Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Missouri Legislation on Exotic Animals Passed

Finally some good news in Missouri regarding exotic animal ownership. Known as the Large Carnivore bill, this successful proposal has been a Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation priority for many years. This legislation creates a comprehensive set of standards for owning certain dangerous exotic animals by requiring liability insurance, micro-chipping, caging restrictions, and other protections to ensure that these animals are well treated and the public safety is protected.

Missouri has had one the weakest laws governing the ownership and care of dangerous exotic animals. It was significantly weaker than the laws of all eight bordering states regarding the private ownership of such animals. As a result, Missouri has become a haven for disreputable owners and a hub for illegal sales of these animals. Large carnivores are often found neglected in unsanitary, unsafe situations, such as a tiger named Sheena, found in a raid on a Seneca puppy mill in 2009. Sheriffs cited the lack of adequate state protections as a contributing factor in two tragic tiger attacks that left Missourians severely injured in 2008 (Wesa-A-Geh-Ya in Warrenton; Predator World in Branson).

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Parti Cocker Spaniel Necklace Dog Breed Jewelry



This handcrafted Parti Cocker Spaniel dog necklace will fetch compliments and start conversations about your beloved Parti Cocker Spaniel dog. Beautiful tri color Parti Cocker Spaniel dog charm is not a flat cut out, but rather a little dog art sculpture. Handmade of hand cast resin in a hand sculpted mould, then carefully painted. True to dog breed standards, highly detailed and absolutely beautiful.

I've combined this Parti Cocker Spaniel dog charm with white Snow Quartz and Black Onyx gemstones, accented with Bali .925 sterling silver. All hand wire wrapped with jweler's silver wire that is ever so slightly oxidized to form the necklace chain. Then I added a little three dimensional dog bone just for fun to the extender chain. This handcrafted dog breed necklace would make a perfect jewelry gift for anyone who loves a Parti Cocker Spaniel dog. Browse unique handcrafted dog breed jewelry at For Love of a Dog.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Shih Tzue Dog Dies of Heat Exhaustion

Acting on a call from a concerned citizen, the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force was called to a property in St. Louis City where two one-year old Shih Tsus, a male and a female, were tethered in a backyard with no access to shade or water. The dogs had been in the direct sun on this 90 degree day for 2 to 3 hours. When the HSMO ACTF investigator arrived on the scene, one dog was in obvious severe distress; the other was panting heavily. St. Louis City Police were called to the scene and determined that the dogs should be removed under “exigent circumstances” which allows animals in immediate danger to be removed from the situation. The female died before arriving at Humane Society Headquarters. The Humane Society veterinarian who examined both dogs determined the deceased dog’s body temperature was in excess of 106 degrees (the maximum the thermometer would read). The surviving dog’s body temperature was 103.3. Normal temperature for this breed is 102.5 degrees.



“No dog should have to suffer this way,” said Debbie Hill, Vice President of Operations for the Humane Society of Missouri. “Pet owners need to understand hot weather can be deadly for pets. And, it is illegal to allow a dog to be injured in this way.”

If you are aware of animals in heat danger, please notify your local Humane Society.  Visit the Humane Society of Missouri on the web for tips to keep your pets safe during hot weather.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Operation Roger Pet Transport

Operation Roger is a non profit organization made up of regional and long haul truckers who volunteer their time to transport needy pets as they deliver freight nationwide. Currently they have around 30 drivers and need more.
If you are a trucker and an animal lover and would like to volunteer contact Operation Roger today.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Reward Offered in Rottweiler Dog Cruelty Case

The Humane Society of Missouri is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who are responsible for severe injuries to a four-year-old male Rottweiler on June 15, 2010.


The dog, named Desperado by his Humane Society rescuers, had a rusted, dirty chain link collar deeply imbedded around its neck. The gaping wound measured 1 ½” deep and 10” long circling the dog’s neck. The chain link collar, which had to be cut with a bolt cutter, was only 6” in diameter. Animal Cruelty Investigators stated the collar should have been at least 10” in diameter to properly fit a dog of Desperado’s size.


Humane Society of Missouri veterinary staff examined the dog, cleaned the wound and have administered medication to alleviate pain and prevent infection. The dog will receive continuing treatment to allow the wound to heal. Humane Society veterinarians are cautiously optimistic the dog will make a full recovery.

