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  1. Welcome Home, Bentley! Nina Pham's Dog Is Officially Clear of EbolaFri, 31 Oct 2014 12:00:00 -0700
    Our congratulations to Bentley. The young Cavalier King Charles Spaniel will soon be going home after 21 days in quarantine and passing three tests for Ebola. Bentley's owner, Dallas nurse Nina Pham, was released from her own quarantine at the National Institutes for Health in Maryland last week after being cured of the deadly disease. Immediately after her release, she said that she was looking forward to seeing Bentley again, but officials told her she had to wait. The incubation period for Ebola is 21 days, and Bentley hadn't quite been under observation for that long. Tomorrow, that 21 days is up. Share this image Nina Pham and Bentley together in happier days. (Nina Pham's Facebook Page) function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) But even at that point, it was already being reported that the news was looking good: Bentley was healthy and happy in his quarantine, and had already passed several tests. Now it's official, and he'll get to go home. Yesterday, Sana Syed, director of the Dallas Public Information Office, happily tweeted, "All 3 samples came back negative today. We're planning the big reunion for Sat -Nina is ready! Will keep y'all posted." Share this image Health workers cleaning out Pham's house and taking Bentley into quarantine. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Although seeing her dog was one of Pham's first requests when she came back home, it was denied until now. Dallas County judge Clay Jenkins, who's been overseeing the response to Ebola, was afraid that having Nina visit and then leave again would be painful for the dog and make it harder for the vets to keep him comfortable in isolation. "I'm lobbying for her and the dog, but we have to do what the doctors and scientists think is best," he told the media at the time. Share this image A triptych of pictures published by Dallas Animal Services on their Facebook page, showing Bentley during his quarantine period. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Even in isolation, Bentley has become beloved by vets and the public alike. Cate McManus, operation manager of Dallas Animal Services told CNN, "He's such a joy, you can't help but love this little guy. I can't wait to see him on talk shows when he's all healthy and out of here." Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) The most important thing about Bentley's stay in isolation is the contrast it provides to the response in Spain. Officials in Madrid euthanized Excalibur, the dog belonging to an Ebola patient, almost immediately after his owners were put in isolation. Despite protests, there was no attempt to isolate and observe the dog, nor to even discuss the possibility of Ebola being transmitted from a dog to a human. (There are no reported cases of such transmission happening.) There will be a lot more opportunities for panic and hysteria to take control if we see more Ebola cases in the United States. The cases of Bentley and Nina Pham prove good models of how to handle the crisis calmly and rationally. Via Dallas News and CNN Learn more about dogs with Dogster: Why Do Dogs Lick People? 6 Ways to Thwart an Off-Leash Dog Rushing You and Your Dog I Worked at a Large Commercial Pet Store, And What they Do to Puppies Will Shock You More...
  2. Starving Puppy Found in a Garbage Can After Her Owner Moves AwayFri, 31 Oct 2014 10:12:00 -0700
    When sanitation worker Nathan Binnie was on his route in New Stanton, Pennsylvania, he noticed something unimaginable in front of a residence on Pine Lane. A puppy, stuffed in a garbage can, her head sticking out of a bag.  "It sort of scared me actually," he told TribLive.com. "I feel bad when I see nice toys in the trash, but a puppy like that -- it's just horrible." Binnie immediately pulled the dog out and called his dispatcher. Then, because the dog was moving and all Binnie could see was skin and bones, he went back to the truck.  "I gave her my lunch because it looked like she was starving," he said. Humane Society Police Officer Jan Dillon arrived on the scene, and what she saw shocked her. She told TribLive.com that it was the worst case of animal abuse she's encountered since starting the job ten years ago.  Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) But the dog was friendly. Dillon and fellow officer Cyndi Price had no problem approaching her.  "She came right up to us," Price said. Dillon gathered up the dog and took her to the humane society, and employees set about trying to bring her back from the brink. She told TribLive.com that the dog should weigh about 50 pounds; she weighs 17. Her teeth look like that of a five-year-old dog; she is only 10 months. Dillon said the dog had been starved over an extended period and is being gradually reintroduced to food. She hopes for the best.  "She is so dehydrated and malnourished, we could not get blood from her to check some blood work," Dillon told WTAE. "We checked the kidney and liver functions. But she is eating small amounts of food. That's all we can do to build her up -- just give her small amounts of food every three hours or so." Share this image The Humane Society of Westmoreland County function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) We've seen cases like this, in which people ignore their dogs while they slowly starve to death, but what authorities found out while investigating the story boggles the mind.   The dog had a microchip. It turns about she was adopted from a nearby shelter just a few months ago. The owner, a woman, seems to have adopted the puppy and immediately begun starving her. Charges are expected to be filed, but authorities haven't done so yet because she moved from the area this week. Her starving puppy in the garbage can? The woman was cleaning house, getting rid of the trash before her big move, and the puppy was part of that trash -- the puppy she'd had only a few months.  "It's ridiculous. I hate to say it, but it would have been better if they let the dog loose; at least it could have tried to get something to eat," Dillon told WPXI. Follow the story at the Humane Society's Facebook page. Learn more about dogs with Dogster: Let's Talk: Does Your Dog Love to Roll in Stinky Things? Be Polite to Your Dog -- It Benefits Both of You More...
