Category Archives: National News

Rescue Dogs Star in 101 Dalmatians Musical

The 101 Dalmatians Musical presented by Purina Dog Chow and based on the 1956 novel by Dodie Smith has finally reached New York City. The musical is featuring fifteen Dalmatian rescue dogs. For more information on ticket sales click HERE. Check out the videos below about the play and how they trained the animals that star in the show!

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Kennel Club Events Open To Mixed-Breeds

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New York, NY— A total of 29 American Kennel Club® (AKC®) licensed clubs hosted 75 AKC Rally®, Agility and Obedience trials during the inaugural weekend of events open to AKC Canine Partners program enrollees. Among the many firsts that took place this past weekend, five dogs earned six AKC titles at events in Bakersfield, California, Freehold, New Jersey and St. Louis, Missouri.

“We are excited that our mixed-breed entries in AKC Rally®, Obedience and Agility classes totaled more than 500 around the country during this first weekend,” said AKC Spokesperson Gina DiNardo. “Purebreds and mixed-breeds had the chance to show off their skills and highlight that it’s the time you spend training and bonding with your dog that really matters the most.”

Nationwide highlights from the first weekend include:

*Michele Capone and her dog “Cheyenne” were the first AKC Canine Partners enrollees to compete. They ran in the Novice Jumpers with Weaves class at the Somerset Hills Kennel Club Agility Trial in Freehold, NJ on April 2, 2010.

*Lynn Candiano with her dog “Rosie” and Sandy Mainardi with “Ginger” became some of the first competitors to put titles on their dogs. They earned the Novice Agility and Novice Agility Jumpers titles respectively at the Afghan Hound Club of Northern N.J. Agility Trial in Freehold, NJ on April 4, 2010.

*At the agility trial hosted by the Gateway Agility Club of Suburban St. Louis, Lauren Murray Bennett and her dog “Timmy” earned their Novice Agility and Novice Agility Jumpers titles on April 4, 2010. Dana Pike Chamberlain and “Tangle” earned their Novice Agility title.

*Sharon Stubs and her dog Katylee became the first mixed-breed team to earn a title in AKC Rally®. They earned their Rally Novice title at the Kern County Kennel Club of Bakersfield in Bakersfield, CA on April 4, 2010.

*Pam Vojtas and her dogs “Charlie” and “Quincy” had qualifying runs at the Dog Obedience Training Club of Hollywood Rally and Obedience trials in Davie, FL on April 3-4, 2010. Pam and her dogs were featured in the March/April issue of AKC Family Dog Magazine.

*The “We Have a Dream Team” formed the first competitive obedience team made up of two mixed-breed dogs and two purebred dogs. Named to express the new spirit of unity that has come to the sport, they competed in the obedience team competition at the Washington State Obedience Training Club event in Seattle.

For more coverage and photos of the first weekend of events visit: http://www.akc.org/mixedbreeds/first_events.cfm

Dog owners who missed out on this exciting weekend shouldn’t fret – there are more than 2,000 AKC clubs planning AKC Rally®, Agility and Obedience trials open to mixed-breeds in 2010, with more clubs signing on daily.

Mixed-breed dog owners who enroll in the AKC Canine Partners program will not only have the ability to enter the exciting world of dog sports at AKC events, they can save $10 on the AKC Canine Partners $35 enrollment fee if they list their dogs online by April 30. Enrollees will also receive many listing benefits such as lifetime enrollment in AKC Companion Animal Recovery Lost & Found Recovery Service, a complimentary 60-Day trial of the AKC Pet Healthcare Plan*, a one-year subscription to AKC Family Dog magazine, a frameable Official Decree of Dog Fun and an AKC Canine Partners Decal.

The AKC Canine Partnerssm program, sponsored by MMI Genomics, Inc. DNA Canine Heritage® Breed Test, connects mixed-breed dog owners and provides valuable information about training classes, clubs and AKC programs like AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy® and the AKC Canine Good Citizen® program. To find a training club in your area visit www.akc.org/events/trainingclub

For more information about AKC Canine Partners visit www.akccaninepartners.org.

To find an event in your area, visit the AKC Event Search page. Be sure to check the option “All American Dog/Mixed-Breed,” to search for events open to AKC Canine Partner enrollees.

EPA Cracks Down on Flea & Tick Labels

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WASHINGTON, D.C., March 18, 2010 —The Environmental Protection Agency is ordering clearer labels for flea and tick treatments that are applied directly to dogs’ and cats’ skin, 15 months after the Center for Public Integrity revealed serious problems with some “spot-on” pet treatments in its investigation, Perils of the New Pesticides.

The Center’s investigation examined pyrethroid-based treatments for pets, which are typically used in cheaper spot-on products sold at grocery stores and by other retailers. About 1,600 deaths were reported to the EPA over a five-year period — as well as seizures, heart attacks, and gastrointestinal illnesses — in animals treated with pyrethroid-based products, the Center’s analysis showed.

Steve Owens, EPA assistant administrator for the Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances, said on Wednesday the number of reported incidents connected with all spot-on products jumped from about 28,000 in 2007 to 44,000 in 2008. “We found that a number of the current labels have insufficient warning statements on them,” Owens said during a media teleconference. “Sometimes the labels were hard to read and the warnings were buried in the text.”

Owens classified most of the 44,000 pet incidents in 2008 as minor, but said there were about 600 reported deaths. An EPA report in 2008 reviewed spot-on pet product incidents. If the EPA’s stricter requirements for labels on all spot-on products don’t reduce the number of pet illnesses and deaths, Owens warned:  “We will take more significant action going forward. We will remove products from the market if we have to.”

