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    Pit Bulls- Computers-Ferrets-Writting
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  1. Alan

    Skippy DOg Heros

    [quote name='courtnek']they are amazing, arent they? I see so every day when I hear stories like this. they just KNOW somehow...[/quote] Maybe this is why that dog is said to be man's best friend. I was just sitting here a couple days ago thinking about the versitility of dogs. Dogs can and have helped man in many ways throughout time. We have used them to guard and protect, hunt, herd, transport, assit, as in for the handicapped, and other things which Im sure I forgot. We use their nose and ears because theirs are better than ours and it is even said, that they can sometimes see into the future and warn us of something to come. What other creature on Earth could possibly do everything that a dog does?
  2. Alan

    Does your dog look like mine?

    [quote name='Rainbow']What do you think? [img]http://onfinite.com/libraries/7030/25b.jpg[/img] [img]http://onfinite.com/libraries/9255/eac.jpg[/img][/quote] I think you are stealing my dog while Im at work! :evilbat: :lol:
  3. The 45th Skippy Dog Hero of the Year is Shelby, a 7-year-old German Shepherd from Ely, Iowa, who saved the lives of two adults and two children by alerting them to dangerously high carbon monoxide levels in the home where they were sleeping. On the evening of December 13, after a long day of baking Christmas cookies, John and Janet Walderbach were awakened by the cries of their friends' two children, who were overnight guests. They and the children awoke with terrible headaches and upset stomachs. As Janet was rocking the younger child to sleep, she passed out. Shelby revived her by nudging her until she regained consciousness. Shelby had her ears down and her tail tucked between her legs as she went to wake John. She continued to act anxious and would not leave their sides, as they tried to determine what was making them and the children feel so sick. Thinking she might need a trip outdoors, John put her outside; but that only made her act more anxious as she began to bark, whine and scratch at the door. She did not rest until John, Janet and the children were safely outside the home. Luckily, at the hospital, all four people were successfully treated in hyperbolic chambers, which eliminated the carbon monoxide in their bodies, preventing any severe damage. Doctors remarked that they were very lucky to have made it out when they did. The house measured 280 ppm (parts per million) of carbon monoxide, a level at which death or severe long-term damages are imminent. Shelby survived the incident as well. And her owner, Joleen Walderbach (John and Janet's daughter), couldn't be more proud. "In my eyes, and in the eyes of my family, Shelby is more than a hero; she is a lifesaver, a guardian angel," said Joleen. For her efforts, Shelby and her owner received $500, one year's supply of Skippy dog food, and an engraved Skippy Dog Hero food bowl. Runners-Up Two other dogs were recognized as Skippy Dog Heroes in this year's contest. Each received a $200 cash prize. First runner-up honors went to Spike, a two-year-old American Pitbull Terrier owned by Dr. Danny Fredman of Tucson, Arizona. Last summer, when Spike's owner was preparing to dive into his pool, Spike began barking incessantly. Sensing something must be wrong, Danny turned on the pool lights. To his astonishment, a 5-foot Western Diamondback Rattlesnake was coiled up on the surface of the water, right in his swimming path. By warning Danny of the danger, Spike saved his owner's life. Second runner-up honors went to Sam, a 1-year-old Black Labrador/Rottweiler mix owned by David Biddle of Boalsburg, Pennsylvania. Sam was living with David and his roommates while David attended Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. One early morning, Sam's scratching and whining at their door awakened David's roommates. They found David on their sofa moaning and disoriented with a 108-degree fever. They took him to the emergency room where he was diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis. David spent 102 days in the hospital, where Sam often visited him to help keep up his spirits. David lost six fingers and both legs below the knee to his illness, but he survived and returned to Lehigh this year, using prostheses. If Sam had not awakened David's friends and David had gone without treatment for even one half hour longer, he would have lost his life. Skippy Dog Hero Contest Skippy is proud to sponsor this program, which rewards heroic dogs for their actions every year. The Skippy Mega Brand is Heinz Pet Products' number-one-selling can dog food. The Skippy brand offers five different forms, including ground, in the most popular flavors. Additionally, Skippy dog food is 100 percent complete and balanced nutrition. Heinz Pet Products, an affiliate of the H.J. Heinz Company, is a leading producer of dog and cat food and treats, with top-selling brands such as 9-Lives and Pounce cat food and treats; Skippy, Kibbles 'n Bits and Gravy Train dog food; and Jerky Treats, Snausages, Pup-Peroni and Meaty Bone dog treats. CONTACT: For more information on the program, please visit [url]http://www.skippydog.com[/url]. Feb. 29, 2000
  4. Alan

