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September 20th, 2011

11:21 am - URGENT Isaac needs a home by the end of the week!! Chicago area
Hey everyone, me again, with yet another dog from my school that needs a home. This is Isaac.


He's been in our program since March. Is currently being treated for heartworm. His original foster home could no longer keep him and is now back at the school's kennel. Isaac does NOT do well in a kennel environment and needs a home to at the very least be fostered at. Due to his issues in the kennel and his heartworm positive status he will be euthanized if he does not receive a home by the end of this week. If you have any further questions ask me or contact my school. Contact information should be on their adoption page.

Again we're in the Chicago area. Sorry for the cross-posting

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August 15th, 2011

08:38 pm

Hey i was wondering if anyone has or knows where i can get a "punish the deed not the breed" bracelet? I am desperately trying to tack down the orange one i bought for a fun raiser (i think) and its in my home somewhere but i was thinking of possible finding one like it or nicer.

Two years later, Penelope Loulinski the "foster dog" who came to be stabbed, purple, emaciated and small dog aggressive is a resident. she is an ESA dog and gets along fine with little dogs after training and conditioning. We are slowly on our way to service status. I wish i had named her poundcake..sigh
Current Mood: calmcalm

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December 11th, 2010

01:15 pm - Some fairly positive press

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November 22nd, 2010

04:04 pm
Dog owner can't forgive Michael Vick

If you haven't read it, I thought it might be of interest

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November 1st, 2010

09:09 am - Lost Dog McKinney Texas
Posting for a friend in TX - Please pass the word along so Mia can be found

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October 24th, 2010

06:48 pm
I haven't posted here, probably in years.

But Merlin, my chow-X just had his ninth birthday (more or less - when exactly it is is a mystery), and that happened to coincide with a really great picture.

Happy Birthday, darlin'. You've come a long way in those 9 years. Puppy Pic.

And, to keep things on topic: I think after 9 years we can safely say that my inlaws and mother, who thought he was going to eat my then toddlers, were wrong.

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October 20th, 2010

02:45 pm - Lennox
I thought I had posted this *months* ago, but I guess I hadn't. This was brought to my attention over the summer by a friend on a dog forum who went through a similar ordeal (but was able to have her pet returned).

Lennox was seized from his home in Belfast on May 19th for being a "pitbull type" which is illegal according to the DDA. Lennox is a loving family dog who is microchipped, DNA registered, neutered, insured, etc who's had no problems in the past.

It breaks my heart! +3Collapse )

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September 14th, 2010

09:33 am - Absolutely horrifying.
 My friend sent this link to me this morning about a bully that was shot by a police officer during a street festival.

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A picture of the officer subduing the poor dog.

Cross posted.

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May 23rd, 2010

09:52 pm - Patch Together and Pitbulls!
I submitted a design to Patch Together and it was approved.

MOARCollapse )
X posted

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May 11th, 2010

02:38 pm - Biting
My 2 year old pit/amer. bulldog has bit twice now. 1st time i let it slide because my friend was drunk and loud and my husband wasn't home. so i just thought he was protecting me. although he bit him in the butt when he was leaving.

2nd time. my husband and i weren't home. our roommate let another friend into the house and he bit him hard. he knows him though. been over dozens of times. i don't get it.

was he protecting me? protecting the female rott we have?

any ideas why he is doing this? what do i need to do?

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April 11th, 2010

11:53 pm
you guys this page needs to be reported!!!


it got taken down now but man! i felt sick to my stomach after seeing it!

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April 1st, 2010

12:48 pm - Want to see another doggy plaque I'm working on for someone on LJ?
 I just love love using dogs as subjects. 
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Mods: If you would rather I don't post these here just let me know and I'll delete the post. 

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March 27th, 2010

10:47 am - We're in a bit of a mess...
Hi all….

We are in a really big financial mess right now.
I don’t really want to get into the details, but the bottom line is this.
My checking account is in the hole, and I have one day of cat food left, and one day of dog food left.

Jeff’s next pay doesn’t come until the 1st.

You see our problem. This is the first time anything like this has ever happened to us. It really sucks. 
I hate feeling so stuck. 

To get us through I’m offering custom plaques for sale.

I can make you a plaque with any dog breed silhouette and I can put whatever writing you want it only limited by the font size and available space.

For $25.00

I only need to sell 2 of these to get us through till next week. I have a paypal account. 

Please comment if interested.

