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Senate Approves Bill that Legalizes Sodomy and Bestiality in U.S. Military

Has American Really Fallen This Far?FRC President Tony Perkins

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins. (AP photo)

(CNSNews.com)(Updated) The Senate on Thursday evening voted 93-7 to approve a defense authorization bill that includes a provision which not only repeals the military law on sodomy, it also repeals the military ban on sex with animals – -or bestiality.

On Nov. 15, the Senate Armed Services Committee had unanimously approved S. 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes a provision to repeal Article 125 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).

Article 125 of the UCMJ makes it illegal to engage in both sodomy with humans and sex with animals.

It states: "(a) Any person subject to this chapter who engages in unnatural carnal copulation with another person of the same or opposite sex or with an animal is guilty of sodomy. Penetration, however slight, is sufficient to complete the offense. (b) Any person found guilty of sodomy shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.”

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said the effort to remove sodomy from military law stems from liberal Senate Democrats’ and President Obama’s support for removing the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy.

“It’s all about using the military to advance this administration’s radical social agenda,” Perkins told CNSNews.com. “Not only did they overturn Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, but they had another problem, and that is, under military law sodomy is illegal, just as adultery is illegal, so they had to remove that prohibition against sodomy.”

Perkins said removing the bestiality provision may have been intentional–or just “collateral damage”

“Well, whether it was inadvertent or not, they have also taken out the provision against bestiality,” he said. “So now, under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), there’s nothing there to prosecute bestiality."

Former Army Col. Bob Maginnis said some military lawyers have indicated that bestiality may be prosecutable under another section of the military code of justice – the “catch-all” Article 134 for offenses against “good military order and discipline.”

But don’t count on that, he said.

“If we have a soldier who engages in sodomy with an animal – whether a government animal or a non-government animal – is it, in fact, a chargeable offense under the Uniform Code? I think that’s in question,” Maginnis told CNSNews.com.

“When the reader stops laughing, the reader needs to ask the question whether or not this is in the best interests of the government, in the best interests of the military and the best interests of the country? I think not.”

He added: “Soldiers, unfortunately, like it or not, have engaged in this type of behavior in the past. Will they in the future, if they remove this statute? I don’t know.”

Perkins said there was no attempt to remove the UCMJ repeal provision from the bill, which Perkins had expected the Senate to approve.

Now that it has passed, however, the Senate version will have to go to a conference committee, and Perkins predicts there will be several sticking points with the House.

“The House in their version of the defense authorization, reinforced the Defense of Marriage Act, saying that there is a military DOMA as well, prohibiting same-sex marriage on military bases – something the Department of Defense is pushing for,” he said.

“And now this is an added concern, that sodomy has been removed, and as we have discovered, that bestiality–the prohibition against it–has been removed from the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So yes, the House will have problems with this bill.”

By Pete Winn -  December 1, 2011 -  Subscribe to Pete Winn’s posts – Source: CNSnews.com

Does this mean that our military canines could be in harms way of being raped… by our own soldiers? Will there be an upsurge in military members owning dogs-or whatever? Probably not… sickos are sickos, but instead of stopping them, we are now encouraging them.

The bigger question is exactly how depraved is our Congress?  What happened to the Judeo-Christian principles that America was founded on?  Bestiality is a Biblical perversion! And is our tolerance of Progressive Secularism and Atheism and our movement away from God and his teachings put us where we are as a nation, as a people and as individuals?  Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of Pastor Bill Graham, believes so and said so in an interview after the 9/11 attacks.

