Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Been Awhile

I have been slacking with Rubys blog .. she was fine until June, then the hives and itching got worse. her chest area is very bad, and she is scratching her head as well.. nothing is working, i just put creme on her for the itchiness and it helps. I have determined she is allergic to grass, as when she rolls in it she breaks out in hives shortly after. Even though her allergy test came back negative for grass, the hives show that she is allergic... housebreaking is still an issue, and so is her fear issues which are random when it comes to people.. some folks she is fine with,others she is afraid of.

right now she is at camp at a friends house, as i thought that her issues were all me, and i wanted a fresh set of eyes to see how she is and to see if it was me or her.... so far, some of her issues she has here are showing in my friends house.. I go get her this coming weekend, then we have an appointment with a behaviorist who wants to try some drugs on her to see if it will help.. nothing serious, just some medicines to see if it will help her out to level out.. none of them are dangerous, just simple meds to try to balance her out to see if that works..

she is also been training in weight pulling, and actually does pretty well with it..

its been awefully quiet here without her, rufus misses her, jesse is reveling in the calmness lol...

she is now on Pro Plan Sensitive Skin/Stomach kibble, as the high end kibbles were not working out. some dogs just cant tolerate high end kibble..

so thats about it for now.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Canned food is good....

well, its been awhile since i updated here, sorry for the delay.. Ruby has been on canned DVP LID allergy food now for a while. her last BUN/Creatinine blood work showed NORMAL for her kidney function when i put her on kibble, however she is allergic to storage mites in dry dog food so she was still itching.. so i switched her to canned food. so far the DVP and Evangers Duck and Sweet potato canned is working out very well for her. she is also on claritin allergy pills once a day now, still itching but not as bad as before. Again, i have to be careful what she gets due to her kidneys being underdeveloped. I had hoped that they would develop as she got older but no dice..oh well. she goes for blood work every 3 months now to make sure her BUN/Creatinine readings stay normal.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Candlelight Vigil held for NC dogs euthanized

Best Friends held a candlelight vigil for the 145 dogs killed by the NC shelter and ok'd by the HSUS... While its ok to stop dog fighters, there is no reason that the dogs should die. They should be evaluated and if sound and if there are rescues or people to take them that would be fine. But to kill 145 dogs INCLUDING puppies that were born in the shelter after the mother dogs were confiscated is just out and out WRONG..

A bell was rung for each dog killed, and by the time it was over 145 collars lay on a dog bed in memory of every dog killed..

Do not let history repeat itself. North Carolina residents are urged to contact your state Senator and Representatives to request a redraft of North Carolina Statute NC 67-1 - 4.1 (a)(1).• Find your state legislators here by inputting your zip code + 4 (scroll down page, right hand column).• Insist that the following language from North Carolina Statute NC 67-1 - 4.1 (a)(1) be removed from the definition of Dangerous Dog: “Any dog owned or harbored primarily or in part for the purpose of dog fighting, or any dog trained for dog fighting.” Please also remind your legislators that all dogs are individuals and should be evaluated as such, not grouped together by breed.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

DVP L.I.D. Allergy formula

So, Dick Van Patten makes an Allergy dog food. yes, the dreaded kibble.. Since Ruby has kidney issues, and her BUN is always elevated, I decided to switch her to kibble to see if that has any bearing at all.. So we got Duck & Potato dry and canned food. Since being on the dry her allergies have subsided, her ears are not red, and she isnt itching as much. While i prefer raw feedings for my dogs, sometimes a dog just doesnt do well on raw, so the switch has to be made. DVP makes 3 allergy formulas - Duck & Potato, Venison & Potato, and Lamb & Potato. So far everyone that I know that has allergy dogs have raved about the DVP. so its worth a try.. in another month we are going for a blood test to see what her levels are now that she is on kibble.. hopefully they will come back down to normal so i can breathe a little easier..managing a dog with kidney issues is no picnic thats for sure, but once you figure out what to feed its easy..

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Coalition of animal welfare groups...

Coalition of animal welfare groups applauds North Carolina’s aggressive prosecution of dog fighting; But protests planned mass euthanasia of canines seized, including 60 puppies. February 17, 2009 -- A coalition of animal welfare groups has formed to protest the court-order to kill all the 127 American Pit Bull Terriers—60 of them puppies—seized from the Wildside Kennels in Wilkesboro, N.C.Led by Best Friends Animals Society, the coalition includes BAD RAP (Bay Area Doglovers Responsible About Pit Bulls), Animal Farm Foundation, Villa Lobos Rescue Center, and Downtown Dog Rescue.Monday’s Wilkesboro Superior Court order announced by Judge Ed Wilson would put all of the dogs down after their owner, Ed Faron had been sentenced to jail for 8-10 months. The dogs were seized Dec. 10, 2008 during a raid on Faron’s Wildside Kennels.Ledy VanKavage, an attorney for Best Friends Animal Society said, “With Faron’s conviction North Carolina’s law enforcement and judicial system sent a strong message that dog fighting will not be condoned in their state. We applaud their courage. Now, we ask them to show the same courage when it comes to innocent victims of dog fighting, the dogs themselves. We have ample evidence that the dogs from these situations should not be stereotyped and deserve an opportunity to be evaluated for potential adoptability.”The coalition is urging North Carolina, and other states, to let go of old, discredited policies that assume all such dogs are inherently damaged or dangerous. The most publicized example are the rousing successes of the dogs seized from Michael Vick’s dog fighting operation: many of those dogs are now honored members of family, therapy dogs or making great strides with their rescue groups.Best Friends is urging citizens to contact their state legislators to change North Carolina law and delete the clause in the law that makes it possible for dogs harbored for fighting to automatically be deemed “dangerous” dogs.“Dogs should be judged as individuals,” VanKavage said. “Their adoptability should be judged on their behavior and not their breed.”“Our experience has shown that every custody case reveals highly adoptable individuals that do not reflect the tragic circumstances into which they were born. Without evaluations, these dogs are lost,” said Donna Reynolds Executive Director BAD RAP.“Some of these dogs are mere puppies and there is absolutely no reason to destroy them,” said VanKavage. “Why should an innocent puppy, born into this type of situation, face automatic death because of its breed?”The groups point out that dogs raised for fighting shouldn’t be summarily doomed. For example, 22 of the Michael Vick dogs at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary , BADRAP, and other organizations have made great progress with dogs from the Vick fighting bust. Some of these dogs were condemned by other national humane organizations to be the most violent dogs in America. Now many have their Canine Good Citizenship and some are therapy dogs.Rebecca Huss, the court-appointed Special Master in the Michael Vick dog fighting case involving Bad Newz Kennels said some of the dogs have undergone transformation and are serving others, some are in foster homes, and a few have been adopted.“It is consistent with public safety concerns to evaluate each dog as an individual to determine whether they can be placed in the community,” Huss said. “It is my opinion that every dog should be evaluated on an individual basis. The Bad Newz Kennels case shows there is no reason for euthanizing dogs merely by their breed or location where it was seized.”


