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  • McDonald's, Tyson Foods drop farm after videotape shows animal cruelty

    08/29/2015 12:53:50 PM PDT · by bob_denard · 21 replies
    Soshiok ^ | Sunday, Aug 30, 2015
    LOS ANGELES - McDonald's Corp and Tyson Foods both severed ties on Thursday with a Tennessee farm where workers were seen stabbing, clubbing and stomping on chickens in an undercover video shot by animal rights activists. The videotape, which was unveiled by Mercy For Animals at a news conference in Los Angeles, depicts gruesome animal cruelty toward the birds at what the group said was T&S Farm in Dukedom, Tennessee, which was under contract to Tyson Foods. Tyson supplies chicken to McDonald's, the world's biggest fast-food chain, for its McNuggets. Representatives for T&S Farm could not be reached for comment....
  • Willis Eschenbach and the Myth of the “Sixth Wave of Extinction”

    08/25/2015 6:20:19 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/25/15 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Predation by another species is the number one cause of extinction Willis Eschenbach, who takes pride in saying that he is not a trained scientist but has logged thousands of hours of research on the subject, was the first person to file a FOIA request for the infamous data from the University of East Anglia CRU. Hackers downloaded emails from said university that had shown that scientists had manipulated the data to agree with the global warming theory. Eschenbach lectured an audience in California about the “Myth of Species Extinction,” more specifically, the legend that humans have caused the disappearance...
  • Woman uses New York Reload on Grizzly in Idaho

    08/19/2015 10:29:13 AM PDT · by marktwain · 59 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 August, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Some people say the fastest way to continue firing when your gun runs dry is to grab another gun.  It is called a "New York reload".  It happened to a woman protecting her children in northern Idaho, not far from the scene of the famous Ruby Ridge case.   The blue arrow points to Moyie Springs, where Barbara Casey shot the grizzly bear.  The Ruby Ridge shootings occurred near the red arrow about 15 miles SouthWest. Barbara Casey did not want to shoot a grizzly bear.  She wanted to scare it off her property, and she almost succeeded.  She...
  • Dozens of Cecil the Lions Being Shipped off to China along with Baby Elephants

    08/19/2015 8:20:58 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/19/15 | Judi McLeod
    Difficult to hold out hope for Zimbabwe elephants and lions being shipped like so much coal off to China In faraway Zimbabwe, when the veterinaries had to come to put down the family pets, because of widespread poverty, few outside the country noticed. The Western World never heard from animal rights activists until an American big game hunter dentist took down Cecil, the Lion, who now has his own Facebook page. The screams of animal rights activists went up worldwide. In the aftermath of Cecil the Lion, we learn of reports that staff at Hwange National Park have been suddenly...
  • Prayer Request for Buster

    08/18/2015 6:19:45 PM PDT · by Secret Agent Man · 21 replies
    If you ave a moment, please add my Buster to your prayers. We have been doctoring him through cancer for 16 months. He's doing good, and we keep doing what we can do for him, but it has started to affect him a bit. Still happy, enjoys food and treats, affectionate, real good patient for his treatments.
  • HELP! Need advice about dog leg amputation.

    08/17/2015 9:06:32 AM PDT · by NCDave · 84 replies
    Hello everyone, I would like to hear from the vast knowledge of Freepers about anyone who has had to have a dogs leg amputated and also if anyone has had their dog fitted with a prosthetic after. I have a senior female Great Dane that has to have her front leg amputated somewhere above her wrist. She has tumors that grow and have to be removed, and now they are embedded in her paw bones and are not able to be removed. Right after the last surgery 2 weeks ago, a new tumor grew out and won't allow the paw...
  • The Dodo’s Posthumous Message to Mankind

    In 1681, the last dodo bird on the planet breathed its last breath. But that was not the final chapter of the bird’s story. Some 300 years later, botanists on Mauritius—the island where the dodo had lived—noticed that a certain species of tree was rapidly dying off. Tambalacoque trees had historically grown in abundance on Mauritius, but by the 1970s only 13 remained. And all of those remaining were thought to be around 300 years old. Even though they were producing fruit containing seeds each year, none of the seeds were sprouting into saplings. This meant that no new Tambalacoque...
  • Animal Biz Uses Doggies' Love Looks to Make Big Bucks

