Rep. Alcee L. Hastings commended as he meets dog rescued from Yulin

 

(May 25, 2016)—Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) introduced a resolution condemning the annual dog meat festival that takes place in Yulin, China. The festival, scheduled to occur this year on June 21st, involves the capture and cruel killing of thousands of dogs. Hastings’ resolution calls on the Chinese government and Yulin authorities to end the dog meat trade and better enforce food safety and animal transportation laws that should preclude this activity.  

More than 10 million dogs are killed for human consumption every year in China. The trade involves animal cruelty, criminal activity including theft of pets, and serious risk to human health, with the World Health Organization linking the trade to cholera and rabies.

The Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society Legislative Fund, and Humane Society International applaud Congressman Hastings for bringing attention to the cruel festival. HSI, one of the world’s leading animal protection groups campaigning for an end to China’s dog meat trade, has been on the ground in Yulin and other Chinese regions for the past few years, working with Chinese partner groups to rescue dogs from trucks bound for the dog meat markets, uncover the immense cruelty that takes place at the slaughterhouses, and draw attention to the plight of the animals. To highlight the resolution, Congressman Hastings met Little Ricky, a dog who was rescued from Yulin by HSI and was named in honor of actor and comedian Ricky Gervais for his support of HSI’s #EndYulin campaign. Little Ricky now lives happily in Washington, D.C.

Kelly O’Meara, director of companion animals and engagement for HSI, said: “China’s dog meat trade, and in particular the Yulin dog meat festival during which thousands of dogs are abused and slaughtered for their meat during the summer solstice, are immensely cruel and deserving of global attention. So we applaud Congressman Hastings for shining a congressional spotlight on this atrocity. When HSI found Little Ricky in a Yulin slaughterhouse, he was terrified and moments away from death. He found sanctuary in the United States, and so it is fitting this canine ambassador was present to welcome Congressman Hastings’ resolution. We hope this resolution is heard far and wide, and compels the Yulin authorities and Chinese government to put an end to the cruelty.” 

"Animal welfare has remained an issue of great importance to me throughout my time in Congress,” said Congressman Hastings. “The inhumane slaughter of thousands of dogs in China during the summer solstice, and millions more every year, deserves international attention. I hope my resolution will do just that, and make clear that inhumane treatment and indiscriminate slaughter is unequivocally wrong. I will continue to work to ensure that all animals are treated humanitarianly and thank Humane Society International for its work on this important issue.”

The resolution, which has 27 original cosponsors, does the following:

  1. Condemns the dog meat festival in Yulin;
  2. Urges the Government of China and the Yulin authorities to enforce the 2011 Agriculture Ministry of China Regulation that requires "one certificate for one dog" on board trucks transporting dogs that cross provincial boundaries;
  3. Encourages the Government of China and the Yulin authorities to enforce China’s food safety laws regulating the processing and sale of animal products, which should preclude dog meat trade activity;
  4. Urges the Government of China and the Yulin authorities to impose a ban on the killing and eating of dogs as part of Yulin’s festival;
  5. Urges the National People's Congress of China to enact an anti-animal cruelty law with provisions banning the dog meat trade; and
  6. Affirms the commitment of the United States to the protection of animals and to the progress of animal protection around the world.

The congressional resolution will help to raise awareness of U.S. opposition to the cruelty taking place in Yulin and throughout China.

HSI will be at the Yulin festival on June 21 to shine a global spotlight on the suffering. People can join HSI’s global #StopYulin campaign by signing our petition at www.hsi.org/helpstopyulin. The petition will be submitted to Chinese officials in early June.

 

The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest purebred dog registry, announces the launch of its newest award, the AKC Paw of Courage, in an effort to show appreciation for the many sacrifices that working dogs make while serving and protecting our country. This award specifically recognizes the extraordinary sacrifices of dogs who have been severely injured or killed in the line of duty.

“These working dogs possess great courage and dedication,” said AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo. “They continuously put their lives on the line, and have sacrificed their own safety, well-being, and in some cases even their lives, to keep us safe. Each dog awarded with the AKC Paw of Courage has made a significant sacrifice in the line of duty.”

Any working dog is eligible to receive the AKC Paw of Courage; the award is not specific to purebred dogs. Recipients of the award, or their former human partner, will receive a 2016 AKC Paw of Courage medal along with a certificate. In addition, the recipients will receive a photo and profile on akc.org.

The first 2016 AKC Paw of Courage recipients are:

K9 Officer Ogar: of Smith County Constable’s Office – Precinct 5, TX

K9 Ogar, a one-year-old Belgian Malinois of Smith County Constable’s Office in Texas, was shot and killed while attempting an apprehension this past January. K9 Ogar and his handler, Deputy Constable Kevin Petty, were conducting a routine traffic stop when a vehicle fled, leading to a pursuit. The vehicle was wrecked and the subject evaded on foot into a wooded area, and K9 Ogar was deployed. During this confrontation, K9 Ogar was shot and killed. Deputy Constable Petty says, “Ogar sacrificed his life to save mine.” He says that Ogar was always right by his side and looked at him with true love and devotion.