Thank you,
~Jen & family. 

ETA: This is a piece of wood slightly larger than a standard sheet of paper. 
For $12 I can make a smaller one about the size of a 5x7. 

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March 14th, 2010

04:38 pm - Adventures in trying to convince
So I had gone ahead and contacted the person in charge of organizing panels at the convention. This is what I got back:

Might consider if...Collapse )

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March 11th, 2010

04:37 pm - Question!
So, I go to a few conventions a year. Thus far, I haven't had the option to go to one in an area that has BSL. Honestly, I haven't wanted to either.

Today however, I was told that I should go to a convention in one of the worst BSL areas(Denver), and actually do a panel to speak against breed bans and educate. I replied, saying that I felt guilty to this day about even buying a burger there while passing through with friends. The person came back saying that the value of what I have to say is more valuable than a bit of money that would go back into the economy and government there.

So I come to you asking....

Should I? If I do everything to cut back the possibility of spending money, shall I go into one of the hearts of the beast and speak to my peers?

Also, if I do, what points should I make, what articles should I research?

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February 23rd, 2010

11:03 am

Gretchen and Gimp (i didn't name either. i take in strays. what can i say...)
Gretchen is coming out of her shell now that she has a buddy her size to play with.

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February 19th, 2010

05:20 pm - Cuz ya know... Dobes are sooo mean.

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February 12th, 2010

04:18 pm - Hello all... longtime member, first time poster.
So, I've been a member of this community for a long long while. I've always been a big supporter of the whole "ban the deed, not the breed" ideal.
After a long time of searching and consideration, my boyfriend and I decided to go through a local group called Hugabull based out of Vancouver, BC, and find a new addition to our family. After meeting some of their dogs and falling in love (with every one of them of couse!) we decided we wanted to bring Kane into our family.
He is the perfect dog, in-house, his only problem is reactivity when he sees other dogs (he just wants to meet EVERYONE!). Obviously his original owner did not socialize him enough. He has no history of aggression, but he just gets SO excited when he sees other dogs, and to some people (with their tiny purse dogs), 50lbs of muscle lunging towards them can be a bit intimidating, even if its only because he wants to say HI!!!
We're already seeing progress with him, and hope that in a few months time we will see a whole 'nother side to him.
I have never met a dog so adamant about being under the covers as this guy.

(theres a decent amount of pictures under the cut, when it gets nicer out I hope to get some of him outside... but living on Vancouver Island... we're prone to a LOT of rain)

KANE!Collapse )

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February 8th, 2010

09:04 pm
thirty eight
best friends!Collapse )

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January 18th, 2010

08:33 pm

i snapped this shot of jagr the other morning when he, jade and i were coming inside from our morning walk.
he waited in the doorway of the garage while i wrapped up the long leashes. he is so photogenic...

picked up a new collar for him when we began our rally class two weeks ago. previously, he wore a burnt-orange-colored hamilton collar, and i loved it! it was such a unique color, and it looked awesome on him. it was almost the exact same color as his rust markings. so pretty. we stopped at petsmart before our first class and i knew i wanted to get another hamilton collar - they are so sturdy and the hardware is really nice, too. i immediately spotted this silvery-blue color and loved it! it looks so nice on him. he's so handsome. :)

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January 12th, 2010

01:25 pm - jagr

two more..Collapse )

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December 25th, 2009

07:53 pm - help a dog this Christmas
Hello, pit bull fans! I come with a Christmas surprise. His name is Cornelius.

Cornelius was found yesterday evening, Christmas Eve, in fact. He was loose in the middle of a busy road and covered in gasoline and demodex mange. Naturally, we pulled over and picked him up. He is now clean and comfortable in my utility room.

Unfortunately for Cornelius, we are renters and our landlord does not allow pit bulls. This pretty much means that if we do not find a rescue for him to go to before our landlord finds out, we will be forced to take him to animal control. We don't really want to do this. Can you help? Do you know of anyone who can?

Cornelius is located in Orlando, Florida, but we are willing to travel pretty far to make sure he's safe, even set up an out of state transport. He's a very friendly, enthusiastic boy. He doesn't appear to be terribly reactive towards dogs and cats, but he has only seen them while out on walks. All he wants to do is snuggle and play with squeaky toys. He looks to be about 8 months old and is unaltered.

