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SAT 04/30/11 Treasure Coast Kennel Club BIS Photo Album

Posted on 30 April 2011

Saturday, o4/30/11

 

Treasure Coast Kennel Club.

 

Vero Beach, FL.

 

Judge Carol Beattie.

 

Best In Show: Golden Retriever.

 

 

GCH CH Gemini Fall Chase The Butler Did It

 

 

Photo Credit:

Vincent Zuniaga

 

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SAT 04/30/11 “Cody” went BIS in FL

Posted on 30 April 2011

Saturday, o4/30/11

 

Treasure Coast Kennel Club.

 

Vero Beach, FL.

 

Judge Carol Beattie.

 

Best In Show: Golden Retriever.

 

 

 

GCH CH Gemini Fall Chase The Butler Did It

 

 

Handled by  Jane Alston-Myer.

 

Owner: Yvonne & Jose Herrera & Maura A Roxby & C Metcalf.

 

Breeder: Cindi Metcalf & Barbara Tucker.

 

 

Photo Credit:

Vincent Zuniaga

 

“Click on thumbnails to enlarge and see next photo”

 



 

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FRI 04/29/11 “Qing” won BIS #30 in IL

Posted on 29 April 2011

Friday, 04/29/11

 

Sandemac Kennel Club.

 

Decatur, IL.

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Judge J. Webb.

 

Best In Show: Pharaoh Hound

 

 

GCH Northgate’s As You Like It.

 

 

Presented by: Brian Livingston.

 

Owned by: Jennifer Mosing, Jenny Hall, & Annica Lundqvist.

 

Photo Credit:

Infocus By Miguel

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FRI 04/29/11 “Zelda” won BIS in WV

Posted on 29 April 2011

Friday, 04/29/11

 

Magic Valley Kennel Club.

 

Lewisburg, WV.

 

Judge  J. Cole.

 

Best In Show: English Springer Spaniel

 

 

GCH Cerise Tender Is The Night

 

 

Handled by Howard Huber Jr.

 

Owner D Cherry/C Blaine/F Sunseri.

 

Breeder  D Cherry/D Herzig.

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FRI 04/29/11 “Chanel” went BIS in TX

Posted on 29 April 2011

Friday, 04/29/11

 

Baytown Kennel Club.

 

Beaumont, TX.

 

Judge Lewis Bayne.

 

Best In Show: Whippet.

 

GCH CH Starline’s Chanel


 

Handled by: Lori Wilson.

 

Owned By: Carey, Lori and Nicole Lawrence.

 

Bred by: Carey and Lori Lawrence and Dianne Bowen.

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Woman finds 7-foot gator on her lawn

Posted on 29 April 2011

WKMG Local 6

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Photo: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers capture a nearly 8 foot alligator after a resident found the beast in her front yard.

 

APOPKA, Florida (WKMG) – Apopka police were called to a home Thursday evening after a large alligator was found in the front yard of a homeowner.

Police said they went to 705 E. Magnolia St. after a woman spotted the gator on her lawn.


Police said they called Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers to trap the alligator, but before they could arrive, the beast crawled to a church next door.

When trappers arrived, they were able to capture the large gator.

Officials said the nearest lake was a mile from the home.

Officials said the alligator would have to be destroyed.

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Survivors Picking Up Pieces After Deadly Twisters Kill 297

Posted on 29 April 2011

By Associated Press

 

Fox News

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Photo: AP This aerial photo shows the devastation of the Cedar Crest and Forest Lake neighborhoods in Tuscaloosa, Ala. on Thursday, April 28, 2011. A powerful and deadly tornado cut through Tuscaloosa Wednesday evening. President Barack Obama said he would visit Alabama Friday to view damage and meet with the governor and families devastated by the storms. Obama has already expressed condolences by phone to Gov. Robert Bentley and approved his request for emergency federal assistance. (AP Photo/The Tuscaloosa News, Dusty Compton)

 

CONCORD, Ala. – It was bad enough that a tornado obliterated Derrick Keef’s house. Worse still was the heartbreaking scavenger hunt for his most priceless possessions strewn across the devastated neighborhood.

His guns were in the ruins of a neighbor’s home. A Christmas heirloom shared space in a ditch with broken glass and jagged nails. And his 7-year-old son’s bike — one of the few toys he could salvage — was pinned under a car a block away.

“I’ve been going from lot to lot finding stuff,” he said as he rifled through debris in Concord, Ala., in search of a family photo album. “It’s like CSI.”

As crews combed the remains of houses and neighborhoods pulverized by the nation’s deadliest tornado outbreak in nearly four decades, survivors were left trying to figure out how to put their lives back together.

At least 297 were killed across six states in Wednesday’s outbreak.

President Obama planned a trip to Tuscaloosa on Friday to view storm damage and meet Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and shattered families. Late Thursday, Obama signed a disaster declaration for the state to provide federal aid to those who seek it.

Those who took shelter as the storms descended trickled back to their homes Thursday, ducking police roadblocks and fallen limbs and power lines to reclaim their belongings.

They struggled with no electricity and little help from stretched-thin law enforcement. And they were frustrated by the near-constant presence of gawkers who drove by in search of a cellphone camera picture — or worse, a trinket to take home.

“It’s just devastation. I’ve never seen this,” said Sen. Richard Shelby during a visit to storm-ravaged Tuscaloosa. “This is the worst tornado devastation I’ve ever seen.”

The storms did the brunt of their damage in Alabama. More than two-thirds of the victims lived there, and large cities bore the scars of half-mile-wide twisters that rumbled through. The high death toll seems surprising in the era of Doppler radar and precise satellite forecasts. But the storms were just too wide and too powerful to avoid a horrifying body count.

As many as a million homes and businesses there were without power, and Bentley said 2,000 National Guard troops had been activated to help. The governors of Mississippi and Georgia also issued emergency declarations for parts of their states.

“We can’t control when or where a terrible storm may strike, but we can control how we respond to it,” Obama said. “And I want every American who has been affected by this disaster to know that the federal government will do everything we can to help you recover and we will stand with you as you rebuild.”

The storms seemed to hone in on populated areas by hugging the interstate highways and obliterating neighborhoods and even entire towns from Tuscaloosa to Bristol, Va.

Concord, a small town outside Birmingham, was so devastated that authorities closed it down to keep out rubberneckers. Randy Guyton’s family, which lived in a stately home at the base of a hill in the center of

Concord, rushed to the basement garage, piled into a Honda Ridgeline and listened to the roar as the twister devoured the house in seconds. Afterward, they saw outside through the shards of their home and scrambled out.

“The whole house caved in on top of that car,” he said. “Other than my boy screaming to the Lord to save us, being in that car is what saved us.”

Alabama emergency management officials in a news release early Friday said the state had 210 confirmed deaths. There were 33 deaths in Mississippi, 33 in Tennessee, 15 in Georgia, five in Virginia and one in Kentucky. Hundreds if not thousands of people were injured — 800 in Tuscaloosa alone.

The loss of life is the greatest from an outbreak of U.S. tornadoes since April 1974, when the weather service said 315 people were killed by a storm that swept across 13 Southern and Midwestern states.

Some of the worst damage was in Tuscaloosa, a city of more than 83,000 that is home to the University of Alabama. The storms destroyed the city’s emergency management center, so the school’s Bryant-Denny Stadium was turned into a makeshift one. School officials said two students were killed, though they did not say how they died. Finals were canceled and commencement was postponed.

Shaylyndrea Jones, 22, had expected to graduate from the University of Alabama next weekend with a degree in sports science. Instead, she spent Thursday moving out of her ruined apartment, where she rode out the storm huddled in a hallway. But graduation suddenly isn’t so important — she’s just thankful she and her roommates survived the night.

