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the 10 Commandments, according to dogs (and cats too)

July 7th 2008 10:32 am
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1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.

2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.

3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well being.

4. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I have only you.

5. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.

7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.

8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.

9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old.

10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can't bear to watch. Don't make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so. ALWAYS!

~Take a moment today to thank God for your pets. Enjoy and take good care of them. Life would be a much more dull, less joyful experience without God's critters~ We do not have to wait for Heaven, to be surrounded by hope, LOVE and joyfulness. It is here on earth and has four legs!

(even if it has to have 2 or 3 legs, it still applies)


meet my dad, Rogue

July 1st 2008 11:38 am
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Here's a story about my dad, a science dog, but he's no nerd this guy.. I hope you'll read it, I'm so proud of him.. See his picture on my page, with his owner, my pal & human grandpa Dave. He makes the best mackerel snack treats on the planet!

Science goes to the dogs
A dog's nose is a powerful tool for finding rare species

By Lily Raff / The Bulletin
Published: June 29. 2008 4:00AM PST

Wildlife ecologist Dave Vesely praises his dog, Rogue, for locating a plant called Kincaid's lupine, which is hidden by the grass. The 4-year-old male Belgian sheepdog is new to detection work – Kincaid's lupine is the only species he knows so far.

FERN BUTTE, WEST OF EUGENE — Rogue, a 4-year-old Belgian sheepdog, bounded through the knee-high grass and dandelions here last week, his nose held high, his tail swishing gently.

Suddenly he lowered his head and slowed to a walk. He circled around one spot on the ground. He sat.

His owner, Dave Vesely, was a few steps behind. As he caught up to Rogue, Vesely glanced at the dark, leafy plant next to Rogue’s wagging tail.

“Good boy! What a good boy! I didn’t even see that one!” Vesely said, his praise echoing off the hills surrounding the meadow.

Rogue had sniffed his way to a rare native plant called Kincaid’s lupine. And in doing so, Rogue had nudged modern science a little further along.

In the last decade, scientists have started using dogs — and their sensitive noses — to locate hard-to-find plants and animals. Just as some dogs are used to sniff out drugs, bombs and cadavers, others are trained to sniff out rare plants and animals.

Among scientific techniques, this one is still considered new. But the dogs already are proving so successful that many scientists — including some in Central Oregon — are eager to enlist canines in their own research.

The scientists interviewed for this article said that Rogue is the only Oregon-based dog currently working in species detection. The Kincaid’s lupine study is Rogue’s first official job as a scientific detector dog. And the study is the first of its kind.

Targeting the lupine

“This is the first study that I know of that asks the question, ‘Are dogs capable of finding a rare plant on its native landscape?’ And so far they are showing us that they’re quite capable of it,” said Deborah Smith, one of the co-authors of the lupine study and a co-founder of the Working Dogs for Conservation Foundation, based in Missoula, Mont.

After a few weeks of training last summer, scientists have been testing the lupine-detecting abilities of three dogs — Rogue and German shepherds Tsavo and Camas — in prairies throughout the Willamette Valley this month. Even after the testing is done, the results will have to be analyzed and peer-reviewed. But so far, scientists say, the dogs have been “exceptionally” accurate in sniffing out the plants.

Lupines are shrubby plants with distinctive, palm-like leaves that produce tall, cone-shaped clusters of blue or purple flowers in the spring. The Kincaid’s lupine is native to prairies in the Willamette Valley. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service considers the Kincaid’s lupine a threatened species.

“We’re interested in saving the Kincaid’s lupine because the Fender’s blue butterfly needs it to survive,” said Greg Fitzpatrick, stewardship coordinator for The Nature Conservancy, which owns several preserves in the Willamette Valley and is funding the lupine study.

The Fender’s blue butterfly is an endangered species. The butterfly lays its tiny eggs — smaller than the head of a pin — one at a time, on the underside of Kincaid’s lupine leaves. A tiny caterpillar — about one-eighth of an inch long and the same bright green as the underside of a leaf — emerges from the egg. The caterpillar feeds on the plant but doesn’t eat enough to harm it.

