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BSL, also known as breed-specific legislation, is a law or ordinance passed by a legislative body pertaining to a specific breed or breeds of domesticated animals. In practice, it generally refers to laws or ordinances pertaining to a specific dog breed or breeds. - Wikipedia

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Featuring April's !RARE! Breed of the Month
the Hovawart / Hovie

What is a Hovawart?

Hovawart is German and means "guardian of the property". It is one of the oldest breeds that still exists today, and has its origins in the so-called Bronze-Age Dog. It was first mentioned in Germany in the 13th century, when a writer of that era told how a "Hovewart" had saved his life when he was a baby. The dog had carried him to safety when his family's castle was under siege. The "Hovewarts" were considered as very valuable and stealing one meant strict punishment.

History & Origin

  During the centuries the Hovawarts were used by the German farmers as guardians of home as well as of livestock. However, other breeds became more in fashion, and by the end of the last century, the Hovawarts were almost extinct. During the 1920's a group of enthusiasts started to revive the breed with a strict breeding program and in 1937 the Hovawart was officially recognized as a breed in Germany.


  The Hovawart comes in three colors: blond, black, and black and tan. Its coat is long and thick, slightly wavy and double. The shoulder-height for males is 24-28 inches and for females 22-26 inches. The females are smaller and much more elegant in their appearance. Males are robust and powerful-looking but not heavy. The eyes are amber and the ears are flat. The tail is long and is carried low except when the dog is excited. The hair on the tail and on the legs is long and feathery.


  It is a hardy and weather-proof dog, that is alert and faithful, trustworthy and extremely intelligent. Although very willing to please its owner, it can take up to two years before the Hovawart puppy matures enough for serious obedience training. At that age, though, he will learn very quickly, and with his outstanding sense of protection he makes a very good prospect for obedience and schutzhund training. They have an excellent sense of smell and are also very suitable for search and tracking. Although the Hovawart is an excellent family dog, it is important that he be trained from an early age to the fact that his owner is the "pack leader", or he will soon take over that role.

When training a Hovawart, one must be aware of the fact that these dogs do not respond well to the traditional, harsh, leash-jerking training methods. They are too intelligent for that approach. It is much better to use creativity, common sense and praise instead.

On the whole, a Hovawart is a perfect family dog and protector. His extraordinary intelligence makes him an excellent watchdog, but also has its drawbacks. Because he is so smart, a Hovawart needs an owner who is willing to spend a lot of time and training on his dog.



April's !RARE! BotM ~ the Hovawart ~ artwork by brooke-n
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Featuring April's Targeted Breed of the Month
the German Shepherd Dog / Deutscher Schäferhund / Alsatian

The German Shepherd Dog is a breed that is subject to breed-specific legislation and other forms of discrimination, the breed is restricted in several cities across the United States, including other countries such as Ireland, Spain and Singapore.

The first impression of a good German Shepherd Dog is that of a strong, agile, well muscled animal, alert and full of life. It is well balanced, with harmonious development of the forequarter and hindquarter. The dog is longer than tall, deep-bodied, and presents an outline of smooth curves rather than angles. It looks substantial and not spindly, giving the impression, both at rest and in motion, of muscular fitness and nimbleness without any look of clumsiness or soft living. The ideal dog is stamped with a look of quality and nobility--difficult to define, but unmistakable when present. Secondary sex characteristics are strongly marked, and every animal gives a definite impression of masculinity or femininity, according to its sex.


Quick Facts:
• Country of Origin: Germany
• Functionality: Livestock herder, natural family guardian & police/military/overall working dog
• Coat Colors: Solid black, classic black/tan saddle(or blanket), black/red saddle, sable and other rarer varieties of sable are acceptable. It is common for most to have black masks and various black body markings. Blue, liver and in some cases solid white is unacceptable and considered faults.
• Height: Dogs – 24 to 26 inches & Bitches – 22 to 24 inches

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Artwork in this folder is for showcasing and honoring beloved dogs that have sadly passed on and are waiting for us over at "Rainbow Bridge"; if you have lost a dog, you are welcome to submit artwork here in memory of them, to honor them and to share those memories with other animal lovers who too have felt the pain and sadness of losing a close and dearly beloved friend. Our friends may be gone, but they will never be forgotten, and here we will try to make the memories of our canine companions last.