“It was the scariest thing I’ve been through,” she said. “We were saying our prayers as it was coming down the street.”

Police used bullhorns to tell people not to cross the tape to a neighborhood they were searching. On the other side, people were walking over glass, through pools of water, endless piles of debris and smashed cars. The city imposed a 10 p.m. curfew for Thursday and an 8 p.m. limit for Friday.

Search and rescue teams fanned out to dig through the rubble of devastated communities that bore eerie similarities to the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, when town after town lay flattened for nearly 90 miles. Authorities in Concord and elsewhere even painted the same “X” symbols they did in New Orleans to mark which homes they searched and how many survivors were found.

In Phil Campbell, a small town of 1,000 in northwest Alabama where 26 people died, the grocery store, gas stations and medical clinic were destroyed by a tornado that Mayor Jerry Mays estimated was a half-mile wide and traveled some 20 miles.

“We’ve lost everything. Let’s just say it like it is,” Mays said. “I’m afraid we might have some suicides because of this.”

Officials said at least 13 died in Smithville, Miss., where devastating winds ripped open the police station, post office, city hall and an industrial park with several furniture factories. Pieces of tin were twined high around the legs of a blue water tower, and the Piggly Wiggly grocery store was gutted.

At Smithville Cemetery, even the dead were not spared: Tombstones dating to the 1800s, including some of Civil War soldiers, lay broken on the ground. Brothers Kenny and Paul Long dragged their youngest brother’s headstone back to its proper place.

At least eight people were killed in Georgia’s Catoosa County, including in Ringgold, where a suspected tornado flattened about a dozen buildings and trapped an unknown number of people.

“It happened so fast I couldn’t think at all,” said Tom Rose, an Illinois truck driver whose vehicle was blown off the road at I-75 North in Ringgold, near the Tennessee line.

Lisa Rice, owner of S&L Tans in nearby Trenton, survived by climbing into a tanning bed with her two daughters: Stormy, 19, and Sky, 21.

“We got in it and closed it on top of us,” Rice said. “Sky said, `We’re going to die.’ But, I said, `No, just pray. Just pray, just pray, just pray.’”

For 30 seconds, wind rushed around the bed and debris flew as wind tore off the roof.

“Then it just stopped. It got real quiet. We waited a few minutes and then opened up the bed and we saw daylight,” she said.

In Tuscaloosa, hundreds of people walked in a long, slow procession down the town’s main four-lane drag. Some shot pictures and videos of what had been a bustling community. Others came to search the wreckage of their homes.

Seventy-three-year-old Frank Frierson sat on a porch and marveled at the damage.

“It was God up there letting us now that he is the boss, what he could tear up and what he could destroy,” he said.

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Video allegedly showing DreamWorks animator beating dog with hammer horrifies officials

Posted on 29 April 2011

By L. A. Now

 

Los Angeles Times

 

Southern California – This Just In

 

A video purporting to show a 40-year-old DreamWorks animator  beating a neighbor’s muzzled dog with a hammer horrified Humane Society officials, who said they’ve seen nothing like it.

“When our officers first viewed the videotape, one of our officers had tears in his eyes. He’d never seen anything like this before,” said Steve McNall, who heads the Pasadena Humane Society and Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. “In my 31 years at this animal shelter I’ve never seen anything like this.”

McNall’s agency, which is licensed to investigate crimes involving animals, is conducting the probe and made the arrest in conjunction with Pasadena police. The suspect, Young Song, pleaded not guilty in court Thursday and faces a preliminary hearing next month. He allegedly climbed a fence into a yard in the 1900 block of Navarro Avenue in Pasadena, where a 16-month-old German shepherd was muzzled but untied. Surveillance camera video shows the beating but does not reveal what Song did with the dog, which is missing and presumed dead.

According to authorities, the suspect shot the dog with a pellet gun, then returned with a hammer and began chasing and striking the defenseless animal until it lay senseless.

Industry sites identify Young as a “surfacer,” an artisan who creates the look and surface qualities for animated characters, props and environments. Young’s credits on animal-themed films include “Kung Fu Panda,” “Shark Tale,” “Bee Movie” and “Madagascar 2.”

The dog’s owner returned to a bloody scene and discovered that his dog was missing. The events were recorded on a newly installed security camera.

The motive for the attack is not clear, although there was a hole at the bottom of the fence adjoining the two yards, meaning that the dog could have been entering the suspect’s property.

“It might have originated as a barking issue, a noise issue, and then escalated into something else,” McNall added.

Song was being held on $40,500 bail, according to authorities.

The formal charges are one felony count of cruelty to an animal and one misdemeanor count of petty theft of a dog with a special allegation of personal use of a deadly weapon, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Alison Matsumoto. If convicted, Song could face more than four years in prison, the district attorney’s office said.

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Best in Show: Rita Rudner on shopping, dining and dogs

Posted on 29 April 2011

By Heather Turk

 

Examiner.com

Rita Rudner has been a staple of the Las Vegas Strip for more than a decade, so it’s only natural to wonder where the comedienne enjoys eating.

“I love The Capital Grille (inside Fashion Show),” Rudner told Examiner.com. “Anything you order there is consistently fantastic. It’s plain food—not froufy food—but it’s high quality. Every year I go there for my birthday and order the Dry Aged Steak au Poivre [with a Courvoisier Cream Sauce], Fresh Creamed Spinach and a glass of red wine. It’s fantastic. And I always save the leftovers for my dog Twinkle, I just scrape off the black pepper.”

A well-known dog lover (Rudner’s dog Bonkers, who has since passed away, used to always join the comedienne during her show when she performed at New York-New York), Rudner seems like the ideal choice to host The Animal Foundation’s 8th Annual “Best in Show” fundraiser, being held this Sun., May 1 at the Orleans Arena. This year’s event will feature more than 50 healthy and happy shelter dogs from The Animal Foundation all competing to be named “Best in Show” in an American Kennel Club-style dog show. Following the competition, all of the dogs will be available for adoption.

“I’ve been asked to do the event two or three times now, but I’ve always been out of town,” Rudner stated. “So this year I was more than happy to do it since I was going to be in Las Vegas. I just love dogs, and there really is no better companion than an animal. Whenever I take my dog to the groomers, even though it’s just for two hours, I’m always like, ‘Where is she?’ She’s just such great company.”

When asked what her job as host of the event entailed, Rudner admitted she really had no idea.

“Maybe I’ll end up giving the best dog a trophy,” Rudner stated, “although I don’t know how they can tell which dog is a better dog, as all dogs are fantastic.”

Although Twinkle wasn’t adopted from a shelter, Rudner did adopt the pup from a “friend of a friend” and stressed that she wasn’t a “pup with papers.” Rudner has a history of adopting her dogs, as she adopted Bonkers after he was hit by car and couldn’t perform anymore in the Excalibur’s “Super Dogs” show where he was the high jumper.

Although Rudner’s new dog Twinkle doesn’t star alongside of her when she performs in her new showroom at The Venetian (“Bonkers was born into show business and used to the applause,” Rudner explained. “I think Twinkle would freak out.”), Rudner enjoys spending as much time with her dog as possible, taking Twinkle for walks and even to nearby dog parks. But Rudner realizes there are some people who simply can’t be away from their dogs for even a moment.

“I actually just met this dog in the dog park that appeared to be a service dog, but was really tiny,” Rudner recalled with a laugh. “I asked his owners, ‘What does this dog do for you in your times of stress?’ Turns out, they bought his service dog collar on the black market just so they could take the dog into restaurants with them.”

While Twinkle may just have to settle for a doggy bag from The Capital Grille, she isn’t the only important lady in Rudner’s life who enjoys the restaurant. Rudner’s daughter Molly also loves The Capital Grille, especially its Fresh Creamed Spinach.

