Saturday, February 23, 2008

Rosie DiManno has her head on straight

Ms. DiManno has written a column stating that Munchie should be released, and I agree. Read her column here.

Scuttlebutt has it that Munchie's purported "aggression" is a result of mishandling of the dog by Toronto Animal Services. It wouldn't be the first time that a dog incarcerated in a municipal (read - taxpayer funded) shelter is ruined or even dies because of mishandling; the U.K. has too many horror stories about that.

But what about all the other dogs on death row? Rambo in Mississauga comes to mind...that pup did nothing more than get out of his back yard and go for a stroll. If Rambo were any other shape, he'd be safe at home now instead of on death row for no reason.

What about all the dogs this unfounded and unjust Ontario Liberal law have already killed, for no reason? Ginger and Copper come to mind.

What about the dogs that Fibs have ignored? The one that killed a Pom in High Park? The one that bit off a groomer's nose? Bet they're safe at home, because they're a politically correct shape.

The Ontario Liberals have the blood of innocents on their hands due to their political machinations (also known as baffling with bullsh*t). All those dead dogs and brokenhearted dog owners, just for Liberal ambition and ego, to try to bolster their sagging public approval rating, ignoring the true canine experts and the facts.

Clean up your act, McSquinty. Let the dogs go home.

Up Yours Dalton remains in limbo

Wild card Mac has finally received a letter from the township on the request to designate Up Yours Dalton as substantially similar or not substantially similar to the huge gang of dogs collected under the Ontario Liberals' unfounded, unjust, vague and shoddy breed-specific legislation...too amusing! Read it here!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Huckleberry's owner could be a donor?

You may have followed the story of Huckleberry, a Toronto labrador retriever-type dog that disappeared from outside a bistro while his walker had breakfast. Bert Clark, the dog's owner, was so distraught that he offered a $15K reward for Huckleberry's return. Well, surprise, Huckleberry was returned to his owner and the returnor (is that a word?) took two-thirds of the reward money. New twist, the returnor and some other people have now been arrested in connection with the disappearance of the dog. And, Mr. Clark apparently got his $15K back.

If Mr. Clark deeply loves his Huckleberry and it sounds like he does, he should look at pictures of Munchie (see pictures of Munchie on Caveat, mixed in with pics of purebred Labs) and understand that his dog's fate might have been or may some day be the same as Munchie's...condemned to death solely because of his shape.

So, I think it would be a really grand and deeply fulfilling gesture if Mr. Clark, who apparently is sufficiently fortunate to have $15,000 to spend for love, would give all or at least a substantial part of it as a donation to Banned Aid and the Dog Legislation Council of Canada to help with the costs of the legal challenge of Ontario's unfounded and unjust breed-specific legislation.

This is not a charitable donation. No tax receipts. Fighting the provincial government for a cause people usually don't and can't understand doesn't make us popular. But we MUST do it.

Or someday there may be no dogs left to love.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

What if this dog were a different shape?

Bill Johnson of the Rocky Mountain News has been a good campaigner against breed-specific legislation, writing of the injustices suffered by people because of the shape of their dogs. Now Mr. Johnson writes a different story, about a rescue chow mix. Read it here.

Would the City of Denver forgive this dog for biting? If so, then why not a dog of a different shape? One with less hair? Shorter legs? Why does the shape of a dog make such a difference to its fate?

Only the twits in Denver City Hall think they know.

But they don't.