Well, thanks to the HSUS, 147 dogs and puppies were euthanized due to a fighting bust. The HSUS would not let any reputable rescues come and assess the dogs, the HSUS helped the Shelter and Judge decide that all the dogs should die...

Even this little puppy that was born in the shelter from one of the fighting dogs seized..

The dogs all could have been turned over to the rescues that tried..

Article 1A of Chapter 67 of North Carolina's General Statutes allows for the adoption of dogs from fighting pasts provided "the animal shelter shall notify any persons adopting the dog of the liability provisions "

and from John Goodwin of the HSUS himself:

"Goodwin (dog fighting 'expert' HSUS) said that the dogs have been bred for fighting and it would very difficult and expensive to re-train the dogs, even the puppies, so that they could be adopted."

and the HSUS says they are FOR animals.... yeah RIGHT...

Two HSUS reps gave testimony today declaring the dogs from the Wilkes County fight bust dangerous. These dogs have not been evaluated, and no rescue voices were heard in this hearing. The dogs had NO advocates speaking on their behalf.As a result, the judge has ordered all the dogs, including approximately 60 puppies, to be destroyed.

From HSUS statement:
"Those particular fighting dogs in Wilkes County, NC were very, very different than the Vick dogs.....Vick was not a good breeder, and he lost most of his fights. His dogs were a poor representation of true fighting dogs."

The Wilks County Shelter had the gruesome task of euthanizing and then putting all the bodies in garbage bags for the landfill...
Is the HSUS our friend? NO their agenda is the same as PETA.. The HSUS does not have an office, they do NOT give any shelters any money that they collect from donations.. Their finances are available for any to see since they are a non profit organization and are governed by law to post their profits... the HSUS has raised OVER $200 MILLION DOLLARS.. yes, over $200 Million dollars in donations.. ask them where that money went, as it sure didnt go to the dogs/cats/animals languishing in 6 x 4 concrete kennels at shelters around the USA, it went to THEM.. their salaries, their bonuses... NONE of the money the public donates to the HSUS actually goes to the shelters.. if it did, none of the shelters would be begging the public for donations or the state to help keep them running.. Next time you want to donate to the HSUS - DONT.. go to your local shelter and give them the money instead, watch the tears form in the workers eyes as you give them some cash ... since the HSUS doesnt give them the donation money they get, at least if you go to the shelter itself in your town you will see where your money is going...
the HSUS is EVIL... plain and simple...
I am sure once you see how much money they have you will be shocked.. or to find out that NONE of it goes to any animals or shelters like they state....
For one thing, i will NEVER donate to their organization EVER.. the HSUS does not deserve any donations, if you want to know where your money goes, buy items for your local shelter and donate it that way.... dont donate to the HSUS as they dont pass out the donations like they state...

Voice your opinions to the Shelter that had all 147 dogs euthanized... with the blessing from the HSUS..

Wilkes County Board of Commissioners110 North StreetWilksboro, NC 28697Phone: 336-651-7346Fax: 336) 651-7568

Wilkes County Attorney Tony TriplettVannoy, Colvard, Triplett & Vannoy922 C StreetP.O. Box 1388North Wilkesboro, NC 28659Phone: 336-667-7201Fax: 336-838-7250E-mail:

District Attorney Tom Horner500 Courthouse Drive Suite 2022Wilkesboro, NC 28697Phone: 336-667-6361 or 667-2994Fax: 336 667-7999

Friday, February 20, 2009

Been a while

so i have been slacking here. things have been busy at home , but Ruby is now back on dry dog food.. while i am not thrilled about it, unfortunately with 3 dogs on raw with these economic times i just cant afford raw for 3 dogs.. so all the dogs are now on dry food which costs around $52 a month vs $140 a month for raw... I found Dick Van Pattens L.I.D. Allergy food, its basically one protein/one carb, and right now all 3 dogs are getting the Duck and Potato kibble and the canned food.. they have duck and potato, venison and potato, and lamb and potato.
so far ruby is doing good , minimal itching , nice solid poops(while larger unfortunately at least they are solid and round) so i am hoping this works. we go back for bloodwork after she has been on the kibble for a month to see if there are any changes in her kidney issues and BUN ..