• Vick Wants a Dog

    Sunday, January 16, 2011

    Drayton Michael has his finger on the pulse of the happenings of the Michael Vick case from start to finish. Vick wants a dog. TV hosts chiming in, HSUS, music friends with violent lyrics, and President Obama with a thumbs up to the Football greed to the nasty deeds of Vick. Here is a wonderful article by Drayton taking a stand for dogs and his beloved breed, the Pit Bull.

  • Pope Benedict Dogs and Other Things

    Thursday, December 09, 2010

    Dear Ms. Schooley,


    Thank you for writing to PETA about our campaign to promote sterilizing dogs and cats. Please go to http://www.PETA.org/about/default.aspx to learn more about our mission and our important work to help animals.


    PETA’s job is to draw attention to animal suffering, and we have found that provocative tactics yield more attention than the facts alone, which aren’t enough to attract interest in today’s tabloid media. We must push the envelope to get animals’ stories out there. By harnessing controversial issues like Pope Benedict’s comments about condom use, we have created a forum for discussion in the media and online, and even within the church. We welcome discussion about—and even criticism of—our ads and campaigns because we know that getting people talking is the first step in raising awareness.


    We understand that some may consider our use of Pope Benedict’s image inflammatory, and we are sorry if these images have offended you. The pope is a compassionate man who has spoken out for animals in the past and is well known for his love of cats. We believe that he would support our lifesaving message and our efforts to prevent suffering and death. To read more about our campaign, please go to http://www.PETA.org/b/thepetafiles/archive/2010/12/03/pope-condom-for-dogs.aspx.


    Catholics—and all Christians—should be appalled by the degree of suffering that we inflict on animals. Jesus’ teachings say that we should show love and compassion for all of God’s creation—qualities that are notoriously absent in puppy mills and catteries. Bred to death, delivering litter after litter in conditions rife with filth and disease, these animals are doomed to their own hell. The solution is simple: Spay and neuter every animal and always adopt from an animal shelter—never buy from breeders or pet stores. More than 500 animals are euthanized every hour in the U.S. because there are too many of them and not enough good homes—that adds up to as many as 4 million animals every year. We won’t back down from our message that people who want to share their lives with an animal must always adopt a sterilized animal, never buy or breed.


    We also put our words into action: PETA helps dogs and cats in need by providing free food when their owners are poor, clean water buckets, sturdy dog houses and straw for winter (http://www.PETA.org/doghouse), and more, and we have transferred hundreds of adoptable dogs and cats to walk-in animal shelters and adoption centers. PETA’s two mobile clinics spay or neuter thousands of animals at low to no cost every year. We give them shots, fix their wounds, treat their illnesses, and return them to the community. Since 2001, PETA’s two spay-and-neuter mobile clinics have sterilized more than 63,000 animals, preventing hundreds of thousands of animals from being neglected, abandoned, abused, or euthanized when no one wanted them.

    On a national level, PETA is focusing on the root of the problem by targeting breeders, pet stores, and cat- and dog-breeding mills through protests, PSAs, celebrity support, and investigations and puts the blame for the overpopulation crisis squarely where it belongs—with those who breed animals or allow their animals to breed. As long as animals are bred, homeless dogs and cats in animal shelters will die because there simply aren’t enough good homes for them all.

    Thank you again for contacting us and for the opportunity to explain the important work that we do to help animals.



    The PETA Staff




  • A Priest and Thanksgiving

    Wednesday, November 24, 2010

    "I lost my best friend this year. I know what it is to be mad at God too, although it isn’t the right thing to do, and it certainly doesn’t help. God gave us what we had to begin with. 

    Some people lost wives, husbands, and children this year. I can’t imagine the depths of their suffering, but I sympathize with it. I don’t have a wife or children in the normal sense. I acquired a dog ten years ago at a very dark and painful time in my life. He saved my life when he was a puppy by giving me a reason to live. Years later he saved my life from two intruders who broke into my home early one morning. He was my best friend for years. He died tragically from cancer a couple of weeks ago. He bled to death internally and died as I held him on the examination table of the veterinary clinic. He was scared and could hardly breathe as he looked into my eyes.  

    I was mad at God for taking the only real friend I had for many years; the only one I lived with and could be close to through many dark and troubling years. He was always the same, day in and day out. He loved me unconditionally, and every morning he greeted me as though he hadn’t seen me for years, although he slept on the same bed that I did every night of the ten years he was with me."
    Fr. John Corapi
    Newsletter 11/24/10 Facebook
    See whole newsletter:  http://www.fathercorapi.com/Webpage.aspx?WebpageId=64&CategoryId=25 
  • Shelter Pet Project

    Tuesday, November 23, 2010

    Nov. 30 is "Celebrate Shelter Pets Day" on Facebook!

    "Don't you wish you could do something to help shelter pets find homes? Well, on Nov. 30, you can!

    Every year, millions of people consider adopting shelter dogs or cats, but many don't follow through because they wrongly assume there’s something wrong with shelter pets.

    Those of us who share our lives with adopted and rescued pets know that's not true. We know that shelters and rescue groups are full of great pets – dogs with one ear up and one ear down, senior dogs content to cuddle on the sofa and watch TV with you, and frisky young kittens with a passionate interest in your computer keyboard.

