The Life of the Naughty Twins

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Therapy Visit

July 2nd 2008 4:41 pm
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Well...I finally went on my 2nd therapy dog visit and I did MUCH better this time - yea! They just brought 5 people into one of the community rooms and let me do my thing! I'm still getting used to the fact that I'm SUPPOSED to sit and let them pet me - I'm still a little nervous I guess!

Other than that nothing much really new. We are spending a lot of time out at the camper and we all know what that means.....
SWIMMING!!!!

So long for now
Big labbie hugs and sloppy kisses -
Abby

 

Thank You!!!

June 10th 2008 5:30 am
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Well imagine my surprise when I logged on this AM with a pmail from Pippin with the information that little 'ole me was one of the Dogster Diary Featured Picks for today!

We are truely honored! Thank you Dogster!! I hope that my reward is endless treats and a special supper tonite - although I don't think mom and dad will go for the endless treats part - BOL!

Thanks again!

 

A Big Breeds Prayer ~ Thanks Minister Misty

June 5th 2008 7:35 am
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A Big Breeds Prayer.

Spirit in the sky, who watches over all animals:

It is my prayer and my request that you grant greater understanding and acceptance to humans; those who love us, and those who hate us.

That they will know how loyal we are, how brave we are and how loving we are.

Help them to accept us as a breed in whole and not let a few tragedies shine brighter then the many great traits that we have.

And those who would kill me, let them know, i forgive them even though I don't understand their hatred.

And those who would beat me, let them know i still love them, even though it is not the honorable way.

Thank you for all the strong traits that you have given to me and my breed.

Help those to know that I stand for courage, strength, loyalty and bravery.

And as my master all ready knows, let those who would come against my FAMILY know that I would surely DIE defending them!

And just one thing that I would ask: Let my master know that if you should call me away, that I will wait patiently at those pearley gates until the one who chose me comes home.

Amen

 

BSL in Ohio - Pups need your help!!!