In the winter, the plant goes dormant and the caterpillar crawls down the stem and burrows in the soil. When the plant starts growing again, around March, the caterpillar resumes feeding. It gets bigger and bigger until it transforms into a small blue butterfly, usually in May.

The biggest threat to the butterfly and the lupine is the loss of habitat, Fitzpatrick said. There used to be roughly 1 million acres of native prairie in the Willamette Valley. Now there are only about 1,000 acres of prairie left in the region.

So Fitzpatrick approached Vesely, a wildlife ecologist and executive director of the Oregon Wildlife Institute, about using dogs to find Kincaid’s lupine. Fitzpatrick thought dogs could help for a number of reasons.

Some of the best remaining habitat for the Kincaid’s lupine is at the top of steep hills or tucked into jagged ridges, he said.

“That makes it very difficult to survey for (the plant). It takes a lot of time and effort,” he said. “And so my thought was that if I could have some dogs scramble around on those steep ridges, it could save me time and be less expensive.”

Humans search for the plants by dividing an area into a grid and methodically canvassing each square for the plants. They must search for the plant while it is flowering so they can distinguish the Kincaid’s lupine from other species of lupines.

Dogs, on the other hand, can distinguish the Kincaid’s lupine from other lupine species long after the blooms have faded and fallen from the plant. This allows researchers to stretch the survey season from a couple of weeks to several months.

But nobody knew for sure whether the dogs could do it. Some scientists suspected that native plants like the lupine would be harder for dogs to detect than invasive weeds. The thinking was that invasive plants smell “out of place,” while native plants will blend in. Invasive plants grow in different distribution patterns and emit different chemicals than surrounding plants.

Smells unlimited

Three scientists are currently testing the efficiency of lupine surveys with the dogs: Alice Whitelaw, a biologist and co-founder of the Working Dogs for Conservation Foundation is handling Tsavo and Camas. Vesely is handling Rogue. And Smith is leading the field work and recording the results.

One day last week, the dogs loped right past strong-smelling Pennyroyal and wild rose. When their noses came across a Kincaid’s lupine — which to most humans has no perceptible smell — the dogs sat and looked intently at their handlers, eager for a reward. Tsavo and Camas were rewarded with about a minute of playtime with a ball. Rogue was rewarded with a homemade beef liver treat.

Fitzpatrick said that in the coming years, he’d like to know if the team of dogs can be trained to smell and indicate the difference between a Kincaid’s lupine with Fender’s blue butterfly eggs on it and a Kincaid’s lupine without eggs. That could save biologists a lot of time spent painstakingly examining each leaf of each plant they see.

“I don’t know,” Vesely said. “I don’t know anyone who’s doing invertebrate work (using dogs to find) species this small,” he said.

Vesely bought Rogue from a breeder in Nevada who specializes in herding dogs. He planned to use Rogue primarily for herding. But Vesely is now putting more energy into training Rogue as a detector dog. Like a lot of scientists using detector dogs, Vesely had a background in biology and a background in dog training. Then he discovered a scientific tool that merged his two interests.

Vesely and his wife, Joan Hagar, an ecologist for the U.S. Geological Survey, have been training dogs for years. Their Belgian sheepdogs compete in obedience, agility, herding and tracking events.

“We’ve got our professional lives and then pretty much everything else is just dog training. So every day we’re doing herding, detector dog training, agility work,” Vesely said. “They’re just our family.”

Lily Raff can be reached at 541-617-7836 or at

Published Daily in Bend Oregon by Western Communications, Inc. © 2008 ps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080629/NEWS0107/806290319


some fun things

June 11th 2008 6:22 pm
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compliments of my loving UNCLE ANGUS the Warrior, who like mica, HAS IMHA.

thank you uncle angus today and everyday for loving us the way you do..

When it's raining lemons on your parade
Get out your biggest brolly
Pay no heed to harsh words or deed
Such accusations are not but folly

Kindred spirits know your aim is true
And friendship is your real motivation
So turn those lemons into lemonade
And let's have a celebration!


because we can all use a rainbow some days, right?
it's beautiful, if you have the time.


it's been a sad sad day

June 10th 2008 10:57 pm
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Just about every day, we hear from dogs about another instance of IMHA/IMTP, both, one, the other or either, some by way of diagnosis, some due to loss, others regarding maintenance of the disease. Many days, it's far more than one.