When K9 Ogar was not on duty he was like any other family dog. He loved to run circles around the swimming pool with Deputy Constable Petty’s two young girls. He also enjoyed playing tug of war and catch and was a master escape artist. From the moment he was brought home by his handler, he fit right in with the family. According to his handler, Ogar had mastered the combination of being both soft and strong simultaneously. He loved any attention he could get and in exchange, all he asked for was love. K9 Ogar touched many lives in his time as a K9 officer and he is dearly missed each and every day.

K9 Officer Jag: of Twin Rivers Unified School District Police Dept., CA

K9 Jag was an eight-year-old Belgian Malinois who served with the Twin Rivers Unified School District Police Department for five years. During his annual state certification, he was struck by a vehicle. “K9 Jag was everything a handler and a school Police Department could want. He knew his job and did it well,” says his partner, Sergeant Arlin Kocher. He describes Jag as intense, energetic, sweet and powerful. K9 Jag was the first ever Twin Rivers Unified School District Police Department’s canine. He excelled in every aspect of his career; credited with hundreds of narcotics searches, over 50 suspect surrenders and three apprehensions throughout his time in the department.

Equally as important, K9 Jag also spent a ton of time doing public outreach in the schools and nearby communities. Students, staff and parents looked forward to seeing Jag on a daily basis. He was adored for being sweet and friendly while also serving as their fierce and dependable protector.

Throughout his career, K9 Jag competed in countless events and won numerous awards. According to his partner, Sgt. Kocher, K9 Jag wouldn’t let anyone leave a room without petting him. At the end of his shift, he was always eager to go back to the Police Department where the fellow officers were waiting, for what he thought was just to play with him. K9 Jag is sorely missed by Sergeant Kocher as well as the entire Twin Rivers USD as a uniformed working dog as well as a family dog.

K9 Officer Betcha: of Rutland County Sheriff’s Office, VT

K9 Betcha was a two-year-old Australian Cattle Dog who served as a narcotics/tracking K9 at the Rutland County Sheriff’s Office in Vermont. He was with the Sheriff’s Office for about a year when he was struck and killed by a vehicle while in the line of duty. “He was my fourth K9 partner but my first dog that I can say was my therapy,” says his handler, Deputy Sheriff Edward Hunter of Betcha. Deputy Sheriff Hunter has been in police work for 35 years and says that K9 Betcha truly helped him cope with his past and present in the job. When Betcha was off-duty, he loved playing Frisbee and driving down the road with his head out the window allowing people to snap pictures of him as he passed by. K9 Betcha gave his life for his career and is greatly missed by his partner, and his off-duty family, as well as his family at Rutland County Sheriff’s Office.

K9 Officer Krijger: of Norfolk Police Department, VA

K9 Kirjger, a four-year-old Belgian Malinois of the Norfolk Police Department in Virginia was shot and killed following a violent barricade situation this past January. Police were responding to a domestic violence call when the man barricaded himself inside his home with his wife as a hostage. After several hours, the man exited the home opening fire on the officers, fatally wounding Krijger.

K9 Krijger’s partner, Officer Ryan McNiff began his partnership and friendship during a 16-week training course. During the training, the duo became proficient in numerous skills including: obedience, tracking, open area searches, agility, building searches, apprehensions, and control commands. Even more importantly, Officer McNiff and Krijger learned to work together and to trust one another. “Krijger was not only my partner, he was also my best friend”, says Officer McNiff. “Krijger taught me many things about courage, honor, loyalty and friendship”. K9 Krijger has assisted in locating evidence for countless crimes and he is responsible for over 30 felony apprehensions. Not only was he constantly busy keeping the city safe, Krijger also performed many public demonstrations within the schools and the community. In his off-duty hours, K9 Krijger could be found hanging out on the patio enjoying a bone or running around the backyard with one of his many toys. Krijger loved backyard barbeques with his off-duty family and enjoyed relaxing by the fire pit at night.

When it came to making the ultimate sacrifice in order to protect his partner and his fellow officers, Krijger did not hesitate. “I truly believe that because of him, I am a better police officer and person”, says Officer McNiff. K9 Krijger’s sacrifice is deeply appreciated by his fellow officers, his partner, his off-duty family and the entire community that he served. He is commemorated by his community as a true hero.

For downloadable images of the recipients, click HERE.

Tips from the Animal Legal Defense Fund

(COTATI, CA)–As summer approaches and temperatures rise, the danger of pets dying because negligent owners left them in a hot car grows as well. 

Even on a day when it’s 70 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car with all the windows closed can hit 90 degrees in just 10 minutes. On a hot day, the temperature inside a closed car can shoot as high as 116 degrees in the same amount of time.

