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  1. Would You Rent an Apartment to Stella, the Dog of Oakland A's Pitcher Sean Doolittle?Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:20:00 -0700
    I'm trying to picture what a rsum for our dog would look like. It's not easy. Writing rsums for myself is a hateful, tedious task. Partly it's because as a writer, I hate the formal, jargon-laden style that passes as "professional" in this country, but also the mere fact of putting together a rsum is kind of depressing. It seems calculated to force me to confront how unimpressive my life has been. Fortunately, I haven't had to write rsums for any family pets. The idea hasn't even crossed my mind that I would have to. I do live in the San Francisco Bay Area, however, which means that normal rules don't apply. The experience of Oakland A's pitcher Sean Doolittle and his partner Eireann Dolan has driven that point home. Share this image Sean Doolittle and Stella (Via Eireann Dolan's Facebook) 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($(obj).width()) Doolittle and Dolan were recently looking for an apartment to rent for the duration of the baseball season. As Dolan writes in her blog, short-term renting isn't easy in the Bay Area, even if one of you is a pitcher in Major League Baseball: When the realtor asks when the move out date is and you say ehhhhh Septemberish, but hopefully the end of October? you can almost see them imagining themselves throwing out your application in favor of one of the bazillions of tech people applications. Share this image Eireann Dolan and Stella (Via Eireann Dolan's Facebook) function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Against the odds, Doolittle, Dolan, and their beloved Rhodesian Ridgeback, Stella, found a place that they liked. Loved, even. According to Dolan, its advantages included "A gym for me to tell people I worked out in even though I probably spent that time watching King of the Hill at home and wondering if gummy worms would taste good dipped in Nutella (yes, right?)." Just one catch: Along with all the other application paperwork, the realtor required them to submit a rsum for Stella. Not a few lines about her breed, or attesting that she hadn't attacked any innocent passerby, but a full, detailed rsum. "Think of it as a formal rsum that you might submit when you are seeking a job," the real estate agent told them. Share this image The rsum submitted by Doolittle and Dolan. (Via Eireann Dolan's Blog function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) This is the San Francisco Bay Area. Normal rules of reality don't apply here even in the most laid-back circumstances. When you're looking for an apartment to rent, the entire book just gets tossed right out the window. The housing market is so irrationally expensive right now that if a landlord told all applicants that in order to be considered, they needed to paint themselves blue and dance the can-can on the sidewalk outside, most would be picking out paint brushes. So, they came up with a rsum for Stella. Like I say, I don't know what I'd put on a rsum for the family dog. "Yapping at harmless old people who walk past the house"? "Enthusiastically humping dogs who come over for a visit"? They don't really seem like great selling points. Share this image Sean Doolittle, Stella, and Eireann Dolan, all together. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) The rsum that Dolan came up with for Stella is actually a beautiful thing, although it did not get them the apartment. Stella's skills apparently include "Lying about myself on rsums" (actually, a highly practical skill to have), and her references report that a San Francisco Chronicle article said, "Residents who have come in contact with Stella have reported that she was 'a good girl. A very good girl. Yes she was, yes she was.'" Obviously Doolittle, Dolan, and Stella didn't take the rsum very seriously -- but who could? According to SF Gate, the management rejected their application for the official reason that their vehicle was 5 inches taller than the parking stall. So it goes. Since then, the family has found a place to live. One that allows dogs, and presumably doesn't require them to submit rsums. Good luck to all three of them. Via Eireann Dolan's Blog and SFGate Read more news about dogs on Dogster: Madrid Becomes a No-Kill City Shorter Than a Coke Can, Is This Chihuahua the World's Smallest Dog? National Park Service Wants to Release the Hounds in Fight Against Goose Poop More...
