Day 4. Nickelback for Brindi!

February 28, 2010

Today we are going to respectfully use Nickelback’s work to help us save a life: the life of a dog, Brindi, representing the life of millions of animals living in Canada and the United States currently on death row because of inadequate legislation.

Day 3: The words of a child

February 27, 2010

Brindi and Francesca

Let’s get real…

Does this looks like an irresponsible owner to you?

Does this look like a couple that deserves to be separated?

Does this looks to you like a dog that deserves to DIE????

Please CALL Mayor Peter J. Kelly, Mayor of Halifax on ph: 902-490-4010 or if you are abroad please email and express your deepest inner feelings regarding this case.

What can the Nova Scotia SPCA learn from Tiger Woods?

February 19, 2010

What can the Nova Scotia SPCA learn from Tiger Woods?

Vick Reality: Bally Total Fitness drops out

February 16, 2010

Kudos to Bally Total Fitness! I received an email from them today regarding my request that they refrain from supporting the Michael Vick reality show slated to appear on BET. They stated that they have “blocked all future advertising during this program.”

Email sponsors of Michael Vick’s reality show!

February 12, 2010

Please e-mail the sponsors of the Michael Vick Reality Show and express your opposition to their financial support of the program. As a result of their advertising, Vick is profiting from a lucrative reality television contract.

Maybe this time…?

February 4, 2010

I spoke with Francesca yesterday after a full final day of court and heard something in her voice that I have never heard before. There was an optimism coming from inside her. Not a perfunctory optimism, but one that seemed to be coming straight from her heart. It simply brought me to tears.

The Journey for a Life(time)

January 27, 2010

I have made this journey with Francesca since April, 2008. I have walked behind her, beside her, in front of her, anytime of the day or night, through smiles and through tears. I have read it all and heard it all. I have sought my own answers.

Helping the Animals of Haiti

January 22, 2010

Just a quick post to give you some links to websites for updates on animal rescue efforts in Haiti following the recent earthquakes. If you know others I have missed, please let me know so we can add them.

Petition Against Awarding Michael Vick the Ed Block Courage Award

December 29, 2009

In my wildest dreams, I cannot imagine Michael Vick as an inspiration — unless I misunderstand the definition of “inspiration.” If you feel something similar, please add your name to the petition and pass it along to your friends.

The Faces of Rescue in 2009

December 29, 2009

All the little souls in this film are safe – thanks to the huge networking power of animal lovers all over the world. From those who crosspost and email – to those who physically pull the dogs from the shelters and take them to a safe haven. This is a thank you to them all … their compassion, generosity and kindness makes this world a more bearable place.

Another Vick-diculous Moment

December 26, 2009

I feel I am being played by one of the greatest marketing campaigns to date: making Michael Vick look like an underdog in the Michael Vick dog fighting scandal. And while I hate giving him any mention at all, I also feel I do a disservice to the dogs he killed and the dogs he abused in HIS dog fighting participation to not make mention of this ridiculous ploy.

Moving on from Michael Vick? Not yet.

December 15, 2009

Sometimes I worry that I can’t seem to let go of the Michael Vick issue. I wonder if maybe I’ve written too much about it, and that at some point those of us who own and love dogs need to move forward – forgive and forget and get on with our lives.

Animal Researchers Worried About Growth of Animal Law

December 15, 2009

P. Michael Conn, the Director of Research Advocacy at Oregon Health and Sciences University and Oregon National Primate Research Center, collects some interesting facts: 55% of American law schools offer animal law courses, including 36 of the top 50 schools; 73% of law schools have some sort of animal law presence, through either animal law student groups or animal law courses; 68% of law schools are affiliated with universities that conduct animal research; of the law schools that offer animal law classes, 69% are at universities that conduct animal research.

The Grinch Who Stole Brindi’s Xmas

December 12, 2009

The Nova Scotia SPCA has cancelled all visits for Brindi by her owner Francesca Rogier, who is currently involved in a provincial court battle to have her dog returned to her after she was seized by Animal Control in July 2008 and scheduled to be put down for incidents involving other dogs.

A Clever Approach to Pet Adoption

December 11, 2009

The ad is part of a campaign by The Shelter Project to get people to look to shelters for pets before they go to breeders and pet stores.

Humane Society launches puppy mill hotline

December 11, 2009

The Humane Society of the United States has launched a national telephone tip line to report suspected cruelty or unlawful activities involving pet breeding facilities. The hotline, 1-877-MILL-TIP, is available to anyone with information of a possible crime involving puppy mills.

Taming dogs with a mean streak

December 11, 2009

Steve Markwell is a brave man. At his Washington sanctuary, he takes in the worst of the worst that have been turned away by all other shelters – pit bulls, guard dogs, face-biters and cat-killers.

