Friday, May 30, 2008

Stuck In Present Tense...


ScienceDaily (Apr. 7, 2008) — Dog owners, who have noticed that their four-legged friend seem equally delighted to see them after five minutes away as five hours, may wonder if animals can tell when time passes. Newly published research from The University of Western Ontario may bring us closer to answering that very question.
William Roberts and his colleagues in Western’s Psychology Department found that rats are able to keep track of how much time has passed since they discovered a piece of cheese, be it a little or a lot, but they don’t actually form memories of when the discovery occurred. That is, the rats can’t place the memories in time.
The research team, led by Roberts, designed an experiment in which rats visited the ‘arms’ of a maze at different times of day. Some arms contained moderately desirable food pellets, and one arm contained a highly desirable piece of cheese. Rats were later returned to the maze with the cheese removed on certain trials and with the cheese replaced with a pellet on others.
All told, three groups of rats were tested in the research using three varying cues: when, how long ago or when plus how long ago.
Only the cue of how long ago food was encountered was used successfully by the rats.
These results, the researchers say, suggest that episodic-like memory in rats is qualitatively different from human episodic memory, which involves retention of the point in past time when an event occurred.
"The rats remember whether they did something, such as hoarded food a few hours or five days ago,” explained Roberts. “The more time that has passed, the weaker the memory may be. Rats may learn to follow different courses of action using weak and strong memory traces as cues, thus responding differently depending on how long ago an event occurred. However, they do not remember that the event occurred at a specific point in past time.”
Previous studies have suggested that rats and scrub jays (a relative of the crow and the blue jay) appear to remember storing or discovering various foods, but it hasn’t been clear whether the animals were remembering exactly when these events happened or how much time had elapsed.
“This research,” said Roberts, “supports the theory I introduced that animals are stuck in time, with no sense of time extending into the past or future.”
The results of the research, entitled “Episodic-Like Memory in Rats: Is it Based on When or How Long Ago,” appear in the journal Science, April 4, 2008.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Texas Red Dogs Getting It Done...

From the southland, Jim Baker reports that some red dogs have been scoring some wins in the "big country" Congratulations to the following dogs... keep up the great work!!
Summer Wine
Region 7 Open All Age Derby Dog of the Year
10th place
Jim Baker, owner

Skylark
Region 7 Dog of the Year Amateur All Age Derby
6th Place
Jim Baker, owner


Flamin' Red Violet
Region 7 Open All Age Derby Dog of the Year
4th Place
Royce Gustafson, owner


Keeping the Purest Challenge alive in Texas!!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Steady as a Rock...

Congratulations to Jim Martin and his rockin' red setter Rock Steady... they scored a nice placement (2nd) in the Amateur Shooting Dog One Hour stake at the High View Field Trial Club spring renewal at Broken Arrow, Oklahoma on March 30. According to the Field, Jim now has a new name, "Pepe-Le-Peu", after he attempted to make a "skunk find" fly in front of his red dog! Hope you didn't have to sleep in the kennel, Jim! Rock Steady is out of Zan Sett Albert Collins x Frankie's Time Around. She also placed 2nd in the 2006 National Red Setter Futurty, shown below.

(This pic is from the 2006 National Red Setter Futurity)

Sunday, May 25, 2008

A Boy, A Dog, And A New Life

By Maja Beckstrom mbeckstrom@pioneerpress.com

It doesn't look like much. It's just a boy and his dog waiting at a street corner. But for the Golden family, it's a momentous occasion. Nine-year-old Finn Golden whines a bit, rocks on his toes and tugs at a harness strapped to his German shepherd. The big dog stands immoveable and calm. They wait for a car. Then they cross the street. "That ordinarily would have been a huge freakout," explains mom Christine Golden, who walks down the sidewalk on the other side of the dog with the leash held loosely in her hand. "Before, we probably would have had to just turn around and go home." Two months ago, the Goldens received a service dog named Traeh, trained to work with severely autistic children. Before Traeh arrived, the Goldens rarely ventured out for a walk around their St. Paul neighborhood. Finn would throw a tantrum if they paused at an intersection or changed course. They also feared for their son's life. Like many autistic children, Finn bolts with no regard for safety. Last summer, he wrenched his arm free from a personal-care attendant and darted in front of traffic. Now, when Finn goes out, he holds Traeh's harness and wears a belt with a tether attached to the dog. If Finn tries to run, the 88-pound dog sits and stays, no matter how hard the 75-pound boy pulls. "It sounds like a small thing," Christine Golden says. "But it means everything to us. It's the difference between safety and a terrible accident." Service dogs are no longer just guide dogs for the blind. They can turn on lights, retrieve clothes or bark at the sound of a doorbell. They can help someone roll over in bed or alert a diabetic to a drop in blood sugar level and a possible impending seizure. Within the past 10 years, many service dog groups have broadened their focus to work with autistic children, responding to a surge in the number diagnosed with the developmental disorder. Hearing and Service Dogs of Minnesota recently started an autism program modeled on
a similar one in Canada. The first three dogs, including Traeh, graduated this month.
The dogs' primary job is to keep a child safe. But the animals also have a calming effect and can help break through the social isolation that often accompanies autism. "We're seeing less anxiety in some children," says Julianne Larsen, coordinator of the autism program for Hearing and Service Dogs. "We've even found that just having the dogs in the bedroom can increase the child's sleep."