  2. Brutus the Rottweiler, a Quadruple Amputee, Gets Four New FeetTue, 31 Mar 2015 10:05:00 -0700
    A quadruple amputee out of Loveland, Colorado, is now running and leaping with the best of them, thanks to a full set of prosthetic limbs. He's only the second dog ever to wear four prosthetics, which became necessary after the dog -- Brutus, a handsome Rottweiler -- got frostbite on all four of his limbs, according to Fox 31.  Instead of treating the dog at the vet, his breeders decided to handle the situation on their own, in a horrific manner.  Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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 a baby he was left out in some extreme temperatures and sustained frostbite on his feet," wrote foster mom Laura Aquilina on the dogs GoFundMe page. "The cruel 'breeders' decided the best option was to chop off his toes with an axe or other crude object. Brutus was left maimed and crippled, and due to the poor way in which this was done, he is in pain every day of his life."  "He cannot run and play like all puppies want to do, he can barely walk. He has to be carried over any hard surfaces or up and down stairs." Fortunately, the fundraising campaign worked, and Aquilina, who took in Brutus after he was rescued, raised more than $12,000 for the prosthetics. Brutus was soon outfitted with four of the devices from Denver's OrthoPets.  Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Brutus, who gets around inside on his "little peg legs," as Aquilina puts it, is currently using the devices for outside play to give him a normal doggy life. He's still learning.  You cant explain to an animal why you are putting these contraptions on their feet. You cant explain to them that its to help them, she told Fox 31. Hes able to walk in them. Its not always pretty. We want to be able to give him a higher function, where he can run and play with other dogs, go on hikes." Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Brutus is an amazing case of a beautiful dog who was dealt a short hand, Martin Kauffman, founder of OrthoPets, told Fox 31. He can get out and do normal doggy things. And it just makes you feel so good.  Brutus is set to receive physical therapy at CSUs Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Fort Collins to further master his new feet.   If he ended up in a shelter theyd say he was unadoptable because hes missing his feet. I think its good for people to know we can work with animals like this, said Aquilina. Check out some more dogs outfitted with devices from OrthoPets: Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Via Fox 31; photos via the Better Paws for Brutus Facebook page and the OrthoPets Facebook page Read more dog news on Dogster: Update: Dog "Abandoned" at Gas Station Is Found and Up for Adoption Look at These Stylish Dogs on Menswear Site Mr. Porter Drones Are Tracking the Stray Dogs of Houston More...
  3. Madrid Becomes a No-Kill CityMon, 30 Mar 2015 10:40:00 -0700
    Only a few months ago, the eyes of animal lovers around the world were on Madrid to see if it would euthanize the dog Excalibur after his owners were quarantined for ebola infection. Unfortunately for all, Excalibur was killed by government order in early October of last year. Today, Excalibur would have had a much better chance of surviving the panic around ebola. On March 12, the Madrid Assembly voted unanimously to pass a law forbidding the euthanizing of stray dogs, making Madrid officially a no-kill city. Share this image Nacho Paunero, the president of El Refugio. (Picture via Facebook) function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) The new law is largely thanks to the work of El Refugio, a local animal rescue and advocacy group. The organization has been pushing for a no-kill policy in Madrid for 19 years, and last year it collected 62,000 signatures supporting a change in the law. To celebrate, volunteers and supporters of El Refugio gathered in Puerta Del Sol, the city's central square, holding a large pink sign with the words, "La Muerte Ha Muerto." ("Death is Dead.") Share this image Madrid's Puerta Del Sol. Pavel L Photo and Video / Shutterstock.com function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) "Today is one of the happiest days of our lives," said Nacho Paunero, the President of El Refugio. "[We have] been fighting for 19 years to make Madrid and the surrounding areas no-kill. We said we would never stop fighting until accomplishing our goal, and we have finally done it!" Share this image A man walks his dog on the streets of Madrid. Yulia Grigoryeva / Shutterstock.com function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Since 1990, Madrid's policy has been that homeless animals who aren't claimed or adopted 10 days after being brought into the shelter can be euthanized. According to El Refugio, 130,000 dogs and cats were killed between 2006 and 2012. That ends now. Our congratulations to El Refugio and the people of Madrid for doing the right thing. Via Dog Heirs and Rescue, Idiot Read more news about dogs on Dogster: Shorter Than a Coke Can, Is This Chihuahua the World's Smallest Dog? National Park Service Wants to Release the Hounds in Fight Against Goose Poop Canadian Law Will Attempt to Fight Fake Service Dogs More...
