Cat and dolphins playing (video)

This video is "an oldie but goodie," as my cat-crazy friend Beth Adams Pitoniak said when someone shared it on her Facebook wall. And I saw it and and decided to share it, too!I was at Theater of the Sea once a very long time ago; I love dolphin shows. But this is even better than any tricks a dolphin can perform. Just goes to show that God's creatures have a lot to teach us about getting along, despite our differences!Watch more cute animal videos! … [Read more...]

Why puppy mills and pit bull breeders both produce “disposable dogs”

One of our local news station in Rochester, NY, 13WHAM news, did a two part story this week on the problem of backyard breeders and the astounding number of pit bulls ending up our local animal shelter. The two-part series was called "Disposable Dogs."In the story, reporter Jane Flasch shared information about the growing problem of irresponsible backyard breeding, which resulted with more than 1,000 pit bull puppies (some just days old) and dogs euthanized last year at Rochester Animal … [Read more...]

News anchor Kyle Dyer bitten in the face by dog; what we can learn from this tragic situation

On February 8, Colorado's 9NEWS morning Kyle Dyer was bitten in the face by a dog while interviewing Max, an 85-pound Argentine Mastiff, Max's owner Michael Robinson, and the firefighter who rescued the dog from a freezing reservoir after he had fallen through the ice.During the interview, Dyer sat down on the floor directly in front of Max, holding his face in her hands, looking at him and talking over his head to his owner and the firefighter. Then the dog lashed out and bit Dyer on the fac … [Read more...]

Ohio removes “pit bull” from state’s definition of dangerous dog

It's a happy day for opponants of breed specific legislation: Ohio has changed the state's law that specifically named pit bulls as dangerous dogs.According to VIN News, the 25-year-old law formerly defined a vicious dog as one that “belongs to a breed that is commonly known as a pit bull dog.” The story goes on to explain this about the new revised code: In addition to striking the words "pit bull" from state code, HB 14 creates a new classification called “nuisance” dogs, defined as dogs t … [Read more...]

Animal cruelty and the problem of cockfighting (video)

This week has seen a lively discussion about wholesale commercial dog breeding facility planned for Gorham, NY. It's been interesting to hear from both sides and to see the passion that people have for the humane treatment of dogs.Here's a story from the Humane Society of the United States that should make you think beyond puppies: cockfighting.When animal lovers think of blood sport in the animal world, they usually think of pit bulls and Michael Vick. But Dr. Oran Smith, the executive … [Read more...]

Readers speak out on the Gorham dog breeding facility

2/4/12 ** PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU READ THIS UPDATE: What you can do about animal cruelty in your community (whether you live in Gorham or not) * * * * * * * * When I posted this week about the plans for a large scale wholesale dog breeding facility in Gorham, NY, I had no idea it would spark the flame it has. I'm sure there are lots of other bloggers covering the story, but readers here at Heavenly Creatures have brought up some interesting points:The term "puppy mill" is a super charged … [Read more...]

Punxsutawney Phil predicts six more weeks of winter

It happened today at 7:20 AM on Gobbler's Knob, PA. Punxatawney Phil, the prognosticating groundhog, crawled from his burrow and made his annual prediction and the verdict is: six more weeks of winter.Where I live, in Western NY, we haven't even had six weeks of winter yet. So I hope that we're not going to get it all packed into the next month and a half!This was Phil's 126th prediction - well, Phil or one of his family members. Although the folks in Punxsutawney insist there has o … [Read more...]

Large “wholesale” dog breeding facility (puppy mill) approved for Gorham, NY

** UPDATE 3/22/12: Moratorium passed! Read more here! ** ** PLEASE BE SURE YOU READ THE UPDATES TO THIS POST LISTED AT THE END FOR THE ENTIRE STORE **According to the Messenger Post newspapers in Canandaigua, NY, plans for a new dog breeding facility have been approved by the Ontario County Planning Board. The facility "could house hundreds of dogs in a new building planned for 4446 Route 247, north of the intersection of Lake to Lake Road" in Gorham, NY.The Ontario County Pla … [Read more...]

Bake a cake to celebrate the Dog Whisperer’s 150th episode and you could win a call from Cesar Millan

OK, Cesar Millan fans, enemies and cake bakers extraordinaire: What I am about to say is either going to make you very happy or make you so mad you’ll throw darts at my picture just because I shared this news*: Nat Geo Wild, the channel from National Geographic that is home to Cesar Millan's the "Dog Whisperer," is celebrating the show's 150th episode with a cake contest. Between now and Friday, February 10th at midnight, bake a cake in honor of the "Dog Whisperer"'s 150th show - the topic that … [Read more...]

Are pet adoption rules too restrictive? And is a pet store your only other option?

Back in December I did a story on how animal activists have been working to get malls across the country to sever ties with pet stores in favor of rescue group"stores", in the hopes of putting a stop to puppy mills and helping more rescue animals find homes.I was surprised when readers started commenting that they ended up getting a dog at a pet store, knowing they were supporting puppy mills, because they'd been denied by rescue groups to adopt dogs. They cited restrictive rescue polices, in … [Read more...]


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