NO TRIPS TO THE PARK
Christine and Keith Golden have worried about their son ever since he was born prematurely. He takes medications to control life-threatening seizures. He doesn't speak, other than to say hi. At home, he often paces the floor on tiptoe, rattling a set of orange plastic measuring spoons, a type of repetitive behavior common among autistic kids. He likes opera and he likes watching "Sesame Street." The flat-screen television is mounted high above the fireplace so he doesn't break it. His parents have gotten rid of all their knickknacks and downstairs furniture, other than a sofa and two heavy chairs, because Finn throws things. After Finn broke several windows, they covered all the glass in the house with the same type of safety film that protects embassy windows from bombs. "It's not like he does these things out of anger or to make you mad — it's just what he does," says his mother. Managing Finn has taken its toll. Christine has a law degree but stays home full time. She and her husband, Keith, a St. Paul firefighter, have spent only one weekend away in the past nine years. They have a daughter, Brigid, 6, who is not autistic, and they rarely go anywhere as a family. "We just found ourselves doing less and less," Christine says. "Do I want to go to the park? Is it worth the screaming match that's going to happen? Stores were a nightmare. You'd find yourself physically restraining Finn the whole time. It became really, really hard to take him anywhere and experience everyday life."
Last year, the Goldens read on a Web site about dogs trained to work with autistic children. Maybe this could help, they thought. They located several out-of-state nonprofit organizations that place dogs, but most of them charged up to $15,000 for the cost of training. Hearing and Service Dogs of Minnesota's new program caught their attention because it is local and doesn't charge clients. While Hearing and Service Dogs of Minnesota was the subject of critical Pioneer Press stories in 2006 after the agency took away the service dog of a White Bear Lake resident because the dog was overweight, the program helping autistic children was not implicated.
The Goldens were among the first to apply, and they matched quickly because Traeh was in the pipeline. Now 10 months into the program, Hearing and Service Dogs has received more than 30 applications, and the wait for a dog is two years or more, the program's Larsen says. Priority is given to families with children ages 3 to 8 who have more severe autism and who are prone to running. The families also have to be able to care for a dog and have realistic expectations for what a dog can offer. "Some families want a miracle," Larsen says. "A dog can do a lot, but they can't change everything."

DOG MAKES FINN'S DAY
Traeh, whose name is "heart" spelled backwards, was raised and trained by two foster families before being placed with the Goldens on March 19, a day after the dog's third birthday. During the first couple of months, Larsen visited often to help the Goldens and Traeh learn to work together. Finn learned to hold the harness on a lot of practice walks around the neighborhood.
On a recent rainy Friday afternoon, Keith and Christine Golden picked up Finn at his classroom at Bridgeview, a St. Paul public school for special-education students. Trips to and from school used to be a miserable struggle that involved parking as close as possible to the entrance and hoping Finn didn't melt down. Now, with Traeh to help, pickups and drop-offs have become a highlight of the day. "Hi, buddy," Keith says, as he helps Finn into his backpack. "Ready to go home?" Christine holds the leash and walks Traeh toward Finn. "Get your dog," Christine prompts, and Finn reaches for the handle. Traeh keeps a steady pace through the crowded hallway to the front door, and Finn is gently tugged in the dog's wake with a soft lurching motion that he seems to enjoy. Kids look over. A few call the dog by name. "Hi, doggie!" says a boy in a wheelchair, reaching out to brush Traeh's coat. Finn smiles. A week earlier on the way out, Finn started waving and grinning like a politician and saying "Hi" over and over. "He was proud of himself," Christine says. "That he was even aware that he was the center of attention is really remarkable."

SAFETY AND A SENSORY EFFECT
Safety is the most dramatic benefit of having a service dog, but there are other benefits, too. Traeh seems to make Finn feel more secure and calm. For the first time, Finn doesn't look at his feet when he walks. He looks around and seems to take in his surroundings. "That makes absolute sense to me," says Sue Pederson, a psychologist at the nonprofit organization Fraser. She has worked for 15 years with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, and while she has not worked with service dogs, she says a dog could act as a "big sensory tool" for a child with autism. "The pressure and tug of an animal and even the texture of its fur could really be calming for a child with autism," she says. Other organizations also train the service dogs to gently nudge or nuzzle a child to interrupt repetitive behaviors that can limit an autistic child's ability to interact. "Dogs can be trained to interrupt self-stimulating behavior, or bark if a child is wandering from property," said Patty Dobbs Gross, executive director of the North Star Foundation in Connecticut, one of the first agencies to start placing autism dogs. "To me, one of the main benefits is having a partner that offers the child unconditional love and an opportunity for communication where words are not required." The Goldens hope and expect to see that bond grow between their son and Traeh. They have already seen changes that amaze them. At bedtime, Finn used to flip his room light on and off, empty all his drawers or spend an hour pacing. During the first week Traeh was in the house, Keith and Christine were in their bedroom reading. The Goldens have a webcam in Finn's bedroom to monitor his seizures, and Keith suddenly pointed to the monitor screen and said, "Look." Traeh sleeps on a rug next to Finn's bed. Finn had stuck his foot out the side of the bed and was rubbing Traeh's fur. Then he dangled a hand over the edge of the bed and gently played with Traeh's velvety ear. Now, Finn rarely gets out of bed at night. Other families with autism dogs have reported similar improvements in sleep, as well as speech and greater social interaction as people approach and ask questions about the dog.

The Goldens hope Traeh broadens Finn's world — and theirs. The whole family ate breakfast together in a restaurant for the first time a couple of weeks ago, something they would never have tried before. Christine looks forward to being able to run an errand. Brigid wants to go to the Mall of America. They went there once last year to shop for new school shoes, but Finn had a meltdown and they had to leave before they got to the store. With Traeh along as an anchor, they hope Finn can sit quietly for the few minutes it would take Brigid to try on shoes. "For the last nine years, our world has been getting smaller and smaller and smaller," Keith says. "Now for the first time, we can imagine it getting bigger."

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Let them eat Foie gras...

Foie gras, a Chcago delicacy

For those of you who are less refined than those in the Chicago area, Foie gras (pronounced/fwɑːˈgrɑː/ in English; French for "fat liver") is "the liver of a duck or a goose that has been specially fattened by gavage, or by slaughtering ducks or geese at migration time, when the liver is especially fat. Foie gras is one of the most popular and well-known delicacies in French cuisine and its flavour is described as rich, buttery, and delicate, unlike that of a regular duck or goose liver. Foie gras can be sold whole, or prepared into mousse, parfait, or pâté (the lowest quality), and is typically served as an accompaniment to another food item, such as toast or steak. The delicacy dates as far back as 2500 BC, when the ancient Egyptians began keeping birds for food and deliberately fattened the birds through force-feeding. Today, France is by far the largest producer and consumer of foie gras, though it is produced and consumed worldwide, particularly in other European nations, the United States, and China.

So, you're probably thinking, what's that got to do with the price of a Big Mac? Well, it turns out that 2 years ago the city of Chicago banned the sale of Foie gras in restaurants, much to the glee of the animal rights groups such as PETA. But, today, May 18 2008, the city of Chicago rescinded the ban on Foie gras,and the item is now back on the menu.