    08/07/2015 10:46:54 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 2 replies
    Freep | 8/8/2015 | Charles O'Connell
    The images animal-biz solicitors use to get money, are generally not of abused animals. Search for such images, you'll discover that's not what you're being shown. Think about your own experience with dogs: this is not a look of fear or sadness. This image shows a typical dog's feeling of love, affection. It is a complete misrepresentation to portray this as sadness. Animal -biz's couldn't make money with that real images of horrific abuse that you can find by searching for "abused dogs". The love-look, coupled with pathos music and an announcer's sad tone of voice, are what it takes...
  • I need some dog advice

    08/07/2015 2:30:04 PM PDT · by TASMANIANRED · 133 replies
    none | 8/7/15 | tasmanianred
    I need some advice on my dog. I had 2 dogs, both rescues for the past 11 years. They were pups together. Solitare was the best dog in the world. She was a farm lab. No breeding but all character. She was Athletic, loving, smart, funny and exuberant. I lost her Tuesday to metastatic cancer.
  • Does Michelle Obama’s private family safari stand in the way of lion killer’s extradition?

    08/06/2015 7:21:10 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/06/15 | Judi McLeod
    Animal lovers should not wait for Barack Obama to avenge Cecil the Lion's death. Obama knows that it is not only the Walter Palmers of this world who get to go off on safaris Any serious attempts by the Obama administration to extradite Cecil the Lion killer Walter Palmer would be more far more laughable than laudable. When Michelle Obama took herself off on safari at the Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa in June of 2011—with her personal hairdresser and makeup artist in tow—she was hunting publicity rather than big game. But Michelle went off on safari all the...
  • Getting K9 Hunters Back In Shape

    08/06/2015 6:44:46 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 4 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 8/6/2015 | S Haugen
    I sat back inquisitively, watching in amazement as Howard Meyer of Chipewa Kennels and dog trainer, handled his dogs with utmost patience. “C’mon, Violet, get in, get in here,” Meyer encouraged in a soft voice. Sure enough, Violet waded into the water and got into the canoe on her own. As Meyer began paddling across the small river, two other adult dogs followed, swimming by his side. Two pups, eight-month-old brothers, hesitated at first, but their anticipation mounted the further away Meyer and the other dogs got. “C’mon, hop in … C’mon,” Meyer kept enticing the pups in his calm...
  • Roadrunner versus Rattlesnake

    08/03/2015 5:16:14 AM PDT · by Duke C. · 22 replies
    Dang. Roadrunner vs Rattlesnake
  • Search and Rescue Guru Trace Sargent

    07/31/2015 10:14:29 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 1 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 7/31/2015 | Tatiana Whitlock
    Looks can be profoundly deceiving. At first glance, Tracy “Trace” Sargent could easily be a high-powered corporate CEO or lead a marketing firm. This petite Georgia blond with a commanding presence and the charisma and intellect to match, looks like she would fit elegantly at the head of a boardroom. You certainly don’t envision this refined, vibrant woman with a sweet Southern drawl to be out enthusiastically hunting lost persons, getting dirty, crawling through rubble, or chasing down fugitives by moonlight. Yet that is exactly what she has been doing with her K9 partners for over 20 years, gracefully shattering...
  • Judge: 'Efforts to extend legal rights to chimpanzees are thus understandable'

    07/31/2015 5:38:43 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 10 replies
    sgberman.com ^ | 7/31/15 | Steve Berman
    I am not making this up.  A New York judge dismissed a lawsuit by the Nonhuman Rights Project to grant personhood to two chimpanzees, named Hercules and Leo. This isn't the first attempt to grant "human" status to chimps: last year a judge threw out a similar request for a chimp named Tommy.  But the worst part isn't the fact that self-hating humans keep trying to elevate soulless primates and give them equal status with lawyers--it's the judge's reaction.  State Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe wrote this: "Efforts to extend legal rights to chimpanzees are thus understandable; some day they may even...
  • What’s worse: to hunt a lion in Africa or not to care about Africa except when someone hunts a lion?