What can you do, within your legal rights, if you see an animal in distress in a locked car? The Animal Legal Defense Fund, the nation’s preeminent legal advocacy organization for animals, has some tips.

If you see an animal in distress, call 911.

Most states allow a public safety officer to break into the car and rescue an animal if its life is threatened. Calling 911 is the first step to saving that animal’s life.

Know your state laws.

More and more states are adopting “hot car” laws that prohibit leaving a companion animal unattended in a parked vehicle, with six enacted in just the last two years and two more pending. 

Although 20 states have some form of “hot car” laws, the laws differ drastically from place to place: 

•Only two states—Wisconsin and Tennessee—have “good Samaritan” laws that allow any person to break a car window to save a pet. 

•In 16 states, only public officials such as law enforcement and humane officers can legally break into a car to rescue an animal (Arizona, California. Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, and Washington)

•In New Jersey and West Virginia, no one has the authority to break into a vehicle to save an animal, not even law enforcement.

•Legislation is pending in Florida and New York to give would give any concerned bystander the legal right to help an animal in distress. Pending legislation in Pennsylvania would make it illegal to confine a dog or cat in a vehicle in conditions that would jeopardize its health but only a police, public safety, or humane officer would have the legal right to rescue the animal.

Penalties for hot car deaths of companion animals are still limited. Most states limit penalties to misdemeanors or civil fines and infractions, even for repeat offenders. Maine and South Dakota’s laws don’t impose a penalty at all.

Let people know it’s not okay to leave their pet unattended in a car.

When an animal dies in a hot car, most of their humans say they left them “just for a minute.” If you see someone leave their pet in a parked car, tell them that even if it’s a pleasant day outside, the temperature inside the car can skyrocket fast. Cracking a window doesn’t eliminate the risk of heatstroke or death.

Get the message out with an ALDF sunshade

The Animal Legal Defense Fund has created sunshades that remind pet owners of the risks of leaving animals unattended in a car. The sunshades feature the message, “Warning: Don’t leave dogs in hot cars,” in lettering large enough to be readable from across a parking lot. They also urge people to call 911 if they find animals locked in a car and in distress. The sunshades are available aldf.org/hotcarsand all proceeds benefit ALDF.

For more information on keeping dogs safe this summer visit aldf.org/hotcars.

About ALDF

The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) was founded in 1979 to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. To accomplish this mission, ALDF files high-impact lawsuits to protect animals from harm; provides free legal assistance and training to prosecutors to assure that animal abusers are punished for their crimes; supports tough animal protection legislation and fights harmful legislation; and provides resources and opportunities to law students and professionals to advance the emerging field of animal law. For more information, please visit aldf.org.

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HOUSTON — The Postal Service announced that 6,549 employees were attacked by dogs last year as it released its annual top dog attack city rankings. It also shared information on new safety initiatives it is putting in place to help protect its employees.

“Dogs are protective in nature and may view our letter carriers handing mail to their owner as a threat,” said USPS Safety Director Linda DeCarlo at a news conference in Houston, where postal employees suffered 77 attacks, more than any other city. Fifty-one cities make up the top 30 rankings (see chart below).

Enhancing Employee Safety
DeCarlo also announced two new safety measures to alert USPS Carriers of dogs on their delivery routes. The first goes into effect May 13 on usps.com’s Package Pickup application. Customers will be asked to indicate if there is a dog at their address when they schedule a package pickup. The second goes into effect later this spring.

“The Mobile Delivery Devices that letter carriers use to scan packages to confirm delivery will include a feature that allows carriers to indicate the presence of a dog at an individual address. This is especially helpful to substitutes who fill-in for letter carriers on their days off.”

DeCarlo was in Houston to kick-off National Dog Bite Prevention Week: Sun., May 15 - Sat., May 21. The Postal Service, joined by the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Humane Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, Insurance Information Institute and State Farm Insurance are driving home the message that dog bites are a nationwide issue and that education can help prevent dog attacks to people of all ages.

Of the 4.5 million Americans bitten by dogs annually, half of all victims are children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Many attacks to children are by the family pet or a dog familiar to the child, so it’s important to keep children and dogs separate, especially if a dog is known to act aggressively.

DeCarlo encourages the news media to share the following tips and use the hashtag #preventdogbites when reporting on this critical issue.

    • If a letter carrier delivers mail or packages to your front door, place your dog in a separate room and close that door before opening the front door. Dogs have been known to burst through screen doors or plate-glass windows to get at strangers.

 

    • Dog owners should keep the family dog secured. Parents should remind their children not to take mail directly from letter carriers in the presence of the family pet as the dog may view the letter carrier handing mail to a child as a threatening gesture.