  4. Update: Dog "Abandoned" at Gas Station Is Found and Up for AdoptionMon, 30 Mar 2015 10:35:00 -0700
    Last month, we told you about the dog who had been abandoned at a gas station and was seen chasing her owners, which led to this heartbreaking image that swept through social media:  Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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()) Well, it turns out the dog was not abandoned. She was not chasing her owners. She was just being the dog she'd always been -- Butterbean had been allowed to run free for six years, thanks to negligent owners. They knew she ran in traffic. They knew she liked to chase this particular truck, which belonged to her neighbor, down the road. But they did nothing to keep her safe and on their property.  Once the Humane Society of Louisiana tracked down the owners, it asked them to give up custody of the dog. They refused, and said they "intended to keep the dog tethered outside." Knowing that's not much of a life for a dog, the Humane Society got in touch with St. Tammany Animal Control, who issued a warning to the owners over their treatment of the dog -- and offered another option: Give up Butterbean. This time, the owners took the Humane Society up its offer, pocketing $400 from donors in the process.   "We certainly don't like to reward this kind of behavior, but sometimes it simply takes too long for cases to move through the legal system," said Jeff Dorson, director of the Humane Society of Louisiana. "Our first concern was Butterbean's safety. We were convinced she could be let loose again to run in traffic at any time, and we might miss our opportunity to intervene."  Share this image Butterbean with a vet. Photo courtesy of the Humane Society of Louisiana. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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 owners have also signed an agreement not to chain or tether any animal in future or allow them to roam at large," she said.  As for Butterbean, she's up for adoption, and many people have already offered to take her. The Humane Society of Louisiana has also set up a Butterbean Buddies campaign to "help shed light on the fact that countless thousands of Louisiana dogs are chained, abandoned, or are otherwise neglected each year." "If only a handful of people concerned about Butterbean pitched in to help, we could save thousands of dogs here in Louisiana," said Dorson. "Typically, it costs us about $500 to rescue, vet, and neuter a homeless dog, including the cost of heartworm treatment. If we house, feed, care for and place the dog through our our cross-country adoption program, TransPUPtation, we're looking at another $500 per dog." "We'd love to save 500 dogs or more through our Butterbean Buddies during the next year." If you'd like to help out Butterbean's Buddies, visit the donation page. Via the Humane Society of Louisisana Read more dog news on Dogster: Look at These Stylish Dogs on Menswear Site Mr. Porter Drones Are Tracking the Stray Dogs of Houston Who Dumps Their Dog at a Park With a Bag of Toys?  More...
  5. Shorter Than a Coke Can, Is This Chihuahua the World's Smallest Dog?Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:20:00 -0700
    Chihuahuas are known for being a really small breed, but one from Poland may have outdone them all. At 2.75 inches tall and weighing in at 10.5 ounces, the three-month-old Toudi may qualify as the world's smallest dog of any breed. Share this image Image from Toudi's Facebook Page function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Toudi hasn't been officially declared the world's smallest dog, but his owners are trying to get Guinness World Records to recognize his status. It's true that Toudi is still a pup and may have some growing to do, but he's significantly smaller than his siblings in the same litter, so in all likelihood, he's going to stay small. At his current size, he's dwarfed by a Coke can. That's pretty small for any age. Share this image Image from Toudi's Facebook Page function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) As of right now, Guinness lists two categories of "smallest" living dog: length and height. According to them, the smallest by height is Milly, a Chihuahua living in Puerto Rico. Milly stands at 3.8 inches high, which towers over Toudi. The smallest by length is Heaven Sent Brandy, yet another Chihuahua who measures 6 inches from nose to tail. There are no figures on Toudi's length right now, but it seems that barring a sudden growth spurt, he may stand a very good chance at making that world record. Share this image Image from Toudi's Facebook Page function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Whether he does or not, Toudi's pictures show that he has plenty of cuteness and charm to go around at any size. Via Toudi Chi Facebook Page and The Express Read more dog news on Dogster: National Park Service Wants to Release the Hounds in Fight Against Goose Poop Canadian Law Will Attempt to Fight Fake Service Dogs New Smart911 Gives Important Pet Info to Emergency Services More...