    07/30/2015 7:15:24 PM PDT · by marktwain · 28 replies
    ideas.aeon.co ^ | 29 July, 2015 | Brigid Hains
    The meaning of an individual animal Among the reasons not to feel outraged about the killing of Cecil the lion are these two: he had a human name and he was a well-known tourist attraction. I say ‘tourist attraction’ instead of 'beloved lion’ because that hackneyed phrase seems to me a concept empty of meaning. How can a lion be wild and be 'beloved’ by people who saw him once from a safari jeep? You don’t earn the right to 'love’ a lion that way. Cecil was a wild lion who was habituated to humans, collared for a biology study,...
  • Man Gives Everything to Care for 12 Military Dogs After Their Return From War

    07/28/2015 7:11:04 PM PDT · by chrisinoc · 15 replies
    American Kennel Club ^ | 7/28/2015 | Liz Donovan
    A dozen four-legged heroes bravely served our country overseas, saving thousands of American lives. But for the past year and a half, they’d been living in limbo at a kennel in Chester, Virginia, while a contract company who purchased the dogs from the Department of Defense tried to place them as therapy dogs. The new job for the dogs never came through, leaving the kennel owner to care for them indefinitely.
  • Adorable moment mom walks in to check on baby daughter

    07/28/2015 12:56:58 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 22 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/28/15 | James Dunn
    She wrote: 'That moment you can't find your dog and you even go outside looking for him...only to walk in the house and find him snuggled up in bed next to your toddler. 'People that say "money can't buy happiness" have never paid an adoption fee. 'Ten years ago I left a rescue with this little guy and I often wonder... who rescued who?
  • The deadly diseases you can innocently catch from animals

    07/22/2015 12:21:43 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 20 replies
    heraldsun.com.au ^ | July 22, 2015 | Herald Sun
    Cats can give people schizophrenia: There is actually a link between people who own cats and mental illnesses, including schizophrenia, and scientists blame Toxoplasma. The instances are still low but studies have found just over half of people with schizophrenia had a cat as a child.
  • Alabama Rabid Bobcat Attack: Rifle makes a Dangerous Club

    07/21/2015 12:48:46 PM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 July, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    A Sardis, Alabama woman, Michelle Russel, was attacked by a rabid bobcat in her front yard on 13 July, 2015.  Her friend, Register, had a .22 rifle in the house, but the cartridges were in a tool shop.  From greenvilleadvocate.com: “I kept yelling, ‘There’s a bobcat out here.’ He immediately got his gun and ran to his tool shop to get bullets,” she said.   Register got the rifle loaded, but not before the cat attacked Michelle: “The cat just full-force jumped in the air and bit my arm. If I had been facing him, he would’ve probably got...
  • CDC issues new warning: don’t snuggle or kiss your family’s pet chickens

    07/17/2015 3:27:31 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 21 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/17/15 | Robert Laurie
    Performing an important public service. I have to admit. I’ve been caught off guard by this. I had no idea that people were keeping chickens as pets. I get raising chickens for eggs. I understand grilling their tasty meat. I was not, however, aware that people think owning a chicken is a lot like owning a cat. Apparently, I’ve been asleep at the switch. It’s a brave new world and chicken-pets are a part of it. But, if you’re thinking it would be tons of fun to see a rooster curled up in a ball at the foot of your...
  • Colorado Man Rescues German Shepherd With Muzzle Taped Shut

    07/13/2015 8:21:43 PM PDT · by chrisinoc · 43 replies
    Little Things.com ^ | July 13, 2015 | Anna Halkidis
    A Colorado man is being hailed a good Samaritan after rescuing an abandoned German shepherd whose muzzle and legs were taped shut. On Saturday, Carl Allen and his friend were on their way to a car dealership when they noticed the pooch stranded on the road. He quickly jumped out of the car in disbelief, calling the scene “terrifying.” At first, the 8-month-old dog was so frightened he began to urinate on himself. Thankfully, a passerby came to help Allen and the two were able to remove the tape.
  • High Heat Measured under Antarctica Could Support Substantial Life

    07/11/2015 12:44:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Scientific American ^ | July 10, 2015 | Douglas Fox
    Nearly a kilometer below the ice scientists have found a Yellowstone-like geothermal glow that could create life-rich subglacial lakes—and lubricate Antarctic ice loss.Temperatures on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet can plummet below –50 degrees Celsius in winter. But under the ice scientists have found intense geothermal heat seeping up from Earth’s interior. The heat production that they measured is nearly four times the global average—“higher than 99 percent of all the measurements made on continents around the world,” says Andrew Fisher, a hydrogeologist at the University of California, Santa Cruz, who worked on the project. This excessive heat could melt...
  • Professor’s Manifesto: Vegans Must Illegally Overthrow Society to Save the World