It appears that the city council interjected a little common sense for a change. If someone wants to go to a fancy restaurant and pay a lot of money to eat the fattened liver of a goose, they should be able to. PETA (and the city of Chicago) has no business regulating what people can and cannot eat. Another typical example of over-regulation, excessive animal control, intrusion of private rights, and a culture of permitting quasi-terrorist groups such as PETA pretend that they are legitimately representing the average citizen. Someone on the Chicago city council finally regained some common sense. Hopefully they'll spend more time trying to figure out how to fill in all the potholes on the Dan Ryan Expressway... now, that would make me a lot happier than banning exotic liver pate!! So, for those of you in Chicago, score a big win for animal consumption! Personally, I'll stick with a double cheeseburger (one buck on the dollar menu at McDonalds).

Want to try some Foie gras?? Dig deep into your pocketbook, and order some online...

http://www.enjoyfoiegras.com/



Here's the report from the local news...

Foie Gras Prohibition Repealed! Consumers Win!
By Center for Consumer Freedom

WASHINGTON, May 14 --Today in a stunning yet welcome reversal of an ordinance that had made the Windy City a national laughingstock, Chicago's City Council voted 37-6 to repeal a two-year-old ban on the sale of the delicacy foie gras. The move is certain to anger animal rights activists and please fans of gourmet dining.

David Martosko, Director of Research at the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom, reacted to today's news with the following statement:
"Chicago's latest experiment with Prohibition was always bound to end like this. It was just a question of when. Americans don't like government dictating what they can and can't eat. It's as simple as that. If misguided animal rights activists could maintain a ban on foie gras, it follows that veal, pork, and cheese would probably be next. We all knew that sooner or later, Chicagoans would stand up and refuse to become 'Tofu Butcher to the World.'
"Eating foie gras, or veal, or sushi, or anything else on the menu, should be a personal choice. The last thing a big city like Chicago -- or a small town like Anytown, USA -- needs is a Nanny State looking over the shoulders of restaurant customers. If animal activists, or anyone else in Chicago, doesn't like the idea of eating foie gras, they still have a simple option: Don't order it. The rest of the restaurant-going public should be left alone to make their own decisions about what to eat and drink."

The Center for Consumer Freedom is a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting personal responsibility and protecting consumer choices. Learn more at http://www.consumerfreedom.com/

SOURCE Center for Consumer Freedom

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

BIRD DOGS AND VOLCANOS!!

"Fleck" pointing in Argentina

Hi all,
Received these pics from NRSFTC Board member Mike Jacobson, who recently traveled to Argentina to visit Jim Wurtz. Jim is a red setter guy from way back, and he just acquired the puppy above from Mike. This is "Fleck" who is 4 1/2 months old and, as you can see, Jim already has him in training mode. As you may already know if you've been listening to the news, a major volcanic eruption is occuring in Chile, just upwind from where Jim lives in Argentina... so, in between training red dogs, Jim is spending a lot of time hosing down his house, trees, etc. from the daily doses of volcanic ash that seem to cover everything. Jim sent a picture (below) of a typical day living downwind from a volcano... and we thought that multiflora rose and cactus was bad... I think I like snow better.


Volcanic ash covers Jim's place in Argentina

Monday, May 12, 2008

Some rambling notes...

Flushing Whip Flash Edition
(Come Back Johnson x Come Back Diddle)
Allen Fazenbaker, owner


Hi all,


Just a few notes on recent red setter activity out there...


Received my Field tonight for the May 3 issue (my Field usually arrives every Saturday on time, but for some reason this one is a week late, and it looks like something ran over it with a dump truck a few times before it was thrown in the mailbox... figures, it was the issue with our red setter National write-up, which fortunately was still readable!)


Anyway, a big THANKS to Bonnie Hidalgo for a great write up for the trial... I really enjoyed RE-LIVING THE STORM FROM HELL as I read the report! Brought back such fond memories! Deb and I had stayed in our trailer out at the trial grounds, and we were very cozy and warm in the trailer the night that it dropped to 14 degrees after having a 1/2 inch of ice coat everything. I got up that morning and looked out the window and saw nothing but white. "Wow" I thought... this looks like Ohio, not Kentucky. So I got up and tried to open the door, which was a bit of an effort with a thick coating of ice on it. Ditto for the man-door to the kennel boxes... that one took a screwdriver, hammer, and a bit of pounding with a couple pieces of wood. Got the dogs out (you haven't lived until you've chipped out a 30 foot chain gang out of a half-inch of ice and topped with 6 inches of snow!), then joined the fellow red setter folks at the "freeze-proof" hydrant (NOT!) which of course was frozen solid, since we had left the hose attached the night before! Not to dispair... we hauled the frozen hoses into the clubhouse for a good thawing (along with all of us, who were equally frozen and ready for breakfast)... and so the day went... I must admit, this was one of the more brutal trials I've been to, with consideration of the weather... although there is that Mid-Atlantic Red Setter Trial that I judged at for Doc Boser where it rained for 10 hours straight with a temp of 35 degrees... when I finished that trial I went down to Doc's house to take a shower and poured about a quart of water out of my "waterproof" boots. Anyone who doesn't understand the joys of field trialing would probably have most of us committed, but that's a whole story in itself... Anyway, thanks to Bonnie, it really was a great story, and not one that any of us will forget for a long time!!


Our Ohio red setter Field Trial Club had a nice turnout, in spite of having several walking championships on the same weekend... thanks to Doc Boser, Dave Hawk, Ed Bartlett, and Chris Catanzerite for all the help with judging duties... the trial results were reported earlier on this blogsite... we have (so far!) been living a charmed life with weather conditions for this trial... since we restarted the Ohio Red Setter FTC we've had hardly a drop of rain or snow... a rare situation in northeast Ohio! In looking at some old Flushing Whips, we found entries for the Ohio Red Setter FTC back in the early 1970s... it was run at both Grand River WMA and Berlin WMA... later, the Berlin FTC ran a spring and fall trial for many years at the Berlin grounds... I suspect that we will continue to run our current trial at Grand River... its closer to our place, and with $4 gas and rising, it just makes more sense to keep things local. I personally like the Grand River grounds a bit more... they seem a bit more maneauverable, a little wider, and just seem to "flow" a bit better than Berlin. Of course, they aren't a multiple championship grounds, but they're a great place for a weekend trial. The local ODNR managers are great guys, work well with us, and are eager to have us use the grounds... and that's always a good thing!