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Sacramento Canine Placement Assistance


General Financial Grants for Companion Animals Needing Medical Aid:
  1. Extensive List of various financial aid programs compiled by United Animal Nations
  2. Extensive List of various financial aid programs compiled by Dog Tales
  3. American Animal Hospital Association – Grants for low income/financial hardship cases as well as Good Samaritan cases
  4. United Animal Nations’ Lifeline Grants – Medical grants of approximately $100 to $300
  5. IMOM – Financial Aid Grants for life-threatening emergencies as well as Fundraising Privileges
  6. Care Credit – Credit granted specifically for medical care
  7. The Pet Fund provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals in need of vet care
  8. Piggers’ Pals, A Foundation of Hope - Assists families in need that require financial assistance for advancedmedical and/or surgical care that will extend quantity and quality of life of their pet
  9. Gracie Foundation - Provides financial assistance to not-for-profit rescue groups.  Provides immediate responseand crucial supplies to pets in emergency situations
  10. Onyx and Breezy – Medical treatment of animals where hardship is present

Feline-specific Grants:
  1. Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Program – For low-income California residents
  2. Cats in Crisis - Crisis Care Fund - Provides funding for cats currently up for adoption and recently adopted cat with chronic medical conditions.
  3. Cats in Crisis Stripes Fund - Provides funding to financially challenged individuals who have cats with heart disease or thyroid disease
  4. Cats in Crisis Gillie Fund - Provides funding to financially challenged individuals who have cats with neurologicalconditions and mobility impairments
  5. Cats in Crisis Mesa Fund - Provides funding to financially challenged individuals who have cats with renal disease
  6. Cats in Crisis 9 Lives Emergency Fund – Provides help for cats who have a life-threatening or critical illness or injury that don’t meet the requirements of any of the other Cats in Crisis Funds

Ailment-specific Grants:

  1. Land of Puregold Foundation - Grants for working/service dogs with cancer
  2. The Magic Bullet Fund - Provides financial assistance to caretakers of canines with cancer who cannot affordtreatment.
  3. Dog and Cat Cancer Fund – Provides financial assistance to “underpriveleged” owners of dogs and cats with cancer
  4. Deaf Dog Education Action Fund – Provides emergency medical support of owners/fosters of newly placed deafdogs and donates costs to transport deaf dogs to their new “forever” homes.

Canine Breed-specific Grants:

  1. Pit Bull Rescue Central – Medical fund for owned, fostered or sheltered pit bulls meeting certain criteria
  2. Animal Farm Foundation Pit bull-specific grants in the areas of Spay-Neuter programs, CGC incentives, achievement awards and “Perfect Match” awards
  3. Akita Club of America - Funds emergency medical needs, including heartworm treatment,  for purebred Akitasthat are abandoned, rescued or at municipal shelters
  4. Australian Cattle Dog Rescue, Inc. – Medical Fund for purebred Australian Cattle Dogs (aka Queensland Heelers)that are in need of medical treatment and have been rescued and are in foster care
  5. BEHAF (Bernese Mountain Dogs) - Provides financial assistance to owners of purebred Bernese Mountain Dogsfor medical expenses
  6. Boxer Rescue Foundation - Financial grants for the medical care of Boxers in foster care
  7. Chow Chow Club, Inc’s Welfare Committee - provides financial assistance to rescue volunteers and includesspaying or neutering, vaccinations, heartworm testing, entropian correction
  8. CorgiAid, Inc. - Provides financial funding for the medical care of rescue or foster or adopted Corgis and Corgi mixes
  9. Doberman 911 - Offers financial medical aid for Dobermans with special medical needs.  They also aid in thefostering and re-homing of senior Dobermans
  10. The Goldstock Fund - Provides funds to rescue organizations or individuals for transportation, boarding,evaluations and medical costs of Golden Retrievers and “golden hearted dogs” taken into rescue
  11. Keeshond Sunshine Rescue Foundation - provides financial assistance for medical assistance of rescuedKeeshonden in foster care
  12. Lab Med – Medical Fund for Rescued/Fostered Labrador Retrievers needing emergency care (Dogs must bepurebred Labrador Retrievers or predominantly Labs, exhibiting strong Labrador characteristics & traits)
  13. Labrador Lifeline, Inc. - For owners or rescuers of purebred Labrador Retrievers who are in need of financialassistance.  Assists eligible Lab owners/caretakers with medical assistance, transportation needs, boarding costs, etc.
  14. Labrador Harbor – Provides medical/surgical or training intervention for rescue/foster and owned dogs if caretaker shows financial need.  Dog must be spayed/neutered or sign agreement to be spayed/neutered when health permits.
  15. Pyramedic Trust - Provides financial assistance to Great Pyrenese owners and rescuers in need of emergencymedical care
  16. Tibetan Spaniel Trust - provides financial assistance to those who rescue Tibetan Spaniels
  17. Dougal’s Fundprovides medical funding when the dog’s caretaker can’t otherwise afford it for short-leggedterriers such as Scotties, Westies, Cairns, Norwich, Norfolk, etc.
  18. Westie Med, Inc. - provides financial aid to injured or ill rescue Westies

