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I thought I'd heard all the reasons people object to the idea of free pet adoptions -- but I was wrong. Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Dogged Blog
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Update: It looks like the easy share feature is back. Whether it was a feature they abandoned or a glitch is unknown at this time, but definitely take the information I include below about the limited value of pages (not individuals, pages) sharing to another page to heart. This is not a good strategy for getting your message out. I woke up this morning to a number of people contacting me wanting to know why they couldn't share a post from one Facebook page to another anymore. This was news to me, but when I got online, I checked, and found it was true for pages that had been converted to the new format -- which is supposed to be fully implemented on all pages by June 5. What does this mean for animal organizations? On one hand, it's a... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at Dogged Blog
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A couple of months ago, my friend (sister with different DNA, really) Gina Spadafori regained the right to use her PetConnection.com domain again. We discussed opening up the old Pet Connection archive there (my posts were all copied over to this blog, but the PC archive itself, including everyone else's posts, was inaccessible). And once we started down that road, we thought: Should we start blogging there again? We decided HELL YES, and then we invited two of our favorite dog people on Planet Earth, Kim Campbell Thornton and Liz Palika, to come back, along with our beloved Dr. Tony Johnson. All said yes, although Tony will only be an infrequent contributor. And we also made the vow: NO ads. NO sponsors. NO mealy mouthed BS. This is just all of us blogging about animal issues for no reason other... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2014 at Dogged Blog
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A shelter or animal control agency that responsibly manages its intake flow is still an open admission shelter. Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2013 at Dogged Blog
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I'm at the Best Friends Animal Society No More Homeless Pets Conference in Jacksonville right now. In the elevator this morning, I overheard a person wearing a t-shirt supporting spay/neuter efforts tell her companion that two unaltered cats and their descendants will produce... wait for it... 10 million kittens in 12 years. I interrupted her and told her that yesterday, at the day-long Face to Face with Feral Freedom session, Dr. Julie Levy of the University of Florida shelter medicine program -- who knows as much about community cats as anyone alive, and has done more research on them than anyone, too -- said that no one knows the actual number of community cats in the United States, but the number lies somewhere between 10-90 million. So those two unaltered cats were pretty busy 12 years ago. I'm going to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2013 at Dogged Blog
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I used to be a recreational shopper. I've never cared about the latest electronic toys and I drive a 1998 car, but I love to buy new clothes and shoes and bags, new dog beds and collars and jackets, every spring and fall. Mostly fall, because I love colder weather and also -- you can wear more clothes. But I read Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth Cline a few months ago, and went cold turkey on recreational shopping. That doesn't mean I didn't buy anything at all; it means I didn't read catalogs and look for things to buy. A few times I realized I had a need for something, researched it a bit, then made a rational purchase. No impulse buying. Before I read this book, I would have claimed that I didn't buy... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2013 at Dogged Blog
As a fourth generation native Californian (even if I have moved to Michigan!), I just wanted to mention that this was not actually an HSUS report or project, nor a project of any national group. It was a joint project of a large group of advocates and "stakeholders" in California. Forever loyal to my birthplace, I guess! :)
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I realize that waxing rhapsodic about fall is the most hideous of cliches, but I just can't help it. Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2013 at Dogged Blog
Posted Sep 9, 2013 at Dogged Blog
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Have shelter reform and no-kill advocacy groups lost their way on Facebook? I don't normally think of no-kill leader Nathan Winograd as a social media critic, but in a blog post yesterday, he called out a lot of no-kill groups on Facebook for pandering for "likes" and "shares" instead of focusing on their mission: I see a trend on the Facebook pages of some No Kill educational organizations which show them moving away from substance just at the time it is needed most. Instead of substantive posts, they are posting photos, videos, and stories of animals designed not to empower, but to amuse as these tend to get large numbers of “likes.” Non-shelter No Kill Facebook pages, if they are to authentically serve the cause they claim to support, should be primarily educational tools, posting material intended to elevate the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2013 at Dogged Blog
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I love Michigan, and am glad I moved here. It's full of great history and natural beauty, and extremely affordable. But it has two major disadvantages over San Francisco. No, not the weather. I love winter, including the snow. Fall has always been my favorite season, and Michigan does it far better than Northern California. And while I could live without all the mud, at its height, spring is just gorgeous. What I hate are the mosquitoes, and the allergies. I lived 50 years without allergies, moved here, and started sneezing and coughing and wiping my itching, running eyes. Allergy testing revealed I was allergic to a nice little array of weed pollens that simply don't exist where I've lived before but are apparently common in every field, ditch, and garden in Michigan. We've had a very mild summer so... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2013 at Dogged Blog
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Once upon a time, when I was blogging at Pet Connection before it shut down, I had a large fan base who liked nothing more than to see my head explode. If you've missed it, you might want to check out a rant I posted on the blog at Connected By Pets Friday morning: Dear cat advocates: Stop. Just stop. I am begging you to stop trotting out utterly made-up numbers about the forty gazingazillion offspring that are produced within a few generations by just two unaltered cats. Read it here. Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2013 at Dogged Blog
RIP beloved 4-year-old Netbook. So sorry I will not be able to blog the second day of the No Kill Conference as planned. I will write up my thoughts and impressions afterward. Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2013 at Dogged Blog
