Sago Palm

25 06 2009

Please Crosspost this from one of Jake’s incoming emails today:

Greetings from the Burnt Hills Veterinary Hospital .

Our goal is to make our clients the most educated pet owners in the community.

Recently the home improvement stores have stocked their shelves with a plant called the “Sago Palm”. This is a decorative houseplant that you may be tempted to

If your pets ingest ANY part of this plant it will cause liver failure. Even with aggressive veterinary treatment 70% of these pets will die. We implore you to keep your household free of this plant. We are devastated when we are unable to help your pets.

Go to our website and get a look at this plant.

Jake’s owner writes to The Honorable Tobias Read

18 03 2009

The Honorable Tobias Read
Oregon House of Representatives
900 Court Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
Re: Please oppose HB 2470
Dear Representative Read:

I am writing to you as a constituent who is very concerned about animal legislation. I recently learned that HB 2470 has been introduced, which imposes stringent new regulations for dog breeders. I urge you to oppose this misguided approach.

The new kennel standards would be impossible for hobby breeders who raise their dogs as house pets to meet and would actually mean lowering the conditions under which they keep their dogs.

Eliminating substandard kennels is a worthwhile goal, but this bill stretches way beyond that goal and targets all breeders, good and bad, large and small.

Responsible breeders should be treated as partners in helping to improve kennel standards and eliminate bad breeders, but this bill threatens to alienate the very community that can help most.

Thank you for working with responsible dog owners and responsible breeders in order to best serve the dog/s we own and love.

I hope I can count on you to oppose HB 2470.


18 03 2009

Attention all Oregon NAIA members and dog owners! National Animal Interest Lobby Day has been rescheduled to coincide with the next hearing on Oregon HB 2470, the HSUS supported bill to impose unreasonable and ineffective new regulations on dog ownership and breeding. We are now asking all Oregon NAIA members to join us in Salem on Monday, March 30th for a day of lobbying and testifying on the most critical issues for animal owners.

Oregon HB 2470 is anticipated to receive its second hearing and a possible vote at 3:00 pm that day in the House Consumer Protection Committee. We strongly feel that we can make the greatest impact by combining our lobbying efforts with especially high turnout at the hearing.

NAIA recently participated in two work group meetings called by the Consumer Protection Committee in an attempt to address our many concerns and get the parties supporting and opposing to agree on a rewrite of the bill. Unfortunately, no consensus was reached, and HB 2470 is still likely to contain an arbitrary number cap on intact dogs, unworkable engineering and care standards, and misguided lemon law provisions. NAIA has made it clear that their goal is to identify a realistic, enforceable way to help eliminate substandard kennels that won’t unfairly target and punish responsible breeders. The message to convey on March 30th will be that responsible animal owners want to support legislation that punishes unethical breeders, and NAIA has an alternative solution that we can all stand behind.

NAIA Oregon Lobby Day
Monday, March 30, 2009
9:30 a.m.
Oregon State Capitol
Conference Room 350

Oregon HB 2470 contains strict new regulations that threaten to seriously undermine the ability to responsibly breed dogs in our state. Not surprisingly, it closely resembles HSUS anti-breeder legislation that has shown up in several other states, including neighboring Washington, so far this year. HB 2470 is sponsored by Representatives Paul Holvey and Sara Gelser and Senators Peter Courtney and Vicki Walker.

Heads up in Texas and California!

13 03 2009

     All of you in Texas had best get busy…you are facing Mandatory Spay Neuter of ALL dogs as of September 1, 2009.  The animal rights people have wormed their way into your government, in order to further their agenda, and they don’t care whose constitutional rights are trampled on. 

   The time is NOW, to let your government officials know just how you feel about this kind of legislation! Texas SB 1845 has been filed and will be heard in the Senate before the end of next week.  See RPOA Texas Outreach for additional ways to keep the over reaching piece of legislation from passing.  BTW, just because you might not live in Texas doesn’t mean you can ignore this.  Perhaps a donation to the RPOA PayPal account would be in order?  Definitely contact all your Texas friends.