    07/09/2015 7:41:55 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 43 replies
    NationalReview ^ | July 9, 2015
    Professor’s Manifesto: Vegans Must Illegally Overthrow Society to Save the World by KATHERINE TIMPF July 9, 2015 A professor at the University of Texas at El Paso wrote a manifesto saying that animal-rights activists must rise up and commit “illegal raids” and “sabotage attacks” in order to save the world from a “mass extinction.” In a 2009 piece for the Animal Liberation Front titled “Manifesto for Radical Abolitionism: Total Liberation By Any Means Necessary,” associate professor of philosophy Steven Best says that groups like PETA are just not radical or progressive enough. After all, they work with corporations (boo!) “in...
  • Pit Bull Puppy Weighed Down in Deep Water at Florida Beach

    07/07/2015 2:04:15 PM PDT · by lbryce · 16 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | July 7, 2015 | Adrienne Cutway
    Pit bull with weight attached tied to mangrove, repeatedly dunked in deep water at Florida beach. Witnesses say they recorded video of a man attaching a 20-pound weight to a pit bull puppy then tying it to a mangrove in deep water and repeatedly dunking its head, according to WPTV. Mayda Tress told the TV station she was at Critter Beach in Tequesta with her granddaughter on Friday when she noticed what a man and teenage boy were doing to the puppy.
  • Alien Life On Philae Comet, Scientists Say

    07/06/2015 5:10:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    Sky News ^ | July 6, 2015
    Experts discover dark material is being constantly replenished and say: "Something must be doing that at a fairly prolific rate."Evidence of alien life is "unequivocal" on the comet carrying the Philae probe through space, two leading astronomers have said. The experts say the most likely explanation for certain features of the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet, such as its organic-rich black crust, is the presence of living organisms beneath an icy surface. Rosetta, the European spacecraft orbiting the comet, is also said to have picked up strange "clusters" of organic material that resemble viral particles. But neither Rosetta nor its lander probe, Philae,...
  • AZ: Gun Friendly Rest Stops (and a snake)

    06/23/2015 6:36:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 June, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    I have been doing some traveling the last couple of days, so the output is down.  The scenery has been great, and in getting ready for the trip I encountered the snake pictured above.   I believe it is a red coachwhip, aptly named, as it is so long and slender.  This specimen was about four feet long.  It was sunning itself in a tire track on the way out to the ranch. I find desert wildlife fascinating, and I try not to kill any without good reason.   I stopped, took some pictures, and intimidated the snake off the track...
  • Need Help identifying this Hawk/Raptor ~ Vanity

    06/21/2015 6:09:41 PM PDT · by GraceG · 122 replies
    So across my street there is Hawk or big Raptor type bird that lives in a tree, well this spring it had some hatch-lings and now they are flying around the nearby house shrieking and raising a ruckus, think the momma bird tossed them out of the nest as they can now fly. Wondering if any freeples out there have any idea what sort bird this is, I managed to get some up close pics of them. I need a few questions answered. 1. Will they damage my property? 2. Will they kill the squirrels that actually do damage my...
  • More than 100 New Marine Species Were Just Discovered in the Philippines

    06/21/2015 2:13:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Smithsonian's Smart News ^ | June 19, 2015 | Marissa Fessenden
    The creatures hail from a rarely before explored region of the ocean's water column.Shallow waters can be easily explored by divers and the deep sea is now starting to be scanned by robotic submersibles. But there’s an in between part of the ocean where its too dark for divers to see and too shallow for bots to bother with. The area 150 to 500 feet deep is called the Twilight Zone, at the California Academy of Sciences. And recent expedition to those mysterious waters just off the coast of the Philippines revealed more than 100 new species, reports Grace Singer...
  • Going to Watch Max the Movie? Here’s What You Need to Know about the Belgian Malinois

