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January 14, 2010 at 1:46 am 8 comments

Pet Connection has important information on “a series of veterinary drug recalls that have been going on quietly, without public notice or so much as a letter to America’s veterinarians.” Apparently dangerous problems with two different drugs manufactured by Teva (ketamine and butorphanol – marketed under several different brand names) were discovered months before a public recall was issued. Go read the post. If theres’ any chance that your pet is going to be tranquilized or anesthetized, you need this information.

YesBiscuit posts an excellent summary of places to donate to help earthquake victims in Haiti.

Lassie, Get Help presents a most excellent summary on The Trouble with Temperament Tests.

There are updates on the Murder Hollow Basset case from Terrierman and NeverYetMelted, again presenting wildly different viewpoints. I don’t see corroboration in any new stories that, as Terrierman alleges, the judge expressed opinions of any type regarding the conditions at Ms. Willard’s kennel. He’s simply requiring her to obey the law – as he should. Even though many would like us to see laws like most of those written regarding animal care as black and white issues – they aren’t. The most astute commentary on the case I’ve seen is still YesBiscuit’s posts on confessions of a dog abuser and the number’s game. Go – read them, and be sure to read the comments from ‘abusers’.

FWIW I’m still convinced that, as usual, the truth lies in that boundless gray area where all life outside the world of propaganda and hyperbole exists.

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  • 1. Rob McMillin  |  January 14, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    The subsequent discussion on the Lassie, Get Help link is very enlightening. I haven’t read much about the proposed “Oreo’s Law” or the Hayden law in California, but the difference that 501(c)3’s would have to submit under Oreo’s Law is a big deal. (Also, the link points to the comments rather than the article text itself.)

    The point about Nathan Winograd’s unsubstantiated claims (“…unconfirmed reports indicate that a volunteer was able to go in and handle Oreo, despite some aggression issues. I have not been able to verify the veracity of these claims …”) is particularly troubling; he’s willing to overreach on a number of points, and from memory, this isn’t the first time, either.

  • 2. SmartDogs  |  January 14, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    I try to link things that are really worth reading. And thanks for the heads up on the link – fixing it now.

  • 3. Viatecio  |  January 14, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    The T-test link was very interesting, I agree. But between everything going on with Oreo, Amelia, Hayden’s Law, etc my head just started spinning. Same with the Murder Hollow dogs…with so many viewpoints, there must be some way everyone can get along. NYM had a nice little snark at Pat, and apparently the lone commenter has never really read any of the hunting posts where he talks about letting animals go free or the nuisance that groundhogs are to farmers…

    Some days I just don’t know what to think or who to believe concerning a lot of dog-related topics (except for the ones on which I stand rock-solid firm). Don’t know if that’s a bad thing or not.

  • 4. EmilyS  |  January 14, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    I’ve read lots of Burns posts.. and if you think he always lets his victims free (or that his dogs never engage the victims fatally) YOU aren’t reading very closely. He doesn’t even deny he kills small critters.. and has posted on how to do it. You’d probably enjoy those posts and would want to try out his techniques for yourself.

    And oh yes, those vicious groundhogs; such a horrible threat and danger.

    From a moral point of view, Burns is no better than a dogfighter.

  • 5. SmartDogs  |  January 14, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    Say what you want about Patrick – at least he’s not boring. I find that I either agree or disagree completely with his posts. There’s none of that boring middle ground in Terrierman Land.

    I’m also certainly not going to damn him for letting his dogs kill critters – I let mine kill them too. There’s a world of difference between letting a dog kill the woodchuck that’s digging up your foundation (or pasture) and setting innocent animals up to fight for entertainment.

  • 6. SmartDogs  |  January 14, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    There’s a reason they call it healthy skepticism.

  • 7. Viatecio  |  January 15, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    EmilyS, I see your point and respectfully disagree.

    Being a steward of the land involves doing some things that a lot of people are uncomfortable with: hunting is one of those things. However, there’s a difference between Bubba going out with his shotgun to get himself a trophy rack/rug/hat and a sportsman who goes head-to-head with nature…and sometimes ends up empty-handed. Seeing as how some breeds of dog evolved with people as hunting partners, I see nothing wrong when the instinct is encouraged and the prey is given a humane death. I don’t believe such prey hunted by natural predators in the wild is given such an option.

    It’s a mindset that some people will never understand, but that doesn’t mean it’s wrong. A true hunter is no more a sadist than a rescue organization is a puppy mill…or Burns is a dogfighter. I would rather damn the likes of Vick, his cronies, and the dogmen portrayed in “Off The Chain,” thank you very much.

    Sorry to get off-topic.

    The people I seem to get along with the best are the ones with whom I can never agree with every single opinion they have (although a healthy majority vote does help). It keeps life interesting, makes me WANT to learn and keeps skepticism alive.

  • 8. SmartDogs  |  January 15, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Amen sister. Friends who think just like you do (actually, I can not imagine meeting anyone who thinks just like I do) are bo-ring. Hanging out with someone like that would be like staring in a mirror all day. Creepy and narcissistic.

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