Thousands of Poodles, dogs to be beaten and eaten in Yulin Dog Eating Festival

I have a really weird and silly question for you.  Would you beat, torture and eat your poodle for fun at a public festival?  I didn’t think so, but what about a dog that doesn’t belong to you?  Well, I know that you shudder to even think about that possibility as do I.  But it is actually the case in China at the Yulin Dog Eating Festival in China.

Dogs like Lucy, our Poodle, are eaten as a part of the dog eating festival every year in Yulin, China

There is a sad reality about the way that dogs are treated in the Yulin, Guangxi Zhuang region of China.  On June 21, 2013, another yearly tradition of a Dog Eating Festival began to the dismay of concerned and loving dog and poodle owners like ourselves.

Some animal rights organizations have claimed that tens of thousands of dogs are slaughtered each year for this so-called festival.  Many dogs are electrocuted, burned and even skinned while alive.

China has no animal welfare laws such as the ones in effect in the United States and other nations.

What can people do who are opposed to this kind of animal cruelty on such a huge scale?  There are a number of petitions we can sign online to help get the message to those in the Chinese government.  We can let them know of that this kind of treatment of animals is unacceptable and that it is time to end this dog-torturing food culture that deems dogs like our beloved poodles and other dogs just a piece of meat that can me maimed at will just for food.

 

Here are links to some of the petitions being circulated on the web:

 

http://www.petition2congress.com/10339/we-urge-chinese-government-to-stop-yulin-festival-eating-dogs-in/

 

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/698/040/400/oppose-to-dog-eating-festival-starting-21st-june/

 

If we all sign these and get our animal loving friends and fellow poodle and dog owners to sign, we might just be a little closer to putting a stop to this barbaric practice and take a big step closer to ending this dog cruelty in China once and for all.

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New legislation is re-introduced to help cut down on puppy mill poodles and dogs

Most poodle owners know better than to ever get a dog from a pet store or a puppy mill.  But sometimes, an un-suspecting and well intentioned person can obtain a puppy through the internet that has it’s origins in one of these dreadful puppy mills.

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Lucy was a rescue, not a puppy mill poodle

Puppy mills are still a serious problem in the US and there is a connection between the internet and puppy mills that allow this substandard industry to continue and to thrive.  Hopefully, some new legislation that has been introduced once more into the senate will help to close a loophole that is present within the system.

Here’s more on this story from a very good article we found at care2.com.

 

This week two senators reintroduced legislation that would help protect thousands of dogs around the U.S. who are  suffering in puppy mills by regulating breeders who sell directly to the public.

The Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety (PUPS) Act, sponsored by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), will close a loophole in the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) that currently allows thousands of breeders to sell directly to the public via the Internet, phone or mail without any oversight.

Under current laws, only breeders who sell to pet stores and brokers are regulated and inspected by the USDA, and even they are only required to provide the most basic care.

The PUPS Act will close this loophole and bring all commercial breeders under federal oversight by requiring any breeder who sells, or tries to sell, more than 50 dogs annually to be licensed and inspected. It will also add a requirement that dogs get exercised, or allowed access to an exercise area, for at least 60 minutes every day.

“As the ASPCA has seen firsthand, the photos of happy, healthy puppies posted on a breeder’s website often grossly misrepresent what conditions are really like for these puppies and their parents,” said Nancy Perry, Senior Vice President of ASPCA Government Relations. “Puppy mills are able to completely evade federal oversight by taking advantage of a pre-Internet loophole in current law, but the PUPS Act would change that.”

Read more from this article here: http://www.care2.com/causes/puppy-mills-thrive-thanks-to-internet-loophole.html

 

We always try to educate the public with articles, posts or videos that help the people who are not yet aware of the situation with puppy mills and how bad they really are.

 

Here is a video that shows just how awful a puppy’s life can be when it is subjected to one of these places.  In almost all cases, a dog’s life at a puppy mill is a living hell. Let’s all contribute to spreading the news about puppy mills and get them all closed down once and for all.  Poodles and dogs of all kind deserve better!

 

 

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11 year old Poodle rescued from severe abuse by a San Diego man

An 11 year old Poodle rescued from severe abuse by a San Diego man made the news today.  This poor little poodle was severely neglected and kicked so hard that it lost it’s vision in both eyes.  Officials from the San Diego Humane Society say that the man who abused this poodle is facing criminal animal cruelty charges.

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This is Freddy, the poodle, after he was rescued

 

On November 19, officials from the Humane Society and Society for the Protection of animals responded to a call regarding the welfare of a dog. The caller reported having seen Oswaldo Velasquez kicking a small white dog that seemed to be in poor condition. Upon inspection, the dog, Freddy, was indeed in bad shape. Freddy’s fur was severely matted. Also his right eye appeared to be infected and was protruding from the socket. Based on Freddy’s condition and the allegations of abuse, he was impounded under protective custody to the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA.