Grants for Non-Profit and/or Rescue Groups:

  1. PetSmart Charities – Various grants to non-profits for spay-neuter, emergency relief, et cetera
  2. DJ&T FoundationCanine Spay-Neuter grants to non-profits (sterilizing pets owned by the public)
  3. Animal Farm Foundation Pit bull-specific grants in the areas of Spay-Neuter programs, CGC incentives, achievement awards and “Perfect Match” awards
  4. Pilots N Paws – Flies rescue animals to new homes when transport is otherwise difficult or impossible.
  5. Onyx and Breezy -  Funding of equipment for medical facilities; funding for much needed research; funding for medical treatment where hardship is present; funding of organizations that benefit animals.

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EMS has introduced trained service dogs to help cut costs ;-)

Canines have been used for police work, search & rescue, tracking, service dogs, and a variety of other tasks.  Now they’re assisting   EMS  and doing so at a much lower cost.

See the examples below:



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Breathe, damn you, breathe!

January 30, 2010 Posted by | Animal and Pet Photos, animal behavior, animals, Just One More Pet, On The Lighter Side, pet fun, Pets | , , | 2 Comments

California Search Dogs Give Hope to Haitians

The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF) has been receiving encouraging cell-phone updates from it’s search teams deployed in the earthquake-stricken country of Haiti.

California Search Dogs Giving Hope to Haitians

In the aftermath of the powerful 7.0 earthquake, the SDF sent six Canine Search Teams to Haiti to assist with search and rescue efforts. The dogs the foundation employs are sourced from rescue organizations and are tasked with finding people buried alive in the wreckage of disasters. SDF recruits the dogs and partners them with firefighters, providing the canines and the training at no cost to their departments.

On Sunday, the team celebrated saving five people from the ruins of Port au Prince. After one rescue, in which a woman was rescued from the rubble of a hotel, the appreciation shown by locals for the Search Teams and their Task Force was overwhelming, and locals began chanting “USA, USA…”. Later in the day, 3 women were saved from the same collapsed building, with Search Dogs Cadillac, Maverick and Hunter playing instrumental roles in locating them. The two teams – the Blue and Red team – work in alternating shifts, ensuring that there is always a team available.

SDF Executive Director Debra Tosch comments: “The rescues in Haiti underscore the critical importance of Canine Search Teams in finding survivors in the aftermath of major disasters. This is our mission, and we’re honored to be part of the Haiti rescue effort in conjunction with the U.S. Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance and the L.A. Country Task Force.”

SDF receives no government funding and relies solely on support from individuals, private foundations and companies to produce these highly-skilled teams. Since its founding in 1996, SDF has rescued hundreds of dogs, many on the brink of euthanasia. They have trained 105 Search Teams, 72 of which are currently active, and teams have been deployed to 66 disasters, including the World Trade Center attacks and Hurricane Katrina.

Picture Courtesy of National Disaster Search Dog Foundation

by Daphne Reid – Pet People’s Place

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January 21, 2010 Posted by | animal behavior, Animal or Pet Related Stories, Animal Rescues, animals, Just One More Pet | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Doggie DNA Testing

“He wa’n’t no common dog, he wa’n’t no mongrel; he was a composite. A composite dog is a dog that is made up of all the valuable qualities that’s in the dog breed — kind of a syndicate; and a mongrel is made up of all riffraff that’s left over.”  …Mark Twain

(Many of yesterday’s Mutts are today’s Hybrid or Designer Dogs…)

Doggie DNA Testing

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Unknown Mixed Breeds

Through the marvels of DNA testing, some of the greatest mysteries of Mutt-dom are being revealed.

