Saturday, April 12, 2008

Finally, a guide for us!

The author of Dog Politics has authored How To Stop Breed Bans - The Dog Owner's Guide to Breed Specific Legislation. You can order the book through

Every dog owner should be concerned about breed specific legislation and fight to stop it. It may not be your breed today, but it will be tomorrow. And it won't matter that you've been a responsible dog owner - you will be legislated into second-class citizenship and your dog killed solely because of its shape, unless you get in the fight NOW.

Get your copy today!

AWWW! Great story!

KC Dog Blog has a link to a Ladies Home Journal article about Duncan, a deaf albino "pit bull" (albino usually means deaf in the animal world), and Sabrina, the devoted woman who taught American Sign Language to Duncan and eventually adopted him. It's a 10-AWWWWW story :-). Get the link here.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Hooray for Mississauga!

Mississauga City Council voted unanimously to allow Rambo's owner to visit him....hooray and thank you, Mississauga City Council! That is truly humane and compassionate. Read about it here.

If Councllor Carolyn Parrish can succeed in establishing a City of Mississauga policy allowing caring dog owners to visit their incarcerated pets, that would be truly innovative and forward-thinking on the part of the City. Mississauga would be showing its compassion for owners and their beloved pets, it would be a big step forward in animal welfare and set a standard for other citites to emulate.

Set the bar high, Mississauga!

Let's see if Brantford is still trying to crawl under the bar, like the worms they are....trying to kill an elderly, unoffending, beloved family dog just because of its shape....

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Dis 'n dat

Random demi-thoughts and some content aggregation (aka author laziness).

Canada absolutely cannot dispense with the penny. If the penny disappears, I can no longer say, "A penny for your thoughts, Dalton McGuinty and Mikey Bryant, because that's all they're worth." Giving them a nickel for their thoughts would be runaway inflation.

Toronto Mayor David Miller calling for a handgun ban makes me want to run out and buy one, rightnow. Duh, Dave, a ban only affects law-abiding people. This is a round of photo-op, sound-bite politicking on Miller's part because Torontonians are really, really angry about how badly the city is managed and how much it has deteriorated on Miller's watch. This "ban" campaign can also be called "which hand is it in?", AKA a shell game. Makes you look one way while the operator moves things around in the other direction.

A handgun ban will probably just lead to a lot of sawed-off shotguns.

It truly worries me at how readily Ontario is sliding into this totalitarian mindset, starting with the Fibs' "pit bull" ban (the Fibs' church supper and fresh-fish-in-sushi bans got shot down, and Dalton likes his SUV so they weren't banned), progressing into the "no smoking with kids in car" ban, now a handgun ban.

What's next? The targets are getting bigger, the stakes are getting higher.

Bit by bit by bit, they whittle away at law-abiding people's rights and the sheeple just sit there and baaaaah.

Can we ban bans?
Prohibition should have been the object lesson in the fact that Bans. Don't. Work. Duh.
Unless the ban is a shadow show disguising a hidden agenda.

Caveat has an interesting article from the American Sporting Dog Alliance arising out of Oprah Winfrey's show on puppy mills. Long, but well worth the read, very thought-provoking.

Lassie Get Help has a nice article lambasting the City of Mississauga for its "thumbs up/thumbs down" Coliseum approach to evaluating a dog.

One of my favourite sites when I'm feeling blue, ICanHasCheezburger always makes me smile.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Good stuff, and stomach-turning stuff

KC Dog Blog has a good weekly roundup, be sure to click through to Greg Page's good article (link at the bottom of the KC Dog Blog link). Check out KC's information on Eudora, KS, the city so nice they banned dogs twice. Is oxygen in short supply there, or just literacy? We already know that common sense and information are absent in Eudora.

Pet Connection has the goods on a South Carolina State Senator and his indefensible actions in adopting three dogs, failing to sterilize them (as required by state law), giving away two, keeping the third sexually intact in an inadequate enclosure from which she kept escaping, then dumping the by-then pregnant bitch at a high-kill shelter.

I think Kent Williams (no honorific for him in my books) should be dumped by the side of the road, stripped of his elected position and charged under every applicable state law and possibly sued under civil law. Plus, bill him for the animal control officer's trip to pick up the dog. Animal control officers are not free taxi services for the stupid. That still wouldn't compensate the dog for Williams' treatment of her. He was beyond irresponsible.