Desperado was discovered on the property of a Baden, Missouri, business, his chain tangled in equipment on the property. Realizing the dog was injured, the owner of the business contacted the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force which brought Desperado to Humane Society of Missouri headquarters in St. Louis City.

TO REPORT INFORMATION IN THIS CASE:

Anyone with information about this crime should contact: Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Abuse Hotline 314-647-4400

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Hot Weather Can Be Deadly to Animals

Here in the Ozarks it is hot!  With temps in the 90's and the heat index over 100, it is incredibly dangerous for critters.  Lucy, Jeffie and I spend most afternoons being thankful for air conditioning in our house.  We don't get to go for many car rides in the summer and our people keep a close eye on us, especially on me and Lucy due to our age. 

What can you do to make sure your critters stay safe, healthy and comfortable?  The good folks at the Humane Society of Missouri have some barking good tips:

•Never leave a pet unattended in a parked car. The temperature in a car can exceed 100 degrees in minutes. It is inhumane, illegal and can cause severe injury or even death within minutes.


•Be certain outdoor pets have access to fresh, clean water at all times.

•Secure plastic water bowls, never metal, to the ground so your pet can't accidentally tip them over. You can dig a small round hole and place the water bowls inside.


•Ensure that your pet has access to shade at all times of the day. Your dog might be in the shade when you leave for work, but the sunlight moves throughout the day. Don't allow your pet to be stranded in the scorching sun.


•If you run or jog with your dog, take frequent water breaks for yourself and your dog. Remember that asphalt and concrete get hot quickly. You have rubber soles on your feet--your dog does not. On hot days, leave your dog at home.


•Do not bicycle or rollerblade with a pet. Heat stroke and possible death can occur very quickly, particularly in hot weather.

•When the weather is dangerously hot, keep pets inside.


•If your pet is showing signs of heat exhaustion (excessive panting, vomiting, lethargic behavior), right away begin applying cold water to your pet's extremities. See your veterinarian immediately!


•During the summer, mosquitoes are prevalent. Make sure your pet is tested by a veterinarian for heartworm disease (a mosquito-transmitted, often fatal disease) and begin heartworm prevention medication.

If you spot an animal in heat related danger, be a good soul and report it to your local or state Humane Society.  Here in Missouri you can call (314) 647-4400.

Stay Safe and stay cool...  
Woof!  Tucker

Monday, June 21, 2010

Petfinder Launches iPhone Application

If exposure is the key to finding homes for dogs in shelters and rescues, Petfinder.com just keeps improving the odds, most recently with a free iPhone / iPod Touch application (at iTunes.com) A streamlined version of Petfinder’s mega-database of adoptable animals, the app emphasizes scrollable photos that can easily be shared via Facebook, Twitter and email. More viewers with busy fingers help spread the word about the overpopulation problem one phone at a time.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Turquoise Labrador Retriever Bracelet Dog Breed Jewelry



This handcrafted yellow Labrador Retriever dog bracelet will fetch compliments and start conversations about your beloved yellow Lab dog. Beautiful yellow Labrador Retriever dog charm is not a flat cut out, but rather a little dog art sculpture. Handmade of hand cast resin in a hand sculpted mould, then carefully painted. True to AKC dog breed standards, highly detailed and absolutely beautiful.

I've combined this Labrador Retriever dog charm with lovely Turquoise oval gemstone beads that I've hand wire wrapped with oxidized silver jeweler's wire. In addition to the Labrador Retriever dog, I've added a puffy hand carved Fancy Jasper heart and a three dimensional silver dog bone. This handcrafted dog bracelet is perfect jewelry for anyone who loves a yellow Labrador Retriever or who is active in Lab rescue work. Browse unique handcrafted dog breed jewelry and gifts at For Love of a Dog.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Dogs Sense of Smell



A dog’s sense of smell has been tested at 10,000 to 100,000 times stronger than a human’s. Human noses have about 6million sensory receptor sites; Beagle noses have more than 300 million.*
Imagine the smell of cookies being removed from the cookie sheet! (Lucy and Jeffie are shown above anticipating a homemade dog cookie hot from the oven.)