Dogs of vague or unrecognizable ancestry — whether fluffy white mongrels with Chihuahua ears and beagle-like voices or massive hounds that resemble nothing previously seen in nature — are being exposed for what they really are, genetically speaking.

DNA testing can disclose what breeds dominate their family trees. And thousands of people are happy to pay, about $60 to $170 depending on the method and company chosen, to end the what-do-you-suppose-he-is speculation of mixed-breed dog owners everywhere.

The first test was unveiled less than a year ago. Now, consumer interest is growing so fast that more companies are jumping into the doggie-identification business, websites are being enhanced, and additional breeds are being added to testing databases.

“Pure curiosity, getting the answer” is the reason most owners seek out the testing, says Neale Fretwell, head geneticist for Mars Veterinary, maker of the Wisdom Panel MX Mixed Breed Analysis. The analysis can determine which of 134 breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club composes a dog’s genetic makeup.

And some of the answers are real stunners, not only for the owners but also for the veterinarians who have made their best guesses, Fretwell says.

The procedure requires an appointment with a veterinarian to draw a blood sample, and when analysis is completed in two or three weeks, a follow-up visit to discuss the findings. The pricing is set by individual veterinarians, $135 to $170.

Another reason owners go the testing route is to uncover possible explanations for behaviors that might be inherited, such as herding people and other pets or rooting around in chipmunk or mole holes.

Other owners want to know whether their dogs have a high proportion of a breed predisposed to a particular ailment or frailty, although experts caution that it’s impossible to know which traits, including propensity for disease or medical problems, a mongrel might inherit from any particular breed.

No one offering such tests suggests a mongrel assumes some sort of elevated status upon learning a purebred bloodhound or dachshund entered his ancestry generations ago.

Indeed, the companies celebrate the characteristics of mixed breeds, and some experts applaud “hybrid vigor,” the belief that mixing unrelated breeds can create a stronger, healthier dog than purebreds, which can pass on genetic conditions found in specific breeds.

Many clients are “very surprised” upon receiving word of what breeds populate their dog’s background, Fretwell says.

Meg Retinger, chief administrative officer of BioPet Vet Lab in Knoxville, Tenn., says: “Some people say, ‘That’s just exactly what I thought.’ “Others” have such preconceived notions about what their pet is they just won’t accept the results.”

In January, the lab began marketing its $59.95 DNA Breed Identification kit, which tests for 61 AKC breeds using cheek cells scraped by the owner.

But the signature appearance characteristics of a particular breed don’t always materialize, even when there’s a high proportion of that breed in a dog, Fretwell says.

A mongrel with a German shepherd parent or grandparent, for example, might not have the black and tan coloring, the saddle pattern on its back or even the long muzzle. Some could not show any shepherd characteristics.

Size, color and a host of physical features such as ear and muzzle shape and tail type are influenced by genetics, and when several breeds meld in one dog, it’s tough for even experts to eyeball a mutt and accurately assess what lies within.

Connie Steele of Colorado Springs learned that. This year she adopted a black-and-white dog that shelter personnel thought was mostly border collie and about 1½ years old. She soon discovered from her veterinarian that Ellie was still a puppy, probably less border collie than believed and almost certain to grow a lot more.

Steele had Ellie tested because, she jokes, she wanted “a bit of warning if I’m going to need to plan ahead for a larger house to accommodate a 2-year-old pony-sized dog.”

Upon receiving Ellie’s results, Steele did not begin house-shopping, though she was surprised by the breeds found in her background. Steele believes the information she now has about Ellie and also Kayla, another recently adopted shelter dog, offers clues about how to approach their training.