  3. Dog Leads Police to His Owner, a Suspected Meth Dealer, Hiding in a RavineThu, 30 Oct 2014 11:41:00 -0700
    It's well-known that a dog's love knows no bounds. Even if you're a suspected meth dealer hiding in a ravine as the cops storm your house, a dog's love is going to find you.  Such was the love felt by Edward Henderson's dog, Bo -- and it found his owner, suspected meth dealer and hider in ravines, much to the delight of Alabama's Prattville Police Department.   Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) This is a funny story.  It happened Tuesday, when a drug enforcement unit, armed with a search warrant, pulled up in front of the suspected meth dealer's home, according to a police press release. Henderson didn't wait around; he hightailed it out the back and flew down the 25-foot ravine. When the officers approached the ravine and looked around for him, his dog, Bo, a Pit Bull-Husky mix, ran up and looked at one of the officers.   The officer knew exactly how to play it. "Go get him," he said.   Bo turned and ran, dashing toward his owner.   "Bo without hesitation went down the ravine trailed by two Drug Enforcement Investigators," the police department said in a release. Officers searched the area Bo had disappeared into and came up short, but only for while. Soon they saw Bo, and once they saw Bo knew they had their man.  "Bo was wagging his tail to alert investigators of his owners whereabouts," the release reads.  Bo had found his owner lying in tall grass, so he was wagging his tail. Because he loves him, you see.  Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Henderson has been charged with unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance, failure to obey police, and possession of drug paraphernalia; a search of his home revealed "components of a meth lab." Bo has been charged with being a good boy. He received pats on the head and dog biscuits from Prattville's K-9 Sergeant, according to police. Although police did not comment on the whereabouts of the dog at this time, a commenter on the department's Facebook page said Bo "is back at home with his family." Another commenter said the authorities are "doing regular checks to assure his well being." Via New York Daily News. Photos via Prattville Police Department.  Learn more about dogs with Dogster: Let's Talk: Does Your Dog Love to Roll in Stinky Things? Be Polite to Your Dog -- It Benefits Both of You More...
  4. Comfort Dogs Help Students After Marysville School Shooting Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:00:00 -0700
    The residents of Marysville, Washington -- especially the students of the local high school -- need a lot of comfort right now. Last Friday, 15-year-old Jaylen Fryberg texted his friends and cousins asking them to meet him for lunch in the school cafeteria. When he came to meet them, he brought a .40-caliber Beretta pistol and opened fire on the table where they were sitting. In the end, Fryberg and two 14-year-old girls were dead. Three more students are still in the hospital. Share this image From LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) There probably isn't enough comfort in the world to completely ease that kind of horror, ever. For many of the students and their families, a part of it will stay lodged in them for as long as they live. Share this image From LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Even though the process of healing may never end, it can at least begin. Part of that process will come from three comfort dogs, brought to Marysville by Lutheran Church Charities, based in Chicago. Two of the dogs, Luther and Shami, have experience with this kind of thing: They were brought to Newtown, Connecticut, after Adam Lanza massacred twenty children and six staff members in the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting. They were also part of the recovery process after the 2013 bombing of the Boston Marathon. Their colleague, Erin, is only 9 months old and still learning the ropes. Share this image From LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Tim Hetzner, president of Lutheran Church Charities, told The Washington Post that "People come in so tense. Once they see the dogs, they start relaxing. They get down, they hug the dogs." But it's more than physical contact; people may actually start talking to the dogs, opening up in ways that they haven't yet. Pet researcher Mary Jo Gilmer told Good Morning America that part of the reason therapy dogs are so helpful is that they're willing to be there for people without conditions and without giving advice. "A dog just cuddles up with them and doesn't say, 'You need to get on with your life,'" she said. "Just that unconditional willingness of the animal to be hugged [helps]." Share this image From LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Every person who's ever known and loved a dog probably knows that feeling, although hopefully on a lesser scale than the people in Marysville. We wish them good luck while they recover from this tragedy, and thank the three dogs and their handlers for their hard work in a time of great trauma. Via Washington Post, Good Morning America, and LCC K-9 Dogs Learn more about dogs with Dogster: Why Do Dogs Lick People? 6 Ways to Thwart an Off-Leash Dog Rushing You and Your Dog I Worked at a Large Commercial Pet Store, And What they Do to Puppies Will Shock You More...
