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Special Report: Unwanted dogs dumped in South Florida

Justin Wagner is a one man rescue, saving homeless and stray dogs in Miami-Dade County.
Wagner told WPBF 25 News’ Tiffany Kenney that the Redlands, between Homestead and the Everglades, has become a known dumping ground for dogs.

Wagner, alone, has rescued more than 50 stray dogs. He told Kenney, “I’ve seen dogs tied to a crate out in the middle of nowhere, hoping someone is going to find them. That’s not how you get rid of a dog. It’s nothing I’ve ever seen. It’s like a third world country, Wagner said.

“They have no voice. It’s not like they can tell you what hurts,” Wagner said.

In March, Michelle Wacker, with Poodle and Pooch Rescue in Orlando, headed south on a rescue mission.

“We thought we were going to be there all day to fill up our horse trailer and our six SUVS. But by 1 p.m., we had 52 dogs and we were full. The dogs we saw were starving. They had broken legs and broken hips. One was fed metal shards. One was shot in the eye, head and hind,” Wacker said.

In all, the rescue has saved more than 150 dogs from the Redlands.

“This has become a safety health issue. Someone is going to get bit and get rabies. Someone is going to get mauled. Dade County should be embarrassed by the fact that it took a group of middle-aged women to drive all the way from Orlando to take care of their problem,” Wacker said.

A spokesperson for Miami Dade Animal Services which picked up 150 strays last year in the Redlands said they have offered to assist rescue groups and they do send crews out there to investigate. They also claim there are other parts of the county that have bigger abandoned dog problems.

GOGO STIK Production Moved to U.S.A.!

Pooch Approved Products is happy to announce that we’ve entered into a partnership with JM Murray. This has allowed us to bring much of our GoGo Stik production to the U.S. from China. They have begun to implement quality inspection, assembly, packaging, warehousing and distribution. This transition will allow us to better expand our product line and to provide higher quality products for our customers. We look forward to a long and beneficial relationship.

JM Murray is located in Cortland, NY. Here’s a little bit about them.

“From our humble beginnings nearly 45 years ago, JM Murray now provides services to approximately 1,300 individuals with disabilities annually and more than 200 individuals with disabilities are involved in our business services division contracts. Throughout our growth, we have strived to continue to maintain an individualized, person-centered approach throughout all of the services we provide, offering the individuals we serve the opportunity to achieve greater self-sufficiency.”

“Our Business Enterprises Division offers unique flexibility that is second to none. We encourage our prospective customers to contact us about the types of products and services we are able to provide. We are unique in that we have access to a large, diversified workforce and work space and also offer the latest technology with Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) availability and Epicor, our Enterprise Resource Planning System (ERP). All of these tools provide us with the opportunity to accommodate projects of all magnitudes, better serve our customers and thus solidify our future growth.”

Staying Safe While Walking with Your Dog at Night

Staying Safe While Walking with Your Dog at Night petMD Logo

Nighttime walks with your dog are fun — and necessary — but they can also be hazardous. Visibility is diminished, meaning that not only will you not see all of the obstacles and ground level hazards (e.g., sharp objects like rocks and glass), you will also not be as visible to motorists and other pedestrians, such as bikers and joggers, who may unintentionally invade your dog’s personal space. There are also the nighttime critters to take into account — the raccoons, the opossums, even the neighborhood cats that prowl at night, all can be distractions for your dog.

Improving Visibility

There are so many useful and easy to find products for night walking that we only need to list them to get you started. Of course, the easiest and thriftiest solution is to get a roll of reflective tape and attach it to your dog’s collar, leash and harness. But if you want a product that has been specifically designed for nighttime visibility whether light is shining directly on you and your dog or not, there are plenty to choose from.

The most no-nonsense are the blinking light collars, leashes and attachable collar lights (similar in size to a typical collar tag), the latter which can be found in long lasting, far reaching lights — as strong as a standard flashlight in some cases. Look for the products that have easy battery replacement to guarantee that you always have what you need.

Collars and leashes with reflective strips and lights, so that even when a light is not shining on your dog, the lights will illuminate your dog in the dark — blinking lights and steady lights are both available
Clip-on blinking lights, to attach to your clothing and to your dog’s leash
Collar tags with reflective coating
Brightly colored and reflective vests for you and your dog
Reflective leg bands for your dog
Flashlights that attach to your dog’s collar, or onto your own head (e.g., the type used by mushers, climbers and miners)
Lighted pooper scooper or combination flashlight waste bag holder/dispenser
High pitched whistle

Using Caution

Even if you have outfitted your dog with the best lights and reflective gear, it is still best to carry your own flashlight to be sure that you are in control of your own field of vision. We recommend a headlight, the style worn by mushers and miners, so that your hands are free to hold onto your dog and clean up.