  6. Look at These Stylish Dogs on Menswear Site Mr. Porter Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:10:00 -0700
    While many clothing outfits have started featuring dogs modeling their clothes, men's retail site Mr. Porter has done everybody one better: It's put Instagram's most famous fashion-forward dogs in its menswear. That means we have stylish dogs like Geordi La Corgi, Logans Look, Otis Barkington, Chango Leon, and Remix the Dog dolled up in a new round of bow ties, checkered shirts, scarfs, beanies, and sunglasses.  We can't believe how cool these dogs look. These dogs are way out of our league. Can you imagine the treats that went into getting these dogs to behave so model-y before the camera? Or are they just that put together?  Take a look:  Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Photos via Mr. Porter. See more Pix We Love on Dogster: "Puppies Are Dicks" Makes the Case for Adopting Older Dogs Don't Delete #Puppyspam. Overdose on the Cuteness! Pix We Love: Dogs Dressed Up as Video-Game Characters More...
  7. Drones Are Tracking the Stray Dogs of Houston Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:05:00 -0700
    Getting a handle on the number of strays in cities like Houston is a difficult, nearly impossible job. Estimates put the number at nearly one million, but nobody really knows. One tool is helping to change that: the drone.   "It's another amazing tool," said Tom McPhee, executive director of World Animal Awareness Society, which is using drones to count and track dogs, according to KHOU. "The drone allows us to draw a big circle in the air as we're filming in 4K; it's beautiful footage." Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Working with the project Operation Houston: Stray Dog City, which is also an upcoming reality show, Phee and volunteers hope to create a stray dog map of the city. The idea is to get a "living atlas," according to Popular Science, which will help guide rescuers to the locations where dogs are.  Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) "Operation Houston" is part of the citywide Caine Survey March, which runs during the end of the month and calls on volunteers to hit the streets, counting strays. They will be able to enter information about dogs into an app, noting the location of the dog, gender, and other specifics. The plan is to get a handle on the number of stray dogs on the streets of Houston to better address the problem. Here's a video of the group testing the drones:  "It's a first step to try and tackle a humongous problem," Erika Emal, founder of Southside Street Dogs, told KHOU. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) If you live in the Houston area and would like to volunteer, sign up here. Via KHOU Read more dog news on Dogster: Who Dumps Their Dog at a Park With a Bag of Toys? Study: Do Slobbery Dog Kisses Lead to Better Human Health? Medical Marijuana May Soon Be Legal for Dogs in Nevada More...