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pick of the month 'MY PACK' BY wahyawolf

My Pack by SocksTheMutt
Cricket is the little brown dog, a miniature pinscher/jack russell terrier mix (my best guess) rescued from a local shelter. He's alpha of the pack.

Nemo is the lemon/white beagle (possible mix) also rescued from a local shelter. He's your typical hound and loves food.

Foxy is the chihuahua in the front, rescued from a neglectful home where he was being used in a backyard breeding type situation. He's my little shadow.

Wahya is the siberian husky/rough collie mix, also rescued from a bad situation and the youngest of my pack. She grew up with her three "big" brothers.

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This is a dog located at the East Valley Animal Shelter in Van Nuys, CA.

This is Sadie, a dog located at the East Valley Animal Shelter in Van Nuys, CA.

This is an Irish Setter located at the East Valley Animal Shelter in Van Nuys, CA.

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Ace by EverlastingWolf
Ace is a pitbull that the animal control officer received and is at a rescue group that I work with called 911 Dog Rescue. We have had him for practically a year and he has had no success finding a home! :( Every time a potential adopter comes, they back out at the last minute. Ace is a very sweet and friendly guy just looking for love!
If he is still there in May when I get out of school then I would love to work on training him, specifically with the leash, as he has little to no manners on it and I would also like to work with him on his jumping manners as well.

Update as of 5/14/12:
Ace went home with a family today. Let's hope this is his forever home!
BY EverlastingWolf

A Special Fella by TeaPhotography
Scooter is one special fella, and he's available for adoption at
The South Coast Humane Society.
BY TeaPhotography


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BSL, also known as breed-specific legislation, is a law or ordinance passed by a legislative body pertaining to a specific breed or breeds of domesticated animals. In practice, it generally refers to laws or ordinances pertaining to a specific dog breed or breeds. - Wikipedia

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BSL, also known as breed-specific legislation, is a law or ordinance passed by a legislative body pertaining to a specific breed or breeds of domesticated animals. In practice, it generally refers to laws or ordinances pertaining to a specific dog breed or breeds. - Wikipedia

Featuring March's !RARE! Breed of the Month
the Porcelaine / Chien de Franche-Comté

What is a Porcelaine?

The Porcelaine is a very old breed of dog originating from France, believed to be the oldest of the French scenthounds; its alternate name is Chien de Franche Comté, named after a French region bordering Switzerland. The breed is believed to have descended from Montaimboeuf (now extinct), English Harrier and some of the smaller Laufhounds of Switzerland. Porcelaines are energetic and friendly dogs usually used to hunt hare, roe deer, and in the north wild boar, and hunt in packs. Being a scent hound, it has a very good sense of smell with which it hunts. The Porcelaine is a fierce hunting dog that has been bred to hunt independently without many orders from the owner. The Porcelaine is also being bred in small numbers in Italy and used to hunt wild boar, however Italian indigenous hounds continue to be the preferred choice of local hunters. The breed gets its name from its shiny coat, said to make it resemble a porcelain statuette.

History & Origin

After the French Revolution, Porcelaine breed dogs became almost extinct. Only a few specimens of the breed were found at the region bordering France and Switzerland. This, however, invoked a debate over the origin of Porcelaine dog breed. Finally, the breed was recreated and classified as a French breed.
Porcelaine is also known as Chien de Franche-Comté, derived from the name of a former French region bordering Switzerland. Efforts by the Porcelaine Club, that was founded in 1971 helped a great deal in reviving this breed of dogs from near extinction.


As the name suggests, these dogs are characterized by a smooth and shiny hair coat. Their skin is white and has black mottling that is often visible through the hair coat. Head is finely chiseled with flat forehead. Ears are long, thin, and droopy and pointed at the tip.

Eyes are dark in color and bear a sweet expression. Nose is black in color and consists of broad nostrils. Neck is fairly long and chest is moderately wide. Earlier, these dogs were comparatively larger in size as compared to the present day Porcelaines.

The average height of these dogs is generally 22 to 23 inches. Bitches tend to be a bit smaller, that is 21 to 22 inches. The ideal weight of both male as well as female Porcelaines ranges between 55 to 62 pounds.


Porcelaine temperament is cheerful, enthusiastic, quick, courageous and sociable. These vigorous dogs are fierce while hunting but calm at home. Hence, they are relatively easy to handle and make good family dogs.