 

  • The Postal Service places the safety of its employees as a top priority. If a letter carrier feels threatened by a vicious dog or if a dog is running loose, the owner may be asked to pick up the mail at the Post Office until the carrier is assured the pet has been restrained. If the dog is roaming the neighborhood, the pet owner’s neighbors may be asked to pick up their mail at the Post Office as well.

 2015 Dog Attack Rankings by City
Note: A total of 6,549 postal employees were attacked by dogs in calendar 2015. Fifty-one cities comprise the top 30 rankings as some cities reported the same number of attacks.

Ranking

City, State

2015 Dog Attacks

2014 Dog Attacks

Change

Percent Change

1

Houston, TX

77

63

14

22

2

San Diego, CA
Cleveland, OH

58

47
37

11
21

23
57

3

Chicago, IL
Dallas, TX

57

46
43

11
14

24
33

4

Los Angeles, CA

56

75

-19

-25

5

Louisville, KY

51

40

11

28

6

Kansas City, MO

46

32

14

44

7

Philadelphia, PA

44

33

11

33

8

Columbus, OH

43

22

21

95

9

Portland, OR

41

31

10

32

10

Fort Worth, TX
San Antonio, TX

39

26
24

13
15

50
63

11

Denver, CO

38

40

-2

-5

12

Phoenix, AZ

36

35

1

3

13

St. Louis, MO

35

39

-4

-10

14

Seattle, WA

34

29

5

17

15

Detroit, MI
Long Beach, CA

32

28
27

4
5

14
19

16

Indianapolis, IN
Sacramento, CA

31

35
29

-4
2

-11
7

17

Minneapolis, MN
Baltimore, MD

30

33
27

-3
3

-9
11

18

Miami, FL
Cincinnati, OH

28

26
24

2
4

8
17

19

Brooklyn, NY

26

15

11

73

20

San Francisco, CA

25

23

2

9

21

San Jose, CA
Albuquerque, NM
St. Paul, MN

24

20
16
6

4
8
18

20
50
300

22

Oakland, CA
Milwaukee, WI

23

22
11

1
12

5
109

23

Charlotte, NC
Dayton, OH

22

23
18

-1
4

-4
22

24

Las Vegas, NV

21

19

2

11

25

Pittsburgh, PA
Jacksonville, FL

20

22
10

-2
10

-9
100

26

Rochester, NY
Fresno, CA
Stockton, CA

19

18
17
9

1
2
10

6
12
111

27

Wichita, KS
Flushing, NY
Baton Rouge, LA

18

25
14
9

-7
4
9

-28
29
100

28

Memphis, TN

17

13

4

31

29

Richmond, VA
Salt Lake City, UT

16

17
9

-1
7

-6
78

30

New Orleans, LA
Omaha, NE
Des Moines, IA
Toledo, OH

15

19
14
11
10

-4
1
4
5

-21
7
36
50

 

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Media Release: 14 April 2016
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The Dog Diet Answer Book helps dog owners better understand their dog's dietary needs and what ingredients to feed them. With this practical guide, veterinarian Greg Martinez helps you: Diagnose common health problems; Decipher ingredient labels; Feed your dog beneficial nutrients; Identify common allergens; Understand the difference between types of dog foods and diets; Make home-cooked meals and treats for your dog; Decide when to purchase high-quality commercial dog food or add healthy human food, oils, raw food, or home cooking to your pet's diet and much more!
The Dog Diet Answer Book
Author: Greg Martinez, DVM
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Price: $22.99

 

 
Judges for Westminster Week's Four Competitions
Hail From Across the US and Abroad
 
New York - Mr. Thomas H. Bradley, 3d., of Watertown, NY will be awarding the 141st Westminster Kennel Club's Best in Show winner. After a lifetime in the sport, this breed
er, owner and former Westminster Kennel Club Show Chairman will join an elite list of people to preside over "The World's Greatest Dog Show."
 
 
Bradley began his involvement in the sport as a teenager exhibiting and later breeding German Shorthaired Pointers, Pointers and Labrador Retrievers under the Luftnase
kennel name. He owned and handled other breeds over the years including Cairn Terriers, Whippets, Cocker Spaniels and more recently Border Terriers experiencing many wins in the ring. In 1989, he was the co-breeder of the top winning dog in the U.S., a Pointer, Ch. Luftnase Albelarm's Bee's Knees, whose record included capturing the Sporting group at the Westminster show.
 
After 20 years as an exhibitor Bradley received his American Kennel Club license to judge all of the breeds in the Sporting group, Best in Show and Junior Showmanship competitions. His dog sport role changed in 1975 when he joined the Westminster Kennel Club. He held many positions within the club including communications director but is best known for his 15-year tenure as show chairman for the iconic dog show in New York City.
 
In addition to his position managing the main event during Westminster Week, Bradley is also a founding member and Executive Director of Take the Lead a charitable organization established in 1993 to support people in the sport with terminal or life-threatening illnesses.
 
