Friday, September 25, 2009
And if that didn't convince you to shell out your hard-earned cash, maybe their official website will. After all, who needs a Snuggie more than a collie, easily one of the hairiest dogs out there?
This is the gift you buy the person who drives you crazy with pictures of their little Lola all decked out in sundresses...and the holidays are just around the corner :-)
I know there are an awful lot of people out there who still have deep emotions over the issue of Vick's release, and only time will tell where it all leads in the end, but from my point of view, what's done is done. All we can do is pick up, move on and learn from from the past how to prevent similar events in the future.
Monday, September 21, 2009
I spent a fairly considerable amount of time worrying about how the critters might react to moving into a new home. Of particular concern were the cats, as they are all now into the double-digits and despite what people continue to perpetuate, are highly emotional creatures.
I needn't have bothered.
Once Bo noticed that the table and the food dishes came in the same car as him, he was good.
Obviously, hallway monitor Darby made it through with few rough spots.
Weebs was more concerned about the flash being in her face than any real danger.
And Musette was determined to sleep off any attempts at getting an actual picture...
Just another day in the fur factory...
Saturday, September 19, 2009
This is a wonderful study of cognition and how dogs appear to have adapted their behavior to better integrate with humans. Fascinating stuff.
Product descriptions of this line feature phrases such as:
"Firstly, it features a snarling possessed crop eared mauler of a canine. Not many people are stepping up to the dog plate given the current social climate. But if Icon is gonna come, than we're gonna come correct. If the graphics weren't enough, the supervents on the Represent can be adorned with an optional adhesive backed metal stud kit. On the chain or off, a spiked up collar goes a long way projecting that certain image."
Or, "Earn respect, take props and if need be, bust caps."
"If you're not a canine aficionado, you need not apply. Peta commandos, back off, our dog is off the chain."
"We as a company reject cliches, innuendous (sic), and rumor mongering. Instead we have adopted a pictogram approach to all our products. It allows us to tell our story yet keeps us out of trouble with the legal department. This one has a vicious hell dog who has just broken his chain. You know what that means."
To be fair, at the bottom of most descriptions they have a disclaimer, such as it is: "And to all the haters and nay-sayers - Icon does not support or condone any type of dog fighting. Never have, never will. Don't get it twisted."
Excuse me if I do, in fact, get it "all twisted". When you promote products by repeatedly using a stereotypical image of one of the most persecuted, prejudiced, misunderstood breeds on the planet and feature in the product description wording such as the above, excuse me if I do believe that you are promoting a thuggish, dogfight-supporting lifestyle.
Excuse me if I choose to be repulsed by your "anything to make a buck" mentality, even if in the course of making a buck you help promote a level of fear and misunderstanding that continues to perpetuate hostility towards a breed that already has more stigma than it can handle.
And, by all means, excuse me if I choose, in response to the choices you've made, to spread my thoughts about your choice of marketing tools as far and wide as I can. Call me a "hater" or a "nay-sayer" all day, Icon. If being someone who see pit bulls as something other than an easy way to make a fast buck makes me a "hater", I'll wear the title proudly.
Want to send your own message to Icon? Just click here.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
I'm not sure how I feel about this. I was a supporter of the bill, despite the fact that there were a couple of things that troubled me. I believed that the bill was written with the best of intentions.
But I also believe in the legislative process, and if after all of this time the bill is still over a dozen votes short of passage, perhaps the people have spoken. Did they speak the way I wish they would have? No --- but it doesn't always work that way. I've been terribly disappointed in the past over laws I supported that didn't pass (or vice versa), but one thing I keep in mind is that we all have the opportunity to have our voice heard and if "my side" didn't have the will/gumption/organization to get their message out effectively enough to change the hearts and minds of other voters, then maybe "my side" doesn't deserve to win.
I'm not sure part of the "good fight" is to try really hard and encourage others to give it all they've got, then when it looks like things aren't breaking in your favor, go running off the field and hope the other team gets winded so you can swoop in and call it a win. Or take your ball and walk off the field, rather than having a loss on your record.
It may be permissible, but that doesn't mean it's honorable.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
To read the full text of the bill click here.
Monday, September 7, 2009
DogNip! Catch of the Day is produced by the folks of The Original Free Range Dog Chews. They have created a line of dog treats based on dehydrating products that have as few ingredients as possible to a shelf-stable level, keeping the treats in as close to a natural state as possible. For a no-funky-ingredients-I-can't-pronounce girl like me, I was hooked.
Darby tried the "Skin and Bones" variety, made from wild caught salmon skin that is stuffed with salmon and sweet potato, shaped into dog bone shapes and dehydrated. That's it --- just two ingredients. Being the big fish junkie he is, I figured I'd know within seconds whether it measured up to his overly-spoiled palate.
It didn't take that long. Just a whiff of the strong fish aroma emanating from the bag as I cut it open had his full attention. Darby took his offering and headed for a quiet spot. Since most of his treats are of the one-bite variety, he rarely needs to settle in enjoy a handout, but the size of these treats dictated at least two or three chomps. He was a happy camper with his treat and I am a happy critter-mom for having another pet treat option.
The Original Free Range Dog Chews folks don't sell directly to customers, but their full line of products can be found at one of my very favorite online stores, SitStay.com. If you're like me and like feeding your dog healthy, wholesome treats, give them a try. Your dog may get hooked!
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Kern County Animal Control Director Guy Shaw is proposing an ordinance that would, among other things, require people with 10 or more dogs and/or cats to apply for a permit to keep them. The Board of Supervisors expects to receive plenty of feedback from people when the topic comes up for discussion at its Sept. 29 meeting, and I’m sure the public will not let them down.
Don’t get me wrong. I empathize with Mr. Shaw’s frustration about the pet overpopulation problem we have in
The problem with using a number is that people immediately seize on the number as a topic of debate, rather than discuss what it means to be a responsible pet owner. If Jane Citizen has eight cats and four dogs, and all are altered, current on their vaccinations, licensed and aren’t bothering the neighbors, what difference does it make to me how many pets she has? What difference should it make?
If, on the other hand, Judy Citizen has two dogs who are unaltered, produce litter after litter of half-breed “designer dogs” and are left to live the bulk of their lives in a concrete run on the side of the house, with little family interaction or stimulation, should that pass as O.K., just because they are within the prescribed limit?
It’s a big discussion, worthy of far more consideration than haggling over the appropriate “quantity”. Let’s treat it as such.