there is no cancer cases due to the Micro Chipping.
We are fighting against the introduction of the micro chipping of dogs in the Maltese Islands (Malta and Gozo) but if you read the reply from Mr John Joseph Vella as the Director (Animal Welfare, Promotion and Services) The Civil Abattoir, Abattoir Square, Albertown, Marsa MRS 1123 Malta. Tel: +356 22925219 / +356 22925371 - He is stating that..... "The cases mentioned concerning microchipped dogs which have suffered infections following implantation of the microchip do not describe by whom these microchips were implanted, under which conditions these were implanted, nor were these procedures documented in a scientific manner."
- Thanks for the reminder with the article on Med conversations!!! I "know" the
amounts... but it's nice to be able to see a reminder - print it out and put it
in the folder in the kitchen!
Castration - I very much
enjoy your newsletters and often send my friends a link to your site to read a
specific article. However, I will not do that for your
article on castration. I applaud you for pointing out the dangers of
castration and spaying. I have often wondered whether my bitches got "hot
flashes", etc from being spayed and whether my males would grow tall and slim
from being castrated. Therefore, about 25 years ago after I adopted a stray
macho Australian Terrier I insisted that my Vet give him a vasectomy rather than
castrate him. The problem with this is that his behavior did not change. He was
still running after females and trying to impregnate them and was still
constantly urinating on everything in the house. Of course I kept him through
old age but when he passed away I decided that never again would I put a dog
through surgery without neutering him.
I believe that neutering is quite
like debarking. It is for the owner; certainly not for the dog. If you cannot
stand the behavior and are thinking of taking the dog to the pound or putting
him/her to sleep because his behavior is not acceptable in your home, which
would be better? I feel that the dog feels your resentment towards him because
of a behavior he cannot stop and is natural to him. What a horrible thing it is
to keep a dog outside because his behavior is not acceptable inside. Neutering
not only lowers the population of unwanted animals but makes the dog trainable
much easier and therefore more loved by the owner. So, which is it? Having
a home that is happy and comfortable or going from home to home breaking the
dogs and the owners hearts? I truly believe that neutering and spaying are
the right things to do if you are not showing your dog so that you can decide if
it is of quality to show. I feel terrible that I now know that I have put my dog
in danger by neutering him and spaying her. However, I know that I would be very
unhappy if they were urinating on my furniture and the dog would know that it
was not loved. Debbie Miller
that you pointed this out! I hope all of our readers absorb this truth and share
it with other dog owners. This is exactly that kind of feedback we need to
keep our heads on straight!
Open forum, any subject,
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Smaller Litter Size: I'm new to the world of purebred dogs (my Ibizan Hound just turned two years
old) but I did a considerable amount of research into the breed prior to
getting my puppy and have continued to follow the breed. I (and the breeder)
are currently waiting for the breeder's bitch to come into season so that I can
add a second dog. In the short time I have been
following the breed I have seen an increase in litters having only 1-3 pups
instead of the 6-10 pups that were common in the early years of this breed in
the US. I have wondered if the use of human intervention (AI) is part of the
problem. Personal observation: dogs used for only showing = small litters; dogs used for both showing and lure coursing =
normal litters (6-8 pups). I would like permission to place a link to
Mechanics of Mating on my Facebook page. Many of my FB friends are breeders
and this info needs needs a wide audience. Thank You,
Lisa S. Peason
Astute observation! Lisa, you are not
the only person who has noticed a trend. We will set up a comments page
for readers, starting with information such as you have provided. Thank
Pet Peeves -
Solutions To Shelter Purebreds. These fights don't just take place
among the factions within an interest group (in this case, dogs). They also
happen between interest groups. Circus people know that the ARs lie about circus
animal abuse, but they may still get all wound up about "factory farms", never
thinking that the ARs are lying about them too. The hunters and fishermen rant
about the "puppy mills", and the large-scale dog breeders are derogatory towards
the fur ranchers and the fur ranchers think those horrible egg producers pack
all those chickens in way too tight. I mean really -- chicken brains
aren't even a half step above reptile brains. If anyone stopped to think for
just a minute, it'd be obvious that chickens don't sit around in existential
angst over the square footage of their cages. They were hatched and raised that
way. They don't have the mental capacity to know anything else exists. If
we do ever stop fighting among ourselves, we'll be unstoppable. BTW, I am
a frequent reader and very much like your site. Anyway, thanks for
listening. I'm so tickled to have gotten a response. :-)
Another dimension heard from to keep the rest of us
level-headed and on track! Thanks Candace.
ASPCA & Common Sense - Breeder vs Buyer; AR vs AW, purebred vs mix. Why can't we stop all this bickering? Greed & $$$$ are the bottom line. We love all animals, dogs, cats, rats, wild or tame, & we work to make their lives better by contributing to all types of organizations. Perhaps this is the problem - we want to do the best, but who decides what "best" means? Right now we send a monthly donation to the ASPCA, an organization we've respected since we were young people. Lately we've seen them lumped in with PETA & HSUS. This we know to be wrong. I'm so old, I used to contribute to the ANTI-VIVISECTION SOCIETY. How, 60 years ago, could I have known this was a
predecessor of PETA? To us, the dog fancy, cat fancy, bird fancy & any other fancy out there, must start working together and soon before it's too late for all us animals here on earth. In case some young people out there don't know it, but human beings are also animals.
Mary Ann Larssen, Former breeder.
Another truth. We should stop infighting long
enough to swing at the real enemy. One correction though which should make
you feel better. The ASPCA is ONLY in NY City and is a venerable,
wonderful organization. So far as we know, it has nothing to do with
local SPCA groups who use the name. Some are honest and good.
Some (many) are not. 20/20 has covered some of those.
What APHIS Means -
Hello Mr. John Q. Public, With the APHIS proposed rule, you will pay a huge
amount for your new puppy! I will only be able to keep 4 breeding
females, so quantity will definitely go down, & I won't have a very big
gene pool, so quality could possibility go down. Dog shows may become
more expensive and fewer in number. My breeding stock may not be
evaluated, as dogs shows are instrumental in evaluating and judging
breeding stock to produce quality dogs.
In addition, you will have to get on a plane and then
drive the 150 miles to my house to pick out a puppy. I will be screening
you very closely, maybe even getting a background check and credit
report, before you are allowed to visit and pick up said puppy and my
prices will be triple because a home raised puppy with social skills
will be very rare, plus all the costs for screening you. Only the
upper-middle class and rich may be able to get a well bred puppy from
You may however, get at puppy at one of the facilities
that will spring up, where as required by the USDA regulation, puppies
and adults are caged. The puppy will have no social skills and their
temperament will not be known until you get them. Some breeds will
disappear. Commercial facilities do not deal well with females who need
c-sections to produce a puppy.
But we all need more rules and regulations in our lives
to fix the problems of so many dogs in the pound and rescues. Oh wait,
responsible breeders take back any unwanted puppy and those generally
aren't in the pounds. Now Joe Down-the-street, lets his female dog run
the streets and get pregnant, producing 8 to 10 puppies with no
registration, no shots and no care and of course he will not be affected
by this law so his girl will produce, season after season. Joe down the
street will probably give you a dog or will just put the litter in the
pound. It is not all Joe's fault - he can't afford to fix his female and
we can't afford to have more low-cost spay/neuter clinics. We would
rather spend our tax dollars on regulating responsible breeders.
Sorry, I had to vent. Connie &
strongly considered using this as a stand-alone article but time was
short and we didn't want to miss getting it in this edition. Those
who have taken 90 seconds to respond on the
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