• Possibly the smallest puppy on the world fights for survival (0) March 23, 2012
    Lisa Van Dyke / El Dorado DOG Photography

    Lisa Van Dyke / El Dorado DOG Photography

    It’s on the news today. This tiny puppy, named Beyonce, is two weeks old and possibly the smallest puppy on the world. She comes from a litter rescued from an imminent euthanasia in a California shelter.

    The mom was found after being abandoned by its owners and fortunately was taken by rescue group called The Grace Foundation where Beyonce and its litter mates are receiving all the attention they deserve. Beyonce is clearly the smallest of her siblings, but at two weeks she has jumped from 1 ounce to 4.3 ounces.

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  • Great update from Harper - the survivor puppy (0) March 23, 2012

    A few days ago msnbc published a follow-up story about Harper, the puppy who 6 months ago was rescued from a garbage bag and immediately diagnosed with an irreparable condition called swimmer puppy disorder. The disorder made him stay flat on the ground paralyzed and not being able to hold his head up. Medical professionals would not give him a chance to live but his foster mom believed in his strength and fighting spirit.

    With dedicated help and therapy, today, Harper is a normal dog who runs, plays tug-of-war and lives a happy life with his foster-turned-permanent family.

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  • More strict measures against irresponsible breeding in British dog show (0) March 11, 2012

    To the delight of  dogs and people who advocate for humane breeding practices, the British Kennel Club rolled out a new policy this year for their renowned Crufts Dog Show. Under this policy winners of the Best of Breed competitions from Crufts 2012 onwards are required to go through health examinations performed by the show veterinary surgeon before their award is confirmed. According to Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secreteary, “The veterinary checks were introduced to ensure that dogs with exaggerated features do not win prizes”.

    The policy, which came into effect on March 1st, is directed towards the 15 high profile breeds: Basset Hound, Bloodhound, Bulldog, Chow Chow, Clumber Spaniel, Dogue De Bordeaux, German Shepherd Dog, Mastiff, Neapolitan Mastiff, Pekingese, Shar Pei, St Bernard, French Bulldog, Pug and Chinese Crested.

    In this case, a Clumber Spaniel, a Bulldog and a Pekingese were disqualified because of visible signs of non-standard features that may affect their health.

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  • The UK to ban the use of wild animals in circuses (0) March 6, 2012

    And this is a story of a civilized society whose lawmakers are admirably interested in the legal respect of innocent wild animals.

    The UK government has announced that “travelling circuses will be banned from using wild in their shows”. It is now a priority for the ministers to put in place new legislation that will strictly regulate the use of wild animals like tigers, zebras, camels and snakes in their performances. Circus owners will be required to hold a valid license, meet specific well-being standards and have retirement plans in place.

    In the words of Animal welfare minister Lord Taylor: “There is no place in today’s society for wild animals being used for our entertainment in travelling circuses. Wild animals deserve our respect.”

    You can read more in The Guardian’s coverage of this note.

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  • Dog survives 53 days on the wild (0) March 6, 2012

    A 4-year-old Shetland sheepdog who had disappeared during a fatal car accident where one of his two owners died, surprised the entire world after he was found alive in the Nevada desert 53 days after he had gone missing.

    Barbara Bagley survived the accident and had a very difficult time mourning the loss of her husband and another dog, all the while maintaining the hope that her beloved Dooley was still alive and waiting to be rescued.

    As the weeks passed people from the local area organized search missions through Facebook and other means, knowing how much the recovery of Dooley would help Bagley get over the tragic experience. Several times Dooley would be identified but he made it really hard for rescuers to catch him.

    Finally, he was cornered 5 miles from the accident and brought back home. He had lost 24 pounds (from the 44 he weighted before) and to everyone’s surprise he was able to live out of wild prey like birds and even a coyote.

    This is truly an admirable dog and a happy-ending story for the world.

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