Deb received a wonderful letter today from Linda Rollinson, thanking us for her Honorary Lifetime Membership in the NRSFTC... the letter was especially touching, as she talked about the dear friends she has made through her and Harry's association with the club... and how pround she has been to be "a part of the Pureset Challenge with such noble dogs." We'll pass the complete text on with the next issue of the Whip... BTW, Linda and Harry's daughter Renee is getting married in a couple of weeks, and we all wish the new couple the best of luck. Thanks again to Linda and Harry for being a part of our lives.


Jim Ashby sent a note not to forget to send in your puppy and derby placements for the year... remember, the puppy and derby of the year awards run from June to June, so you need to get those placements to Jim prior to June 30... those awards are "awarded" at the fall Shooting Dog Championships in Grovespring, MO.


One more note... if you field trial, hunt, or have anything to do with bird dogs... be SURE to email Tony Celebrezze, the deputy Director of the Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources, who has been instrumental in keeping Killdeer Plains and Indian Creek Wildlife Management Areas open this fall for trials. As you may be aware, there is a strong effort in our state of Ohio to close these public areas to field trials... if they win, the other public areas will be next, followed by bans on hunting, fishing, etc. Look around... our culture continues to be one of more and more regulations, restrictions on gun and animal ownership, and erosion of our constitutional rights. Tony Celebrezze is one of the few folks in government who is speaking up on our behalf. Your email of support is IMPORTANT... it shows that Tony's efforts are important an worthwhile... PLEASE SEND HIM A SHORT, POSITIVE EMAIL INDICATING HOW APPRECIATIVE YOU ARE OF HIS EFFORT ON BEHALF OF HUNTERS AN FIELD TRIALERS IN THE STATE OF OHIO. If you are out of state... send an email anyway... most of the revenue generated in the local communities of these trial grounds are DIRECTLY IMPACTED BY OUT OF STATE FIELD TRIALERS SPENDING MONEY IN OHIO... tell Tony that you love to spend your money in Ohio, but you cant' do that if Killdeer Plains and Indian Creek are no longer open for business!




His snail mail is:


Tony Celebrezze

Deputy Director Ohio Department Natural Resources

2045 Morse Rd, Bldg, D-3Columbus OH 43229-6693


That's all for now...


redpups

Have you had enough??

This posting has been making the rounds on various message boards, but it's worth repeating here for those of you who haven't had the opportunity to read it...

Remember Lee Iacocca, the man who rescued Chrysler Corporation from it's death throes? He's now 82 years old and has a new book, and here are some excerpts.

Lee Iacocca Says: "Am I the only guy in this country who's fed up with what's happening? Where the hell is our outrage? We should be screaming bloody murder. We've got a gang of clueless bozos steering our ship of state right over a cliff, we've got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can't even clean up after a hurricane much less build a hybrid car. But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say, "Stay the course" Stay the course? You've got to be kidding. This is America , not the damned "Titanic". I'll give you a sound bite: "Throw all the bums out!" You might think I'm getting senile, that I've gone off my rocker, and maybe I have. But someone has to speak up. I hardly recognize this country anymore.
The most famous business leaders are not the innovators but the guys in handcuffs. While we're fiddling in Iraq , the Middle East is burning and nobody seems to know what to do. And the press is waving 'pom -poms' instead of asking hard questions. That's not the promise of the " America " my parents and yours traveled across the ocean for.
I've had enough. How about you? I'll go a step further. You can't call yourself a patriot if you're not outraged. This is a fight I'm ready and willing to have. The Biggest "C" is Crisis ! (Iacocca elaborates on nine Cs of leadership, crisis being the first.) Leaders are made, not born. Leadership is forged in times of crisis. It's easy to sit there with your feet up on the desk and talk theory. Or send someone else's kids off to war when you've never seen a battlefield yourself. It's another thing to lead when your world comes tumbling down.
On September 11, 2001, we needed a strong leader more than any other time in our history. We needed a steady hand to guide us out of the ashes. A Hell of a Mess. So here's where we stand. We're immersed in a bloody war with no plan for winning and no plan for leaving. We're running the biggest deficit in the history of the country. We're losing the manufacturing edge to Asia , while our once-great companies are getting slaughtered by health care costs. Gas prices are skyrocketing, and nobody in power has a coherent energy policy. Our schools are in trouble. Our borders are like sieves. The middle class is being squeezed every which way. These are times that cry out for leadership. But when you look around, you've got to ask:"Where have all the leaders gone?" Where are the curious, creative communicators? Where are the people of character, courage, conviction, omnipotence, and common sense? I may be a sucker for alliteration, but I think you get the point. Name me a leader who has a better idea for homeland security than making us take off our shoes in airports and throw away our shampoo? We've spent billions of dollars building a huge new bureaucracy, and all we know how to do is react to things that have already happened. Name me one leader who emerged from the crisis of Hurricane Katrina. Congress has yet to spend a single day evaluating the response to the hurricane, or demanding accountability for the decisions that were made in the crucial hours after the storm. Everyone's hunkering down, fingers crossed, hoping it doesn't happen again. Now, that's just crazy. Storms happen. Deal with it. Make a plan. Figure out what you're going to do the next time. Name me an industry leader who is thinking creatively about how we can restore our competitive edge in manufacturing. Who would have believed that there could ever be a time when "The Big Three" referred to Japanese car companies?
How did this happen, and more important, what are we going to do about it? Name me a government leader who can articulate a plan for paying down the debit, or solving the energy crisis, or managing the health care problem.The silence is deafening. But these are the crises that are eating away at our country and milking the middle class dry. I have news for the gang in Congress. We didn't elect you to sit on your collective asses and do nothing and remain silent while our democracy is being hijacked and our greatness is being replaced with mediocrity.What is everybody so bonehead on Fox News will call them a name? Give me a break. Why don't you guys show some spine for a change?
Had Enough? Hey, I'm not trying to be the voice of gloom and doom here. I'm trying to light a fire. I'm speaking out because I have hope I believe in America In my lifetime I've had the privilege of living through some of America's greatest moments. I've also experienced some of our worst crises: the "Great Depression", "World War II", the "Korean War", the "Kennedy Assassination", the "Vietnam War", the 1970s oil crisis, and the struggles of recent years culminating with 9/11. If I've learned one thing, it's this: "You don't get anywhere by standing on the sidelines waiting for somebody else to take action. Whether it's building a better car or building a better future for our children, we all have a role to play. That's the challenge I'm raising in this book. It's a call to "Action" for people who, like me, believe in America . It's not too late, but it's getting pretty close. So let's shake off the crap and go to work. Let's tell 'em all we've had "enough."
Make your own contribution by sending this to everyone you know and care about. It's our country, folks; and it's our future. Our future is at stake!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Pedigree Dogs Face Extinction

