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Pet dog ‘happy and well’ after mine fall

“A dog rescue effort was successful after a cocker spaniel that fell 80 feet was recovered unharmed. Nell disappeared while her owner, Peter Bell, was dog walking her in Dyserth in Wales. He was looking for her for two days before discovering there were unused mine shafts in the area and realising she may have fallen down one. With the help of the RSPCA, Nell was recovered unharmed.”

Pet dog ‘happy and well’ after mine fall | Pet Care News

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Dog owner donates $1 million prize that pooch won

“A Chihuahua from Parker has been awarded $1 million, after winning the ‘cutest dog competition’ from the All American Pet Brands Co. Instead of keeping the money, his owner decided to give it away.”

Dog owner donates $1 million prize that pooch won – The Denver Post

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Give Your Pooch the Gift of Wisdom This Holiday

ROCKVILLE, Md., Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ — There is no greater love than the adoration you receive from man’s best friend. This holiday season, return the love by gifting your four legged friend with Wisdom Panel(TM) Insights, the most comprehensive mixed-breed cheek swab DNA test on the market. It will not only help explain his ancestry, but may also provide valuable Insights to help you strengthen the bond with your canine companion.

The new do-it-yourself doggie DNA test from Mars Veterinary(TM), an established name in canine genetic breed identification and a division of MARS® Incorporated – a global leader in pet care – is the result of advancements in canine genetic testing technology, making it possible for dog owners to access unrivaled breed detection inexpensively and conveniently. With the simple swipe of a cheek swab, Wisdom Panel Insights can determine the ancestry of a mixed-breed dog by testing for more than 170 breeds, the largest database on the market. Within three weeks, dog owners can download an official Ancestry Report that reveals the dog’s genetic background.

A dog’s ancestry can influence him in surprising ways. Obvious and not-so-obvious physical traits plus behaviors like digging, herding and barking all come from the various breeds in a dog’s family tree. Once an owner understands a dog’s natural tendencies, it makes it possible to create a tailored training, exercise and nutrition program to fit his one-of-a-kind needs.

‘Treating your pet with the gift of knowledge is a very special gift you can provide this holiday,’ said Dr. Neale Fretwell, chief geneticist at Mars Veterinary. ‘It’s not only about satisfying your curiosity. The smarter you are about your dog’s past, the smarter you can be about his future.’

Mars Veterinary launched their first veterinary administered, blood-based Wisdom Panel(TM) MX test in 2007 (recently relaunched and expanded as Wisdom Panel(TM) Professional). The state-of-the-art Wisdom Panel tests from Mars Veterinary are based on nearly a decade of extensive research, drawing from the expertise of leading scientists, veterinarians, universities and breed organizations throughout the world. Their development included the analysis of more than 19 million DNA markers from more than 13,000 dogs. As a result, the tests are the most complete and comprehensive products on the market, able to detect the breed composition of a mixed-breed dog with unprecedented accuracy.

Wisdom Panel Insights is now available for mixed-breed dogs across the U.S. for only $79.99 online at www.wisdompanel.com.

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Dog days of Christmas

“It is difficult to be cynical about Christmas specials that highlight homeless dogs. Difficult, but not impossible. The most heartbreaking aspect of tonight’s programming is that pet lovers with the holiday spirit must choose between two shows with similar premises but vastly different tones.”

Paige Wiser reviews two canine specials airing tonight:

Dog days of Christmas TV movies :: Herald News :: Entertainment

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Flight to Freedom for Puppy Mill Dogs – Ohio Dog Auction

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Last week, Humane Police Officers with the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals filed criminal complaints against six Pennsylvania commercial dog breeders after agents and volunteers purchased twelve dogs at a dog auction in Holmes County, Ohio on October 7, 2009. There is clear evidence as set forth in the criminal complaints that the dogs have been victims of deliberate cruelty. This is the first time any law enforcement agency has brought abused breeding dogs back into their state of origin and filed charges against the breeders who harmed them.


PSPCA agents drove unmarked trucks from Philadelphia to the rural town of Baltic, Ohio in Holmes County, to attend the auction, where some of Pennsylvania’s largest commercial dog breeders had sent almost four hundred breeding dogs to be sold at auction. At the same time, investigators from Main Line Animal Rescue flew a private plane, on loan from a generous supporter of MLAR, to Holmes County to attend the same auction. On board was a licensed veterinarian who provided invaluable assistance, examining dogs inside the auction and later dogs purchased by agents and volunteers. Less than two hours after leaving the auction house, several of the dogs purchased were back in the Philadelphia area, passengers on the private plane. PSPCA agents drove through the night to bring still more dogs back to Philadelphia to be evaluated and examined at our Erie Avenue facility. The dogs are receiving extensive medical treatment at this time.

At the auction, hundreds of frightened breeding dogs transported from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania were numbered and stacked to the ceiling in small fetid cages as hundreds of buyers, comprised mainly of Amish dog breeders, made their way through the narrow aisles of the crowded auction house. The majority of the breeding dogs sold were then transported to puppy mills in Ohio and in other states. Many of the filthy, terrified dogs for sale that day were registered with either the American Canine Association or America’s Pet Registry, Inc. – the names of the controversial registries posted on the outside of the dogs’ cages.

