More Pet Food Recalls

April 21st, 2007 | Jonni | Caring for Your Dog

As many of you already know, a new wave of recalls has been announced in the last 24 hours. Evidence suggesting that a shipment of the ingredient “Rice Protein Concentrate” contained melamine has come to light. Natural Balance, Royal Canin and Blue Buffalo have all announced recalls of their products containing this ingredient. These ingredients appear to be coming from China.

Royal Canin, my favorite cat food maker, is on the list. You can see a news article about this most recent recall at canada.com

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Need Pit Bull Pictures?

April 2nd, 2007 | Jonni | Dog Adoption Resources

For some reason (who knows why?) a lot of people search the Internet for pit bull pictures. I have no idea what people need the pictures for, but I do know that one of the best places to look for photos of pit bulls is on your local Humane Society website.

I cadged a few pit bull pictures from shelter websites around the country. The dogs shown in this post are available for adoption now, but may no longer be available when you read this. However, there will be more pit bulls at the local shelter, even if the wonderful animals pictured here are no longer availablpit bull picturee.

Pit bulls are one of the most common breeds at animal shelters and breed rescue organizations. The only breed that seems to show up more are labs, and that’s only because there are more labs in the United States than any other breed. (Occasionally, a shelter will label a black pit bull as a “lab mix,” to avoid the common anti-pit bull sentiment and increase the pup’s chances of finding a new home.)

Our first two pit bulls are now housed at the Humane Society of New York. Tuttles was previously adopted, but his new owner was called overseas, and Tuttles now needs a new home. This one-year old pup would be a loyal and loving pet to an experienced pit bull owner.

G Willager Katrina is an unusual Pit Bull/Catahoula Leopard Dog cross. This is a big dog, who was rescued from the Katrina aftermath. pit bull picture

Since most of us have never met a Catahoula Leopard dog, I grabbed this info from Wikipedia:

“Catahoulas are highly intelligent, energetic, and quick, yet are generally very loving and gentle with children. They are inquisitive and have an independent streak. However, the Catahoula temperament is not suited for everyone; these dogs tend to be very protective of their territory and family, and also, may be aggressive toward other dogs—especially of the same sex. These traits, combined with their independent nature, their high energy levels, and physical strength, can make a Catahoula “too much dog” for inexperienced or meek owners, and can make having such a a dog a liability in suburban neighborhoods. Ideally, a Catahoula should have proper obedience training, secure confinement on the owner’s property, and an outlet for its energy.”

You can see from this description that a dog with Catahoula Leopard Dog and Pit Bull genes will need some special handling. This may be why G Willager still hasn’t found a home after all these months.

senior pit bull pictureOur last pit bull today is now living at the Louisiana Boxer Rescue. Sadie isn’t a boxer, but she may not be all pit bull, either. It’s often hard to tell with these “all-American” dogs. Sadie was abandoned at a vet’s office with her three pups, and has spent too much without a permanent home. She’s a senior - 7 to 8 years old, but still has years of love left in her. She’ll be spayed before you take her home, has had all her shots, and will receive heartworm medication. All she needs now is a human to love and protect.

Want more pit bull pictures? Just find your local Humane Society’s website and search the animals available for adoption. Maybe one of those faces will be so appealing that you’ll decide to take her home….

Here’s a question for all you dog lovers out there - why do you think this breed shows up so often in shelters? Do pit bull owners resist spaying and neutering their dogs? Or are the dogs too difficult to handle by inexperienced owners? I grew up with these dogs, and have great respect for them, but they can be stubborn. Give us your opinion, by adding your comments below.

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Rascal is Ready For You.

March 22nd, 2007 | Jonni | Dog Adoption Tips

Pit bulls are not for everyone, but these dogs can be fantastic family pets with the right handling, and if the dog’s temperament is sound. Rascal2 is now waiting at the A&S Pit Bull and Am Staff Rescue in Antioch, Illinois.

Rascal has already been there too long, and may not be available when you read this. Hopefully, he will go to a good home, and the rescue organization won’t need to euthenize him.

Unfortunately, there are far too many of these large, energetic dogs available in shelters and rescue organizations, and not all of them can find homes. Rascal appears to have a good temperament, according to the rescue group, and is good with people and other animals - but the scare stories that abound, and the large numbers of unwanted pit bulls, means that he has several stikes against him.

My mother once owned a Staffordshire terrier (the English version of a pit bull) and he was a loving, even-tempered dog. Much of his personality was the result of careful breeding to remove all traces of the pit bull’s traditional fighting temperament. Unfortunately, when you adopt a dog from a shelter or rescue group you have no way of knowing the philosophy of the breeders, or how the dog was treated in his previous home.

Some of these animals are, unfortunately, the result of random breeding by less-then-savory characters who still participate in dog fighting as a sport. This means that extreme care must be taken to make sure the dog is sound and safe before you bring him home. You can read more about dog behavior and temperament on my main site. Most responsible shelters will test their animals before releasing them for adoption, but this does require training - and not all shelters have volunteers or staff who are qualified to do this testing correctly. To be safe, be sure to get to know as much as you can about any dog you adopt (no matter what it’s breed) before you decide to bring him home to your family.

I hope by now Rascal has found a new home, with a nice soft, warm bed and plenty of attention and exercise - doesn’t every dog deserve a human to love?

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