Most DNA tests show three or four different breeds in the mixed breeds’ ancestries, and many show five or six, experts say. Several more probably are in the mix, but the amounts have been so dissipated over the generations, they are merely weak traces, unlikely to influence a dog’s appearance or behavior.

And, yes, a few dogs comprise so many disparate breeds, the experts and their tests just can’t solve the puzzle.

“Even the best test can’t answer every question of biology,” says Dennis Fantin, chief of operations for MetaMorphix, a company in Beltsville, Md., that has done testing for the AKC for years. The company now offers a $119.95 mixed-breed cheek-swab kit. The Canine Heritage XL Breed Test can detect 108 breeds.

Sometimes, any pure DNA has become “so diluted” by encounters with mixed breeds over the generations that no answers emerge, Fantin says.

Their owners are told the mystery must remain.

From USA Today

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Chiweenies          &              Chorkies

Designer Breeds

“My name is Oprah Winfrey. I have a talk show. I’m single. I have eight dogs — five golden retrievers, two black labs, and a mongrel. I have four years of college.”  …Oprah Winfrey, when asked to describe herself during jury selection

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‘Nubs the Dog: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle’

Major Brian Dennis and Nubs the Dog today.
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

When Major Brian Dennis of the United States Marine Corps met a wild stray dog with shorn ears while serving in Iraq, he had no idea of the bond they would form, leading to seismic changes in both their lives. “The general theme of the story of Nubs is that if you’re kind to someone, they’ll never forget you — whether it be person or animal,” Dennis tells Paw Nation.

In October 2007, Dennis and his team of 11 men were in Iraq patrolling the Syrian border. One day, as his team arrived at a border fort, they encountered a pack of stray dogs — not uncommon in the barren, rocky desert that was home to wolves and wild dogs.

“We all got out of the Humvee and I started working when this dog came running up,” recalls Dennis. “I said, ‘Hey buddy’ and bent down to pet him.” Dennis noticed the dog’s ears had been cut. “I said, ‘You got little nubs for ears.’” The name stuck. The dog whose ears had been shorn off as a puppy by an Iraqi soldier (to make the dog “look tougher,” Dennis says) became known as Nubs.

Dennis fed Nubs scraps from his field rations, including bits of ham and frosted strawberry Pop Tarts. “I didn’t think he’d eat the Pop Tart, but he did,” says Dennis.

At night, Nubs accompanied the men on night patrols. “I’d get up in the middle of the night to walk the perimeter with my weapon and Nubs would get up and walk next to me like he was doing guard duty,” says Dennis.

The next day, Dennis said goodbye to Nubs, but he didn’t forget about the dog. He began mentioning Nubs in emails he wrote to friends and family back home. “I found a dog in the desert,” Dennis wrote in an email in October 2007. “I call him Nubs. We clicked right away. He flips on his back and makes me rub his stomach.”

“Every couple of weeks, we’d go back to the border fort and I’d see Nubs every time,” says Dennis. “Each time, he followed us around a little more.” And every time the men rumbled away in their Humvees, Nubs would run after them. “We’re going forty miles an hour and he’d be right next to the Humvee,” says Dennis. “He’s a crazy fast dog. Eventually, he’d wear out, fall behind and disappear in the dust.”

On one trip to the border fort in December 2007, Dennis found Nubs was badly wounded in his left side where he’d been stabbed with a screwdriver. “The wound was infected and full of pus,” Dennis recalls. “We pulled out our battle kits and poured antiseptic on his wound and force fed him some antibiotics wrapped in peanut butter.” That night, Nubs was in so much pain that he refused food and water and slept standing up because he couldn’t lay down. The next morning, Nubs seemed better. Dennis and his team left again, but he thought about Nubs the entire time, hoping the dog was still alive.