“It’s the only creamed spinach she ever wants to eat,” Rudner said. “I’ll try to make creamed spinach at home and she’ll say, ‘No mommy, it’s not the same.”

In addition to The Capital Grille, Rudner said some of Molly’s favorite Vegas restaurants include CPK (“That’s a big favorite of hers,” Rudner stated) and Serendipity 3 (at Caesars Palace).

“She loves their Frrrozen Hot Chocolate and thinks the hamburgers are the best,” Rudner said.

When asked what foods Rudner loves but tries not to indulge in too often, Rudner replied, “I’d much rather have food than dessert. I’m a pasta girl, but I only try to eat it once in a while. In fact, Martin (Rudner’s husband) is making his spaghetti Bolognese tonight, so I only ate an apple for lunch to starve myself; I want to feel like I’ve earned it. I also love spaghetti carbonara with vodka cream and lobster, but the last time I ate that was on my honeymoon 23 years ago. I can’t wait to get married again.”

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Dog shows begin Friday at Lums Pond State Park

Posted on 29 April 2011

By NASTASSJA HUNT

 

Delaware Online

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Photo: Handlers, who will be at dog shows Friday through Sunday at Lums Pond State Park, are a great source of information for spectators. They will share tips about training and care. / News Journal file

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Best-in-show winners wil be judged from as many as 1,500 dogs per day

 

Walk through the parking areas at the Wilmington Kennel Club dog shows this weekend and you can pick up tips about grooming your dog.

Sit near the judging rings and you’ll get plenty of ideas on how to get your pet to obey during training.

And if you have a question about how a particular breed is around kids, just ask the person showing it. They love to talk about their dogs.

Dog shows like the ones held each year at Lums Pond State Park aren’t lavish affairs reserved for the wealthy and famous. The 76th annual AKC All Breed Dog Shows are really a way for those who love their dogs to show it.

“This used to be a sport for wealthy people, now it’s a sport for everybody,” said Martha Doerner, treasurer of the kennel club and co-chairwoman of its shows.

Friday through Sunday, dog lovers and dog owners can see all breeds compete for such titles as best in show and high score in trial.

From little-known breeds like Komondors to crowd favorites like collies, about 1,500 dogs from across the Northeast will be judged each day for their physical characteristics against the gold standard for each breed, hoping to win the top dog title.

“The three dog shows are the only all-breed dog shows in the state of Delaware and that makes them unique,” Doerner said.

Wilmington Kennel Club hosts the Friday and Saturday shows, and Penn Treaty Club of Downingtown, Pa., hosts one Sunday.

The weekend event, held rain or shine, isn’t only for the dogs and their handlers.

Those who attend — beyond seeing dogs that are well-bred, well-groomed and well-trained — get a chance to talk to handlers and owners about everything from dog food to leashes to the best way to clip a dog’s nails.

“Temperament-wise, grooming-wise, it may be a lot of things they don’t know about,” Doerner said. “They can talk to real owners and find out how they get their dogs to be that poised and well-trained.”

Those who go to Lums Pond also can watch as the Parson Russell terriers show their confidence or see the addition of new breeds like the smooth-coat redbone coonhound.

Doerner says it’s a good chance for spectators who don’t know much about a particular breed to learn more and even look into getting one.

“It’s fun to come and watch with the family,” she said. “I hope it teaches people the beauty and utility of purebred dogs.”

The dog show judges, who come from Texas, New York, Virginia and even Australia, will evaluate the dogs based on ideal standards and their response to the owners.

“You get to see what purebred dogs are supposed to look like,” Doerner said.

Plus, there’s plenty of shopping. On all three days, attendees can buy the latest goods for their dogs — and themselves — as local and national vendors sell clothing, jewelry, pet-care products, leashes, collars, bedding, toys and more.

And if a long weekend of watching dogs parade around a ring makes you think that the show world might be for you or you just want more help caring for or training your dog, the Wilmington Kennel Club has year-round classes in obedience, agility and confirmation handling.

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Miracle dog survives downstate tornado

Posted on 29 April 2011

By Associated Press

 

GIRARD, Ill.— The Chet Rhodes family considers their pet, Patch, to be a miracle dog after he survived a recent tornado. Patch was caught up in the EF3 tornado on April 19 that severely damaged more than 22 structures in Girard, demolishing five homes.

“My wife, Andrea, and our other four dogs rode out the storm in the basement, but Patch has always been shy about being in the house,” Chet Rhodes said about the evening of April 19.

The Rhodes’ home, located on Neff Road, northwest of Girard, is a combination of an older one-story home with a new second-story addition, situated on 10 acres with 100 trees.

“After the tornado passed, we came out to survey the damages, and saw all our fencing gone, all 100 trees down, part of our roof gone, siding missing and all the dog kennels, doghouses and Patch gone,” Rhodes said. By Maggie Borman. The (Alton) Telegraph.

The couple spent the rest of the evening walking the debris field and calling for Patch.

“We found bits and pieces of the dog kennels and doghouses along the debris field, but no Patch, and were heartbroken,” he said.

The couple has had the male sheepdog mix for 14 years, he said, having gotten him from the Adopt-A-Pet no-kill animal shelter in Benld.

The next morning, Andrea Rhodes called their veterinarian to alert him to their missing dog, in case anyone called or brought in an injured pet that appeared to have been hurt in the tornado.

Not long after her call, the family was notified that Patch had been found 4 miles from the Rhodes’ home. The man who found their dog, Farley Cole, who actually farms land next to their property, called the vet and related the number of the dog’s rabies tag, which allowed the vet to identify the owners.

“Andrea began to cry, but we didn’t want to get our hopes up in case the dog ended up not being Patch,” Rhodes said.

Cole knew the Rhodes’ neighbor, Lynn Grey, and Grey was the one who took Patch home to the Rhodeses.

“That was pretty emotional,” Chet Rhodes said. “We saw Lynn walking across the fields with Patch, and Andrea got to him first and gave him his first hug. Patch is truly a miracle dog. He had to have been swept up in the tornado but was not injured; he is just a little sore. Maybe now he will come into the house in the next storm.”

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Animator who worked on children’s movies accused of brutally beating, shooting a puppy

Posted on 29 April 2011

BY Nancy Dillon

 

DAILY NEWS

 

LOS ANGELES – A southern California DreamWorks animator is accused of beating a puppy with a hammer so badly that Humane Society workers are calling it one of the worst cases of animal abuse they’ve ever seen.

Young Song, 40, of Pasadena, appeared in court Thursday and pleaded not guilty to felony animal cruelty, but authorities say they have surveillance video of the heinous crime.

They claim Song scaled a fence into a neighbor’s backyard April 20 and chased and beat a muzzled 1-year-old German shepherd to a bloody, motionless pulp.

Song also allegedly shot the defenseless animal with a pellet gun.

“It’s extremely shocking and heartbreaking,” Hillary Gatlin, a community relations associate with the Pasadena Humane Society told the Daily News.

“It’s one of the worst cases we’ve ever seen. We’re all very upset. It’s been a long, sad day,” she said.

The Humane Society is investigating the crime with local police.

“We believe it was an ongoing dispute between the neighbors, but we don’t know what brought it to this point,” Gatlin said.

The dog is now missing and presumed dead.

Song, whose credits include “Kung Fu Panda” and “Madagascar 2,” was also charged with theft of the animal.

If convicted, he could face several years in state prison.

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SAT 04/16/11 Working Group Perry, GA

Posted on 29 April 2011

Saturday, 04/16/11

 

The Altanta Kennel Club.

 

Perry, GA.

 

Judge Mrs Faye Strauss.