    Shelter Worker Busted

    A worker at a New York City animal shelter was in the doghouse yesterday - arrested and facing charges of endangering his two children and torturing animals. Alphonso Trotter, 40 a staffer at the Manhattan Shelter of New York City Animal Care and Control, was arrested Tuesday after police were called to his Bronx apartment on a report of a family dispute. Police said they found Trotter's children, ages 7 and 8, in what they described as a filthy, foul-smelling apartment strewn with animal feces, rotting food and other garbage. They also found two pit bulls, one tied to a piece of furniture, the other to a door, standing in their own waste. When the cops untied the dogs, "one ran to eat some scraps on the floor and then drank the last of the water out of the toilet," a police source said. The children, who normally live with their mother, were taken home, and the two pit bulls were removed to the agency's Manhattan shelter - where Trotter works. CACC officials said that Trotter works with animals at the shelter, cleaning their cages and caring for them. Ed Boks, the agency's executive director, said that if the criminal charges warrant it, Trotter will be suspended. "We certainly have zero tolerance for this type of behavior among our staff. It would be quite an anomaly if it's true," he said. "Our staff in the main are outstanding animal welfare professionals." Police said Trotter was charged with endangering the welfare of the two children and with torturing and injuring animals. He was awaiting arraignment last night in Bronx Criminal Court. I could have swore I posted this tonight, but I couldnt find it ? If it shows up in some other forum, that is why :lol:
  5. I thought it would be interesting to see how many dogs here resemble each other. If your dog looks anything at all like mine, post it. It doesnt even have to be the same breed. [img]http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a160/pitbullcomputers/Myedge.jpg[/img]
  6. Alan


    [quote name='JackieMaya']Court, thank Dog your dogs let you know! I'm glad your son is going to be okay. Dogs are SOOO perceptive. Just ask Kat about her Sheltie roomie![/quote] Excellent Post! Glad he will be ok. :D
  7. My grandfather was trying to house break a dog. He got mad cause the dog peed in the floor! He beat the dog with a newspaper, then through the dog through the window, glas and all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :evil: The dog was ok. He didnt pee in the house for a couple weeks after that. One day he peed, grandpa gave him a dirty look, the dog grabbed the newspaper in his mouth, beat his own ass, and jumped out the window! Of course, this is a joke! My grandpa used to tell us he knew his dog was smart because this happened but it never happend really.
  8. Alan

    What would you do?