    06/18/2015 8:16:52 PM PDT · by chrisinoc · 23 replies
    American Kennel Club ^ | 6/18/2015 | Staff Writers
    “Max,” the Warner Brothers movie starring a Belgian Malinois, comes out in theaters June 26th. It is based on the true story of a military working dog named Max that served on the frontlines in Afghanistan with his handler, U.S. Marine Kyle Wincott. After Kyle’s death, Max returns home to the United States to live with Kyle’s grieving family. It’s a tale of healing and redemption, depicting the work of Military Working Dogs -- one of the most important roles that purebred dogs fill in our society. However, the Belgian Malinois is an alert, high-energy breed, and the qualities that...
  • PRayer Request for Buster

    06/16/2015 6:48:44 PM PDT · by Secret Agent Man · 17 replies
    Just a quick prayer request for my Buster boy. It's been a couple months since last tumor was removed. His recovery has been strong and all, but I noticed a lump and thought it might be something bad, or it might be the body building up tissue because he's been able to rest/flop on that part of himself better. Well it is another tumor. Little different than the last ones that were easily extracted. Based on its nature this time our vet recommended against surgery. I still have a couple things I am going to try for him. The side...
  • Our sweet big kitty just died

    06/16/2015 6:38:52 PM PDT · by LonePalm · 98 replies
    LonePalm | 6/16/2015 | LonePalm
    Our sweet big kitty just died peacefully in her sleep after a very short decline. We believe her heart just gave out. There is a big Patches shaped hole in our hearts just at the moment.
  • WE ARE PREGNANT! (the dog, that is)

    06/06/2015 8:53:27 AM PDT · by AnAmericanMother · 41 replies
    6/6/15 | An American Mother
    Well, everybody, I have entertaining news. My Yellow Lab Kate was bred to a very nice Yellow Lab male about 4 weeks ago. Pregnancy confirmed by ultrasound - vet says "at least 7" puppies. Expected whelping date is July 6. Patriotic Puppies on the way . . . This should be a very nice all Yellow litter. Father is 2xGRHRCH, MH and QAA, around 65 pounds and dark yellow. Mother lacks one pass for her HRCH, passed her first Master test easily and has her CGC. 55 pounds and very pale yellow, almost cream colored. Both parents have very calm...
  • Thanks for All Who Pray(ed) for my Buster

    05/31/2015 8:47:11 PM PDT · by Secret Agent Man · 9 replies
    Just wanted to say "thanks" again to all who have prayed in the past for my Buster, and those who still may be doing so. It's been probably about 8 weeks or so since the last surgery, which did go well. Since then I have had him on a new "cocktail" of natural tinctures of various immune-boosting and anticancer herbs and such, along with his normal pain medicine from the vet for his arthritis, and I also give him cold laser treatments for the arthritis as well. I finally got the cocktail of the natural stuff right, I believe, to...
  • Texans are adopting dogs in droves to rescue them from flooded animal shelters

    05/27/2015 8:18:43 PM PDT · by chrisinoc · 4 replies
    The Daily Dot ^ | 5/26/2015 | Dylan Love
    Texas is experiencing massive flooding and there's more rain on the way. Five people are dead, a dozen are missing, and 80,000 are without electricity. But at least one group will be taken care of despite this mayhem: Texas' shelter animals. Animal care facilities have, of course, been affected as well, so area shelters put out the call on social media that they needed help finding dry homes for displaced animals. Austin Animal Center made its adoptions free in order to get these pets out of the unsatisfactory conditions caused by the weather.
  • Kenyan lawyer offers livestock to wed Obama's daughter

    05/26/2015 10:03:35 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 57 replies
    news.yahoo.com ^ | May 26, 2015 | AFP
    A Kenyan lawyer has offered US president Barack Obama 50 cows and other assorted livestock in exchange for his 16-year old daughter Malia's hand in marriage, a report said Tuesday. Felix Kiprono said he was willing to pay 50 cows, 70 sheep and 30 goats in order to fulfil his dream of marrying the first daughter. "I got interested in her in 2008," Kiprono said, in an interview with The Nairobian newspaper. At that time President Obama was running for office for the first time and Malia was a 10-year-old. "As a matter of fact, I haven't dated anyone since...
  • Canada: Man Killed by Bear in British Columbia