   There is ONE very narrow exemption for show dogs…and only then with a permit………the proposed price for a permit to keep an intact animal is $300 (each)…….
    This bill has subsections with completely NEW language (Section 828)………and if this passes,Texas can probably wave goodbye to most of the purebred dog population.
      Yes, it seems impossible………..but if y’all Texans don’t raise the devil with your elected State officials………after September 1, prepare to spay and neuter EVERYTHING…………

    Now as for you pet owners in California, here comes Ca SB 250, and borrowing a  quote PetPac “Regardless of what the bill says, or what the proponents say, their intent is to wipe out intact dogs and cats, and by so doing, wipe out all dogs and cats.”  Also in this bill we note the term “custodian” is used in the bill but is not defined in the legislation or within the existing Food and Agriculture Code. This term is simply another word for “guardian.” The appropriate term is “owner” rather than “guardian” when referring to the keeping of dogs. The use of “guardian” may in fact reduce the legal status and value of dogs as property and thereby restrict the rights of owners.  We, the people, are owners, plain and simple.  We may call our dogs family, and indeed we should treat them as part of the family circle, but nonetheless, they are our property.  We are their owners, knowing full well that with that right must come responsibility.  CA SB 250 actually does not address the real issue of responsibility and in fact may cause more problems than it could possibly resolve.  It does not address the fundamental reasons that animals are surrendered, or assist those pet owners who are losing their homes and jobs. This measure will only increase the burdens on animal control departments in California.  Please contact your State Senator and ask him or her to oppose SB 250!

       Note Oregon HB 2470 is already in process!

Ignorance is bliss until it affects you!

12 03 2009

Received in today’s email with permission to use, this topic is too important not only for the dog or dogs you own today but especially for those you hope to own tomorrow. Rights to own, to show, to train your dog/s could disappear. There would be no more Canine Good Citizens tests for dogs to participate in worthy programs such as Delta Society Service and Therapy dogs, no Angel on a Leash, or dogs for the blind or assistance dogs. There would be no dog at your heels, at your feet, playing with your children or grandkids. Eventually there would be no dogs working in drug detection, bomb detection, search and rescue or your local police “Canine Unit.” Animal “Rights” groups have the ultimate goal of eliminating dog ownership altogether.

The following is from Linda Witouski, AKC judge, Delegate, Legislative Liaison. Read on:

We would think that we would learn from history, but most unfortunately, history doesn’t seem to be a popular subject among the dog fancy.

From the article — written in 2002:

I know dog owners are probably finding all of this Legislative hoopla hard to believe, and some of you probably think that the AKC should be fighting this battle for you, but it is impossible for them to be on top of every state. If you think that legislation denying you your right to breed, own or show dogs doesn’t have a chance in the U.S., think of the Scots and their beloved Foxhunting. How long have the people in Scotland and neighboring countries been foxhunting? It is now banned in Scotland and barely on life support in all other areas. Why, you ask – what happened… how could the politicians do that?

The animal rightists continually pushed and forced the debate until their thoughts and beliefs were THE political issue….and the Foxhound Fanciers were not ready for it. They were not prepared! They thought the AR’s would just give up and go away. They laughed about it … they thought that somebody else was taking care of the problem … didn’t think it was important….so, they gathered their dogs, jumped on their horses and went – foxhunting…..!! Why, who would ever even imagine that the foxhound sport that has been around since dirt could be attacked by a bunch of ‘fanatics’ who would win? But, win they did!

At the end of the day’s hunt on the day of the ban, when the Foxhunters returned, they were arrested, dogs were confiscated. And all of Scotland was quiet.

Anybody want to take bets on how long it will be before the first ban of a dog/cat show takes place and people begin to lose their own dogs? No bets? How about betting on how long it takes before the U.S. is overrun with anti-dog, anti-cat, anti-animal legislation? Everybody needs to sit up and pay attention! The animal rights movement is coming and when it does, it will come hard and fast!

The dog showing fancy have always thought of themselves as better than the average dog, and though they may well be for a variety of reasons – commercial facilities have a right to exist too. “Puppy mill and commercial breeders have been fighting anti-animal legislation for many years and it’s time the showing/owning fancy get with the program before it’s too late. People need to set aside their feelings about others and concentrate on saving their rights – our rights – working together. Those that make disrespectful comments about others, who joke and laugh about legislative issues and point fingers at the “puppy mills” should take heed of the lesson to be learned in Foxhunting. I would be willing to bet that very few bother to check legislative issues in their town or state. I assure you, this agenda against our rights will move from state to state, for those who would see us dogless will be relentless in their quest. What will you do when it comes to your town? What would you give to be able to regain the freedom of choice you will have lost?