The dog was evaluated by medical staff and treated for his injuries. Unfortunately, even with treatment, Freddy lost vision in both eyes due to the nature of the injuries he sustained. Freddy was rehabilitated and when healthy, adopted into a loving home on January 8, 2013, according to officials.

On January 15, Velasquez was arraigned and charged with a felony count of PC 597(b) animal cruelty and on misdemeanor count of 597(f) for failure to provide veterinary care. He faces a preliminary hearing on February 25. The San Diego Humane Society led the investigation of this crime, following the tip they received.

Read more from the original article here

 

Stories like this one about Freddy and the abuse and neglect he suffered really make me ill, but it is necessary to inform our readers about situations like this.  We need to be kept informed and continue to aid these animals and to try to eliminate this from happening.  At least this man is charged with the crime and will be punished accordingly.

What are your thoughts about this story?  Please put your comments in the comment box below.

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In China and Korea, your poodle or dog would be eaten

Each and every day, poodles and dogs of all kinds are slaughtered for food and it is absolutely barbaric. It’s not just that they are killed, but they are brutally killed and even tortured. It is believed by these cultures that if the dogs are terrified, the rush of adrenaline will cause the meat to taste better.
If you dare, watch this video on the dog meat trade in Korea. Perhaps it will raise awareness so that we can be a voice for these animals and help to put a stop to this by changing the laws regarding the treatment of dogs in China and Korea.

The United States has it’s share of problems and we are not perfect as a society either. However, I am glad that we don’t view dogs and poodles and cats as dispensable items to be put on the chopping block for someone’s dinner.
Please share this with other poodle and dog owners and dog lovers. People should be aware of what is going on, even if it is disturbing.

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Can you bring your poodle to the dentist?

Can you bring your poodle to the dentist next time you go in for a procedure? Well, there is a therapy dog named Brooke, who accompanies her buddy, Dr. Paul Weiss to his dental practice.  It is so amazing how great a therapy dog is and how much they can help to change the experience of people that they work with in all kinds of situations.
Brooke (pictured below) is helping out patients deal with the stress of having to go through the difficulty of dealing with a trip to the dentist.

This therapy dog is helping ease anxiety at the dentist

 

Marilou Rich Owczarczak, of Lancaster, NY, shared this photo of the dentist and his dog Brooke, who he brings in every day to help patients with the stress of having to face the dentist chair.

Maybe my poodle Lucy will come to my next dentist office with me and help me stay calm under those dental cleaning tools!

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What are the top ten Favorite poodle and dog names?

What are the top ten favorite poodle and dog names used today?  Here’s a list of the top ten names for male and female poodles and dogs, according to http://wixy.com and Pawnation.com.  Our Miniature Poodle is Lucy, but she has nicknames too!

Lucy just seemed to be a perfect name for our little gal

We came up with one or two names at first and quickly settled on Lucy, since it just suited her.  Sometimes a name just pops into your head and really fits.  Other times, people have chosen names from favorite movie or story book or even cartoon  characters.  Here are the top 20.
Most popular female dog names:

  1. Bella
  2. Daisy
  3. Lucy
  4. Molly
  5. Lola
  6. Sophie
  7. Sadie
  8. Chloe
  9. Coco
  10. Maggie

Most popular male dog names:

  1. Max
  2. Buddy
  3. Charlie
  4. Rocky
  5. Cooper
  6. Bear
  7. Bentley
  8. Duke
  9. Jack
  10. Toby

What is your poodle or dog’s name?  Was it chosen for a specific person or character in mind or was it just a name you liked?  Let us know what you named your pets and if it was one of these top ten favorite poodle and dog names on the list.

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Maria Menounos rescued several dogs including a Poodle named Whinnie

Extra host has a big heart when it comes to rescuing dogs.  The story is that Maria Menounos rescued several dogs including a Poodle named Whinnie.  She came across several dogs during the Thanksgiving holiday and felt she had to pick them up and take them to a local animal shelter.

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Maria Menounos and her rescued Poodle "Whinnie" Photo courtesy of Maria Menounos

 

After taking the homeless pups to the shelter, she attempted to locate the dog’s owners.  Ultimately, she and her companion decided to take several of the dogs home with her and was going to help find homes for them.  Maria ended up leaving with three strays she had found, plus three poodles, too.