  5. Cute Overdose: A Puppy Named for Drug Lord Tuco in "Breaking Bad" Poses in a Police VestWed, 29 Oct 2014 11:30:00 -0700
    Meet K-9 Batman, aka Tuco, aka Tuco Salamanca, the Mexican drug kingpin in the AMC series Breaking Bad, which is in no way reflective of the demeanor or moral standing or mental state of the handsome canine because aw he's a puppy.  Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) This picture was posted on Facebook by Massachusetts Vest-A-Dog, which provides police vests for the states K-9 unit, and everybody just sort of melted. It can't hurt to see it one more time: Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) The group put the nine-week-old puppy in the police vest because once someone had the idea to do it, it had to be done. And so it was. And then Massachusetts Vest-A-Dog realized it had the pefect addition to its yearly calendar, which features police dogs with their handlers. The calendars raise funds for the vests; so far the group has paid for 380 vests since 2000. You can buy a calendar here.  Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) As for naming the dog Tuco, James Kenneally, a spokesperson for the Boston Police Department's K-9 unit, told Today.com that the dog's trainer, officer Troy Caisey, "liked the name just for the way it sounds, not because of what the character represents on Breaking Bad. We're not advocating the sale of illegal narcotics." Good. That is the correct position for the Boston Police Department.  Tuco is now six months old, and Caisey one day hopes he can join Boston Police, but it's still too early to say whether the pup will become a full-fledged police dog.  It depends on the dog and how he matures," he told Boston Magazine. "Im doing foundation work with him now, and in a couple of months Ill know if he will make it as a work dog and when he will start his formal training. Im doing little things with him now, but no formalized training will start until later. Check out Massachusetts Vest-A-Dog and buy a calendar! Learn more about dogs with Dogster: Let's Talk: Does Your Dog Love to Roll in Stinky Things? Be Polite to Your Dog -- It Benefits Both of You More...
  6. Is Ira Glass Dog the Most Amazing Dog Halloween Costume Ever?Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:30:00 -0700
    These days, people in Brooklyn are generally young and spirited, and when confronted with something like a dog costume contest, they don't phone it in by browsing PetSmart. They pull out the sewing machines, they swing open the craft closets, they mix up a cocktail, they get to work. And good for them, because that made the 16th Annual Great PUPkin dog costume at Brooklyn's Fort Greene Park this weekend a wonder to behold.  We had a selfie dog, a Jeff Koons balloon dog, Run DMC, Hedwig, a paper shredder, Ghostbuster's Slimer, a cookie dog, a Pope dog, and a Shih-Tzu in a toilet bowl -- all great costumes that make us glad that Brooklyn exists in the particular way it does.   Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) But the best costume by far (our apologies to Pope Puggle) was Ira Glass dog, with his rumpled suit and fur, eyeglasses, desk microphone, and coffee cup. The host seemed knee-deep in his This American Life radio show, gazing upon the assorted crowd as if he were doing a story on the costume contest rather than winning it (which he did). Check him out, via the Fort Green PUPS Facebook page:  Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) We would listen to that show for sure. Here are some more pictures of the top dogs at the event. Brooklyn is the dog costume capital to beat, clearly. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Via Gothamist; photos via the the Fort Green PUPS Facebook page. Learn more about dogs with Dogster: Let's Talk: Does Your Dog Love to Roll in Stinky Things? Be Polite to Your Dog -- It Benefits Both of You More...
