Welcome to Dog Talk! This is a forum for topics relating to our beloved dogs. They share our homes, our lives, our successes, our failures. We treat them like family because they are. But sometimes we have questions and there seems to be either too many answers or no answers at all. I don't claim to be an expert on anything, but I do have many years of experience with my own dogs and others' dogs, so I thought this would be a good way of sharing information (and my opinions) with people who might be interested.

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Articles on Food and Health

You (and your dog) Are What You Eat!

Does Your Dog Have Itchy Skin?

Variety is the Spice of Life!

Canine Obesity Is
On The Rise

Dangerous Plants 

Dogs and Heatstroke

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ARTICLES ABOUT OUR FAITHFUL COMPANIONS

A Lucky Dog 

Dog Coat Color Genetics 

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Politics

Here is an excellent 2009 article on the politics and realities of mandatory spay-neuter bills. Many respected groups are against mandatory spay-neuter, including the American Veterinary Medical Association, the California Veterinary Medical Association and the ASPCA.

The following article, also from 2009, discusses SB250 and why we all need to watch what our legislators are doing - the idea of curtailing unwanted puppies is a very good one, but these bills throw in a lot of extra unwanted regulations for us humans:

Mandatory Spay-Neuter Laws Are Overbroad

 


GOT SKUNK??

Pepe le Pue

Has your dog been skunked? Tomato juice won't do a thing. Don't banish your dog to the garage - here's a quick and permanently effective recipe that works 100% of the time:

Foolproof Skunk Recipe

Skunks are wonderful critters! Okay, they smell bad but, hey, you'll be surprised at how beneficial they are to the environment and to humans! Did you know one of their favorite foods is - no joke - black widow spiders??? Read on!

Living with Skunks

 

MANDATORY SPAY-NEUTER LEGISLATION

I'm all for eradicating puppy mills and ending the suffering of pets in shelters, and I actually support the idea of spay-neuter requirements, but mandatory spay-neuter laws are a big step on the slippery slope that is calculated to eventually wipe out pet ownership. PETA, once a good organization, now goes to extreme lengths such as "rescuing" animals from shelters and then euthanizing them all (no, I'm not making this up), going to dog shows and openning crate doors so the dogs can escape (many are injured by cars or never found again), and they've now joined forces with the Humane Society to cloak themselves in legitimacy. HSUS leadership and political agendas are in bed with PETA - not so with the SPCA, which does great things without trying to limit pet ownership.

I think we should spay and neuter our pets (mine are) but I don't believe the government should force us to do so, especially when accompanied by infringement of many of our constitutional rights as in Florida and Texas (see Anti-Pet Legislation). I've read the text of the 2009 California bill SB250 and similar bills and, as is typical of these things, it has enough good parts in it to make it seem reasonable. However, parts of the text are very vague and overbroad:

C. Failure to license a dog;
D. Leash law violations (try letting your dog run off-lead at a community park and you'll be subject to this law;
N. Failure to take proper care of noisy animals - what the heck does that mean?

These things are what make these types of laws dangerous. You'll be forced to spay/neuter and you'll be cited and may lose your animals. You'll also have to pay the Animal Control folks their hourly rate to transport your pet to the vet for the surgery. This is just not right...

Check out PetPac or Pet Connection for more information. Stand up and be counted!

 

MANDATORY SPAY NEUTER - A REALLY BAD IDEA! Are you ready to be forced to have your cuddly new puppy or kitten spayed or neutered before their baby teeth have fallen out? This message is right up front because, in my opinion, if we don't wake up and fight back, we're going to be forced to spay/neuter all of our animals at 16 weeks. Yes, even here in San Diego. Common sense aside, most veterinarians will tell you that's extremely unhealthy (not to mention dangerous: eighteen major universities have produced studies that there are serious health consequences to early spay and neuter); most vets won't do it unless compelled. Here are some important links: Please go to the Concerned Dog Owners of California website (www.cdoca.org) and CDOC-ACTION (www.cdocaction.org) for more information and to help take action against this type of legistlation.

 

The Scientific Method

California bills AB1634 and SB250 finally died because of the concerted and focused effort of a lot of people, but it could come back to haunt us again. A good and interesting article.

Quick Links on this subject:

Dog Law Blog

AKC Legislation Alerts

NAIA

Save Our Dogs - this is a really excellent website with statistical information on the cost benefits of return-to-owner over euthanasia in animal shelters, and how mandatory spay-neuter actually decreases a city's licensing income.

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HERE'S A WONDERFUL (AND TRUE) STORY ABOUT A DOG'S LOVE (submitted by Jeanie Korbacher):

Lucky  Dog.... 
 
Mary and her husband  Jim had a dog named 'Lucky.' Lucky was a real character. Whenever Mary and  Jim had company come for a weekend visit they would warn their friends to not  leave their luggage open because Lucky would help himself to whatever struck  his fancy. Inevitably, someone would forget and something would come up  missing.
 
Mary or Jim would go to  Lucky's toy box in the basement and there the treasure would be, amid all of  Lucky's other favorite toys. Lucky always stashed his finds in his toy box and  he was very particular that his toys stay in the box.
 
It happened that Mary found out she had breast cancer. Something told her she was going to die  of this disease....in fact, she was just sure it was fatal.
 
She scheduled the double mastectomy, fear riding her shoulders. The night before  she was to go to the hospital she cuddled with Lucky. A thought struck her...what would happen to Lucky? Although the three-year-old dog liked Jim, he was Mary's dog through and through. If I die, Lucky will be abandoned, Mary  thought. He won't understand that I didn't want to leave him! The thought made  her sadder than thinking of her own death.
 
The double mastectomy was harder on Mary than her doctors had anticipated and Mary was hospitalized for over two weeks. Jim took Lucky for his evening walk faithfully, but the little dog just drooped, whining and miserable.
 
Finally the day came for Mary to leave the hospital. When she arrived home, Mary was so exhausted she couldn't even make it up the steps to her bedroom. Jim made his wife comfortable on the couch and left her to nap.
 
Lucky stood watching Mary but he didn't come to her when she called. It made Mary sad but sleep  soon overcame her and she dozed.

When Mary woke for a second she couldn't understand what was wrong. She couldn't move her head and her body felt heavy and hot. But panic soon gave way to laughter when Mary realized the problem. She was covered, literally blanketed, with every treasure Lucky owned! While she had slept, the sorrowing dog had made trip after trip to the basement bringing his beloved mistress all his favorite things in life. He had covered her with his love.
 
Mary forgot about dying. Instead she and Lucky began living again, walking further and further together every day. It's been 12 years now and Mary is still cancer-free. Lucky still steals treasures and stashes them in his toy box but Mary remains his greatest treasure. 

 

Dog Heatstroke Survival Guide - This is a MUST READ for all dog owners. Just click on the link...(submitted by Sherri Todd)

Dog Coat Color Genetics - This site is extremely interesting and has all kinds of info on all the different coat colors and why they look the way they do. Another "must read."

 

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