Then she could not resist keeping three of the dogs herself, which were two Lhasa Apso mixes named Beamer and Boomer and a poodle named Whinnie.  (pictured in the photo above)

She told her rep that she had found homes for the other three.  Way to go, Maria.  A dog rescuing woman after our own heart!

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Fiona the Poodle was named Dog of the Year by ASPCA

Fiona the Poodle was named Dog of the Year by ASPCA.  “Fiona” was the little white poodle that was rescued earlier this year from a trash heap in South L.A. and was totally blind, hungry and scared.  Rescue workers discovered this poodle and the incredibly touching video was made to document the events of that day.  You can see our original post about Fiona’s rescue here.

Thanks to the many people who shared the story, word of this amazing rescue and of the difficult road ahead for this scared and blind little poodle traveled all of the web quickly.  This made it possible for public awareness to spread and Fiona got the help she needed from many donations to help fund the surgery needed to restore the sight in one eye.

Take a look at the follow up video about Fional, the amazing and resilient little poodle who would not give up.  This story brings a tear of joy to my heart and I am happy to be able to share it with our readers here.

 

 

There are many stories similar to that of Fiona but I am very happy that Fiona the Poodle was named Dog of the Year by ASPCA.  She deserves the attention and the recognition.  I wish that dogs would never, again, end up in some trash heap, abandoned and left to die.  But fortunately, for many, they are rescued and are shown the kind of love that they deserve.

If this story touched your heart, please SHARE and LIKE this post and spread it around so others can enjoy it, as well.  As always, thank you for reading!

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Adopting a poodle or pet should be affordable to seniors

Adopting a poodle or pet should be affordable to seniors.  Many senior citizens love to have a poodle or another type of dog as a companion.  Just because a person is an elder man or woman, that does not mean they should be excluded from caring for a pet.

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Seniors should be able to enjoy and care for a poodle like this one

But sometimes, people just can’t come up with the extra cash to cover the adoption fee, whether it is $50 or $100.  This not only limits the number of seniors who wish to adopt, but also the number of pets that are going to find a home.  What happens to all of the dogs that cannot find a home?  Many of them have to be put to sleep, which is a serious concern for those who love animals.

But now, a new program in Burlington County, PA has allowed the pet adoption fees to be waived for seniors who wish to adopt.  Phillyburbs.com had the following to report about this new program designed to help seniors with limited means adopt a pet.

“The Free Pets for Seniors programs is off to a good start, with about a half-dozen adoptions so far under the program,” said John Richardson, one of the shelter’s adoption advocates and, in my experience, a very good egg. The work is important to him, and John seems to have a soft spot not only for the animals, but for humans, too. That’s not always the case with rescuers. We humans can be a handful.
“As you know, cats and small dogs are popular with seniors, and seniors can often provide the ideal, quiet homes that many animals prefer and do best in. But I should also mention that a larger, energetic dog went to a home with an octogenarian who runs every day and looks amazing. … It is one of those stories that remind you why you deal with all the stress and sorrow.”
A solid match based on what was best for animal and human. Yay!
In addition to the completed adoptions, the shelter staff is noticing “an appreciable uptick in inquiries, and (we) have great hopes that this will prove to be another highly successful adoption promotion that will benefit both our animals and some great adopters,” John said.
Read the full story here

As we know, there are so many positive benefits to owning and caring for a little poodle, dog or cat and for seniors, it can make all the difference in the world.  Besides having the company and companionship these animals bring, the benefits to the health of people who care for a dog include getting more exercise and lowering blood pressure and stress levels.
Adopting a poodle or pet should be affordable to seniors and to anyone who wants to care for a pet.  I am happy to report that this new program will help those seniors who want to adopt a loving animal companion.

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A Poodle died during a TV show stunt

A Poodle died during a TV show stunt in Germany which has left many animal rights activists up in arms about it. People are demanding that actions be taken to bring those responsible to justice.

 

The miniature poodle called “Monarch” was on the show together with its owner and 21 other dogs when the accident happened.

Dog hairdresser Monika Thaler claimed she could identify an animal by its fur and while she went on to win the bet and prove her skill – the cheers from the public and stress of the stage show was too much for the four-year-old toy poodle – which tried to jump off a bench and struck its head in the process.

The German Animal Rights Association said that the dog – small for its breed and an award winner – had been scared by the bright lights and the noise from the public and also from the fact that there were other larger dogs around and as a result it had tried to jump to the floor – bashing its head.

The animal passed out a short while later and then died despite treatment from a vet.

Read the original story here

 

Although this stunt may not have been possible without a live animal, but it seems like a tragic case of using an animal who was not fully trained or prepared to deal with this kind of excitement and not used to being in the spotlight. It is indeed a tragic accident that a poodle died during a tv show stunt on this German tv show.

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