  7. Malaysian Activist Encourages Dog Petting, Gets Death ThreatsMon, 27 Oct 2014 12:30:00 -0700
    For most of the people who read this blog, touching a dog isn't a big thing. In fact, touching dogs is one of the selling points of bringing one home to become part of your family. But in Malaysia, a huge controversy has boiled up around exactly that issue. Touching dogs is not seen as such a benign act in certain schools of Islam. According to some clergy, dogs are impure animals and touching them is taboo. Last week, Muslim activist Syed Azmi Alhabshi triggered furious discussion of the taboo by organizing an event called "I Want to Touch a Dog," inviting people to gather in a public park and pet dogs. The impetus for the event came from a desire by Syed Azmi to overcome his own fear of dogs. One day, he made a post on Facebook saying that he would like to touch a dog, but was also frightened of doing so. There was a massive response of people with similar feelings. "Since there are so many of us, I thought why don't we have a public event, touch dogs and then perform 'sertu' [a Muslim purification ritual] together?" Share this image Organizer Syed Azmi Alhabshi talks enthusiastically about the success of his event. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Encouraged by the responses, he began to organize an event in a public park via Facebook. Doing that turned out to be like tossing a match into a box of kerosene and tinder. Even before the event there was tension and outrage, but when more than 1,000 people showed up, the issue blew up, a visible representation of the tensions between conservative Muslims and younger, more liberal Muslims. Muslim cleric Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat condemned Syed Azmi as a deviant, saying "Organizing a specific program just to touch dogs would only be done by those who are akin to having worms in their heads." Although Syed Azmi had specifically gotten approval from the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (or Mais) before the event, members condemned him afterward, claiming that he had manipulated and deceived them about the true nature of the event. Chairman Datuk Mohamed Adzib Mohd Isa told The Malaysian Insider, "The deliberate acts of holding, hugging and kissing dogs by Muslims like what happened that day is deeply regretted because such acts are against the 'syarak' laws. It was also not how the organizers had depicted it (to Mais) and was not in line with the program's objectives as mentioned in the organizer's application.'" Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) There have been much worse reactions to the "I Want to Touch a Dog" event. On Sunday, Syed Azmi held a press conference in which he apologized for the event because he had been getting so many death threats through social media, emails, and text messages. "I admit that there are weaknesses in the program," he said in his statement. "I would like to apologize and I had no intention to cause trouble to anyone. We explained it all throughout the program. I would like to stress here that it was an educational program and the 'sertu' ritual (cleansing) was also explained and also performed." His lawyer, Syahredzan Johan, said that Syed Azmi had received over 2,000 threatening messages. "Some of the threats received said they want to break his bones. Others said they were going to kill him if they see him on the street and many more." Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Why so much controversy over dogs? You might as well ask why so much controversy over two men or two women getting married, or a person who transitions from one gender to another. The venom and hatred is also familiar to anyone who's followed the issue of Gamergate, where women's lives have repeatedly been threatened merely for criticizing sexism in videogames. Jahbar Sadiq, editor of The Malaysian Insider, answered the question concisely: The issue, really, isn't about Muslims touching dogs. That's fine, as long as you observe all cleansing rituals. The main grouse is about control. Clerics, even Muslim politicians, now see the event as a tipping point for Muslims to break free from their strictures and censures about life as most people know it.... Once Muslims can think for themselves what is right and what is wrong, why would they listen to the clerics, the ulamas who make a living pronouncing what is right or wrong, what is permissible and what is legal in Islam? What good is a shepherd without his flock? Share this image Women at the event on October 19. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) When people challenge the controls on their lives, whether it's petting dogs or planning a wedding, the smallest thing can have huge consequences. The practical consequences of petting a dog would not be that great. As Sadiq points out, the idea that dogs are unclean is not universally accepted throughout Islam. The issue is all about control. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Congratulations to all the people who managed to surpass a lifelong taboo at the event on October 19, and good luck to Syed Azmi. The story of the threats against him is as familiar as it is ugly, and the world would be a better place if we could read it less often. Via The Malaysian Insider YouTube, and The Malay Mail Online Learn more about dogs with Dogster: Why Do Dogs Lick People? 6 Ways to Thwart an Off-Leash Dog Rushing You and Your Dog I Worked at a Large Commercial Pet Store, And What they Do to Puppies Will Shock You More...