    So on Nov. 30, we're asking you to do something very, very simple: Post to Facebook telling the world about a great shelter pet who shares, or has shared, your life", The Shelter Pet Project

    Maddies Fund

  • Labrador Meet and Greet with Doug Koktavy

    Tuesday, November 23, 2010

    Nov 29th , 630-8pm Book signing
    at Fluffy Puppies, 1447 S. Ft Harrison Av, Clearwater. Come to hear the
    author of "The Legacy of Beezer and Boomer," Doug Koktavy. He will
    donate 50% of the book proceeds to Lab Rescue of Florida. The book has won over a dozen awards.

  • After Adoption of a Shelter Dog

    Thursday, November 18, 2010

    This was too good to keep in my email file.   It was written by my son, Robert who is *not* a dog trainer, but from years of listening to me about dog training - this is what he came up with for a series "After Adoption of a Shelter/Rescue Dog."

    He watched one video, Sirius Puppy Training Video (when they were still called videos) and flipped through Turid Rugas' book a few years back.

    Always listen to your mother....
    - I guess something rubbed off.

    1.      1. Setup – Basic requirements, how often to feed, go out, refill water bowl.  Leash type, food type, treat type, crate type if applicable

    2.       2.Basic Socialization - how to interact with your new dog, how to approach and handle, how to recognize basic body language. (Socialization - Human)

    3.     3.  Frightened dogs – background on impact of shelter, using calming signals like laying on the floor to get a dog to approach and engage, using food  (Socialization - Human)

    4.     4. Targeting & Reward Timing - training introduction: basic terms, how to reward with food, basics of the targeting technique, teaches the person timing and application, engages animal, foundation of other behaviors – mention other lessons that use it like leash work,  (Basic Training)

    5.      5. Biting –

    6.      6. Sitting & Jumping – Basic sitting technique with reward.  How to shape the behavior.  Segway Food Bowl with sitting before feeding. (Basic Manners)

    7.    7.   Backing Up – Method, use for jumping or aggressive dogs

    8.     8. Food Bowl – how to feed your dog, avoid rushing, handle possession issues.  Segway to Toys & Other Possessions. (Possession)

    9.     9.  Toys & Other Possessions - Environment of not having, affects, and how to teach sharing. (Possession)

    1010.   Crating – Affects of shelter isolation, discourage use, explain maximum time if applicable

    11 11..Barking – How to train dogs to not bark

    12. 12.  Coming when Called

    13.  13. Leash & Pulling

    14.   14.Outdoor Socialization -  Parks – the ultimate socialization, some pets are not meant for the park, how to tie it all together with walking on leash, rewards, coming when called, not barking, sharing the park’s water bowl, no jumping, no biting.




  • Service and Hearing Dog Seminar

    Wednesday, November 17, 2010

    Thanks to all who attended the Service and Hearing Dog Seminar held over the weekend. One dog was adopted from the Humane Society of Tampa Bay while we were there for 4 hours on Monday for evaluations by Becky McClintock. He went into a Hearing Dog Program in Miami with two of the attendees from the seminar. Yay!!!

    Becky McClintock's website: http://www.seizetheclick.com/

  • Courteous Canine Paws for Justice

    Wednesday, November 17, 2010

    "Testifying in court can be a terrifying experience, especially for a young child. Now, in Hillsborough County, abused children can be comforted and helped through the preparation for their court appearances by a Courteous Canine.", Pam Hogel, Daily Loaf.

    Courteous Canine co-founders Angelica Steinker and Kelley Purpura, handler Scott Baggett, and therapy dogs Bella and La Vie are ready to comfort abused children.

    Courteous Canine co-founders Angelica Steinker and Kelley Purpura, handler Scott Baggett, and therapy dogs Bella and La Vie are ready to comfort abused children.

    "Courteous Canine Paws for Justice has six trained dog-and-handler teams who will assist abused children who have to testify."- Pam Hogle, The Daily Loaf.
    For the whole story:
  • Cooperative Rescue Dog in the Tampa Bay Area

    Tuesday, November 02, 2010

    Started:  New Yahoo Group.

    Cooperative Rescue Dog Group

    CORD is a group of individuals united to meet their community needs in dog rescue. The goal is a cooperative effort to provide rescue groups, shelters, Animal Services, dog trainers, veterinarians, in the Tampa Bay Area an inventory that will benefit relinquished dogs in new homes.

    Most of the Tampa Bay Animal Friendly Trainers are in rescue and will be on hand to discuss behavioral concerns with non-punitive methods. Discussions are limited to polite answers with a focus on fosters, transporters, etc., with scientific sound resources.

    No Alpha rolls for dogs or people here!

    Members feel free to post your inventory and post what is in Animal Services in the Tampa Bay Area.

  • Reasonable Expectations in Veterinary Care

    Thursday, September 16, 2010

    "Please know that it is perfectly reasonable for you to expect that your hospitalized family member receive round-the-clock care.  There are a few different ways this can happen.  While a 24-hour hospital staffed with a veterinarian is ideal, this simply does not exist in all communities (but if it does exist in your neck of the woods, by all means take advantage!)." -Nancy Kay, DVM. 

    read more on Dr. Kay's blog Speaking for Spot.