 

 

 

Working Group Results:

 

G1 -24  CH Protocol’s Veni Vidi Vici.

 

G2 -30  CH Boca Royal Palms Smarty’s.

 

G3 -38  CH Gamegards Rhythm Of The Rain.

 

G4 -31  CH Bayside Just A Gentleman.

 

 

Photo Credit:

Vincent Zuniaga.

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THU 04/28/11 “Elvis” went BIS in WV

Posted on 28 April 2011

Thursday, 04/28/11

 

Beckley West Virginia Kennel Club.

 

Lewisburg, WV.

 

Judge Robert Stein.

 

Best In Show: Old English Sheepdog.

 

 

GCH CH Lambluv Gambolon Blue Thunder

 

 

Handled by  Jere Marder.

 

Owned by: Kay Richardson & Jere Marder.

 

Bred by: Jere Marder & Gail Radke.

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Photo Credit:

InfocusbyMiguel

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Dogfighting app pulled from Android Market (+Video)

Posted on 28 April 2011

By OWEN LEI

 

KING 5 News

 

TACOMA, Wash. –  A controversial smartphone app has been pulled after days of complaints by thousands of people, including the Humane Society, NFL player Michael Vick and those who rescued a 3-year-old pit bull named Hope.

You wouldn’t expect a name like that from a dog with missing teeth, an amputated leg, and scars dotting her face. But Hope is one of 31 dogs seized during a dogfighting bust in Graham, Wash., in 2009. Of them, only three were well enough to find adopted homes.

“So many of them had such severe medical conditions or they had behavioral issues,” said Lorrie Kalmbach-Ehlers, with Bulls-Eye Rescue.

So you can imagine Kalmbach-Ehlers and Hope’s adopted family are strongly against even a virtual version of dog-fighting.

“It’s not just a game, it’s a training ground for wannabe dogfighters,” said Kalmbach-Ehlers. “Maybe there should be a game out there about child molestation then it would just be a game. It’s taking the voiceless and making them victims.”

Until early Wednesday, Dog Wars was out there as a free app on Google’s Android Market.  It’s been downloaded more than 100,000 times, according to the Twitter page of developer Kage Games. The game was not available on Apple’s iPhone.

Dog Wars lets you pick a puppy, train it, feed it, even buy virtual steroid injections for it. Once ready, you can pit the dog one-on-one against those other smartphone users have raised.

The developers argue the game is a satire, showing the “ridiculousness of dogfighting.”  While they have not spoken out publicly, Kage posted this on the game description page before it was removed.

“We appreciate everyone’s thoughts about our app as we are firm believers in the right to free speech and the free exchange of ideas…  We DO NOT CONDONE violence towards animals or humans, and we are confident in humankind’s ability to distinguish between a rudimentary game and the consequences of real life. We are confident this game will be a net benefit to dogs as it has been in our operating agreement from the start of this project that a portion of the proceeds go to animal rescue organizations.”

In a previous posting, they pointed out there are all kinds of games for various platforms that show virtual versions of illegal activity, such as drug dealing, prostitution and murder. They said by rating Dog Wars as “high maturity,” they weren’t violating any of Google’s terms for the Android market.

Google’s official line for pulling Dog Wars: “The application was removed based on a trademark infringement complaint.”

The Google spokesperson did not elaborate, nor say if the game is gone for good or under temporary review.

However, at 8:57 a.m. Thursday Kage’s Twitter account posted “We’ll be back up shortly thanks for your patience everyone!

Some gamers who play fighting and shooting games say removing the game may have gone too far — but also have reservations when dogfighting is involved.

“I don’t know if it should be banned,” said Chris Johnson. “It’s kind of like a freedom of speech thing, isn’t it?  But I don’t think any of the people I know or me would want to have anything to do with it.

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Dog of the Day: Noa… a special story

Posted on 28 April 2011

By Destination: DOG

 

Republican Journal

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(Photo by: Hinsman) Sweet Noa!

 

In the aftermath of the Tornados in my homestate of Alabama, I think today is a perfect one to honor a sweetheart from my hometown.

In 2007, my husband and I drove 5 puppies from Gadsden, AL to Camden, Maine, where the Camden-Rockport Animal Rescue League took them in and found them loving homes.  Within the next year, we personally transported 11 dogs over 4 trips and all found loving homes.

Well, time goes on and puppies grow up.  I kept in touch with a few of the dogs’ owners but we were so busy with our first store in Rockland, that we weren’t able to continue in the rescue world in that capacity.

Fast forward to last week; a dear customer, who has become an evendearer friend is telling me fun stories about one of her dogs and she casually mentioned that he is from Alabama.  Due to the high volume of transports from the South, I actually didn’t assume he was one of “Mine”.  I asked anyways…he was from that very first trip!  We cried and laughed and I was so very honored to have been apart of his life again.

DOG OF THE DAY:

Mr. Noa came to see me today and he is such a gentleman.  He is a 4+ year old husky/pitt/houndy type guy and he LOVES to retrieve.  He lives with another rescued dog, who will be featured soon.  Noa resides in Hope and has a wonderful life.

Thanks to Noa (and Jenna) for making my day a little brighter.

We love you!

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Man Arrested in ‘Worst Ever’ Puppy Beating in Pasadena, cops say

Posted on 28 April 2011

KTLA News

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The dog is reportedly missing and feared dead.

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PASADENA, Calif. (KTLA) — A Pasadena man is accused of beating a puppy so badly that Humane Society employees are calling it the worst case of animal abuse they’ve ever seen in the city.

Jung Song, 40, was booked Wednesday on suspicion of felony animal cruelty.

Song is accused of shooting a muzzled 14-month-old German shepherd with a pellet gun and repeatedly beating the animal while it was leashed to a fence.

The alleged attack occurred on April 20 at a neighbor’s home in the 1900 block of Navarro Avenue and was captured by security cameras.

“This is the worst animal cruelty case we have ever seen,” Ricky Whitman of the Pasadena Humane Society told the Pasadena Star-News. “We have seen dogs hit with baseball bats in a moment of fury, but this was worse.”

The dog has reportedly been missing since the attack and officials fear the animal is dead.

Song was being held on $40,000 bail.

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“Dog Wars” disappears, comes back

Posted on 28 April 2011

Ohmidog!

 

Has “Dog Wars” bitten the dust?

ABC4 in Salt Lake City says so. So does Best Friends, and All Things Digital.

But those reports were apparently based solely  on the dogfighting game app temporarily disappearing from the Android Marketplace, Google’s online store.

Like a bad case of hemorrhoids, it’s back.

Unconfirmed reports say the app was temporarily removed from Google’s online market over concerns about copyright infringement — as opposed to the formidable and still growing opposition being voiced about it by dog lovers and animal welfare organizations.

Developed by Kage Games, the free app allows players to train and fight pit bulls, accumulating money and “cred.”

It has been roundly criticized by, among others, the Humane Society of the United States, PETA, numerous state and local humane societies, actress Alicia Silverstone and football quarterback Michael Vick, who served 21 months in prison for operating a dogfighting ring.

The creators of Dog Wars, in response to criticism, have added some explanation to the Android Marketplace page on which the app is offered.

“We’ve heard thoughts from many dog and animal lovers about our app and first we, as dog owners and dog lovers ourselves, would like to thank you for your thoughts and for the work many of you do on behalf of our canine friends. We DO NOT CONDONE violence towards animals or humans, and we are confident in humankind’s ability to distinguish between a rudimentary game and the consequences of real life.

“We are confident this game will be a net benefit to dogs as it has been in our operating agreement from the start of this project that a portion of the proceeds go to animal rescue organizations. Further, this is a satire about the ridiculousness of dogfighting and we believe in the power of a modern media tool to educate and raise awareness of the real horrors.

