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October 27, 2010

The Great Escape artist!

This is the ongoing saga of Cinnamon and Cheyanne.  These are two lab sisters that have been at the shelter on and off since they were 6 weeks old.  At about 3 mons both girls were adopted together.  At about 6 mons they were returned because they could not be cotained by the fence that the family was allowed to build where they live.  The girls are completely vetted and spayed.  We will have to re-test for HW at this point. 
Anyway the new chapter!!  On October 12, I received an email from Red CollarRescue in Houston saying they would take them.  I was very excited because the girls are now 8 mons old.  I had transport arranged and the day before they were leaving, they escaped out of their kennel and could not be found.  Until TODAY!!  They are now back at the shelter, thin from their month on the run.  We were driving down the road to the shelter and saw them.  We pulled into a parking lot and they saw us and came running to the van.  So now we start the merry-go-round again to find them foster or rescue.  They are great girls and obviously meant to be together.  It still amazes me that after be loose on their own for a month, they were still together.
So if you can help these girls, please let me know.  And please forward their story and ask for help for them.  Thank you for your consideration.
Krista Mc Anally
Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
Tool TX - Approx 52 miles SE of Dallas
903 432-3422
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October 01, 2010

Micro-Chipping your Pet...What's it really for?

For several week's this subject has been Gnawing at me and last night one of my Twitter patrons posted a news article related to the importance of Micro chipping a pet! By now most people know "What" micro chipping does, but: do we really know the importance of it?

Most people think micro chipping is rapidly becoming more advantageous for the "Individual" pet owner, But it is Rapidly becoming a way for law enforcement to track Dangerous dogs . In the event that they should do harm to anyone or anyones pet or property, the owner can be tracked down and prosecuted!
If no damage is done by the pet, the owner can be tracked down and fined by local and civil authorities for not maintaining the pet in a proper enclosure! Most Dangerous dogs are now being registered with this technology within the city's in which they reside and owners are scrutinized for there ability to maintain such an animal in a safe environment!
Many shelters simply eliminate the animals and do not allow them to be adopted at all!
In England and other places around Europe this is becoming more and more prevalent as Laws have been created to eradicate the dangerous species from existence. As long as a pet does not escape or cause harm to anyone, it may be possible to keep the animal for the duration of it's life. Should the animal escape under new Animal control Laws the animal is usually killed within a matter of days and evidence through photo's is gathered and preserved for the prosecution process to follow! Veterinarians are actually going so far as to track the DNA of specific breeds for Categorizing and notifying Town's and Cities of the potential threat's!!!
Breed Specific Legislation (Dangerous Dogs Act 1991)

The Bottom line here is to insure the security of the animal and prevent escape from a well designed enclosure! Here in my city of Fort Worth, Texas a stringent Height requirement is spelled out for anyone owning  specific Breeds in order to keep them from climbing. It is well to note here that height does not prevent many dogs from climbing a chain link fence. If a dog can get his paws in the links he can climb it!
At my home we have an escape artist and he simply pushes gates to test them for resistance because the children entering and exiting don't always slam them hard enough to latch.

Digging is another, and probably the most popular way for dogs to escape although most large dogs would require some time at the task to create a hole large enough to escape! If a pet is left out all night unattended, he has sufficient time to dig out especially if a rodent is taunting them from the other side.

What I am trying to point out here is not the importance of Chipping a pet, but rater the "ounce of prevention"  in the need for tracking down the owner's of a pet, because the Children left the gate open, or the neighbors cat coaxed your pet to take an afternoon jog, or heaven forbid, someone stole the pet! Pet theft is on the rise as the economy worst en's. Thieves are looking for sign's posting Reward's! A small dog is more inclined to be posted in the paper for a reward than any other pet.
 Many thieve's realized this lucrative scam after originally stealing pets for Dog fighting endeavor's and them finding the posting's for reward's!
Keeping your pet in constant site out in the yard is an impossibility, and keeping them indoors is usually only reserved for those that Live in apartment's and can only take a pet out for a controlled walk!

