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                  (Submitted by Claire)

        9:30 AM -   OH BOY!  A CAR RIDE!  MY FAVORITE!
        9:40 AM -   OH BOY!  A WALK!  MY FAVORITE!
      10:30 AM -   OH BOY!  A CAR RIDE!  MY FAVORITE!
      11:30 AM -   OH BOY!  DOG FOOD!  MY FAVORITE!
           12 PM -   OH BOY!  THE KIDS!  MY FAVORITE!
             1 PM -   OH BOY!  THE YARD!  MY FAVORITE! 
         2:30 PM -   oooooo.   bath.   bummer.                      
             4 PM -   OH BOY!  THE KIDS!  MY FAVORITE!
             5 PM -   OH BOY!  DOG FOOD!  MY FAVORITE! 
         5:30 PM -   OH BOY!  MOM!  MY FAVORITE! 

                                                              DOG RULES 
                                                      (Submitted by Don)  

1.  Dogs are never permitted in the house.  the dog stays outside in a specially built wooden 
compartment named, for a very good reason, the dog house.

2.  Okay, the dog can enter the house but only for short visits or if his own house is under renovation.

3.  Okay, the dog can stay in the house on a permanent basis provided the dog house can be sold in a
lawn sale to a rookie dog owner.

4.  Inside the house, the dog is not allowed to run free and is confined to a comfortable but secure
metal cage.

5.  Okay, the cage becomes part of a two-for-one deal in the lawn sale, and the dog can go wherever 
the hell he pleases.

6.  The dog is never allowed on the furniture.

7.  Okay, the dog can get up on the old furniture but not the new furniture.

8.  Okay, the dog can get up on the new furniture until it looks like the old furniture and
then we will sell the whole damn works and buy new furniture on which the dog will 
most definitely not be allowed.

9.  The dog never sleeps on the bed.  Period.

10.  Okay, the dog can sleep at the foot of the bed only.

11.  Okay, the dog can sleep alongside you, but he's not allowed under the covers.

12.  Okay, the dog can sleep under the covers but not with his head on the pillow.

13.  Okay, the dog can sleep alongside you, under the covers with his head on the pillow, but if
he snores, he has got to leave the room.

14.  Okay, the dog can sleep & snore & have nightmares in your bed but he is not to come in & 
sleep on the couch in the TV room, where you are now sleeping.

15.  The dog never gets listed on the Census qu
estionnaire as "primary resident" even if it is true.




In the pictures below, you see a mother dog rescuing her ten day old puppies during a fire, the mother dog takes her young to a fire truck to escape a fire; reported by a local news agency in Soy Temuco, Chile.  


During an early morning response to a house fire, fire fighters were amazed.... a mother dog risked her 
life to save her puppies from the fire surrounding the burning house... The mother dog, Amanda, raced 
back & forth between the house putting her puppies in the safest place she could find... a fire truck!  


As an onlooker photographed it, with his cell phone.  Amanda did not stop racing back into the

smoke & fire until all of her six puppies were safe!


The firemen on the scene could not believe their eyes!

What a great Mother dog Amanda! 

Cloning Dogs: If You Care About Animals, Just Say No

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All animal lovers will agree that that the day they had to face the death of a beloved pet was among the saddest 
of their lives. But what if, knowing your animal friend is in her final days, someone could offer you another lifetime 
with your canine companion? Science can’t technically offer that, but what is being billed as the next best thing is pet 

Cloning dogs is making headlines around the world, but here’s why the dog cloning industry — and the wider pet
cloning business — is such bad news for those who really matter in this debate: the animals.

Dog Cloning Launches in the UK

A South Korean biotech company, the Sooam Foundation, is offering a dog cloning service to people in the UK with an 
introductory competition where one dog owner can have the opportunity to eschew the £63,000 price tag, that’s about 
$102,047, to win a chance to clone their dog.

Insung Hwang, director of the so-called UK Dog Cloning Competition, is quoted as saying “We can clone any breed, 
size or shape of canine and are coming to the UK to offer this process to the owner of one very special dog. We 
welcome entries from any UK-based dog owner who wants to benefit from this exciting new advance in biotechnology.”

The company says it has previously cloned at least 400 dogs, including “dozens” of pets for rich Americans and is on 
record as producing at least 12 puppies for U.S. buyers last year.

Yet this “exciting” new biotechnology is riddled with ethical concerns that have many animal welfare experts & 
scientists decrying the service.

The Process Behind Big Business Dog Cloning Will Mean Poor Animal Treatment

In order to clone the dog, the genetic material has to still be fresh, so a small sample of tissue must be harvested 
either while the dog to be cloned is still living, or within five days of its death. The cells can then be frozen, so 
genetic material can be harvested even from young mature dogs for that day when, sadly, they pass away.

Another dog is then brought in, which does not have to be of the same breed, to offer up a donor egg. The dog cloning team then substitutes the DNA in the egg with the material from the stored sample. Another dog is then used to house the cloned embryo and carry it to term - obviously, an adult dog of the same breed as the potential pup is 
best for this stage though the Korean team is noted as saying they don’t insist on it. Here’s where the ethical 
questions begin to glare.