Excerpt, “Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle,”
Little, Brown for Young Readers

Two weeks later, when Dennis and his team returned, he found Nubs alive and well. “I had patched him up and that seemed to be a turning point in how he viewed me,” says Dennis. This time, when Dennis and his team left the fort, Nubs followed. Though the dog lost sight of the Humvees, he never gave up. For two days, Nubs endured freezing temperatures and packs of wild dogs and wolves, eventually finding his way to Dennis at a camp an incredible 70 miles south near the Jordanian border.

“There he was, all beaten and chewed up,” says Dennis. “I knew immediately that Nubs had crossed through several dog territories and fought and ran, and fought and ran,” says Dennis. The dog jumped on Dennis, licking his face.

Most of the 80 men at the camp welcomed Nubs, even building him a doghouse. But a couple of soldiers complained, leading Dennis’ superiors to order him to get rid of the dog. With his hand forced, Dennis decided that the only thing to do was bring Nubs to America. He began coordinating Nubs’ rescue effort. Friends and family in the States helped, raising the $5,000 it would cost to transport Nubs overseas.

Finally, it was all arranged. Nubs was handed over to volunteers in Jordan, who looked after the dog and sent him onto to Chicago, then San Diego, where Dennis’ friends waited to pick him up. Nubs lived with Dennis’ friends and began getting trained by local dog trainer Graham Bloem of the Snug Pet Resort. “I focused on basic obedience and socializing him with dogs, people and the environment,” says Bloem.

A month later, Dennis finished his deployment in Iraq and returned home to San Diego, where he immediately boarded a bus to Camp Pendleton to be reunited with Nubs. “I was worried he wouldn’t remember me,” says Dennis. But he needn’t have worried. “Nubs went crazy,” recalls Dennis. “He was jumping up on me, licking my head.”

Dennis’ experience with Nubs led to a children’s picture book, called “Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle,” published by Little, Brown for Young Readers. They have appeared on the Today Show and will be appearing on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien on Monday.

Was it destiny that Dennis met Nubs and brought him to America? “I don’t know about that,” says Dennis. “It’s been a strange phenomenon. It’s been a blessing. I get drawings mailed to me that children have drawn of Nubs with his ears cut off. It makes me laugh.”

by Helena Sung – PawNation Nov 3rd 2009 @ 6:00PM
Nubbs:  The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine, and a Miracle

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Mission Viejo CA will build a dog park to benefit community

The City Council on Monday moved forward with plans to build a dog park at Oso Viejo Park north of the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center near the Village Green.

The council approved $258,060 for construction of the dog park. The move follows in-depth public input and study by a committee made up of residents, City commissioners and recreation and animal services staff.

A dog park in Mission Viejo has been a longtime in the making, dating back six years to when the concept was first discussed by the Planning and Transportation Commission. In June 2006, a council-directed dog park committee was developed to seek possible locations in town. The 14-member committee identified 12 possible locations to study and hosted two public input meetings in October and November 2007. The potential sites were studied for design criteria and other factors. In January 2008, the Community Services Commission recommended the Oso Viejo Park location as the preferred site. The City Council considered the dog park concept in two budget meetings in 2007 and in June of this year.

The City has long made capital improvement projects a priority to benefit the community. Since the dog park was first discussed in 2003, the City has finished 63 capital improvement projects. Twenty-three of those projects were recreation related with the remainder consisting of street/roadway improvements, resurfacing and pavement rehabilitation. The recreation capital improvement projects include eight park playground renovations, 10 facility renovation/expansion projects, four park lighting and one open space trail improvement.

Mission Viejo joins other South County cities such as Laguna Niguel, Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods, Rancho Santa Margarita and San Clemente in offering dog parks for community enjoyment.

Not sure what the one in Mission Viejo will look like, but here are a few fun examples…

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Del Mar’s Dog Beach

October 7, 2009 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, Just One More Pet, Pet Friendship and Love, pet fun, Pets | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Amazing Dog Talents — 8 Canines You’ll Wish Were Yours (Part 2)

For the last 1,500 years, we’ve bred dogs to be our helpers, companions and protectors. They’ve come through for us, and so this week — Assistance Dog Week — we offer them a formal commendation that they can’t possibly understand.