“There are hundreds of games on the Google Android market as well as any other popular game platform which, if acted out in real life, would be illegal. What makes the Google Android platform special is it gives the freedom and responsibility to the individual users to decide what to put on their phones as opposed to the phone carriers and app stores making value judgments on our behalf … Please remember that censorship is a very slippery slope.”

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Man accused of tying dog to dumbbell in river

Posted on 28 April 2011

By: Associated Press

 

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Photo: Scripps Media, Inc

 

MANATEE, Fla. – A Tampa Bay-area man has been charged with animal cruelty after police say he left his dog swimming and tied to a 30-pound dumbbell in the Manatee River.

Palmetto police say 41-year-old William Bell tied his 2-year-old dog to the dumbbell Monday evening, walked it into the water and set the weight down where the dog couldn’t touch the bottom.

When an officer spotted Bell and questioned him about the dog, Bell reportedly told the officer that the dog had been swimming for about 15 minutes. The officer reported that only the animal’s nose was sticking out of the water.

Bell was arrested and charged with animal cruelty. He was later released on $1,000 bail. Jail records didn’t say whether Bell had an attorney.

The dog appeared unharmed.

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Puppy mill law overturns voter initiative

Posted on 28 April 2011

UPI.com

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Photo: A puppy sleeps in a small wire cage at a sidewalk pet market in downtown Beijing September 10, 2009. Raising and owning dogs was banned under the rule of late Chinese leader Mao Zedong as a bourgeois pastime, but with China’s growing affluence and pursuit of Western trends, greater numbers of middle-class families have become avid pet owners in a booming social trend. UPI/Stephen Shaver

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., April 28 (UPI) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed a compromise bill into law overturning a voter initiative to limit the state’s rampant problem with puppy mills.

The new law — which the Missouri Legislature declared an emergency act, so it became effective immediately and will be hard to overturn through another public vote — repeals much of the Proposition B dog-breeding law voters approved in November, but sets new standards for veterinary care and housing, doubling the size of cages by January.

Critics said Republican lawmakers attached an emergency clause to the law to prevent another referendum.

The change was opposed by national animal-welfare groups, but agreed to by Missouri’s animal agriculture industry and state-level animal-welfare organizations.

Nixon praised warring groups and rural legislators for “goodwill and hard work” in settling the long-simmering controversy. He said the new law would ensure humane treatment of dogs and preserve Missouri’s agricultural interests, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Asked what he would tell Proposition B supporters who felt their votes didn’t count, Nixon said their votes inspired compromise.

“What I tell them is, but for the action of the public, there wouldn’t have been the force that was necessary to coalesce people to make these changes,” said the Democratic governor, who worked out the compromise with the Republican-led legislature.

“Their votes did matter,” he said.

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Storms, tornadoes ravage South; at least 213 dead (+Video)

Posted on 28 April 2011

Today Weather

 

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Photo: Residents survey the destruction after a tornado hit Pratt City, Ala. just north of downtown Birmingham, Ala. on April 27. (Butch Dill / AP

 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The death toll from severe storms that punished five Southern states jumped to a staggering 213 Thursday after Alabama canvassed its hard-hit counties for a new tally of lives lost.

Alabama’s state emergency management agency said it had confirmed 131 deaths, up from at least 61 earlier.

“We hope not, but I do expect to find more [bodies],” Gov. Robert Bentley told NBC’s TODAY.

Additionally, the lawmaker confirmed that up to 1 million people remain without power during a conference call with federal emergency officials.

Mississippi officials reported 32 dead in that state and Tennessee raised its report to 30, according to NBC News. Another 12 were killed in Georgia and eight in Virginia.

The fierce storms Wednesday spawned tornadoes and winds that wiped out homes and businesses, forced a nuclear power plant to use backup generators and prompted the evacuation of a National Weather Service office.

The weather system spread destruction from Texas to New York, where dozens of roads were flooded or washed out.

The severe weather was continuing Thursday. The National Weather Service was issuing short-lived tornado warnings — advising people to “take cover now” — as the twisters formed.

Video: Massive twister caught on camera

By early Thursday, these had been sent out for parts of New York, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida

The NWS also issued flash flood warnings for parts of New York, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Arkansas and Georgia, for Thursday morning.

And it further warned of severe thunderstorms in parts of Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Georgia.

The states where fatalities were reported were:

  • Alabama, where 131 people died and officials said damage was spread over a wide area. “It looks like somebody came through with a huge ax and cut the top off of everything. Just a big blade through that whole area. That area is just total devastation,” Tuscaloosa resident David Ikard was quoted as saying by Alabama Live.
  • Mississippi, where 32 were killed, including police officer Wade Sharp who died when a tree fell on his tent as he shielded his young daughter, a ranger with the National Park Service said. The 9-year-old was brought to a motorhome about 100 feet away where campsite volunteer Greg Maier was staying with his wife. Maier went back to check on the father and found him dead. “She wasn’t hurt, just scared and soaking wet,” he said.
  • Georgia, where NBC News reported 12 deaths; Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency in Catoosa, Floyd, Dade and Walker counties.
  • Tennessee, where 30 people were killed. The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office identified one victim as 41-year-old Mai Crumley, of Chattanooga, who died Wednesday when a tree fell on her trailer.
  • Virginia, where the toll increased from one to eight with officials saying seven more were killed when a possible tornado hit a truck stop and several mobile homes.

The number of deaths was expected to rise with authorities still searching for missing people, NBC News said.

The Weather Channel said the deadliest known tornado outbreak happened in 1925, when 747 people were killed in the infamous Tri-State tornado. In 1974, 307 people were killed. Other notable outbreaks happened in 2008 (57 dead), 1999 (47), 1985 (76) and 1984 (57).

‘Awful, terrible, disturbing’
“An awful, terrible, disturbing and deadly day of tornadoes unfolded on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 with more than 100 reported tornadoes striking several states in the South and even a few areas in the Mid-Atlantic,” the Weather Channel said in an article written by three of its meteorologists.

Tuscaloosa, a city of more than 83,000 and home to the University of Alabama, was one of the hardest-hit areas.

Video: Alabama governor: More tornado fatalities expected (on this page)

The city’s police and other emergency services were devastated, the mayor said, and at least 15 people were killed and about 100 were in a single hospital.

A massive tornado barreled through the city late Wednesday afternoon, leveling it.

 

Video taken at the university showed a massive funnel cloud (on this page), flinging huge pieces of debris through the air.

A Tuscaloosa resident, Phil Owen, said only one store was left standing at a shopping center. “Big Lots, Full Moon Barbecue … piles of garbage where those places were,” he said. “Shell gas station across the street — all that’s standing is the frame of the store.”

By nightfall, the city was dark. Roads were impassable. Signs were blown down in front of restaurants, businesses were unrecognizable and sirens wailed off and on. Debris littered the streets and sidewalks.

College students in a commercial district near campus used flashlights to check out the damage.

At Stephanie’s Flowers, owner Bronson Englebert used the headlights from two delivery vans to see what valuables he could remove.

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Firefighters rescue dog from Rouge River

Posted on 28 April 2011

Mark Hicks

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Detroit News

 

Southfield— Firefighters rescued a cold, shocked and tired young pit bull mix clinging to branches in the rain-swollen Rouge River in Southfield on Wednesday afternoon.

The rescuers used a boat to reach the frightened dog and city animal control officers brought the dog, a female believed to be about 5 years old, to Michigan Veterinarian Specialists. She was treated for hypothermia and some scrapes, said Kati Carroll, a veterinary technician at the Southfield center.

Firefighters nicknamed her Nemo. She is recovering and is expected to survive.

“She’s in fine shape,” Carroll said late Wednesday. “She’s comfortable and at a normal temperature. … That’s the best we can hope for.”