Here are some pictures. Be warned, the demodex covers his entire body. He seems in good spirits in spite of how itchy and uncomfortable he is!look under here for an itchy dogCollapse )

this will be cross posted, so sorry if you see it more than once. Feel free to post his story wherever you please

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December 24th, 2009

08:40 pm - Merry Christmas!
Photo of Dexter the dog wearing a Santa hat

Dex and I wish you all a very
Merry Christmas!

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December 3rd, 2009

03:21 pm
I'm watching a Dr.Phil episode on lawsuits. In the segment opening, there was a short clip of a woman asking if she could, basically, sue the owner of another dog if it attacked her dog. Right after she said this, they showed a 1-second clip of a "growling" (obvious voice over) dog that looked suspiciously like a pit bull coming towards the camera. Classy, Dr.Phil.

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October 31st, 2009


Mina is a Ninja and Celeste is a Lobster. It was supposed to be an epic Ninja v. Pirate battle. Oh well.

And no one does woe like Mina

There are a lot more, but I don't want to spam the entry. If you feel like it, you can see them at my flickr account here

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October 25th, 2009

11:00 am
Saw this, loved it, and thought I'd share with all of you.

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October 12th, 2009

11:46 am - jagr - 20 months :)

DSC_0371, originally uploaded by vansuydam.

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October 3rd, 2009

05:40 pm - Shiny Mina!

Mina is a pit bull too cool for school

Can you believe she'll be turning 11 in November?

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September 16th, 2009

11:36 am
this is a 2"x3" watercolor painting of my youngest dobe, jagr (yah-grr).
i'm kind of annoyed by where i put my signature, but oh, well..

first time i've ever painted one of my own dogs. :)

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August 29th, 2009

10:21 am - A new picture of our kids.

Jasmine was adopted from a shelter last November. She's about 2-2 1/2.
Takoda is a Dobermutt adopted from a rescue when he was a little guy. He's 7 1/2.
Oskar is a 2 year old rott/lab Rescued from the owner of his mom who didn't want the pups and was going to "Throw them in the river." By my BF's ex-boss. After the pups were weaned I got her into a Rottie rescue so she wouldn't have to go back to that man. 

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August 25th, 2009

08:15 pm - Myrlhin
After a four-month-long battle with lymphoma (cancer), Myrl has been put to sleep.

He had been doing very well, tolerating chemotherapy better than we hoped, but we all knew that this day was inevitable. His health had been slowly declining ever since the cancer moved from his lymph system and into his bone marrow. He was living on borrowed time.

Last night walking became exceedingly difficult and sometime in the wee morning hours the light and life left his eyes. He left us at 8:50a HST this morning, surrounded by his loved ones and his favourite vet.

I post this not to share my sadness, but to share his life. He was a wonderful companion; intelligent, loving, gentle, full of joy and fun. He was a great student; always willing to learn and eager to please. He was also a fantastic teacher, teaching me more about dogs in his seven years on this earth than any other single being.

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Crossposted with love.

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August 5th, 2009

03:07 pm - Shelter Under Water
Kentucky has not had good luck in the past year with weather. We had both a devastating wind storm and ice storm in the past 12 months and just yesterday we had record breaking rainfall. Much of Louisville was flooded-- including our metro animal shelter.

My sister used to work for Metro and when she realized how much flooding was happening she rushed out to help the evacuation effort. I'll link the 2 news articles I've found but basically they were overwhelmed and understaffed in this giant move. At least 10 kittens died and one dog. Now they've begun the task of re-identifying the animals and cleaning up the shelter. If you can any money that you can donate to our shelter, please do. This was a tragedy that no one expected-- we're normally in a drought this time of year!

Flood Information: http://www.whas11.com/video/index.html?nvid=386076

Animal Shelter Information: http://www.whas11.com/news/local/stories/whas11-topstories-090804-animals-drown.abab2c20.html

Link to Donate to Metro: http://www.louisvilleky.gov/AnimalServices/flooding_donations.htm

Thank you guys so much. I hope they can clean the shelter up right. They have little funding as it is.
Current Mood: sadsad

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July 28th, 2009

05:42 pm - Pitbull Thrown Off Bridge
I'm ashamed to say that this actually happened in my home town. Thank God there were firefighters near by and good people in Joe's Crab Shack.

A day after plummeting 80 feet from the Clark Memorial Bridge into the Ohio River, “Sunny” the pit bull showed no signs of distress Monday apart from a swollen belly.