June 3rd 2008 11:06 am
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Please read the entire message carefully before taking any action As most of you are now aware, Ohio Representative Tyrone Yates introduced House Bill 568 (the 'Bill') earlier today, which, if passed, will prohibit the ownership of pit bulls in the State of Ohio. The Bill requires all owners to surrender their 'pit bulls' within 90 days of the effective date of the proposed law. The Bill provides that the dog warden 'shall' euthanize all pit bulls within 10 days of their surrender. In addition, a dog warden or other officer that has probable cause to believe that a dog is a 'pit bull,' may apply for a search warrant. With a search warrant, an officer will have the authority to seize the dog and surrender the dog to the dog warden to be killed To see a copy of the Bill, please visit: http://www. legislature. state. oh. us/bills. cfm?ID=127_HB_568 We heard from Webster's Aide earlier today and she indicated that the Bill has been assigned to a committee. Until I am informed of the committee considering the Bill, there are a few things each of us can do. Please DO NOT WAIT to do the following: please remember to be polite and respectful in all correspondence! Ohio Residents : Contact Your House Rep as follows: in your contacts, make sure to mention you are an OHIO resident!!!! (1) Draft a PERSONALIZED LETTER to your house representative. If you do not know who your representative is, please visit: http://www. house. state. oh. us/jsps/Representatives. jsp In the letter, indicate that you are a constituent, that you oppose Bill 568, that you will leave Ohio if this passes (if that is the case) and that you want your representative to oppose the Bill Please try to send this letter out immediately! (2) Call your representative to express your opposition and to urge your representative's opposition. PHONE CALLS MAKE THE MOST IMPACT! Tell him/her that you will fight this all the way. Remember to leave your name, city of residence and phone number. You will most probably get your reps voicemail. Please plan what to say prior to making the call ALTHOUGH EMAILS ARE EASIER, PLEASE FOCUS ON SENDING LETTERS AND CALLING. THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT AT THIS POINT!!!!! TAKE 15 MINUTES TO WRITE A LETTER AND MAKE SURE TO PERSONALIZE IT. OUR REPRESENTATIVES NOTICE WHEN THEY RECIEVE FORM LETTERS (3) Send an e-mail to your representative urging him/her to vote against the Bill. Tell him/her that you will leave Ohio if this passes ***For additional talking points for your letters, please visit: http://www. animallawcoalition. com/breed-bans/article/524 Contact the Leadership: (contact information below) (1) Use the LETTER you sent to your representative and revise it slightly. Although you may not be a constituent, leadership has a lot of power and expects to hear from the residents of Ohio. So, please send letters (2) Call each member of the leadership. You will probably get voicemail but please leave your name, city of residence and phone number. Please plan what you will say prior to making the call ****At this point, we do not want emails sent to leadership************* IF YOU CAN, PLEASE LET ME KNOW ONCE YOU'VE SENT THE LETTER, LEFT A VOICE MAIL AND EMAILED. WE ARE TRYING TO KEEP TRACK OF WHAT EVERYONE'S DONE AND WE'RE TRYING TO FIGHT THIS AS A UNIFIED GROUP SO YOUR COOPERATION IS APPRECIATED! Out of State Individuals Wishing to Voice Opposition : Until we determine to which committee the Bill has been assigned, if you would like to voice your opposition, the best thing to do is to: (1) Send LETTERS to House Leaders (contact info below) and voice your opposition (2) Call the leadership and leave messages voicing your opposition Leadership Contact Information: John Husted Speaker of the House 77 S High St 14th Floor Columbus, OH 43215-6111 Telephone: (614) 644-6008 Fax : (614) 719-3591 Email Address: district37@ohr.state.oh.us Kevin DeWine Speaker Pro Tempore 77 S High St 14th Floor Columbus, OH 43215-6111 Telephone: (614) 644-6020 Fax : (614) 719-3970 Email Address: district70@ohr.state.oh.us Larry L Flowers Majority Floor Leader 77 S High St 14th Floor Columbus, OH 43215-6111 Telephone: (614) 466-4847 Fax : (614) 719-6958 Email Address: district19@ohr.state.oh.us Jim Carmichael Assistant Majority Floor Leader 77 S High St 12th Floor Columbus, OH 43215-6111 Telephone: (614) 466-1474 Fax : (614) 719-0003 Email Address: district03@ohr.state.oh.us Michelle G Schneider Majority Whip 77 S High St 14th Floor Columbus, OH 43215-6111 Telephone: (614) 644-6023 Fax : (614) 719-3589 Email Address: district35@ohr.state.oh.us Shannon Jones Assistant Majority Whip 77 S High St 11th Floor Columbus, OH 43215-6111 Telephone: (614) 644-6027 Fax : (614) 719-3967 Email Address: district67@ohr.state.oh.us Joyce Beatty Minority Leader 77 S High St 14th Floor Columbus, OH 43215-6111 Telephone: (614) 466-5343 Fax : (614) 719-3581 Email Address: district27@ohr.state.oh.us T Todd Book Assistant Minority Leader 77 S High St 14th Floor Columbus, OH 43215-6111 Telephone: (614) 466-2124 Fax : (614) 719-6989 Email Address: district89@ohr.state.oh.us Fred Strahorn Minority Whip 77 S High St 14th Floor Columbus, OH 43215-6111 Telephone: (614) 466-2960 Fax : (614) 719-6940 Email Address: district40@ohr.state.oh.us Mike Foley Assistant Minority Whip 77 S High St 14th Floor Columbus, OH 43215-6111 Telephone: (614) 466-3350 Fax : (614) 719-3910 Email Address: district14@ohr.state.oh.us ************************************ Shana Klein, President P.O. Box 19081 Cleveland, Ohio 44119 www. canineadvocatesofohio. org

 

Breed Specific Legislation Updates

June 3rd 2008 5:48 am
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I just thought I would share the latest list of breeds that are being effected by Breed Specific Legislation in the US. These breeds, somewhere in the United States, are being affected by one or more of the following methods…

Breed bans - an outright ban on owning a specific breed of dog
Breed-specific sterilization - owners are forced to spay or neuter animal
Breed-specific
Breed-specific insurance requirements - forces owners to obtain the unobtainable "vicious" breed insurance - in reality this forces owners to surrender dogs or move
Weight or size restrictions - banning dogs over an arbitrarily determined weight or size - as in Fairfield, Iowa where all dogs over 100 lbs are banned (St. Bernard, Irish Wolfhound, Great Dane, etc.)
BTW - your insurance company is happily waiting in the background too - waiting to exclude coverage of your dog, waiting to drop your policy, or waiting to outrageously raise your rates.

So - without further ado, courtesy of the RDOWS, here is the list of 75 - count 'em - SEVENTY FIVE - banned or restricted breeds .....................