These dogs have a pleasant disposition and a melodious bark.
They are usually good with people, even strangers. Moreover, they can co exist peacefully with other dogs because they were initially meant for pack hunting. However, as these dogs were originally bred to hunt independently without taking commands from their owners, training a Porcelaine can be quite a challenge.



March's !RARE! BotM ~ the Porcelaine ~ artwork by
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Featuring Febuary's Targeted Breed of the Month
the American Bulldog

The American Bulldog is a breed often subject to breed-specific legislation and other forms of discrimination, the breed is banned in Bermuda, Denmark, Lithuania, Malaysia, Singapore, and is either restricted or banned in several cities across the United States. The American Bulldog is often referred to as a "pit bull" type dog by legislators, and falls under the "pit bull" category when included in a dangerous dog law or breed ban.

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The American Bulldog is a breed of working dog that was developed in the United States. There are generally considered to be three types of American Bulldog: the Bully or Classic type (sometimes called the Johnson type ), the Standard or Performance type (also called the Scott type), and the Hybrid type (a cross between the Johnson & Scott types). The different types of the American Bulldog can be better understood by reading the America Bulldog's History in the United States @

This dog look familiar? You may recognize this breed as being featured in the 1993 Disney film Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey & its 1996 sequel Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco as the character Chance!

In the 1994 film The Little Rascals, an American Bulldog played the role of Petey; not to be confused with the Pete the Pup character in Hal Roach's Our Gang who was played by various American Pit Bull Terriers but most notably, a UKC registered APBT named Lucenay's Peter. An American Bulldog was also featured in the films Cheaper by the Dozen and The Number 23.

Quick Facts:
• Country of Origin: United States
• Functionality: Family guardian & farm utility dog
• Coat Colors: Solid or varying degrees of white, all shades of brindle, brown, red, or tan are acceptable. Solid black, black and tan, and/or any degree of merle is unacceptable. A full black mask is not preferred.
• Height: Dogs – 22 to 28 inches & Bitches – 20 to 26 inches

The Most Stereotyped Breed of Them All

© Written by glassreflections

It's the breed that most people shy away from when they see it at a dog park or on the street. It's the breed that when most people hear of it, they immediately assume the worst. This breed, also known as the American Pit Bull Terrier is the victim of human cruelty in the form of physical torture, as well as the mental stereotyping that brands them as a vicious breed. Today, pit bulls are also the most common dog found in shelters and the one most rescue groups respond to. The reason this dog is now a victim is due to the sick hobby of dog fighting, an underground sport thrown into the spotlight by Michael Vick, a football player who raised pit bulls for fighting.

       Pit bulls were first bred in the 1800s as bull-baiters, as well as bear-baiters. However, once those activities became illegal in the 1830s, dog fighting soon reared its ugly head and has been an underground sport ever since, used for entertainment and money-making purposes.

        Dog fighting is the atrocious blood sport of matching two dogs together in a pit that is 14 to 20 square feet until either one of the dogs is dead, or both are exhausted and can't fight any longer. The loser, due to the fact that it is an "embarrassment" to its owners, is usually killed by one of many brutal methods. Either that, or its wounds are just left untreated. Between matches, fighting dogs are kept isolated from other dogs, so they spend most of their lives on short, heavy chains, often just out of reach of other dogs. They are usually not socialized to other dogs or to most people. Sometimes, dogs are also injected with drugs to help with pain or to make them more aggressive.

         This brutal activity is broken into three levels: (1) the street dog fights, which aren't "organized" fights and are usually started by taunts from one street gang to the another. These gangs lack respect for the fighting dogs, often beating them to promote aggression. On this level, money, drugs or bragging rights are the main prize. (2) The hobby fighters are more organized, usually with one or more dogs that participate in numerous organized fights during the year, either for entertainment purposes or to increase income. (3) The third and last level, the professional dog fighters, own large numbers of dogs and supplement their income by breeding, selling and fighting dogs at a central location. They pay attention to promoting particular winning bloodlines and the long-term conditioning of animals. If the dog owner has a dog that is too human-aggressive for the "pit", the dog is usually sold to street fighters or to other people looking for an aggressive dog, which contributes to the number of aggressive dogs on the street and the potential for dog-bite victims.

        Dog fighting, as of 2008, is a felony in all 50 states, as well as in the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S Virgin Islands.  Dogs which are rescued from dog fighting rings are brought to shelters to be professionally evaluated. Some are lucky enough to be retrained and socialized, while others have a less fortunate fate and end up having to be euthanized.

