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Ontario, Canada
Dog owner, blogger since 2005, working to end legislated discrimination against dog owners
Interests: Arguing, questioning authority, detecting bullshit, exposing charlatans
Recent Activity
My friend Michael at interviewed Dr Karen Overall and Montréal SPCA in June, when that city's descent into inhumanity began You can listen at this link. Enjoy! Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2016 at Caveat
For your interest, I am posting the affidavit by Dr Karen Overall from the case against Denver by Dias et al. Dr Overall is an accomplished person on many fronts but her expertise in canine behaviour and genetics is unparalleled. She also writes in a compelling and clear manner, so... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2016 at Caveat
Our friends at the American Staffordshire Terrier Club of Canada have prepared a note for media and other interested parties around the situation in Montreal showing CKC registration numbers for their breed as well as Staffordshire Bull terriers in the province of Quebec. It has been prepared in English and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at Caveat
Humans have one friend. They have one friend on this lonely planet. One friend has stood by us through good and bad, through fat times and lean, through the heat and the cold, the wet and the dry. One friend has consoled us, worked with us, fed us, clothed us,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2016 at Caveat
Are you wondering why The Netherlands decided to abandon breed-specific legislation, after having the policy in place for 15 years? The simple answer is that the grownups on the planet collect real data, analyze it and decide whether or not a scheme is providing value. If it isn't, they modify... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2016 at Caveat
This guest post is by Jody Robson, a long-time supporter of the Dog Legislation Council of Canada, an experienced owner of many breeds and shapes, a successful dog walker and someone who is well informed about BSL and the tragic consequences of its implementation. **** So while states and cities... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2016 at Caveat
Someone in a Facebook group I follow (the "Pit Bull" Co-Op) raised an excellent point. How is it that Quebec plans to ban "pit bulls" as quickly as possible? The province of Quebec recently passed a law stating that animals such as dogs are sentient beings. They will ban sentient... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at Caveat
Toronto--Theodore Nippentuk is a typical Canadian. During the long, dark hours of winter, he finds solace in his cozy lair snacking on various treats - treats which embroiled him in one of the most terrifying events of his life. It was January. The winds howled, the snow blew, the salt-trucks... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2016 at Caveat
We had purebred dogs in my childhood but so did most people. As an adult, I adopted mixed breed dogs from the shelter and now I have purebred dogs again. Some dogs were great, some could be a drag - quite literally - but I loved them all as much... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2014 at Caveat
In an unexpected turn of events, internet social justice group Anonymous has turned its gaze on Peta, the animal liberation outfit that exemplifies the motto "Better Dead than Led". Here is their scary video for your entertainment: My friend who blogs at (check it out) kindly typed up a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2013 at Caveat
I felt a bit mean in putting up that post about my encounter with Stanley Coren at the All About Pets show on Easter weekend but I got over it. He put up a rebuttal at the Psychology Today page in which he made a few assumptions, the most hilarious... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2013 at Caveat
"Sweetheart, I'm a scientist!" "That's hot but I think I'll pass." This weekend, as we've done every Easter for a few years, we worked a booth at the All About Pets show at the International Centre out by the airport. An estimated 40,000 people visit the show although this year... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2013 at Caveat
Something's been bothering me for awhile. I don't know what to do about it. It's the bullshit, doctor. It's everywhere. Yesterday, as a contribution to the truth in advertising campaign, I highlighted a common, outdated meme using a Facebook poster (for want of a better term) put out by a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2013 at Caveat
"Hey Buddy, is this the way to Ontario? We hear our kind is welcome there." In his book, The Woodcutter, Reginald Hill describes a Victorian prison that has retained its forbidding exterior while totally modernizing its operations and interior. Keeping the grimy facade satisfies the 'floggers and hangers'. Ontario's self-styled... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2013 at Caveat
MPP Bob Delaney, Liberal Member for Mississauga-Streetsville, was at a family fun skate today. The event was free for all and from what I've heard, missed turning into a free-for-all by a dog's whisker. When a constituent wanted to discuss Ontario's noxious dog ownership ban, whereby dogs are restricted and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2012 at Caveat
Animals, especially dogs and cats, are big business these days. The pet industry is huge, with revenue in the billions annually in both the US and Canada. A lot of revenue is also being generated by charities, rescues and advocacy groups. Unfortunately, these outfits are not all what they seem.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2012 at Caveat
Thanks to the marvel of the inter-tubes and the emotional investment of most of our supporters, we now have a situation where a certain columnist is fully engaged in baiting dog owners with greater and greater frequency. The columnist in question, whose nickname is "Special", is the mother of the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2012 at Caveat
I was just over at Brent's place reading his excellent post about sources and how important it is to determine credibility before floating your boat on them. It reminded me of something else that I find very difficult to understand about BSL. In 2012, after a quarter-century of "breed" banning... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2012 at Caveat
What is Peterborough Liberal MPP Jeff Leal afraid of? A constituent reports that after waiting over six months for a 15-minute meeting, she was given the bum's rush this morning. Apparently, Leal first asked her if she wanted a photo, then demanded the information packet on Hershey's Bill (which will... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2012 at Caveat
Here's Dr Bonnie Beaver, founding diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and current Executive Director discussing Ontario's dog ownership ban at Committee on April 25, 2012.. "There are three primary points I wish to make, with details presented in the handout: (1) Pit bull dogs, regardless of how... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2012 at Caveat
We have always tried to be above-board in our battle to end Ontario's dog ownership ban. We have used only legal avenues that are available to us and have encouraged others to follow suit. We have fact-checked, trying to be 100% accurate in everything we say, write and produce. We... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2012 at Caveat
"Pit bulls" are just dogs and they are not banned in Ontario (or anywhere else) because they are dangerous. They are banned because lawyers like to play games and stroke their egos. They are banned because unfit governments want to erode your civil and property rights as much as possible.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2012 at Caveat
Posted Aug 4, 2012 at Caveat
Just kidding. It's just that Dog Bites Mail Carrier isn't news. Or is it? I watched Global for a change last night because I get tired of the pro-Liberal bias on the other major networks. They had a report about a mail carrier who had been bitten by a dog.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2012 at Caveat
I was commenting over at Facebook about something that really bugs me. It's the odd and apparently burgeoning practice of dressing dogs up in tacky outfits. I hate it. At Woofstock in Toronto, where we had fundraising booths for a few years while trying to pay for the case to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2012 at Caveat