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Archive for September, 2008

RSPCA quits Crufts (world’s top dog show) over “deformed” pedigree dogs

RSPCA quits Crufts over controversy surrounding “deformed” pedigree dogs

“The RSPCA cut its links with Crufts yesterday as a leading charity warned the organizers of the dog show that they must act to prevent the breeding of ‘deformed and disabled’ animals.

“The BBC, which has broadcast the show for 40 years, is also thought to be on the verge of deciding whether to continue its coverage.
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Posted on Tuesday, September 16th, 2008
Under: Dog Show, dogs, Pedigree dogs | 3 Comments »

New pet food recall — is your pet food on this list?

ASPCA responds to nationwide pet food recall affecting some pet food brands manufactured by Mars Petcare US.

Pet owners are advised to discontinue use of affected products immediately.
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Posted on Monday, September 15th, 2008
Under: Cats, dogs, Pet food, Pet Food Recall, Pet Products | No Comments »

National Disaster Search Dog Foundation needs your help

The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF), a non-profit, non-governmental organization that trains the most highly certified canine-firefighter disaster search teams in the nation, is in immediate need of volunteers to comb the local shelters or surf the Internet to find high-energy Labs and golden retrievers with the drive and focus required in a disaster search dog.
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Posted on Friday, September 12th, 2008
Under: 9/11 dogs, dogs, Search Dogs | 1 Comment »

One million dogs hit by cars each year.

It is estimated that more than 1,000,000 dogs are hit by cars in this country each year, and another 60,000 are lost or stolen.

Seems like if more dogs were kept confined in their backyards … fewer of the dogs would run away and get lost or stolen … and fewer dogs would get hit by cars.

This isn’t rocket science, it’s just common sense. Think about it. /Gary

Posted on Thursday, September 11th, 2008
Under: Cars, dogs | 4 Comments »

“I Chihuahua!” Do research before buying a Chihuahua, or any dog!

Dear Gary:
I’m writing because I’m sure you’ve heard about the new movie coming out soon entitled “Beverly Hills Chihuahua.” My concern and the concern of other rescue groups is that everyone will want to rush out and adopt a Chihuahua for their family only to realize a few weeks later that the dog doesn’t have the right temperament for their lifestyle.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 10th, 2008
Under: Chihuahua, dogs | 3 Comments »

Are you at risk for West Nile virus infection?

Sentinel chickens, more birds test positive for West Nile virus in Contra Costa County, CA.

Contra Costa County Mosquito & Vector Control District says the California cities of Antioch and Brentwood remain areas of high risk for West Nile Virus infection.
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Posted on Tuesday, September 9th, 2008
Under: Birds, Chickens, Mosquitoes, Squirrels, West Nile virus | No Comments »

Last Friday’s 4.0 earthquake — how did your pets react?

We had a 4.0 earthquake last Friday (Sept. 5) at 9 p.m. near Alamo. It was felt all around the Bay Area.

Did any of your pets react before, during, or after the quake?

Please describe what happened — how your pets acted — and e-mail it to me at

Thanks. I’ll print the results here and in my column. /Gary

Posted on Monday, September 8th, 2008
Under: Cats, dogs, Earthquakes | No Comments »

Time for John Muir Conservation Award nominations. Know someone?


It’s that time again — time for the 31st Annual John Muir Conservation Award from the John Muir Association in Martinez.

I just received the following press release asking for nominations from the public. Check it out and then please get back to the John Muir Association and nominate anyone you think might fit the qualifications.
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Posted on Friday, September 5th, 2008
Under: Conservation, Environmental, John Muir Association | No Comments »

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin promotes aerial hunting of wolves & bears

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, the Republican nominee for vice president, promotes this barbaric practice, exploiting a loophole in the Federal Airborne Hunting Act to allow private wolf killers to shoot down wolves using aircraft.

Please watch this powerful one minute video by Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund.

WARNING: This video is extremely disturbing. It contains graphic images of aerial hunting of wolves.

Sad. /Gary

Posted on Thursday, September 4th, 2008
Under: Alaska, Governor Palin, Hunting, Wolves | 10 Comments »

Dog eats adhesive, almost dies when stomach gets glued

I received the following letter from Dr. Benjamin Otten, DVM, a veterinarian from the Contra Costa Veterinary Emergency Center.

It’s a must read for all dog owners.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008
Under: dogs, Glue | 1 Comment »