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Dog Show benefits Rover Rescue

Posted on 28 April 2011

The Beacon News

 

AURORA — Dogs from across the Fox Valley will compete for the top title this year during the 8th Annual Rover Rescue Pet Dog Show scheduled for May 7.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Aurora Turners Club, 1335 Mitchell Road, dogs will battle for first place in the Best Trick, the Fastest Eater, the Most Kisses in 15 Seconds and other challenging categories.

Entry forms for the Rover Rescue Pet Dog Show are available by calling 630-897-7454 or on the website at www.roverrescue.org.

Other show attractions include pet-related merchandise and adoptable dogs and puppies at the show. All proceeds benefit Rover Rescue’s homeless dogs, saved from high-kill shelters and fostered in a network of private homes.

Each $5 entry includes three categories; additional categories are $1 each. Spectators and owners free. All show entries must be received by May 5.

For more information about the 8th Annual Rover Rescue Pet Dog Show, visit www.roverrescue.org.

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Alabama cities hit by twisters as death toll rises (Video)

Posted on 27 April 2011

By Today Weather

 

MSN News

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Photo:The tornado that struck Cullman, Ala., is seen in this image taken from WVTM video.

 

Tuscaloosa, Birmingham suburbs see damage from huge tornado

 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Tornadoes killed dozens of people across Alabama on Wednesday afternoon and evening as a violent storm system left destruction and death across a large swath of the South.

Two major cities, Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, were hit hard. Gov. Robert Bentley mobilized 1,400 National Guardsmen to help in rescue operations.

The system of heavy winds, rain and tornadoes began late Tuesday and had left at least 17 dead in Arkansas, Tennessee, Louisiana and Mississippi by Wednesday morning.

Then the latest round of storms hit Alabama on Wednesday afternoon and evening, pushing the death toll much higher, though the count in that state was uncertain.

A giant tornado touched down near the Mississippi state line, then spent more than two hours on the ground tracking northeast to Tuscaloosa and on past Birmingham.

In Tuscaloosa, the mayor said at least 15 people were killed and “well over 100″ injured.


Local TV channels showed a massive black cloud, estimated at a mile wide, moving through Tuscaloosa, then through Birmingham’s northern suburbs and just missing the airport.

At least 10 people were confirmed dead in the towns of Concord and Pleasant Grove near Birmingham, according to Jefferson County Emergency Management officials. Injuries and structural damage were widespread there and in other suburbs of Birmingham, which has a metro population of 1 million.

At least 24 people were killed elsewhere in Alabama, emergency officials said. Damage was reported from Huntsville in the northern part of the state, south in Montgomery.

In Tuscaloosa, home to the University of Alabama, cars were tossed along a commercial street and dozens of stores were destroyed or damaged. Ambulances were seen rushing to the area after the storm passed. Video taken at the university showed a massive funnel cloud (on this page) flinging huge pieces of debris through the air.

News footage showed paramedics lifting a child out of a flattened home there, with many neighboring buildings in the city of more than 77,000 also reduced to rubble.

“It looks like somebody came through with a huge ax and cut the top off of everything. Just a big blade through that whole area,” resident David Ikard was quoted as saying by Alabama Live. “That area is just total devastation.”

Another resident, Phil Owen, said only one store was left standing at a shopping center. “Big Lots, Full Moon Barbecue. Piles of garbage where those places were,” he said. “Shell gas station across the street — all that’s standing is the frame of the store.”

“Please pray for us,” Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter Maddox said on The Weather Channel as crews fanned out to search for victims in the city of nearly 100,000.

As the night progressed, more tornadoes and severe thunderstorms were tracking northeast, roughly paralleling the line of the most devastating storm.

Earlier in the day, in northwest Alabama near the Mississippi state line, the small town of Red Bay was especially hard hit by a tornado, NBC station WAFF of Huntsville reported. The station said dozens of people were unaccounted for.

Just to the east in Cullman, Ala., which is north of the track of the tornado that hit Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, officials said they saw a twister tear through the downtown area, destroying or damaging most buildings along the main street, including the courthouse and a church. One person was reported killed in the area.

People inside City Hall took shelter in a vault, Mayor Max Towson said. Crews were out looking for any victims and surveying the damage, he added.

Image: Woman nearly crushed by tree
Bernard Troncale / The Birmingham News via AP 

Sandra Smith is hugged by a neighbor in Moody, Ala., Wednesday after a tree fell into her mobile home bedroom and missed crushing her by just a few inches. Smith was asleep when the tree fell and was not injured. Violent weather passed over much of Alabama early Wednesday.

Three nuclear reactors at the Browns Ferry plant west of Huntsville, Ala., were shut down Wednesday after losing power, and 11 high-voltage power lines were knocked out by the storms, the Tennessee Valley Authority and regulators said.

At least six people had been reported killed in Alabama by early Wednesday.

The overall system also reportedly spawned a tornado in Quantico, Va., Wednesday evening.

The National Weather Service there was a high risk for severe weather into Wednesday night. The greatest threat for new tornadoes was in northern Alabama, northwest Georgia, eastern Mississippi and southern Tennessee, weather.com reported.

Below is a look at other states hit by the severe weather overnight and into Wednesday morning.

Mississippi:The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said the state’s death toll from violent storms Tuesday and early Wednesday is now 11.

Jeff Rent, a spokesman for the agency confirmed the number Wednesday night and said there have been more than 40 injuries. Meanwhile, authorities said a possible tornado heavily damaged much of the town of Smithville in Monroe County.

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Beavers cause flooding in Salem

Posted on 27 April 2011

By WTNH


You Tube

 

When areas get flooded because of beavers building dams it’s not necessarily a problem, unless it also floods nearby roads.

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Missouri Town on the Brink (Video)

Posted on 27 April 2011

By AssociatedPress


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Poplar Bluff, Missouri is bracing for a potential levee failure. Seven-thousand people would be displaced if that happens

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SAT 04/15/11 Non-Sporting Group Perry, GA

Posted on 27 April 2011

Saturday, 04/15/11

 

The Atlanta Kennel Club.

 

Perry, GA.

 

Judge Ms Betty Regina Leininger.

 

 

 

Non-Sporting Group Results:

 

G1 -23  CH. Jaset’s Satisfaction.

 

G2 -31  CH Lakeshores Can’t keep A Good Man Down.

 

G3 -7  CH Trumpet’s Shoot To Thrill.

 

G4 -7  CH Fabelhaft Robobull Hot Commodity.

 

 

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Vincent Zuniaga.

 

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Origin sought of mountain lion captured in Tulsa

Posted on 27 April 2011

My SA

 

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Animal experts are trying to determine the origins of a young mountain lion captured in the back yard of a north Tulsa home.

The 70-pound female lion is estimated to be 1 to 2 years old and was caught Saturday after being spotted in a tree.

The animal was taken to the Tulsa Zoo where, after she becomes acclimated to her new surroundings, tests will be conducted in an effort to determine whether she has been tagged or has other markings that would indicate previous captivity or whether she was someone’s pet.

Zoo spokeswoman Angela Evans said the animal is wary of humans.

“She may have been a pet; we don’t know,” she told the Tulsa World. “The way she acts toward humans, we’re not sure yet. She’s not comfortable. She’s extremely combative, extremely stressed.”

Colin Berg, education section supervisor for the state Wildlife Conservation Department, said the tests could determine whether the mountain lion is from the area — which he said would be rare.

“In my 18 years, there’s only been four or five confirmed wild mountain lions turn up in Oklahoma,” he said.

The closest known populations of mountain lions are in West Texas, northeastern New Mexico and the Black Hills of South Dakota. A female mountain lion’s range typically is 25 to 50 miles, officials said.