Other precautions to take at night are to walk against traffic if you must walk on the roadside (you should stick to the sidewalk otherwise). While walking toward traffic might seem counterintuitive, it enables you to see what it coming so that you can get out of the way quickly, if need be. Always stay aware of the sounds and movements around you, and be prepared to move quickly.

We are not advising an attitude of fear, just an attitude of awareness. There may be loose dogs, nocturnal wild animals, roaming cats, and in some places, troublesome people. There are also joggers and bicyclists who may not be paying attention and come up on your and your dog too quickly, startling your dog. And with these things in mind, always keep your dog on a leash, and always keep a firm hold on the leash. Nighttime is an especially bad time to lose your dog.

Don’t forget about what you are wearing. If you are wearing dark clothing, you will basically be invisible in the darkness. At the very least, you should have a light colored jacket to wear at night. Better is to have reflective clothing for your night walks. A reflective jacket and sneakers will improve your visibility tremendously, and if you reinforce the outfit with a couple of blinking clip-on lights and a head light, you can be sure not to be missed in the dark. Remember, you can always make your own reflective gear using a roll of reflective tape. Last but not least, make sure you have your cell phone tucked securely into your pocket.

Image: Kamal Hamid / via Flickr

…where was this product 70 some years ago

great item so clean & easy where was this product …
By Phyllis A Loftin on January 11, 2017
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great item so clean & easy where was this product 70 some years ago… really nice

Misrepresenting a pet as a service animal is a crime under new state law

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) – If you take your pet into a business disguised as a service animal, it can cause problems for real ones. And, now it’s illegal in Colorado to do that.

Service dog guides a woman who is blind.

Under the new law in Colorado, it is now a crime to intentionally misrepresent a pet as a service animal. That new law went into effect when we rang in the new year.

The first time it happens, you can get a warning. Then you can face fines ranging from $50 to $500.

It can be a real problem when a pet poses as a service animal.

“In many ways, it endangers, number one, a service animal, even just physically because many times an animal that’s not trained, does not behave and react accurately around other animals,” said Maggie Sims, Rocky Mountain ADA Center Project Manager.

“Sometimes those jobs can be life and death. And so when we distract or take away from that service animal, we’re putting the owner’s life in jeopardy, too,” Sims added.

We talked to our local experts who deal with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“Under the federal law, under the ADA, a service animal is a dog, and in some cases, it can be a miniature pony, that has been specifically trained to perform a certain task for an individual with a disability,” said Sims.

Little did I think it would turn out so great…He turned his head around to check it out and that began years of success…

Message: Great product. I started using an early version of the Go Go Stick almost two years ago after having a fall and was having trouble cleaning up after our SharPei.
From L. Tiboldo, Dec31, 2016

My daughter saw the Stick on line and immediately had one sent to me as a St. Valentine Day’s gift. (some gift)

Little did I think it would turn out so great. The very first time I took the dog out with the stick it worked out. Not want to create a mess of things, I stuck the Stick (bag end) under the dog while he was going. He turned his head around to check it out and that began years of success with it. Since that day all we have to do is wait for him to squat and he goes right in the bad. His deposit never touches the ground, or anything else but the inside of the bag. Simply great. Thanks so much.

Bill aims to protect good Samaritans who save children or pets

Bill aims to protect good Samaritans who save children or pets
Tuesday, November 29th 2016, 7:11 pm EST
Wednesday, November 30th 2016, 11:24 am EST
By Mary Coleman, Reporter CONNECT
People who break in to vehicles to rescue children or animals may soon be better protected under Texas state law.

This year, 7 Texas children have died from heat stroke as a result of being left in a hot car, and one Texas State Representative is asking the legislature to think about this when considering signing the bill into law.

This past summer, we told you about multiple cases where good Samaritans broke car windows to get in and rescue hot children and even pets. But the reality is, they could face charges, especially from the owner of the vehicle.

House Bill 401 proposed by Representative Jason Villalba, however could change that. It will allow citizens to forcibly enter a vehicle to save a child or animal without fear of civil or criminal penalty.

“We want to do everything we can to form a state policy to protect particularly young children, but also animals to a lesser extent,” says Representative John Smithee. “But you have to balance that against you know private property rights as well.”

So how hard will it be to iron out details and set the law in place? Smithee says it will be a very difficult law to write.

“You do want as I said to protect a child in those situations where they’re endangered, but on the other hand, you don’t just want to give someone a license to go breaking windows and doing damage to vehicles.”

Under current law, it is a class C misdemeanor to leave a child under the age of 7 unattended in a car for more than five minutes.

This bill will include leaving an animal in a car as part of this penalty.

“It’s a real problem because we’ve seen a number of cases in this area,” says Smithee. “You may not intend to endanger someone, but you’re in a situation when you can endanger someone very quickly and very seriously.”

Thousands of bills are proposed each session, so there is no telling if this will pass, but we will keep you updated on the status.

Copyright 2016 KFDA. All rights reserved.