A white Chevy Malibu had stopped on the bridge in the southbound lanes, moments before Sunny's plunge, said Kelsey Westbrook, the Joe's Crab Shack server who took in the pooch and named her.

Sunny's enlarged belly and protuberant nipples suggest she recently gave birth, she added.

"A person threw her over,” the University of Louisville senior said, “I guess somebody used her to breed and didn't want to take care of her anymore.”

Workers at Joe's Crab Shack were still talking Monday about the smacking sound Sunny made when she belly flopped onto the water after 4 p.m.

“It sounded like something hitting a wall,” restaurant server Bradley Cooper, 22, said of the noise that turned heads. “It was very, very loud.”

The rest of the article, including pictures of the dog and her temporary owner can be found here.
Current Mood: thankfulthankful

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July 22nd, 2009

12:18 pm - Did you guys hear this story?
I first saw this story on Yahoo!'s front page on the video section. Here's an article from another source that tells the story. (Follow the jump)

Native American Indian
Dog Takes BabyRead more...Collapse )

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July 21st, 2009

12:43 pm
Well my friends, its that time of year again. Blogathon time! What is blogathon you ask? Its a twenty-four hour fundraiser where I stay up all day and night, blogging every half hour as proof and my friends and family sponsor me by donating to my favorite charity. For more information about the actual event check out www.blogathon.org .

This year, as in past years, I have chosen to blog on the behalf of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. Best Friends is a private no-kill shelter located in rural Utah. They specialize in second chances for animals with severe health and behavioral problems. They rehabilitate animals that other people and shelters had deemed irreparable or those animals that simply ran out of time at other rescues. In recent years they have received much media attention due to their involvement in the rehabilitation of the Michael Vick pitbulls as well as their television show on the National Geographic channel. For further information about Best Friend Animal Sanctuary, including their mission statement, please visit www.bestfriends.org .

To sponsor me follow this link -> http://www.blogathon.org/pledge.php?blogid=57 . It will take you to a sign up page , where you sign up to be a sponsor (takes less that 30 seconds) and then it will redirect you to my page where you can then make a pledge. After I have completed the blogathon, an email will be sent with directions on how to donate directly to Best Friends, via check or credit card that way you are assured your donation is making it to our furry friends.

Anyone who sponsors me for $10+ dollars will be put into a raffle to win one of three amazon.com gift certificates!

(cross posted to a few animal related communities that I am active in. Sorry if you see it more than once.)

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July 5th, 2009

08:52 pm
I used to post pictures from the local animal shelter that I would take. When I quit a lot of people seemed to beg for more. Well I recently started volunteering at a new shelter, so I thought I'd share some pictures. :)

Click here for the album!

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May 18th, 2009

09:10 pm - too cute not to post here

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May 17th, 2009

11:17 am - Something worth posting about
I haven't been around for a while! Sorry! But I got some pictures of the pooches today. Can you believe Gage and Una are 3 years old now? Their 3 year Gotcha Day anniversary was at the end of April. How times flies. So I decided that I would so something special for them that I haven't done before...

I made Gage and Una new collars!

More photos, including some of the dogs actually wearing their new collars, of course!Collapse )

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April 4th, 2009

08:04 am - pits in the news.

Take this!

The event that inspired this!

The original article under here!Collapse )
I'm sure your thoughts mirror mine....but hey, thoughts?

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March 28th, 2009

12:55 pm - Car seat cover
So, for those of you with dogs that, for some reason, leave 90% of their already very minimal fur on the backseat of your car, have you finally invested in a car seat cover?

We have a lease vehicle that we're trying to keep pretty clean in case we decide not to buy it at the end of the lease. My car is mostly the animal transport because it's owned, but we're taking my girlfriend's car (the lease car) on vacation this summer because it's bigger so we want to get a seat cover so the dog doesn't get it filthy.


Thanks in advance.

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March 26th, 2009

05:10 pm - Pugs?
Can anyone tell me why pugs are on the "bad list?"
This kind of made me chuckle (sorry, I know it's breedist.)
Current Mood: contentcontent

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March 23rd, 2009

08:36 am - happy dogs
yesterday morning, we took the dogs to our favorite place - the powerlines and gravel beds out by my "old" house. (ew, i hate saying that. it makes me so sad.)

anyway, it was beautiful (as always). they had a blast, and patrick and i really enjoyed it, too.
it's always so great to be out there. i feel so at home there.

Pretty pictures of happy dogs this-a-way.. :)Collapse )

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