This long-standing dog breeder, owner, handler and judge is also the former president of Thomas H. Bradley, Inc., a wholesale hardware company in Watertown, NY established in 1897 by his grandfather.
 
Mr. Bradley will be selecting his winner from the seven group-winning dogs sent to his ring by a panel of group judges from across the U.S. The group judges officiating at Madison Square Garden the evening of Monday, February 13 will be Mrs. Robert D. (Polly) Smith of St. Stephens Church, VA, Hound; Mrs. Charlotte Patterson of Destin, FL, Toy; Mrs. Anne Bolus of Harrison, TN, Non-Sporting; and Dr. Robert Smith of St. Stephens Church, VA will be judging the Herding group. On Tuesday, February 14 the group judges will be Mrs. Paula Nykiel of Washington, MO, Sporting; Mr. John Ramirez of Downey, CA, Working; and Mr. Kenneth M. McDermott of Newburgh, NY will be judging the Terriers.
 
For the 84th year a Best Junior Handler will be awarded at Westminster. On Tuesday, February 14, Dr. Steven Herman of Dade City, FL will select the winner at Madison Square Garden. The eight Junior Showmanship finalists will be determined in preliminary rounds by Mrs. Mary Ann Alston of Ocean Pines, MD and Mrs. Joan Savage of Banks, OR.
 
Overseeing the 4th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster on February 11 will be Mr. Paul Moore of Welford, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom and Ms. Ann Riba of Old Mill Creek, IL.
 
Ms. Lynn F. Eggers of Grapevine, TX will determine the winner of the 2nd Annual Masters Obedience Championship on Monday, February 13.
 
The judging panel for the Best of Breed or Variety competition held at Piers 92/94 in New York City on Monday and Tuesday, February 13-14, 2017 includes:
(Pending American Kennel Club approval)
 
SPORTING BREEDS (32)
 
Mrs. Mary Ann Alston of Ocean Pines, MD: English Springer Spaniels, Lagotti Romagnolo, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers, Sussex Spaniels, Welsh Springer Spaniels.
 
Dr. Steven Herman of Dade City, FL: American Water Spaniels, Boykin Spaniels, Brittanys, Clumber Spaniels, German Shorthaired Pointers, German Wirehaired Pointers, Pointers, Weimaraners.
 
Mrs. Joan Savage of Banks, OR: English Setters, Field Spaniels, Flat-Coated Retrievers, Gordon Setters, Irish Setters, Irish Red and White Setters, Irish Water Spaniels, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons.
 
Mr. Terry Stacy of Chapel Hill, NC: Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers.
 
Mr. Mark Threlfall of Merrimack, NH: Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Curly-Coated Retrievers, Cocker Spaniels (all Varieties), English Cocker Spaniels, Spinoni Italiani, Viszlas, Wirehaired Viszlas.
 
HOUND BREEDS (33)
 
Mrs. Mary Ann Alston of Ocean Pines, MD: American English Coonhounds, American Foxhounds, Black and Tan Coonhounds, Bluetick Coonhounds, Cirnechi dell'Etna, English Foxhounds, Harriers, Plott, Portuguese Podengo Pequenos, Redbone Coonhounds, Sloughis, Treeing Walker Coonhounds.
 
Mr. Espen Engh of 3405 Lier, Norway: Beagles (both Varieties) Dachshunds (all Varieties).
 
Mr. Age Gjentes of 3405 Lier, Norway: Borzois, Ibizan Hounds, Whippets.
 
Dr. Steven Herman of Dade City, FL: Afghan Hounds, Bloodhounds, Greyhounds, Irish Wolfhounds, Pharaoh Hounds, Salukis, Scottish Deerhounds.
 
Mrs. Kimberly Meredith-Cavanna of Pleasant Hill, CA: Basset Hounds.
 
Mr. James Reynolds of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Basenjis, Otterhounds, Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens.
 
Mr. Jay Richardson of Elgin, IL: Norwegian Elkhounds, Rhodesian Ridgebacks.
 
WORKING BREEDS (30)
 
Mr. Jon Cole of Nashville, TN: Anatolian Shepherd Dogs, Chinooks, Komondorok, Kuvaszok, Leonbergers, Neapolitan Mastiffs, Siberian Huskies.
 
Mrs. Dorothy Collier of Sapphire, NC: Akitas, Alaskan Malamutes, Great Pyrenees, Newfoundlands, Rottweilers, Samoyeds, Standard Schnauzers.
 
Mrs. Kimberly Meredith-Cavanna of Pleasant Hill, CA: Bernese Mountain Dogs, Boxers, Bullmastiffs, Cane Corsos, Giant Schnauzers, St. Bernards.
 
Mr. Walter Sommerfelt of Lenoir City, TN: Boerboels, Dogues de Bordeaux, German Pinschers, Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs, Tibetan Mastiffs.
 