  8. Susie the Pit Bull Is Your 2014 American Hero DogMon, 27 Oct 2014 08:00:00 -0700
    Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) The 2014 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards airs Thurs., Oct. 30, on the Hallmark Channel, but the event took place last month, and we've got your big winner right here: Susie. She's a Pit Bull mix from High Point, North Carolina, and she landed the 2014 American Hero Dog award at the event, which took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and was hosted by film star James Denton and model and animal advocate Beth Stern.  Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Yes, it was a full gala, but let's hear about Susie first. The Pit mix was just a puppy when she underwent an unimaginable experience. Her owner beat her, then set her on fire, leaving her in a park in North Carolina. Her crime? Licking the face of her owner's child.   She was rescued by a local animal shelter, but it was nearly too late: Her ears were burned off and 60 percent of her body was covered in third-degree burns, which were infested with maggots. But Susie did recover, and after being adopted by Donna Lawrence, a dog-attack survivor, Susie broke out of her shell and soon became known for her "constant love, sweet spirit, and boundless forgiveness," according to the Hero Dog Award website.  Together the two helped pass Susies Law in North Carolina, which calls for harsher penalties for convicted animal abusers, and they visit hospitals, schools, and nursing homes, spreading the message that people should never give up. Susie has become an expert spokesdog for animal welfare; she's also been the star of three books and a movie. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) "Susie greets everyone with a wag and a smile," the Hero Dog Award website says, "living in the moment to give kisses and cuddles to those who need to know that forgiveness and grace are the greatest gifts."  Susie beat out 135 dogs nominated from around the country, along with seven other finalists, to win the award. Votes were cast by the public -- more than half a million came in -- and by a panel of animal advocates and celebrity judges, including Victoria Stilwell, Naomi Judd, Prince Lorenzo Borghese, Alison Eastwood, and Joanna Krupa.  The show, which airs Oct. 30 on the Hallmark Channel, features performances by Wilson Phillips and Shara Strand and appearances by animal advocates and celebrities. Check out the Hero Dog Awards' website and Facebook. Read more about award shows: Hilary Swank Will Host "The Great American Dog-a-Thon" on Thanksgiving  The World Dog Awards Are Coming to Hollywood  The Fido Awards -- also Called the "Canine Oscars" -- Honor the the Husky From "Gravity" Betty White Meets Ricochet at the Hero Dog Awards  Learn more about dogs with Dogster: 9 Tips for Keeping Your Dog Cool This Summer Let's Talk: Does Your Dog Love to Roll in Stinky Things? Be Polite to Your Dog -- It Benefits Both of You More...
  9. Can Tomorrow's "Freeze Don't Shoot" Protests Stop Police Officers Shooting Dogs?Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:00:00 -0700
    Tomorrow, dog lovers hope to make a statement against cops who gun down dogs without reason. At noon, local time, activists are planning to march on the capitols of all fifty states under the banner of "Freeze Don't Shoot." More people than ever are becoming aware that police officers aren't necessarily the benign guardians of peace and security we see on television. Thanks to the fact that almost all of us are carrying miniature video studios in our pockets, it seems like every week brings a new example of how casually police use force against animals and humans alike. While Black people in Missouri are still marching in protest of the murder of Michael Brown, dog lovers are staring in outrage at the video of a Texas police officer who called a dog with kissing noises and then put three bullets into him. We deserve to have police who make us feel safe instead of posing one more threat to us and our loved ones. I would love for the "Freeze Don't Shoot" protests to be successful. Every time I write about a cop shooting a dog for no good reason and every time I read stories like those of Michael Brown, John Crawford, or Oscar Grant, a little part of me dies. I want to have all of those parts back. So, I really want the Freeze Don't Shoot protests to work. I want them to accomplish something. But looking over their online presence, I don't have a lot of hope. Share this image The Facebook banner for Freeze Don't Shoot - Justice Pages United. Pro tip: Avoid typos in your media materials, especially the logo for your main site. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) The main site for online organizing is a Facebook page, Freeze Don't Shoot - Justice Pages United. It's intended to bring together people concerned about police shootings of dogs. There are more than 150 Facebook pages devoted to individual incidents; Justice Pages United is a place for a broader conversation about what they all have in common. Unfortunately, while the idea of marching on 50 state capitols in one day sounds like a good way to turn up the volume on a much-needed conversation, it's also a massive undertaking. Organizing a single demonstration is difficult enough. It involves coordination among organizers, media outreach, a coordinated message, and a lot of people who are committed enough to come out and march. Share this image As of July 28, Freeze Don't Shoot claimed that this map showed how many people had committed to march in each state. It has not been updated since. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Freeze Don't Shoot is aiming to do 50 of those. In one day, at the same time. To do that would be an exceptional accomplishment. From the looks of it, Freeze Don't Shoot has neither the media savvy nor the organizational infrastructure to do so. One excellent point about the demonstrations was brought up by a woman in the group: Why are they on a Saturday? Someone just asked me a very good question so I thought I would pass it on to this group....why was this march scheduled for a Saturday when the capitols are all closed. There will be no legislators there to see us and as far as I know the building is closed to visitors as well, so there won't be any visitors to see us. Just wanted to be able to give people an answer when they pose this question to me. I planned on attending but never thought about the fact that the people who need to see us so they can propose laws will not be at the capitol on a Saturday. I would really like to be there on a day when the legislators are there so they can see the support for these much needed laws. Like a tree falling in the woods, if there's a protest and no politicians or news teams are there to hear it, it didn't happen. There's a reason why, if you want to make sure a story doesn't get wide coverage, you release it just before the weekend. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Further, the group doesn't seem to have done much social media work other than the Facebook page, which has only existed since July. The Twitter feed for @official_fds is completely blank, without so much as an avatar. There are Freeze Don't Shoot Twitter feeds for individual states. Unfortunately, they have little activity as well. The Freeze Don't Shoot Iowa account (@FDSIowa) has 37 followers and 14 tweets, the most recent of which was October 7. The Minnesota Twitter account is a little more active, with 41 tweets and 145 followers. The account for Arizona, the home state of Freeze Don't Shoot founder Donna Earley, has only 11 followers and 136 tweets. Not only does Freeze Don't Shoot seem to have completely abandoned one of the most valuable networks for modern activists, but they haven't even developed their own website. Go to FreezeDontShoot.com, and less than 24 hours before they're slated to start their nationwide demonstrations, there's nothing more than a "Coming Soon" card. Share this image Less than 24 hours before their big protest, this is what's on the official web page of Freeze Don't Shoot. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) In an interview with Vocativ.com, Earley said "People are downright frickin angry, and they want police to stop shooting family pets.... If you have a dog, youre at risk. It doesnt matter if its a Poodle or a 100-pound Rottweiler." People should be angry. Whether we're talking about human beings or dogs, the behavior that we're seeing by police across the country is a betrayal of the trust that society invests in them. It is a betrayal of the most basic values of democracy. For that message to get across, I think that we need much better organizing from the people who care. If you are interested in attending the Freeze Don't Shoot demonstration in your state, you can find info here. Via Vocativ and Freeze Don't Shoot - Justice Pages United Learn more about dogs with Dogster: Why Do Dogs Lick People? 6 Ways to Thwart an Off-Leash Dog Rushing You and Your Dog I Worked at a Large Commercial Pet Store, And What they Do to Puppies Will Shock You More...
  10. Meet the Secret Service Dogs Who Stopped a White House Fence JumperFri, 24 Oct 2014 10:30:00 -0700
    On Wednesday, a White House fence jumper did not run a clear path to the doors and scurry inside like Omar Gonzalez did on Sept. 19. Phone calls had been made; protocols had changed. After Dominic Adesanya's feet hit the North Lawn he came face to face with the new, improved response to fence jumpers: Secret Service dogs Hurricane and Jordan.  It didn't end well for him.  "I think the individual last night saw pretty vividly why we all keep our distance," the White House press secretary later joked. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) According to ABC, Adesanya was confronted "almost immediately" after landing on White House grounds by the dogs. He fought, punching, kicking and wrestling with the dogs, but he was quickly subdued. He ended up in the hospital and is facing four misdemeanor counts of resisting/unlawful entry, two felony counts of assault on a police officer and one felony count of making threats.  Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Hurricane and Jordan were also injured and ended up at the vet, but they're now back on the job after being treated for minor bruising.  In the aftermath, the Secret Service is publicly praising the dogs, posting their photos on Twitter and telling us a bit about them.   Here's Hurricane: Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) USSS K-9 Hurricane - black Belgian Malinois, brown eyes, age 6, enjoys playing with his Kong toy, ready to work pic.twitter.com/1tDO1bI741 U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) October 23, 2014 Here's Jordan: Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) USSS K-9 Jordan - black/tan Belgian Malinois, brown eyes, age 5, enjoys walks around White House, ready to work pic.twitter.com/sMphy85HQf U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) October 23, 2014 Hurricane and Jordan are part of the Secret Service's canine unit, which includes 75 dogs. According to ABC, the dogs receive 20 weeks of training and work until age 10, when they retire with their handlers.  Via ABC Learn more about dogs with Dogster: 9 Tips for Keeping Your Dog Cool This Summer Let's Talk: Does Your Dog Love to Roll in Stinky Things? Be Polite to Your Dog -- It Benefits Both of You More...
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