From The Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/)

Pedigree dogs face extinction due to inbreeding
By Jasper Copping
11/05/2008


Many of Britain's most popular dog breeds could be extinct within 50 years because they are so inbred, vets have warned.
Some pedigrees are suffering from a range of worsening health problems because they are being bred from a shrinking gene pool in an effort to create the most sought-after physical characteristics.
Many breeds will die out as a result of hereditary diseases, the vets warn.
Emma Milne, the television vet who will address the British Veterinary Association on the subject next week, said: "If things carry on as they are, within 50 years many breeds will not survive. There are breeds with massive welfare problems that are in dire need of action.
"The constant refinements made by this kind of breeding mean they have become cartoon caricatures of what dogs used to be."
Ms Milne, who starred in the long-running series Vets in Practice, said animals were now having to be put down because of hereditary diseases, which had become widespread.
"This isn't natural. They are not really viable breeds but are being artificially maintained. A lot would die if they were not treated. If it carries on like this, veterinary intervention will not be able to save some of them."
Of the more than 200 pedigree breeds in Britain, most now have problems with hereditary diseases.
Among those most at risk are breeds such as the bulldog, which suffers from breathing problems, and shar peis, which are bred with twice as much skin as necessary, and suffer from chronic infections.
Both breeds cost about £1,000 a puppy. The average price for pedigrees is £600.
Dachshunds are increasingly prone to arthritis, because they are bred to have longer bodies and shorter legs, while Yorkshire terriers often need orthopaedic surgery to fix dislocated knees.
Deafness is now common in dalmatians, because the deafness gene is linked to the shape of the spots, for which they are bred.
While great danes and Irish wolfhounds, selectively bred for their massive sizes, have been left susceptible to heart disease and bone cancer and are lucky to live to seven.
Of the two most popular breeds, labrador retrievers suffer from three different hereditary joint problems, six eye and two heart conditions, while English cocker spaniels have five eye and four heart conditions, as well as kidney disease.
A new association has been set up to push for reform of the pedigree dog system.
The Pets Parliament has been established to secure ratification of the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals, which has already been signed by more than 20 countries.
The convention highlights a list of breed characteristics that need to be modified for the dogs' best interests and also bans breeding if the two animals share a grandparent.
The move could see some breeds disappear, and alter significantly in appearance, and the move is being resisted by the Kennel Club, which currently registers pedigrees.
Holly Lee, from the Kennel Club, said: "We're aware of the inherited health problems but we're the best place to deal with them."

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Spread The Word...

Most of you who read this blogsite are not fans of PETA... to a certain extent we are "preaching to the choir"... but, we have an important task... spread the word about what PETA is REALLY about... its about taking away our constitutional rights... check out this video... save it to your computer... send it to your friends, family members, co-workers, and anyone willing to listen. Send it to your NON-HUNTING friends... spread the word... shut down PETA...

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We The People...

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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Horse Feed Recall

Land O'Lakes Purina Feed LLC recently announced a recall of certain horse feed products manufactured at three East Coast facilities. The products might contain an ingredient with an unacceptably high level of aflatoxin.

For additional information, go to http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=11810

or also http://www.purinamills.com/

Here is the exerpt from the press release by Purina Mills:

Eastern U.S. Feed Product Retrieval
Land O’Lakes Purina Feed LLC has implemented a voluntary product retrieval
of certain feeds manufactured between November 3, 2007 and February 8,
2008 at our Statesville, N.C., feed plant; between January 1, 2008 and February
8, 2008 at our Harrisburg, Penn., feed plant; and between January 1, 2008 and
March 10, 2008 at our Guilderland, N.Y. plant.
This voluntary retrieval was initiated due to the possible presence of aflatoxin
contamination above acceptable levels.
To date, we have received no confirmed aflatoxin-related animal health
complaints involving any of the retrieved products. Nevertheless, we have taken
such precautionary action as our utmost priority continues to be our customers
and the well-being of their animals.
All dealers who purchased any of the retrieved products directly from Land
O’Lakes Purina Feed LLC have been notified. These dealers are located in the
following states: Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maine, Maryland,
Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina,
Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia and
West Virginia.
Our investigation and product testing identified one ingredient of concern, which
originated from a single supplier. We have discontinued purchasing from this
supplier. Other feed companies that purchased from this supplier are facing a
similar situation.
For more information about specific products included in the retrieval, contact the
Statesville, N.C., Feed Plant at 704-924-5100 or the Harrisburg, Penn., Feed
Plant at 717-737-4581.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

PA Dog Law Revamp Update...

Makes Some Changes For Commercial Breeders While
Concealing Plan For New Private Kennel Regulations

by JOHN YATES
The American Sporting Dog Alliance
http://www.americansportingdogalliance.org

HARRISBURG, PA – A deal has been cut to hold back new regulations that will affect all of Pennsylvania’s 2,600 licensed kennels in order to push through legislation calling for tougher rules for large commercial breeders, penalties that have the potential to destroy the lives of all dog owners for even minor infractions, and rules of prosecution that throw the Bill of Rights in the trash can.

The 82-page-long legislation was written under the direction of Gov. Ed Rendell, and will be introduced into the Legislature by Rep. James E. Casorio, D-Westmoreland County.

Rendell has vowed to tighten the rules for what he terms “puppy mills,” and has kept his promise in this legislation. However, the legislation also sets up a framework to enforce the kind of irrational and unworkable regulations that were the centerpiece of previous draft versions. Regulations would affect every kennel.

It is important to understand the difference between laws and regulations. Legislation leads to laws. Laws enable a department to create regulations that actually implement a law. In the case of this bill, regulations for large commercial breeders are written into the law, but regulations that will have a major impact on all of Pennsylvania’s 2,600 licensed kennels are being kept hidden in the shadows.

We are not merely speculating about the hidden regulations. Annual fees for kennel licenses have been removed from the legislation, and regulations will be required to create license fees simply to pay for the operating costs of the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement.

The American Sporting Dog Alliance has obtained copies of the Rendell/Casorio legislation, a letter from Casorio to other legislators seeking cosponsors, and documentation about the deal to hold back on the regulations until there is a new law.