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

108 Puppies and Dogs Rescued in Central Missouri

On Monday, June 14, 2010, rescuers from the Missouri Department of Agriculture and the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force, liberated more than 40 puppies and 60 adults living in extremely unsanitary and unsafe conditions. The Miller Co. Sheriff’s Department had obtained a warrant to inspect the property and an independent veterinarian recommended that, because the condition of the animals and the property was so bad, all of the puppies and adults used for breeding should be removed.



All of the other dogs were brought to the Humane Society of Missouri’s St. Louis headquarters. They were examined by staff veterinarians and immediately received the treatment and care they so desperately needed.
 
Puppy mill puppies can cost unsuspecting buyers much heartache and a lot of money. Support the Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty FundPuppy mill survivors everywhere thank you!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Rottweiler Earrings Dog Breed Jewelry and Gifts


These handcrafted Rottweiler dog earrings will fetch compliments and start barking good conversations about your beloved Rottweiler dog. Beautiful Rottweiler dog charms are not flat cut outs, but rather little dog art sculptures. Handmade of hand cast resin in a hand sculpted mould, then carefully painted. True to AKC dog breed standards, highly detailed and absolutely beautiful.

I've combined these Rottweiler dog charms with beautiful Black Onyx and Mahogany Obsidian gemstone beads plus sterling silver. The color really shows off the Rottweiler dog charms. These handcrafted dog earrings are perfect jewelry for anyone who loves a Rottie dog or might be involved in Rottweiler dog breed rescue work Visit For Love of a Dog for unique handcrafted dog jewelry and gifts.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Dogs and Grass



Jeffie (shown above as a puppy) likes grass and he's not alone. Dogs love grass. Eating it, rolling in it, playng on it and fertilizing it, too. Urine can cause a nitrogen overload on most grasses and femailes, because their squatting produces a steady, concentrated stream, are more likely to create the brown ring pattern on lawns, which some horticulturists call “female dog spot disease.”

So if you’re planting or replanting a lawn, chose your grass type with that in mind. Fescue and perennial ryegrass have been found to be the most urine tolerant. Bluegrass and Bermuda grass seem to be the most sensitive. Or consider a grass substitue like white clover or O’Connor’s strawberry clover, both are easy to maintain, plus require less water and less fertilization than grass.



From The Bark Magazine comes these outdoor safety tips regarding dogs and grass.


Friday, June 11, 2010

Golden Retriever Earrings Dog Breed Jewelry


These handcrafted Golden Retriever dog earrings will fetch compliments and start barking good conversations about your beloved Golden dog. Beautiful Golden Retriever dog charms are not flat cut outs, but rather little dog art sculptures. Handmade of hand cast resin in a hand sculpted mould, then carefully painted. True to AKC dog breed standards, highly detailed and absolutely beautiful.

I've combined these Golden Retriever dog charms with beautiful natural Fire Agate gemstone beads and sterling silver. The color really shows off the Golden Retriever dog charms. These handcrafted dog earrings are perfect jewelry for anyone who loves a Golden Retriever dog or might be involved in Golden Retriever dog breed rescue work. Visit For Love of a Dog for more unique handcrafted dog breed jewelry and gifts.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Safe Gardening with Dogs

Its that time of year again and here are some tips for gardening safely with dogs.

* Garden organically for the sake of the planet and your dogs.

* Raised beds protect plantings from paws and tails

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* Digging pits, preferably in shaded locations, give dogs places to practice their excavation skills without disrupting your garden beds.


* Leave a plant free patrol area around the perimeter of your yard. Dogs instinctively and repeatedly cruise boundaries and fence lines.

* Construct a barrier arround plants of the nightshade family, including eggplant, tomato and potato. There foliage and stems contain dangerous alkaloids that can kill a dog.

* Avoid cocoa bean mulches. Their chocolaty smell makes them pup catnip, but they contain chemical substance which is toxic for dogs.

* Cross almond or walnut trees off your list for areas used by dogs. Tanin is a canine toxin and almond and walnuts hulls contain it. Moldy walnuts are also a problem.

* Do not use snail bait containing metaldehyde, which is highly poisnous to dogs and cats. Copper barrier tape is a good alternative. Slugs and snails are deterred from crossing it by the tape’s tiny positive electric charge.

