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If you start nothing there won’t be nothing. A little yapper found that out the hard way when the pup tried to bully the house cat.

See what happens when the house cat stands up for the right to its’ space.

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    Posted 2 years, 8 months ago.

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    It’s All About The Training


    I have a pit bull that I rescued more than five years ago. Ruby is just as sweet as she can be. All the kids in the neighborhood thinks she cool and love to play to with her.

    Ruby who is very friendly knows no strangers. Once she left the yard and went next door to play with a woman who was new to the neighborhood. The lady screamed until Ruby laid her head in the woman’s lap and looked up to her with puppy eyes. Now this lady goes out her way to see Ruby and inquires about her when she sees me at the supermarket

    I’ve had some neighbors to object, and I’ve stopped going to the dog park because of the snooty dog bigots. One woman at the dog park called the police for no reason. The police officer played with Ruby, and gave her a big hung as we left. In return, Ruby licked the officer’s face leaving him with a smile.

    I have two other rescued dogs who entertain the kids in neighborhood by jumping through a Hoola Hoop. Ruby is not a jumper, but she will walk through it. She also has a little dance that does before we start our morning walk. I probably should have named her Happy Feet.

    When it comes to pit bulls or any dog, it’s all in the training.

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      Posted 2 years, 9 months ago.

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      I Did Not Have You In Mind When I Named My Dog

      I have three dogs who are rescues. Their names are Dinah, Carmen and Ruby.

      One day when I was walking them, my neighbor’s sister was visiting from out of town. The sister’s name is Carmen. My Carmen who at five is still full of energy was being her usual self, and had to be called down. Carmen the woman was sitting with her sister of the front porch. Carmen the woman asked her sister how did I know her name and why was I calling out to her without looking her way. The sister explained to her that my dog’s name was also Carmen. Of course Carmen the woman was incensed.

      After Carmen the woman returned home, my neighbor shared the story with me. Carmen the woman asked her to ask me how would I feel if she named a dog after me. After laughing about it, I told the neighbor to tell her sister I would be honored, and not to take it personally since I did not have her mind when I named Carmen.

      Like my friend Patrice Rushen, I name my dogs after jazz singers, musicians or a song. Patrice who adopts greyhounds have named her dogs Ella, Carmen and Quincy, after Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae, and her mentor Quincy Jones.

      My mix chow Carmen of course is named after Carmen McRae, Dinah also a mix chow is named after Dinah Washington, and Ruby my gentle pit bull was named as I was listening to Thelonius Monk’s “Ruby My Dear”.

      In the above video other dog owners share how they arrived at naming their dogs.

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        Posted 4 years, 6 months ago.

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        That Cat Is Down With The Rhythm

        The ASPCA will be handing out 10 Humane Awards on October 29, reports USA Today. Among the recipients are law-enforcement agents involved in the largest dog-fighting raid ever; a couple whose ranch is now a sanctuary to about 70 animals; and, of course, Nora the Piano-Playing Cat, the ASPCA’s 2009 Cat of the Year.

        Wait, what? The mewing musician isn’t being rewarded for her mad musical skills (although she’s better at tickling the ivories than some of us here at Paw Nation), but for the way she’s raised the profile of shelter pets. You see, shelter pets aren’t just sad, furry faces waiting to be rescued. They’re animals with lovable personalities and talents, and Nora is proof. You just never know who’s going to steal your heart (and maybe the spotlight) at your local shelter or rescue!

        Check out the ASPCA Website for a full list of 2009 Humane Award winners.
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          Posted 5 years ago.

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          On The Road To Redemption, Vick Speaks Out Against Dog Fighting

          President Obama wasn’t the only one speaking to students today. Mike Vick as part of his road to redemption spoke to a group high school students in Philadelphia, warning against the dangers of peer pressure and offered himself as a cautionary tale of what can happen when someone is a follower instead of a leader.

          The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, who served prison time for running a dogfighting ring, addressed a rapt audience of 200 freshmen on their first day at Nueva Esperanza Academy, a North Philadelphia charter school. He urged the students to make the right choices and to resist the temptation to follow the crowd.

          “I didn’t choose to go the right way, which led to 18 months in prison, which was the toughest time of my life,” he said. “Being away from my family, being away from my kids who I adore dearly, and being away from the game of football, doing something so foolish, and I wish I could take it all back.

          “I was influenced by so many people when I should have been a leader, not a follower.”

          The 10-minute talk marked Vick’s first anti-dogfighting public appearance in Philadelphia since he signed a one-year, $1.6 million deal with the Eagles on Aug. 13. At the time, he expressed a desire “to be part of the solution and not the problem” by speaking to children around the country about dogfighting.

          Speaking without notes, Vick told the hushed assembly Tuesday that his poor decisions imperiled the goals he had set for himself.

          “Growing up, I had dreams and I always wanted to have this great, lavish life and make it to the NFL, go and accomplish great things and leave a great legacy. That was my goal from a young kid,” Vick said. “My future was promising … at some point, I got sidetracked. I started listening to my friends and doing some things that were not ethical and not right.”

          He said he tried to do the right things at school and at home, “but I had another side to me, and it was a dark side.”

          Vick visited the school with Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States. Pacelle has said he met with Vick in prison at the quarterback’s request and that Vick sought to work with the group after his release.

          Vick and the organization are working on “a national campaign to try to reach especially young people so we can all be voices against organized animal fighting,” specifically dog-fighting and cockfighting, Pacelle said.

          “It’s really a test of our character as individuals about being good to those who are less powerful,” he said.

          Once the highest paid player in the NFL, Vick was suspended from the league following his conviction in August 2007 on charges of conspiracy and organizing the dogfighting ring. He was released from federal custody on July 20.

          Several animal rights groups criticized the team’s decision to sign the quarterback, saying he is a poor example for young people.

          Eagles spokeswoman Pamela Browner-Crawley has said the team has an obligation to the community, and to children particularly, to discourage them from engaging in dogfighting or any animal abuse.

          Vick is suspended for the first two games of the regular season and is eligible to play beginning Sept. 27. In two preseason games, Vick completed 11 of 15 passes for 45 yards with one interception and rushed for 36 yards on eight carries with one touchdown.

          Vick also spoke with students in Chicago. See Video below:

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            Posted 5 years, 1 month ago.

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