State wildlife officials are contacting commercial breeders to find out whether any animals are missing.

Berg said the animal probably won’t be released to the wild and may go to a zoo, an animal sanctuary or to an individual licensed to care for a large cat.

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Gov. Nixon signs changes to Mo. dog-breeding law

Posted on 27 April 2011

Associated Press

 

KC Pets

 

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed legislation Wednesday repealing key parts of a voter-approved dog-breeding law as part of an agreement for lawmakers to consider still more changes to the state’s regulations for dog breeders.

The legislation strikes key parts of the “Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act” passed last November by voters, including a limit of 50 breeding dogs per business and various details about how dogs must be fed, watered and housed. Instead, the bill grants the Department of Agriculture greater discretion on dog-housing rules and raises the fees paid by breeders to finance the state’s regulatory efforts.

 

But Nixon’s signature on the legislation is not likely to be the final word for a dog-breeding industry that has an estimated $1 billion impact in Missouri.

Lawmakers are expected to consider further changes to the state’s dog-breeding laws as part of a compromise plan brokered by Nixon’s administration among state-based agriculture animal welfare groups. National animal advocacy groups, which helped finance the 2010 ballot measure, have said they would consider a petition drive to put the measure back on the ballot if it is changed by state officials.

The debate about Missouri’s dog-breeding laws prompted large competing rallies last week, just blocks apart at the Governor’s Mansion and the state Capitol. Nixon’s office says it received thousands of letters and emails from people about the dog legislation.

Supporters of the voter-approved law said Missouri’s previous regulations for breeders were too weak, allowing operators to keep dogs in wire cages and exposed to excess heat and cold. Critics of the voter-backed law have said it would wipe out the dog-breeding industry by forcing costly renovations to facilities and effectively limiting how many dogs the businesses can sell.

The ballot measure, called Proposition B, was approved by about 52 percent of the statewide vote as supporters in the Kansas City and St. Louis areas outweighed opposition in much of the rest of the state. The initiative was scheduled to take effect as law this November. The bill Nixon signed would supersede that by making changes that take effect Aug. 28. But the latest deal brokered by Nixon’s administration could kick in before that, if lawmakers approve.

Nixon said the latest agreement is designed to increase protections for dogs and allow breeders to remain in business. It has won support from several state-based agriculture and animal welfare groups, but several national groups that helped finance the ballot measure said they did not support the proposal.

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Talking dogs: A ‘working’ dog needs a special home

Posted on 27 April 2011

By LISA MOORE

 

Sun Herald

 

Selecting a breed of dog that suits you and your family can be daunting.

There are many breeds and mixes, and numerous individuals and shelters selling dogs. Raising a puppy can be a challenge, as people are not often aware of how much exercise and stimulation a young dog needs. But the consensus is that once the dog reaches adulthood, it settles down and is easy to live with. This is not the case, however, when the dog in question is a working dog.

As a dog trainer, I work with many clients who are overwhelmed by their dog’s need for exercise and stimulation. In-depth discussions with these owners reveal that their dogs were purchased from a breeder with a focus on working, meaning that their dogs were bred to do a job.

 

Most commonly, I encounter Labrador retrievers and German shepherds that fit this description. Pet owners often find out too late that these dogs behave much differently than other dogs they’ve encountered of the same breed.

The Labrador retriever that the average pet owner is looking for is a friendly, biddable, rather calm and sedate dog. A Labrador that is specifically bred to retrieve in the field must have more energy and stamina to be of use to a hunter. Both can be great dogs, but place the high-energy Labrador into a home where the expectation is to have a dog that is calm and relaxed and you have a mismatch that can result in great frustration for both dog and owner.

Dogs that are bred to be strong workers come with boundless energy, which can’t be turned off like a switch. Working-bred German shepherds have inherited traits that make them well-suited for long, active days catching bad guys and fearlessly guarding stock. After a full day of work, they can relax, too, but if those needs are not met – as is likely to be the case in a pet home – these chronic, understimulated dogs can be quite frustrated, and difficult to handle.

In a perfect world, breeders would take care to match puppies and their temperament with the right family unit – working dogs would be placed in working homes. But the reality is that purchasing a puppy is a lot more like buying a car – you need to know what questions to ask and do your research, and it’s always “buyer beware.”

Carefully selecting a dog that suits your lifestyle should be done with great thought, because most dogs live 10 to 15 years. Prospective puppy buyers would benefit greatly from consulting with veterinarians and dog trainers, who can give them an unbiased opinion of specific dog breeds.

Sometimes the best first step toward attaining that perfect dog for your family is to seek out a knowledgeable dog professional to help you make the right choice.

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Texas House passes bill to battle ‘puppy mills’

Posted on 27 April 2011

By Aman Batheja

 

Star-Telegram


AUSTIN — Texas would begin regulating large-scale dog breeders to root out so-called puppy mills under a measure approved Tuesday in the House.

The measure passed 95-44 amid criticism that it would put unreasonable burdens on good breeders while doing nothing to stop bad actors from continuing to operate.

“It really establishes, and I don’t mean to be funny, a dog Gestapo,” said Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview.

The bill from Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, would classify dog and cat breeders who have 11 or more unspayed females as “commercial breeders” and require that they be licensed by the state and undergo regular inspections and criminal background checks.

“This is not enforcing anything more than the humane treatment of animals and the protection of the consumer,” Thompson said.

For weeks, the bill has sparked fierce debate among many of the state’s breeders and some animal-rights groups. Breeders allege a conspiracy by groups like PETA to shut down every breeder in the country, one state at a time.

Several opponents of the bill stood in the House gallery sporting stickers that read, “Responsible Pet Breeders Say No to HB1451.”

“This law punishes the people it should be promoting,” said Martine Huslig with the Statewide Pet Education, Assistance & Rescue Programs. She said the proposed regulations are expensive and unreasonable and will force many responsible breeders out of business.

Among the concerns is that the measure would require the state Department of Licensing and Regulation to oversee inspections on commercial breeders every 18 months. Many home-based breeders don’t like the idea of having to let an inspector into their homes.

“They’re slowly but surely taking away personal property rights,” said Beth Turner, who breeds Labrador retrievers in Boerne. Since she has nine dogs, she doesn’t fall under the bill’s rules, but she predicted that lawmakers will try to broaden the bill in the future to cover smaller breeders.

Animal-rights groups like the ASPCA say the bill will make it easier for state and local officials to shut down inhumane breeders and allow licensed breeders to promote themselves as meeting the state’s standards. Jill Buckley with the ASPCA said Texas is one of the few states that have no laws regulating commercial breeding operations.

“We are hopeful the legislation will move quickly through the Senate and be signed by Gov. Perry before the session ends so that the dogs in Texas’ commercial kennels receive the humane care they deserve,” Buckley said.

Simpson and other critics said the state’s animal cruelty laws are already sufficient. Bad breeders “are not going to come and volunteer themselves to be licensed and registered or pay a fee,” Simpson said.

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House OKs ‘puppy mill bill’

Posted on 26 April 2011

By Tim Eaton

 

Statesman.com

 

Legislation regulating large dog and cat breeders passed the Texas House on Tuesday, with most Republicans from Central Texas opposing the measure, citing overreaching regulation.

The “puppy mill bill” by Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, drew bipartisan support, passing 92-44. It requires a final House vote before going to the Senate for consideration.

The Central Texans who opposed the bill echoed the arguments of Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview, who led the campaign against the bill. The opponents said it wouldn’t do anything about the problem of maltreated cats and dogs being bred in horrific conditions and would impose undue costs and regulation on many legitimate breeders. Simpson said the bill would create a “dog Gestapo.”