Word's to remember...A Dog does not have to be aggressive or commit an aggressive act ! The reporting by an person unfamiliar with dog's is all it takes. Showing its teeth while being captured and detained when cornered is evidence enough for a loving pet to be trapped by local animal control and killed, if not claimed or recovered in a quick and responsible manner!Don't forget in your haste to recover the pet to take any and all documentation including home photo's with you to the holding shelter! This can speed up recovery time and reduce argument's of ownership. Tag your dogs collar and note on both sides of the tags that the animal is chipped and provide a number for the local veterinarian!
Keep those pets safe out here and leave your comments and questions and idea's behind in the comment box. Thanks for visiting Pampered Pets and Pals! Have a Safe Weekend! Stevan G.
Micro-chip technology

A lawyer's guide to dangerous dog issues

 By Joan Schaffner
Watch this News report as a pet owner Battles a local shelter!

September 28, 2010

Lead me to Thy Church!

Recently my son was taking violin lesson's at a nearby church administered by the Reverends daughter a music major referred to us by the High School Orchestra Teacher! We were invited to sit in on a sermon shortly after the renovation's were completed on the main Chapel. prior to the Sermon the Reverend pointed out the Huge Wooden Beams holding up the main Structure and went into detail the "Rarity, of the Brazilian wood" and it's million dollar price tag!

That prompted this poem!


Lead me to thy Church!


Towering above, 
Massive Branches spread round,
Embracing me with limbs,
A Trunk the Foundation.
Lead me to thy Church!


Blowing, Whispering in my ear,
Breezes that touch me gently.
The dew upon my face,
Kissing me softly.
Lead me to thy Church!


Turning stars in the night,
Bright lights glow, 
Light a path for me,
Pulling me on my way.
Lead me to thy Church!


Guiding me by moon,
Darkness I know not.
Leaving my heart,
Yearning for voice.
Lead me to thy Church!


The meadow, The field,
Along the stream.
What leaves me a path,
Footprint's it seem's.
Lead me to thy Church!


Lights shining,
Brighten the way.
Shows the day,
Brings the sun.
Lead me to thy Church!


Morning brings life,
Sounds awaken.
Thine Tree still shelters me,
It's Limbs embrace.
Safe in the arm's of thy Church!

September 27, 2010

This is the Official site of Pampered Pets and Pals

Due to the lack of funding and my two year length of Un-Employment rather than pay fees to a web site I have parked both pamperedpetsandpals.com and gotwelder.com for the interim! I may even consider selling the right's to the .Com. Follow us as we journey through the world of Blogging, Tweeting, and Socila networking! I have a site at Wordpress and at raise funds for pet adoptions at an Online Store for Glass and Brass Garden and Patio Decorations!

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September 17, 2010

Uncle Bud's Catfish Recipe!

Recipes from World Class Chefs
My Family's Favorite Catfish Recipe!



CLICK ON AN IMAGE TO ENLARGE IT!
I am posting these recipe's because this
Restaurant is no longer in business and I feel they deserve to live on! Uncle Bud's Franklin Tn.
I personally use a blend of the two Frying recipes since trying each independently! But I highly recommend the Hollandaise Sauce with both!
My Family can't get enough!
Unfortunately it takes me at least 2 hours in the kitchen so I save the complete Fish and Sauce recipe for special occasions only, ie..Birthday's, Christmas etc...

September 15, 2010

Dangerous Dog Taxes!

As shelters suffer overcrowding as a result of the Economic downfall’s causing extended un-employment and excessive layoffs more and more pet owners are faced with the tough decision of turning their pets over to a local shelter!
It’s a sad day when Taxing has become so prevalent in the process of pet control that it has priced honest working citizens out of a pet! Our city currently requires a $500.00 license for a pet deemed Dangerous and this varies from Rottweiler’s, to Pit’s (American Terriers), and Doberman’s. The selection of determination is left up to the Local license issuer whether it’s a Vet or the local Animal Control Center.
If a pet is left un-neutered there is an additional fee for “intact pet”!

These are based on Breed specifics only and have nothing to do with the temperament of the pet! If a person applies for Adoption of one of these “Dangerous” dog’s they must go through an application process that requires the certification of the property having a secured “60inch high” fence! Most fences are only 40 inches high! If there is the added risk of the pet climbing or jumping additional measures must be made!
Should the pet escape there are stiff fines and recovery fees and a license may be revoked and the pet killed! Deemed Dangerous can also be reported by a neighbor whom “say’s” the animal “appears aggressive” towards teasing children, or other pets walking near a fence or gate!
Once a fine has been issued for any violation an owner may take a Handling Education class to get some fines dropped but not all fines are eligible through this measure. If an animal should ever bite a person or another pet, they are Quaranteed, the situation review, fines and fee’s paid and if the pet isn’t killed, it’s then listed on the city web page of vicious animal‘s.