       After reading the above overview of dog fighting, one might now understand why this breed has gained such a bad reputation among the (uneducated) public. I say uneducated because people rarely take time to stop and learn more about the breed. The breed is actually very compassionate, sweet, loving, and obedient, even capable of being a service dog. These dogs can be affectionate with humans, and even with other animals, dogs and cats alike.

       For each media story of kids or adults being bitten or attacked by a pit bull, you can trace the reason back to either one of two reasons. One, the dog has a handler who clearly has not properly trained or socialized his or her dog and/or doesn't know how to deal with that kind of breed.  Or two, the person bitten was at fault. In the case of a kid (or even an adult) getting bitten, either the kid was unsupervised, tried to play with the dog and grabbed it too hard or in the wrong way, hurting the dog and causing it to bite. An adult, acting just as stupidly, doesn't read the body language of the dog, tries to pet it when it clearly doesn't want to be petted, and ends up getting bitten. In the second case, the dog can possibly be seized from the owner, who probably has done nothing wrong, or the owner can be tacked with a hefty fine or lawsuit due to the injury. But either way, both are caused by human error, not by the dog, who was just being exactly what it is: a dog.

      I have personally worked with Save The Pets, an organization dedicated to saving dogs and cats, but most of the cases I've encountered usually involve sweet, loving pit bulls looking for a home. These are dogs just begging for attention and love from humans, and will do just about anything for a treat. But a lot of people still look at them and see only vicious dogs ready to bite the hand that feeds them. Come on, people! Give them a chance! I have never once met an aggressive pit bull in my life. The only threat from them is the possibility of getting your face licked off. Oh, my God! Everyone run! It's a pit bull that will LOVE you to death!

     I hope that one day people will see the pit bull for what the dog really is: an obedient, smart dog who is also loving, gentle and loyal, who even has the potential to be a service dog, and stop with this ridiculous, uneducated habit of stereotyping the breed on sight. It shows the cowardice and lack of education about dog breeds people really have, or else they'd avoid Chihuahuas with big-dog complexes and look for the love found in the heart of a pit bull waiting at their nearest local shelter.

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Pug Smile by KateIndeed Simon by KateIndeed Rush by KateIndeed Leeloo by KateIndeed Happy Bully by KateIndeed Onyx by KateIndeed

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Meet Rockem Sockem Roscoe by DamselStock

Meet Roscoe. He was found abandoned by my older brother in a junkyard living in a scrapped out car and eating any bug or small mammal he could find. He is approximately 2 months old in this photo and was about 1 month old when my brother found and rescued him. He was very thin and had hair missing from his backside and legs. After some researching online, we've come to the conclusion that he is half Plott Hound and has a dash of Shar Pei that is evident of as he ages as he has the most adorable wrinkles on his face!

by DamselStock

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Love Bug, The Love Bug by TeaPhotography

Love Bug is at The South Coast Humane Society and is available for adoption. Her caption in last weekend's "Adopt-a-Pet" section of the newspaper says:
I'm a pretty and sweet long-haired tortie girl. I have a super friendly personality, and I love everyone. I like other cats, and dogs, and kids, too.

It's time for Love Bug to be loved by a permanent family.

by tea-photography

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Waiting Forever by Dizzyatdizumnl

My Love For Tea Time by TeaPhotography

Heliconius by Shirimasen

Silver Pail with Flowers by CarolynYM

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Previous !RARE! Breeds of the Month
January's !RARE! Breed of the Month
2011 !RARE! Breed of the Month Recap

Featuring Feburary’s !RARE! Breed of the Month
the Kooikerhondje / Kooiker Hound / Small Dutch Waterfowl Dog


What is an Kooiker?

The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje is a spaniel type of dog that originated in Europe hundreds of years ago. It was developed to work as a decoy luring ducks into traps, or eendenkoois, along the wetlands and canals of The Netherlands. The kooikerhondje (pronounced “koy-ker-hondt-chuh”) was also a favorite of Dutch nobility, and appears in paintings by the Dutch Masters.