Ms. Joyce Vanek of Evergreen, CO: Black Russian Terriers, Doberman Pinschers, Great Danes, Mastiffs, Portuguese Water Dogs.
 
TERRIER BREEDS (32)
 
Mr. Jon Cole of Nashville, TN: American Staffordshire Terriers, Bull Terriers (both Varieties), Miniature Bull Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers.
 
Ms. Julie Felten of Wauconda, IL: Kerry Blue Terriers, Lakeland Terriers, Parson Russell Terriers, Rat Terriers, Russell Terriers, Sealyham Terriers, Standard Manchester Terriers, Welsh Terriers.
 
Mr. Jay Richardson of Elgin, IL: Airedale Terriers, American Hairless Terrier, Border Terriers, Cairn Terriers, Irish Terriers, Miniature Schnauzers, Scottish Terriers, Smooth Fox Terriers and Wire Fox Terriers.
 
Mr. Bruce Schwartz of Los Angeles, CA: Australian Terriers, Bedlington Terriers, Cesky Terriers, Dandie Dinmont Terriers, Glen of Imaal Terriers, Norfolk Terriers, Norwich Terriers, Skye Terriers, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers, West Highland White Terriers.
 
TOY BREEDS (23)
 
Mr. Espen Engh of 3405 Lier, Norway: Affenpinschers, Pekingese, Pomeranians, Yorkshire Terriers.
 
Mr. Peter Green of Bowmansville, PA: Italian Greyhounds, Toy Poodles, Pugs.
 
Mrs. Jacqueline Stacy of Chapel Hill, NC: Havanese, Japanese Chin, Maltese.
 
Ms. Beth Sweigart of Bowmansville, PA: Brussels Griffons, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Chihuahuas (both Varieties), English Toy Spaniels (both Varieties).
 
Ms. Lee Whittier of Vancouver, WA: Chinese Cresteds, Miniature Pinschers, Papillons, Shih Tzu, Silky Terriers, Toy Fox Terriers, Toy Manchester Terriers.
 
NON-SPORTING BREEDS (21)
 
Mrs. Barbara Alderman of Moon Township, PA: American Eskimo Dogs, Bichon Frises, Chow Chow, Coton De Tulears, Finnish Spitz, French Bulldogs, Lhasa Apsos, Lowchen, Norwegian Lundehunds, Schipperkes, Tibetan Spaniels.
 
Mr. Jon Cole of Nashville, TN: Bulldogs.
 
Mr. Peter Green of Bowmansville, PA: Boston Terriers, Standard Poodles and Toy Poodles.  
 
Mr. Jay Richardson of Elgin, IL: Dalmatians, Keeshonden.
 
Mrs. Jacqueline Stacy of Chapel Hill, NC: Chinese Shar-Pei, Shiba Inu, Tibetan Terriers, Xoloitzcuintlis.
 
HERDING BREEDS (31)
 
Mr. Jon Cole of Nashville, TN: Bouviers des Flandres.
 
Mrs. Dorothy Collier of Sapphire, NC: Australian Shepherds, Bearded Collies, Beaucerons, Briards, Polish Lowland Sheepdogs, Pulik.
 
Mrs. Kimberly Meredith-Cavanna of Pleasant Hill, CA: German Shepherd Dogs, Pumik.
 
Mr. James Reynolds of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Border Collies, Canaan Dogs, Cardigan Welsh Corgis, Collies (both Varieties), Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Shetland Sheepdogs.
 
Mr. Walter Sommerfelt of Lenoir City, TN: Australian Cattle Dogs, Belgian Malinois, Belgian Sheepdogs, Belgian Tervuren, Bergamascos, Berger Picards, Entlebucher Mountain Dogs, Finnish Lapphunds, Icelandic Sheepdogs, Miniature American Shepherds, Norwegian Buhunds, Old English Sheepdogs, Pyrenean Shepherds, Spanish Water Dogs, Swedish Vallhunds.
 
 
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About The Westminster Kennel Club - The Westminster Kennel Club is America's oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs.  Established in 1877, Westminster's influence has been felt for more than a century through its famous all-breed, benched dog show held every year at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Today, America's dog show has expanded into Westminster Week which includes the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster and the Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster, both held at Piers 92/94. More than 3,000 dogs from the US and abroad makes Westminster Week like no other. Westminster. There's only one. Visit us at: www.westminsterkennelclub.orgor follow @WKCDOGS.
 

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Bolt Snap Latches are most commonly used for pets and have been around for over a century. Revolutionary Nifti SafeLatch™ is a redesigned modern bolt snap latch that provides life-saving benefits for pets and allows a one-hand connection to  pet's collar or harness providing operational safety while handling the latch. Nifti SafeLatch™ has been independently pull force tested to exceed 660 lbs. Life -saving benefits and ease of use has been incorporated into this robust high quality product.