Nirvana For The Prosecution

The legislation provides a multi-tiered structure of fines, penalties, license revocations, dog seizures and confiscations that in many cases deny an accused person his or her day in court.

In addition, constitutional protections that require probable cause to obtain a warrant to search a person’s home, land, building, personal records and even her or his children have been discarded. The Constitution has been replaced by a prosecutor’s dream definition of “probable cause” as either following a Bureau plan for enforcement or a simple belief by a dog warden that there may be a violation.

The legislation gives the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement the power to revoke licenses, confiscate dogs and levy penalties of up to $1,000 a day, even for someone who is later found not guilty in a court of law. The Bureau also would be given the power to levy those penalties and confiscate dogs without even filing charges against a person who is accused of a violation.

In the tradition of American jurisprudence, an accused person is presumed to be innocent unless she or he is found guilty in a court of law, with the constitutionally guaranteed right to a trial by a jury of peers. The burden of proof is upon the prosecution.

The new kennel legislation pitches those constitutional guarantees into the gutter.

An accused person’s fate rests entirely in the hands of the dog warden, the Bureau that employs the dog warden, and an administrative panel or law judges who are employed by the Bureau. An accused person is required to prove her or his innocence – in fact, he or she must convince his accusers in order to have the charges and penalties dropped or reduced.

This legislation thus attempts to transform the Dog Law Bureau into the judge, jury and hangman.

We strongly support stiff penalties for people who evade kennel licensing requirements, but also oppose the administrative procedure contained in the legislation that would eliminate standard rules of evidence, due process under the law and other protections guaranteed by the Bill of Rights.

The legislation imposes civil penalties of $500-to-$1,000 per day, which are fair for flagrant and willful violations, but denies an accused person the right to defend herself or himself at a trial in a court of law where the prosecution must prove its case before a judge and jury. These basic rights are given to someone who is accused of murder or other serious felonies, and should not be denied to someone who is accused of violating the Dog Law.

An administrative hearing by the enforcement agency is not a constitutionally acceptable substitute for a trial in a court of law.

This objection is further underscored by the bill’s authorization for seizure or confiscation of an accused person’s dogs in the absence of a guilty verdict in court, and even before the decision of an administrative appeal. The issue is the assumption of innocence unless guilt is proven in a court of law, and also the right of due process under the law and protections against seizure for public purposes without fair compensation.

If dogs in a kennel are legitimately in danger, the constitutional answer is to seek an emergency injunction from the courts to protect them.

It is our position that no law or public purpose trumps the importance of the Bill of Rights and the U.S. and Pennsylvania Constitutions, and the courts have consistently affirmed this position.

Five sections of the Statement of Rights in the Pennsylvania Constitution also bear quoting, as they are flaunted by the Rendell/Casorio legislation:
Section 1 . Inherent Rights of MankindAll men are born equally free and independent, and have certain inherent and indefeasible rights, among which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty, of acquiring, possessing and protecting property and reputation, and of pursuing their own happiness.
Section 6. Trial by JuryTrial by jury shall be as heretofore, and the right thereof remain inviolate.
Section 8. Security From Searches and SeizuresThe people shall be secure in their persons, houses, papers and possessions from unreasonable searches and seizures, and no warrant to search any place or seize any person or things shall issue without describing them as nearly as may be, nor without probable case, supported by oath or affirmation subscribed to by the affiant.
Section 9. Rights of Accused in Criminal ProsecutionsIn all criminal prosecutions the accused hath a right to… a speedy public trial by an impartial jury of the vicinage; he cannot be compelled to give evidence against himself, nor can he be deprived of his life, liberty or property, unless by the judgment of his peers or the law of the land….”

Section 10. Eminent Domain; Initiation of Criminal Proceedings; Twice in Jeopardy
“…nor shall private property be taken or applied to public use, without authority of law and without just compensation being first made or secured.”

License Denials and Revocations

The legislation specifies several reasons for the denial or revocation of a kennel license, and some of them make good common sense to protect dogs and consumers. For example, a license can be denied or revoked if the applicant has been convicted of animal cruelty, has violated unfair trade practice laws relating to animal sales, or has entered into an agreement with the attorney general to cease kennel operations as a way to resolve allegations of misconduct.

Other reasons stretch common sense to and beyond the breaking point, or are unnecessarily harsh.

For example, the legislation prohibits anyone who has been convicted of a felony from holding a kennel license, and this also applies to family members and anyone else living on the land where the kennel is located. The vast majority of felony charges have nothing to do with animals, and do not indicate a predisposition to take poor care of animals.

For example, in the 1960’s and 70’s, many people were convicted of a felony for the simple possession of a marijuana cigarette. Other non-related felonies include tax evasion, draft dodging and politicians who accept bribes. We are not defending these criminal actions, but we are saying that they have nothing to do with a person’s suitability to raise animals.

Moreover, a felony conviction may have occurred many years ago, or even decades ago, and the person has paid off her or his debt to society and has been leading a law-abiding and productive life. It is customary for people to help their relatives or friends to get back on their feet after a criminal conviction. Other felons are legitimately trying to get their lives in order, and low-paying jobs such as working with animals often are the only work they can get.

A prohibition against licensing someone who has violated the rabies law is very unnecessarily harsh, as this can be based on a simple oversight or forgetfulness. Most rabies law citations are based on failure to vaccinate in a timely manner, and do not indicate a deliberate intention to evade the law or defy it.

Nothing in the simple fact of a rabies law violation would demonstrate that a person is unsuitable for owning a kennel, and few of us can claim that we never have overlooked the date for renewing our driver’s licenses, auto registrations or other governmental requirements.

The only rational grounds for denying or revoking a license based on the rabies law would be for repeated and flagrant violations.

This issue takes on greater importance, since the legislation changes current law and prohibits the owners of commercial kennels from being state-licensed to give their own rabies vaccinations. The legislation requires all rabies vaccinations to be given by a veterinarian. Previous draft regulations also would have imposed this restriction on private kennel licensees, and this provision may be contained in the new draft regulations that are being hidden from view.

In light of previous draft versions of regulations and legislation, it is hard for dog owners not to see these kinds of requirements as a deliberate attempt to find ways to close down kennels for issues that have little to do with the care of dogs.

There has not been a case of dog-to-dog rabies transmission in Pennsylvania in more than 11 years, which would make it impossible to justify this provision based on necessity. Fines for lapsed rabies vaccinations already have proven to be a very effective deterrent against noncompliance, and the current program is clearly working well.