Fast forward to the present — 2008:

I wrote the above in 2002, and it’s alarming that many still don’t find it important enough to assist in politics and legislative issues. Make no mistake – we are surrounded. The Animal Right Movement is even worse now than in 2002. If you take note of the legislation being passed around the country, outlaying and coastal states are being coerced into stricter laws. California, Texas, New Mexico, Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Wisconsin are currently being besieged with bad legislation and notably, they create a net that surrounds the remainder of the U.S. Results there cause an “inward” push into the traditional heartland of our country. Once outlying coastal states are acquired, they will continue to push inland until there is no where to run.

Those that have been working legislation for many years have become very good at combating poor legislation, but, just like the Spartans at Thermopylae, the opposition is in the millions and sooner or later our phalanx will fail. It should be the opposite since we are the ones that care about animals, the dogs, and the sport.

***People don’t realize that the Animal Rights movement has nothing to do with the welfare of the animals – genuine animal welfare is being sacrificed for a political victory over animal owners.***

As the Foxhunting lesson taught us – a movement’s means create its ends… so, the next time you think none of this will affect you or your dog, or that “it’ll never pass” – think about Foxhunting – and if you still decide to “do nothing”, know that you will have become a part of that movement meant to create its ends.

Every club, organization and dog owner needs to rise up and take their place in the phalanx. We need to be visiting schools and promoting our political position rather than allowing Animal Rights public education programs to infiltrate school systems. We need to encourage young people who have a love for animals to join us by taking them under our wing. We need to offer assistance to those who have been injured by some dog in Small Town, USA. We need public service announcements to advertise both local dog clubs and responsible ownership, offering free “responsible ownership” classes to parents and children.

Most importantly, we need to know our politicians by creating voting alliances in every state and let those in politics know that we are watching them. We need to make our presence known, and what we stand for by introducing ourselves to local governments, even if it means assisting with some other issue that is non animal related – something that is near and dear to a politician that you helped them with will go far when you need it. (It wouldn’t hurt to run for a political position either!)

There are a million other ideas that clubs, officers, members and owners can come up with if they would only take the time to sit down, discuss, and then DO it….before it’s too late!

That is, unless, of course, you are all out …. Foxhunting.

*L*- Linda Witouski, AKC judge, Delegate, Legislative Liaison

Oregon HB 2470 Scheduled for Hearing Monday

20 02 2009

What we object to most of all in Oregon HB 2470 is the following:

Exempts shelters, veterinarians, pet stores and research facilities from new standards of care.”

Join the NAIA Trust to stay abrest of this and many other issues that will ulitmately impact every household that owns or wishes to own a dog, cat, or other domestic animals. Note their Mission Statement:

The Mission of NAIA Trust is to promote the welfare of animals, strengthen the human-animal bond and safeguard the rights of responsible animal owners, enthusiasts and professionals through education, legislation and the courts.”  On the Legislative page of NAIA Trust is a plea to “help us educate the committee.”  We must take action now.

The key word here is “responsible.”   Do you really feel that pet stores selling the cute little puppy in the window can in any way be defined as “responsible?”  Rarely, if ever.  Nor are many other sources of your next dog.  Oregon HB 2470 Scheduled for Hearing Monday exempts those who are most in need of strict regulation.

The human animal bond is a strong one, as these photos of John and Jake clearly demonstrates. Eliminate the responsible breeders and dogs the quality of Jake will fade from the landscape.

Close Connections

Close Connections

And then another of my favorites:

They Have these Conversations

They Have these Conversations

The bond between these two is clearly obvious!

Close Communication

Close Communication

Insanity in New Hampshire

14 02 2009

The New Hampshire legislation is among the most restrictive anti-hobbyist bills we have ever seen. It was presented in the House Environment and Agriculture committee today for a hearing. Dog owners were not informed of the hearing, and the results have not been made available. The legislation is scheduled to move out of committee following an executive session on February 19.

House Bill 337 would:

· Allow New Hampshire residents to sell only one dog or cat a year.

· Allow a maximum of no more than two additional sales by a special permit, for $25 apiece. No one could receive more than two special permits.

· Impose fines of $50 to $200 would be imposed. All permit fee revenues and fines would be placed in a special fund for spaying and neutering pets.

· Only large commercial kennels are exempt.(what is the definition and why can large kennels be approved over the hobby breeder?)

Here is a link to the actual text of the legislation:

The American Sporting Dog Alliance is urging all New Hampshire dog owners to immediately contact each member of this committee and express strong opposition. It is critical to do this quickly, before the February 19 executive session.

Here is a link to the names of each member of the committee.

Clicking on a name will bring up a page with contact information for
surface mail, fax and email.