Librarian suggests books for pet owners

Jan Johnston, who is in charge of selecting new books for the Fort Vancouver Regional Library system, column portrait taken Thursday April 21, 2011 in Vancouver, Washington. (Troy Wayrynen/The Columbian)

Jan Johnston, who is in charge of selecting new books for the Fort Vancouver Regional Library system, column portrait taken Thursday April 21, 2011 in Vancouver, Washington. (Troy Wayrynen/The Columbian)

By Jan Johnston
Published: October 30, 2016, 6:05 AM
Jan Johnston is the Collection Development Coordinator for the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District. Email her at readingforfun@fvrl.org.

Life at my house has been crazy and good this month. Crazy because my husband and I adopted a kitten and good because he’s so flippin’ adorable! Our fuzzy 3-month-old has been dubbed Dewey. (How could this nerdy librarian not name him Dewey? It’s kind of a requirement.) And in less than three weeks he has assumed full control of the Johnston household. This does not sit well with our other cat, Gracie, but she is becoming wise to his ways and exerts a firm parental-like paw when necessary. Despite Gracie’s irritation, we can tell that Dewey Dactyl (he has extra toes which raises the cute factor to the power of infinity) will be a fun if somewhat annoying companion for our mature cat-girl, so kittenhood is worth enduring — for all of us.

Perhaps you or someone you know is in the throes of raising a kitten or a puppy, or maybe you’re just in the “thinking” stage of pet adoption. Caring for a pet can be a wonderful, fulfilling experience, but it should never be taken lightly. Animals, like humans, need the basics — food, water, shelter — but they also need attention and love and health care (and by the way, furry kids won’t be covered under your family’s medical plan; a travesty, to be sure).

If your family has made the commitment to raise another species under your roof, bravo to you, and may I recommend a trip to the library to read up on the care and feeding of furry, feathery or scaly companions. We have oodles of information about caring for pets, so do your current and/or future pet-kids a favor and get informed. A well-placed litter box or a vet-approved chew toy will go a long way toward creating a happy coexistence between man and beast — no matter the species.

• “The Complete Cat’s Meow: Everything You Need to Know about Caring for Your Cat,” by Darlene Arden. Watch out, Dewey. With the help of this book, and Gracie’s vast experience as a cat, we’ll rein in your cuteness in no time. Not.

• “Dinner Pawsible: A Cookbook of Nutritious, Homemade Meals for Cats and Dogs,” by Cathy Alinovi. I haven’t ventured into the world of homemade cat food, but I know what to read if I do. Or, maybe I can teach Dewey how to make his own food. Right.

• “Giggle’s Guide to Caring for Your Gerbils,” by Isabel Thomas. In this kids’ nonfiction book, a gerbil named Giggle helps youngsters learn the ABC’s (and G’s!) of raising gerbils. Dewey doesn’t even know what a gerbil is, but he told me that he loves them. He’d love them to death, I’m afraid.

• “Kids Top 10 Pet Reptiles and Amphibians,” by Ann Gaines. In my world, reptiles and amphibians belong outside, but in your world, you might have to indulge your little one’s desire to bring the outdoors in. Take a deep breath and keep that aquarium tightly sealed. Sorry, Dewey — no snakes for you.

• “Learning to Care for a Bird,” by Felicia Lowenstein Niven. Another children’s pet guide but this time for families ready to embrace a winged friend. Dewey keeps trying to invite a couple of chickadees into the house (by way of paw signals through the bedroom window), but no luck so far.

• “My Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts,” by Laura T. Coffey. Adopting an older pet pretty much guarantees you a seat in heaven, in my opinion, so please keep the older guys and gals in mind when considering a new pet. Our 8-year-old cat, Gracie, probably wishes for a calmer, more mature cat pal, but truth be told, she’s pretty smitten with kitten Dewey.

• “Puppy Bible: The Ultimate Week-by-Week Guide to Raising Your Puppy,” by Claire Arrowsmith. If you’re a puppy parent right now, bless your heart. I’ll bet life is crazy and good for you, too, and maybe slightly out of control. A bit of puppy-raising wisdom might come in handy for frazzled owners, so consider spending some quiet time (if you have any!) reading the “Puppy Bible.” No puppies for me, though. Wrestling with wiggle-worm Dewey and all his extra toes keeps me dog-tired as it is.

Jan Johnston is the collection development coordinator for the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District. Email her at readingforfun@fvrl.org.

It’s easy to use with any kind of bag…

It’s easy to use with any kind of bag
By berry t. on October 27, 2016 Verified Purchase
This little gadget makes a very unpleasant chore a lot more pleasant. It works well and makes cleaning up the back yard a much faster and more sanitary task. It’s easy to use with any kind of bag. I have three dogs in a large fenced backyard and do cleanup at least once a week. If you have to pick up poo on a regular basis, this is the product you’ve been looking for.