We also question the legal propriety of the state getting involved in de facto enforcement of local zoning issues. The legislation says that licenses will be denied or revoked if an owner receives “final denial” for local zoning or other ordinances.

“Final denial” is not defined, and denials by zoning boards often are successfully challenged in courts or amended through variance or special exception processes.

In addition, local issues simply are none of the state’s business. It is an infringement upon the autonomy of local government and the courts.

Other Civil Rights Issues

Both due process and search and seizure protections are stretched beyond the breaking point by the Casorio legislation.

The requirements for kennel licensure are spelled out in the Dog Law – underscore the word “law.” Someone who fails to get a kennel license is not breaking a regulation. He or she is breaking the law.

An administrative ruling on an alleged violation is not the same as a conviction in court for breaking the Dog Law. To impose an administrative penalty in the absence of a guilty verdict or guilty plea in court thus must be seen as an end run to evade constitutional protections and due process under the law.

Breaking the law is a crime, and every American who is accused of a crime is entitled to a trial in a court of law, and by courtroom procedures established through the law. An administrative hearing is not a constitutionally acceptable substitute.

Likewise, administrative penalties are not appropriate for a violation of the law in the absence of a conviction in court. Administrative penalties for a violation of law (law – not regulation) are appropriate only when guilt has been proven in court.

This is doubly true when the seizure or confiscation of property is at stake, and dogs are legally considered to be personal property. Government is constitutionally permitted to seize or confiscate property only when the process of the law is followed, when a compelling public purpose has been established, and after the owner of the property has been offered fair compensation for his or her loss.

The legislation also would empower dog wardens to inspect every dog in Pennsylvania, as well as the home and property of the dog’s owner, at any time, for any reason and without having probable cause to suspect that the law has been violated. This applies to anyone who owns even one dog, and not just to kennels.

This provision essentially permits dog wardens to go on “fishing expeditions” to see if someone might be violating the law. It would allow a dog warden to come onto a person’s property, inspect a dog or dogs, and demand proof of having a dog license and current rabies vaccination.

The courts have consistently held that these kinds of “fishing expeditions” violate constitutional search restrictions. What the dog warden would be doing is searching your property without any reason except for the fact that you have a dog, in order to see if you might be breaking the law. The officer thus is demanding that every dog owner prove his or her innocence.

The same provision empowers dog wardens to inspect any “establishments” that meet the definition for requiring a kennel license, but this gets the cart before the horse in a thinly veiled attempt to authorize unconstitutional searches without establishing probable cause.

The only way to know if a kennel should be licensed is to make an inspection, and constitutionally this requires either the voluntary cooperation of the owner or a search warrant based on probable cause. Probable cause to obtain a search warrant would include such reasonable things as complaints from a neighbor or customer, visual observation of a large number of dogs at a distance, or hearing a large number of dogs barking.

While this complicates enforcement procedures, it is a realty that every police officer in America faces for even the most serious crimes, such as murder. It reflects our society’s commitment to the Bill of Rights as all that stands between freedom and tyranny.

Other parts of the Casorio legislation probably fall into a constitutional “gray area,” but certainly lack fairness or reasonableness.

An example of this is a provision that would empower a dog warden to demand an inspection of a kennel within 24 hours, if the kennel owner isn’t home during an initial visit for an inspection. If the owner cannot be available during that 24-hour period (which really means during the warden’s 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. working hours the next day), the Bureau can revoke the kennel license and order the seizure of all but 25 dogs in the kennel.

What makes this unreasonable (if not totally ludicrous) is that the vast majority of kennel owners do not operate full-time professional kennels. Most of them hold outside jobs and cannot be available within 24 hours, at the dog warden’s convenience.

Some kennel owners cannot get permission to take a day off of work on short notice, have vital appointments and work commitments that they cannot cancel, or may be traveling away from home on business or on vacation.

Even professionals must leave their kennels for business reasons during dog wardens’ working hours, such as to attend field trials or dog shows. Some of these business trips may be of several days’ or even weeks’ duration, and the kennel owner might not even be in the same state when the dog warden posts a notice.

Kennel helpers and family members are qualified and available to care for the dogs in the absence of the owner, but they are not qualified to answer a dog warden’s questions or go over required paperwork. If the kennel owner is traveling on business, required documents such as rabies vaccination certificates might accompany him or her on a trip away from home.

Dog wardens simply must accommodate the realities of a kennel owner’s life and business, even if it means working overtime in the evenings or on weekends, and also to be willing to wait until the kennel owner returns from an out-of-town trip.

The 24-hour inspection notice is completely unreasonable, given the realities of life. It also shows a kind of bureaucratic arrogance that is not acceptable to anyone who respects the rights of the individual and the American idea of government.

The Casorio bill also fails to differentiate between degrees of guilt.

One violation might involve a person who is willfully evading or defying the law by not getting a kennel license, which merits a stern response from the courts.

However, another violation might be a matter of a single litter being born that would push a kennel over the 26-dog threshold for required licensure the moment the puppies are born. For this kind of situation, a grace period to apply for a license would be appropriate, or possibly a “wrist-slap” summary offense fine.

The legislation also creates many new licensing categories of kennels, based on the purpose and the number of dogs that are kept. This is a good thing, in that it establishes different regulatory standards for different kinds of kennels.

However, it also creates the very real possibility of purely technical violations of the law. For example, a single litter of puppies can throw a kennel from the K-1 to K-2 class. Even if the kennel owner has a K-1 license, the Bureau has held that the kennel is not licensed if it moves into the next higher class. The penalties and confiscations provided in the legislation are draconian when applied to this kind of situation.

Commercial Kennels

The bright spot in the Casorio legislation is that it adds stronger protections for dogs that live in large commercial breeding kennels, especially in regard to requiring much larger kennel sizes than the current law and by providing more opportunity for the dogs to exercise.

In other provisions, however, ambiguous writing and undefined terms plague this part of the legislation.

A commercial kennel is defined as a kennel that sells puppies and dogs on the wholesale market to dealers or pet stores, or that sells more than 60 dogs in a calendar year. This definition is both acceptable and fair.