The life line between you and your pet is your pet's leash and Nifti SafeLatch™ is the first and only bolt snap latch that addresses life-saving pet safety, automatic one-hand operation including user's safety by keeping fingers safely away from the latch's opening.

New! Nifti SafeLatch™ Pet Safety Leash is available in 5 colors; Black, Red, Royal Blue, Neon Pink & Neon Orange in Large/Medium size. You can purchase on Amazon.com, www.NiftiSafeLatch.com and soon at quality pet product retailers. Suggested retail price: $24.99.

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Heel … Sit … Stay … Now LISTEN!

New Book Examines How Imitating Canine Communication Behaviors Can Yield Fantastic Relationships for Life and Career

Listen Like a Dog:

And Make Your Mark on the World

By Jeff Lazarus

                   “Listen Like a Dog offers a totally fresh perspective on attaining success in our personal

                   and professional relationship….Take the lead from your dog and reap the rewards.

                                                --Jack Canfield, co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series;

                                                   creator of The Success Principles series

                   “Jeff Lazarus has given us a roadmap to living a happier and more productive life with

                   this invaluable book…. Your canine companion seriously has much to teach you about

                   how to become a better listener!”

                                                --Dr. Marty Becker, New York Times bestselling author

In a world where everyone is barking but no one is listening, Listen Like a Dog reveals that the real antidote to our communication “faux paws” can be learned from observing our canine companions. Dogs don’t interrupt us, finish our sentences, offer advice, try to top our stories or text us instead of talking to us. Dogs pay extremely close attention by studying facial expressions, observing body language, watching eye movements and listening to our voice patterns. Although they don’t understand our verbal language, dogs listen with their entire being. Brimming with lighthearted humor, LISTEN LIKE A DOG: And Make Your Mark on the World by Jeff Lazarus (Publication: April 25, 2016; Health Communications, Inc.; Self-help & Psychology; ISBN:13-978075318986; Paperback; $15.95) teaches the reader how TRUE listening is the magic ingredient that forges real connections with others – whether it’s a marriage/intimate relationship, with co-workers, friends or family.

Written by the bestselling author of Dogtology: Live Bark Believe, which celebrates the relationship between dogs and humans, Mr. Lazarus guides the reader in LISTEN LIKE A DOG to recognizing ideal canine behaviors that can lead to enormous advantages in a person’s personal life and in business.

A recent study by a Cornell University sociologist revealed that we have fully one-third fewer real friends than we did before the social networking boom. Today, we have more shallow connections with others; our communications are expanding horizontally but shrinking vertically. We are trading quality for quantity and real for virtual. Is anyone really listening?

In Listen Like a Dog, the reader will learn that true listening can enhance every relationship in a person’s life. People want good listeners in their inner circle, they want to do business with them, they trust them, and will share critical information with them. This means the person who masters this skill has enormous advantages, both in business and personal life. Each chapter in Listen Like a Dog focuses on human behavior and compares that with different aspects of canine behavior with light-hearted humor and laugh-out-loud observations. Readers will learn:

  • Violating the Leash Laws: the 11 most egregious mistakes we make when we THINK we are communicating
  • Sniff Around: the importance of casual communications
  • The Power of the Paws (Pause): how to recognize the many benefits of silence
  • Heel, Sit, and Stay: how changing your own behavior can win over others
  • Happiness is a Warm Pup: the importance of being genuine and compassionate
  • And so much more

About the Author:

Jeff Lazarus is a Health Science consultant with one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, serving as a scientific liaison to physicians, academicians, and health educators. He earned a BA in speech communications, with an emphasis in interpersonal and organizational communications, from Cal State University, Long Beach, and an MBA from Pepperdine University. He has taught public speaking at the university level and conducted numerous workshops on listening, presentation skills, and customer engagement. Jeff’s love for dogs is portrayed in his 2015 release, Dogtology, a whimsical exploration of humankind’s fanatical devotion to dogs. He resides in Orange County, Ca.

Listen Like a Dog: And Make Your Mark on the World

by Jeff Lazarus

Health Communications, Inc. (HCI)

Publication date: April 25, 2016;

Paperback and eBook; 264 pages, $15.95

ISBN:10-0757318983

ISBN:13-978075318986

Leo's Story

In 2014, LBWF stepped in to help a fellow rescue, as it closed its doors.  Leo was one of the 9 lucky dogs LBWF took on as our own. He had developed allergies from his past life - his beautiful fawn colored fur was in rough shape and it took months to soothe and heal. He benefited from a grain free diet, coconut oil, apple cider vinegar and the product, Nzymes. After a year of struggling with his skin issues, we found this to be the magic cure for him, and so many rescued dogs we have here at LBWF that suffer from skin issues due to our dry weather.