    05/16/2015 1:05:46 PM PDT · by marktwain · 40 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Picture from From facebook.com/wardho Ward and Jami   A young Canadian was killed in what appears to be a predatory black bear attack in British Columbia, near Mckenzie, Canada.  From vancouverson.com: O'Connor slept outdoors Saturday night while his fiancée slept in their motorhome. After O'Connor's fiancée woke up Sunday she exited the motorhome, realized something was wrong and went to get help, said McLintock, in a news release. When RCMP and conservation officers arrived, they shot and killed one lone wolf and one male black bear that was about 300 pounds in weight.   300 pound black bear in...
  • Orphaned Kodiak brown bear cubs rescued by hunting guide

    05/09/2015 2:18:27 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 10 replies
    Alaska Dispatch ^ | Megan Edge
    Three 4-month-old Kodiak brown bear cubs were dehydrated, starving, cold, wet, exhausted and unprotected when a well-known hunting guide rescued them and put them up in his own cabin. Without his help, Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist Nate Svoboda said, the bears “probably wouldn’t have lasted another day.” On May 1, the cubs’ mother was killed by an unguided hunter, Fish and Game said. Alaska Wildlife Troopers are investigating the sow’s death. Although brown bear hunting in Kodiak is open through mid-May, it is never legal to kill a sow with cubs.
  • FL: Grandfather, bit by Family Pit Bull, borrows 9mm to Save 63-Year-Old Roommate

    05/09/2015 6:16:11 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The initial attack caused these wounds. In Florida, a savage dog attack reinforced the efficacy of firearms for personal defense.  In this case, the person who used the firearm did not even own it.  He had been attacked by his Grandson's dog, and had jumped over a fence to escape the attack.   While there, he heard screaming at his house, and discovered that the pit bull was now attacking his roommate, David Brasher, who was 63 years old.  From wpbf.com: David Brashear was taken to Lawnwood Regional Hospital with severe bites and lacerations on his arms. He was listed...
  • B Troop finally comes home.

    05/05/2015 7:34:27 AM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Robert Charette
    Despite its esteemed perch among Fort Huachuca’s decorated iconography, it wasn’t until just last Friday when the 4th Cavalry Regiment B Troop could finally have a place to call home. “For all those years, B Troop never really had its own facility,” B Troop program coordinator Christopher Zimmerman said in his introductory remarks to an assorted crowd in front of the 4th Cavalry’s pristine new horse stables.
  • 14 Most Intelligent Dog Breeds

    05/02/2015 7:53:29 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 116 replies
    Puppy Lover News ^ | Ashleigh-Dawn Watson
    When one is looking to bring home a dog, one of the things that factors into the decision is their intelligence. Finding out the intelligence level of specific dog breeds is important in terms of how easily a dog can be trained and how obedient and responsive they will be based on their ability to understand commands, which will give one the best chance of having a happy life with their new pet as opposed to having it be an added stress. Dogs with the highest levels of intelligence are very well-suited for work as service dogs for those with...
  • Pearland ignores own law/Cruz couldn't care less about me/Then Mod Strikes me with ZOT

    04/24/2015 10:02:54 AM PDT · by CraigHenry · 145 replies
    Personal experience | 04/24/2015 | CraigHenry
    The City of Pearland, TX completely ignored its own code of ordinances in order to assess a fine against me over an animal I never owned. I proved my case in open court, but my evidence was ignored. I e-mailed Ted Cruz because he purports to be a champion of citizens' rights and principles. I asked for his help, but he couldn't even trouble himself to respond let alone offer any assistance. I guess he only supports individuals who can help fill his campaign coffers. Yessir, your tax dollars at work. Makes me proud to be a Texas conservative voter.
  • Dog Flu Sweeping Through Chicago

    04/15/2015 6:54:18 PM PDT · by EBH · 24 replies
    Radio Pet Lady ^ | 4/15/2015
    Have you heard about the brand new H3N2 dog flu sweeping through Chicago and sickening and killing dogs? It may actually be worse than you think: round-the-clock testing has unveiled that this heretofore unknown canine influenza was originally an avian flu that made a “mammalian adaptation” and has been infecting dogs and cats in Asia since 2007. Now it is here in the epicenter of the U.S. Will it sweep across the country and endanger dogs everywhere? Will this deadly flu become like the bird flu in Asia and the swine flu in England, both of which did transform into...
  • MT: Denied a Jury Trial, Man found Guilty of "Illegal" Grizzly Killings with a .22