The Center’s investigation in December 2008 focused on spot-on products containing active ingredients from the pyrethroid family of chemicals, which are synthetic relatives of pyrethrins, extracted from the chrysanthemum plant.

Iditarod

The Iditarod Sled Dog Race started Sunday, and there’s fantastic coverage over on the official Iditarod site HERE.

It might be a little hard for our  southern dogs to wrap their brains around, but the race goes 1,100 miles from Willow to Nome through “unforgiving terrain and downright nasty weather” according to Alaskan Dude. Check out some of his photos below of this year’s race thus far. These dogs are amazing.

Giant George

The world’s tallest dog appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show yesterday. Measuring over 43 inches tall and 245 pounds, George the Great Dane has been named The Guiness World Record Holder for Tallest Living Dog & Tallest Dog Ever!

Photos courtesy of www.giantgeorge.com

For more information about George and his owner David go to their website: www.giantgeorge.com

Some Pet Lovers Have A Beef with the HSUS

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What do you think of when you think of the Humane Society of the United States? Most of us think about a national organization fighting for the rights of shelter animals in the US. We think of the anti-cruelty commercials narrated by television stars and filled with the music of Sarah McLachlan. We think about their anti-puppy mill campaigns. We might think of local shelters that share the name “Humane Society”. We think about the HSUS teams sent to help Haiti’s animals affected by the earthquake.

But there are other animal enthusiasts who claim the Humane Society of the United Sates (HSUS) has a hidden agenda. An agenda which fattens the pockets of HSUS executives and provides very little for the nations’ actual homeless animal shelters and rescues. An organization with powerful DC lobbyists and a message that doesn’t leave room for the American livestock farmer. ( Even those who treat their animals well.)

Does the Humane Society do more harm than good? Where does the money go that is donated to their cause? How is it used? And is it used the way in which it is promised? Are the complaints against them valid? 

As with any non-profit, LCD encourages you to do some research before you donate. Make sure you are comfortable with the way the organization will use your funds. Look at tax returns. Look for tangible results in the community. Even large organizations like the HSUS must be put to the test.

Today the Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) is announcing the launch of HumaneWatch.org, a watchdog project dedicated to analyzing the activities of the Humane Society of the United States and making it easier for pet lovers to research the group’s efficacy. 

According to a press release sent to LCD by HumaneWatch.org:

HumaneWatch will include a blog written by CCF’s Director of Research, a growing document library, and a database capable of tracking the dozens of nonprofit (and for-profit) organizations that make up the HSUS.

The Humane Society of the United States has become the animal rights industry’s most powerful player, but it has avoided serious public scrutiny for years. HSUS raises nearly $100 million annually from Americans who largely believe their donations filter down to local pet shelters and improve the lives of dogs and cats. But in 2008, less than one-half of one percent of HSUS’s budget consisted of grants to actual hands-on “humane societies”that deal with the thankless task of sheltering unwanted pets.

“Someone has to ask the hard questions about the Humane Society of the United States, and HumaneWatch will be a relentless source of useful information,” said CCF Director of Research David Martosko. “Nearly 1 million Americans donate money to HSUS every year. And most are completely unaware that they’re bankrolling PETA-style propaganda, far-reaching anti-meat campaigns, a huge staff of lawyers, and bloated pension plans for HSUS executives.”

In 2008 alone, HSUS put more than $2.5 million into pension plans—money that its own advertising suggested would be put toward the direct care of animals. (HSUS neither operates nor is legally affiliated with, any pet shelters anywhere.)

Martosko continued: “Even the best charities can run off the rails, so it’s no surprise the professional dog-watchers need their own watchdog. Donors to the Humane Society of the United States deserve to know exactly how their money is being spent. HumaneWatch will create an open dialogue for farmers, scientists, fashion designers, entertainers, and countless Americans who love both their pets and their chicken sandwiches.”

So much like Buyer Beware, Donor Beware. Perhaps you agree with the Humane Society and the ways in which they use donor funds. Perhaps you disagree with the amount of funds they allocate to shelter and rescue facilities. It’s your decision. You have the power to determine who you support.

The Humane Society of the United States Prepares to Send Third Disaster Response Team to Haiti

(Feb. 10, 2010) –The Humane Society of the United States, the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association and Humane Society International sent their first response team to Haiti three weeks ago, and are now sending a third team of disaster responders and veterinarians to the devastated country. This team is on the move and should arrive in Haiti on Feb. 13 to provide aid to animals affected by the Jan. 12 earthquake.

“Over the past three weeks Humane Society International, The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association’s response teams have provided much-needed relief to the animals and people affected by last month’s deadly Haitian earthquake,” said Kelly O’Meara, director of HSI’s companion animals division. “Our teams have provided food, medical assistance and vaccinations to a variety of animals in the area. Our third response team will continue this work and also meet with local officials to discuss ongoing support of animal welfare.”

The HSI/HSUS/HSVMA field responders include two veterinarians a veterinary technician and a disaster responder trained in animal handling. The HSI team is working with a group in the Dominican Republic, Veterinary Care & Human Services, Caribbean Project, Christian Veterinary Mission in Haiti and the Canadian Animal Assistance Team.

See detailed reports from HSI/HSUS/HSVMA’s response teams here. High-quality video and still photos of the team’s work in Haiti are available upon request.

Media Contact:

Jordan Crump: 240-654-2964, jcrump@humanesociety.org

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