So when we heard from HQ tonight that sending a PPR asking new pals to consider corralling us for charitable means, stating quite clearly that someone else is making a donation as a result that our pals see this as SPAM, and would we cease and desist.

We hear from mates just about every day as well that they appreciate what we're hoping to do, and they want to help. How can anyone write in criticism and suggest [that] asking for a mate has but an ulterior motive).!.?.! Ah yes, the cause may be noble, but... I only want your corral, pal. Have we ever left someone out in the cold that ever came to us for anything?

We do what we can to help others all the time and in fairness we might never have accomplished all we have thus far on behalf of a quest for a cure without that click by a pal, but this is one of the most sad and absurd things I've ever heard in this community to date. How can pennies per a 3way corral hurt anyone?

Well, it did.

If anyone has felt this way, now or in the past, then we cannot begin to apologize enough. I'm sorry but it is for the benefit of everydog and cat we do what we do. That it's done in Mica's memory stands for absolutely everything in our mom's heart and mind. Anything less would be agony.

If you write and don't hear from us, please don't take it personally. I'm not sure this is the place for us to be right now.

angel mica-the wonderpup, mirra & mel

we're gonna repeat this all 3 ways, so that we reach as many mates as we can. thanks for your understanding.


ALL the purple girls speak out

June 10th 2008 1:03 pm
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Thanks to Deanna, Jezzie & Bruti's mom, this has been brought to national attention.
The link below will take you to the page on "FOR THE LOVE OF THE DOG" site. The petition STILL NEEDS signatures, and the story in Black & White makes us SEE RED.

You do NOT have to view the video in order to act.
We would appreciate your support. This officer, guilty of abuse of HIS OWN K9 partner, a Belgian Malinois, is expected to regain his job..



Love, angel mica, mirra, the purple girls of oregon and mel, their mom dates/judge-rules-reinstate-nc-
trooper-charles-jones-call- to-action#more-1603

Judge Rules; Reinstate NC Trooper Charles Jones - Call to Action!
Posted on 2008 under Companion & Service Dogs, Crimes Against Canines, Just Sad :(, Laws
& Legislation, News & Updates, Torture, Video |

6 June
Sgt. Charles Jones show hanging and kicking K-9 partnerIt is totally incomprehensible to me
that anyone could possibly recommend that NC Trooper Charles Jones be reinstated after
viewing the violent abuse against his K-9 that was videotaped! Not only reinstated, but have
his back wages and lawyer’s fees paid!

Administrative Law Judge Fred Morrison, who handed down the recommendation, stated that
Jones was fired without the incident being properly investigated. How the hell much
investigation does it take to look at a videotape and see that this trooper’s disciplinary
method was violent and abusive? What kind of an excuse can someone give for doing
something like that that would make it acceptable?

State employees are not allowed to be fired or demoted unless there is just cause, and the
stateSgt. Charles Jones must be able to prove that there is just cause in each case. In his
ruling, Judge Morrison said that the burden of proof was not met and that Jones was making
“a good faith training effort to make Ricoh release.” (News 14)

Good faith training effort?!?!? Hanging, kicking and beating the dog is a “good faith training

Testimony also included troopers saying training methods included whatever worked with
their dogs, including: choke collars, stun guns, sticks, cans filled with rocks, Alpha Rolls,
windmilling, helicoptering, tying-off, tethering, lifting-up. They seemed to believe all these to
be acceptable ‘training methods’.

Lt. Everett Clendenin, a spokesman for the Patrol, said the agency will likely contest the
judge’s ruling. Crime Control and Public Safety Secretary Bryan Beatty still believes Jones
should have been fired.

“We’re surprised. We believe this agency did the right thing, based on the investigation,
based on the video. “And we stand by that decision that we made,” spokesman Lt. Everett
Clendenin said Thursday.

In September on 2007, Sgt Charles Jones was fired from his position after he was
videotaped on August 8, 2006, hanging and kicking his K-9 partner, a 9 year old Belgian
Malinois, because he would not drop a toy. This was after he had ‘helicoptored’ the dog, a
technique in which a dog is swung off the ground by his leash.