List of 75 Banned or Restricted Dogs

1. AIREDALE TERRIER
2. AKBASH
3. AKITA
4. ALAPAHA BLUE BLOOD BULLDOG
5. ALASKAN MALAMUTE
6. ALSATIAN SHEPHERD
7. AMERICAN BULLDOG
8. AMERICAN HUSKY
9. AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIER
10. AMERICAN STAFFORDSHIRE TERRIER
11. AMERICAN WOLFDOG
12. ANATOLIAN SHEPHERD
13. ARIKARA DOG
14. AUSTRALIAN CATTLE DOG
15. AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD
16. BELGIAN MALINOIS
17. BELGIAN SHEEPDOG
18. BELGIAN TURVUREN
19. BLUE HEELER
20. BOERBUL
21. BORZOI
22. BOSTON TERRIER
23. BORDER COLLIE
24. BOXER
25. BULLDOG
26. BULL TERRIER
27. BULL MASTIFF
28. CANE CORSO
29. CATAHOULA LEOPARD DOG
30. CAUCASIAN SHEPHERD
31. CHINESE SHAR PEI
32. CHOW-CHOW
33. COLORADO DOG
34. DOBERMAN PINSCHER
35. DOGO DE ARGENTINO
36. DOGUE DE BORDEAUX
37. ENGLISH MASTIFFS
38. ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIEL
39. ESKIMO DOG
40. ESTRELA MOUNTAIN DOG
41. FILA BRASILIERO
42. FOX TERRIER
43. FRENCH BULLDOG
44. GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG
45. GOLDEN RETRIEVER
46. GREENLAND HUSKY
47. GREAT DANE
48. GREAT PYRANEES
49. ITALIAN MASTIFF
50. KANGAL DOG
51. KEESHOND
52. KOMONDOR
53. KOTEZEBUE HUSKY
54. KUVAZ
55. LABRADOR RETRIEVER
56. LEONBERGER
57. MASTIFF
58. NEOPOLITAN MASTIFF
59. NEWFOUNDLAND
60. OTTERHOUND
61. PRESA DE CANARIO
62. PRESA DE MALLORQUIN
63. PUG
64. ROTTWEILER
65. SAARLOOS WOLFHOND
66. SAINT BERNARD
67. SAMOYED
68. SCOTTISH DEERHOUND
69. SIBERIAN HUSKY
70. SPANISH MASTIFF
71. STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER
72. TIMBER SHEPHERD
73. TOSA INU
74. TUNDRA SHEPHERD
75. WOLF SPITZ

How's that for scary?

So, dog lovers - now that you know, what are you going to do about it?

 

Long Weekend!!!

May 22nd 2008 1:52 pm
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Well...mom took Friday off of work this week so we get a four day stay out at the CAMPER!!!!

She PROMISED we would get to go swimming - we are so excited! We heard her and dad talking last night and they said that they were going to spend all day Saturday down on the beach! How cool is that - a WHOLE DAY of playing in the water!

I can't wait to resume my search for buried treasure that lies somwhere just beneath the sand. Of coarse, I'll play fetch for awhile in order to keep my girlish figure and to let Shadow think that he's the boss by stealing the toy, but then I'll start digging. I know that somewhere just off the shore lies something that every pup would give up a steak to have! Someday.....

Have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend everyone!

Big labbie hugs and sloppy kisses -
Abby & Shadow

 

I Am Your Dog

May 14th 2008 8:40 am
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I Am Your Dog -- Author Unknown