We applaud the parts of the legislation that double the size of primary enclosures, prohibit stacking of cages for dogs over 12 weeks of age, ban wire floors except for added “bathroom areas,” mandate much larger sizes if more than one dog is kept in a primary enclosure, and require all dogs to be given unfettered access to outdoor exercise runs that double the required sizes of the primary enclosures. Another excellent change is to allow males and females to be kept together, except when the female is in season and is not being bred. This is much safer for the dogs than the current same-sex housing requirement.

Those things are fair and good for the dogs, and this is our primary criterion in evaluating legislation.

Other good things really are restatements of current law, such as enabling dogs to stay dry and clean, protecting them from the effects of bad weather, protecting them from injury, controlling parasites, requiring veterinary care and assuring good sanitation and adequate food.

However, some of the requirements are ambiguous and open kennel owners to the threat of unfair or prejudiced enforcement. A good law must meet the test of clarity, and the Casorio bill needs some work in this regard.

The legislation does not say if outdoor or sheltered (outdoor runs and indoor sleeping areas) kennel facilities are allowed, but does require heating and cooling to keep the temperature warmer than 50 degrees and cooler than 85 degrees. This creates dangerous ambiguity.

Outdoor or sheltered facilities are very appropriate for certain breeds of dogs, such as sled dogs, herding dogs and many sporting dogs. In fact, for those kinds of dogs, indoor housing can be hazardous and potentially fatal because the dogs are not able to acclimate to the conditions they face in the work they do.

Another troubling requirement is for the entire premises to be kept clean and in good repair, with no accumulations of junk or wastes, and with weeds kept under control. The way it is worded means that a kennel owner’s entire property must be kept in those kinds of conditions.

We support this requirement, but believe there should be specific limitations on the area covered – such as within 25 feet of the kennel. The way that the legislation is written could mean that a kennel owner could be cited for normal farming operations over hundreds of acres of land.

Stored machinery, manure piles from cattle, hay barns, overgrown pastures, stored building materials, spare parts for farm equipment, stacks of firewood and organic farming practices all could be considered violations by overly zealous enforcement.

A requirement for impervious waterproofing of all structures also is unworkable, and exposes dogs to toxins. For example, a kennel might occupy only a small part of a barn or other building, but the legislation requires waterproofing the entire structure to facilitate cleaning – even a roof two stories above the dogs!

Moreover, there is no safe waterproofing treatment available on the market at this time. All available products have warning labels for toxicity, and the state has no business requiring kennel owners to expose dogs to poisonous substances that they may chew, ingest or breathe.

The legislation also prohibits commercial kennel owners from administering rabies shots, which it is now permissible to do with state certification. It must be emphasized that this requirement is being imposed in the complete absence of evidence that there are any kind of problems with the current requirements.

For large kennel owners, it boils down to a matter of greatly increased costs and demands on their time. To comply, the owner of a large kennel would have to make several trips to his or her veterinarian every month, or bring the veterinarian to the kennel at least twice a month at a minimum cost of $500 for each visit.

There is no reason for this, as rabies has not been a problem in kennels anywhere in America for more than 10 years, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

Seen it this light, the rabies requirement appears to be harassment: deliberately burdening kennel owners with pointless, time-consuming and expensive requirements that serve no purpose.

It makes sense to require a veterinary examination if a dog has a serious health problem, but it does not make sense to require annual examinations for all dogs and also for every female at breeding. This, too, appears to be harassment and a deliberate attempt to burden kennel owners with unnecessary demands on their time and significant extra expenses when there is no good reason for them.

State officials have admitted that the real reason for the veterinary examination requirement is to provide another level of “Big Brother” looking over every commercial kennel owner’s shoulders. We find this an unacceptable intrusion without good reason.

A ban on euthanasia of a dog by the kennel owner by legal methods has the very real potential to expose a dog to cruel and unnecessary pain and suffering if an emergency situation arises, especially at night or on weekends. A dog could be exposed to hours of agonizing pain during the time it takes to locate a veterinarian, get the dog to the clinic, or have the veterinarian come to the kennel.

Other Changes In The Law

Casorio’s legislation also:

Specifically excludes field trials, dog shows and hunting events from licensure as a kennel if the dogs are accompanied by their owners. However, it does not address the issue of dogs that are being competed with by professional handlers. We believe that this must be clarified.

Tightens requirements for the so-called humane relocation of dogs from other states into Pennsylvania. It requires out-of-state rescues to obtain a Pennsylvania dealer’s license, and also would appear to require a dealer’s license for Pennsylvania rescues and shelters that accept dogs from out of state. We support this measure because of the increased potential of dogs coming from crowded shelters to have been exposed to diseases or parasites, and because most of them are impounded strays from unknown backgrounds. We also believe that this acknowledges the fact that many rescue shelters are in reality high-volume, rapid-turnover business ventures that compete with kennels, even if they have legal nonprofit status. Thus, they should be held to commercial kennel standards. However, we would specifically exempt individuals who provide temporary rescue in their homes as part of a satellite program or because they are good Samaritans working alone or in small groups.

Another provision requires dealer licenses for people and groups transporting dogs through Pennsylvania to other states, if they originate in out-of-state shelters or rescues. We oppose this provision because it is an unconstitutional interference with interstate commerce, subjects these transporters to a different legal standard that commercial transporters (who are exempt), and because it places an unfair burden on rescue groups while serving no purpose in Pennsylvania.

We support a provision that would require fire extinguishers or fire alarms for all kennels.

However, we oppose a provision that would require all kennels to have formal exercise plans approved by a veterinarian. There is no evidence that dogs in most private kennels do not receive adequate exercise. Dogs that are used in competition receive frequent exercise, and dogs in boarding kennels are there for only a short time before returning to the homes of their owners.

Training kennels have been removed from the boarding kennel category. The kennels of most if not all professional trainers and handlers would fall under the category of a personal kennel (“K” Class).

Please contact Rep. Casorio as soon as possible to express your opinion about this legislation. Here is a link for contact information: http://www.pahouse.com/casorio/contact.asp .

The American Sporting Dog Alliance represents owners, hobby breeders and professionals who work with breeds of dogs that are used for hunting. We are a grassroots movement working to protect the rights of dog owners, and to assure that the traditional relationships between dogs and humans maintains its rightful place in American society and life. Please visit us on the web at http://www.americansportingdogalliance.org.

The American Sporting Dog Alliance also needs your help so that we can continue to work to protect the rights of dog owners. Your membership, participation and support are truly essential to the success of our mission. We are funded solely by the donations of our members, and maintain strict independence.

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