“Dog experts say trooper Jones’ conduct was completely unacceptable,” Easley said Thursday
following the judge’s decision. “If the state has to resort to that level of cruelty to train dogs
demonstrated in the video by trooper Jones, then they will simply not be in the dog

At this point the judge’s ruling is just a recommendation and will be reviewed by the Office of
State Personnel, which can reject, modify or agree with the decision.

Jones originally faced a three-day suspension, based on the first video. But patrol Captain
Ken Castelloe, who was Internal Affairs director at the time, said he recommended firing
Jones after reviewing the second video. He said it showed that Jones’ actions were more
egregious because he left the dog hanging after it had released the toy.

Bryan Beatty, secretary of the state Department of Crime Control and Public Safety, testified
that Jones was fired only after a careful review.

Disturbed by evidence that some troopers thought kicking a dog was acceptable training and
that testimony about “abusing dogs to get compliance” was inconsistent with an independent
review of the K-9 program, Beatty, suspended K-9 operations following testimony from
Jones’ hearing.

Morrison also said, “My final conclusion is that the State of North Carolina forego the future
use of dogs such as Ricoh for law enforcement purposes, unless it purchases fully trained
canines to be handled by fully trained troopers who are given specific written compliance

You can watch the video clip below - WARNING - it may disturb some viewers

[Click to play video] NC Trooper Abuses K-9 Partner

Public opinion has run high regarding this case with an extreme majority in favor of the
firing of the trooper and many feeling that not only should the trooper be fired but also face
criminal prosecution for animal abuse.

The PETITION calling for Justice for K-9 officers and prosecution for Jones has almost 1000
signatures, some of them recent as yesterday after the ruling was handed down. Needless to
say, people are not pleased!!


You can show your displeasure by writing, calling and emailing. Be polite and courteous but
let the Judge, Governor and Officers of NC law enforcement know that you are displeased
with the ruling and in favor of keeping Jones off the force. The judge’s ruling is NOT FINAL! It
has yet to be reviewed by the Office of State Personnel, which can reject, modify or agree
with the decision.


Administrative Law Judge Fred Morrison, NC Office of Administrative Hearings
(919) 733-2691

Governor Mike Easley — In favor of the firing or
(919) 733-4240 or (919) 733-5811

Crime Control and Public Safety Secretary Bryan Beatty — In favor of the firing
(919) 733-2126 or and choose Office of the
Secretary in the dropdown

Captain Ken Castelloe, NC State Highway Patrol – Supported firing (not after seeing the first
video, which is absurd, but after watching the second video), but makes way too many
excuses for the perp officer
(919) 733-7952

Public Information Officer Lt. Everett Clendenin
(919) 733-5027


OMD.. a woofday poem from uncle Angus the Warrior

May 29th 2008 3:58 pm
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In a wink and a twirl
Our sweet birthday girl
Is all grown up
From a dervish of a pup
Finding her way
And making her fun
Into a beautiful Belgian
And Mom’s ray of sun

thanks uncle Angus, you're the best!
love, mirra


Been tagged, played and suggesting a way for a game of tag- to evolve...

May 2nd 2008 5:23 pm
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I have been tagged by my swell pal Sadie 711675.

Here are the rules to this game of tag:

(Please consider our revision at the bottom)

Each player tells 7 facts about themselves. Then, chooses 7 pups to tag and lists their names. Let them know by paw mail or by a rosette that they've been tagged, then to read your diary for instructions on how to play!

Here’s 7 facts about me:

1. I was sent by an Angel.

2. I’m a half-Canadian, half-American Belgian Oregonian (CABO for short) and stand or even will lie down for world peace.

3. I’m very kind (even to squirrels).

4. I’m lightning fast, sure on my feet & still can render myself invisible at times (or so mom says).

5. I like all kinds of weather, whether or not that matters.

6. I like to nap upside down, stretched out at nearly one and half times my body length, back legs splayed out, head facing one way and one paw opposite side touching a wall. (AKA my power yoga nap). P.S. the peeps say it looks kind of twisted.