    04/10/2015 3:59:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 57 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    In this case in Montana, a man, Dan Calvert Wallen, who shot three grizzly bears who were repeatedly raiding his property and killing his chickens, was denied a trial by jury, and convicted by the judge of illegally "taking" an unlawful species.  The penalty for each offense is up to six months in jail and a $25,000 fine. What is clear to anyone that studies bear problems, is that these were problem bears, and would have to be dealt with sooner or later.   The Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks service had attempted to trap the bears but had failed...
  • Prayer Request - Buster

    04/08/2015 8:07:51 AM PDT · by Secret Agent Man · 16 replies
    Please if you are moved, I ask for a prayer request for my Buster. He has a tumor surgery this morning. It appears to be a clear, easy removal, and he's strong, and we have a great vet and anesthesiologist, but prayer always helps. We are praying for an excellent surgery with no problems, that everyone who works with him does well and is blessed, and that he comes out very well and recovers well and quickly.
  • Steak eating contest – man vs dog [4 minute video]

    04/08/2015 8:00:41 AM PDT · by grundle · 13 replies
    YouTube ^ | March 19, 2015 | Furious Pete
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzZDa5c1Otg
  • Ohio police trained to reduce lethal force used on dogs

    04/07/2015 5:26:29 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 17 replies
    WLKY.com ^ | 04/07/2015
    DAYTON, Ohio —A southwest Ohio police department is implementing mandatory training for reducing lethal force used on dogs. Dayton's 300 police officers are receiving the training on how to approach and handle dogs as the weather warms up and calls regarding lose or aggressive dogs increase. The Dayton Daily News reports 49 dogs have been shot by Dayton police since 2011. The shootings occurred during a variety of calls, including domestic violence incidents, drug raids and reports of loose or aggressive dogs. An animal control supervisor with the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center says the training teaches officers ways to...
  • Our Lives and Freedoms Matter More Than Progressive Propaganda

    04/04/2015 5:13:49 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/04/15 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Progressives do not realize in their monumental ignorance that they are supporting dark forces that will imprison them and eventually kill them for the very liberties they are falsely claiming that are under attack. The regime’s mainstream media purposefully ignores the latest renewable energy news and events while bombarding us non-stop with gay issues, Christian bashing, manufactured “white privilege” stretching to the nude color of bras and Band-Aids, and “black lives matter” idiotic disruptions of restaurant patrons around the country, patrons that have nothing to do with the black on black crime in areas such as Chicago. Mark Duchamp, Chairman...
  • Help for male cats with urinary tract issues *VANITY*

    03/17/2015 9:06:56 AM PDT · by rarestia · 90 replies
    My Noggin ^ | 17 March 2015 | The Rarest
    I'm hoping the FR community can help me with a seemingly chronic feline issue. I have two boys, Luke and Drake, who are from the same litter. They are very different cats. A few years ago, Luke developed urinary crystals. He was straining to urinate, would squat on everything, and he was generally irritable. Vet gave us anti-spasmatics to keep him from trying to urinate excessively and antibiotics to clear up any infections. After a few weeks, his symptoms cleared up, and he seemed better. Two weeks later, he started again, we put him through the same regimen, and this...
  • Mountain Lion Shot: Death Necessary

    03/17/2015 8:15:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    A young mountain lion had taken up residence under a farm porch in Nebraska.  Nebraska has a growing population of lions.  As with most predators, when the young reach adolescence, they are driven from the territories of their parents.  The choice is stark, the proverbial natural order without food stamps, or magical lemonade springs.  Find their own territory with enough prey animals to kill and eat; or starve.  Most starve. This lion was a bit smaller than most adolescents.  Perhaps its mother had been killed in a fight with another lion, or had been fatally wounded by a deer...
  • Alabama teens accused of beheading pups and posting killing to Snapchat

    03/11/2015 7:38:53 AM PDT · by TexasCajun · 37 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | March 10, 2015 | Penny Eims
    Two Alabama teens are accused of committing a heinous crime of animal cruelty against three stray puppies and posting the disturbing deed to Snapchat, reported Tuesday's WFSA News. The Wilcox County teens, 18-year-old Ashley Johnston and an unnamed 17-year-old male teen, are accused of throwing the pups into the air and then slashing their heads off with a machete. The teens effectively outed themselves when they uploaded cell phone images to social media and a disturbed viewer reported the crime to the local authorities. According to the police, Johnston recorded the 17-year-old throwing the pups into the air and then...