For more information and handy safety tips: http://www.Moplants.com http://ASPCA.org/toxicplants

Monday, June 7, 2010

Bernese Mountain Dog Breed Jewelry and Gifts



For Love of a Dog offers unique handcrafted dog breed jewelry and gifts. This Bernese Mountain Dog necklace has a wonderful Berner art sculpture as a pendant. The dog is handmade of hand cast resin in a hand sculpted mould, then carefully painted. True to AKC dog breed standards, highly detailed and absolutely beautiful.
I've hand wire wrapped this little treasure with silver wire and a fat Black Onyx gemstone bead, accented with sterling silver beads. The necklace is more of the high polish Black Onyx gemstone beads all hand wire wrapped with silver. Be sure to notice this charming toggle clasp. A darling three dimensional dog collar with a dog bone.

If you love a Bernese Mountain Dog this is a perfect piece of dog jewelry for you. Great for anyone active in Berner rescue, too.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Aid Cancer in Dogs Research

After a long battle with metastatic bone cancer Luke lost his dog, Malcolm, in 2006. The loss of his dog inspired Like to commit his life to eradicating this dreadful disease. In March 2008 he sold his truck, put his stuff into storage and his two dogs, Hudson & Murphy, set off on a cross country trek from Austin to Boston to share their story.

Hudson & Murphy (affectionately known to all as "The Fuzzybutts") and he have walked across 14 states and are currently in Connecticut. We've got about 200 miles left and are scheduled to arrive in Boston the weekend of June 18th.


This walk is just the first step of a lifelong commitment and they're in the process of launching phase II: 2 Million Dogs which was conceived on the simple belief that if 2 dogs can walk 2,000 miles we can get 2 million dogs to walk 2 miles for cancer.

Does your dog have cancer?
Would you like their DNA to be a part of a historic study benifitting both pets & people?
2 Dogs & CHCC have a goal to collect 2,000 DNA samples by June 19th.

If you are attending the puppy up! Festival at the Boston Common June 19th, bring your dog to submit a blood sample at the collection site there.

If you can't make it there sign up online to submit a sample from your dog with cancer. HELP 2 DOGS 2,000 MILES COLLECT 2,000 DNA SAMPLES

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Newfoundland Dogbone Necklace Silver Pet Lover Jewelry

If you're looking for a gift for a Newfoundland dog lover be sure to visit For Love of a Dog. This Newfoundland dog necklace has a wonderful black Newfoundland art sculpture as a pendant. The dog is handmade of hand cast resin in a hand sculpted mould, then carefully painted. True to AKC dog breed standards, highly detailed and absolutely beautiful.

I've hand wire wrapped this little treasure with silver wire and a fat Black Onyx gemstone bead, accented with sterling silver beads. The second charm is a puffy deep, dark red Brecciated Jasper heart hand wire wrapped with sterling silver. The third charm is a silver three dimensional dog bone.

All three charms are removable from the silver snake chain necklace. In fact, you can wear them singly, together, or even add in some other charms, too. If you love Newfoundland dogs this just might be dog jewelry you would love.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Dog Hair Rescues Gulf in Oil Spill

The nonprofit organization, Matter Of Trust, is providing a safe, non-toxic, effective way to participate in the Gulf Spill clean up. Donors from every state in the US, from Canada and beyond are sending in hair, fur and wool clippings as well as nylons and funding for outer mesh. This is used to make Booms that can protect beaches and coastal waters

Matter of Trust is accepting hair, fur, fleece, feathers and nylons! Thousands of booms are being made all along the Gulf Coast by hundreds of volunteers. Supplies are ready to go to official government haz mat teams that have hazardous waste disposal plans in place. Matter of Trust is only giving out boom to official government haz mat teams. We are an environmental charity and would not risk oily boom being left out without proper disposal. BP Public Affairs has told us they have enough of their own boom. And Matter of Trust is now in contact with local parishes and counties in the Gulf States.

ALL salons, groomers, alpaca and llama fleece farmers, hairy individuals, & pet owners can sign up to donate hair, fur, fleece, feathers, nylons at their web site.

Matter Of Trust
, established in 1998, is an ecological public charity that links ideas, sparks action and materializes flourishing systems. It concentrates on manmade surplus, natural surplus and eco-education