7. I love pretty much everything in life, including cabbage.

Thanks Sadie. I’d like to tag 7 mates because my friend was kind enough to pick me, but Mica & I wondered if we could suggest a new game of tag that was little different?

We like to learn new things each day, and this is a game we’d very much like to play.
(Thank you for considering it)

Maybe mates we tag might be willing to share with others 3 ways they try to make a difference in the lives of dogs (or animals in general)?

Mica helped me with the list but we thought these mates could help us get started. In no particular order…tagging 7 as per the rules of the game...

1) Lena Malik 98633
2) Takoda 762637
3) Flicka 655533
4) Demon 292006
5) Hildy 496159
6) Daisy Mae 439979
7) Luna 565707


It's all about timing and whether you care

April 29th 2008 6:02 pm
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It hailed 3 times today. I was lucky enough to be out in it twice. The first time we had just come inside, so I watched from the window. I like all kinds of weather, though even in winter, I sit in the shade if there is any to be found. Just thought you might like to know that about me. I am told I come from sound working stock, (herding & tracking) so I can weather anything. BOL!

The other night there was a wind storm. Mica's wind chimes sang the whole time, but that's a good thing. There is still some discrepancy between mom & my count of downed pines cones, however. Mom says she believes it was 248. I think she's off by at least 10, and since I can count to 258, she should trust me. She says when I ran off to patrol the property, being wary of varmits in such extreme weather events and all, that I didn't keep actual count. humph.

We consider any that fall in the yard trespassers. We do have a NO Trespassing sign after all. Then again, I guess just like varmits, they can't read either. We like to throw them. No, I don't actually throw them. I nibble, bury, toss up & catch, play keep away and make piles quite adeptly. I once even enjoyed the delights of a conescicle (on film!). I do like to watch them sail over the fence, however. Mom used to pitch softball. Just to give you an idea how many that was the other day, today by comparison, even with hail, there were only 12. The yard was covered in big white apple blossom petals though, so we pretended it was snow.

Whether weather matters must be the moral of the story then.
As a puppy I live and learn. For now I'm tired. Time to nap.
Love, Mirra


Whoever you are you're sadly mistaken (addendum)

April 27th 2008 10:27 pm
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We received a PPR from a swell little dog in California named Max, who said a friend of his owner (this time a human) claims to have been Mirra's prior owner.

This person, who for now shall remain nameless, is absolutely wrong.

Mirra came directly from Canada from her breeder, Attra Dea Belgians, at 7 weeks of age. She travelled with her sister Sufi and a pack of Belgians by way of her sire's owners Obsidian Belgians, here in Oregon.

I have no clue why this individual is spreading false information, yet we find it rather disturbing.

We'd also like it to cease and desist.

If that individual UNDERSTANDS legal ease, they'll get the brunt of this post loud and clear.

Mirra's owner,

We have since given the names of this couple to both the owner of the sire and the dam. Neither knows of these folks and said, you kinda owned Mirra when she was in utero. We can't imagine how someone could get before this?

Maybe they'll tell me.
It is also sad, that with all the important things people can do with their time, all they can think of is to tell lies. Shame on you.


Justice, Please-for Hannah, with thanks to Lena Malik

April 27th 2008 10:16 pm
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With kind permission comes this crosspost from the talented & lovely Lena Malik..
few, if any say it better.
thank you for letting us use your words.

April 27th 2008 7:47 pm

But my heart is huge.
I cannot wrestle from my mind the injustice of my friend Hannah the Brave
Sure I myself was a rescue pup and live in the comfort and safety of the home my humom provides for me but the FACT is Hannah's life is under investigation and we are getting the run around, cloak and dagger and wishes of people in power to make her story go away. This is not just for her, this is for all pups who have had to serve the horrific crime of inhumane breeding practices/puppy mills....of every single underdog that has had to gamble their lives to chance.
Please read and sign and pass along her petition. I am so tired of all the injustices we pups have had to go through, we need paws in of concern and determined minds to act now because it's everywhere around us....some want to put their blinders on or not face the issues and combat them but if our humans who love and care for us do not act, who will for the love of DOG?!!!
Justice for Hannah petition!

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