    [quote name='BuddysMom'][quote name='Mei-Mei']I'd just keep my distance, follow the truck and call the police on my cell. :)[/quote] I agree. I wouldn't want to blow my cover. Shooting out tires or confronting may result in my dog getting hurt.[/quote] Nooo!!!!!!!!!! The dog wouldnt get hurt as long as you shoot them between the eyes before they have a chance to do anything. Then blow out the tires to cover you ass! :lol:
  9. Why do dogs attack? At the end of January 2003, seven-year-old Carolina Anderson was badly mauled by an American staffordshire dog while playing in an Auckland park. This was the first of a spate of dog attacks. Quite simply we don’t know. One would need to have seen how the child, the dog and its owners behaved in the minutes before the attack, and one would need to know more about the dog’s background, specifically its breeding and training. There is little information available on the background of dog attacks in New Zealand but international research suggests that the majority of dog attacks on humans occur at home with the victim a family member or visitor. This observation is supported by the stories reported in the media over the last two months, although in general dog attacks reported in the media are on strangers in public places. Dog attacks on children in public places are more common in the summer or during weekends. Children under five are more likely to provoke dogs than older children, and the present thinking of many dog behaviour specialists is that when children behave erratically they provoke predatory behaviour in some dogs. Thus the dog that attacked Carolina may have responded as a predator to some aspect of her behaviour, but it is also possible that it was responding to something else, such as an unintentional behaviour of its owner. Running is known to trigger dog attacks, but the excitable behaviour and shrill squealing of young children may be interpreted by dogs as prey behaviour. Dogs that are used to children are less likely to attack and cause serious damage. An analysis of children treated in A & E departments for dog bites found that the dogs involved were usually of the larger and more powerful breeds. Bites from pitbull terrier-type dogs are more often associated with serious injuries or fatalities. This is probably a consequence of the physical structure and abilities of these dogs, but is perhaps also influenced by the fact that these dogs may lunge, become airborne and injure the head and neck of the victims. The severity of injury influences the likelihood of its being treated and recorded and so there is a tendency for data to show large dog breeds as being involved in attacks. This does not prove that large dogs are more aggressive than small breeds, but that they are potentially more dangerous. Dogs are social animals and attacks on family members are thought to be due to the dog being unsure of its status and using aggression to determine rank. This is generally why the majority of adults treated for dog bite injuries (75 percent) are injured by their own dogs. Dogs are also territorial: when visitors are bitten it is usually by dogs defending their territory. Posties and meter readers are often the victims of territorially aggressive dogs. Attacks on strangers in public places may be predatory, may be due to fear, or may be a trained response. The trained response is often unintentional but aggressive behaviour may be encouraged inadvertently by the owner. A dog attack is the culmination of the dog’s breeding, its experience and training, and the circumstances immediately before the attack. The severity of the attack is influenced by the dog’s size and ability to injure and the size and ability of the victim. Thus when dog attacks become an issue of public concern, powerful dogs and small children are usually involved. Karen Overall, a leading American dog behaviour specialist, recently reviewed the literature on dog attacks and concluded that the breeds most represented in dog bite data (1) vary over time, (2) are popular and (3) are not in proportion to their actual population. In almost all studies mongrels are the most common type of dog involved in attacks on humans. The variation in breed over time suggests that if specific dog breeds are legislated against, then another breed or type will be developed to meet demand for aggressive canines. In the late 1980s a list of breeds involved in 40 serious dogs attacks on children in Adelaide included German shepherd dogs (10), German shepherd crossbreds (5), rottweilers (7), pitbull terrier-type dogs (4), Siberian huskies (3) and one akita, doberman pinscher, labrador retriever, chow chow and Australian shepherd. Pitbull terrier-type dogs have been involved in many of the recently reported dog attacks and are the target for those promoting breed control legislation. But dog aggression was a public problem in New Zealand before this type of terrier became common and some of the breeds listed above may come under scrutiny in the near future. In a 1995 study of veterinary opinion in New Zealand, rottweilers were considered much more aggressive in the veterinary clinic than any other breed of dog. Intact male dogs are also much more likely to be involved in dog attacks than females or desexed animals. Protecting the public from dangerous dogs requires good legislation that is enforced, and public support. Many of the attacks that have occurred in the past few months could have been avoided if the 1996 Dog Control Act and local by-laws were enforced, and if people were willing to report inappropriate behaviour in dogs. Dogs were not supposed to be let off the lead in the park where Carolina was attacked. However, maintaining effective animal control services is expensive and enforcing breed control legislation, if it comes about, will also be costly. Local councils will expect dog owners to pay for animal control. Regardless of changes to the legislation, dog owners can expect a significant increase in dog registration fees in the future as councils attempt to improve dog control to reduce the risk of attacks such as that on Carolina. Dog ownership may easily change from a right to a privilege. Associate Professor Kevin Stafford Institute of Veterinary Animal and Biomedical Sciences.
  10. Alan

    What would you do?

    [quote name='rotten_two']who needs a gun when you have a grilling fork?[/quote] :lol: :lol: :lol:
  11. If there wasnt a dog over population problem, would you still own as many dogs as you do now? I own three, plus have fosters but I would probably only own two, if there wasnt a problem.
  12. Alan

    Do you know what to do?

    [quote name='Doberfanatic']maybe they'll attack the dustbuster :) Or if they start attacking you, maybe you can use it as a weapon... LOL[/quote] Im giving you 5 points for that comment! :lol: Good thing I wasnt drinking or I would have spit up all over my monitor. I could see someone fighiting a dog that way in the middle of the street LOL.
  13. Alan

    Do you know what to do?

    [quote name='rotten_two']what kind of threat? a stare? a growl? a lunge? is he running at me?[/quote] It's all about learning something. I know you are very knowledgeable. Give us some examples of all the above. Who knows, it may save someone from being bitten. One thing I would add. Most dogs understand basic commands. You can try a firm assertive SIT or STAY or LAY DOWN. I know you are supposed to walk away and avoid contact but trust me, it dont always work. I got bit doing exactly that. I was walking down a street in a neighborhood. The dog ran off the porch and started dancing beside me acting agressive. I figured if I ingnored him, he would go back on the porch. I didnt acknowledge he was even there and just kept walking slowly away and he bit me. On the other hand, and IM sure everyone will say this is wrong and it may not work for everyone, I have stoped, faced the dog and agressively said something to it and it backed off. Maybe however, if I was a small woman, it may not have been effective.
  14. [quote name='rotten_two']hasn't this been done? i know we did at least the second part once before![/quote] OK, from now on, Im putting you in charge of the "That's already been done" list. My tiny brain cant remember all that stuff :lol:
  15. First, if you were any dog, and you could choose, any member here, to be your owner, who would it be and why? Secind, if you could be one of the dogs belonging to this group, which dog would you be and why?