First and foremost, the pregnancy success rate when this process began was, by Hwang’s own admission, at 
about 2%. It is now only at 30%. What do they do if a dog fails to produce a viable pup? They just try again. And again. And again. Essentially, dogs are being used as puppy making factories. For those who have already realized the troubling welfare implications of conventional dog breeding, this will immediately wave as a red flag.

What’s more, cloning is not an immaculate process. Hwang told the Guardian last year: “Things can go wrong. Dogs 
can be born unhealthy. For example, they can be born with thickened necks or tongues, and experience breathing 
difficulties.  But we guarantee a healthy puppy for our clients, so we will try again. Often the client will take both 
puppies in this situation. We never put a dog down.”

They might never put a dog down, but this disingenuously implies that the dog’s lives will be rosy should their 
prospective owner reject them. That’s unlikely.

One of the key reasons why the cloning industry thrives in South Korea, other than an admirable quality of cultivating innovation, is that the ethical standards surrounding treatment of these particular animals is much lower than it is in the UK, Europe and the United States — indeed, cloning a dog for these purposes is not lawful within the EU or the United States.

In South Korea, the companies face no strict obligation to the same kinds of standards and, it has been alleged, that 
the dogs involved as surrogates for such procedures are sourced from and supplied to dog farms where welfare 
standards are incredibly low and from where they can be sold to be killed for food or clothing products.

The cloning industry, should it take hold, appears ready to foster a host of factory farms that would allow such 
practices & conditions to thrive. We know how terrible factory farms have been & continue to be for poultry & cattle, 
& the welfare of cloned canines or those dogs that are part of the process has not been guaranteed to be any better.

Wider Ethical Problems with Dog Cloning

The problems don’t stop at just the cloning process, either.

The owner’s hopes of the cloned dog acting the same as the dog on which its genetic material is based forgets that, 
for one, the process is inefficient and will not produce a carbon copy; secondly, behavioral traits are formed through 
a complex interplay of genetics and environmental factors and so owners could be disappointed when the copy of 
their deceased dog turns out to act quite differently than they had hoped.

This presents a host of potential problems for the manufactured dog.

Even the most honorable owner could not help but be disappointed when the dog they had hoped to resurrect 
behaves uncharacteristically. Such expectations place an unfair burden on the dog. Hopefully, the owner would 
eventually come around to accepting the dog for who she is, and not who the owner had wanted her to be. That’s 
best case scenario.

Consider that the owner is less than honorable though and decides the dog, acting so unlike their now deceased 
predecessor, is not what was ordered. Do they return her? The rejected dog is then shipped back to an uncertain 
future and through no fault of her own. She may be given to a dog farm, sold or perhaps kept as a host for future 
dog cloning.

Suppose the callous owners decide to dispense with the dog - it is, after all, not what was anticipated. Then it 
is off to the shelter, where if the dog is lucky she might be re-homed. If she’s like millions of dogs throughout the 
United States and Europe though, she might not find a home in time and be killed by shelters that are simply 
inundated with unwanted pets. 

Worse yet, the dog could be sent out on the street by an owner who refuses to care for her. More dire still, the 
dog could become subject to terrible neglect — even abuse.

These are all issues that must be considered when cloning a dog for these purposes because it treats the 
animals as though they are accessories for human fulfillment instead of agents in their own right. It 
places an unfair burden of expectation on the animal that in particular puts it at risk of mistreatment and abuse. 
Also, we have not even grazed the wider implications of breeding dogs when there are so many in shelters waiting 
for loving homes, a devastating argument against dog breeding as a whole.

So not only should the UK not engage with this first introductory offer from the as yet fringe dog 
cloning business, it should thoroughly reject it as an abhorrent practice fraught with ethical concerns 
& animal welfare violations that serves no other function than to fulfill a selfish human desire.

Dogs are often considered a human’s best friend. It’s time we, in return, started acting like it.

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Information on Jerky Treats that make dogs & cats sick

Federal animal health officials announced Tuesday that Chinese jerky treats have caused 
a mysterious illness outbreak in more than 3,600 dogs (and ten cats) and the death of 
about 600 pets.

About 500 dogs and nine cats died from the Chinese treats as of January.

But in spite of running more than 1,000 tests and visiting multiple manufacturers, the FDA 

still is not sure what it is in the chicken, duck, and sweet potato jerky that is making the animals 
“To date, testing for contaminants in jerky treats has not revealed a cause for the illnesses,” 
said deputy director for the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine Martine Hartogensis.

Nestle Purina PetCare Co. and Milo’s Kitchen withdrew some of its popular dog treats in 
January after New York state agricultural official found
potential antibiotics contamination. Maybe 
stick to
making your own dog treats for now.

Read more: Jerky Treats from China Are Killing Hundreds of Dogs |



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