  8. National Park Service Wants to Release the Hounds in Fight Against Goose PoopThu, 26 Mar 2015 04:00:00 -0700
    Washington, D.C., is having a big problem with geese. Apparently, if you want to go to any of the big tourist attractions around the National Mall, you're going to have to get through swarms of Canadian Geese first. Share this image Canada Goose Poop by Mr.TinDC on Flickr (Creative Commons). function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Geese can be loud, obnoxious, and aggressive, but that's not the problem for the National Park Service; it's that each of these geese can dump up to three pounds of droppings per day. Even for Washington, that's a lot of poop to wade through just to take your picture next to the Lincoln Memorial. The problem isn't just cosmetic, either. "More than a nuisance to pedestrians, the droppings damage the pumps and filters of the Reflecting Pool; degrade the park's natural and cultural resources," the Park Service said in a statement released this week. The solution is obvious: [Montgomery Burns voice] Release the hounds. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) That's exactly the solution that the U.S. National Park Service has proposed. They're looking at the possibility of bringing in Border Collies to harass the geese and chase them away from the public areas. The plan appeals because it's an environmentally friendly solution and -- at least according to the NPS -- doesn't involve harming the geese. "[T]he geese will be encouraged to abandon the lawns and water in these areas and relocate elsewhere," its statement says. "No birds will be physically harmed during the hazing process." Comments and suggestions about the plan will be taken online until April 22. Share this image Washington Monument in Winter by Shutterstock. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) As plans go, it sounds like a pretty good one: Simple, elegant, and relatively harmless. Now if only we could only clean up the BS in Washington as easily as the goose poop. Via Washington Post and Yahoo Read more news about dogs on Dogster: Canadian Law Will Attempt to Fight Fake Service Dogs New Smart911 Gives Important Pet Info to Emergency Services Police Kill Service Dog, His Devastated Owner Calls for Officer Training More...
  9. Who Dumps Their Dog at a Park With a Bag of Toys?Wed, 25 Mar 2015 09:45:00 -0700
    The Pit Bull must have suspected something was up when his owners took a bag of his toys to the park with them -- also when they attached his leash to a bench, stuck a note in his collar, and left him there when they took off. He'd been dumped. The note read: "I'm playful and friendly! I have never bit a single person. I'm good around children. Please take me! My owners couldn't have me anymore because we can't have dogs were [sic] we live." Share this image Photo via Urgent Pups of Riverside County Facebook page. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Nobody took him. Of course they didn't -- the plan was rotten to begin with. You don't leave your seven-year-old Pit Bull in a park with a "free" sign on him and a bag of toys. Someone finally called authorities, and Riverside Animal Control brought the dog to the Riverside Shelter, where he still sits, wondering what the heck is happening. Staff posted this message to Riverside Shelter's Facebook yesterday, issuing a stern rebuke to anyone dumb enough to dump animals this way: The owner left a note with the dog at Veterans Park and tied the dog's leash to a chain on a trash can. The owner also left behind some of the dog's chew toys. Abandoning a pet with a note and his chew toys is still animal cruelty. This dog was fortunate he did not hurt himself or was attacked by a coyote or a pack of dogs. Fontana Police is interested in hearing from you if you know who dumped this dog at Veterans Park. Meanwhile, we've been fielding many calls from rescue group organizations interested in re-homing the sweet boy. An earlier social media post generated the buzz about this sad situation. There are many correct ways to relinquish ownership of your pet. This is a very wrong way. And it's criminal. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) If you have any information about this dog -- or if you would like to adopt him -- call or visit Riverside County Animal Control in Fontana at (951) 358-7387.  What do you think about people who dump dogs this way instead of dropping them off at a shelter? Tell us in the comments. Read more dog news on Dogster: Study: Do Slobbery Dog Kisses Lead to Better Human Health? Medical Marijuana May Soon Be Legal for Dogs in Nevada The Disco Dog Vest Turns Your Pup Into a Party Animal  More...