The week is dedicated to the great work of seeing-eye dogs and other pups who assist the burdened, but there are some who also shouldn’t go unappreciated. It turns out that certain members of the canine community can talk, others can solve equations, and still others can take it strong to the hoop like a power forward. (That could be considered “assistance” if he’s on your team.)

So after the jump, we offer evidence that will make you realize your talentless pooch needs to get off his pillow and do something with his life.

If there were more dogs like Rookie, there would be fewer middle-aged men forced into taking a ballroom dance class.

Skate or die, dog.

If this video had ever gotten to Isiah Thomas, the appropriately-named Zeke would be counting against the Knicks’ salary cap until 2012

Yes, dogs can sing. Although their vocal style tends more toward Scooby than Scrappy.

Faith proves that, whatever the problem, it can be overcome if you stand up straight and walk like a man.

Source:  Asylum.com

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September 3, 2009 Posted by | animal behavior, animals, Just One More Pet, Pet and Animal Training, pet fun, Pets, Unusual Stories | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Amazing Dog Talents — 8 Canines You’ll Wish Were Yours (Part 1)

For the last 1,500 years, we’ve bred dogs to be our helpers, companions and protectors. They’ve come through for us, and so this week — Assistance Dog Week — we offer them a formal commendation that they can’t possibly understand.

The week is dedicated to the great work of seeing-eye dogs and other pups who assist the burdened, but there are some who also shouldn’t go unappreciated. It turns out that certain members of the canine community can talk, others can solve equations, and still others can take it strong to the hoop like a power forward. (That could be considered “assistance” if he’s on your team.)

So after the jump, we offer evidence that will make you realize your talentless pooch needs to get off his pillow and do something with his life.

If there were more dogs like Rookie, there would be fewer middle-aged men forced into taking a ballroom dance class.

Maggie the math dog probably isn’t smarter than a fifth grader; however we’d take her over most kindergartners and “stars” of reality TV. (The first 1:30 of this video are decidedly un-amazing.)

As impressive as this is, we suspect the little ninja is eventually going to regret not having a plan to get back inside the cage.

We’re not going to pretend that this ditty is a threat to make the charts, but unlike that keyboard cat fraud, at least Porter the Musical Dog writes his own stuff.

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September 3, 2009 Posted by | animal behavior, animals, Just One More Pet, On The Lighter Side, Pet and Animal Training, pet fun, Pets, Unusual Stories | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Deadly Dog Flu Spreads

Aug. 18, 2009Canine influenza, the potentially deadly H3N8 virus commonly knownDeadly Dog Flu as dog flu, is spreading.

So far the virus has led to the death of one dog last week, closed down the kennel at Virginia’s Fairfax County Animal Shelter, and, according to experts, is now affecting dogs in at least four other states: Colorado, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

While the reason for the shelter outbreak, which killed a 15-year-old whippet owned by a clinical technician and sickened 26 dogs, remains unknown, it’s possible that one or more infected dogs from Philadelphia or D.C. introduced the illness to Virginia.

“Dogs often move in and out of shelter systems over long distances, such as via breed and rescue groups,” Edward Dubovi, director of the virology center at Cornell’s Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory, told Discovery News.

“Boarding kennels and even elite doggie day care centers can also result in cases, since, as for kennel cough spread, the virus is highly contagious and dogs may catch it from one another,” added Dubovi.

He first isolated the canine influenza virus in 2004, after University of Florida researchers sent him fluid and tissue samples from greyhound race dogs that had died from a then mysterious respiratory illness at a Florida racetrack.

Dubovi and his team determined the cause was the H3N8 equine flu virus, which jumped from horses to dogs. In addition to spreading from dog to dog, canines can also catch it from humans, who may have come into contact with infected animals.

The illness has not yet sickened any people.

Posted:  Just One More Pet

August 30, 2009 Posted by | Just One More Pet, Pet Health, Pets, responsible pet ownership | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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