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Pothead Poodles?

Marijuana2-300x284What do you think about the following article that recently appeared in Reuters?

“A Nevada lawmaker proposed a bill in the state legislature on Tuesday that would grant ailing pets access to medical marijuana.

The measure, put forward by Democrat Tick Segerblom, would let owners obtain the drug for their animals if a veterinarian confirmed it ” may mitigate the symptoms or effects” of a chronic or debilitating medical condition.

The proposed bill also includes provisions related to medical marijuana use among humans, including new regulations for dispensaries and dropping penalties for motorists found driving with the drug in their system.

The proposal comes as a growing number of U.S. states have relaxed marijuana laws. Nevada is one of 23 states where medical marijuana is legal, and voters have approved the drug for recreational use in four states and Washington, D.C.

Public opinion has also shifted dramatically toward legalizing marijuana in recent years. Some 46 percent of Americans support full legalization of marijuana, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling.” ~ (Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

How does the above jive with the animal poison hotline which states that Marijuana is poisonous to our dogs and cats? 

Our fur friends can be adversely affected just by the second hand smoke, let alone when curious pets eat products that irresponsible owners leave lying around. The poison hotline indicates that a pet suffering from THC poisoning should be taken for immediate medical treatment.

I would certainly not want to subject any fur friend in my care to the long list of adverse side effects associated with inhaling the smoke or eating any products laced with THC that could cause death, and which the Pet Poison Helpline says include:

•    Severe depression
•    Walking drunk
•    Lethargy
•    Coma
•    Low heart rate
•    Low blood pressure
•    Respiratory depression
•    Dilated pupils
•    Coma
•    Hyperactivity
•    Vocalization
•    Seizures

Perhaps this Nevada lawmaker is more concerned with soliciting votes of the Mary Jane public by appealing to those who also have pets in the home.

Asia Moore
, Author & Dog Whisperer
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Elderly Women With Big Hearts Feed 1300 Homeless Dogs

china-1300-stray-dogA small group of senior ladies in China get up every morning at 4am to feed over 1300 stray dogs.

The dogs all receive about 400kg of food hand fed by the ladies themselves. The make shift dog shelter is a passion of the ladies.

The dogs receive care and attention all the way down to their nails being trimmed.

The facility is kept clean and while information regarding their spay/neuter policy hasn’t been released, the shelter relies solely on donations from the public and these ladies dedicating everyday of their life.

Despite the occasional nip and bite from the dogs, these ladies love the dogs and treat them like family.” ~ Three Million Dogs

P.S. let’s hope that this truly is a story of caring and compassion, and that these dogs don’t eventually end up on the dinner table.

Asia Moore, Author and Dog Whisperer
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Beautiful Doberman Puppies

If you and your family are wanting to share your home with a new Doberman puppy, you’ll want to contact Sadie at Ravenhill Dobermans.

The latest litter of lovely puppies (15 in total) are ten females and five males, brown and black in colour. As at June 2nd they have had their tails and dew claws done and first vaccinations.

If you’re a member, you will save $150. off the standard fee of $1,150.

All those interested in giving these beautiful Doberman puppies a loving home will want to call Sadie and set a time for viewing and if you live on Vancouver Island, this will mean a trip to Maple Ridge (a trip well worth the effort) where you will get to meet Sadie and all the Dobie clan, plus all the other wonderful creatures who share her lovely farm setting.

Tell Sadie that Boris sent you and that he and his humans fondly remember the weekend they spent at Ravenhill Dobermans.

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What is a Dangerous Dog?

jackrussellsnarlAlthough there are certainly many varying ideas amongst the human population about what constitutes a “dangerous dog”, for those living within the Capital Regional District, there is a very specific Bylaw (No. 1465) that might surprise you.

The CRD Bylaw quite clearly defines a dangerous dog as being any animal that has attacked or bitten, attempted to attack or bite or chased any person, or animal or wildlife; but excludes any attack by a dog on other animals or wildlife engaged in molesting livestock.”

If you think that your dog falls under this definition or you’re not sure, it’s long past the time that you became proactive about it and hired a professional to help you before the unthinkable happens and your dog is ordered destroyed by the Provincial Court or before you find yourself fined up to $2,000. and/or imprisoned for five years. You can also be charged with criminal negligence if you fail to control your dog that has any sort of “vicious propensity”.

You might also be surprised to learn which canine breeds are deemed to be amongst the top 15 most dangerous.

Although any breed of canine has the propensity to become dangerous if not properly trained, and/or under the control of the wrong human, and any breed also has the ability to be the most loving companion when it’s particular needs are fulfilled, there are breeds that rank higher on the scale when it comes down to them possessing a more natural propensity to fall into the “danger” category.  Owners should always do their research and be aware of the natural tendencies of a particular breed when choosing a family pet, and even more so if you may be a first time dog owner because “cute” is not always the best choice.

According to a recent study carried out by the University of Pennsylvania who surveyed 6,000 dog owners, researchers determined that the breed who was the “most dangerous”, ranking #1 out of 15, is the Dachshund. This German breed was originally “designed” by humans to hunt badgers (Dachs meaning badger) and badgers can be very viscious creatures. Researchers discovered that “one out of every five Dachshunds have bitten or tried to bite strangers and a similar number have attacked other dogs…”, while one in 12 have even display aggressive tendencies toward their owners.

If you’re thinking that the #2 dog on the list is probably a Pit Bull or Doberman, according to this study, you’d be wrong, because Chihuahuas have “similar statistics to Dachshunds when it comes to biting strangers, their owners or other dogs.”

And another dog which you might not guess, that ranks in the #3 position, is the Jack Russell Terrier.

Most people assume that the dangerous dogs are the big ones, such as the Dobermans, Rottweilers or Pit Bull types, when in fact the smaller dogs can certainly inflict a great deal of damage simply because they are small, tenacious and fast.

As well, it’s usually the larger breeds that are at the top of the doggy hit list because when a large breed attacks, simply because their mouth and teeth are larger, the wounds they create are larger and the attack itself usually much more traumatic for dog and human concerned that it’s generally the larger dog attacks that get reported. Because medical data is used as a basis for much dog attack research it then inaccurately appears that most attacks are from larger dogs.

We humans tends to give way too much leeway to a smaller, cuter-looking dog and will generally allow these cuties to get away with bad behavior that there would be no question of tolerating if they were a larger breed. In fact many of us humans laugh and think it’s “funny” to see a very small dog displaying signs of aggression because they just don’t see this pint sized pup as any sort of real threat.

If you are curious about which breeds are genetically more likely to become dangerous dogs if they are not properly trained, here is the list of the top 15, deemed by this study to be the most dangerous dogs, in alphabetical order, after the top 3.

Dachshund, Chihuahua, Jack Russell Terrier, (4) Akita Inu; (5) Bull Mastiff; (6) Chow Chow; (7) Dalmatian; (8) German Shepherd; (9) Giant Schnauzer; (10) Llahsa Apso; (11) Miniature Pinscher; (12) Old English Sheepdog; (13) Papillion; (14) Pit Bull; (15) Rottweiler.

Remember, just as all dogs can be great dogs when you humans give them what they need to be happy and fulfilled, all dogs, no matter what the size, also can become very dangerous dogs and it’s the responsibility of the human who adopts the dog to make certain they take whatever steps may be necessary to keep everyone safe.

Written by Dog Whispering

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