Central Texas Republicans who voted against the bill were Reps. Jason Isaac of Dripping Springs, Charles Schwertner of Georgetown and Paul Workman of Austin.

Workman said the bill wouldn’t alleviate animal cruelty at puppy mills.

“The bad guys aren’t going to pay attention to the law anyway,” Workman said after the vote.

Schwertner agreed, saying animal cruelty is despicable, but: “I fear that the bill doesn’t address that issue. Rather it puts increased regulation and fines on law-abiding dog breeders.”

Rep. Larry Gonzales, R-Round Rock, voted against his Austin-area Republican colleagues.

Gonzales said he was voting to protect animals. He said the bill shouldn’t affect hunting-dog breeders and show-dog enthusiasts, who generally have fewer than 11 breeding females, the threshold for state regulation.

All of Central Texas’ Democrats voted for the bill.

Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, said she heard from many of her constituents about the legislation and that the vast majority supported it.

Thompson’s bill would require the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation to license and regulate dog and cat breeders and dealers with 11 or more breeding females.

The bill would require these large-scale breeders to provide adequate space to allow the animal to “comfortably stand, sit, turn around and lie down in a natural position” and would prohibit the stacking of cages so feces and urine wouldn’t fall onto animals in lower cages. It also would require at least one annual veterinary exam for each breeding animal.

The bill would require the licensing and regulation department to establish eligibility rules for licenses, to conduct criminal background checks on applicants and to annually inspect each licensed breeding facility.

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Dog seized from Melrose pet owner

Posted on 26 April 2011

By Jim Haddadin
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Photo: This drawing of a bullmastiff, as shown on the website of the American Kennel Club, gives an idea of the breed’s look. A Melrose dog reported to be a bullmastiff was seized from its owner by Melrose Police after allegedly attacking and killing another dog

Melrose’s animal control officer seized a Vinton Street homeowner’s dog over the weekend after the dog fatally wounded another canine near the Melrose middle school, a police spokesman said.

The dog, which was described in a police report as a bull mastiff, has been placed in quarantine this week, according to animal control officer Diane Kurkjian.

Kurkjian declined to comment on the dog’s breed, or provide information about last week’s incident, citing an ongoing investigation.

According to an entry in the police log, an officer was called to a residence on the Lynn Fells Parkway at 10:25 a.m. on Saturday, April 23, by a man who reported that, “his dog was killed by another dog.”

Melrose Police Lt. Mark DeCroteau said the man reported he was walking a friend’s dog when a larger dog, which was unaccompanied, emerged and attacked the animal.

The smaller dog was taken to Woburn Animal Hospital, where it died, DeCroteau said.

An animal control officer was called to investigate the incident, and the dog’s owner, who lives about a block away from the school, was located.

The owner was cooperative during the investigation, DeCroteau said, and the animal was seized that day and placed in quarantine by 4:30 p.m.

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Thousands write to Mo. governor on dog breeding

Posted on 26 April 2011

By Wes Duplantier – Associated Press

 

KC Pets

 

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has received thousands of letters and emails urging him to sign or veto legislation rolling back new voter-approved restrictions on dog breeders.

Many of the emails, a sample of which were released Monday to The Associated Press, ask Nixon to abide by voters’ wishes and veto the legislation that would repeal and replace key parts of Proposition B, which passed last November with 51.6 percent of the statewide vote. Others urge Nixon to sign the legislation, because the puppy breeding industry creates jobs in rural Missouri.

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The voter-approved law limits the number of breeding dogs that business can own and sets new requirements for cage space, feeding and veterinary care. A bill recently passed by the Legislature would repeal the dog limit and rewrite other requirements on caring for dogs. After lawmakers passed their measure, Nixon’s administration brokered a compromise proposal that would give businesses more time to comply with some of the dog-housing requirements, but that plan has not yet received legislative approval.

Some emails, such as one written by Chesterfield resident David Dean, criticized the state’s House and Senate, which each approved the repeal measure by large margins.

“It’s hard for me to fathom how our legislature could vote for a bill that effectively guts Proposition B,” Dean wrote on April 13, the day the House gave final approval to the legislation. “It appears to be the height of arrogance on the legislators(‘) part.”

Others said the new restrictions of the ballot initiative would help the state’s breeding businesses, by setting higher standards that would improve the industry’s reputation.

“If animals are helped by this law requiring reasonable space, food, medical care for animals, that can only be good” for the breeding business, wrote St. Louis resident Paula Hanssen in a April 14 email.

But Nixon also received letters urging him to sign the repeal measure. Supporters of that legislation argue that the puppy breeding industry creates many jobs in rural parts of the state, jobs they say would be lost if Proposition B were to take effect as scheduled this November.

Kathrynne Holden, of Pittsburg, Mo., argued that the Human Society of the United States, which supported Proposition B, would use the measure as a first step to eliminate the state’s entire agriculture industry.

“If we fail to act now, we and future generations of Missourians will pay a steep price, both in tradition and livelihood,” she said in an April 17 email.

The HSUS has said it only wants to strengthen the state’s dog breeding regulations.

Purdy resident Larry Hall said he supports some regulation of the breeding industry, but said Missouri’s current standards are stringent enough. He said Proposition B would have little effect on its intended target — breeders who mistreat their dogs — and would instead hurt law-abiding businesses.

“Those who are not (licensed) or currently abide by the rules, will continue to operate under the radar,” he wrote in an April 14 email.

The governor has not said if he will sign the legislation pending before him. Instead, he’s urging lawmakers to pass a new, compromise bill that would lift some of the voter-approved restrictions.

Last week, Proposition B supporters and backers of the repeal measure held rallies in the capital in efforts to sway the governor’s decision.

Nixon spokesman Scott Holste declined to say Monday whether the letters and emails would have any influence on Nixon’s decision to sign or veto the repeal legislation.

“Obviously we get a lot of correspondence on many different issues,” he said.

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SUN 04/24/11 “Baron” won BIS in CA

Posted on 26 April 2011

Sunday, 04/24/11

 

The Chief Solano Kennel Club.

 

Vallejo, CA.

 

Judge Robert Stein.

 

Best In Show: Australian Shepherd.

 

 

GCH CH Rainedance Written In Stone CD PT AX  AXJ

 

 

Handled by Michael McGuire.

 

Breeder/Owner  Raine Lutz.

 

RaineDance Australian Shepherds

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SAT 04/15/11 Toy Group Perry, GA

Posted on 26 April 2011

Saturday, 04/15/11

 

The Atlanta Kennel Club.

 

Perry, GA.

 

Judge Mrs Charlotte Patterson.

 

 

 

Toy Group Results:

 

G1 -11  CH Palacegarden Malachy.

 

G2 -22  CH Ayrwen Star kissed Delight.

 

G3 -37  CH Copella’s Rising Attraction.

 

G4 -8  Dancee Moonlight Flashion.

 

Photo Credit:

Vincent Zuniaga

“Click on thumbnails to enlarge and see next photo”

 

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Einstein: The Smallest Stallion Has A Ball (Video)

Posted on 26 April 2011

By charliecantrell


You Tube

 

Einstein : The Smallest Stallion has a ball! Enjoy Einstein’s antics while he plays with a ball to the tune of Tim McHugh’s hit song Because It’s Morning! You can download Tim’s song at www.TimMcHugh.net. Einstein is playing with an EQUI-SPIRIT ball. He loves it! You can find them at www.equi-spirit-toys.com. The video was taped at Sky Villa in Ojai California.
Go to www.The Smallest Stallion.com for more fun!

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Dog Nurses Panther Cub, Wolf Pup (Video)

Posted on 26 April 2011

By duudeabidez


You Tube

 

A dog at a Chinese zoo has become the official wet nurse of a wolf pup and panther cub.

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