History & Origin

The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje is an ancient breed, appearing in the works of the Dutch Masters as early as the 17th Century. They were brought to near-extinction during World War II, and only became a recognized breed the The Netherlands in 1971. Since then, they have spread slowly to the rest of the world, and are fiercely guarded by their loyal and protective fans. The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje is a working dog. It was developed to hunt ducks in enclosures called eendenkoois built along the canals and wetlands in the Netherlands. Smart, responsive, and independent, the kooikerhondje worked closely with the kooiker, or duck hunter, responding to hand signals and silent cues to lure the ducks down a net-covered canal and into a trap.
In 1942, during the Second World War, the Baroness Van Hardenbroek van Ammerstol began to recreate the Kooikerhondje. She gave a picture of the type of dog she was looking for to a pedlar and asked him to look out for such dogs. At a farm in the province of Friesland he found the bitch now well known as Tommy. She became the founding bitch of the Kooikerhondje. In 1966 the Raad van Beheer adopted the interim breed and in 1971 the breed was officially recognized. The Kooikerhondje was and still is used in the duck decoys. His task is still to lure the ducks into the decoy with his gaily waving tail; he does not hunt the ducks. He calmly moves between the decoy-screens in order to provoke the ducks curiosity and lure them further down the decoy pipe where the ducks are captured in a trap. They are either killed for the table or ringed for ornithological research.


The Kooikerhondje is a harmoniously built orange-red parti-coloured small sporting dog of almost square body proportions. He moves with his head held high; in action the well-feathered waving tail is carried level with, or above the topline. The ears have black hair at the tip, the so-called earrings. The dog is presented with a natural, untrimmed coat.


Distinct patches of clear orange-red colour on pure white although a few small spots on the legs are accepted. The orange-red colour should be predominant. Some black hair intermingling with the orange-red colour and a slight form of ticking are accepted but less desirable. A clearly visible blaze running down to the nose. There should be colouring on the cheeks and around the eyes. A blaze that is too narrow or too wide or only partly coloured cheeks is less desirable. A black tail ring where the colour changes from orange-red to white is permitted.

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Lively and agile, self-confident and with sufficient perseverance and stamina, good natured and alert, however not noisy. The breed is faithful, easy-going and friendly.
Outside the hunting season the dog is expected to find and kill vermin, hence he needs to be keen, swift and tough. He is a true sporting dog, being attentive and energetic and having a zest for working and with a cheerful character.


February's !RARE! BotM ~ the Kooikerhondje ~ artwork by brooke-n
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Featuring Febuary’s Targeted Breed of the Month
the Kangal Dog

Kangal7 by Fierce-Graphixx

The Kangal is a mastiff type dog found to be a victim of breed-specific laws due to similar appearance of other more common breeds and is banned in Lithuania and Denmark.

The Kangal Dog is a large, powerful, heavy-boned dog, whose size and proportions have developed naturally as a result of its continued use in Turkey as a guardian against predators..


Quick Facts:
• Country of Origin: Turkey
• Functionality: Livestock guardian
• Coat Colors: Solid light dun or pale, dull gold to a steel gray, with black on face, muzzle, ears and usually the tip of the tail. White is sometimes present on the feet.
• Height: Dogs – 30 to 32 inches & Bitches – 28 to 30 inches

The Nitty Gritty Details About Pet Food

© Written by xxshaelxx

Have you ever wondered what's in your dog's food? Well, why don't you take this chance to go find out? Yep, I'm telling you to grab that big bag of kibble and turn it over to the ingredients list and read it out loud. What's the first ingredient? Well, I hope for your dog's sake it's not corn! Believe it or not, some of the leading names in the pet food industry are actually some of the worst dog foods on the market today, chalked full of things like corn, wheat, soy, by-products, and so much more, so much worse. Those bags that depict wholesome veggies and prime cuts of meat are a misinterpretation for what the bag really holds inside.

The number one thing to look for on the ingredients list is a named meat meal, avoiding by-products. Contrary to popular belief, dogs are actually carnivores (to be discussed in a future article), and they require more meat than veggies. They are opportunistic carnivores, though, so they can, and do, survive on vegan diets, but this isn't recommended, because they will not thrive on such a diet, and they will eat your garden because it tastes nom, nommy to them!