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> I am your dog, and I have a little something I'd like to whisper in your ear. I know that you humans lead busy lives. Some have to work, some have children to raise. It always seems like you are running here and there, often much too fast, often never noticing the truly grand things in life. Look down at me now, while you sit there at your computer. See the way my dark brown eyes look at yours? They are slightly cloudy now. That comes with age. The gray hairs are beginning to ring my soft muzzle.
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> You smile at me; I see love in your eyes. What do you see in mine? Do you see a spirit? A soul inside, who loves you as no other could in the world? A spirit that would forgive all trespasses of prior wrong doing for the just a simple moment of your time? That is all I ask. To slow down, if even for a few minutes to be with me. So many times you have been saddened by the words you read on that screen, of others of my kind, passing. Sometimes we die young and oh so quickly, sometimes so suddenly it wrenches your heart out of your throat. Sometimes, we age so slowly before your eyes that you may not even seem to know until the very end, when we look at you with grizzled muzzles and cataract clouded eyes. Still the love is always there, even when we must take that long sleep, to run free in a distant land.
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> I may not be here tomorrow; I may not be here next week. Someday you will shed the water from your eyes, that humans have when deep grief fills their souls, and you will be angry at yourself that you did not have just 'One more day' with me. Because I love you so, your sorrow touches my spirit and grieves me. We have NOW, together. So come, sit down here next to me on the floor, and look deep into my eyes. What do you see? If you look hard and deep enough we will talk, you and I, heart to heart. Come to me not as 'alpha' or as 'trainer' or even 'Mom or Dad', come to me as a living soul and stroke my fur and let us look deep into one another?s eyes, and talk.
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> I may tell you something about the fun of chasing a tennis ball, or I may tell you something profound about myself, or even life in general. You decided to have me in your life because you wanted a soul to share such things with. Someone very different from you, and here I am. I am a dog, but I am alive. I feel emotion, I feel physical senses, and I can revel in the differences of our spirits and souls. I do not think of you as a 'Dog on two feet'. I know what you are. You are human, in all your quirkiness, and I love you still.
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> Now come sit with me, on the floor. Enter my world, and let time slow down if only for 15 minutes. Look deep into my eyes, and whisper to my ears Speak with your heart, with your joy and I will know your true self. We may not have tomorrow, and life is oh so very short.
> Love, (on behalf of canines everywhere)

 

My Woofday Weekend

May 13th 2008 8:47 am
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Well, mom evidently dropped the ball on this!
For my woofday we went to the camper all weekend! I got a stuffed duck that quacks when you squeeze it! Usually I unstuff toys like that within an hour but this one I just really like to play with! Shadow and I started playing tug of war with it and mom took it away:( But then she went and bought Shadow one of his own (he's SO spoiled!)

On Saturday I was real naughty though - hahaha. Mom was taking some garbage out to the fire pit and I snuck out of the gate and ran immediately down to the river! The water is real high and the current is swift so mom and dad TOTALLY FREAKED! When they realize that I'm a big girl and can take care of myself?! Anyways....dad came flying down to the landing just in time to see me swimming/getting swept downstream! He ran along side me on the shore for about a 1/2 mile, then I was ready to get out but there was only a real steep bank and I couldn't get out!!! Dad reached down to grab my collar and that was gone - I must have lost it running through woods. So I swam/floated a little while longer till there was a place for me to get out and dad was there waiting for me....boy was he MAD!!! I think I realize why they don't want me going down to the river by myself!

Not really anything else new though. Mom and dad are making me stay tied up at the camper now. They say that I can't be trusted to stick around - what a load of poop!

Big labbie hugs and sloppy kisses -
Abby & Shadow

 

My 4th Woofday!!!

May 2nd 2008 1:44 pm
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Well, today I am 4 years old! Mom says I'm still acting like I'm 2 but I disagree. I think I've grown into a very respectable canine (NOT!)

We are finally going to spend the WHOLE weekend at the camper! It's been SUCH a long winter. Mom says we probably still can't go swimming cause the water is still real high but she'll check it out:(

Mom has been diligently trying to find places for us to visit once I get my stuff from Therapy Dogs International and she's already got us into two places; the first one is Bethany Lutheran Homes an elderly care facility and the other is The Children's Museum!!!! We are SO excited about that one! I LOVE kids!!!

Happy Spring to all my pals!

Lots of big labbie hugs and sloppy kisses -
Abby & Shadow

 

Yeap - I'm Naughty!

April 25th 2008 9:57 am
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Why, you ask?
Last night Shadow and I both jumped up and went to sleep on our respective sides of the bed - me on mom's side and Shadow on dad's. Well, in the middle of the night I got hot and jumped onto our own little bed ~ you know, the one we are SUPPOSED to be sleeping on! At about 3:30am I decided that I wanted to go back up by mom and guess who was lying there - all snug as a bug on MY side of the bed!? Yeap - the little twit! So I sat and paced back and forth from moms side to dads side, whining pathetically, hoping that he would wake up and move! He didn't wake up and mom and dad had the nerve to yell at ME! They wouldn't even listen to my reasoning - I mean, really, if you think about it, Shadow is the one they SHOULD have been yelling at because HE is the one who didn't stay in his spot!

Anyways, they've forgiven me, but I vow vengence on 'the twit'!

Big labbie hugs and sloppy kisses -
Abby & Shadow

 
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