Everyone wonders why shelters are overrun with abandoned pets and why so many animals are being killed each year. This should help shed some light on some of the obstacles we as a society must overcome!
Any animal can be Dangerous, and all animals have to capacity to be Vicious. I have cornered Cat’s that I would rather not encounter without proper protective clothing. I have walked up to Aggressive German Shepherds I could talk out of biting me  but by the same token Encountered Chihualla and Pekinese that wouldn’t back down! Point made!

Here's a list of dog's insurance company's consider Dangerous!

Blacklist Dangerous Dog Breeds

As we move forward as a society wishing not to kill innocent animals, we must accept the fact that  certain responsibility come from pet ownership and as long as personal responsibilities aren’t met, the city government will step in, take control and find ways to financially benefit from what amounts to our lack of Education! Read my previous blog on Selecting the right type of dog . It should have been titled “Killing a pet 101“!

September 10, 2010

One the the First Day God Created Dog!

On the first day, God created the dog and said, "Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past.  For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years."

 The dog said, "That's a long time to be barking.  How about only ten years and I'll give you back the other ten?"

 So God agreed......


On the second day, God created the monkey and said, "Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh.  For this, I'll give you a twenty-year life span."



The monkey said, "Monkey tricks for twenty years?  That's a pretty long time to perform.  How about I give you back ten like the dog did?"

 And God agreed......



On the third day, God created the cow and said, "You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer's family.  For this, I will give you a life span of sixty years."


The cow said, "That's kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years.  How about twenty and I'll give back the other forty?"


And God agreed again......


On the fourth day, God created humans and said, "Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life.  For this, I'll give you twenty years."

 But the human said, "Only twenty years?  Could you possibly give me my twenty, the forty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back, and the ten the dog gave back; that makes eighty, okay?"

 "Okay," said God.  "You asked for it."

 So that is why for our first twenty years, we eat, sleep, play and enjoy ourselves.  For the next forty years, we slave in the sun to support our family.  For the next ten years, we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren.  And for the last ten years, we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.

 Life has now been explained to you.

September 02, 2010

10 Things you can do to stop dog fighting

10 Things To Do If You Suspect Dog Fighting

1. Contact the police or your local animal control officer. Provide as much information as you can without putting yourself in danger. In other words, don’t try to investigate; that’s what the police do. Simply report the date and time you noticed something wrong, the address or location, and what led you to believe there was dog fighting going on – for instance, an unusually high number of cars nearby (write down license plate numbers if they’re easily visible from a safe location), sounds of violence or crowd noises (as if at a sporting event).

2. Call the Humane Society of the United States’ toll-free tip line at:
(877) 847-4787 to report your suspicion.

3. Report abandoned buildings to your local housing authority or the police. In urban areas, they are often used for dog fighting as well as City parks that Gang's are gathering in.

4. Protect your pets. Dog fighters sometimes steal them to use as bait dogs. Don’t let yours outside without supervision, and make sure they have proper identification tags and are microchipped. Report pet theft in your area.

5. Alert the local media! Your local newspaper and television station are always looking for stories, especially investigative ones. You don’t have to give them your name. Also encourage local media to air public service announcements on dog fighting. Every news station has an investigative reporter looking to become Famous!

6. Keep reporting your suspicion until you’re satisfied that it’s been checked out. It’s okay to make a nuisance of yourself if it means shutting down a dog-fighting operation.

7. Start a community watch group.Get the neighborhood children involved in watching out for stray or loose dogs.

8. Contact your state representative or senator about dog-fighting legislation at the state level, or talk to your city council and mayor about enacting a local ordinances.

9. Provide positive reinforcement to police and prosecutors who charge dog fighters. Let them know you appreciate their efforts.

10. Remember that you have something all elected officials want – your vote.

This dog was only four months old when he was tied to a stake and used as bait to teach other dogs how to fight. Get involved and end this cruel world of dog-fighting.