joi, 11 octombrie 2007

Baby killed by Rottweiler

I know I was supposed to write only great things about dogs, but this story made me so sad! I used to have a big boxer before I gave birth to my son, but he was untrained and he didn't listen to anyone. So I feared for my son's life and I gave away my beloved boxer to someone with a house and yard. Now my son is almost 11 months old and we have a wonderful French bulldog puppy who is my son's best friend.

Kylie Cox was mauled and killed by a 120 pound Rottweiler at a home that her mother had gone to for a visit.
This days little Kylie would have turned 4 months old.
Her little life was cut short by a horrible unforeseen accident on Wed.
Kylie's mother, Alexis Cox, was planning to have a small birthday party for her daughter's four month birthday.
Instead this young mother spent yesterday making funeral arrangements for her baby girl.

"She was a very happy baby," Alexis Cox said in a phone interview Thursday. "She was always smiling."
The baby was taken to a friends home Wednesday afternoon.
Shortly after they arrived the baby started to cry. A friend was watching the baby while Cox left the room to warm a bottle for the baby. As the friend was taking Kylie out of the car seat the dog attacked the baby.
According to the police there were about 12 people in the home that tried to pull the dog off the baby.
So far no charges have been filed against the dog's owner.
That decision will not be made until the people that were at the home are interviewed.
The dog is to be euthanized.

marți, 9 octombrie 2007

Dog fighting

Researchers estimate that over 40,000 people in the United States of America are associated with professional dogfighting, a felonious blood sport with fight purses well over $100,000.

The American Pit Bull Terrier is the most popular fighting dog because it was bred to recognize other dogs as adversaries, and selectively trained for its specific fighting abilities. The were also bred to be very friendly with people so they could be manageable in the pit.

Dogfighting is a crime in all 50 states. As of the writing of this article, dog fighting is a felony in every state except Idaho and Wyoming where it is a misdemeanor. It must be pointed out that even in most states where dog fighting is a felony, it is perfectly legal to own a fighting dog and perfectly legal to be a spectator a dog fight.

In May of 2007, President Bush signed into federal law a bill that strengthened dog fighting at the federal level. The law bans interstate commerce, import and export related to animal fighting activities. Offenders of the new law can be sentenced to three years in jail and subject to a $250,000 fine. Before this bill the maximum time in jail was one year.

Unfortunately, irregardless of the laws, dogfighting in the United States remains big business.

miercuri, 3 octombrie 2007

Dogs are good for children

Although many children grow up without a dog or other family pet, for many, it is considered a ritual of passage to have a family dog. Having a family pet can provide warm memories for years to come.

Of course, if you want to get a dog for your child, you should do your homework first so that you choose a suitable breed. The breed should be gentle, patient, and not prone to bite. If possible, it should also be patient with a little bit of rough handling, such as small children can do, and it should most certainly be amenable to a certain amount of noise.

In fact, dogs can even play an essential role in child development. If you give a young child the responsibility for a family pet (even if you keep a close watch to make sure that responsibility is met so that the dog is well taken care of) this can help instill a sense of maturity and pride in a job well done. And of course, if the child loves the dog, this only helps motivate him or her further to take good care of him.

Certain breeds are better for children than others. In fact, certain breeders have tried to selectively breed dogs specifically for their calm temperament and placid nature around children. One example of this is the mastiff. An English mastiff is generally very tolerant. It can handle a lot of rough play before it shows any signs of aggression. And in general, it does not bite even if provoked. Pointers are also very peaceful, although they are very playful and may be harmful without meaning to be to very young children. Still a third very patient and devoted breed suitable for young children is the St. Bernard, although again because of its large size, care should be taken around very small children. Simply because it is so large, it could hurt a very small child without meaning to at all.

Certain breeds are better for very rambunctious children who like to play outside. Examples of this include the Labrador, Dalmatian and American Eskimo dog. For children who prefer the indoors, the St. Bernard or mastiff is a cozy companion.

With a little homework and your own personal knowledge of your child, you should have no problem choosing a pet for your child. Of course, simply going down to the Humane Society and choosing a dog from the pound that shows a patient temperament may also be a good idea, and you'll give a homeless puppy a loving place to grow up. Of course, you can also choose a well-behaved, patient adult dog if you don't want to deal with the house training and teething issues that come with puppies. If necessary, you can enroll your puppy in obedience school to provide the proper training, or if you have the time and patience, you can do it yourself. If your child is a little older, beginning at about the age of nine, he or she can also train a dog, and this will only further increase his or her sense of pride and responsibility to the new family pet. Just make sure that your child has the patience to train lovingly, since violence is never a good option when disciplining or otherwise training your dog. Firm, loving behavior is the best way to go.