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The scariest feral cat in a trap doesn't get him down, and neither did the failed batteries in the room mic when Peter Wolf of the great blog Vox Felina and, more recently, Best Friends Animal Society, talked about community cat advocacy at the 2013 No Kill Conference in Washington DC. What follows is a real-time summary of Peter's presentation. If something is in quotes, he said it; otherwise, it's a paraphrase. How does your community handle community cats? What are the relevant ordincances? How do those things impact our behavior as advocates, and what do we do about it? And the gray area: What won't we get caught doing? Of course, it depends on where you are. Some communities are more or less permissive or restrictive. So your first step is identifying where on the spectrum your community lies.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2013 at Dogged Blog
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It's that time again -- the annual No Kill Conference in Washington DC. I'll be doing some blogging from the event, starting shortly with Peter Wolf of Vox Felina's session on community cats. My own presentation is at 3:15 PM Eastern, and I haven't yet figure out how to liveblog while giving a talk. Thoughts and impressions later -- see you soon! Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2013 at Dogged Blog
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Today would have been my mother's birthday. You know when I'll stop missing her? Never. Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2013 at Dogged Blog
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There's a new "talking point" popping up with orchestrated frequency wherever people gather to discuss the No-Kill Movement online. I call it "WILL NO ONE THINK OF THE STRAYS?!?!??" (All-caps and multiple exclamation points and questions marks are required to really express the hysteria that underlies this particular talking point.) Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2013 at Dogged Blog
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This is the second in a series of posts on the common tactics used in public discussions of animal sheltering reform by opponents of No-Kill. This one today is a perennial favorite of theirs: The distraction. Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2013 at Dogged Blog
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Gas chamber defenders have a predictable set of defenses they trot out whenever their right to gas pets is challenged. Let's take a look at them. Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2013 at Dogged Blog
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I'm not suggesting homemade Toll House cookies are good for you -- flour and sugar are pretty much my kryptonite. But I do think the comparison between the original Toll House cookie recipe I grew up making and the ingredients of Nestle's Toll House frozen cookie dough are a damn good surrogate marker for everything that's wrong with how we eat today. Toll House cookie recipe: 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened 3/4 cup granulated sugar 3/4 cup packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 large eggs 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) chocolate chips Ingredient list of Nestle's Toll House frozen cookie dough: Bleached Enriched Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Sugar, Hot Fudge Filling (High Fructose Corn Syrup, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil,Corn Syrup,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2013 at Dogged Blog
Hi, Debra. You may say you're not against no-kill, but it's clear you don't actually know what it is. The No-Kill Movement isn't about no-kill shelters. It's about no-kill communities, using the animal control policies of the No Kill Equation. Doing a crappy job with your adoptions is not part of the No Kill Equation, whether it means you don't do good matchmaking or that you don't do a good job promoting harder to adopt animals. That's just bad sheltering, no matter what the shelter calls itself. Regardless of the fact that it's not part of the No Kill Equation, I would suggest that believing two years in a kennel is worse than death is a morally indefensible statement. And if you DO have a long-term resident in a shelter, which does happen from time to time, then it's a key component of good sheltering that you utilize foster homes (part of the No Kill Equation), enrichment and behavior rehab (part of the No Kill Equation), and creative marketing (part of the No Kill Equation) to get that pet into a home.
Evelyn, you're again distracting. I have said this isn't about pets vs farm animals, it's about reforming animal shelters. Any animal who enters an animal shelter would be helped by the reform of animal shelters. You're the one who is trying to make this about pets vs other animals. It would be equally a distraction to challenge those trying to prevent the abuses of factory farms that they can't really care about battery hens if they aren't also down at their local shelter blockading the delivery of the Fatal Plus. All that does is GUARANTEE that neither movement will accomplish anything. Which is, of course, the point. If you're hanging out with your friends, knock yourself out making all the connections and looking at the bigger picture. But putting those constraints on a reform movement results in paralysis. That's the point.
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I understand wanting background checks for buying weapons, but to join a dog diet email list? My Val has PLN, a progressive kidney disease common in Greyhounds. I was thinking of making some diet and supplement changes, and went to join a list I used to belong to, the K9KidneyDiet Yahoo Group. I filled out the brief form Yahoo provides, and got this in reply: Hello, and thank you for requesting membership to the K9KDiet Group. Please take a moment to provide us with the following information: (NOTE: The short comment that was filled out at the YahooGroups site when requesting an application for membership does NOT supercede or take the place of the following Membership Application). The initial inquiry you sent to Yahoo is held for 5 days. If the Membership Application (below) is not completed and returned we... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2013 at Dogged Blog
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I don’t pick up my dogs’ poop. No, we don’t live hip-deep in dog doo. Nor have my dogs learned to use the toilet. As a new resident of Michigan, I had my first experience with scooping in freezing temperatures this winter, and it will come as no shock to my fellow Midwesterners that I didn’t like it much. I had assumed that frozen poops would be easier, not harder, to scoop. I was wrong. You see, for those, like me, from warmer climes, fresh poop is warm. That means it melts the ice or snow on which it falls, and then that slowly re-freezes into something of which I believe the technical name is “permafrost.” Or “permapoop.” Either way, after actually snapping my scooper in half while trying to hack at a hunk of poopsicle, I gave up. I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2013 at Dogged Blog
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I’ve been lost in a haze of caring for a sick dog since Sunday — hence the silence. Sleep deprivation, worry, and anger don’t lend themselves to a lot of time and energy to blog, although I did manage to get off a rant or two about the craptastic experience we had at our local vet ER/specialty practice on Facebook. I’m talking with them about it, and hope to come to a good resolution, but either way, I’ll be blogging about it later. The sickala (this is a term of endearment my mom and I used to use for our sick pets, and silly as it is, it’s stuck with me) is, for the second time since I adopted her last fall, Val, my 9-year-old Greyhound. Last time she had lepto, with severe liver symptoms. This time it seems to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2013 at Dogged Blog