  10. Meet the 57 Dogs Rescued From a Dog Meat Farm in South KoreaWed, 25 Mar 2015 02:00:00 -0700
    Humane Society International has prevented another group of dogs from becoming dinner in South Korea. Rescued last week from a dog farm outside of Seoul, 57 dogs and puppies -- including Beagles, Poodles, Korean Jindos, and Japanese Tosas -- are now safe and sound in several of HSIs emergency partner shelters in the Bay Area in Northern California. Share this image Curious Jindo puppies gaze outside the only home theyve ever known - a dog meat farm. (All photos courtesy HSI) function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Instead of living short, miserable lives in squalid conditions, simply waiting to be butchered for their meat, these fortunate pooches are now getting medical treatment, care, and rehabilitation at the San Francisco SPCA, East Bay SPCA, Marin Humane Society, and Sacramento SPCA. Once they have been evaluated and cleared for adoption, these deserving dogs will be placed in permanent, loving homes within the region, according to HSI representatives. Share this image Even though Jindo dogs are revered as national treasures in South Korea, they still end up in the dog meat trade. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) These lucky dogs will live the rest of their lives as valued and treasured members of a forever family in the U.S., says Adam Parascandola, HSI director of animal protection and crisis response. These amazing animals are full of character and will make loving and loyal companions. But millions more dogs back in South Korea will die for [their] meat, so our work will continue to shut down more farms and call for an end to this cruel trade. With the Winter Olympics coming to Pyeongchang in 2018, we have a clear opportunity to end the dog meat trade as the world focuses on South Korea. Share this image HSI consultant Lola Webber pulls a pup from his cage. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Share this image Rescued dogs gearing up for their big journey to the U.S. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) As part of a new campaign to stop the trade, HSI worked with the dog farmer to shutter his gruesome, 20-year operation and to transition into produce farming. The agreement required him to relinquish all 57 dogs to HSI, and the organization will track his progress to ensure continued compliance. The farmer also agreed to act as a spokesperson against the South Korean dog meat trade as well as connect HSI with other dog meat farmers interested in transitioning to more compassionate livelihoods. South Korea is the only Asian country that primarily supplies its dog meat trade with animals raised in dog farms, cruel and filthy operations that would rival our countrys most inhumane puppy mills. In other dog-eating nations, including Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, and parts of China, dog meat traders and traffickers typically rely on sourcing stray, lost, or stolen dogs for the industry. These unfortunate animals are then electrocuted, hanged, bludgeoned, or boiled to death prior to being butchered. Share this image A Jindo pup receives a medical evaluation at the San Francisco SPCA. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) In a country that houses thousands of dog farms and consumes almost two million dogs per year, HSIs anti-dog meat campaign couldnt come soon enough in South Korea. In fact, this is the second dog rescue and farm conversion HSI has orchestrated this year. Last January, HSI rescued 23 dogs from a smaller operation north of Seoul and helped the farmer transition to blueberry farming. All of those dogs are now enjoying life as family pets or are undergoing rehabilitation with HSIs emergency partner shelters in the Washington D.C. area. Going forward, HSI plans to continue reaching out and working with other dog farmers who want to get out of the trade permanently and transition into the more humane crop growing. Share this image Scared Jindo pups comfort each other at their new digs - the San Francisco SPCA. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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()) With an increasing international movement against the dog meat trade and a growing distaste inside the country for dog meat, pressure has been rising on the South Korean government to do more about the illegal, unregulated trade and its barbaric cruelties. And with the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang on the horizon, HSI sees a great opportunity to not only keep that pressure rising but to also help change attitudes about the raising, eating, and caring of dogs in South Korea. For more about this wonderful rescue, check out HSIs video: Read more about the dog meat trade on Dogster: Soi Dog Foundation Calls on Celebrities to Help End Dog Meat Reality Check: Demand for Dog Meat Increases in Vietnam Meet Lisa, a Terrier Rescued From the Dog Meat Trade It's About Time: Activists in China Protest a Dog-Meat Festival 1,200 Dogs Rescued from Thailand's Dog-Meat Smugglers Meet a Nonprofit Working to End the Dog Meat Trade in Asia Will You March to Help Put an End to the Dog Meat Trade?  About the author: Lisa Plummer Savas is a freelance writer, journalist, devoted dog mom, and animal activist. In an effort to help make the world a more compassionate place for non-human species, she is especially focused on using her writing to spread awareness about controversial animal welfare issues, including the dog and cat meat trade in Asia and Africa. She lives in Atlanta with two spoiled German Shepherds, one very entitled Pug, and a very patient, understanding husband. Read more of her work. More...
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