Leo was adopted as a cute, fat puppy. He was well loved until his owner left for college! Story sound all too familiar nowadays? Unfortunately the student's parents didn't want the responsibility of this now, very large dog, so they gave Leo away. He mysteriously was found in a field and taken in by a loving family who had taken to caring for all dogs dumped in that particular field. The economy crashed, leaving this kindhearted family with no money to feed the family and pets. Leo, now severely underweight, found a safe haven with a loving rescue. 

Two years ago, they too fell on hard times and had to close their doors. This is becoming all too common in rescue, as the weight of the expenses of caring for all these left behind pets become unbearable.

LBWF stepped in to help Leo and 9 of his canine friends and 10 cats!  We discovered Leo loved to pass the time playing with his ropes and toys, hoping you might notice his joy, and watch him as he shook it side to side and bounced his hippo body around! He was a great walking companion, but still he scared everyone, with his large hippo body! 

We are so excited to announce that this gentle giant has FINALLY found his own forever, loving home! He deserves it. They all do.

Your support & donations to the LBWF rescued dogs allowed Leo, and all the 100 rescued dogs of LBWF, to live and thrive! Now it is his adoption day, April 2016! He has a 3 month old, TINY little Chihuahua sister named Miss Kitty, whom he loves to give kisses too!! We love you Leo! Thank you Grace, Sam and Miss Kitty for bringing Leo into your loving home and giving him the love he as begged for all these years.

Leo is a dog that proves what makes this work so incredible - never give up on them and their loyalty and ability to believe in humans, no matter how many times humans let them down!

Welcome to the world of rescue, we do it for the magical, magnificent friends, called animals. It is us humans, which are lucky to have them in our lives! I call them angels on earth, and feel privileged to serve them in their time of need! We must change laws to better protect them! We must continue to work towards mandatory spay/neuter, harsher penalties for animal cruelty, the end of backyard chaining, breed ban discrimination, and better quality of life for our fur friends.

Your donations go directly to the care of our rescued animals in need. We don't have the overheard the big groups have. We are 100% volunteer run which ensures your funds provide direct medical care, shelter, bedding, toys, grooming, cookies, etc to the 100 rescued dogs at the LBWF Wellness Center.


Your donations also assist us in educating the public on the aforementioned animal welfare topics and ensure we can continue fighting for Leo and all his fur friends we love so dearly.

Thank you for joining the LBWF Family and helping on this journey!

With great love and gratitude,

Linda  






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Dogs now receiving urgent medical care

Elmwood, Wis.—The ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) and Animal Humane Society (AHS) are assisting the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office with the seizure of 48 dogs from a substandard, unlicensed breeding facility in Elmwood, Wis. The dogs were seized from the property Friday morning after warrants were served, and the owner of the facility was booked into the Pierce County Jail for mistreatment of animals, not providing proper food to confined animals and improper animal sheltering.

The 35 adults and 13 puppies, all yellow Labradors, were discovered living indoors in small, filthy travel crates, with no access to food or water. Numerous deceased animals were also found on the property. The ASPCA believes the facility to be a puppy mill--a large-scale breeding operation designed to generate profits at the cost of the animals’ health and well-being.

“What we saw here is no way for a dog to live,” said Kathryn Destreza, director of investigations for ASPCA Field Investigations and Response. “The puppies at breeding facilities are sold for profit, but many people don’t realize that their parents are often kept there for years, subjected to incessant breeding and usually lacking basic care and socialization, resulting in a very poor quality of life.”

“Large scale animal cruelty cases are not something that we encounter often here in Pierce County,” said Pierce County Sheriff Nancy Hove. “When we are made aware of any animal cruelty issues we do the best we can to investigate and hold accountable those responsible. This case started with a complaint from a concerned citizen who was appalled by the conditions these animals were exposed to. Deputies responded to the complaint and determined the allegations had merit. Citizens are encouraged to contact law enforcement when they are made aware of these situations so they can be addressed accordingly.”   

The dogs have been transported to AHS (Golden Valley, Minn.), where they are receiving urgent medical treatment from ASPCA and AHS veterinarians. At this time, the dogs are considered evidence and will be cared for by AHS responders until their custody is determined by the court. The ASPCA is also collecting forensic evidence and providing legal support to strengthen the case and ensure the best legal outcome for these dogs.

"We’re proud to be known as the go-to resource for investigations in this region," said Janelle Dixon, President & CEO of Animal Humane Society. "Our humane agents investigate hundreds of reports of animal cruelty and neglect each year. As a result, we have the experience and ability to care for large numbers of animals, and the medical and behavioral expertise to provide the specialized care these vulnerable animals need."

The ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team has rescued thousands of dogs from puppy mills across the nation. Furthermore, the ASPCA’s Government Relations department has been active in promoting legislation at both the state and federal levels to strengthen regulations and raise minimum standards of care for dogs in puppy mills. For more information about puppy mills and how to fight animal cruelty, join the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade at www.aspca.org.



About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, and celebrating its 150th birthday this year, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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