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Thousands of coonhounds and about 25,000 humans will pour into Richmond, Indiana for the third largest coonhound convention in the country this weekend. So what is a Coonhound convention? What is isn't is a place for “toothless, overall wearing, tobacco spitting backwoods folk," according to the Indy Star. Some of the participants are rich, very rich, six figure and seven figure earners. Some are women. Some of the dogs are worth $40,000. During the weekend... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
These selections from a series of photographs by Nina Leen were featured in Life Magazine in the 1940s. A Mrs. Bullid of Washington, D.C. adopted a baby squirrel whose mother was dead and whose eyes had not yet opened. Instead of turning him over to a wildlife rehabilitation center as people today are encouraged to do, she made him the family pet, bathing, dressing and putting him to sleep in a tiny bed. She had... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Yes, I do think we have the empirical evidence.
Of course I have no empirical evidence. There couldn't be any because it's, you know...the whole universe. It can't be relative to anything. But... help me out here. How many times have you heard or said... I can't believe summer is almost over. September is coming already? Where did the weekend go? Your child is old enough to go kindergarten? I just found out that my “puppy” is now considered a senior dog. It seems... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
No two work days are the same for a firefighter. They may be called on for their courage one day and their resourcefulness the next. In Albuquerque, when Morinita the Poodlle got her paw stuck in the bathtub drain she started screaming. Her family called their veterinarian, a plumber and then 911. The 911 dispatcher called animal control and they called the fire department. Firefighters tried using lotions and oils but eventually had to cut... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Actually I do like the smell of dog, even wet dog fur. I also like the smell of popcorn paws. I draw the line at poop and dead stuff they like to roll in though,
A few weeks ago I got an email from a charming and enterprising young man named Mark Zhang. Since I had a dog blog he wanted to know if I had dog odors in my car or home. After an indignant sniff I realized that when people are subject to the same odor, they lose the ability to smell it. I remember as a child passing through a part of a nearby town that had... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Eleven-year-old River, a German Short-haired Pointer, is an icon in Albany as he goes for frequent rolls through the town on his front legs and back wheels. He lost the use of his back legs when he was attacked by two off leash dogs, but his disability doesn't bother him as he accompanies his owners, Herby and Carol Mader, on their daily walks. Some owners might have put their dog down with such a disability,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
I'm sure we'll never Rocky Mountain oysters.
This is the first and probably only recipe I will ever post. It became an important recipe in my family even though no one actually prepared it. When I was growing up in Indiana my grandfather had a pond on his property which he stocked with catfish. My cousins and I (there were 14 of us) loved to take our fishing poles, squish a worm on a hook and catch them. Mostly they were small,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
No human being will ever know what a cell phone smells like. But in his 4 ½ year career with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Draco the Belgian Malinois has sniffed out 1000 cell phones in prison cells. It is not in the best interest of society to allow inmates to carry on gang-related and criminal activities inside a prison. Inmates hide cell phones in places humans can't see them, toilets, bedding, walls,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2014 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
I haven't heard anything negative about the American Humane Society. They seem to be trying to become the national alternative to the HSUS as people find out more about their true agenda. I'm a little suspicious of any national organization because they can quickly become a bureaucracy and lose their focus. I think the best thing is for people to donate directly to charities that do what they actually say they are doing. Local and state humane societies and SPCA's generally do good work for abused animals.
Millions of people suffer from the black dog of depression which can take over their lives. And take their lives... With the right help even the worse black dog can be trained to heel. Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
It's sad that so many people think that the HSUS and the ASPCA are parent companies to all the local humane societies and SPCA's. They have the money to make it very easy for people to donate or leave money in their wills and the people think they are helping homeless pets. And you are so right, the local organizations are doing so much with so little.
So while the American farmer works countless hours to produce food for a hungry world, two multimillion dollar organizations make their livings sitting at desks producing words asking for public donations. And they don't seem to care much about facts or misleading the public. The two largest, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), are headquartered in high rent offices in Washington,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Photo courtesy of Life on a Colorado Farm Today the American farmer, representing 1% of the population, grows food for the other 99% of us. Not having to produce our own food allows us to become business owners, doctors, teachers, writers, software developers, and to follow our dreams. And yet sadly there seems to be a growing disconnect between rural and urban in our country. Today many people somehow seem to think that the food... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
The "Paw"-casso of the doggie world, Polo the Poodle's painting will be featured at a charity fundraiser for the Shamrock Pet Foundation in Louisville. The 18th annual Art for the Animals live and silent auction will be held on Thursday. The 6-year-old Polo has only been painting for a year, but his painting will be featured alongside nationally renowned artists. Since Poodles are retrievers, once Polo learned key commands, he could pick up the talent... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
While some people and some dogs seem to be born to be wild, others seem to be born to brighten lives. And that has been true of Chopper, a registered service dog who has become a furry little celebrity in San Diego. When he was 3-months-old he got on his specially made Harley-Davidson motorcycle and didn't want to get off. Since then he has made countless appearances at parades, public events, hospitals, and nursing homes,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Dmitry Rogozin, the Russian deputy prime minister, posted a picture on Twitter showing President Putin holding a small leopard next to a picture of President Obama holding a Poodle. The image appeared with the message: "We have different values and allies." However... digging through The Poodle (and dog) blog archives we found a picture of President Putin cuddling a Poodle. Poodles: resistance is futile Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
I've always thought humans dressed in animal costumes made pretty silly mascots and this is true of the mascot for the El Paso Chihuahua Class AAA baseball team. But now they have adopted a formerly stray dog from the Humane Society to step up to bat, so to speak. She was found on the street with no tag or microchip. No one claimed the little dog who is described as “sweet,” “hyper,” and “playful.” For... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2014 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
The Golden Poodle award goes to Sgt. Gary Carter of the Arlington, TX police department. Sgt. Carter was called to pick up an “aggressive Pit Bull dog” running loose. Recognizing that the dog was lost and frightened, Sgt. Carter lured him into his car and returned him to his owner. A few weeks later the dog was again running loose, and when the owner didn't want him back, Sgt Carter adopted him. A second Golden... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Unfortunately I used "down" when they were young to mean don't jump on people and now it means get off the table and stop doing dumb stuff. So I have to use "Lie down."
I've lost track of the number of days I've gone without using algebra. :-)