Saving Shelter Dogs From The Freezing Winter

December 11, 2009

Hundreds of dog lovers band together and donate old and used sweaters to be recycled and re-distributed as dogie sweaters to shelters all over the country. Released by-

More info on Wild Horse and Burro Assault

December 2, 2009

Great news! This assualt has been temporarily suspended pending review. Thanks to all that sent emails and made phone calls. It really worked! Here is more info on the Wild Horse and Burro Assault underway as explained in an earlier post. Sheryl Crow Asks President Obama & Secretary Salazar to Stop the Assault on America’s […]

Wild horse and burro program: MUST NOT KILL THEM!!!

December 2, 2009

Assault Planned on Last Stronghold of Wild Horse Herds –
2,500 Wild Horses to be Rounded Up in Dead of Winter

One Man’s Trash is Not an Animal’s Treasure

October 29, 2009

These photographs of albatross chicks were made just a few weeks ago [2009] on Midway Atoll, a tiny stretch of sand and coral near the middle of the North Pacific. The nesting babies are fed bellies-full of plastic by their parents, who soar out over the vast polluted ocean collecting what looks to them like food to bring back to their young. On this diet of human trash, every year tens of thousands of albatross chicks die on Midway from starvation, toxicity, and choking.

The larger the paw, the larger the footprint

October 28, 2009

In “Time to Eat the Dog: The Real Guide to Sustainable Living,” the Vales calculate the ecological paw prints of our pets. The authors encourage the green-minded to look at their decision to buy a companion animal like they would consider buying a plasma television or SUV.

Daisy Foundation of Calgary

October 19, 2009

Daisy Foundation – Our mission is to promote stiffer penalties against animal abusers which in turn assists in the rescue of abused animals. We also want to bring to the government’s attention that there is a proven statistical link between animal abusers and serial killers.

ASPCA Responds to Michael Vick Interview on ’60 Minutes’

September 5, 2009

Ed Sayres, President and CEO of The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) issued the following statement regarding Michael Vick’s interview with “60 Minutes.”

Georgia Puppy Caravan This Weekend

August 22, 2009

The Chattooga animal shelter in Summerville, GA has 19 runs and can hold a maximum of 38 animals at a time. With dogs and cats being dumped by residents on a daily basis, euthanization is required to make more space in the shelter. The Caravan will remove every single animal the day of their visit and for just one day since it opened, the shelter will be hauntingly quiet.

Six Hours in the Day of a Chained Dog

August 7, 2009

In eight minutes, this video will show you six hours in the life of a dog chained in the backyard without food or water on a day when the temperatures are expected to be 92 degrees.

Free Brindi! Benefit Concert in Halifax, August 13

August 6, 2009

Free Brindi! Benefit Concert in Halifax, August 13 — 8 PM — The Company House — 2202 Gottingen Street

Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable-Pet Day: August 12, 2009

August 6, 2009

On behalf of the many big black dogs, FIV+ cats, senior pets and special-needs pets, Petfinder has named August 12, 2009 “Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable-Pet Day.”

Senator Al Franken Introduces New Legislation for Funding to Train Service Dogs to Assist Veterans Wounded in the Line of Duty

August 6, 2009

FetchDog, a Portland-based company dedicated to serving the comprehensive needs of passionate dog owners and offering high quality dog supplies, today applauded proposed legislation by Senator Al Franken to provide funding to train service dogs for military veterans wounded – physically and emotionally – in the line of duty.

A Day in the Life of Our Pets

July 24, 2009

Today, I would like to encourage you to adopt a shelter animal. If you already have two, get another. Save a life.

364 Days: And Still Brindi Remains Impounded in Halifax

July 22, 2009

Here’s the latest news regarding the ongoing injustice that seems to remain heaped upon an outspoken dog owner, Francesca Rogier, and her impounded dog, Brindi. Let’s Free Brindi!

Help Stop Alaska’s Wolf Slaughter

July 22, 2009

So far, more than 1,000 wolves have been chased down by gunmen in low-flying aircraft and killed with high-powered rifles. This year alone, more than 250 wolves have been killed — putting the 2008/2009 aerial wolf killing season on pace to become the deadliest in years.

Stepping Up for Abandoned Pets

July 16, 2009

Lost Our Home Pet Foundation provides foster homes and adoption services for abandoned pets and donates pet food to those who can’t afford to buy their own. In some cases, Lost Our Home pays for pets’ medical needs.

Video Shows that Boost was NOT Aggressive

July 14, 2009

Seems that “big brother” in the form of surveillance video from the Walker County Humane Society in Alabama has reared its head to show us what a gentle and willing dog Boost in the last hour of his life. The video contradicts Director Lane Reno’s statements that Boost would not come out of his carrier and had to be pulled out using a carrier pole. Rather, it shows Boost walking into the shelter on a leash quite willingly.

Update: Is Stu Really Going Home At Last?

July 13, 2009

Board of Animal Services Commissioners moves to amend L.A. Code to free Stu! The Board convened at about 10:30 (a half-hour late) and immediately began discussion of Item 3A regarding Stu.

Help Us FREE Brindi!

July 7, 2009

They say you have to walk in someone’s shoes to understand what they feel. But sometimes, all you have to do is look down the path they have walked to understand enough to stand with them. These days, we seem to be given few options BUT to stand with Francesca Rogier as she continues her walk down the path to her dog’s freedom.