Anyways, back to the meat discussion! It is best to avoid such things as meat meal or animal meal, or meat and bone meal, or anything unnamed, really, as many of these ingredients include such things as diseased animals, rotten, packaged meat from the grocery stores (they don't even bother to take the packaging off!), road kill, and even euthanized animals from vet clinics and shelters! Some pet foods have been tested positive for sodium pentobarbital, the drug used to euthanize these animals. But why a meat meal, and not just a named meat source? You see, just the meat itself, such as chicken, is inclusive of water as well, but kibble is dry, so after it's been cooked and dried, it is actually about one tenth the original weight, which puts the ingredient further back in the ingredients list, making other choices more prevalent in the food. A meat meal is what you get after everything has been cooked and dehydrated, so there's no tricks to it, unless it's unnamed. It's okay to have a food that says something like "Chicken, Chicken Meal" or the likes, however, because after the named meat source is a meat meal. And having more than one meat source and/or meat meal is something to look for as well.

What about by-products? Well, by-products are generally anything humans won't eat, and can include things like organs, heads, feet, bones, and blood, but can also include many things you really wouldn't want to see on your dog's dinner plate, such as tags, collars, etc. left on animals after being killed! Many companies have large magnets that pass over these products after processing to take out any spare bits of metal that have made it through. Even without these things, by-products are not heavy in muscle meats and are generally not a perfectly balanced diet for your animals.

Another thing to look for on the bag is the protein amounts. Lower protein foods are less desirable, as they are likely to have less meats in them. My recommendation is not to buy anything with less than 30% protein in it, as dogs in the wild will consume about 18-25% MEAT protein, and the number on the bag reflects other proteins as well. Nuts, seeds, peas and soy are all popular choices of protein from many pet food manufacturing companies, and are cheaper alternatives to adding extra meat to get higher protein levels in the food. Soy is actually bad for your carnivorous companions, as it can cause stomach upset, and dogs even lack the necessary amino acids to digest it. It is an ingredient that has been linked to many gas problems in dogs, and none of us want stinky pets running around!

Grains are another filler in pet foods that is cheap and makes animals feel full up, but even humans can't sufficiently digest grains with their intensely long digestive tracts, let alone our carnivorous pets who have significantly shorter digestive tracts than we do! Much of these ingredients come out the same way that they went in. Some pet food companies will also participate in diversionary tactics such as splitting, where they will take the same ingredient and split it into two names on the ingredient list to make it look like there's less of that ingredient so they can put it behind other ingredients, such as the meat meal, making the ingredients list more desirable to our eyes.

But what makes this food more desirable for our dogs and cats if it's so disgusting? Well, have you ever opened up a bag of dog food from the shelf of your local grocery store and you get an overwhelmingly pungent stench assaulting your nostrils? Well, that would be the mixture of animal fat and grease they spray over the food to entice dogs and cats to eat it. It's mostly trimmings from meat cuts at your local grocery store, restaurant/school cafeteria grease, and other such oils that can be left out, uncovered and unprotected, waiting for fat blenders to pick it up (sometimes for months!) to be sold to pet food manufacturers! Can you say gross?

There are many other questionable practices in the billion dollar pet food industry that are hidden behind words such as "nutritionally balanced." There are many products used to preserve these foods for a longer shelf life that are known causes of cancer, such as Exothyquin, BHT and BHA. Did you know that Exothyquin is used as a pesticide? Yikes! Some foods have even been known to include powdered cellulose, basically another way of saying sawdust. The list goes on! So I suggest you really take an hour or two to do some research into your dog's (or cat's) diet to make sure you're not feeding them what's left of that dog you had euthanized last year at the vet clinic, or ingredients that cause diabetes, disease and death!

If you'd like to read more, here are some pages that go into further detail about these issues:
Born Free USA || Precious Pets || Flint River Ranch || Dog Food Poject

And a couple great sites to research more into dog food brands:
Dog Food Analysis || Dog Food Advisor

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Some of my followers may be aware that I have an American Pit Bull Terrier-mix named Ruthie. What you may not be aware of is that my wife and I found her as a stray.

My wife and our friend found her wandering around our neighborhood one summer evening. She looked underfed, dirty, mangy, fearful, and like she had a litter recently.

I was out at the time, but my wife decided to take her into the back yard to hose her down and feed her. She chomped down her entire bowl of food in about a minute. They played and bonded quickly.

When I got back in the evening, I came to the backyard to see a scared-looking dog sitting on my wife's lap. Bemused, I said, "...who's dog is that?"

She told me what had transpired while I was away. After she had finished, she looked at me. She said, "Can we keep her?"

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