The Pennsylvania SPCA and Main Line Animal Rescue urges Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell to investigate/question the state inspectors who walked by these animals during routine inspections of the kennels involved and did nothing to help them. We also ask that the Governor hire a qualified veterinarian to accompany inspectors during inspections – one who will take the time to thoroughly examine each and every dog in Pennsylvania’s problematic commercial dog breeding kennels. The PSPCA will reach out to the Holmes County prosecutor’s office and ask them to investigate the sale of sick and injured dogs at the Dog Auction at the Farmerstown Sale Barn in Baltic, Ohio.

Legislation is pending in Ohio (Senate Bill 95 and House Bill 124) which would prohibit such auctions in the future as well as efforts to place a ballot initiative before Ohio voters banning dog auctions altogether.

The Pennsylvania SPCA is the largest animal welfare organization in Pennsylvania and has been dedicated to fighting animal cruelty throughout the Commonwealth for over one hundred years. Main Line Animal Rescue has been in the forefront of raising awareness to the plight of puppy mill dogs and was featured on Oprah’s ‘puppy mill show.’

Lamb McErlane PC, a law firm located in West Chester, Pennsylvania, has been assisting the Pennsylvania SPCA and Main Line Animal Rescue in dealing with these complex legal issues. A conviction on any or all charges could result in the immediate revocation of PA state kennel licenses as stated in PA’s new dog laws.”

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AKC Welcomes Bluetick Coonhound, Boykin Spaniel and Redbone Coonhound

From the AKC:

The American Kennel Club® is pleased to welcome the Bluetick Coonhound, Boykin Spaniel and Redbone Coonhound as the 162nd, 163rd, and the 164th AKC® registered breeds. The Boykin Spaniel will join the Sporting Group while both the Bluetick Coonhound and Redbone Coonhound will join the Hound Group. The new breeds will be eligible for full AKC registration and competition in their respective groups at conformation shows held on and after December 30, 2009.

‘We are happy that Boykin Spaniel, Bluetick Coonhound and Redbone Coonhound will be joining the ranks of fully-recognized AKC breeds,’ said Mari-Beth O’Neill, AVP of Customer Service. ‘Although these breeds have been classified in two different groups, all three possess energetic natures and are still very actively used by hunters as working dogs today. After their long histories of development within the United States, we look forward to finally seeing these three breeds eligible to compete for AKC Conformation championships, as they have already been actively competing in AKC Companion Events and Performance Events.’

Like many coonhounds, the Bluetick Coonhound gets its name from a coat pattern, which is dark blue in color and covered in a ticking or mottled pattern. Working ability is very important to owners who prize the sturdy and athletic Bluetick for its skill in trailing and treeing raccoons and other small animals. The breed has origins in the English Coonhound, which was a fast working dog that excelled at following fresh game trails. In 1945, Bluetick breeders broke away to form their own slower-working dog that could pick up older scent trails. Blueticks are known for having the typical coonhound ‘bawling’ bark. This steady and determined breed can stay on the most intricate of tracks, making it a prized companion for active sporting families.

The official State Dog of South Carolina, the Boykin Spaniel is a medium-sized, all-around hunting dog with a cheerful, energetic personality. The breed was developed in South Carolina in the early 1900s by Mr. L. Whitaker Boykin. Originally used to hunt wild turkeys, Boykins now typically work with ducks and other waterfowl. With a rich, chocolate-brown coat and charm to spare, the breed thrives on human companionship and enjoys children and other dogs. The Boykin has the stamina to stay by its owner’s side during a full day of work, so it fits in best with an active family.

Known for its flashy red coat, the Redbone Coonhound is a versatile worker and possesses the ability to hunt and swim over a variety of terrain while still maintaining its speed and agility. The breed is even-tempered and trainable in the home, and wants to please its owner. The Redbone dates back to red foxhounds brought over by Scottish immigrants in the late 1700s and red foxhounds imported from Ireland before the Civil War. Redbones possess a natural treeing instinct and will track game ranging from raccoons to cougars.

Breeds that wish to begin the road to full AKC recognition must be recorded with an accepted registry. The AKC Foundation Stock Service® (FSS®) is the AKC’s recording service for purebred breeds that are not yet eligible for AKC registration. After a breed has been in FSS the recognition process begins with a written request to compete in the Miscellaneous Class from the National Breed Club. While there is no established timetable for adding new breeds, dogs typically compete in the Miscellaneous Class for one to three years. More information on the process can be found at the AKC’s Web site.

The next breeds in line for full recognition by AKC are the Icelandic Sheepdog, Cane Corso and Leonberger. The three will be eligible for AKC registration on June 1, 2010 and for competition in the Herding and Working Groups on June 30, 2010.

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Pet connections

Finding the balance between compassion and consumption, pets and plate.

Common Ground – December 09

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Signs From Sally

“It must have been a coincidence. These things must happen to other people. It was just my turn. There’s a dog involved, because often there is with me…”

Signs From Sally – washingtonpost.com

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The hair of the dog needs doggie shampoo

“Q: What kind of shampoo is best for my Norwich terrier? Every groomer recommends a different one. Her breeder even suggested I not bathe her at all unless I really had to. And why can’t I use a human shampoo?”

The hair of the dog needs doggie shampoo – Pets – MiamiHerald.com

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Holiday gone to the dogs: Gift ideas for the pets on your list

“Your dog and cat may not know it’s the holidays, but admit it, most of those pet presents are really gifts for ourselves. Brighten the dark winter days by watching your furry family have fun, and solve some common pet problems with the following suggestions…”

CTV.ca | Holiday gone to the dogs: Gift ideas for the pets on your list